Lunch Break Links: September 28, 2007 PLUS thoughts on last night's Office

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 1982 are out. Stereogum, predictably, has objections.

Here's something unusual: A photo gallery of Taliban soldiers striking effeminate poses.

The latest Random Roles features Leslie Mann, who you might know as Paul Rudd's wife in Knocked Up.

Martin Scorsese is doing a documentary on the late George Harrison. seems ready to announce something big tomorrow morning at 10. Pitchfork pontificates. UPDATE: The site is a hoax.

Quentin Tarantino is considering a foray into erotic film. Suburbs is nonplussed.

Nah Right has a Kenna outtake featuring Nas and a new Lupe Fiasco video.

A few TV Tattle links:

•Nielsen is tripling the number of people it samples to obtain TV ratings.

Meet Project Runway's season 4 designers.

Lost Season 3 bloopers!

I'm totally down with more Office coverage from EW. How about a cover story and its leftover scraps? And why not throw in a TV Watch of last night's premiere?

My thoughts on the Office premiere after the jump (spoilers included, of course).

The relationship has also made for a new Pam. She's dressing sexier and has let her hair down, literally. She's more confident and basically an all-around better person. Again, it's fun to watch this Pam in action, but there's a sneaking feeling that she's done growing as a character. I'll give the writers the benefit of the doubt that they will find ways to develop her character. (Good thing I'm not writing this show.)

Had this been a midseason episode, I would have been pretty satisfied with it, but compared with "The Dundees" and "Gay Witch Hunt," the last two season premieres, it fell short. I think the culprit is the hour-long episodes. The show works better in tight, 30-minute segments. NBC's order for four hour-long episodes to start the season might have spread the writers a bit thin. I'm not ready to throw a fit, but if the show hasn't stepped up its game by Christmas, I'll be worried. (Then again, Lost got much better at the end of last season, so maybe I shouldn't worry...)

A few stray observations:

•I noticed Angela is looking more attractive as well. They've really prettied up the cast since Season 1.

•Ryan as evil corporate "wunderkind"=awesome.

•Jan as insane homebody=not awesome.

•It's starting to bother me that so many characters are in relationships with each other. I'd say more about this, but I'm out of time right now.