Lunch Break Links: October 30, 2007

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Columbus Alive

Meanwhile, the site's pop culture expert counts down the 10 commercials from the baseball playoffs he'll be glad to never see again.

Paste has a collection of links regarding the OiNK fallout, including where to go for your illegal free music now.

Paste, by the way, is following the Radiohead doctrine and is offering an 11-issue subscription for a price of your choice. Given that each issue comes with a sampler CD, that's quite a deal.

Slate chimes in on the Owen Wilson-Wes Anderson video conversation (viewable at MySpace) and how Wilson is reinventing celebrity crisis management.

Hulu, the video site run by NBC and News Corp., has launched in Beta format, and PopWatch calls it a game-changer, and I'm inclined to agree: Watch full seasons of TV shows in exceptional quality, and embed them wherever you please. For instance, at that PopWatch link, you can watch the entire pilot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I would embed something right now, but my registration hasn't processed yet.

Meanwhile, NBC's Jeff Zucker says iTunes ruined the music industry and Hulu is part of his attempt to keep Apple from ruining film and TV too. (via Donewaiting)

What could really destroy the TV business is this looming writers' strike. The Watcher explains what the fallout will be like if the picket lines form on Thursday, and it ain't pretty.

E! has an interview with Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.

AV Club looks back on the Friday the 13th film series over the years and how it has changed with the times.

PopWatch examines the horrid phenomenon of EMQ: "Excessive Movie Quoting." Then again, John Ross and I suffer from Execessive Office Quoting, so I'm in no position to throw stones.

Variety discusses the prevalence of TV spoilers.

The Consumerist published a roundup of their advocacy articles called The Ultimate Consumerist Guide to Fighting Back. (via Boing Boing)

Boing Boing also has instructions for how to make a pretty sweet Anakin/Vader reversible mask for your last few Halloween get-togethers.

Finally, check out this Japanese ad in which Keifer Sutherland plays Jack Bauer, courtesy of Very Short List. This is why Hulu will never be as cool as YouTube: