save Paul Rudd; movie apathy; everybody loves ‘Mad Men’; more: leftover links

Every week my browser gets cluttered up with tabs for stuff that I stumble across and figure I might be able to use as a Question of the Day or a WTF Thought for the Day or grist for some other post. And inevitably, I end the week with most of that material unused. But there’s no reason to let this stuff go to waste: I can still share it with you, for your amusement, and start the new week with a clean slate.

Herewith this week’s leftover links, in no particular order:
My Movie Apathy: A Confession

Save Paul Rudd

Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline

Lady Gaga Kidnaps Commissioner Gordon

Robert Downey, Jr. introduces ‘The Avengers’ at San Diego Comic-Con

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch turned down Doctor Who role

Hugh Laurie to release blues record

‘Mad Men’ premiere delivers record ratings

Mad Men’s Spurious Comic-Strip Origins Revealed!

‘Mad Men’ is crazy like a fox at Emmy timing

Jim Henson Biography Acquired by Ballantine

Old Spice Guy lands role in Aniston movie

CBS President: Network Adding More Gay Characters to Its Shows

Guillermo del Toro and James Cameron making 3D horror film

Leonardo DiCaprio Pulls Out of Mel Gibson Viking Movie

Huge Harry Potter party planned, complete with fairground

Jessica Simpson Rumored To Be Considered As ‘American Idol’ Judge

Anne Rice: ‘I Quit Christianity’

18 brilliantly minimalist sci-fi movie posters

I’m afraid I thought this one as dire as its title [re: Fawlty Towers]

Hollywood’s mental block

Hollywood plays it safe at Comic-Con

Comic-Con 2010: The Five Biggest Stories

At Comic-Con, new voices are lurking at the fringe

The Neuroscience of Inception

Girls on Film: Ellen Page, Gender, and Cinematic Sexuality

Is primetime ready for a plus-sized sitcom?

Dear fanboys: a love letter to you

Dude, Where’s Your Car? How not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser.

The Real Cost of Netflix Streaming is the Movie, Not the Bandwidth

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Mon, Aug 02, 2010 10:37am

I sympathise with Forrest’s point: much of the time, I’m really not excited about any upcoming films. Been burned too many times, I suppose. But also, any film that comes out now is competing for my time with every film ever made (that’s still in existence). It’s not just “is Inception better than Salt“; it’s “is Inception better than Dark City and Strange Days on a double-bill”.

I found the BBC Sherlock much more fun than it had any right to be. Possibly because I care less about getting Sherlock Holmes right than I do about Doctor Who.

Anne Rice proves that she didn’t understand Christianity in the first place, and probably picked her church so that she could get into the Christian Literature market. She should have been reading Slacktivist.