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Linkdown: 3/16/10 by Barbecue Bros

– Cinematical has a long-ish interview with Jonah Hill from SXSW about a variety of topics including his upcoming movie Cyrus

Avatar DVD and Blu-ray deets

Some interesting post-Oscar tidbits from producer Bill Mechanic

A review of a National concert from last Friday in NYC

Watch Ted Leo cover “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” in a new AV Club feature where 25 artists will be covering 25 songs

– Jason Segel will officially be the human lead in the upcoming Muppets movie he wrote and is co-producing

– Want to hear a Lil Wayne/”The Office” theme song mashup? Of course you do!



Linkdown: 3/8/10 by Barbecue Bros
March 8, 2010, 12:01 pm
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All of the Oscar winners of the night, with commentary

– EW has some backstage buzz from the big night

16 memorable Oscar moments according to EW

– Vulture: What the Hell Was Sean Penn Talking About Last Night?

– Co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin did an exceptional job co-hosting last night; here are their best moments

– Precious sweeps the Independent Spirit Awards, which was also held this past weekend

– All of the Razzie “dis-hours” of the night, including the big “winner” on the night, Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen



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: 3/3/10 by Barbecue Bros

– Vulture has an exclusive on how a Sacha Baron Cohen/Ben Stiller Avatar sketch was cut from the Oscars so as not to offend James Cameron on live tv

“Let’s just say that Cameron isn’t known to be, shall we say, ‘self-deprecating,’” explained one insider familiar with the decision to cut the sketch.

Interview with “Parenthood” actor Peter Krause on “Dirty Sexy Money,” “Six Feet Under” and his new Ron Howard/Brian Grazer produced show

Interview with Zach Galifianakis from the Details 10th Anniversary party:

Lupe Fiasco recently used your name in a rap lyric about his own greatness. How do you feel about that?
I heard that. I haven’t heard the song. I will be happy when Dolly Parton uses me in a song, then I’ve made it. There are a lot of rap guys out there.

“The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” will no longer be available on Hulu

“Michael and Michael Have Issues” has officially been canceled

Band of Horses has officially announced a new album due May 18, entitled Infinite Arms

Interview with James Murphy about the Greenberg soundtrack and the new LCD Soundsystem album



Linkdown: 2/19/10 by Barbecue Bros

The deets on the new Broken Social Scene album (!) Forgiveness Rock Record, including a song, full tracklist, cover art and tour dates

– Slashfilm has a few of the better Worth 1000 “Mate a Movie 15” movie poster mash-ups

Avatar Blu-ray and DVD arriving on Earth Day (April 22)

– Time Out New York has the 50 most deserving Oscar winners and includes winners in all categories, not just Best Picture (via Cinematical)

GAYNGS is a supergroup consisting of Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) and members of Megafaun and Rosebuds, among others; press release from Jagjaguwar, who is putting their album out:

“Fans of Bon Iver will recognize Vernon’s familiar falsetto, but will flip when they hear his Bone Thug’s-style R&B.”

The latest entry in AV Club’s New Cult Canon is Synecdoche, New York

– Apparently Up in the Air author Walter Kirn is not invited to the Oscars, which if true is a douchey move on Jason Reitman’s part

– The Aziz Ansari/Raaaaaaaandy mixtape produced by TV on the Radio‘s Dave Sitek has been delayed and will be put out “when we want”



Oscars 2010 Nominees Announced by Barbecue Bros
February 2, 2010, 10:51 am
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Here are the nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, to be held on March 7:

BEST PICTURE:
Avatar
The Blind Side
District 9
An Education
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
A Serious Man
Up
Up in the Air

Best picture is almost certainly down to Avatar and The Hurt Locker (who both led with 9 nominations each), but I was glad to see District 9 included. I only saw five of the best picture nominees, though I really wanted to see A Serious Man and Up.

DIRECTING:
Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker
James Cameron – Avatar
Lee Daniels – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Jason Reitman – Up in the Air
Quentin Tarantino – Inglourious Basterds

Again, it will come down to Avatar and The Hurt Locker, but I’d really like to see Tarantino win. Inglourious Basterds was his crowning achievement in my eyes. Would have liked to have see District 9‘s Neill Blomkamp get a nod.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE:
Jeff Bridges – Crazy Heart
George Clooney – Up in the Air
Colin Firth – A Single Man
Morgan Freeman – Invictus
Jeremy Renner – The Hurt Locker

ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE:
Sandra Bullock – The Blind Side
Helen Mirren – The Last Station
Carey Mulligan – An Education
Gabourey Sidibe – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Meryl Streep – Julie & Julia

I would guess Jeff Bridges and Sandra Bullock will probably continue their win streak fore their respective categories at the awards shows. For Actress in a Leading Role, I would have liked to see Mélanie Laurent from Inglourious Basterds nominated (bumping Helen Mirren, possibly).

ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Matt Damon – Invictus
Woody Harrelson – The Messenger
Christopher Plummer – The Last Station
Stanley Tucci – The Lovely Bones
Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE:
Penelope Cruz – Nine
Vera Farmiga – Up in the Air
Maggie Gyllenhaal – Crazy Heart
Anna Kendrick – Up in the Air
Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire

Christoph Waltz should win Actor in a Supporting Role, and deservedly so. I didn’t see it (as most people haven’t due to its bad reviews) but I believe Stanley Tucci is a bit of a surprise for The Lovely Bones. I’m guessing Mo’Nique will win for Actress in a Supporting Role.

The rest of the nominees after the jump: Continue reading



Linkdown: 11/19/09 by Barbecue Bros
November 19, 2009, 11:18 am
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– AV Club’s top 50 albums of the decade; I can’t find too much wrong with it

Interview with Ty Burrell of “Modern Family”

– The Oscar Documentary shortlist includes Food, Inc. but snubs Anvil! The Story of Anvil! (boo)

Interview with Carla Gugino, who plays a porn star who gets unexpectedly preggers in her latest movie Women in Trouble

Avatar will be nearly three hours long

– The Emmys are moving back to August next year

– High Def Digest’s Holiday Gift Guide 2009: Blu-rays for the Folks Who Have…Issues (kinda dumb)

– Here’s the Beach House single “Norway” from their forthcoming album and Sub Pop debut Teen Dream