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Political Weekend

Posted in Links, Politics by Sam Unsted on May 25, 2008

Just a reminder for those who do enjoy the political linkage, check out the Slate Political Gabfest and KCRW’s Left, Right and Center podcasts. Both are excellent. For the British politics, try the BBC’s Weekly Political Review.

UK

Gordon Brown is being put under pressure appoint a viable successor as deputy.

Allegedly, ‘Blair-ite’ left-wing figures are plotting and have approached someone to consider taking the job.

The leading candidate at the moment is Miliband.

What about Alan Johnson though?

John Rentoul says only Labour can really be blamed for this.

It should also be noted this week that our government rejected restrictions on IVF (which really pissed off The Daily Mail and therefore must be good) which would have discriminated against lesbian and gay couples seeking adoption and we voted to keep the current upper abortion limit at 24 weeks.

US

One must-read this week, George Packer’s excellent piece from The New Yorker on the fall of conservatism in America.

He’s been getting a few responses since publishing the essay.

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Politics for the Weekend

Posted in Links, Politics by Sam Unsted on May 18, 2008

Gordon Brown is backing embryo research, calling it an ‘inherently moral endeavour’.

He’s also dropping hints of aid packages for Burma.

All this amid new rows in the lead up to bi-elections.

Cameron is taking some real strides forward against Brown.

Writing for The Times, Michael Portillo urges Cameron to stand back and just allow Gordon to self-destruct.

Could anyone really last amid this press storm though?

What exactly can the Tories offer us then?

The UK’s abortion debate is starting to reach boiling point.

Obama gave two great interviews this week; to Marty Peretz at The New Republic and to Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic.

Republicans are now fearing an Obama nomination.

Senator George McGovern has switched to Obama.

He’s picking up endorsement and delegates at a decent clip now. Here’s one and here’s another. Apparently the endorsement of John Edwards doesn’t matter so much.

This all follows an emboldening win for Democrats in Mississippi.

As Democrats are reborn, the Republicans are wilting.

Do they really grasp the implications of their last defeat?

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The Week in Politics

Posted in Links, Politics by Sam Unsted on April 5, 2008

Money, Money, Money!

The London Mayoral elections are turning into an even bigger farce that before as Boris admits using blow and Ken has troubles sheathing his manhood.

The Guardian’s Dave Hill welcomes both revelations.

The Clintons have made a pile of money since leaving the White House.

Democrats in Montana are loving the extended primary season.

‘I can make you feel goood,’ is apparently what Barack’s slogan could be.

Mitt Romney has been losing a lot of friends.

The State Department is renewing its deal with Blackwater, the controversial and some may asserts, illegal, private security operation.

Marian Wright Edelman writes on the appreciation needed for Martin Luther King and his legacy.

Mark Penn, a strategist for Hillary Clinton, has apologised after it was found that he had lobbied for the Colombia trade agreement that Clinton herself opposed.

Do not start expecting her to quit though, according to Bill Boyarsky.

What can Obama teach Hank Paulson.

And finally, elections in Zimbabwe have rocked back and forth all week with the MDC claiming victory and now Mugabe finally starting to show his dictatorial colours.

Indeed, it’s going to be a messy finish to that battle.

I Know You Got Link

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on February 7, 2008
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What is on Grizzly Bear’s iPod? Hmmm… let’s ask The AV Club.

Eva Mendes is no longer in rehab. I’m really not sure where she is now…

Three GOP sources believe Mitt Romney is about to drop out of the presidential race.

Who really emerged victorious from Super Tuesday?

Hot Chip. Guest List. Pitch Fork. Monkey Hermit. Stop Now.

What to eat on Oscar night… Epicurious has some ideas. (Thank you Pop Candy)

This is kind of good, but mostly needs to be watched because it’s a bad white-rap record about Kevin Costner.

Chloe Sevigny has designed a line of clothing.

Rhianna has launched her own line of umbrellas, ellas, ellas, eh eh eh… which I’m sure she will let us stand under.

Pop Candy, from whom many of these links are ‘stolen’, lists twenty-five essential graphic novels.

Sasha Frere-Jones casts Lil Wayne in the role of op-ed writer.

Jonah Hill and Jennifer Garner will star in the directorial debut of Ricky Gervais.

I love REM, I do. But I’m still not fully convinced on this new one.

I also love Family Guy and, by proxy, it’s creator Seth McFarlane. Also, gay people love him.

Link Tha Police

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on February 5, 2008
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The AV Club pays its respects at the altar of Beck’s Odelay.

PopMatters conducts an interview with the very Hottest of Chip.

Follow the events of Super Tuesday with analysis and other tidbits on The Guardian.

A biopic of puppet and muppet master Jim Henson is on the way.

Pitchfork has an uber-scene video of Black Kids playing on MTV.

Writers swapping shows? Writers from The Office taking on Friday Night Lights? Yes.

Slate revisits Sidney Poitier’s finest moment, In The Heat of the Night.

Here, literally right here, is a trailer for Morgan Spurlock’s new doc about Osama Bin Laden.

Avon Linksdale

Posted in Beth, Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 17, 2008
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Well I, for one, think these The Wire -related titles are going beautifully.

The AV Club interviews hirsuite ginger lovely-man Glen Hansard.

PopMatters lists its favourite TV performances of 2007. So many lists from them this year.

USA Today has a preview of Breaking Bad, the new AMC original series following in the successful footsteps of Mad Men.

Pitchfork has video of the ‘secret’ Radiohead show at 93 Feet East last night.

Mother Jones has some thoughts on the upcoming Nevada primary.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler put some girlshapedness into comedy with Baby Mama, check out the trailer here at BuzzSugar.

Want to listen Justin Lee Collins and Chris Moyles sing Delilah? Of course you do! Although it would surely be better without Chris Moyles.

Penn Badgley and Blake Lively are not dating. Okay! People tells you again.

Election analysis and discussion is sooo in right now. Salon has more politic-speak.

Martin Scorsese’s Shine a Light, his Stones concert document, is to open the Berlin Film Festival.

Check out Conan’s Strike Diary on Entertainment Weekly.

Still shell-shocked by Brad Renfro’s death? I know I am. Also sharing their thoughts are Sir Ian McKellen, who has blogged about it, Renfro’s The Client costar Susan Sarandon has released her own statement, and writer, film-maker and photographer Bruce LaBruce has blogged a couple of his memories

Gawker received a legal letter from the Scientologists following the outbreak of that Tom Cruise video. You saw the video – now check out a video from the ceremony itself, here’s Cruise picking up that award…

Kirsten Dunst stars in the latest Miu Miu ad campaign. Je voudrais the bag in the first photo, s’il vous plait?

Ahhh, a portrait of Stephen Colbert is hanging in the Smithsonian, between the loos, near the American Presidents, after he impressed the museum’s director with his hacky-sack skills! Genius.

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“This portrait will only be here for a limited time, so refresh yourself at the drinking fountain while contemplating this portrait of Colbert while you can.”

William ‘Link’ Moreland

Posted in Beth, Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 15, 2008

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Just to inform, Beth is currently absorbing the second season of The Wire on her way to completing the full series. Therefore, this week’s puns are all of Wire characters.

Check out this very cool t-shirt on Threadless.

Following on from the good of Sundance yesterday, The AV Club reveals the films that died on their arses post-festival.

Daniel Clowes is going to write the screenplay for the animated movie from father & son Gondry.

Do you like carrots? If so, you will really like this.

I know banking stories are dull, but seriously check out the amount of money some have lost due to the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

The Guardian weighs in on Romney’s last stand.

Charlize Theron is taking a bit-part in Cormac McCarthy-adaptation The Road.

PopMatters reviews the new Venetian Snares album. (Another on for you, John)

If you like arty guitar symphonies, prepare for lift off.

Entertainment Weekly lists its favourite longshot Oscar semi-hopefuls for the year.

Slate on American Gladiators and steriod use.

Read this fascinating article about a MySpace suicide.

The Democrats play the race versus gender game again. Salon gives its angle.

Mother Jones has this fantastic photo collection of comic fanboys.

Gwyneth has finally been bored into hospital by Chris Martin. Coldplay album listening party to blame?

Scarlett Johansson’s Tom Waits covers album is due soon.

Barack Obama’s favourite show? The Wire. Vote for him now! If he comes out with love for the A-Team too, he has to win.

Colour me interested – a documentary about Anna Wintour and Vogue magazine is set for this year. Will it be anything like The Devil Wears Prada / Ugly Betty? We’ll soon see…

Born In the Link.S.A

Posted in Beth, Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 13, 2008
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So the link ‘puns’ have somewhat been tampered with by Betty and we need to prevent this craziness. She’s always trying to stir things up, to break the status quo down with a towering fist of rebellion. So one last Springsteen today, then onwards and upwards next week.

Scott Tobias enters his favourite movie year choice: 1955. Also on The AV Club, Tasha Robinson compares page and screen as regards The Diving Bell & The Butterfly.

PopMatters enters its thirty favourite and ten most hated cinematic pieces of 2007.

The Onion reports on a young man with Wii on the brain.

You wanna talk about aging gracefully? Check this dude out.

Time lists its favourite sartorial movie moments.

Sasha Frere-Jones takes in the music of The Wire.

American Gladiators article. What more could you need to know?

Check out this blog about the fair and balanced (and true?) reporting style of Fox News.

Legendary post-Neu synth-krautrockers Harmonia are to play a one-off show in London.

Esquire has an online-only interview with Andy Samberg.

Who will have the cuter baby? Aguilera or Richie? Place bets now!

I have decided, in my infinite wisdom, to start BILSON-ALERT!! Here is the inaugural edition.

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan talks to SuicideGirls. The first good interview they’ve had in yonks.

One of my favourite comic writers, Adrian Tomine, talks to Mother Jones.

The Guardian weighs in on the current election story over in the US.

Steven Dalton interview The Coens whose new movie, No Country For Old Men, is something of a masterpiece.

Pitchfork has a new song by Jamie Lidell.

If your predeliction is more pop however, say hello to PopJustice’s songs of the week.

Tonight is the second episode of Damages on BBC One at 10.30pm. If you missed last week’s episode and have iTunes, you can download the first episode for free! Glenn Close, Tate Donovan, Ted Danson, Rose Byrne, Peter Facinelli are just a few of the cast members acting out the legal dramas.

Iowa shows the love to Barack and Mike

Posted in Politics, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 4, 2008
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So Obama takes the early, crucial lead against Hillary in essentially the race deciding who will be president. All honesty, if a Republican gets voted in again after the reign of Bush, something is up. Importantly though is the make up of the total voting. CNN has the detailed breakdown but the key is who came second. I’m a great believer that second is indeed nowhere but this time, it mattered. For John Edwards leaped over Hillary (joke in there?) to take second seeding in the Caucus. Of course, both fell well behind Obama.

The Republicans have a weak field of candidates this year so the little to choose came down, for my money, to two almighty words, Chuck Norris. Huckabee taking the Caucus in Iowa would have been a long shot a month or two ago but then boom. He gets a visual endorsement from Walker Texas Ranger and all of a sudden, he’s leaving the rest trailing. When Mike is looking for a running mate, he need look no further.

But the important figure is still Barack, striking a major blow to the Clinton campaign which now turns it’s head cautiously to the New Hampshire primary. Loss there for Hillary, and it’s all but over. Anyway. A few links on the subject for you guys.

The Guardian reports on the Caucus results.

Lionel Barber discusses it in the FT.

John Dickerson explores the success of Obama on Slate.

Joe Klein also weighs in on Barack for Time.

Also for Time, Michael Scherer talks Huckabee.

And David Brooks offers his opinion and experience for The New York Times.

But finally, watch the speech and understand why Barack is celebrating.

Back For Link

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 3, 2008
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It’s a short pun week so why not? Let’s do a couple more Take That puns. I should really start putting pun in commas.

Drowned in Sound details its anticipated albums for 2008 and has an artist mixtape by the sorely underrated Maccabees.

The AV Club’s Hater questions the relative worth of writers. 

PopMatters has an interview with Sea & Cake’s Sam Prekop who is, incidentally, also a very good solo artist.

Visit Time for some pretty good analytical coverage of the Iowa Caucus. Visit CNN for the numbers.

Slate writers debate the finest movies of 2007.

Amy Adams is profiled in Newsweek.

Sasha Frere-Jones returns to work.

Salon gives twelve movies to watch out for in 2008.

Nora Ephron lays out her New Year’s resolutions.

E&L fave Jenna Fischer talks to New York Magazine about Walk Hard.

Everyone in the world has to sign up to PopSugar and play this totally ridiculous and addictive game. NOW!

Michael Cera and Ellen Page singing together. Love them!

Thank you very much to PopCandy for this superb online comic from Dash Shaw.

Gary Coleman news. That’s all.

Cinematographer Roger Deakins talks to Entertainment Weekly.

MC Hammer to be internet entrepreneur?

Beck’s Odelay is going deluxe.