Honestly, they were just grabbing a gummi Venus de Milo that got stuck to that girl's pants!
The animation studio refers to him as their "lucky charm" – fitting his unique voice into each of their ten films. He discusses their process, and life as a character actor.—JS
Theatre owners are worried an early DVD release will keep audiences away from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. I'd worry more about its trailer doing that.—JS
After this comes the big dog: Marmaduke! No, I mean... Best Picture!
Several authors offer their best advice. Here's the first part...—JM
... and here's the second.—JM
"Back when she'd just accused wealthy white Duke students of rape, lawyers were volunteering to work for her pro bono should she want to sue for damages. This time around, with a case that's less financially promising, she's relying, according to WRAL.com, on a public defender." Sad, but not surprising.—JM
The girl with the cheesy last name talks about her work on Mad Men and Community, though really, it's no contest: it's much more fun to watch her on Community.—BK
Penning a guest column, the ESPN play-by-play man argues on behalf of integrating more advanced stats into baseball broadcasts, and I think he gets it exactly right: educate, but don't overwhelm.—BK
Just two more to go after this one: Best Director and Best Picture. I don't know about you... but I'm going to miss the Snubbies when they're gone.
The unsung heroes behind your favorite Disney movies were sweatshop laborers – and, since we're talking about the 1940s, that means grandma!—JS
Terrorism only works when we're scared; we're only scared when we're constantly convinced when it's working – lucky for terrorists, they have some local help in that department.—JS
Is there any other kind?—BK
Not surprising coming from the people that shot down Skijöring back in 1928.
We finish out the week – but not the Snubbies, so don't worry – with Best Actress. More to come, so join us again on Monday. Or Tuesday. No later than Tuesday.
One thing about Ricky Gervais interviews: you're guaranteed a generous helping of the interjection "(wild laughter)."—JS
It's never too late to lick the wounds of Leno regaining The Tonight Show. (Maybe the Olympics could just go on forever, the way it seems like they are?)—JS
We'll have more Snubbies for you tomorrow, but here's some Oscar stuff to tide you over in the mean time. I haven't been paying attention; I assumed Avatar was just going to win everything. Maybe not, as it turns out.—JM
The Summer Olympics have table tennis and pistol shooting, yet curling is the butt of all the jokes. Hardly seems fair...—JM
We continue our week-long righting of the past decade's Oscar wrongs.
Just a fantastic read. A detailed and moving profile of Ebert and his long, hard-luck battle with cancer, the subsequent loss of his jaw and voice, and his renewed love affair with the written word.—BK
Making the case for Thomas belonging in the Hall of Fame. I'm on record as despising Thomas during his playing days (his constant whining and money-grubbing really turned me off), but even I readily admit the guy should be a no-brainer Hall of Famer.—BK
The Oscars may not be able to get it right, but by God, we will. Join us all week for the Snubbies!
A brilliant idea. I don't watch, but I assume the sap was flowing freely when that luger whanged himself into a support column.—JS
Oh, y'know... peer pressure, bad parenting, but mostly boredom at the workplace.—JS
Covering the long, complicated history of failed attempts to revive – with and without Chevy Chase – the once-popular comedy franchise.—BK
Interesting look at and refutation of the idea that marrying young leads to a greater risk of divorce (with a shout out to Carl & Ellie from Up).—BK
Still, a note on her hand beats two on George Bush.
Sounds like a blast (you don't invoke Borges without getting me aroused), but the thought of rereading The Odyssey to get the references is a bummer.—JS
Surprisingly interesting, detailed, and witty. (Also, "Testicond" would make a great name for a band – or a tablet computer.)—JS
I'd wager that Penn didn't select the title of this piece himself; he strikes me as particularly genial, and this mostly light-hearted offering is no exception.—JM
I know one person on this site who would answer that titular question with a vehement no. Personally, I find Tarantino insufferable as a person, but I really like his work.—BK
Talks a lot about stand-up (and doing stand-up in character as Randy in Funny People), and not quite enough about Parks and Recreation.—BK
We have finally realized the true potential of robotics. And sex.—JS
ChatRoulette is the next big hit from the "social web" machine - like speed dating via webcam. Needless to say, it's overrun with perverts, crazies, and crazy perverts.—JS
I saw Temple Grandin this weekend and it's fantastic; not the kind of award bait they make fun of in Tropic Thunder, but rather a film that captures the spirit of its subject, with a stellar central performance by Danes.—BK
Good argues that, after 15 years of players' union banishment, the guys who were replacement players in 1995 should be allowed to have their likenesses in MLB video games.—BK
Keith Olbermann disagrees.—BK
Did we learn nothing from the classic 1986 Michael Keaton comedy Gung Ho?
Behind the scenes of this week's nomination announcements.—JS
Finally, a name for clever/perplexing headlines like Gator Attacks Puzzle Experts. (Let newspaper editors have their fun; they're a dying breed.)—JS
Fans of other teams make the sad and not even remotely convincing cases for their suffering being greater than those of us who follow the Vikings.—JM
Part II: more of the same.—JM
Isn't it comforting to know that someone is out there making these lists so we don't have to?—BK
Newsweek's annual Oscar roundtable is one of the magazine's long-standing treasures, and this year's edition brings Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Carey Mulligan, and Gabourney Sidibe together to talk shop.—BK
A great write-up of one of the modern era's greatest comedies. "What amazes me about the movie is that Murray and Ramis get away with it. They never lose their nerve." That's the hardest thing to do in today's mass-audience comedies, and the key to its lasting appeal.—JS
The rare opportunity to read Breathed talking about Bloom County is one worth seizing. In a perfect world, I'd apply for three weeks' paid leave to just sit and enjoy the new five-volume anthology.—JS
Why you should pay more attention to how much detergent you use to wash your clothes.—BK