Elijah Wood emerged as a child star in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His first role was in a Paula Abdul video, directed by David Fincher, in 1989. Within a few years, he was a movie star, working in films like Radio Flyer and North. In his review of the 1994 film The War, Roger Ebert wrote that Wood was "the most talented actor in his age group, in Hollywood history."
Wood made the transition to adult acting gracefully - when he was 18, he packed up his bags and moved to New Zealand to star in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He's also appeared in films like The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Everything Is Illuminated and Sin City.
Wood is part of the ensemble cast of the new film The Romantics, which follows a group of young people from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony of their close friend's wedding. The film will be released September 10th, 2010.
From our pals at BoingBoingTV and the minds behind Look Around You, a great new short film to celebrate the release of the US Look Around You DVD. Robert Popper was a guest on The Sound of Young America in 2008, and Peter, who'll be a regular on the new Will Arnett sitcom on FOX, assures us he'll stop by our New York studios soon.
Nathan Rabin and Josh Modell join Jesse to recommend the best of popular culture. Nathan chooses Louis CK's Louie and the new film The Kids Are All Right. Josh Modell chooses Inception and Children's Hospital.
Martin Starr joins Jordan and Jesse to discuss the demise of his show Party Down, favorite restaurants, secret sex parties and more.
* What is the dumbest lyric in a song you genuinely love?
* Ever been too serious about board games to disasterous effect? Have any strategies for Jesse?
What news could be better than the news that Paul Reubens is working on a script for a new Pee-Wee movie at the behest of producer Judd Apatow?
Holy cow, right? HOLY COW.
On this edition of The Sound of Young America, Kyle Ryan and Genevieve Koski from The AV Club meet with Jesse to talk about some of the "hip and happening" things going on in pop culture at the moment.
Last summer, Nathan Kuruna interviewed me for his documentary Everything By Everyone. It's about internet media, and particularly Newgrounds, a website which hosts independent flash games. As you might guess, he didn't ask me about flash games - he asked me about the future of media, and particularly independent media. It was a pleasure and an honor to be included in the project... and now he's got a trailer! Note the appearance by internet luminary Kevin "Sprinkles" Pereira.
Matt Harlock is one of the directors of American: The Bill Hicks Story, a documentary about the legendary rebel comic which screened at South by Southwest. Harlock talked with us about the film in Austin, along with Hicks' brother Steve.
The film tells the story of Bill Hicks, one of the most influential and incendiary comics of the last 25 years. Hicks started performing comedy as a teenager, but found his voice in his mid-20s. Inspired by a group of comics working out of the Comedy Workshop in Houston, Texas, Hicks was fiercely personal and fiercely political, as well. He struggled against drug and alcohol addiction, getting sober in the early 1990s. He became a major star in the UK (Harlock and his co-director Paul Thomas are English), but never achieved the national impact he'd like to have achieved in the United States. In late 1993, Hicks was diagnosed with cancer. He kept the diagnosis secret from all but his closest family. He passed in early 1994 at the age of 32.
Vimeo is having some trouble at the moment - video of this episode will be up as soon as possible.
Jordan meets John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Craig Robinson, but the meeting suffers from a fundamental misunderstanding of "the '80s."
"The Big Lebowski is very much about having to be comfortable with not knowing answers."
(via Rian Johnson)