Grantland logo

Afternoon Links: Benedict Cumberbatch Can Be a Sex Genius, Too

Who’s greedy when it comes to Benedict Cumberbatch? We would’ve accepted him reading his own name with various emphases, but the generous fellow instead headed to Kimmel to orate the lyrics of R. Kelly’s new Black Panties track “Genius.” It’s gold.

BuzzFeed’s annual Tumblrs of the Year list is here. You have 45 new great ideas to keep track of.

We’ve got a Beardless Mandy Patinkin situation over here, repeat, Code Beardless Patinkin!! [h/t]

Lars Von Trier’s Nymphomaniac will be released in two parts, in March and April 2014, and both parts will see VOD releases before theaters. Might make especially good sense for this movie.

Jay Z ranked his albums. He knows Kingdom Come is the worst; he’s not shy about Reasonable Doubt’s classic status; he’s surprisingly open/a little optimistic about Magna Carta’s middle-of-the-pack status.

A sad/joyful Fast & Furious tribute to Paul Walker. If you’re an easy target for mournful piano, stay the eff away. [h/t]

Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn TV series will feature a Big Kahuna Burger.

The Coens are writing a musical comedy in addition to their ancient Rome movie.

Mad Decent has an eight-track Christmas EP streaming. Here’s Diplo’s contribution.
[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/123086657" params="" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]

Phil Collins is moving toward unretirement, right after Hyden explained why artists can’t simply call it quits anymore.

From the AP’s “ooooof” department: “The vast majority of feature-length silent films made in America have been lost due to decay and neglect over the past 100 years, allowing an original 20th century art form to all but disappear, according to a study released Wednesday.”

Intense lyric video for Lauryn Hill’s “Consumerism.”

Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Babel, Biutifulis in talks for the new Jungle Book.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s hitRECord website/group creativity project is becoming a variety TV show (… on something called Pivot).

And Home Alone was reenacted with pugs. Lessons: All puppies are cute, even pug ones; dog food ads are disgusting on headphones — THANKS FOR NOTHING, YOUTUBE. [h/t]