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The Entertation Index: June 22

June 22, 2010

Green Day — The power punk-pop trio played a whopper of a concert at London’s Wembley Stadium this weekend, burning through a massive thirty-four songs before leaving the stage. Although, you know, between you and me, if we’re really calling a spade a spade, with Green Day these days, it’s probably more like the same five songs seven times apiece. Am I right? I’m just saying.

Link: Green Day Triumph at Biggest-Ever UK Show (Spinner)

Ke$ha — The 23 year-old pop singer tells reporters that she likes to get back at people who wronged her by a.) giving them bags of dog excrement as gifts, and b.) writing terrible songs about them. “When I see thousands of people singing along to [the songs],” says the singer, “I’m like, ‘Jeanie, f**k you. You f**ked with the wrong bitch.'” And here, all this time, you’ve been living your stupid life thinking that by being a nice person good things will happen to you. You’re so foolish.

Link: Ke$ha – “I Give People Dog Sh*t Presents” (Digital Spy)

Lucas, George — A new documentary entitled The People Vs. George Lucas purports to give self-proclaimed fanboys a forum to discuss and make their cases about different ways in which Lucas let his fans down while building his Star Wars empire. You know who cares about this? The people in The People Vs. George Lucas. You know who doesn’t? George Lucas. Well-spent money, folks — you know what’s cheaper than finding funding a major documentary film about what you don’t like about Star Wars? Blogspot. 

Link: The People Vs. George Lucas (Chicago Sun-Times)

MuchMusic — Canada’s cute. Look at those plucky Canucks, trying to put on a nice little teen awards show. The problem? Kids today. Check out this footage from the MuchMusic Awards, which features Miley Cyrus clearly not caring about what’s written on cue cards and Drake refusing to perform. Shame on you, Drake. We expect this from Hannah Montana, but from Degrassi‘s Jimmy Brooks? You are Canadian, for crying out loud. Show a little national pride. Rush would never behave this way.

Link: Miley Cyrus Flubs Lines, Drake Refuses to Perform at Chaotic MMVAs (Gawker)

Party, Food — We’ve written on this site about The Mighty Boosh. We’ve written about Tim and Eric. Enter the next entry into the magnificent pantheon of things that are entrancingly surreal: Food Party, IFC’s 15-minute forays into the bizarre with host Thu Tran. Just watch it.

Link: Food Party (IFC)

Shyamalan, M. Night — As he gears up to release The Last Airbender in July, the Sixth Sense director is apparently eyeing his next project, a script so secret that apparently armed guards have to be present when executives read it. Or is it reading them? And have executives actually been watching armed guards read the script all along?

Link: Shyamalan Prepares Next Mindbender (Inside Movies)

Updike, John — This evening, Christie’s Auction House in London will auction off an Olympia typewriter which once belonged to acclaimed writer John Updike. For those of you looking for great gift ideas, this one is perfect for the misogynist, racist, intellectual dinosaur in your life. Oh SNAP!

Link: Updike Typewriter for Sale (NY Times)

One Comment
  1. Mark M permalink
    June 22, 2010 11:45 am

    Re: John Updike

    I’m going to let Erica Jong answer this:

    ” When he wrote his famous review of FEAR OF FLYING (collected in PICKED UP PIECES), I was amazed and delighted. Not only was his review readable and amusing, but though not without quibbles, it was sunny. I had by then read so many niggling attacks on my supposed love of pornography (which I hate), that I was cheered by his sunny assumption that sexuality was merely human. He also assumed that women were just as human as men. Later, he was attacked for his affable approach by curmudgeonly, bitter Alfred Kazin who implied that Updike was merely making a pass. Many writers do this, but John Updike was not one of them. Actually it was Kazin who was the flirtatious misogynist, not Updike.

    John Updike strove mightily to understand, rather than dismiss, feminism–unlike Alfred Kazin, Paul Theroux, Martin Amis and all the little criticules (many female as well as male) who followed in their tortured footsteps.

    I can think of no writer who was as open to difference as John Updike. He wanted to understand women and in many of his books he achieved this near-impossibility. If we compare him to Bellow or Roth or Mailer, we see how very open-minded he was.”

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