MTV Movie Awards: Not Just a Big Trailer for Avengers 2, Right?

This paragraph from Huffington Post‘s report (via AP), about tonight’s MTV Movie Awards, pretty much tells you all you need to know about the show:

“What’s the opposite of humbled? We’re Biebered to be standing here,” said “Avengers” writer-director Joss Whedon as he accepted the final golden popcorn trophy. “This is the award that means the most to me. I am so grateful and very excited for 2015; we’re going to bring you ‘Avengers 2.'”

Of course, Avengers 2. Will Ferrell collected a Comedic Genius award (from Peter Dinklage, Ferrell’s Elf co-star and current Lord of the HBO Original Series Castle) and promoted the upcoming Anchorman 2 (which could be really great, actually), and Emma Watson nodded to her Summer 2013 jam, The Bling Ring, which is more substantive than the title suggests (if IMDB is to be believed).

“These Guys Are Going to Be Big”: Day One of Coachella Through a British Lens

The Guardian is one of our favorite publications — we look to their take on Coachella, in part, because British bands of yore Blur and the Stone Roses are the Day 1 headliners (above Yeah Yeah Yeahs, even), and because it’s also very hilarious. Best line’s a toss-up between the Twitter assessment of Blur from an attendee (“Crowd loved Song 2. American fella behind me said ‘these guys are gonna be big!'”), and the opening salvo, “You don’t need an artfully retro Instagram filter to make Coachella look like the capital of Planet Hipster.” (Well, for these two weekends, at least.)

Let Everybody Know!: First Album From The Knife In Seven Years

Pitchfork, in this glowing (well, glowing for Pitchfork) review of the first album from Swedish duo The Knife, says that “band” is an inadequate word to describe The Knife. In fact, reviewer Lindsay Zoladz says, “The Knife have come to seem like a vibe, an ethic, a dark, not-entirely-scientifically-understood phenomena; other bands are to the Knife what matter is to anti-matter.”

Too much? To us, The Knife is a Laurie Anderson for the modern age — highly conceptual, playing with gender, placing a premium on being enigmatic.

Catch the stream of the entire album here. It’s, well, epic.

Oh, Rappers: Jay-Z and LL Cool J Go Where They Perhaps Shouldn’t

Is rap controversial again? Two developments of note this week.

First, LL Cool J and Brad Paisley have teamed up for six minutes of awfulness called “Accidental Racist,” in which Paisley displays a sketchy grasp on semiotics (in his world, Confederate flag signifies Skynyrd fan) and LL Cool J fuels the dumbness fire by referencing said flag and rhyming it with doo-rag. It’s essentially a 2013 remake of “Ebony and Ivory” crossed with a Saturday Night Live parody that refuses to end.

And now, Jay-Z (as Vibe Reports) has released “Open Letter,” referencing his recent jaunt to Cuba and his White House security clearance.

We’re all for rappers jumping into the political dialogue, but solving racism in America and the Cuban trade embargo? Be sure to check back and let us know how that’s going, fellas.

Let Everybody Know!: Sean Nelson’s Back (With An Adorable New Video To Boot)

We’re big fans of Harvey Danger from way back — Stephen Thompson from NPR Music astutely points out that “one hit wonder” isn’t a fair billing for the band, in that their output was consistently strong and smart and deserving of the audience that only “Flagpole Sitta” seemed to get.

Harvey Danger singer Sean Nelson is back with the first song from an upcoming album, accompanied by an absolutely adorable video in which an animated Sean courts a snowman. (Snowwoman?) See it all at the Mighty NPR here.

A Pizza With An Ear Infection: Sandwich Monday Takes On the Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza

Oh, ‘Merica. In the never-ending quest of American fast food chains to fill us with fat, Pizza Hut has created a cheese pizza with bowls of cheese ringing the pizza. We wish we were kidding. It’s called the Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza, and it is undeniably all those things. Even though a pizza is clearly not a sandwich, the awesome team at NPR’s Sandwich Monday took the plunge (into a pool of cheese) to review the Hut’s latest offering. Hilarity ensues. Oh my God, does hilarity ensue.

Now That Cher’s Dead: When Hashtags Go Awry

Ah, cultural literacy. Margaret Thatcher’s passing has been attracting plenty of social media traffic today, much of it marked with the Twitter hashtag #nowthatchersdead. As the Dallas Morning News notes, some read the hashtag completely differently — thinking that the five-decade reign of pop songstress Cher had come to an untimely end. Thankfully, every sailor’s favorite singer is still with us. Maybe #nowthatthatchersdead would have made it clearer?

A National Dialogue on the Wolf Whistle: Gawker Mansplains It For Men

President Obama’s recent misstep in calling California Attorney General (and possible future Presidential candidate) Kamala Harris “the best-looking attorney general in the U.S.” sparked an interesting conversation on why such complements might not be welcome. Gawker’s pointedly-titled “Mansplainer” takes on why this isn’t acceptable with a hilarious allegory involving cheeseburgers. (Ostensibly, something red-blooded American males can understand.)

When Hilarious Ad Taglines Don’t Work As Dunk Calls

So, rough night for the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, losing their hold on the #1 seed in the West, losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder 100-88. The game featured Kevin Durant absolutely annihilating Los Spurs (as they’re called during NBA’s mystifying Noche Latino) on a dunk. Yardbarker noticed what we noticed — namely, Reggie Miller’s replay call, in which he intones, “Mommy’s got some things for Daddy TO DO!” (Which is, of course, the punchline to the hilarious Kevin Durant commercial for Sprint that’s been playing on a loop during NBA games since Christmas. This is perhaps the worst announcer call of the year, yet also our favorite.

Speaking in My Official Capacity as a Pulitzer Prize Winner, Your Movie Sucks

In honor of the life and career of game-changing film critic Roger Ebert, a delicious highlight reel (as it were) of some of his all-time classic digs at bad movies. Our favorite line? “Add it all up, and what you’ve got here is a waste of good electricity. I’m not talking about the electricity between the actors. I’m talking about the current to the projector.”