An unlikely hand of no-limit hold-em poker.

Trailer for Judd Apatow's next movie (he's kinda prolific right now) Walk Hard, a spoof of musical biopics like Walk the Line and Ray. It's a genre deserving of a comic jab, but the trailer is long. It should either be shorter or much longer. When I watch spoof movies I usually wish I could fast forward through the dead spots in between jokes. The ideal would be to watch a half hour version of the movie with that dead space all edited out.

A dream team creates a new transfer for the upcoming Criterion Collection DVD for Days of Heaven. They tried to achieve a more natural look for the landscape. I'm really curious to see how it will look compared to the previous DVD.

The Atlantic identifies quirk as the "ruling sensibility of today's Gen-X indie culture", putting in the suspect lineup, among others, This American Life, Arrested Development, the movies of Wes Anderson, anything Miranda July, Napoleon Dynamite, and Flight of the Conchords. The Atlantic is tired of quirk for quirk's sake; I don't think quirk ages well. But if the quirk has a spine to hang its hat on, then it can serve as the parmesan cheese and pepper.

Guilt by Association: Indie bands cover guilty pleasures. Guilt By Association the album comes out in September. Related: Mandy Moore covers Rihanna's ridiculously catchy "Umbrella":

George Saunders interviews himself at If you don't know who he is, just buy his book Civil War Land in Bad Decline: Stories and a Novella and read it. Brilliant.

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