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


Read This: Gross Prophets by Barbecue Bros
July 14, 2010, 11:46 am
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An extended version of the comedy directors roundtable with Todd Phillips, John Landis, Judd Apatow, Adam McKay, and Edgar Wright from a recent GQ.

Now, more than ever, the world is full of funny boys: Amusing themselves, as they have since time immemorial, in the backs of the classrooms across the land, disrupting office meetings with far-fetched anecdotes, cracking wise in church or temple (okay, probably temple). They’re on your TV, on your YouTube, in your podcasts—hell, there may be one in your house right now.

But even in this over-tickled universe, the top of the funny-boy pyramid, measured by either cultural or financial impact, still belongs to those giants who make funny movies. Earlier this year, in Los Angeles, GQ convened five of the biggest for a summit: The oldest, John Landis, was a 60-year-old icon with comedic Borscht Belt roots; the youngest, Edgar Wright, a 36-year-old Brit who grew up worshipping Landis’s An American Werewolf in London. The other three—Judd Apatow, Todd Phillips and Adam McKay—are only responsible for more or less defining the comic sensibility of a generation. Oh, and some two billion dollars in box office sales.


Movie Trailer: Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World by Barbecue Bros

Here’s the recently released full length trailer for the movie directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz). Lots of great people in this cast: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Death Proof), Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, and Anna Kendrick; Kieran Culkin and Brandon Routh also star. Obviously, the movie takes its graphic cues from the comic book, but I’m curious to see how it plays out over the full length of the movie. Still, pretty excited. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World comes to theaters on August 13.

Trailer: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Barbecue Bros
March 26, 2010, 11:44 am
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The trailer for Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) upcoming film based on the graphic novel of the same name stars Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Anna Kendrick, Jason Schwartzman, Aubrey Plaza (“Parks and Recreation”), and several more. To quote The Q, “There Is Nothing About This That Is Not Awesome.”

Meet charming and jobless Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera). A bass guitarist for totally average garage band Sex Bob-omb, the 22-year-old has just met the girl of his dreamsliterally. The only catch to winning Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)? Her seven evil exes are coming to kill him. Genre-smashing filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) tells the amazing story of one romantic slackers quest to power up with love in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Linkdown: 3/4/10 by Barbecue Bros

This week’s New Cult Canon explores Serenity, Joss Whedon’s big screen closure to the excellent-but-cancelled-too-soon tv series “Firefly”

– Early buzz on Edgar Wright’s (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World appears to be overwhelmingly positive, with raves from Jason Reitman, Greg Mottola, Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino

More assumingly awful Jersey Shore spoofs of Best Picture nominees – Inglourious Basterds and Avatar

– There really is a Wilco-themed sandwich shop in Toronto

– Consequence of Sound has a feature on the music of Adventureland

– While ther HBO show is done for, Flight of the Conchords are still touring in the UK and Ireland

Promos for this week’s “SNL” with host Zach Galifianakis and musical guest Vampire Weekend

Linkdown: 12/7/09 by Barbecue Bros
December 7, 2009, 3:05 pm
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– Jonsi of Sigur Ros solo album details

– Pitchfork’s Year in News

– Greg Mottola (director of Superbad, Adventureland) reviews Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Interview with Up in the Air director Jason Reitman

– NY Mag’s decade of pop culture moments

– Gorilla vs. Bear’s songs of 2009

–  Anne Thompson’s 18 Sundance 2010 titles to watch

– Another great AV Club Inventory list: 21 great albums with questionable cover art (2000-2009)

Linkdown: 8/25/09 by Barbecue Bros

– Both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are available on Blu-ray at Best Buy a month earlier starting today; looks like I will be making a stop after work

Release date changes for Zombieland (now 10/2 instead of 10/9) and Fantastic Mr. Fox (limited 11/13, wide 11/25)

– Vulture has a post on the latest Bobby Draper

– More Intelligent Life has a post on the adventure game revival, spurred by the recent re-release of Sam and Max and Adventures on Monkey Island on Xbox Live Arcade

– Good deal: The Third Man Blu-ray available fo r$15.99 on Amazon, though it now looks like it is backordered (via High Def Digest)

– Allison Silverman, executive producer on “The Colbert Report” since it began in 2005, announced she is leaving the show