Entertainment Link-Off: The Magic Ends Here

It’s time for another weekly edition of the Entertainment Link-Off. Given that Friday Night Lights just recently wrapped up its run on NBC, let’s kick off the entry with one of its stars Aimee Teegarden.

After the jump, Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs get a little frisky for GQ, some Harry Potter related links, Justin Timberlake earned himself some cool points, movie trailers galore, first look at Disney’s John Carter and new music videos from AJ Rafael and Kina Grannis.

Two reasons to go watch NBC’s Community: Alison Brie and Gillian Jacobs. Nuff said. (GQ)

Before heading to the theatres to watch Harry Potter this weekend, read up on 25 fun facts on set miniatures and franchise offspring. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Whatever splash that Transformers: Dark of the Moon managed not too long ago now seems pale by comparison to what Harry Potter seems to be doing at the box office this weekend. (Deadline)

The final installment of the Harry Potter film did remain quite faithful to the novel but there were some minor changes and the screenwriter explains why they were made. Spoilers ahead! Oh who am I kidding, you’ve all probably read the book anyway. (Movieline)

If you need a refresher, everything you need to know about Potter in 6 minutes. (Slate)

Here are 9 reasons why it’s a good thing that the Harry Potter films have finally ended. I really dig reason number 8. (Next Movie)

Justin Timberlake just earned himself some additional cool points when he took a subtle potshot at Joe Buck during the MLB All-Star game recently. (The Toronto Star)

Timberlake’s costar in Friends with Benefits Mila Kunis just made a US Marine sergeant a very happy man by accepting his Youtube invitation to the Marine Corps Ball. (Washington Post) And the floodgates may have opened since JT himself might be going to the ball as well. I say this is all for film promotion, but win-win for all involved. (Entertainment Weekly)

One of the films I’m looking forward to checking out is Jonathan Levine’s 50/50. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick. While the movie follows a 27 year old man diagnosed with cancer, it’s actually not a depressing film at all given the nice mix of raunchy comedy and romance. They finally released a full-sheet poster for the movie and it delivers the message quite well. (Slashfilm)

To those in North America that have seen the latest Harry Potter flick, then you would have also seen the new teaser trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. It is expected to hit the net any day now, but for those who haven’t gotten a chance to take a look, here’s the trailer description. (AICN)

Personally, I thought Friday Night Lights ended on a high note and I was quite satisfied with the ending. While I wouldn’t mind seeing a continuation of the show, I’m happy to leave it alone. Currently there are rumbles of a possible movie to act as a follow-up to the series. Universal might be denying it now, but it could happen. Are you interested in seeing this if it happens? (TV Line)

Sad to see Friday Night Lights end but at least the series finale should be satisfying for most fans out there. Anyway here’s an oral history of FNL. (Grantland)

First look at the remake of Total Recall. I’m not sold on the remake since the original was already a fun, over-the-top film. (The Film Stage)

Rise of the Planet of the Apes might look bad, but the viral videos for the film are rather entertaining. (Slashfilm) Lesson of the day: never give an ape an AK-47.

The trailer and a rather creepy poster for the prequel to The Thing… which also happens to be titled The Thing has finally hit the net. Unlike a certain ape related prequel, at least this one looks a bit more promising. (IGN)

This has been a good week for movie trailers as we got a first look at Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. (Apple)

Curious to see what the Spider-Man reboot looks like? Here’s some images to wet your appetites! (Entertainment Weekly)

Director Andrew Stanton is keeping his cards close to his chest but we finally get to see something with regards to Disney’s John Carter (formerly titled John Carter of Mars). So far, the buzz seems to be quite good! See, FNL alum Taylor Kitsch can definitely carry a film. (Collider) Also catch the “20 things you need to know about John Carter” and the extended interview with the film’s director. (Collider)

The teaser trailer for John Carter has also hit the net. It might now show much, but there is a sense of that grand epicness attached to the film. The main question is, will it perform at the box office in March 2012???

Earlier this week, the Emmy nominations were announced by Melissa McCarthy. If you thought she did a great job, it’s all thanks to an intense training program that Joel McHale put her through.

Since we’re on the topic of Emmys, here’s the full rundown of the nominees. (The TV Addict)

New music recommendations for the week.

AJ Rafael – Without You

From simply listening to the song from the album, I was just under the impression that this is a love song about someone loving another person so much that he/she doesn’t want to be without their partner. However a different interpretation of the song led to this interesting, touching, yet sad music video. The concept of the MV is quite interesting as it goes through the five stages of grief (in a somewhat non-linear manner) in a cancer battle. Not everyone would have encountered having family members or friends that have been diagnosed with cancer but to those that have (including cancer survivors themselves), this video might strike a chord.

Kina Grannis – The One You Say Goodnight To

This is one of my favourite songs from her re-released version of her album Stairwells. It’s a nice simple music video worthy of a look.

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