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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."

- 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."

Zero Dark Thirty

- 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.

This article is related to: Quentin Tarantino, Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained, Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Sundance Film Festival, Tim Burton, Winona Ryder, HBO , Television

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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.