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The Olympics concluded earlier this week, which feels a bit sad, even though it means all of our television shows are back and we no longer have to space out in front of hours and hours of people rushing down snowy hills. I suppose there is sadness to be found in all endings. Hmmm. Should we talk about the peculiar sadness that is to be found in the closing of the Winter Olympics a bit more, or should we get to what we came here for: absolutely anything else? Anything else? Okay, let's go:
On Wednesday, Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson unveiled his first cartoon for public consumption in 19 years: a poster for the upcoming documentary Stripped, about the history of the newspaper comic strip. He is also interviewed in the documentary (his first-ever recorded interview!), which is available for pre-order now.
"Note: if you're an indie filmmaker with commercial promise, please continue making films. (Don't sign.) This list is made for the mediocre filmmakers who would otherwise be clogging up the indie arteries with undercooked, half-assed or nobudge productions." After op-eds from New York Times critic Manohla Dargis and Salon's Beanie Barnes urging the film film industry to stop buying so many independent films, and urging filmmakers to stop making them altogether, actor and filmmaker Kentucker Audley started a petition at Change.org urging ("urging") (not urging) fellow filmmakers to give in to their demands. Here's an interview with him about those op-eds, and the state of the independent film industry.
You can stream the entire soundtrack for Wes Anderson's upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel over at Pitchfork.
Our own Emma Pearse asks, What's with all the dead young women on TV? Good question!
"'This is really random,' Clark explains. 'I got obsessed with that show The Bachelor. At the time, a lot of people were talking about "the sanctity of marriage" and preserving this beautiful institution. "We must not let anyone who isn't in the club, in the club." OK, fine. But then there's a game show where women who have barely met this one random guy – the hunk – are willing to go to, like, Evel Knievel heights to impress him.'" Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, whose incredible new self-titled album came out this week, on how a Bachelor contestant inspired her new look. (Sort of.) (You'll see.)
Net neutrality: everyone totally understands what it is, everyone's ears perk up when the topic is brought up in casual conversation, eager to share their own informed opinion about it, and, above all, everyone lov--…haaa…hateeessss…it? Loves it. Or…? It's just safe to say that everyone gets it and has an opinion. Over at Wired, Robert McMillan shares his opinion about why Netflix's deal with Comcast, which many are saying signifies the death of net neutrality, (mmhm, yes), might not be such a bad thing after all. Hmm?
The misguided detective work of the CSI: Cinema Scene Investigators.
This week, word got out that Girls star Adam Driver was close to being cast as the villain in the new Star Wars trilogy:
If Adam Driver does play a Star Wars villain, please, *please* let him say "Outer. Space." a lot. http://t.co/aSV9efCzkh— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) February 26, 2014
Olympics close with tribute to Russian artists and a little self-deprecating humor.
Amy Poehler was the first guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and you can watch her interview now if you missed it. Hey, why not! She's the best!
And while you're at it, why not watch Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show lip synch battle with Paul Rudd? Take a break. You deserve it!
"Okay. You know about the Rob Lowe/Snow White duet. But have you seen it in context? I can assure you it makes even less sense in context." Dave Holmes revisits the Nielsens circa the infamous 1989 Oscars telecast.
"I’m aware that it’s ironic that I’m making this case in the media—but this is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again." Alec Baldwin says goodbye to public life (or, I think more accurately, goodbye to participating in magazine features centered around Alec Baldwin) in New York.
Warner Bros. has acquired the movie rights to Minecraft, and the film will be produced by The Lego Movie's Roy Lee. Will every adult you follow on Twitter go bananas for The Minecraft Movie, too? We'll see!
"[Kurzel] thought it was interesting to have, like, an exotic flavor to the accent. So I asked, 'Do you really think it's interesting? Or do you think I will never be able to totally erase my French accent and be totally Scottish?' And he said, 'No, no, no, we really think it's interesting.' I don't know if it was true, but I'm doing it, so ... " John Cameron Mitchell interviews Marion Cotillard, who speaks here of preparing for Macbeth, for Interview Magazine.
"I think the question is, have I ever NOT touched Bill Hader's butt?" Portlandia returned to IFC on Thursday night, THANK GOD, and in advance of the premiere, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein participated in a reddit AMA.