Bob Lennon The Evil Within The Assignment

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Billy Bob Thornton vs. Jian Ghomeshi

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Billy Bob Thornton was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of the monotone protagonist of 1996's Sling Blade (and won one for his screenplay). If this interview with Canadian radio's Jian Ghomeshi to promote his band, the Boxmasters, is any indication, he apparently stayed in character for 13 years. Having warned the show's producers that he didn't want to talk about his film career, Thornton takes umbrage with Ghomeshi's introduction, in which he makes passing -- and understandable -- reference to Thornton's storied cinematic work. Thornton then provides only sullen-teenager responses, all variations of "I don't know what you mean," as the other Boxmasters suffer.


Reality is now ... disengaged.

Ghomeshi redirects his questions to the band members for a while, but re-engages with the movie star about five minutes in. Big mistake: Thornton rambles nonsensically about a magazine he subscribed to as a kid called Famous Monsters of Filmland. Seriously -- listen to it, it's an amazing feat of digression. At seven minutes, Thornton finally expresses his frustration that Ghomeshi brought up his film career, as it suggests that music is merely a hobby of his, and asserts that an interviewer would never ask Tom Petty if music was his first love. (No, but if Petty, say, started acting in movies, you might mention that he had something of a music career beforehand.)

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"My first love was a chick named Lisa Cohen," he deadpans, answering once and for all the much-debated question of whether Thornton ever had a Jewish girlfriend. The host calls a truce at 10 minutes, and the two adversaries limp to the finish line. Side note: Early issues of Famous Monsters of Filmland from the '50s and '60s often go for several hundred dollars on eBay. No word yet on whether Thornton is planning to adapt it into a movie, with him playing the soundtrack.

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Sigur Ros vs. Luke Burbank

If you thought Billy Bob Thornton was passive-aggressively taciturn, he has nothing on Icelandic band Sigur Ros, who, in 2007, talked with Luke Burbank on NPR's Bryant Park Project. Although "talk" is a stretch; the band members mumble, laugh nervously, pause excruciatingly, occasionally whisper a word or two, and generally behave as though Burbank is conducting the entire interview while they commit an especially grisly murder. Imagine the most strained conversation you've ever had, multiply it by 10, and put it on live radio.


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You might think there's a language barrier. Perhaps they're more comfortable communicating in "Hopelandic," the invented language they sing in. Until, that is, Burbank asks them about it, and one of them says of the language, "It's just fucking bullshit" (censored by NPR).

The interview was so horrible that NPR later did its own postmortem, with Burbank gamely asking a veteran music journalist to critique his interview skills. She points out, for instance, that he should have targeted individual members instead of the band as a whole, not asked the questions they always get asked, and called them out on their surliness. Because that wouldn't have made things even more awkward.

For a less aggressive interview, perhaps Burbank should have interviewed Sigur Ros' fellow Icelander Bjork.



Teddy Wayne is the author of the novels The Love Song of Jonny Valentine and Kapitoil. He is also on Twitter.



For more unruly rock stars, check out The 6 Most (Certifiably) Insane Tales of Rock Star Behavior and 7 Beloved Celebrities And The Awful Shit You Forgot They Did.

If you're pressed for time and just looking for a quick fix, then check out What They Really Meant: The Billy Bob Thornton Tantrum.

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Sur PlayStation 4 : J'ai le sentiment que cette année a été l'une des plus pauvres qu'il m'ait été donné de voir ces dernières décennies en termes de qualité de la production vidéoludique. Entre les FPS déprimants aux qualités discutables, les remakes médiocres d'idées pourtant réussies la première fois ou même la plupart des titre intergénérationnels censés marquer l'avènement des nouvelles... Lire le test The Evil Within sur PlayStation 4

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MaSQuEdePuSTA ·

Pour le "renouveau du survival-horror", il va falloir repasser.

Sur PC : L'horreur est à la mode en ce moment dans le monde du jeu vidéo. Que ce soit avec des AAA comme Alien: Isolation et Silent Hills teasé récemment avec la démo P.T., ou encore de nombreux projets indépendants, on sent de plus en plus le retour des jeux vidéo horrifiques sur le devant de la scène. Il était donc naturel que le retour de Shinji Mikami dans le milieu du survival-horror était attendu... Lire le test The Evil Within sur PC

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ThoRCX ·

Le survival-horror moderne, sans peur et avec beaucoup de reproches...

Sur PlayStation 4 : Beaucoup attendaient, moi le premier, avec ce The Evil Within, le retour d’un genre aujourd’hui plus ou moins moribond : le survival-horror. Certes, des titres comme Outlast ou Amnesia y ont récemment apporté quelques alternatives crédibles, mais le survival-horror « vieille-école » initié par les Alone in the Dark et autres Resident Evil, ne semble plus vivre à présent que dans les mémoires... Lire le test The Evil Within sur PlayStation 4

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Arnaud Lalanne ·

Plus c'est long, plus c'est... ah bah non, en fait.

Sur PC : The Evil Within, c'est le Resident Evil qu'on aurait dû avoir après le 4 et globalement, il n'y a pas grand chose à lui reprocher, le gameplay fonctionne bien, ça décroche pas la rétine techniquement mais la DA est suffisamment pour susciter le malaise et l'effroi sans avoir besoin d'en faire des caisses (coucou Outlast et RE 7) et le jeu est parfois assez tendu et offre des combats de boss... Lire le test The Evil Within sur PC

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SuicideSnake ·

DécouverteDemi Kami

Sur PlayStation 4 : Dure position que celle de père fondateur de l'horreur vidéoludique. Vous avez beau vous éloigner du sujet une décennie entière, il suffit d'avancer l'idée d'y revenir pour que le monde entier, d'un coup, vous bave sur les pieds, l'écume aux lèvres et le regard plein de larmes. On ne va pas s'en cacher, dès l'annonce de The Evil Within, bon nombre de joueurs attendaient LE jeu qui mettrait une... Lire le test The Evil Within sur PlayStation 4

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