(Les Mis parody of "You Wouldn't Download a Car" PSA)
- The upcoming season of Girls will use Donald Glover's quality of being black to discuss some of the HBO show's first-season issues, such as a lack of people with the aforementioned distinguishing characteristic. (via The AV Club)
- I don't like to report on rumors, but this one is too potentially awesome to ignore: due to the success of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park (one of the greatest places on Earth), Universal Studios may add a similar Lord of the Rings set land. (via Paste)
- We haven't heard from Christopher Guest (at least in the writer/director's chair) since 2006's For Your Consideration, which was not a very good film. But before that he did A Mighty Wind, Best In Show and Waiting for Guffman, so let's all get very excited for his imminent HBO series starring Chris O'Dowd (The IT Crowd, Bridesmaids) and a whole host of Guest regulars. (via Flavorwire)
- Not many WGA nomination surprises, though it's nice to see the great Perks of Being a Wallflower adaption receive some recognition. (via /Film)
- A sequel to the incredibly fun martial-arts film The Raid is unnecessary but it is happening, and it will most likely be a great time. (via /Film)
- Hit-Boy, the producer behind "N----s in Paris" and A$AP Rocky's new (incredible) "1 Train" will be working on Britney Spears' new album. (via Vulture)
- This spring will bring us all a new Vampire Weekend album, so get ready for that debate to pop up again. (via Paste)
- Anna Faris has signed a deal to continue to be underappreciated for eternity. (via Vulture)
- The newest Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds song, "We No Who U R" is far better than the title suggest, and now there's an unsettling video to match the quiet haunting of the song's chorus. (via Consequence of Sound)
- For those who are already itching for new Sharon Van Etten songs, you'll have to wait, but Angel Olsen makes music good and similar enough to fill the time. Her new song, "Sweet Dreams" will be on her upcoming The Sleepwalker EP, out January 15th. (via Pitchfork)
- Polygon has an excellent interview with someone who actually studies the effects of violent media (including video games), and warns that pretending a connection between the two is not just incorrect, but potentially dangerous.
- While we're on that horrific subject, Chris Ware designed this week's New Yorker cover, inspired by the shooting in Newtown, and wrote a touching piece on the importance of teachers.
- The new Evil Dead trailer doesn't add to the argument that the movie will be quality, but it does add to the argument that Jane Levy (Suburgatory) is definitely in this movie, and I don't need much more than this. I dismiss the outright accusation that remakes are "unnecessary" (I think that term, at least when used prematurely, adds nothing to the cultural conversation), but I do understand people's hesitation. Nevertheless, the tone of this movie does look different enough to possibly warrant a remake. However, then the question becomes: if the movie is significantly different, why not just make an original property? We'll know the answer when the film actually arrives, on April 12th.
- Out February 8th, Side Effects doesn't appear to be a masterwork, but Steven Soderbergh is notorious for having films that are marketed much differently than the actual content would suggest (see Magic Mike as a prime example. Seriously, see that movie.) While this could be a generic thriller, the cast (Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum, Catherine Zeta-Jones, David Constabile, etc.) and director give hope that it could be one of the year's first great films.
- New York Magazine has an incredible/hilarious write-up on the absurdity of Back to the Future's newspaper, the Hill Valley Telegraph. One chief confusion: the arrest of a largely unknown scientist is considered more headline-worthy than Nixon seeking a fourth term as president.