(Justin Timberlake, putting a smile on America's face)
- Justin Timberlake is doing something music related (more information, or possibly some music itself, coming Sunday at midnight), Destiny's Child is reuniting, and Beyonce has confirmed a new album for 2013. Somehow other pop culture news was allowed to come out today, and be completely overshadowed as everyone is busy listening to "My Love" on repeat, and sweating and crying in anticipation, or maybe that is just me.
- Christopher Nolan is circling a new film, titled Intersteller, written by his brother Jonathan. It sounds a lot like Inception and reportedly has little to do with Justin Timberlake or Beyonce.
- Britney Spears quit The X Factor in order to spend time on her upcoming album which will likely be very good, but not the album of the year, because that is taken, assuming JT is putting out an entire album.
- Brian K. Vaughn's Y: The Last Man officially has a director after years in development hell. That director is Dan Trachtenberg, who is most famous for the Portal fan film, "No Escape". Justin Timberlake.
- Danny Boyle's new movie Trance does not look like it will be a very good movie, but luckily, trailers can be misleading!
- Froggy Fresh, formerly Krispy Kreme (the young rapper changed his name late last year after, he claims, the doughnut company wouldn't allow him to release his album with their moniker) has a new video for the track "Same Old Kid". While most of Froggy Fresh's music is very awesome and hilarious (though always with a great beat), this one is actually just one of 2013's first great songs. Congrats, Froggy Fresh.
- Foxygen's folky new track is solid, and given what else we've heard from their upcoming album, I can't wait to enjoy it and then listen to it soundtrack the next Wes Anderson film.
- A$AP Rocky feat. Florence Welch. Not as incredible as I hoped it to be, but I suppose there's a reason it was relegated to "bonus track".
- Jimmy Kimmel is killing it in the earlier timeslot, or at least various segments are. After the great "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" two nights ago, last night saw the even better "Knife Guys", featuring Will Ferrell and Ryan Gosling? Are those two people allowed to do a skit together? Is there not a black-hole-of-incredibleness protocol for that?
Today on Wine & Pop
- Oscar nominations were announced today, and there plenty of surprises both good and bad.
- Paul Krueger reviewed the new Warren Ellis novel, Gun Machine. The book may not be perfect, but it's unlike anything you'll see on network TV.
- I looked at the first Suburgatory of 2013, which had one of the most perfect moments of acting courtesy of Allie Grant. The rest of the episode? Not so great.