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The Entertation Index: August 31

August 31, 2009

Basterds, Inglourious — Noting the film fanboy-ism of noted director Quentin Tarantino, Scarecrow Video has put together, loosely, a list of films in some way or another linked to the director’s latest Inglourious Basterds, either thematically or by direct homage. If you haven’t seen the film yet, check out a spoiler-free review here, but if you have and you’re ready to movie geek it up, have a look.

Link: Before They Were Basterds (Scarecrow Video)

Cyrus, Miley — The tween pop star, in a recent Today show interview, hinted that her new album was only written as a promotional tool to sell her clothing line. If you find this shocking, consider that it’s nothing new for the music industry. Dr. Dre’s The Chronic was a veiled publicity push for Advil Back Pain Relief , The Clash’s London Calling was part of a massive marketing plan by British Telecom and Van Halen’s 1984 was written to sell tickets to the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner vehicle Romancing the Stone.

Link: Miley Cyrus Wants to Break Free? (NBC via Daily Beast)

Oasis — After the Brit superstars cancelled an appearance on Friday night, the BBC is now reporting that Noel Gallagher, one half of Oasis’ volatile team of Gallagher brothers, has decided to leave the band with “sadness and great relief.” This should, most likely, continue until the press grows tired of the story, at which point the brothers will reunite and hype a new, huge tour, putting themselves back into the limelight. Just play along, Oasis fans. Go crazy and act sad and all. (But don’t forget to act excited when they get back together next month, or they won’t feel fulfilled.)

Link: Oasis Split as Noel Quits Group (BBC)

Seagal, Steven — Dear God, I forgive you for not answering my prayers about a DVR that dispenses beer, and it’s cool that you didn’t smite the cast of Gossip Girl like I requested. I had no idea it was because you were just gearing up to surprise me with something as wonderful as Steven Seagal: Lawman, which is an actual, real show about Steven Seagal really being a deputy with New Orleans’ real-life Jefferson Parish police department premiering for real on A&E this December. You’re the best. But I’d like to keep that Gossip Girl request in the hopper, if it’s cool. Love, CM.

Link: Steven Seagal’s Lawman is Not a Joke (Flavorwire)

Superman — An upcoming DC Comics series entitled The Blackest Night will see a re-imagining of the Superman franchise, recasting the Man of Steel as a decomposing zombie infected by a magic curse. If I were Braniac, I think I’d be locking my doors right about now. I’m just sayin’.

Link: The Blackest Night Begins for Batman and Superman (io9)

McGraw, Tim — The country music crooner said in a recent interview that he will not stand by bad behavior at his concerts, stating “It’s all about enjoying yourself and not messing with other people’s fun,” the country singer said in a recent interview. “And certainly I don’t think you should be abusive to women. I think that’s No. 1 right there.” McGraw may or may not have then thought for a moment and added “the only abuse I’ll abide by at my concerts is my gratuitous abuse of your heightened sense of patriotism to sell tickets and albums. Oh, and also dipping.”

Link: Tim McGraw Won’t Put Up with Abuse at Concerts (USA Today)

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