Entertainment Link-Off: Valentine’s Surprise

anna-kendrick-thelastfiveyears15-04Hello, entertainment links fans. Steve here in for Jackie. While Jackie is dealing with the arduous task of hot Australian summer weather, I’m taking a break from shoveling snow to take care of the ELO this week. He’s lucky I didn’t show up at his front door unannounced. Since Tuesday, I’ve dug out from over a foot of snow. Jackie? The worst that’s happened to him is turning the air conditioning down a degree because it got a wee bit nippy. Yes, I’m incredibly bitter about winter and no, I don’t intend to complain about 40° weather this summer.

Anyway, it’s Saturday night and it’s time for the links. No, I don’t have a lot of Valentine’s themed links today which is the surprise. Okay, that’s a terrible surprise but there’s TV, movie and celebrity gossip news for your perusal today. But for something Valentine-ish, let’s start with The Lowdown’s official celebrity crush Anna Kendrick.

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Wednesday Link-Off: 2014 in Review

anna-kendrick-unicef14-01Hello and welcome to the annual year-in-review linkdump on The Lowdown. Oddly enough, there weren’t many good recap posts that I found this year. 

And, as always, the year-in-review linkdump also coincides with naming our woman of the year. Using the scientific analysis criteria of the blog’s traffic, posts, comments and so on, our 2014 woman of the year is Anna Kendrick.

A lot of people had bad 2014s but few were worse than Barack Obama’s. (Washington Post)

There were new scandals every day of the year as people got outraged over something and took to social media to share their outrage. (Slate)

It wasn’t just in Washington that people had bad years. Some folks in Toronto had bad years too. (Torontoist)

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Wednesday Link-Off: The Story Behind the Story

anna-kendrick-britishfashionawards14-02We’re getting to that point in the year where posts are a little harder to come by. I try to plan posts a week or two ahead but that doesn’t mean that I’m always able to figure out all that I want to put on the blog ahead of time. For example, I know that there will be a video game review this week and one early next week. However, I’m missing a Thursday post in the mean time. I have to pull something together quickly.

Anyway, it’s time for the links. Let’s bring back old blog favourite Anna Kendrick.

Kathryn Borel talks about when the CBC ignored her when she told them about Jian Ghomeshi harassing her on the job. (The Guardian)

A little while back, we ran a link to a story about a rape and the rape culture at the University of Virginia. Here’s the story behind the story. (Washington Post)

A program in Tampa claims to help homeless people find jobs and get back into society, it looks like it’s all a front to make the program money. (Tampa Bay Times)

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MIFF2014: Happy Christmas + Post-Film Q&A

happy christmas 1Happy Christmas is Joe Swanberg’s most satisfying film to date. It is definitely a worthy follow-up to last year’s equally enjoyable Drinking Buddies. This film is a nice little portrait of a middle class family set during the Christmas holidays in the city of Chicago. Despite a somewhat slow start, the film beautifully highlights the angst we commonly experience in adulthood and looks into the struggle between maintaining a creative life while being a parent to a toddler. Well in this case, perhaps two toddlers. Continue reading

Wednesday Link-Off: Coming and Going

anna-kendrick-elle14-03I don’t know how I’ve managed to get so unbelievably busy that I’m losing track of what blogging needs to be done. I nearly missed yesterday, I haven’t started on Thursday’s F1 Power Rankings and I didn’t get a chance to do the 24 Hours of Le Mans write-up. Well, maybe next week will be better.

In the meantime, it’s time for the links. Here’s blog favourite Anna Kendrick.

Hold on to your butts! Rob Ford is coming back to Toronto returning to his old job. This should be fun. (Toronto Sun)

So while Ford won’t resign after admitting to smoking crack, London mayor Joe Fontana resigned after a fraud conviction. How does that work? (The Globe and Mail)

Fake Twitter followers is a common thing on Twitter but could the prevalence of fake followers affect how pundits assess politicians’ chances in upcoming election. (Politico)

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Sunday Link-Off: Back in the USSR

anna-kendrick-oscars14-04Well, just when you think that things were calming down in the Ukraine, business is picking back up. I don’t know if we’re looking at a rekindling of the Cold War or the start of something much worse but Putin’s foreign relations policies seem to be as if the last 25 years didn’t happen.

Anyway, it’s Sunday which means that it’s time to do the links. Let’s start with one of our favourite women, Anna Kendrick.

The so-called Fair Elections Act introduced by the Conservative government would be anything but. A look at the Act would indicate that it would be among the worst things that could happen to Canadian democracy. (Canada.com)

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger gives his analysis on the crisis in Ukraine and what the best solution should be. (Washington Post)

Since people have been talking about international law in relation to the situation in the Ukraine and Crimea, where does international law actually stand on this situation. (CBC News)

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Sunday Link-Off: Courting Controversy

anna-kendrick-gq13-01It’s the end of the week and hopefully we can get the blog running like normal next week. Okay, this blog you won’t notice it on but on et geekera you will. Well, the IndyCar report will be back this week with some F1 too. Speaking of normal things on the blog, here’s Anna Kendrick who is one of our favourite women in the world.

What does it say when The Onion makes the most compelling argument for military intervention in Syria? (The Onion)

If you work for Glenn Beck and use eco-friendly lightbulbs, you’re going to lose your job. (Yahoo)

It’s the article that has everyone talking. It’s Rolling Stone’s profile of former NFL player and accused murderer Aaron Hernandez. (Rolling Stone)

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