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  • The Lost Boys
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    Literary Viagra

    One of the many benefits of being pervy is that my escapades and observances give me fodder to write about. As mentioned in my Lost Boy bio, I’ve written about audio in porn; I’ve also written about book-lickers, foot fetishists, the difference between bears and otters, and the powerful aphrodisiac otherwise known as George Michael.

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  • Press Play
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    RECAP: "The Walking Dead" Season Two, episode 5, "Chupacabra."

    "The Walking Dead" has craft and atmosphere; if only the characters weren't so insufferably earnest and dense. This recap contains spoilers for "The Walking Dead" Season Two, episode 5, "Chupacabra." Read at your own risk.

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    RECAP: A bear, a baseball glove and Boardwalk Empire

    “Powerful” episodes of cable dramas make a huge impression on viewers, and are often acclaimed as the best of their season. Sometimes the praise is deserved; other times it’s a reaction to the sight of characters we like being diagnosed with fatal illnesses, beaten, raped, killed, etc. Meanwhile, low-key but complex episodes often get short shrift from critics and viewers. I hope that doesn’t happen with tonight’s “Boardwalk Empire” episode, “Two Boats and a Lifeguard,” because in degree of difficulty, it’s impressive, in some ways extraordinary. As written by Terence Winter and directed by Tim Van Patten — a dynamic duo on a lot of great “Sopranos” episodes — “Two Boats and a Lifeguard” seems like just a “housekeeping” episode that’s mainly concerned with wrangling subplots and exploring characters. But as I’ll explain in a moment, the episode went way beyond that.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Inside the Academy's Governors Awards, from Oprah and Darth Vader to J.J. Abrams and Scads of Oscar Contenders

    Arriving at the Governors Awards is overwhelming at first because there's a new star around every shoulder. The Board of Governors invites a swath of Oscar voters to attend the swanky Wolfgang Puck-catered dinner at Hollywood and Highland, so studio publicists make sure as many of their award contenders are on hand to work the room as possible.

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  • Eric Kohn
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    Serge Bromberg Premieres Colorized "A Trip to the Moon" & Behind-the-Scenes Doc

    Serge Bromberg Premieres Colorized "A Trip to the Moon" & Behind-the-Scenes Doc

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Weekend Box Office (Nov. 11-13)

    The Immortals, despite horrible reviews and press screenings held back until the day before it opened (never a good sign), was No.1 this week; Puss In Boots is a box office juggernaut, and Tower Heist drops - badly.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Weekend Box Office: Mighty Immortals VFX Trounce Sandler Comedy Jack and Jill, DiCaprio as J. Edgar

    Of three high-profile pictures arriving this 11/11/11 weekend, Relativity’s “Immortals” easily captured the top spot with an estimated $32 million, landing ahead of expectations and marking a company best debut. The stylized VFX-packed R-rated sword-and-sandal actioner from the producers of “300” and director Tarsem Singh was expected to open in the $25 million-to-$30 million range.

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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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