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Kyle Smith, the politically conservative film critic for the New York Post lets loose a torrent of zingers at The Campaign , starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis, concluding with the unkindest jibe of all "Put it this way," he writes, "Jimmy Carter was funnier than this movie." He concludes "My friends, I've seen some Terrible Things. I've seen Ted Kennedy shirtless in the Senate sauna. I've seen Al Gore rust over in a light summer rain. I've seen Hillary Clinton cripple a defenseless tiger shark with a single bite. I have never seen anything as terrible as this Will Ferrell movie." Several critics make the point that the times cry out for a film offering incisive political satire, something, they say, that this film fails to provide. As Claudia Puig writes in USA Today , "Certainly a movie about a nasty political campaign is timely, but this one degenerates into predictable silliness and occasional raunch." Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post comments that the film "prefers silly, outre jokes and sight gags to a truly penetrating critique of partisan politics that has gone hopelessly off the rails." The principal problem, A.O. Scott concludes in The New York Times, is that it is "too soft and silly to be satire, too upbeat to be a cautionary tale." On the other hand, Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times remarks that "this cynical and funny film hits more often than it misses." Joe Neumaier in the New York Daily News maintains that the film was never meant to be anything other than "a very funny satire that successfully calls out every moronic (and oxymoronic) part of our slogan-slinging, attack-ad-making election process." And Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal suggests that making a commercially viable political satire these days may be a fool's task. After all, he writes, "Maybe the surreal realities of the current campaign really are beyond satire, ridicule, parody or ready comprehension."

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Edward Norton: Bourne Character Is The Biggest 'Russian Doll'


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Edward Norton thinks his 'Bourne Legacy' character is like the ''next level of Russian dolls''.

The actor plays CIA Agent Byer in the forthcoming reboot of the action franchise and thinks his Alter Ego is the ''lynch pin'' running throughout the series.

He explained: ''I think when you think about those Russian dolls where there's Little Ones inside of bigger ones, inside of bigger ones, inside of bigger ones....he's the next level of Russian doll around everything you've seen in the first three Bourne films.

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Ryan Reynolds: I Learned So Much From Denzel


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Ryan Reynolds learned "so much" from Denzel Washington while filming 'Safe House'.

The 'Green Lantern' hunk believes the 57-year-old star is one of the most disciplined actors he's ever worked with, and he found him to be a great inspiration while shooting the action thriller.

He told CBS News: "You learn so much from working with a guy like him. Not only is he a pleasure to work with and to see that somebody can be so passionate when he's been doing it for so long, but you see the kind of discipline that he brings. I don't think I've ever seen before. It's just in his DNA."

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Justin Timberlake Once Stole A Golf Cart


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Justin Timberlake once stole a golf cart with Ryan Gosling.

The singer-and-actor revealed he stole the unusual transportation when he was a member of the 'Mickey Mouse Club' as a child with his co-star Ryan Gosling, with the pair thinking they were being "cool" for doing so.

Speaking on 'The Ellen Degeneres Show', the 30-year-old heartthrob said: "We used to do Terrible Things. We thought we were so cool when we were on the 'Mickey Mouse Club'. Looking back on them, they weren't as bad as I thought they were at the time. We stole a golf cart ... we drove into MGM Studios, which is totally illegal by the way."

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Jean Paul Gaultier: 'Anna Wintour Is Monstrous'


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Jean Paul Gaultier thinks Anna Wintour is "monstrous".

The flamboyant French designer insists he wasn't a fan of fashion movie 'The Devil Wears Prada' - which is thought to be based on the US Vogue editor and her offices - because he doesn't think it was true to life.

He said: "Anna Wintour is a lot more monstrous than she is described.

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Jodie Foster Feels Single And Free


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Jodie Foster feels she has "freedom" since splitting from her long-term girlfriend.

The 48-year-old actress-turned-director - who has sons Charles, 12, and Kit, nine, with an unknown father - separated from Cydney Bernard almost three years ago and though she admits it was one of the most "horrible" events that could have rocked her life, she embraced the opportunity it gave her.

She said: "There are three Terrible Things that happen to most people. One is your parents face death, the second is your kids grow up and leave you and the third is that the relationship you've been in forever disintegrates and you're alone.

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Helen Mirren 'Terrified' To Work With Russell


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Dame Helen Mirren was "terrified" about working with Russell Brand because of his "bad boy" reputation.

The Oscar-winning actress stars with the comic actor in two new movies, 'The Tempest' and 'Arthur', but admits she was worried about how she would get on with the reformed hellraiser because she is a "good girl".

During an appearance on British breakfast TV show 'Daybreak', she said: "I'm a bit infatuated with him. But I was terrified because, you know, it's Russell Brand! Like the bad boy of Bad Boys. And I'm not a bad girl, I'm a good girl. And when good girls meet bad boys, Terrible Things can happen - mostly to the good girls."

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