What the hell?... I thought we'd retired this gimmick? I guess if I'm going to start blogging again, I might as well bring back this forum's most popular segment. By the way, what does it say about your skills as a writer when people start randomly emailing you and saying, "Dude, I know you're busy, but I need that weekly slop load of links to things you didn't write." Yep, the price of fame... As always, here is some of the best stuff I've come across over the course of the past... well, the past little while.
The 20 Best Live Acts of The Decade (2000-2009)
By Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine compiles it's list of the 20 best live acts of the past 10 years, complete with stellar video footage (the Badlands clip from Pinkpop is off the charts). More than a few dotcomrade favourites are included, although I have to say, #2 is a bit of a head-scratcher for me. Am I just too uncool to get The Flaming Lips?
Thanks to Browner for the hook-up.
Scenes From a Book Tour
By Bill Simmons
I found this piece to be incredibly entertaining... Maybe because I'm totally jealous, but still.
One other Simmons note. This particular piece of pop culture genius from an otherwise ordinary mailbag needs to be reprinted here:
Q: What do you think would be the most awkward but (somewhat) realistic casting for a romantic comedy? I'm going with Maggie and Jake Gyllenhaal.-- Matan B., Riverside
SG: After consulting with the Mailbag Committee, my rankings look like this:
7. Mike Tyson and Robin Givens.
6. Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston; Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez (tie).
5. Jack Nicholson and Megan Fox.
4. Chris Brown and Rihanna. Sorry. But it would be remarkably awkward.
3. The Gyllenhaals. I like this idea because, once and for all, it would take the whole "Look, I am an actor and even though I am passionately making out with my same-sex co-star right now, it's only because I am playing a role and not feeling any actual passion" concept to another level. Let's say you wrote an amazing script called "Adopted By Love," in which two people were engaged but didn't realize that the girlfriend was given up for adoption as a baby by the parents of the boyfriend. And let's say you offered the Gyllenhaals $60 million combined to play the lead roles and even make out a few times. If actors are always "acting" -- like Jake did with Heath Ledger in "Brokeback Mountain" -- how is this different? You're an actor! Would I want to see this? Of course not. I'd throw up. But still, it's acting!
2. Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
1. A romantic comedy in which John Stamos falls in love with two twins at the same time and neither of the twins knows the other likes Stamos ... and the twins are played by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. Name me anyone who has ever seen "Full House" who wouldn't be cringing. I can't handle it. Let's just move on; my skin is crawling. You know this would be traumatic since I'd rather see the Gyllenhaals make out.
We love you, this won't change a thing
By John Buccigross
The heartwarming story of Brendan Burke telling his dad that he is gay.
Thanks to Flats for the piece.
Letterman writer, Hold Steady singer in a dream/weird/promising collaboration
By Steven Zeitchik
Tom Ruprecht and Craig Finn writing the screenplay to Chuck Klostermann's Fargo Rock City? Sign me up.
Thanks to Browner for the link.