Afternoon Links: Watch the Most Insane GTA V Chase Yet
Don’t act surprised that a five-minute YouTube clip of someone playing a video game has passed 678,000 views in just a few days. Did Grand Theft Auto V even still count as a video game after it earned $800 million on its release day? That’s when a thing morphs into a culture-dominating disk-based piece of art that we have to call art no matter what we think, right? So yeah, check out this wildly popular video of a shiny car going wild all over one of GTA V‘s mountains. The car’s driver throws a grenade into a helicopter at one point; John McClane would blush.
- American Horror Story has Jessica Lange for one more season after Coven. Then she’s a free agent.
- Another Narnia movie, The Silver Chair, is being developed. Why are these so staggered and hard to follow and impossible to get excited about? Make ‘em into a steady, big thing or don’t, folks.
- Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) says she has auditioned for Star Wars: Episode VII. OK, cool. WAIT — then she says, “So has everyone.” WHO IS EVERYONE, SAOIRSE RONAN? START NAMING NAMES. NAME YOUR NAME REAL QUICK, TOO, JUST SO WE’RE 100 PERCENT ON THE SAME PAGE ABOUT PRONUNCIATION. (PLEASE.)
- Jay Z’s on the cover of Vanity Fair and he has this to say about money: “I’m not motivated by that. … I don’t sit around with my friends and talk about money, ever. On a record, that’s different.’”
- Here’s Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia) interviewing Pearl Jam (Ten, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock).
- Oscar Isaac adorably totes a cat around for a lot of the Coen Brothers’ new movie, Inside Llewyn Davis. One of the cats they used for filming landed Isaac in the hospital; that’ll be the plot of the Coens’ next film, if we’re lucky and all wish on our dreamcatchers tonight together.
- Holy schnikes: Walter White’s entire six-season physical transformation in one mega-long, mega-sad GIF.
- Speaking of BrBa — yes, we’re still there; let us grieve! — Bob “Saul Goodman” Odenkirk has a new IFC comedy he’s executive producing, and he also appears in some sketches. It’s called The Birthday Boys and there’s a full episode online now.
- This season on The Simpsons, a character … will … DIE. It’s someone who has won an Emmy, which is not a helpful clue in any way.
- Sia says she wrote an amazing song for Beyoncé, which reminds us that Beyoncé will one day have another album.
- Gross: An ad agency, not a prankster, set up a movie poster for the Naomi Watts movie about Princess Diana right near the spot where the princess died in a car accident.
- The third Sleigh Bells album is streaming at Rolling Stone and it’s absolutely their best yet. I say that (a) sincerely, but having listened once, and (b) in hopes that there’s still time Sleigh Bells can see this comment and slap it onto a sticker and the sticker onto all the albums that get shipped out.