Entertainment Link-Off: Dog Days of Summer

You know it’s the end of the summer when there are no new releases worth mentioning in theatres this weekend. Unless you feel like checking out the special edition of Avatar, perhaps it’s worth pointing out that Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is still in theatres at the moment! That’s why I’m starting this entry off with Ramona Flowers, I mean Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

After the jump M. Night Shyamalan pokes fun at himself, Jennifer Aniston makes desperate attention seeking move, Lex Luthor and Joker channel their inner Calvin and Hobbes, a look at the Tron-a-Sutra, some awesome Scott Pilgrim mashups and Ving Rhames wins the Best Actor Oscar.

When the movie trailer for the horror flick Devil premiered, many people burst into fits of laughter when M. Night Shyamalan’s name appeared on the screen. The man’s film career trajectory has been on a downward spiral since The Sixth Sense and he is the new punching bag for filmmaking. At least he does have a decent sense of humour. He decided to poke fun of the film with a faux trailer for Escalation, starring M. Night himself along with Josh Horowitz (of MTV news), Stephen Lang (that dude from Avatar) and Ryan Keely (a Penthouse Pet). This is actually not bad at all. (MTV)

Speaking of careers that are not exactly headed in an upward direction, Jennifer Aniston’s latest film The Switch was quite the dud at the box office. Now Steve and I have a small discussion about her in the upcoming Lowdown Podcast, but this one can’t wait. It appears that Jennifer will now consider to appear nude in an upcoming film to give her career a much needed boost. Too little too late? (Daily Mail)

Before getting the gig of directing and writing The Avengers, Joss Whedon was initially brought in to patch up the script for Captain America. He finally took a moment to explain what exactly did he contribute to the script of the superhero flick. (Earth’s Mightiest)

Now I’m always a big fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Ever since my days at undergrad, I’ve been reading it on a daily basis. For those who like Calvin and Hobbes and are also Superman/Batman fans out there, Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo has a nice surprise for you. It’s a classic C&H comic redone with the villains Lex Luthor and Joker. (The High Definite)

Tron has inspired many things out there from glowing lightcycles or making regular Gladiator type games seem awesome, but now there’s something new! Now there is a Tron-inspired Tron-a-Sutra to teach you all the wonderful sex positions out there. I think this is probably NSFW. (Cinematical)

We all know Edgar Wright movies are always loaded with some awesome features in the DVD releases, so it wouldn’t be surprising if it applies to his latest film Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Edgar teased everyone with a small bit that shows the physics behind the battle between Scott and the first evil ex Matthew Patel. (Slashfilm) In addition to that, there’s also a small blurb on the ‘killer’ joke ending that Edgar wanted to tack onto the film after the credits.

A simple case of beating a dead horse? Sure. Anyway, another nice read about why Scott Pilgrim bombed at the box office. (The Wrap)

Seriously go see Scott Pilgrim this weekend. I’m not the only one saying this! (Vanity Fair)

After Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Michael Cera is looking for a big change in his career direction by developing a slacker teen/comedy series for FX network. (The Wrap) I think it would be a good time for me to point out that he isn’t going to star in the series.

Pop culture quiz time!  Macauley Culkin (famous for Home Alone flicks) hasn’t been making much of a splash, but he still has a decent career going for him. Kieran Culkin just stole the spot light as Wallace Wells in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. So how well do you know the Culkin clan? Take the quiz and fine out! (Moviefone)

I don’t know about you, but these ads for CW’s Nikita seem fine to me. It’s not that provocative for having it on poster boards at the malls. So let me get this straight, sexiness is not okay but having two severed fingers for a Saw poster is. People really got their priorities straight. (JoBlo)

Well I guess we won’t have to worry about Nikita being too risqué since star Maggie Q already vowed to never wear that red bikini from the pilot ever again. (Collider)

While we’re on the topic of fall TV shows, here’s a full list of the premiere dates for everything from returning series to brand new ones. Take a look and start marking your calendars! (TV by the Numbers)

Being Erica will return to the TV screens in Canada on September 21st for another 13 episode run. With the season two quasi-cliffhanger ending, the show left many of us wondering what’s going to happen in season 3. In an exclusive interview with star Erin Karpluk, she teases little tidbits on the upcoming season. (Mike’s Bloggity Blog)

First look alert: Check out some of the Glee cast getting Simpson-ified! (The TV Addict)

Glee doesn’t premiere til next month, so let’s just take a look at the new promo pics in the meantime. (Daily Mail)

The Emmys are on this weekend (not that most people would care or anything). In celebration of that, let’s speculate on what will happen on the night of the awards ceremony by looking at these outrageous predictions. (Movieline)

Oh while we’re at it, time to predict the amount of viewers that would actually tune into this snorefest. (Movieline)

I never quite understood the hype and love surrounding the vampire series True Blood. I watched the first two episodes of season one when it premiered but it never drew me in. That being said, it does have quite the rabid fanbase and plenty of love from the critics and award shows. Anyway, here’s a funny clip that explains True Blood in a span of 60 seconds. (io9)

One of the few reasons to tune into the Emmys is to root for the awesome comedy Modern Family. If you haven’t started watching the show, I would say catch up online but show creator Steve Levitan doesn’t like the internet. It’s an interesting read on why he’s up in arms against Hulu and the online platform. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Now we all know that Sofia Vergara is capable of dubbing her own voice for the Latin American version of Modern Family. However, some mystery woman with a horrible voice is doing the job at the moment. (NY Mag)

It looks like Will Forte’s stint on Saturday Night Live is done! No, he wasn’t fired from the show. He happened to leave on amicable terms with the folks behind the sketch show. Anyway, he would now like to focus on other career opportunities out there. Well there’s always room for a MacGruber sequel… oh wait. (NY Times)

It’s time for Scott Pilgrim vs. the Mashups! These two mashups are definitely worth the look. The first one involves The Matrix Trilogy while the second features Avatar: The Last Airbender (the cartoon, not the M. Night disaster). While many claim the second video is better, keep in mind that it’s easier to fit dialogue with animated clips.



So this one wasn’t as funny as the previous video where the cast behind Piranha 3D tried to convince Oscar voters to give them the awards, but this is still good. The latest video features Ving Rhames taking the stage to accept this Best Actor Oscar (in the future) with Elizabeth Shue presenting the award to him. He also gives a nice subtle shoutout to Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, so kudos for that!

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