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by John Lindstedt

23 Feb 2010

NBC’s original ad concept for announcing Jay Leno’s return to The Tonight Show involved a parody of Dallas: Jay Leno would be shown in the shower (a la J.R.), and his move to ten o’clock would be “all a dream.” The idea was nixed in favor of a far less interesting campaign, although audiences were thankfully spared the image of the “funnyman” in the shower. Instead, NBC’s promo shows Jay driving back to 11:30 in one of his choice vehicles, much similar to the ads they showed to announce his initial 10 o’clock move. NBC’s ad features the Beatles’s “Get Back”, which feature the lyrics, “get back to where you once belong.” Leno’s return to Tonight has proven controversial, however, especially among the tech savvy crowd. In the following clip, some prankster replaces “Get Back” with a song that more accurately expresses the sentiments of the internet community:

by John Lindstedt

22 Feb 2010

In Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, David Cross writes and stars as the title character stuck in corporate hell. The pilot, also starring Will Arnett and Spike Jonze, was produced for England’s Channel 4 and was recently picked up for a full season order. Thankfully, us Yanks can still catch the pilot on our side of the pond without worrying about ever escalating baggage fees:

by Christian John Wikane

22 Feb 2010

Nona Hendryx illustrates just how much mightier the word is than the sword in “The Ballad of Rush Limbaugh”, her response to the right-wing pundit’s remarks in the wake of the earthquake in Haiti. “I’ve been so pissed off with Rush Limbaugh (for a long time) and his insensitive, racist commentary,” she says. “The final straw was his ill chosen or mean/hateful comments about American relief efforts for Haiti. So instead of just fuming and ranting myself, I wrote a song.” Felicia Collins, the guitarist for David Letterman’s house band, joins Hendryx on guitar.

The acclaimed singer-songwriter-funk rock innovator concocts some memorable couplets. “You chose your airwaves to spread your disease,” Hendryx hisses, “To kick the people already down on their knees.” Count how many dart holes puncture Limbaugh’s smug visage.

Listeners can visit CD Baby or iTunes to download the song. Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, and UNICEF.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Feb 2010

London electro-poppers Hot Chip stop by the Radio 1 to lay down a live take on the title track from their new album.

by Sarah Zupko

22 Feb 2010

Kathryn Bigelo is the first female director to win best film and best director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Her superb film The Hurt Locker scored six awards out of eight nominations, shutting Avatar out of the big awards. Avatar won the biggies at the Golden Globes, but the Brits seemed to prefer the more serious fare on offer in the Iraq Qar themed film. We certainly concur with the BAFTA choices as seen in our Best Films of 2009 feature.

In this clip Bigelo reflects on her historic win…

The film also snagged best screenplay and Mark Boal talks here about that win…

And yes, Jeff Bridges was great in Crazy Heart and is standing now as the Oscar favorite for Best Actor. However, the BAFTAs got it right, awarding Colin Firth with the title for his role in the heartbreaking A Single Man, based on the Christopher Isherwood novel. Here Firth discusses his win and his role in the film…

//Mixed media

The Hills Are Alive, But Nobody Else Is in 'The Happiness of the Katakuris'

// Short Ends and Leader

"Happiness of the Katakuris is one of Takashi Miike's oddest movies, and that's saying something.

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