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Jennifer Lawrence Roasts Fellow Best Actress Nominees on 'SNL'

Jennifer Lawrence played up her image as the trash talker of the awards circuit this weekend, using her "Saturday Night Live" opening monologue as an opportunity to roast her fellow Best Actress nominees. It was classy of her not to mention Lindsay Lohan by name (Lohan's tweet about Lawrence's Golden Globe acceptance is what kicked off the whole furor in the first place), but then when has anyone ever mentioned Lohan alongside the likes of Jessica Chastain or Naomi Watts?

Despite my urgings, Margaret Atwood has been very busy writing all sorts of things that aren't the final novel in her MaddAddam trilogy. Here she is in The Guardian, discussing the enduring impact of her dystopian modern classic The Handmaid's Tale. And here she is again in the same publication a few days later, explaining why George Orwell is her hero for writing Animal Farm. Meanwhile I can't find a reliable release date for Maddaddam (if that really is the title) anywhere. Don't leave us hanging, Margaret!

Daniel Radcliffe's nude scenes in the Broadway revival of "Equus" apparently don't hold a bell, book, or candle to what's headed our way in the indie drama "Kill Your Darlings," in which he plays a young Allen Ginsberg at the peak of his sexual blossoming. He really doesn't see what the big deal is. This is a wild hunch, but I suspect it has something to do with being one of the most recognizable child stars of one of the most popular film franchises of all time. Perhaps this hasn't occurred to him.

Speaking of former tween dreams, Leonardo DiCaprio is having a busy year -- "Django Unchained," plus the upcoming "Gatsby" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" -- and has announced that he's taking a long break from acting, effective as soon as these latter two projects are totally, definitely wrapped up. How will Leo spend his time? “I would like to improve the world a bit. I will fly around the world doing good for the environment." After playing so many dastardly/amoral millionaires, I can see why he'd want to cleanse his soul (and his image) a little bit.

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