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In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss the just-announced 2011 Oscar nominations with Slate "Brow Beat" writer Nina Shen Rastogi, IFC's new sketch comedy Portlandia with Slateassociate editor Jessica Grose, and Brock Enright's pay-per-thrill "reality adventures" with Slate pop critic Jonah Weiner.
Here are some links to the things we discussed this week:
The complete list of this year's Oscar nominees.
Slate's 2011 Lean/Lock Oscars prognostication game.
Slate reactions to the nominations from Nina, Dana, and Troy Patterson.
Best foreign language film nominee Dogtooth.
Julia's slide show on the Academy Awards and costume design.
Alexandre Desplat's scores for The Ghost Writer and The King's Speech.
Hailee Steinfeld's performance in True Grit.
The official Web site for IFC's new sketch comedy Portlandia.
You can watch the first episode on iTunes or Amazon.
The 1990s HBO sketch comedy series Mr. Show.
Portlandia co-creator Carrie Brownstein's former indie rock band Sleater-Kinney.
Carrie Brownstein's NPR Music blog Monitor Mix.
Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen's Web site ThunderAnt.
Jonah Weiner's NYT Magazine article on Brock Enright's Videogame Adventures Services.
Photos and descriptions of some of Enright's past "executive kidnappings."
Videogames Adventures Services' (minimal) official Web site.
The Culture Gabfest weekly endorsements:
Dana's pick: The song "Furry Walls" from Get Him to the Greek.
Jonah's pick: The short story "The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown" from G.K. Chesterton's The Club of Queer Trades.
Julia's pick: Suzanne Collins' young-adult science-fiction trilogy, The Hunger Games.
Outro: "Portlandia Theme Song" by Carrie Brownstein
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