telling minor stories to avoid a major one

Linkdown: 8/12/10 by Barbecue Bros

Toy Story 3 has officially become the highest grossing Pixar movie ever, grossing over $895 million worldwide 

– Interviews with Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright and co-stars Jason Schwartzman and Anna Kendrick

Arcade Fire‘s latest album The Suburbs lands at number 1 on the Billboard charts, with 156,000 copies sold last week

Interview with Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) about the “Lost” Epilogue

– The final season of “Friday Night Lights” will premiere on October 27 on DirecTV (via Vulture)

Bon Iver might be collaborating with Kanye West…wait what?

– Broken West‘s frontman had a brief cameo on this past weekend’s episode of “Mad Men”

– New Radiohead song, “Giving Up the Ghost

Interview with the awesome Alison Brie (“Community,” “Mad Men”)

– Flavorwire: The Evolution of Teen TV Show Hangouts

Linkdown: 8/10/10 by Barbecue Bros

– Two lengthy recaps of Lollapalooza 2010 from AV Club and Pitchfork

– Spin has their own set of the best photos from the festival

– The latest AV Club Undercover has The Swell Season covering Neutral Milk Hotel‘s “Two Headed Boy”

– Vulture wonders which “Mad Men” character will drop acid first

– You can stream the Scott Pilgrim vs. The World soundtrack, which has songs by Black Lips, Broken Social Scene, Metric and more here (via Flavorwire)

Batman 3 could take place in New Orleans to take advantage of tax breaks offered by the state and local government

Weezer‘s upcoming album on Epitaph is entitled Hurley…and ridiculously features a photo of Hurley from “Lost” (Jorge Garcia) on the cover

– A new Andre 3000 song off a forthcoming mixtape (via Spin)

There might be a role for Jennifer Aniston in the “Arrested Development” movie…huh?

Linkdown: 8/4/10 by Barbecue Bros

– The name of the “Man In Black” from “Lost” is confirmed…and its Samuel

Some deets on the Spike Jonze/Arcade Fire sci-fi b-movie collaboration to The Suburbs

– TV critic Alan Sepinwall thinks that Fox’s upcoming show “Running Wilde” (created by and starring some of the “Arrested Development” team) can possibly turn its semi-lackluster pilot into a solid series

– “Louie” gets a well-deserved season 2

– Stereogum’s Premature Evaluation on the latest album from The Walkmen, entitled Lisbon

– An All Songs Considered blog entry on Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and their recent show in DC, where a fellow intern got to perform on stage with the band

Kings of Leon announce that their next album, Come Around Sundown, will be released on October 19

– Was the plot of Inception lifted from an Uncle Scrooge comic book?

Linkdown: 7/29/10 by Barbecue Bros

“How I Met Your Mother” co-creators talk about a lackluster season 5 and a promise to return to emotion and romance

– The latest Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis features Steve Carell

– Vulture: Who Will Kanye Follow First on Twitter?

– Flavorwire thinks they know how to start a chillwave band; they’ve really been all about chillwave recently

– Composer Hans Zimmer talks about the use of Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” in Inception‘s score

The Flaming Lips apparently killed it at the Spin 25th Anniversary Party the other night

Ten things Time misses about the “Mad Men” era

Linkdown: 7/28/10 by Barbecue Bros
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– What Don Draper’s Wall Street Journal hedcut would have looked like (above)

– Also, Ad Age refutes their portrayal from the season premiere of “Mad Men”

What’s wrong with this picture? No. 1, we never did interviews over lunch; No. 2, we didn’t take notes in shorthand; No. 3 we didn’t ask cute-ass questions; and No. 4, our pictures were never bigger than our stories.

– Flavorwire has the baby and awkward teen photos of 10 indie musicians

– Also, the origin of 10 chillwave band names (though several aren’t really chillwave, per se)

– The Old Spice Guy has lined up a movie role in the Jennifer Aniston/Colin Farrell/Kevin Spacey movie Horrible Bosses and a guest spot on “Chuck”

Interview with Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast where she sets the story straight on her relationship with Nathan from Wavves

You’re dating Nathan Williams from Wavves.
That is true. I don’t really like to talk about it too much, because it’s not that important. But I’d like to clarify that I’ve known him since I was 17 years old. I met him a couple days before his 19th birthday, so we’ve been friends for a really long time. We didn’t really talk for a few years, but then we met back up again. I think people assume we met through our bands or something, but that’s not true. We’re old pals from teenage years.

– NPR All Songs Considered’s five great cover songs from 2010 (so far)

– Danny Pudi and Donald Glover of “Community” discuss Tory and Abed’s bromance

A premature evaluation of Arcade Fire‘s The Suburbs

Linkdown: 7/27/10 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner by Alan Sepinwall

– Vulture awesomely takes a look at what real life events happened during the hiatus between “Mad Men” seasons (that is, between December 16, 1963 and November 26, 1964) and how it might have affected the characters in the show

– Vulture’s also got a guide to the women of Don Draper

– Sunday’s premiere also showed a new-ish concept to 1964, “the promiscuous mingling of art and copy” between Peggy and layout designer Joey

The random roles of Andy Daly, who plays the awesome Principle Cutler on “East Bound and Down”

Some deets on the upcoming Goonies 25th anniversary box set

– Cinematical’s 2010 Comic-Con Awards

– Flavorwire’s 10 Glaring Omissions from Spin’s Top 125 Albums of the Past 25 Years, including Kid A, Neutral Milk Hotel and Salt N’ Pepa (?!)

Interview with Diplo on Major Lazer, M.I.A. and all the hate he supposedly gets from journalists

– Yesterday would have been Stanley Kubrick’s 82nd birthday

Linkdown: 7/22/10 “Mad Men” edition by Barbecue Bros
July 22, 2010, 9:41 am
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Season 4 starts on Sunday!

Alan Sepinwall’s review has me quite excited for season 4

Interview with creator Matthew Weiner

In an episode last season, Roger performed “My Old Kentucky Home” in blackface at a country club. It was a moment — along with the John Deere tractor accident — that felt, to some fans, egregiously over-the-top. Did you get much flack for it?
I was surprised it didn’t polarize people more. That episode was all about class — decline and fall of the Roman empire, the decadence that goes on with the idle rich, with Roger being completely oblivious. The idea of shooting it was terrifying. And it was horrible to watch in person, in front of a crew. But we researched it and that stuff happened — the word “darkie” wasn’t even taken out of the song until 1986! We always have that on our side. [Laughs.] Viewers realized that it was in the realm of reality. And I just felt that if Roger did it with earnestness, and for his new wife, it would be okay. John [Slattery] was very brave to do it — thematically it meant so much for the show.

Interview with Elisabeth Moss (Peggy)

– Watch Betty Draper’s Guide to Parenting, which mostly consists of “Go upstairs!” and “Go watch tv!”

Some of the choicest (choiciest?) one-liners from the women of “Mad Men”

A dictionary of the signs and symbols of the show

– And finally, Flavorpill’s “Mad Men” drinking game

Linkdown: 7/21/10 Inception edition by Barbecue Bros
July 21, 2010, 9:36 am
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– Ibraheem Youssef has another batch of stylized, minimalist posters that includes the above Inception print

The East Coast/West Coast movie critics war over Inception (via @EWDocJensen)

Six possible interpretations of the movie, as well as five possible potential plot holes

– Apparently Inception co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt may reunite with Chris Nolan for Batman 3, playing the role of the Riddler

– Damon Lindelof “explains” the ending

– Vulture: Why Are There No Movies About Regular Dreams?

– Ellen Page’s look in the movie? “Asexual chic,” according to Vulture

– Interesting: Inception‘s Dream Architecture (via Flavorwire)

– Was Christopher Nolan the director of the last decade?

Linkdown: 7/20/10 by Barbecue Bros

– In light of a recent screening of Jonathan Ames’ book-turned-film The Extra Man, VF Daily: On Walkers, Extra Men, and Professional Houseguests

A Little Gold Men interview with Rob Corddry of the hilarious “Children’s Hospital”

– Greg Mottola on his new movie Paul and the co-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

– Adam Mckay says Anchorman 2 is probably not going to happen, but would have been a musical

– Jason Street is going to be a love interest on “The Good Wife” (via Vulture)

People didn’t like Panda Bear‘s Pitchfork set last Saturday; though I did hear one person complaining on Sunday that he didn’t play an encore

– Speaking of which, Flavorwire rated some sets from Pitchfork, Pitchfork-style

– Another mini “Arrested Development” reunion, with David Cross joining Will Arnett on Mitch Hurwitz’s upcoming sitcom “Running Wilde”

– Take a look at the pretty badass Virgin FreeFest lineup, which has several great acts already (Pavement, LCD Soundsystem, M.I.A., etc) and will be adding more names later and is free

Linkdown: 7/15/10 by Barbecue Bros

Diplo is not really a fan of M.I.A.‘s latest album

– Vulture: Is Inception the Anti-Avatar?

– After a very successful opening weekend, a Despicable Me sequel is now in the works

– James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and Ryan Adams are among the musicians contributing to a literary magazine

– Some Belle and Sebastian news: a new song, a new tour and a new album

A few details on the David Milch, Michael Mann and Dustin Hoffman HBO show “Luck”

– In honor of Bastille Day yesterday: 10 Sexy French Men Who Have Made Legitimate Cultural Contributions which includes director Michel Gondry, chef Eric Ripert and Francois Truffaut alter-ego actor Jean-Pierre Leaud