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Denzel Washington's new movie Safe House may look your average young-CIA-agent-meets-grizzled-CIA-agent, young-CIA-agent-learns-nothing-is-what-it-seems thriller, but the script was on the Black List and the last time Washington played a possibly corrupt mentor unmasked by an idealistic protegee, the result was Training Day. Ryan Reynolds is playing the Ethan Hawke role, a fact he'll probably mention if Entertainment Weekly lets him write another meta cover story about the film just prior to release [Slash Film]
A multi-part online documentary on the origins of "Friday" wasn't the kind of thing we were craving when Rebecca Black's song was going viral in March, but This American Life contributor Jon Ronson's investigation into the song's creation is watchable and weirdly noble. The song (still!) jangles the nerves, but at least it has inspired a pop culture history that's whaleoil smooth. Subsequent installments will probably detail the many messy court battles that ensued. [Videogum]