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April 22, 2009

Shorties (Bret Easton Ellis, Micachu and the Shapes, and more)

The A.V. Club interviews author Bret Easton Ellis about adapting his novel The Informers for the big screen.

The A.V. Club: You wrote a draft of American Psycho for David Cronenberg, but The Informers is the first time you’ve scripted an adaptation of one of your books and had it made into a movie. How did that happen? Were you shut out of the process in previous adaptations?

Bret Easton Ellis: I wasn’t. I just wasn’t particularly interested in terms of casting decisions, being on the set, things like that. The Informers came together because this young filmmaker [Nicholas Jarecki] who just graduated from NYU got in touch with my agent and wanted to meet me. He had just finished a really interesting documentary about James Toback [2005’s The Outsider] that I liked quite a bit. I agreed to meet with him because he was looking to do his first feature. So he had an idea for the film, and I had also been wanting to do [an adaptation] for a long time, and just could never figure it out. He chose the stories from the collection that he thought would work best as a film, and we sat down and we wrote a script. Then it got very complicated. [Laughs.]

Paste interviews members of Micachu and the Shapes.

The A.V. Club interviews Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett about Guitar Hero: Metallica.

Wired's Underwire blog interviews Neil Gaiman about writing the final Batman appearance in DC's Detective Comics series. Batman's total story is so immense that it seems impossible to make it realistically linear.

Gaiman: What I wanted to do was write the last Batman story. What should it be? And I wanted to play very, very fair with the reader. So what I was trying to say is that it honestly doesn't matter if it is in or out of continuity. And it doesn't matter whichever Batman you love, whether that is Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns and Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight, or the Batman TV show or even the various, glorious animated series. This is the last Batman story. He's dead, and this is what's happening. It's been 70 years, and it's been wonderful, but this is the last one.

Readernaut is another social network built around books.

Poster Cabaret offers an impressive variety of live music show posters.

Music Think Tank defines the current music industry crisis.

Toyota is offering mp3 downloads of the songs used in its Venza ads.

nyctaper offers mp3s of a March performance by Rafter.

Southern Shelter features mp3s from a recent Athens performance by singer-songwriter Madeline.

Drowned in Sound interviews former Ride frontman Mark Gardener.

NPR's Books We Like excerpts from Caitlin Macy's story collection, Spoiled.

BBC News examines J.G. Ballard's connections to popular music.

Interesting book alert: Annalisa Di Liddo's Alan Moore: Comics as Performance, Fiction as Scalpel, part of the University of Mississippi Press's Great Comics Artists Series .

Free at Amazon MP3: the 8-track Gigantic Music Sampler, featuring songs by the Walkmen, Harlem Shakes, and more.

Daytrotter features in-studio mp3s from The Everyday Visuals.

Peter Bjorn and John visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

This week's Largehearted Boy contest gives away two Wilco DVDs: the new Ashes of American Flags & I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

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Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
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