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Friday, August 7, 2009

Daily Digest: RIP John Hughes, Jay-Z on Jay, 'Where the Wild Things' still awesome-looking and more

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Several outlets for you to channel those pangs of grief-flecked nostalgia in the wake of auteur of adolescence John Hughes' death:

Nice, concise retrospective in the New York Times.

Clips from what Jezebel, I think rightly, tags as the five films Hughes will be remembered for.

In a similar spirit, Pitchfork collects its favorite musical moments from Hughes movies.

Digging deeper, here's a link to "Vacation 58," the Hughes short story that served as the basis for the "Vacation" movies. It starts, "If Dad hadn’t shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have been our best vacation ever!"

And MAKE SURE you check out this blog post by Alison Byrne Fields, an insistent letter writer who became pen pals with John Hughes as a teenager.

In other news...

People younger than 45 might watch Jay Leno's new show once. Jay-Z, Kanye and Rhianna are the first musical guests. They're doing song of the summer contender "Run This Town" on Sept. 14.

There's a new trailer for "Where the Wild Things Are." Still looks great, though hearing Tony Soprano's voice come out of Carol is sort of strange. The kid, Max, is played by an actor named Max Records.

Writing in Slate, Jonah Weiner makes a provocative argument that the "no homo"trend in hip-hop is actually progressive.

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