Weekend Reader – April 4ish (The Spoiler-Free Steve Rogers Edition)

Has anyone else just had the worst week?

Well, it would have been the worst week, except I got to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So it was the best worst week.

Did you know Cap has his own froyo? So many flavours. Including Cheesecake! I wouldn’t think he’d be into that, considering how long he was on ice. Insensitive? Anyway…

My only Cap-related complaint is that’s it’s really hard to find non-3D screenings. That’s the definition of first world problems right there. Like I said, anyway…

If you read the header of this post, you know what I’ve been reading this week. And you don’t need me to tell you how good this movie is. I’m sure there are lots of reviews you can read. But, if you’re looking for your Avengers news fix, you are in the right place:

An interview iffy in quality from The Guardian

THR had SO MANY THINGS

 

A WARNING: this link is a bit misleading… Someone cut together scenes from different movies and used the word naked in the title… But, really, he’s wearing pants. Mostly.

(And go see Snowpiercer as soon as you have a chance)

As for the other Avengers…

And…

 

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The Weekend Reader – February 21ish

First and foremost, a late addition (but a welcome one). Chelsea Handler gave us all a reason to love her even more. Read No One Puts Baby in Parentheses RIGHT NOW

Once you’re done with that, don’t worry, there’s lots more to read:

BUT WHAT ABOUT LIAM NEESONS, THO?

(Have a great weekend everyone!)

The Weekend Reader – February 7ish

Folks, just a reminder that everything really is awesome:

In very brief yet larger and non-animated news:

How to get ahead in filmmaking (via The Guardian)

A career-spanning interview with producer Jeremy Thomas (who’s helped to make way more movies than you realize), right on the heels of the confirmation of High-Rise, led by the brilliant Ben Wheatley with the screenplay to be provided by Amy Jump.

Oh, and you know women- the people who make up more than half the population? Yeah, them. Well, in Hollywood, pay for women overall declines rapidly after the age of 34. Awesome. Hello retirement!* (via Indiewire)

*As an aside to this, if one more person equates a woman’s sexual desire/reproductive age with her ability to do a job- ANY JOB- there will be consequences. Just sayin’.

Until next week, a shout out to the Fat Girl Food Squad for making life more awesome. Awesome is the word of the week. Pass it on.

The Weekend Reader – January 24ish

A short and late list this week/end… But some really good reads:

1- A really interesting article from The Guardian on live theatre versus recorded broadcast of theatre productions. The article is really thoroughly thought out and well-written, but I’d like to dumb down its conclusions:

Not everyone lives in a place where live theatre is common. And not everyone can afford to travel to see theatre. Conversely, there are people who live in Brooklyn and never visit the Statue of Liberty. The stars aren’t always aligned for a live performance to meet an audience and, since we now live in an age where we can have live performances preserved, why does anyone feel the need to be an elitist prick about it?

2- An article from THR about Ride Along that seems pretty ho-hum, until you read the comments. There is a strange trend to break down movie demographics for films that appeal to women or minorities. Anyone know why that happens? Or if THR is more guilty than other outlets to do so?

3- The DGA, Lexi Alexander Getting Real and an Infographic. Women in Filmmaking at Sundance (via Indiewire) … I hate to say it, but the Sundance study seems to really lend some credibility to the hypothesis from many corners- including Lexi Alexander’s blog post- that women just aren’t given as much of a chance to work in Hollywood.

4- Yet another awesome ep of Scriptnotes. I know you’re probably already all over it but, in case you’re not, it was focused on female directors with guest Carolyn Strauss. Listen to it.

The Weekend Reader – January 3, 2014

A new thing for the new year. Every Friday (give or take), I’ll post a list of recent reading from around the interwebs that might be of interest to y’all. As always, if there’s any interesting news/discussion you think I’ve missed, send it along!

Enjoy and keep writing!

Major 2013 Film Themes from The Guardian

4 Things Writers Should Stop Expecting from Bang 2 Write

Hollywood Movies With Strong Female Role Models Make More Money from Vocativ

Jeff Willis Breaks Down A Script Option Deal from The Black Board

101 Deadliest films by body count (Infographic) from Randal S. Olson (via The Black Board)

Casting Call: Hollywood Needs More Women from NPR (via The Black Board)

The 10 Most Sexist Female Characters on TV from Role Reboot

‘Her’ is a Futuristic Tale With 21st Century Sexism from Policy Mic

Ricky Gervais on what’s made him so successful from Time.com

WGA Award Nominees from Variety

REMINDER: Download tons of award season scripts from Go Into The Story (So much to learn! DO IT.)

Can feminist films flunk the Bechdel test? Sure they can

Read this:

http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2013/nov/06/cinema-programmers-feminist-films-bechdel-test-swedish

A good idea to rate films based on gender representation? Probably. I think the results would be shocking. Shocking.

My take on the Bechdel test is that it’s less of a test and more of an eye-opening guideline. I mean, can you even imagine a movie that had only one man in it, or men who only talk to each other about women? Men who have no interior lives or self-interest? Is there such a thing? No? Then why are so many women in that spot exactly?

Don’t get me started on the 5% female director stat either… I will Hulk out on you. This needs to change. All of it. Grr…