Zooey Deschanel is something of a dream girl for quirky rom-com fans and indie music nerds (after all, she is married to Death Cab for Cutie lead singer Ben Gibbard, and has a band of her own, She and Him). So, it's probably no surprise that in this week's New York, writer Jada Yuan revealed that she received a mix tape from the actress while writing a profile on the 'Our Idiot Brother' star.

"I mentioned that I had a friend who had been feeling down," recalls Yuan. "I've got it ... happiness songs are, like my, area," replied Deschanel. The end product was -- you guessed it -- a very hip 13-track CD, including songs from the Beach Boys, the Turtles and the Paper Dolls. (Sadly, no Death Cab songs made the final cut).

Elsewhere in New York, Jessica Pressler tries, and fails, to deconstruct 'Straw Dogs' star Alexander Skarsgard. As Pressler states, "in interviews, [Skarsgard] reveals almost nothing ... he's either figured out a way to avoid falling into the trap actors all say they want to avoid, or maybe he's just empty." For example, after asking the 'True Blood' star what books he reads, he says "everything from fiction to non-fiction." You see what you've done to our actors, all-encompassing celebrity media? You've turned them into drones! (Or, more appropriately in this case, lifeless vampires.)

In other news, the New York Times recently turned their attention to the endless "will it die/will it stay" 3D debate. Besides the obligatory 'Avatar' plug, this piece has a unique twist: the future of 3D is not in theaters, but on your TVs. After comparing it to the View-Master slides of the '60s, Times writer Dave Kehr makes the case for three-dimensional television. (Insert heads of movie studios cheering, here).

"In one important respect home 3D is superior to the technology employed in most theaters ... The new home system uses 'active shutter' LCD glasses, which are synchronized with infrared signals from the television set to alternately block the left and right view, so that each eye sees only the image intended for it."

That sounds pretty fancy, but we won't be completely sold until Na'vi can walk around our living room without having to put on some 3D specs.


Rounding things out, we turn to the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly, where actress Angelina Jolie spoke to Anthony Breznican about her directorial debut, 'In the Land of Blood and Honey.' For all those naysayers rolling their eyes at another A-lister trying their hand at directing, Jolie admits that she made things very challenging for herself during filming.

In several scenes, Angelina had to direct dialogue in Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, a language she does not speak. As a result, she turned to the film's stars -- Goran Kostic and Zana Marjanovic -- for advice. "I'd pull [Marjanovic] aside and say, 'Which take did you think [Kostic] was the most connected to, because I'm not quite sure?' ... It was a unique process," recalls Jolie.

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