Lunch Break Links: August 10, 2007

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Intensities in Ten Suburbs explains why the revised categories for the MTV VMAs are helping to smother the medium MTV "practically birthed itself."

Slate explains how Al Pacino became a parody of himself.

AV Club asks: "Are superhero comics played out?"

I haven't kept up with Top Chef since the first season, but luckily I don't need to in order for this to be funny. (p.s. Can't wait for Project Runway's return!)

Idolator directs us to Gravy Bread's MEGA SUPER MAMMOTH MP3 Blog List. It contains links to 1,450 music blogs, so there's got to be something of value for you in there.

Lots of other good stuff at Idolator today too, including a UK scribe's claim that the US has a more vibrant music scene (and Maura Johnston's response), reports of a 50 Cent flip-out and news that Fox Searchlight is looking for an unknown to play the Notorious B.I.G. in a biopic.

EW's news roundup includes word that Alec Baldwin is doing a movie with Dane Cook (Why, Alec?), Chris Noth (aka Mr. Big) has signed on for the Sex and the City movie, news on the intriguing new ensemble drama Powder Blue and more.

It seems like even three or four years ago CMJ Music Marathon boasted an impressive lineup, but the first wave of bands just doesn't blow my mind. (Not that I couldn't find enough shows to see if I decide to head up there again...)

The links rundown at TV Tattle remains juicy as ever.

Lastly, I enjoyed Matt Roush's current Ask Matt feature at TV Guide, in which he explains why Lost producers had no choice but to announce Michael's return to the show and answers many other queries.