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: 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: 7/8/20 by Barbecue Bros

– Emmy nominations are out; great to see Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler from “Friday Night Lights” finally getting some love!

– Michael Ausiello has some snap judgments on the Emmy noms

Some video from Steve Carell’s appearance on “The Colbert Report” last night and the re-emergence of their “Daily Show” segment Even Stephven

Avatar will return to the big screen in August with 8 more minutes of footage

– Michael Giacchino, composer for “Lost” and Up, will score Let Me In

Listen to the Kid Cudi, Best Coast and Rostam (Vampire Weekend) collaboration for Converse we heard about a week or so back

– Flavorwire analyzes the “Mad Men” cast photo I posted yesterday

 – 10 Classic MTV Shows That Should Make a Comeback; well it looks like “Beavis and Butthead” is actually coming back in 2011

Linkdown: 6/7/10 by Barbecue Bros

An interview with The National‘s Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner was just posted on Pitchfork today

– Tuned In praises Matt Gilford for his great performance in this past week’s “Friday Night Lights”

Interpol add the awesome David Pajo as their new bassist and self-title their upcoming album

– The Joker will not be returning in Batman 3, says Christopher Nolan

– Interesting post on the use of the same reoccurring newspaper prop in various tv shows over the years

Interview with Jonah Hill and director Nick Stoller on Get Him to the Greek, which finished second behind Shrek 4 this past weekend

– Flavorwire has a primer on the new-but-not-yet-permanent “Daily Show” senior asian correspondent, Olivia Munn

Linkdown: 5/10/10 by Barbecue Bros

– The Kids in the Hall’s tv mini-series “Death Comes to Town” will air on IFC in August

– Brad Bird is officially on board to direct Mission: Impossible IV

Interview with Iron Man 2 screenwriter Justin Theroux; Iron Man 2 won the box office with $133.6 million this weekend, the fifth highest opening weekend ever

– Porn star Sasha Grey will be a Vince gf in the upcoming season of “Entourage”

– This past weekend’s SNL with Betty White and Jay-Z scored its highest ratings in 18 months; here is a pretty funny unaired Debbie Downer sketch from the night

“Friday Night Lights” returned, few people noticed

Carlos D. leaves Interpol to “pursue new goals”

High Violet gets a “Best New Music” from Pitchfork with a score of 8.7

Linkdown: 5/7/10 by Barbecue Bros

– The random roles of Paul Dano, currently in The Good Heart

Some deets on JJ Abrams’ sci-fi collaboration with Steven Spielberg

The National perform four three songs in a New Jersey castle (wait, what?)

– Creed from “The Office” to release a new album; Ed Helms guests on the album (via Spin)

– A Planet of the Apes prequel to be released in 2011

– 15 songs that spell it out, Scrabble-style

– A short video interview with Aziz Ansari, who talks about the “Parks and Recreation” finale and the possibility of a “Office” crossover

– Vulture: Friday Night Lights: How Each Episode Will Make You Feel

2009 Primetime Emmy Nominations by Barbecue Bros

The nominations for the 61st Primetime Emmy awards came out this morning and once again, they failed to not nominate “Two and a Half Men” for anything. Seriously, what do people see in this show? In any case, some thoughts below. The awards will be held on September 20 on CBS.

Some thoughts on Comedy:

  • While I do still watch “Entourage,” I don’t understand why it continues to be nominated year after year (ditto for “Weeds”)
  • I loathe “Family Guy” to its core and am saddened by its Best Comedy Series nom
  • Glad to see “Flight of the Conchords” nominated, but its second season wasn’t all that great
  • Though it was never going to get nominated, “Better Off Ted” is a better, funnier show than nearly half of the list for Best Comedy Series
  • Glad to see Jemaine nominated, but why him over Brett?
  • Kevin Dillon nominated for Johnny Drama? Come on.
  • Neil Patrick Harris finally nominated! Yes! 
  • Colby Smulders could have gotten a nod for Best Supporting Actress and I would have been very cool with that.
  • “30 Rock” is a guest actor nomination factory for the second year in a row – Alan Alda, Jon Hamm (!), Steve Martin, Jennifer Aniston, Elaine Stritch

Some thoughts on Drama:

  • “Dexter,” “House,” “Lost” and “Mad Men” all deserving for Best Drama series, but no “Friday Night Lights”?!?!?
  • I’ve never seen the show, but is Simon Baker that good in “The Mentalist?”
  • Glad to see Michael C. Hall, Jon Hamm and Hugh Laurie nominated again
  • Good job for Elisabeth Moss getting nominated in Best Actress in a Drama, but I would have been happy to see January Jones nominated for Supporting Actress
  • Go John Slattery in Supporting Actor in a Drama! Nice nod for Christian Clemenson though..
  • Jimmy Smits was a great character  in “Dexter,” so glad to see that
  • Is “True Blood” too populist for Emmy nods?

Some thoughts on Reality/Variety/Mini-series/Other:

  • “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” was nominated!
  • It could very well be “The Amazing Race’s” to lose, but good to see “Top Chef” on the list for Reality Competition Program
  • …As well as Padma and Tom nominated for hosting
  • I’ve come around on “The Daily Show” but maybe this is the year “The Colbert Report” will break through?
  • Both the Will Ferrell and Ricky Gervais comedy specials were awesome, and either would likely give a great acceptance speech
  • “Generation Kill” was a very underrated miniseries