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Populist: Items of interest this week

For odd consumer choices this week, it’s a toss-up between Disney’s Mickey Mouse T-shirt (in the style of Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures cover) and this J Mascis “throbblehead” (with real doll hair).Casting rumours for HBO’s 2013 adaptation of The Corrections suggest the Lambert family will be Ewan McGregor, Bruce Norris, Chris Cooper, Dianne Wiest and Maggie Gyllenhaal.Keanu Reeves’s address book has come in handy for Side By Side, a doc exploring cinema’s film-versus-digital debate. His interview list includes Lynch, Scorsese, Nolan and Cameron.Nice to see vinyl’s fun cousin the flexidisc making a mini-comeback: the Fair Ohs are the latest band to release a “Flexi-postcard”; see xrayrecordings.blogspot.comNever heard of the Thumbs Up series, Terry Gilliam’s Professor Hypochondria’s Magical Odyssey, or Lionel Crisp’s 70s exploitation work? Peter Capaldi’s BBC4 show will reveal all next week …Did Jenny Agutter really spill the beans about a Spidey cameo in the Avengers blockbuster? (She’s playing “Council Member”.)

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