– In an interview, Quentin Tarantino revealed that Harvey Weinstein suggested expanding “Django Unchained” into two parts. While Tarantino says that he knew it wasn’t right for this film, he would consider releasing an expanded edition. Leonardo DiCaprio also talks the difficulties of playing a character he hated, and how uncomfortable he was with this role, The Playlist reports. In more “Django” news, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, and more of the cast discussed the movie on BET’s “106 & Park.”
– Saturday Night Live began this week’s episode with a stirring vigil dedicated to Sandy Hook Elementary. (See Obama’s Newtown speech below.) The highlights of the night included an interview with Kate Middleton’s OB-GYN, and a preview of “You’re a Rat Bastard: Charlie Brown.” Martin Short hosted and latest Nirvana member Paul McCartney was the musical guest. McCartney broke it down with “My Valentine,” “Cut Me Some Slack” (alongside Nirvana) and “Wonderful Christmastime.” Skits embedded below.
– As for upcoming SNL – we can look forward to Jennifer Lawrence hosting the first SNL of next year on January 19, 2013 with musical guest the Lumineers.
– More ten bests are cropping up. Time Out New York included “The Master,” “Compliance,” and documentary “Bestiaire.” The Globe and Mail’s list starts with “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” “Holy Motors,” “Life of Pi,” “Lincoln” and “Moonrise Kingdom.” The Indiana Film Journalists Association announced their long-list of nominees for best film of the year, with “The Master” leading the way, with “Beasts of the Southern Wild” not far behind. “Argo,” then “Lincoln” and “Silver Linings Playbook” lead TV Guide’s list. The New York Times’ A O Scott expanded his favorite movies to 25 favorites this year – starting with “Amour,” “Lincoln” and “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”
– Tim Burton reunited with Winona Ryder for an unsettling but watchable new music video for “The Killers” new song “Here With Me.” It’s hypnotizing and weird and Ryder plays a wax-figure movie star. Watch below.
– “No Subtitles Necessary,” a documentary that pays tribute to cinematographers Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, just released a trailer (watch it below). These cinematographers, who escaped Soviet Hungary, helped to change American cinema with their work on films like “Easy Rider,” “Five Easy Pieces,” “Close Encounters of a Third Kind,” and “The Deer Hunter.”
– Sundance has announced their schedule for 2013 as well as posting their official festival guide. Head here for more details.
– British gangster film starring Martin Compston as a Glaswegian gangster, “The Wee Man,” gets a poster and a trailer. The film premieres in the UK in January, and should expand to the states after that.
– HBO’s new shows sound an awful lot like some of their current shows. “People in New Jersey” is a half-hour comedy about adult siblings who live together, written by Bruce Eric Kaplan of “Six Feet Under and Girls.” Another show in the works is about three thirty-somethings in San Francisco dealing with the “modern gay experience” or what will probably be referred to as “Gay Sex and the City.”
– Andrew Sullivan weighs in on the debates about torture in “Zero Dark Thirty,” calling the movie an “act of cowardice.” He writes: “Maybe a democracy needs simply to confront the fact of what it has done before it can begin to process it. Bigelow doesn’t process it; she doesn’t move the ball forward.”
– Hey You Guys reviews British sci-fi flick, “UFO” here: “The science fiction genre has become almost synonymous with big, Hollywood blockbuster productions, as we rarely see independent British directors attempt such a particular brand of filmmaking… though the quality is lacking somewhat, Burns must be commended as an innovative, upcoming director who continues to push himself, and independent British cinema.”
– Variety reports about the success of “older-skewing” films this year. Highlighting movies like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” which earned $132 since its release in May, as well as “Quartet” and “Hope Springs.” The article hypothesizes that baby boomers have more time to see movies than their harder-to-predict offspring.