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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.

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Linkdown: 2/18/10 by Barbecue Bros

– Morgan Spurlock and Joss Whedon are making a Comic-Con doc

– Cinematical asks “Does the Hot Tub Time Machine Work?”

Interview with Beach House

– This is the true story of how Yeasayer got their name

– The complete SXSW 2010 showcase schedule…really wish I could make it back this year

A track from Ted Leo’s forthcoming album, The Brutalist Bricks

– Judd Apatow and Paul Feig to reunite for the first time since “Freaks and Geeks” on a Kristen Wiig comedy

– The Oscar set revealed…sorta

– Great news: Syfy teaming with B-movie god Roger Corman for “Dinoshark”



Linkdown: 8/3/09 by Barbecue Bros

Funny People was #1 at the box office this past weekend, though with slightly disappointing numbers

– Speaking of Funny People, a New Yorker profile on Leslie Mann

A recap of all 26 “Mad Men” episodes thus far, season 3 is less than two weeks away (!!)

– A couple of pieces on Christina Hendricks of “Mad Men”: a profile from New York Magazine and an interview in Esquire

– Netflix to finally start streaming episodes of “Lost”

A short Q&A with District 9 director Neil Blomkamp

Stream The Big Pink‘s upcoming album (h/t gorillavsbear Twitter)

– One last bit about Funny People: three ways it wasn’t your typical Apatow comedy



Linkdown: 7/31/09 by Barbecue Bros

Interview with Judd Apatow, who has just signed a three-year deal with Universal

– The full Guitar Hero 5 track listing

24 classic comedy teams, including Franco and Rogen from Pineapple Express, Fey and Poehler from Baby Mama and John Goodman and Jeff Bridges from The Big Lebowski

– Larry David speaks about the “Seinfeld” cast reunion on the upcoming season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

“You won’t see the entire show. You’ll see parts of the show. You’ll get an idea of what happened (to the Seinfeld characters) eleven years later. Within the show, it will be incorporated into regular ‘Curb’ episodes.”

Interview with Ghostface Killah on his upcoming R&B album

“True Blood,” “Hung” and “Entourage” all renewed for another season next summer; they really are going to run “Entourage” into the ground aren’t they?

– Vulture asks, “Is Third Eye Blind really one of the most revered bands of the nineties?”



Linkdown: 3/2/09 Snow day! by Barbecue Bros
March 2, 2009, 1:03 pm
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Interview with Eliza Dushku, star of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse

Interview with Zach Condon of Beirut

– Zach Snyder on comic book movies: “”We’re killing the comic-book movie, we’re ending it. This movie is the last comic-book movie, for good or bad.”

– Pitchfork gives the latest U2 album No Line on the Horizon a 4.2

10 overlooked performances from 2008, including Bill Irwin in Rachel Getting Married and Chiwetel Ejiofor in Redbelt

The deets about a campaign to name the International Space Station Node 3 “Serenity” after the ship on Joss Whedon’s Firefly

– Finally, Is Judd Apatow this generation’s  John Hughes?