This week, Kelly’s Curated Internet serves to answer a few questions: first, what is the “Yo” app that everyone is talking about, why are they talking about it, and can they please stop? Second, do late night hosts ever want to do anything else, or are they always perfectly content with asking celebrities questions about their recent vacations every night? And third, Disney is making an Into the Woods movie — are they going to stick to the often uncomfortable story, or are they going to do what Disney does? Let’s find out the answers together to those questions and more, right now!
- “You get this wanderlust. I want to get the hell out of there (sometimes) but I think if you sent me to Prague for three months I would build a talkshow desk and start calling the Wayans brothers and say 'Get in here.'" Variety talked to Conan O’Brien and Andy Cohen about what it's like to work in late night, every night.
- "How Plan 9 From Outer Space earned, and lost, the title of worst movie of all time."
- Want to buy the futuristic earbuds from the movie Her? Why? Didn't you learn anything from that moive?! (Don't buy earbuds!) Anyway, you can.
- "With Amia and Pamela, Louie hasn't divined himself a Don Juan; he's reached into the shitty annals of power to get what he wants. We rely on Louie to retrieve himself from darkness using the absurd. But in season four, Louie dispenses darkness onto others." Claire Lobenfeld wrote about the fourth season Louie's dark turn for Gawker.
- Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Lost's showrunners, talked to GQ this week about their mistakes and successes with the show, the worst episode, and why they think Lost affected pop culture so deeply.
- The first teaser for the film festival favorite Dear White People was released this week. Dear you, you should watch it.
- "For the generation born after the revolution, myself included, parents became narrators of the films we couldn’t see." Ehsan Khoshbakht wrote about film fokelore in Iran for Sight & Sound.
- The much talked about season finale of FX's beloved Fargo caught some critics off guard this week, and rarely in a good way. Here are reactions from Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz, Slate's Willa Paskin, and the New Yorker's Emily Nussbaum.
The funny thing is that I assigned myself Fargo because I thought I'd love it & would be able to celebrate a well-made & witty bloody drama.— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) June 18, 2014
- Welcome to The Net: every webpage from the 1995 movie The Net.
- Eileen Jones wrote about the genius of Mike Judge and HBO's Silicon Valley for Jacobin. Elsewhere, Mike Judge wrote about working with the late Christopher Evan Welch, and filming the now-famous "Burger King" scene.
- Have any of your friends been talking and endlessly Tweeting about a new app called “Yo” that just raised a million dollars? Have you been wondering what it does? I’ll tell you: it sends the word “Yo” to friends. “Surely it must do more?” No. ValleyWag spoke to one of its major investors.
- "2004 was a landmark year for comedian Dave Chappelle. For the public, it was really our last year with him. But in that year, he gave us two great gifts, the end of Season 2 of Chappelle’s Show and a block party in Brooklyn that would become Dave Chappelle’s Block Party in 2005. Both his show and the concert, while wildly entertaining, illuminate an important aspect of the comedian’s allure: his peers. Not his celebrity friends — his peers." For Grantland, here's Rembert Browne on Dave Chappelle’s Block Party.
- In the New York Times, Brooks Barnes explores how DreamWorks Animation, which just released How to Train Your Dragon 2, is expanding beyond film.
- At To Be (Cont’d), you can check in on part two of a continuing conversation about movies as puzzles. (Catch up on part one here.)
- In a recent story in the New Yorker, Stephen Sondheim revealed that there will be some plot changes in Disney’s Into the Woods movie, which will be released on December 25. Here’s Playbill on what to expect.
- Finally, since it's good to end on a high note, I'll leave you with the winners of this year's Critics Choice Awards.