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  • Shadow and Act
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    Actress/Filmmaker Rie Rasmussen Says If Tarantino's "Django" Doesn’t Change Face Of Films, Then Hollywood Is Truly 'Mothereffin' Racist

    The Playlist had a very interesting interview with 'model-turned-actress-turned-filmmaker' Rie Rasmussen, who has closely followed the development of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained since its inception a year and a half ago.  Rasmussen first connected with Tarantino while her short film Thinning the Herd traveled the festival circuit. Ever since, the two have become business comrades; Tarantino has purchased the rights of her feature debut Human Zoo for a domestic run.

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  • Caryn James
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    Emma Stone And The Devil On SNL

    In her second appearance as SNL host, Emma Stone proved that her great performance last time was no fluke. She's funny, game, not locked into her own image. The best sketch from last night's show didn't take her far from what might have been one of her movie roles, though, as office workers have a good cry over the Adele song "Someone Like You."  You can watch it at the SNL site; keep an eye out for Coldplay. NBC isn't allowing embeds for the "Sad Song" sketch, but it is for the night's other highlight: Jason Sudeikis as the Devil, horrified at the Penn State scandal. Take a look:

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  • The Playlist
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    William Monahan Talks Making The "Subversive" 'London Boulevard' & The Influence Of 'Blow-Up'

    Looking at William Monahan’s body of work, it’s hard to determine which is more impressive, what he’s already done, or what he has coming up. “Kingdom of Heaven” was his first produced screenplay, and that was followed by Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winner “The Departed” and Ridley Scott’s Middle East opus “Body of Lies.” He has a number projects in the works after the release of his directorial debut, “London Boulevard” -- starring Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley -- which arrives in theaters this weekend, and those include writing duties on “Sin City 2” for director Robert Rodriguez and “The Gambler” for Scorsese. The Playlist caught up with Monahan recently for a conversation about “London Boulevard,” and he offered a detailed, no-holds-barred portrait of his creative process, examining the film’s influences, artistic aspirations, and even some of its shortcomings. Additionally, he discussed the film in the context of his increasingly eclectic career, and talked about how he wants to continue to wear multiple hats as a screenwriter producer and director.

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  • The Playlist
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    Watch: 3 New Clips From Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody's 'Young Adult'

    Despite whatever anti-"Juno" sentiments have cropped up over the last few years, most of us here at The Playlist are still pretty excited about the latest Diablo Cody penned Jason Reitman directed film, "Young Adult." The dark comedy stars Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary, "the girl you hated in high school," and has been picking up solid reviews after a series of secret pop-up screenings across the country. Our reviewer managed to catch one and called it "unflinchingly funny." From the draft of the script we read last year, it's not going to be easy material for mainstream audiences to swallow, with Cody herself saying it had "elements of humor, but it's pretty serious and fucked up."

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Teaser Trailers For "Tchoupitoulas", An Upcoming Doc About Teens Exploring Forbidden Pleasure Island In New Orleans

    Watch Teaser Trailers For "Tchoupitoulas", An Upcoming Doc About Teens Exploring Forbidden Pleasure Island In New Orleans

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  • The Playlist
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    Weekend Box Office: 'Immortals' Scores Biggest Relativity Opening; 'Jack And Jill' Tumbles Into #2

    Weekend Box Office: 'Immortals' Scores Biggest Relativity Opening; 'Jack And Jill' Tumbles Into #2

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Apocalypse, Now: What Are Filmmakers Trying To Tell Us?

    I've noticed a grim trend in the films that make up 2011's prime. Coinciding with Lars von Trier's latest masterwork Melancholia colliding with US theatres, I thought I'd examine cinema's recent multitude of prophetic visions and what might be in store, if art reflects life, for this lonely planet.

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  • The Lost Boys
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    "Every Record Sounds The Same, You Got To Step Into My World..."

    Choice lyrics from Madonna's leaked demo and alleged new single "Give Me All Your Love." Because, is it just me, or....

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  • Press Play
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    Are We Penn State

    This is from one of Joe Posnanski's's recent blog entries on the Penn State contretemps. Joe Posnanski, in case you don't know the name, is a "sportswriter," but really he's a writer straight ahead, a very good one who can probably make you care about whatever sport he's addressing even if you thought you couldn't. He also has a fun podcast, The Sports Poscast, on which Parks & Rec's Michael "Ken Tremendous" Schur frequently guests, but Posnanski hasn't done many episodes lately because he went to State College, PA to write a book about Joe Paterno. Several times over the last few days, I wondered in passing how he would handle that, how he was doing, whether he was sitting on the edge of the bed and just kind of staring into his lap. I wondered how I would handle that, in his position, having to incorporate ongoing history into a planned biography.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Paul Mazursky is Vanity Fair's New Film Critic: Do Critics Matter?

    Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter has made a smart move: he's giving veteran writer-director Paul Mazursky ("Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Harry and Tonto")  an online gig as VF's film critic. Mazursky's first reviews are Lars von Trier's "Melancholia" and Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar." (See snippets below.)

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