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Caryn James

Watch Amy Poehler Answer Tumblr Questions On Sex, Music, Comedy

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  • June 27, 2012 9:30 AM
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When I interviewed Amy Poehler last week at the 92nd St. Y, she answered a few questions submitted  through Tumblr. And even if you’ve never wondered about what song she likes to make out to, or another secret about her husband, Will Arnett (famed for Arrested Development and now Up All Night) you’ll want to hear her answers. She started out in improv, of course, so it’s not surprising she was so funny in the moment.

Steve Carell, Fake-Author of Many Books, Visits Jon Stewart

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  • June 21, 2012 12:25 PM
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What has Steve Carell been doing besides trying to avoid the apocalypse? Promoting his new film Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (it’s a charming romance; you can check out my review here) he joined Jon Stewart to promote the many new books he has written, including a history of Egypt post-Mubarak and a biography of himself as written by Steve Jobs.

'Girls' Ends Its Season More Brilliant Than Ever

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  • June 17, 2012 9:05 AM
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There has been so much ink, web time, energy and hot air devoted to Lena Dunham’s Girls that there can’t possibly be any synonyms for zeitgeist left unused. Is her HBO series inbred in its casting and elitist in its characters, as charged? Sure it is, but so what? The actors are terrific; the elitism is part of its young-educated-ambitious-kids scenario. And the show, which started off savagely smart, funny and honest, has only gotten better through the season.

Watch Downton Sixbey, Part 2: Jimmy Fallon, The Heir and His Mom

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  • May 25, 2012 10:52 PM
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If Downton Abbey is beginning to seem like a memory lost in the mist, if you are longing to hear Higgins the valet ask a footman, “Did you Febreeze His Lordship’s pantaloons?” you are ready for the new installment of Downton Sixbey from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch Mick Jagger, Jon Hamm, Foo Fighters in Spectacular SNL Season Finale

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  • May 20, 2012 11:55 AM
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Mick Jagger was host of one of the best SNL’s of the season, a high-energy finale that relied on Jagger’s persona and was fueled by so much nostalgia that it seemed like classic rock, with Jagger doing "19th Nervous Breakdown" with Foo Fighters, "The Last Time" with Arcade Fire and "Ruby Tuesday" in the show-ending goodbye to Kristen Wiig, who’s leaving SNL.

Watch A Trailer For Mindy Kaling's New Series

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  • May 14, 2012 8:13 PM
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The Mindy Project may already be my favorite fall series, and I’ve only seen three minutes, but I totally trust Mindy Kaling as a writer and actor. Who else would ask for a guy with the money of Michael Bloomberg, the personality of Jon Stewart and the face – amend that to penis – of Michael Fassbender? Well, all of us might want that, but who else would have the wit to say so?

Watch Clips From J.J.Abrams and Other NBC Fall Shows. What Looks Best?

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  • May 13, 2012 9:48 PM
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J.J.Abrams and Giancarlo Esposito go post-Apocalyptic, Jesse Spencer post-House fights fires in Chicago, and Matthew Perry tries again as a widowed sportscaster, in NBC’s fall series This week all the networks parade their new-season stars on stage for advertisers in their noisy Upfront extravaganzas, but they no longer even pretend to keep the schedules secret until then. NBC, whose Upfront happens Monday morning, has posted clips from its fall shows. Here are glimpses of the best.

Will Ferrell And Jason Sudeikis Give Us the Secret George W. and Biden

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  • May 13, 2012 12:49 PM
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It would take a lot more than a Will Ferrell impression to make me want George W. Bush to return for real, but Ferrell’s always hilarious fake-Bush was the highlight of last night’s SNL. In the cold open, President Obama (Fred Armisen, as usual) entered the bedroom of the Vice President, decorated in pure high-school-kid style. Jason Sudeikis was especially funny as a petulant Joe Biden, annoyed that he got no credit for pushing Obama’s gay marriage endorsement over the line. Obama left him with twenty bucks for pizza, wary about Biden’s imaginary friend George – then guess who steps out of the bedroom closet?

Will Ferrell Visits Jimmy Fallon: Wears Tight Pants, Shows New Movie Trailer

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  • May 11, 2012 11:13 AM
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Will Ferrell’s comedy is both incomparably goofy and totally droll about it, and both sides of his humor kicked in during his guest spot on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He was promoting his hosting spot on this week’s SNL, but also brought along the trailer for his new political comedy with Zach Galifianakis, The Campaign, coming in August.

Sherlock Meets Bieber And Fifty Shades of Grey

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  • May 3, 2012 8:45 AM
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Downton Abbey is not the only buzz-worthy upscale/downscale gem from PBS’s Masterpiece this year. Season 2 of Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the 21st century version of Arthur Conan Doyle’s ultra-rational hero, begins on Sunday with “A Scandal in Belgravia.” The episode is smartly written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and directed by Paul McGuigan with enough flair to make a cinephile smile – nothing too surprising about that. But it turns out  that Cumberbatch himself inspires the kinds of squeals more often associated with Justin Bieber, as I saw first-hand at a preview screening and Q&A in New York on Wednesday.

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