Caryn James

Oscar Review: Seth MacFarlane's Badness Explained

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  • February 25, 2013 2:39 AM
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Was Seth MacFarlane the victim of some terrible time-travel accident that caused him – and all his Oscar-show material – to be trapped in the 1950’s (and not in a successfully ironic way)? That’s the most generous explanation I have for his pathetically unfunny job as Oscar host.  

Your Burning Oscar-Show Questions Answered, MacFarlane to Best Dead People

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  • February 25, 2013 1:00 AM
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The Oscar show was bloated with movie music that had no reason being there. (A tribute to Chicago? Other than the fact that the Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron also produced that movie .. oh yeah, that’s why). It had Seth MacFarlane, whose jokes might have been offensive if they weren’t so stale and dull. It had Adlele singing the theme from Skyfall, only to have her voice struggle to be heard over the orchestra. No sound editing at this all-musical Oscars? Ugh.

'Downton Abbey' Ends Season 3: What Will We Do Without You-Know-Who?

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  • February 17, 2013 10:45 PM
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Oh dear, just when things were looking better. . . . If you haven’t watched the game-changing final episode of Downton Abbey, Season 3, you might want to turn back now, because all will be revealed.

Justin Bieber Hosts SNL; Watch the Unaired Non-Bieber Sketch Instead

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 10, 2013 10:53 AM
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Last night’s 'SNL' host was Justin .. . oh, how I wish I could say Timberlake, but No. It was Bieber, set loose among squealing audience members and a flood of predictable Bieber jokes. He wasn’t much as a comic, but he did go along wih a lot of Bieber-Playing-A-Dumb-Guy sketches. None of them mentioned the unfortunate Instagram he had posted the day before of himself with SNL's all-powerful Lorne Michaels, which Bieber spelled Lauren. (Some generous people on Twitter blamed Autocorrect; maybe.)

The 'Girls' Episode That Leaves the 'Girls' Behind

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  • February 8, 2013 9:31 AM
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Every now and then on ‘Girls,’ Hannah leaves her girlfriends and her search for success and rent behind, and we see deeper aspects of her character – revelations for both Hannah and for us. Last season it was a road trip to her parents and the hometown she has outgrown. This season it arrives with the next episode, called “One Man’s Trash,” as she steps into an upscale Brooklyn brownstone at the off-handed invitation of a neighbor, played by Patrick Wilson.

Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Downton Sixbey’: Lady Hedith’s Answer

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  • February 7, 2013 9:07 AM
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Last night in Part 2 of Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Downton Abbey’ parody, ‘Downton Sixbey,’  Lady Hedith – the incomparable and lovely Fred Armisen --  repsonded to a declaration of love and a marriage proposal from Downton’s heir, Lord Questlove. Their parents, including Fallon as the Earl of Downton Sixbey and Whoopi Goldberg as Lady Whoopi  had something to say about that.

Jimmy Fallon Returns to 'Downton Sixbey' (Video)

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 6, 2013 11:04 AM
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Jimmy Fallon calls it 'Downton Sixbey' (in honor of his studio, 6B). I think of it as'Keeping Up With The Granthams' (hoping for the spinoff,' Lady Hedith and the Dowager Take Miami'). But whatever you call it, the 'Late Night' satire is a howling spoof of 'Downton Abbey'. Picking up on this season’s Downton plot, here the Earl of Sixbey reveals how he has lost the family fortune (it was not investing in a railroad).

'Downton Abbey' Shocker: They Killed Who? And Why?

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 27, 2013 10:18 PM
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If you have not yet watched the stunning latest episode of 'Downton Abbey,' don’t read on. If you have (or just want to find out who died) go to the next page for my review of the understandable but I think wrong-headed shocker. To paraphrase 'South Park':

'Downton Abbey' Preview: This Week's Jaw-Dropping Episode

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 27, 2013 9:30 AM
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If there is one episode of 'Downton Abbey' you won’t want to miss, it’s this week’s. I won’t give anything away, except to say that the video preview here doesn’t begin to prepare you for the high drama of the most tension-filled episode so far -- in fact, until the season finale. (DVR the Screen Actors Guild Awards; all those actors will still be there babbling about their SAG cards when you’re ready.)

Matt Damon Takes Over 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Video)

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 25, 2013 11:55 AM
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It’s always fun when movie stars and talk-show hosts laugh at themselves and their genres, and 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' did that for a terrific full hour last night when Matt Damon taped  Kimmel to a chair and highjacked the show as host. The ten-year running  joke has been that Kimmel bumped Damon as a guest every night, and Damon’s fake-revenge was full of surprise guests – including Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman and Amy Adams, with Sheryl Crow replacing the show’s bandleader and Andy Garcia taking over for sidekick Guillermo. All this and not a word from Kimmel himself, sitting there with a gag in his mouth.  

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