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Caryn James

Michael Fassbender and The Band From "Frank" Visit Colbert (Video)

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  • August 7, 2014 9:56 AM
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Michael Fassbender and the band from "Frank," including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleason, performed on "The Colbert Report." Take a look, and hear Colbert pronounce Soronprfbs.

James Franco's Smart, Stunning 'Child of God'

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  • August 1, 2014 8:55 AM
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"Child of God"
James Franco's 'Child of God' is adapted from Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel with such discipline and intelligence that it captures the mordant darkness of McCarthy's world.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden: Between Two Veeps (Video)

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  • May 4, 2014 12:27 PM
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Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Veep is absolutely brilliant this season, the smartest and most pointed political satire on television (and that includes Stewart and Colbert). Her filmed introduction to the President's speech at the White House Correspondents Dinner was gentler, but then her co-star was the real Vice-President,

Review: 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver'

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  • April 28, 2014 11:45 AM
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Just because John Oliver was so brilliant sitting in for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, that doesn't mean he should have cloned it for his HBO series, Last Week Tonight.

Obama and Galifianakis' Meta Political Video

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  • March 11, 2014 11:42 AM
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It's hard to imagine that President Obama appearing on Zach Galifianakis' web series Between Two Ferns will really inspire young people to sign up for health insurance. What's easy to imagine is that the newly released Funny or Die video will be a huge hit and do a lot of good for the President's image in other ways.

Will Ronan Farrow's MSNBC Show Be Derailed by His "I Hate Woody" Fame?

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  • February 24, 2014 3:29 PM
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Ronan Farrow began his new MSNBC show today by saying, "I grew up watching the greats of TV news," then delivered his wry list of "Murrow, Cronkite, Colbert." He wasn't really kidding, because Ronan Farrow Daily is all about trying to channel his generation. At a glance the show wasn't rocky; it was flat and safe, which might be worse.

Jimmy Fallon's Beta 'Tonight Show' (Review & Video)

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  • February 18, 2014 1:15 PM
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If you want a sense of what Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show will be, look at his guest list. The first episodes feel like a soft launch.

Stephen Colbert's Book Club Takes on Hemingway (Video)

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  • January 22, 2014 12:18 PM
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Ernest Hemingway – genius writer or macho cliche? Or both? Stephen Colbert's latest installment of The Colbert Book Club, lovingly and admittedly stolen from Oprah, lets you choose, as the host puts on a safari jacket, holds a gun and swigs from a wineskin while pretending to have read A Farewell to Arms.

Rotten Tomatoes Meets Fox News on 'Colbert Report'

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  • November 5, 2013 1:26 PM
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Fox News is such an easy target to bash – totally deserved, but easy. Now The Colbert Report brings a hilarious fresh spin, by Tweeting out comments from positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, substituting Fox News shows and names for the movies. Works perfectly, as in this substitution for The Omen: "All references to prophecy and the Antichrist aside, Shepard Smith Reporting achieves its horrors the old-fashioned way. #PraiseFOX"

The New Heisenberg: Jimmy Fallon Does 'Joking Bad' (Video)

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  • September 12, 2013 1:29 AM
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Now down to its final episodes, Breaking Bad gets darker, wilder, more go-for-broke. The lighter side? That would be Joking Bad, the latest pop-cult parody from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

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