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  • n  smug self-serving earnestness

  • Selfish, lecherous and desperate to move up the career ladder, he irritated and deceived his crew (including a young Geena Davis) with impeccable smarminess.
  • Steve also has his own violent innocence, which tests the limits of Al's smarminess hilariously.
  • Stanley Tucci exudes a quiet smarminess as the suspect, and despite the show's tawdry subject matter, it never feels cheap.
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  • Catching Fire: Slow Burn With a Sizzling Star
    The big dazzle moment in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes not in Katniss Everdeen’s home District, nor in the faux-jungle where the Games are fought. It’s on stage in the Capitol of Panem, that future American dystopia — in fantasy fiction, is there any other -topia? — the night before the 75th Hunger Games, when Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci), the TV host with the Guy Smiley smarminess ...
    Nov. 20, 2013 - Time Magazine

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