Monday, November 25, 2013

Lunchtime Links: Seth Rogen and James Franco Spoof Kanye West’s 'Bound 2' Video, TX Government Employee Salaries, Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women,...

...Father John Misty's Soundtrack for 'The History of Caves' + More

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1. VIDEO: Seth Rogen and James Franco spoof Kanye West’s “Bound 2? video "Kanye West’s recent video for “Bound 2? – you know, the one where he and a naked Kim Kardashian cruise around on a motorcycle — has gotten a rework courtesy of actors James Franco and Seth Rogen. The accompanying description notes, “While on the set of their movie, The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen felt inspired to recreate their favorite new video. Shot For Shot.” And with that, I bow in the presence of their greatness." (Consequence of Sound)

2. VIDEO: The Thanksgivukkah Movie Trailer "With Penny Marshall, Fred Melamed, Fred Willard, Kumail Nanjiani. It's the Thanksgiving/Hanukkah movie we've all been waiting for, starring Nick Kroll, Penny Marshall, Fred Willard, Kumail Nanjiani & Fred Melamed." (Funny or Die)

3. Fox's animated series 'Family Guy' killed off a major character last night. Was it the right move? "Fans are outraged that Fox's animated hit would gruesomely write off such a beloved character. But they shouldn't be." (Daily Beast)

4. VIDEO: Ad of the Day: Melissa McCarthy Is Game for Old Navy's Black Friday Campaign "Last year at this time, the clothing retailer got George Takei to sing an epic power ballad promoting an epic Black Friday sale called "Cheermageddon." This year, it's Melissa McCarthy's turn to bring the funny." (AdWeek)

5. Three San Antonio-area communities make most-affordable list "Three suburbs within greater San Antonio were recently named to the Top 10 list of the most affordable cities in America. The list was released earlier this week by Movoto, a real estate blog focused on housing and city affairs." (SABJ)

6. Texas added a total of 43,800 jobs in September and October "exas added a total of 43,800 jobs in the last two months, continuing its slow but steady pace of employment growth, according to data released today by the Texas Workforce Commission." (Dallas Morning News)

7. Government Employee Salaries "Find the annual base salaries of more than 674,000 public employees, including those working at the largest state agencies as well as individual universities, public schools, cities and mass-transit operators. Find salaries by searching for names, or by browsing for a specific agency or job title." (Texas Tribune)

8. Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women '"I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime. I applaud leaders who are helping to enact and enforce laws and change mindsets. And I pay tribute to all those heroes around the world who help victims to heal and to become agents of change ." -Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon" (United Nations)

9. Meet Your Local Police's New Vehicles Okay, as it happens, I will be driving through Albany County in the not too distant future. For my own safety, can somebody tell me please what in the hell has been going on in Albany County that the county sheriff needs an 18-ton armored vehicle with gun turrets and bulletproof glass? Is Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne headed that way again? Are the Martians? I will grant you that this creature will make a highly effective speed trap. But, Jeebus Christmas, does somebody really need a tank to make an effective DUI bust? And, of course, it gets worse." (Esquire)

10. LISTEN: Stream Father John Misty's Soundtrack for The History of Caves "Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman, better known as Father John Misty, has scored a new short film called The History of Caves. The film, which chronicles the tortured relationships of a family living in the Hollywood Hills, was written and directed by Tillman's wife, Emma. The film will be released at a date in the near future TBA via Neflix/iTunes/Amazon. Father John Misty's home label Sub Pop is releasing the score in a limited-edition run of 2,000 vinyl pressings for the Black Friday edition of Record Store Day. Stream the soundtrack." (Pitchfork)

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