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Weekend Recap: SNL Christmas Clips, Tarantino on 'Django,' More Top Tens, Tim Burton and Winona Ryder's Music Video

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 16, 2012 at 11:30PM

We cover the weekend's breaking news, from SNL and Tarantino to the latest ten best lists and Andrew Sullivan on "Zero Dark Thirty."
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Paul McCartney SNL

- 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.

Jennifer Lawrence

- 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."

Winona Ryder

- 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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.