- Above, a teaser for next year's Monsters University, the highly anticipated prequel to Monsters Inc. The spot parodies college advertisements, which pairs nicely with the the incredibly detailed Monsters University website that Pixar released last year.
- In what will probably be the most exciting news of a slow (pop culture related) news week, Big Boi has added a verse to Frank Ocean's already incredible "Pink Matter". Now that the song will function as an Outkast reunion, it will most likely make most Best of 2013 lists, whether that is considered cheating or not. (via Consequence of Sound)
- Though the "controversy" surrounding Django Unchained has been far weaker than the (incredible) film itself, this interview makes it all worth it. A (white) critic asks about the movie's use of "the n-word", and before he answers, Samuel L. Jackson demands that the journalist actually say the word. Suffice to say, he does not. (via BlackBook)
- In interesting, potentially unsatisfying, film score news, Jay-Z will provide the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby adaptation. In less interesting, though great, film score news, Alexandre Desplat will follow up his work in Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Moonrise Kingdom, by working on Wes Anderson's upcoming Grand Budapest Hotel. (via Pitchfork, Paste)
- As a Chicagoan, I find myself out of luck, but if you're in a city that Marc Maron will be touring, you better go see it. I will know if you don't. And I will be upset. (via Paste)
- If you don't own an Xbox and couldn't play 2012's great Fez, you'll be happy to know it will be coming to other platforms sometime this year. (via IGN)
- Old people don't know how to use computers. (via Hollywood Reporter)
- Big Boi ended 2012 by releasing a fairly disappointing album, but it did have a number of great tracks. One of those, "In the A", now has a video. The furious editing and presence of T.I. and Ludacris give the video a great energy, and while it doesn't set any standards, it does a solid job of celebrating Atlanta, just like the song it accompanies. (via Stereogum)
- STRFKR is following up 2011's solid Reptilians with Miracle Mile, out Feb. 19. Yesterday, a new track, "Say To You", dropped, and while it's only ok, it works well enough to build a fair amount of anticipation for the new record. (via Consequence of Sound)
- Anthony Bourdain live-tweeted an episode of iCarly. That's really all that can be said on the matter. (via Buzzfeed)
- An absolutely, spoiler alert, genius look at spoiler alerts from, spoiler alert, Portlandia.
Podcast of the Day:
- I don't love Judge John Hodgman like some do (though I do love the man John Hodgman), but today's episode, "Coming Out of the Supply Closet" is fantastic. Featuring 30 ROCK's Scott Adsit as guest bailiff, the case concerns a couple deciding whether or not to tell their coworkers that they're together. It's a fairly personal matter, and in his ruling (which happens to give us a view with the future of the couple) Hodgman admits to that. But it never becomes personal, rather hilarious, as Hodgman vacillates between flabbergasted and faux--goofy-pretentious, two areas he has mastered.
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