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Jason Reitman’s Reservoir Dogs Rocks the LACMA House

One of the great things about Jason Reitman‘s “Live Read” series for Film Independent at LACMA is that the all-star sessions are never filmed or recorded for Internet posterity. It’s all about the audience surrendering to a live-performance moment. To bring that point home last night, curator Elvis Mitchell donned a pair of sunglasses and jokingly warned that anyone caught using a Smartphone in the audience would get a painful, personal visit from Laurence Fishburne.

Fishburne (pictured), seated center stage, was riveting as Mr. White, cranking out the first pair of Reservoir Dogs reading highlights: the injured-partner-in-the-car scene with Mr. Orange (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and the soulful significant-others discussion with jewelry store heist organizer Joe (Chi McBride). Bookending the all-black cast last night was Reitman, stage-left, who reads the script scene set-up info, and his Young Adult co-star Patton Oswalt, stage-right, who donned several comic relief hats as a radio DJ, policeman and more.

Terrence Howard put his own, seductive spin on the role of psychopath Mr. Blonde, played so memorably in the film by Michael Madsen. He also got one of the biggest laughs of the night when he came to page 59 and, in response to Reitman’s stage direction, told the audience, “I wasn’t ready to die yet.” Reitman quickly adjusted, expanding Quentin Tarantino‘s words to indicate a longer, drawn out death scene.

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Jon Stewart Should Be Arrested for Elderly Abuse

Come on. You know you want it. Even though everyone and their mother knew the fake conservative outrage over President Obama inviting Common to the White House was so ridiculous the story wouldn’t make it past the weekend. But you still want it. Jon Stewart abusing Bill O’Reilly over the Common-invite on his own show.

These two go at it from time to time with mixed results. But this one wasn’t even fair. Stewart gave O’Reilly a minute or two to get a lather up, and then it was over. Well, it wasn’t over. It was like the third round of the Manny Pacquiao/Shane Mosley fight. Mosley tried to go toe-to-toe with Pacquiao, got knocked on his ass, and spent the rest of the fight running.

Part Two of the “debate” after the jump.
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West Magazine: Why This Rag is Lame


West magazine, just in time for the Martin Luther King holiday, offers a cover with a photo of rapper/actor/author Common, proclaiming Why This Man Is Hip. Inside, the the hapless Elizabeth Khuri asks him some high-school paper questions: “Have your ever made a fashion faux pas? What do you look for when you’re shopping for clothes?”
No reader is going to learn why this man is hip from this stuff. And then Khuri tries to get relevant, asking about his new film, Smokin’ Aces:

The movie is rather violent. Would you let your 9-year-old daughter see it?

No. It’s rated R. Maybe she will eventually see it, but now she’s too young. I really love the film, but I don’t think it’s a children’s story

What’s he supposed to say? What did she think he’d say? Was this just thrown in there so we can marvel that a black rapper protects his young daughter? (See–he’s not a thug….) After all, the lede was

Common doesn’t fit the hip-hop stereotype.

Never underestimate the cluelessness of West editors.

And then there’s a piece on Dr. Grillz. The writer, Qevin Oji, calls up the dentist, Jay Oh, and thinks he might be Ethiopian, but turns out to be Korean. Oh. Oh, 0h! Supposedly, these bejeweled mouthpieces are authentically part of African-American culture:

gold-capped teeth hearken back to our Southern relatives, to the days when folks couldn’t afford to seek professional aid for cavities

Right–because gold caps cost pennies. The history of grillz is pretty much open for debate; the thought that greedy jewelers might be have found yet another way to part newly-rich rappers from their royalty checks isn’t explored. We’re amazed West didn’t include a photo-shopped essay on how civil rights leaders would have looked, if only they’d gotten grillz. Oji himself is a really interesting guy–FBLA would rather have read about him than dental jewelery.