THE WATER, CHAPTER ONE: A 15-minute short directed by Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, starring Leslie Feist and Cillian Murphy, is streaming this week at Pitchfork TV, which also has an interview with Drew and Feist.
TV on the RADIO stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via NPR.
FRANZ NICOLAY did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including one popularized by Jimmy Durante.
THE HOLD STEADY: Franz's bandmate Craig Finn talks baseball with the Sporting News. (Thaks, LHB.)
ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks to the Philadelphia Daily News about his recent expedition to the Arctic, his new album, the box sets, etc.
METRIC drops "Help, I'm Alive" as the second video from their upcoming albumwhich Jimmy Shaw and Emily Haines discuss with Dose.
THE DECEMBERISTS: Slate's Jody Rosen lists the eight most pretentious lyrics from the band's new album.
BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY is profiled at the Times of London, where has has some unkind words for Nick Cave and U2.
SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: Gruff Rhys talks to WalesOnline about the recording and rollout of the band's Dark Days/Light Years LP.
PETA asked the Pet Shop Boys to change their name. Yes, really.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hannah Montana rules the cineplex with 34 million. The tracking numbers projected this one in the high teens, so it's a big win for the Mouse. Fast & Furious came in second, but fell furiously, dropping almost 60 percent, and earning 28.8 million. It cruised past the 100 mill mark in a week, but will likely run out of gas befor 200 mill. Monsters vs. Aliens drops to the third slot, but a milder 31 percent drop brings in another 22.6 million; worldwide, it has recouped its 175 million producion budget. The edgy Observe & Report debuts in the fourth slot with 11.1 million; that's low for Seth Rogen, but will certainly recoup its modest 18 million budget. Nc Cage clung to the Top Five with Knowing, which made another 6.7 million. Below the fold, Dragonball Evolution opened in eighth place. Overall, the totals the past few weeks have been much better year-over-year. Over the same weekend last year, the Top 12 earned about 81 million; this weekend, the Top 12 made about 130 million.
LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON are still talking, according to a friend of Lohan. But DJ Ronson was dedicating Steam's "Na na na na, hey, hey, goodbye" to Lohan at a gig in SF and may have already moved on to a new woman.
WOODY HARRELSON popped a paparazzo, claiming he mistook the photog for a zombie.
BILLY BOB THORNTON canceled the rest of his Canadian tour after his now-infamous radio rant.
NICOLAS CAGE, JACKO & LOHAN are among the celebs hit hard in the economic downturn.
STAR TREK: Vanity Fair photo-profiles Scott Pine, while MTV has a clip of Kirk hitting on Uhura.
TARA REID is slinking back to the American Pie franchise.
TERROR in the UK: Hours after Britain's most senior counter-terrorism officer resigned in disgrace, a desperate search was under way for the terrorist bomb factory from which a suspected al-Qaeda cell planned to launch a devastating attack in Manchester. A dozen men are being questioned after raids that had to be rushed forward after Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, the country's most senior anti-terrorism officer, inadvertently disclosed details of the police plans.
IRAQ: The activities of al-Qaeda in two of Iraq's most troubled cities could keep US combat troops engaged beyond the June 30 deadline for their withdrawal, the top US commander in the country has warned.
SENILE TALKING CAT: Let's go to the video.
POLAR BEAR ATTACKS a woman who climbed into the bears' enclosure at the Berlin Zoo during feeding time. Lawyers call that assumption of the risk.
BLITZ the PITBULL stops an abduction attempt in Holland.
NINIO the ELEPHANT: Gay, or just going through a phase?
A SWARM OF BEES attacked the White House last Thursday. The Secret Service should be checking for squirrel involvement.