Weekend To-Do List: Dumptruck Edition

153258__squid_l”I need a dumptruck, mama, to unload my head,” sang Bob Dylan. So it goes as PopWatch unloads a list of random activities for you:

-The pop culture event of the weekend is surely Ricky Gervais’ appearance on The Simpsons (Fox, Sunday at 8 p.m.), in an episode that the British comedy guru wrote as well. Plus, the ep will open with that fabled live-action version of the standard Simpsons intro.

-For Amanda Bynes fans who prefer her out of male drag, another TV milestone comes tonight at 8 on the WB with the season finale (and probably the series finale) of What I Like About You.

-Sure, you’re planning to see Denzel, Jodie, and Clive this weekend in Inside Man, but if it’s sold out, look for The Devil’s Miner, EW’s top-graded movie this week, a documentary about the colorful spiritual lives of Bolivian silver miners. Talk about inside men.

-The rush to DVD of recent Oscar nominees continues with The Squid and the Whale, Noah Baumbach’s much-lauded roman a clef about the divorce of his parents (played by Laura Linney and Jeff Daniels, pictured). I can’t believe the boy who plays their younger son is the real-life 12-year-old son of Phoebe Cates.

-The John-Mayer’s-kid-brother stylings of Teddy Geiger‘s Underage Thinking hit stores earlier this week, but an advance copy of the disc has been lodged in my CD player for a month, or about three weeks longer than Geiger’s Love Monkey lasted on CBS.

-She’s Not a Girl, Not Yet a Fertility Goddess: We’re not going to link to any photos of that now-notorius sculpture of a naked Britney Spears crouching on a bearskin rug and giving birth to the spawn of Federline — trust us, you’ll thank us for our restraint. But you can read about the sculpture, which the artist calls the ”first Pro-Life monument to birth,” here.

-Hey, Project Runway fans: if you’re in the Los Angeles area this weekend, Santino‘s having a yard sale!

-Video fun: Comedy Central has inhaled Strindberg & Helium; watch the playfully surreal clips here and here.

-Finally, this Michel Gondry-directed video for Kylie Minogue’s ”Come Into My World” isn’t exactly new, but it’s so damn cool that we have to ask you to watch it and report back.

addCredit(“The Squid and the Whale: James Hamilton”)

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  • CineRam

    Sorry to be a Lumbergh, but I’m gonna hafta go ahead and disagree with you on that Kylie Minogue vid. It’s a nice concept, all right, but the execution isn’t what it could be–possibly due to insufficent planning or rehearsal time. Kylie spends a great deal of time on the very edge of the screen, indicating she had trouble keeping pace with the camera move. The choreography is also a bit sloppy–too often she seems to be avoiding a collision with herself by millimeters. I prefer Gondry’s video for Cibo Matto’s “Sugar Water”, wherein a single, unbroken shot plays out forwards on one half of the screen and backwards on the other half–and yet the action in each half mirrors the other (as if the video was constructed as a visual palindrome). Another fantastic Gondry video is for “Let Forever Be”, in which the precise dance choreography morphs into and out of handheld video shots of a similarly dressed girl. That one’s a real delight. Both of these videos’ execution are of a much higher than “Come into My World”–as is an earlier Minogue clip, “Can’t Get You out of My Head”.

  • V.M.L.

    I’ve seen the Kylie video. Its pretty cool.
    Britney Spears is not the “ideal model for Pro-Life.” She’s the ideal model for idiotcracy.

  • Joslyn

    Santino, not Sandino. Had to point that out.

  • Sophie

    Does anyone actually give birth crouching like that? And didn’t Britney Spears have a C-section?

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