Links we love today: Analyzing James Franco, sexting lessons, tons of comedynews and more
Assistant Editor Samantha Pitchel reads everything so you don’t have to. Here are the links she (and we) loved today:
CBS is developing a “project center[ed] on an ensemble of young people who are trying to achieve their creative dreams in these tough financial times.” Before you roll your eyes: it’s going to feature an ensemble cast of young comics and OH YEAH, it’s produced and written by Louis CK and Spike Ferensten.
Writer Dean Lorey confirms the full Arrested Development cast will return for new episodes, slated to stream on Netflix in 2013.
Alec Baldwin’s podcast, “Here’s The Thing,” interviews Lorne Michaels (who reveals Justin Bieber, Jonah Hill to host SNL this season).
It’s That Episode with Craig Rowin talks to Onion writer Seth Reiss about Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (the short-lived show whose recent cultural revival comes thanks to Reiss and Jake Fogelnest’s Twitter tribute to the brom-com — that’s “bromantic comedy,” guys).
The latest episode of Comedy Bang Bangfeatures Tim & Eric and James Adomian; The much-hyped Sundance premiere of Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Moviereportedly walked a third of the crowd.
Jason Zinoman reviews sketch group Harvard Sailing Team; Mindy Kaling leaving The Officefor her own FOX show?
Matthew Broderick’s “mysterious” Ferris Bueller reprisal turns out to be for Honda, who released the full-length commercial online.
Buzzfeed goes behind the scenes at this year’s Puppy Bowl Kitten Halftime Show.
Fran Drescher claims she’s been abducted and tagged by aliens.
The New York Times (via Texas Monthly) profiles Austin-based artist Ben Kweller:
“When I look back, I’m not mad at myself for trying to play the kind of music you love listening to,” Mr. Kweller said. “I’m not embarrassed by it anymore. Now I can actually see the artistic value in what we were doing and I’m kind of impressed. I think, ‘Wow, that’s pretty good guitar playing for a 15-year-old.’ ”
Shirley MacLaine to guest on Downton Abbey; Jack White’s debut solo album, Blunderbuss, will be out in April.
Melville House wonders, can James Franco be a bestseller?; A first look at Franco’s Hefner.
I’ve read Carl Sagan’s Contact four times (which is to say, I’m super excited to hear that SETI has restarted and is searching for funding).
Wildlife doc narrator David Attenborough says he “had gibbons at home.”
Bookmark this: 15 ways to tie a scarf.
Arizona dad mass-sexts daughter’s friends to “teach her a lesson.”
Canadian teens launch $400 “Legonaut” into space:
Watch the trailer for Matt Walsh's High Road, starring Zach Woods and Abby Elliot (we saw it at AFF and it is so good):