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: 7/28/10 by Barbecue Bros
July 28, 2010, 10:40 am
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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: 7/22/10 “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: 7/14/10 by Barbecue Bros
July 14, 2010, 11:26 am
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Interview with Rob Corddry, co-creator of the hilarious “Scrubs”/”Grey’s Anatomy” spoof “Children’s Hospital”

– Peter Weller (aka RoboCop) joins the cast of “Dexter”

10 Kids’ Book Heroines Who Need a Sassy Gay Friend

A roundup of the “meanest and funniest” reviews of M.I.A.‘s latest album

Wilco have left their record label Nonesuch and will possibly be starting a label of their own

Interview with the ridiculously hot Christina Hendricks, co-star of “Mad Men,” on her Emmy nomination

Interview with Amy Poehler on her Emmy nomination

– Tim Goodman’s Emmy snubs and surprises

– Spin’s 20 Best Albums of the Year thus far, a pretty decent list



Linkdown: 6/25/10 by Barbecue Bros

The Arcade Fire‘s upcoming album The Suburbs will have 8 different covers for some reason

– So there’s this, a SyFy Debbie Gibson versus Tiffany movie is coming

Pavement reunited with their original drummer at a recent show in their hometown of Stockton, CA

Another interview with Adam Scott of “Party Down”

What’s the most important lesson you learned on Tell Me You Love Me?
Always pick the biggest fake penis if it’s gonna be yours.

Here’s a feature on Paul Rudd and his “smarter brand of summer comedy” on NY Mag

– Here it is you guys, the R. Kelly World Cup video for “Sign of Victory”

A long GQ interview with the awesome Jason Segel

– Also awesome: all of  the Toy Story 3 easter eggs



Linkdown: 6/24/10 addendum by Barbecue Bros

A couple of tv-related (and mostly Alan Sepinwall-related) items that I neglected earlier today…

– An Alan Sepinwall interview with “Party Down” and now “Parks and Recreation” cast member, Adam Scott

– Another Alan Sepinwall interview/post-mortem of “Treme” season one with co-creator, David Simon

– His review of the excellent 30 for 30 documentary film, The Two Escobars

– ESPN was the big winner yesterday with both the exciting US-Algeria match and the marathon Mahut-Isner tennis match

– Speaking of which, the USA-Algeria soccer match may have set an internet traffic record yesterday



Linkdown: 6/4/10 by Barbecue Bros

Godspeed You! Black Emperor add Weird Al Yankovic (what?) to their All Tomorrow’s Party lineup which includes experimental acts Bardo Pond, Deerhoof, Black Dice and Tim Hecker

An update on the Star Wars kid, Ghyslain Raza

Vampire Weekend played “Holiday” on “The Colbert Report” last night

– Olivia Munn (hott) debuted as a “Daily Show” correspondent last night

– Alan Sepinwall begins his recap of season 3 of “The Wire” (or “The Greatest TV Drama Ever” in his words)

– He also breaks down the Television Critics Association Awards nominations

Interview with Get Him to the Greek director Nick Stoller

– Vulture analyzes the voiceover work of different actors, including John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Jon Hamm