“I actually cried from happiness… because I always wanted to be on TV. Because I wanted to be like the regular people on TV.”
“Adversity has made the purists even more ardent. The act of acquiring a film becomes a treasure hunt: cinemas brag about having gotten their hands on a particularly high-quality print, and the buffs themselves are known to have rooms piled high with big metal wheels.”
“What we saw last week was live streaming’s Gulf War, a moment that will catapult the technology into the center of the news — and will begin to inexorably alter much of television news as we know it. And that’s not a bad thing. Though it will shake up the economics of TV, live streaming is opening up a much more compelling way to watch the news.”
“Al Jazeera English is in talks with cable carriers that carried the now defunct Al Jazeera America to make its live video stream available [digitally] in the U.S. starting in September … The move comes almost three months after it shut down its U.S. cable television network, Al Jazeera America.”
“Digital comics creators may fit their art to screen proportions or vertical strips. Artists and writers design for panel-viewing apps by making sure each chunk of the page works on its own, so you’re not left trying to remember who got Hulk so mad or what everyone’s looking at up in the sky — and they can use limited views to control pacing and create suspenseful reveals. Going further, formats such as Madefire’s Motion Books combine writing, animation and even sound. None of that invalidates the traditional art form, of course, but there’s always evolution.”
“In Saudi Arabia, clerics renewed an existing fatwa against Pokémon, calling it ‘un-Islamic.’ Bosnia has warned players to avoid chasing the creatures onto land mines left over from the 1990s. … Russian websites published articles claiming the game is a C.I.A. plot, while religious figures denounced it. ‘It smacks of Satanism,’ a Cossack leader told local media.”
“Ever since its inception in 1947, the CIA has been covertly working with Hollywood. But it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the agency formally hired an entertainment industry liaison and began openly courting favorable treatment in films and television. … Especially after 9/11, American screenwriters, directors, and producers have traded positive portrayal of the spy profession in film or television projects for special access and favors at CIA headquarters.”
“Milo Yiannopoulos, the technology editor for Breitbart.com, tweeted as @Nero. … [He’s] been suspended from Twitter several times in the past for violating its terms of service … but claims that he had fanned the flames of the harassment of Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones on Twitter led to a ‘permanent suspension’ from Twitter on Wednesday.”
“The overall sexualization of female characters has decreased in recent years,” an Indiana University research team led by Teresa Lynch writes in the Journal of Communication. “The recent and growing interest of women and girls (in gaming) seems to be influencing game content in positive ways.”
“Even before any tickets had been sold, Ghostbusters was already surely the most argued-about movie of the year, attacked by angry male fans on the internet and hailed as a new milestone in Hollywood diversity. Wesley Morris, critic at large for The New York Times, joins its chief film critics Manohla Dargis and A. O. Scott to survey the state of the debate now that people have actually seen the movie.”
“Leslie Jones, one of the most visible and accessible stars in the all-female remake of the Ghostbusters movie, said that she would leave Twitter after becoming the target of online trolls who sent her a stream of pornography, racist speech and hateful memes. … ‘Ok I have been called Apes,’ she wrote on Twitter, ‘even got a pic with semen on my face. I’m tryin to figure out what human means. I’m out.'”
“This Is A Generic Presidential Campaign Ad,” assembled entirely from stock footage by the stock-footage company Dissolve, lays out all the messaging elements for (the generic) Candidate (slogan: “For an American America”). (video)
“The director’s 18th-century epic is legendary for the hardships imposed upon its cast, with 150 takes for a single shot not uncommon. But, four decades on, the film’s stars remain united in praise of this beautiful, slow-burning masterpiece.”
“For a long time, people didn’t know how to approach the story. When Patty and I had our creative conversations about the character, we realized that Diana can still be a normal woman, one with very high values, but still a woman. She can be sensitive. She is smart and independent and emotional. She can be confused. She can lose her confidence. She can have confidence. She is everything. She has a human heart.”
These 25 nominations were surprising – in a good way, for once.
“The writer is tasked not only with verbally transmitting image and movement, but also capturing something of the mood or fantasy evoked onscreen, and grappling with medium-specific gestures so minor they’re almost implied; here, the challenge is to convey but not overwork such moments, keeping both effect and subtlety intact, as if handing over a moth without dissolving its wings.”
The Washington Post critic follows the game through DC monuments and museums in a vain effort to get to level five, and finally concludes it’s not worth the effort.
“A cartoon firebrand delivers his Ramadan message: ‘Ramadan is the month where sins are forgiven and hearts are filled with – love.’ This outburst of goodwill is met with confusion from the audience of masked men and veiled women, which only heightens as he continues: ‘there is no difference between Arabs and Westerners except in piety.’ Rescuing the situation, the sidekick hands the preacher a sesame biscuit. ‘Better?’ ‘Fucking better,’ replies the preacher – and with hunger banished, he launches into calls for bombs and destruction. ‘You’re not you when you’re hungry,’ the clip concludes, parodying an American ad for the Snickers candy-bar.”
“China’s official censorship guidelines technically prohibit movies that ‘promote cults or superstition’ … and the country’s regulators occasionally have been known to use this obscure provision as rationale for banning films that feature ghosts or supernatural beings in a semi-realistic way (Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest suffered such a fate in 2006).”
“For April Fools’ Day in 2014, Google created a ‘game’ in which users looked on Google Maps for Pokémon à la I Spy or Where’s Waldo. … Accompanying the game was a heart-pounding, highly produced video showing people out in the actual world climbing mountains, riding camels across the desert and taking to the sea in order to find Pokémon. The goal? To win a job as ‘Pokémon Master’ at Google.”
“According to a new Times analysis, with the 2016 class of invitees the academy has, in a single stroke, gone 52% of the way toward its goal of doubling the number of nonwhites in its ranks. When it comes to boosting the numbers of women, though, the academy is lagging slightly behind pace; the new class brings the academy roughly a fifth of the way toward its 2020 benchmark.”
“Over the last decade, television has both taken flight and blown itself up. In the new landscape, where the armies of cable networks, streaming platforms and video-on-demand services have trampled all the old mileposts, an Emmy is the last traditional, tangible mark of success.”
“I don’t feel like I’ve got that cachet that I had at a certain point [after those three films]. I see people seizing the moment when they have the same kind of explosion that I had, and I just didn’t do it. I didn’t know how to do it – I didn’t want to do it. I just thought ‘Oh, this is good! I’ll be able to just keep working.'”
“This weekend I went to the recently opened San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and wanted to know everything about the art and various installations, beyond what was posted on the walls. I felt as if I should be able to lift my phone and get more details on the process of the creation of the art work, rather than having to type a search term into my browser. Pokémon Go had changed my expectations on how to access information. That shift in expectation, perhaps, is the game’s true importance.”
Viewing fell by 27% among 16-24 year olds and children, while it fell only 5% in the 55-64 age category in the same time period. Ofcom said its report highlighted “a widening gap between the viewing habits of the youngest and oldest audiences”.
The table-reads for “The Chinese Restaurant” were disastrous. The writers fretted a lot about getting “The Contest” past the network censors (who, in the end, loved it). And the writer of the “Junior Mint” episode was convinced it would wreck his career.
“A number of cinemas in France are cancelling screenings of The Conjuring 2 following troublesome occurrences of ‘loud laughter’, ‘hysterical yelling’ and violent altercations.”
“This is the first custom-built, state-of-the-art film studio in sub-Saharan Africa, and it’s rapidly becoming one of Hollywood’s favourite places to shoot. It touts itself as ‘the most successful film studio in the developing world’ – a grand claim that might even be true.”
“Few matters in entertainment are as fraught as the Disney princesses, a dozen or so characters led by Cinderella and Snow White that mint money for the Walt Disney Company but also are cultural lightning rods. People who love the princesses (they’re pretty and live happily ever after!) and those who despise them (they promote negative female stereotypes and unrealistic body images!) square off endlessly.”
“Thirty years on, however, we’ve dropped the rose-coloured glasses, and our response to realizing he sold us out to suburbia echoes Molly Ringwald’s response in Vanity Fair when he dropped her once she grew out of it. ‘It was very hurtful and it still hurts.'”