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Caryn James

'The Big Chill' Speaks French in 'Little White Lies' (Review)

  • By Caryn James
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  • August 23, 2012 9:13 AM
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In the raucous club scene that opens "Little White Lies," the actor playing the obnoxious, drug-snorting lech named Ludo looks so familiar you might find yourself thinking, “Who’s that loud guy?” That guy is Jean Dujardin from "The Artist," so at least in the U.S. loud is definitely going against type. Don’t expect him to stick around for long. He’s the one left behind in Paris (we quickly find out why) while his closest friends, all seven of them,  escape for their annual vacation by the sea.

Edgy Obama Opens For Kimmel at White House Correspondents Dinner (Video)

  • By Caryn James
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  • April 28, 2012 11:41 PM
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We always knew it would be impossible to top last year’s hilarious and secretly dramatic White House Correspondents Dinner, when President Obama slammed Donald Trump – and secretly knew the attack on Osama Bin Laden was underway. But this year's version had its own even edgier tone.

Oscar Review: Awards As Bland As Oatmeal

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 27, 2012 12:28 AM
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Well don’t James Franco and Anne Hathaway look better now? Last year’s Oscar show may have been a headlong collision, but at least a crash has curiosity value. This year’s show was as lively and colorful as cold oatmeal. You know it’s a dull show when even the Best Dead People “In Memoriam” sequence is chilly, unemotional and flat.

Best Ways To Watch The Oscars

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 26, 2012 8:45 AM
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If you’re a fan of Billy Crystal and nostalgia (they sort of go together, don’t they?) tonight’s Academy Awards show has your name on it. But if, like many more of us, the throwback to Oscar hosts past and the presumed dominance of The Artist sounds like a snooze, here are some ways to approach the Academy Awards. (To be fair, the photo above is from this year's Oscar promo.)

Uggie Predicts the Oscars On Jimmy Kimmel Live (UPDATED)

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 23, 2012 9:30 AM
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Predicting the Oscars while sitting in New York is possible, but probably not the best way to guess – it’s like covering the Republican primaries through the media without ever setting foot in a caucus state. You can do it, but someone who has more contact with the locals may have an edge. So we might as well trust Uggie’s Oscar predictions. That silent-film but surely French-accented dog from The Artist has gone Hollywood for awards season, and has been predicting the Oscars every night this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Jean Dujardin Drops By; Watch SNL's Charming Homage to The Artist

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  • February 12, 2012 1:30 AM
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OK, I surrender – if not to The Artist, to the charming, exuberant SNL dance sketch and Artist tribute starring Jean Dujardin himself.

Clooney vs. Dujardin: Can Subtlety Ever Win The Best Actor Oscar?

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 2, 2012 1:04 PM
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The Oscar for best Actor doesn't usually reward subtlety. Look at the past two years: Colin Firth won last time around for his stuttery role in The King’s Speech, while the year before his infinitely more nuanced and better performance in A Single Man lost to Jeff Bridges’ roaring drunk country singer in Crazy Heart. You get the picture: the Academy voters’ motto is We Love Big Gestures.

Dog Wars: Scorsese Defends Blackie

  • By Caryn James
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  • February 1, 2012 12:48 PM
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I’m not a dog person, so I don’t really have an animal in this fight. But I have to agree with the Uggie backlash, which took off when Christopher Plummer pointed out – quite rightly I think – that Cosmo from Beginners is a much cuter dog. Now Martin Scorsese is getting into the act, defending Blackie from Hugo on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Top Oscar Surprises: Gary Oldman and Demian Who?

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  • January 24, 2012 10:41 AM
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The awards season zooms ahead now that the Oscar nominations have been announced. What didn’t we see coming? And what were those voters thinking? Never mind; a pointless question. Here’s a look at the biggest surprises and how they change the race.

From The Apocalypse to Twitter: Top Four Things To Watch For At The Golden Globes

  • By Caryn James
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  • January 14, 2012 11:08 PM
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We could stretch it to more than four, but let’s stay focused. All ears, of course, will be on Ricky Gervais, as we wonder what he can possibly do to top his hilarious, irreverent turn as host last year. The first five minutes should tell.

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