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'Morning Glory': Like 'The Devil Wears Prada'... With 50 Cent (trailer)

The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter shifts his attention from fashion to the morning talk show biz, but there's still a plucky girl at the center.

Rachel McAdams stars as a young woman whose new job in New York could be the chance of a lifetime. The new gig quickly becomes more taxing than she anticipated, though, as it wreaks havoc on her personal life. Will she make it? Who knows, but chances are she'll encounter some entertaining big shot New York-types along the way. If this sounds like familiar turf that's already been traversed by Anne Hathaway, it should. Screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna has takes us away from Runway magazine to Day Break, a morning news show. McAdams stars as the hopeful producer trying to keep control over the star hosts (played by Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford), while juggling a personal life. It might be tempting to write Morning Glory off, but its slew of co-stars is nothing to shake a stick at (Ty Burrell, 50 Cent, and Jeff Goldblum, to name a few).

'Psycho': The Mother of All Horrors

Psycho stands out not only for being one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, it is also one of his most influential. It has been a template and source material for an almost endless succession of later horror films, making it appropriate to identify it as the mother of all horror films.

Francesc Quilis
Film

The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti (By the Book)

With discussions of characters like Leon Ray Livingston (a.k.a. "A-No. 1"), credited with consolidating the entire system of hobo communication in the 1910s, and Kathy Zuckerman, better known as the surf icon "Gidget", Susan A. Phillips' lavishly illustrated The City Beneath: A Century of Los Angeles Graffiti, excerpted here from Yale University Press, tells stories of small moments that collectively build into broad statements about power, memory, landscape, and history itself.

Susan A. Phillips
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The 10 Best Indie Pop Albums of 2009

Indie pop in 2009 was about all young energy and autumnal melancholy, about the rush you feel when you first hear an exciting new band, and the bittersweet feeling you get when your favorite band calls it quits.

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