Lunch Break Links: February 11, 2008

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Columbus Alive

Jaws actor Roy Scheider is dead at 75.

The Hollywood writers have a tentative deal with a vote pending Tuesday. Every part of this takes longer than I want it to. Nikki Finke has a humongous update on this weekend's proceedings, and Variety reports that showrunners are back at work today.

Meanwhile, TV Guide's chart indicates, among other things, that six more episodes of Lost could be produced this season. I wonder if they will squeeze 16 episodes' worth of content into 14 or what? Watch With Kristin chatted with showrunner Damon Lindelof about it, but didn't add much clarity.

Slate tackles the Juno backlash, while star Ellen Page is set to star in a Sam Raimi-directed horror flick.

Does anybody really want a Radiohead "greatest hits" album? Aren't they, like, the ultimate albums band?

Did the Grammys happen yesterday? Oh, I guess they did. Here's the official winners list, some behind-the-scenes moments and a fairly hilarious reaction piece from Intensities In Ten Suburbs.

Meanwhile, Nas did some questionable self-promotion. (hey, check the album commercial), Timbaland threw a fit, and Barack Obama continued his winning streak against Clintons.

Stereogum has video of "the four greatest performances of the 2008 Grammys," while Pitchfork has the same videos in a preferable format, plus extra Kanye West. And Idolator has Kanye staring down the producers to get extra time during his Best Rap Album acceptance speech, which is awesome. (Oh, and a did I mention their always-entertaining live blog?)

Anyway, here's Kanye performing "Stronger" with Daft Punk.

More links after the jump as yooooosual...

The New York Post has a fascinating look at what qualifies as a hit these days in the music industry, comparing Eminem's 2002 soundtrack hit "Lose Yourself" with Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's "Crank That."

Meanwhile, a new study says blog buzz does in fact translate to a boost in record sales.

The Smithsonian has opened a hip-hop exhibit.

And you gotta love (er, despise) Bill O'Reilly's feuds with rappers. Here Cuuuuuurtis responds to O'Reilly calling him a "pinhead."

In related news, Bob Costas says HBO axing Inside the NFL was a "boneheaded move."

Pop Candy explains how to save Friday Night Lights.

Lastly, a few notes of interest to indie rock nerds, courtesy of the monolithic force that is Pitchfork:

I'm pleased to report that wonderfully spazzed-out rock band Deerhoof has expanded back to a quartet.

After this interview led to speculation that Godspeed You! Black Emperor's indefinite hiatus meant the political post-rockers were done for good, the band clarified that they may indeed rise again. Seems like nitpicking to me they're still on "permanent hiatus," after all but I'd love to see them sometime, so let's hope it's worthwhile nitpicking.

Finally, Pitchfork has reposted a 1997 interview with Neutral Milk Hotel to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. Live footage from back in the day...