Adam Yauch, my favorite Beastie Boy, passed away after a long battle with cancer. I’ve seen mostly somber reflection and genuinely shocked sadness from folks in response. You don’t know how rare it is that no one has been inspired to make a “clever” snarky quip. I’m very grateful. (Pitchfork)
This headline tried really hard to get me to believe that District 9 star Sharlto Copley would be playing the title role in Disney’s Maleficent. I mean, I’m delighted Angelina Jolie has her bony fingers all over this part, but no matter how fantastic she is, she won’t be Wikus in drag. (Den Of Geek)
A man was struck by lightening…in his groinal region. Take note, Three Stooges sequel scribes. (Gizmodo)
This is, I promise you, the most intoxicating “How I Met Your Mother”/Dr. Horrible/Avengers cocktail you’ll imbibe all day. (WW)
Cabin in the Woods as a metaphor for playing a video game? (spoilers if you haven’t seen the movie) (Kotaku)
For all you romantic zombie enthusiasts, this brain-shaped locket is just the thing. Unless…that is a brain, right? Not a plump walnut? (Etsy)
The Chive has a list of 25 characters you didn’t know had actual names. Damn straight, Shaggy and Man In The Yellow Hat. I had no idear. (The Chive)
The first promo for next season’s “Breaking Bad” is here and I’ll just have to take Dustin’s word that it’s b-a-n-a-n-a-s. I know, I’ll catch up on it soon, folks. I swear to you I will. (WG)
The “Best Magazine Cover of 2011” has a naked lady on it! But it’s not that kind of naked lady. (ASME)
Okay, I try not to bring the sap too often, I know you’re a cynical lot, but this heart melting video of a disabled vet who turned his life around via yoga is…I’m sorry I just can’t resist. Skip it if your heart is made of stone. (Bits & Pieces)
For all you pop culture trivia fans out there, NPR has a new quiz show. Go ahead and check it out for your weekly fix of smug superiority. (NPR)
Okay! Mini-Avengers link round-up! First of all, Samuel L. Jackson called for NYT film critic A.O. Scott’s head after Scott gave The Avengers a bad review. Weird. I find that very weird. Scott is one of the most respected/coolest guys in the biz. (The Guardian)
Secondly, these two responses to that sexist Moviefone piece made my entire morning. First, the comely Eric Snider reduced me to giggles over on Film School Rejectsadorable Kiala Kazebee brought me to tears with this Girl’s Guide To Call Of Duty Black Ops. (Gameranx)
And, in our last Avengers-related link, there’s this incredible bit of Iron Man cosplay courtesy of Lauren. This guy made this…in his house. What’s the last thing you made in your house? Breakfast? Good for you.
Finally, if you’re still in the mood to celebrate Star Wars Day (May The 4th be with you…), here’s ten ways to do so! (NW) Weirdly, none of the things on that list involve soaping up a Wookiee (if you know what I mean). That didn’t stop Seth Green from making this odd video…starring his wife.