5 Things You Need to Know Today To Give Yourself the Illusion that You're Still Cool and/or Relevant

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5 Things You Need to Know Today To Give Yourself the Illusion that You're Still Cool and/or Relevant

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 8, 2012 | Comments ()


  • Joss Whedon is set to return to direct the sequel to The Avengers, and bonus: He'll also be writing this installment. Not a huge surprise, but with other huge franchises -- Hunger Games, Twilight and even Marvel's own Iron Man and Thor -- changing horses between installments, it's nice to see that at least one director will stick around. No timetable has been set on the sequel, but the deal -- which includes a arrangement for Whedon to create a Marvel television series -- runs through June 2015, which seems about right for the sequel, since 2014 is already chock full of Marvel with the return of Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy, plus the possibility of Edgar Wright's Ant Man.

    Speaking of Edgar Wright, he, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) are officially reuniting for The World's End. The film will follow five old friends who attempt to re-create a heroic pub crawl they attempted 20 years ago only to discover that the fate of humankind also hangs in the balance. Here's the first poster.


    According to THR, Veena Sud, the showrunner and writer of AMC's cancelled The Killing is now on the shortlist to draft a screenplay for 50 Shades of Gray, the erotic bestseller that I have somehow managed not to know anything about. Great choice, guys! All the sex scenes will be set in pouring rain, they'll be excruciatingly long, and you'll have to wait for the sequel to see the money shots!

    Dan Fogelman (Crazy Stupid Love), Karen Croner (One True Thing), and Kelly Marcel (Terra Nova) are also on the shortlist.

  • Here's the theatrical trailer for This Is 40, Judd Apatow's sort-of-sequel to Knocked Up centered on the characters played by Apatow's wife, Leslie Mann, and Paul Rudd. For whatever reason, the reception around the movie-blog world hasn't been incredibly enthusiastic, but I'm all over it. If it hits half as many honest notes as Knocked Up and manages to be half as funny, I'll consider it a huge success.

  • Speaking of ... Hey! Are you a white person in your 30s clinging to the notion that you're kind of cool and relevant, but really, you drive a mini-van and wear Doctor Who T-shirts covered in spit-up? Wow! That's weirdly specific, but if so, you probably love Mumford and Sons, hipster music for people too old to be hipsters! Here's the new single from their upcoming album, due out in September, which is a small consolation to make up for the fact that you didn't get to go to their outdoor concert last weekend -- the biggest music-related event in your city in years -- because you couldn't land a babysitter responsible enough to take care of your infant twins and your five year old all day. You suck, old man!

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    Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

    • cinekat

      Paul Rudd. 'Nuff said. I don't know this Mumford band, but I think I'll stick to Peter Mulvey and David Goodrich...

    • John W

      Did someone remind Joss that he can't kill Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, or Black Widow? No not Nick Fury either.

    • Oh, you know Hawkeye is done for...

    • Meh. Don't know nuthin' 'bout Mumford and Sons. Now if they were screening Sanford and Son I might go...

    • Bananaranma


      Went to the show because I know someone with a boat and a dock on the Prom. Though I really went to see the Murphys.

    • Other Brian

      Mumford & Sons exemplify everything I hate about music.

      I don't want to be negative, you know? I've posted a few negative comments lately around the various sites I like, and it's not normally me. I'm just angry. I fucking hate Mumford & Sons. The Big Bang Theory is shit. I guess that given the level of technology these days I would hope that these things could just be pushed aside and removed entirely from my online experience. I recommended to a friend who develops apps that he build one to prevent all mention and reference to Justin Beiber from appearing on a smartphone. He wasn't too enthused, but I think it's a goer. A Beiber-free internet is a better internet in my book.

      Sorry. I love you, Pajiba, but Mumford & Sons? Some things leave an indelible mark.

    • Captain_Tuttle

      Other Brian, I am asking this purely out of curiosity, but what sort of music do you like?

    • Fabius_Maximus

      Are those real?

      No, they aren't. And before you ask: her face isn't real, either.

      Why do they still try to make that particular alien happen?

    • Leelee

      It took me a while to warm up to Mumford & Sons, until one fateful car journey in which my friend decided to spend two hours playing nothing but their music. He silenced my complaints with "driver picks the music, so be quiet or walk home" and by the time we got to my door I was completely obsessed.
      I always find it hard to believe that they're from London though - I always picture them living somewhere in the countryside in the 19th century.

    • Fabius_Maximus

      Don't fool yourself. You just developed the Stockholm Syndrome.

    • katy

      So many reasons why children are hipness killers, but live music shows are a huge one. There was this great weekend of concerts over Memorial Day...Outdoor Summer Series at awesome venue...new artist concerts I could be oh so cool and say I saw, but they happen way too often for realistic babysitting requests...not to mention my lifelong (since bearing children, at least) dream to go to Coachella before it completely sells out. All of which never happen at this stage in my life. Although I did make it to one of those Memorial Day shows, an amazing feat considering it took overnight travel. Can you still go to these things when you're in your 50s, or do you just look pathetic? I guess I'll just settle for resuming my penchant for happy hours.

    • Green Lantern

      I do suck.

      I am old.

      Screw you.

    • laylaness

      This post is full of amazing. I want to roll around in it, like my dogs do when they find a particularly charming smell in a patch of grass.

      I mean, FINALLY, something about the Cornetto/Blood & Ice Cream trilogy's last movie. Those guys, man, I fucking love those guys.

    • emmelemm

      Too funny!

      I, too, will roll around in this post like a dog in a stinky patch of grass.

    • AudioSuede

      Uggghhhh Mumford and Sons. I get it, you're sad and your voice is a little gruff. New song.

    • Captain_Tuttle

      The Life at 40 trailer looks quite a bit like my life, only with a way nicer house, and I'm nowhere near as thin as Leslie Mann.

    • hapl0

      So Paul Rudd's character went and watch Amazing Spiderman by himself...again.

    • MikeRoorda

      Here's the thing about Mumford and Sons. I can't help but feel like they're a folk/bluegrass version of Nickleback, simply following a song structure formula to achieve maximum predictable results in their product and performance. The problem, for me, is that I detest bands for doing that. I feel like it's cheating and cheap, and that it isn't truly artistic expression but product cleverly packaged to look like art and produced for profit instead of enrichment. On the other side of the coin, I fucking jam out to some Mumford's all. the. damn. time.

      So yeah. I guess it's a little like repeatedly banging that person in college who doesn't have a great personality and isn't remotely intellectually stimulating at all but is a FANTASTIC lay and difficult to turn down when it's 3am, the buzz is on and the horny shows up. I enjoy it, but it makes me feel a little dirty.

    • Me

      The thing about them that bothers me is their popularity, and not in a "I hate things that other people like" sort of way. More like, the mainstream music listeners hear it and say things like "hey, really good music that's also folk/country/rock music! That's different!" when really there's so much good music nowadays in that genre (Josh Ritter, Avett Brothers, Decemberists, Augustana, Dawes, Old 97's, Blitzen Trapper etc.), so why do Mumford and Sons get that weird breakthrough. It's kind of the same with the Black Keys where it's like "hey, finally a modern band that's like totally rock and roll!" when really there are tons of modern rock and roll bands out there.

    • zeke_the_pig

      'Here's the thing about Mumford and Sons. I can't help but feel like they're a folk/bluegrass version of Nickleback,'
      Thank you, sir, for summing up somethign that's been boiling inside of me for a while.
      Useless carpet-dust band.

    • Vi

      I had the misfortune to go to one of their concerts because my friend from the burbs was 'scared of being in San Francisco at night'. The concert was full of hipsters and douchebags. Never again man, never again.

    • Tammy

      Hrm.... I'll grant you they have a favorite song structure that pops up a lot, but NIckelback? That's a low blow, dude.
      Mumford & Sons, if nothing else, are spectacular musicians in the technical sense. Such clean, gorgeous picking and tight, tight vocals. [Also I think they've got some lovely lyrics going on; no hollow "These are words that go together well" Nickelback-y nonsense there].
      They aren't revolutionizing the craft of songwriting, but they're putting out extremely well-executed music, which is totally worth something.
      Also i cannot help singing along to those tasty, tasty harmonies. So they're got that going for them.

    • Captain_Tuttle

      Throw in some Avett Bros and Decembrists, and you've got this geezer's heavy rotation. When I'm not listening to Laurie Berkner or "The Bottle Let Me Down." And my Mazda 5 is a MICROvan, dammit.

    • MikeRoorda

      Look. I know it's cool to hate on Nickleback, and I do hate them so, so hard. However, neither band has crappy musicians and they both do what they do very well. For Nickleback it's the toothless post-grunge "arena rock" that others like Creed and Puddle of Mudd made popular. For Mumford it's indie-esque blugrass/folk. I just happen to like the genre they inhabit much more and can't stand the Seethers and Hinders of the world. (Seriously, when they come to town to play a show I bet the surrounding area sees a marked drop in ridiculously oversized pickups sporting Monster energy drink stickers.) Mumford *may* have better lyrics, but it's only because they weave them together with a little more aplomb. "It's not your fault but mine/I really fucked it up this time/didn't I my dear?" isn't exactly high poetry.

      For the record, if that song does happen to come on while I'm driving in my car I turn it up and bounce my ass in my seat like a moron too. I'm learning as I age (30 less than a month from now) that everything doesn't always have to mean something, and sometimes I can simply enjoy the feels without the thoughts.

    • LadyKarinsky

      Mumford & Sons sounds really good on a Dodge Caravan sound system. Whats wrong with that?

    • TheOriginalMRod

      Maybe you don't have to be an old geezer to like Mumford and Sons, maybe you actually like folk and bluegrass and the sound of a banjo or a mandolin... a stand up bass perhaps? Whether we are old geezers or young hipsters music is good m'kay?


    • Lindzgrl

      That Mumford & Sons posting made me feel more bad about myself than anything in recent memory.

    • InternetMagpie

      That song is the Mumford and Sons-iest. I'm not sure if I like it, but BOY do I like Mumford and Sons. I'm very confused.

    • athena23

      Thank you, this was exactly my reaction. I (aged, unhip person that I am) really like Mumford and Sons, but when I first heard that song yesterday, even though I instantly identified it as one of theirs, I wasn't sure that I liked it. Glad I'm not the only one with this disconnect. Please sort through your feelings and advise.

    • anon

      I saw Mumford & Sons yesterday in Canandaigua. They were really good!

    • Even Stevens

      a fellow western New Yorker on Pajiba? Yay!

    • TheOriginalMRod

      I thought Knocked Up was pretty unrealistic. Any 20-something with a potential career in the media would've gone to the pharmacy and bought a morning after pill. No way she would've sacrificed her career because of a one night stand with some dude. It was kind of sweet and sentimental, but still... come on...

    • The Other Agent Johnson

      Why do people keep bringing this up? Or abortions? Because, you do realize that it's a comedy about two people deciding to have a baby, right? NOT a comedy about abortion or RU-486?

      I get that you might find it unrealistic, but what's the point of even mentioning those things when having a baby is the CENTRAL THEME OF THE MOVIE.

    • Kala

      To be fair, she doesn't realize that there wasn't a condom until after she finds out that she's pregnant and tells him that he's the father. Though I will say that it would have been more realistic for her to head to the Smush-mortion Clinic, but then it would have been an entirely different film.

    • TheOriginalMRod

      Yeah, I was trying to avoid the abortion thing... since there was mention of mini vans in the post. But you are right.

    • TheOriginalMRod

      ...and scene...

    • Kala

      I'm in for The World's End. Those guys aren't perfect, but they're a consistent good time, which is all I need every now and then.

      As far as Fifty Shades: Vag Punch On The Big Screen goes, I just want to know if they're going to keep the sordid tampon scene that I keep hearing about, because the world that embraced those fucking books so goddamn much should be punished.

    • shardik

      "...sordid tampon scene..."

      Go on...

    • KatSings

      Ugh, I read the first book and that scene was vile. So vile. Almost as vile as the writing overall.

      I don't get why they're still trying to make the 50 Shades movie happen. It's like "fetch" - it's not going to happen. You can't put a piece of (terrible) erotica on film for a general audience without removing the only things people read it for in the first place. It would have to be a porno. Which would make sense, cause the writing on those is terrible to - for pretty much the same reason.

    • athena23

      But...but...if it doesn't make it to the screen, how will we get to see their rendition of her inner goddess' reactions every five effing seconds? And the internal "holy shit!" monologue that is just ABSOLUTELY MADDENING!!!S:LDJF:DSLFKJF...
      (I had to finish the stupid book because I am a compulsive reader like that. And totally hate myself for it.)

    • Maguita NYC

      Don't know if they can allow all that heavy heaving in a movie IN COMBINATION with all the "Craps": Crap this, crap that, double-triple crap. Nothing to say of the touching deliveries of all those emotionally infused "Oh, My"s.

    • Ladies, I can't tell you how glad I am to know that I'm not the only female interested in pop culture who *despises* those books. I've only read the first, and it was more than enough. Shame on that publishing house. That's all I have to say. I know money is tight for so many right now, but to inflict that on the world... Shame.

    • buell

      Forget zip tying my hands together and getting my ass spanked. I read all three books (damn you OCD) that was punishment enough.

    • How did you know about my mini-van?

    • For whatever reason, the reception around the movie-blog world hasn’t been incredibly enthusiastic, but I’m all over it.

      Maybe because no one even remembers that couple in the movie? I seriously don't, and I watched that movie a hundred times. I remember Paul Rudd, but barely remember that he was married with kids.

    • lurker_erin

      I remember the couple because they were incredibly mean and awful to each other. Obviously I CAN'T WAIT to see them being mean and awful to each other for two whole hours.

    • JoMahma

      I might be the target demographic for this movie, because I just laughed and laughed and started crying a little. I'm 29, married with a 1 year old baby and 2 cats. That's my life in 10 years.

    • Aeryn

      Heck, I'm 38 and that is my life right now!! I laughed my butt off at the poisioning his cupcakes lol! I look forward to this movie.

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