Public Radio Hasn’t Had Any Weekend Hits In A While. Here’s Why


“In the retail world, mall managers who lose anchors and don’t replace them wind up tearing down the building and selling the land to Walmart. If we don’t tend to our anchors, stations’ weekend schedules will start to feel like half-empty shopping malls with a ragtag collection of specialty stores with no customers.”

The Hardest Things About Making An Amy Winehouse Documentary


“[Director Asif Kapadia] maintains that the documentary is a faithful depiction of the events that led to Winehouse’s death in 2011 at her home in London, and that his only agenda was to tell the truth. We spoke with him recently about the biggest challenges he faced in getting the film to theaters.”

How Podcasts Are Saving National Public Radio


“While the nonprofit’s stations are primarily dependent on federal funding, corporate sponsorship, and individual donations to stay on the air, the company has suffered from deficits and leadership changes in the past few years, leading to cutbacks and layoffs of its talented staff. But not this year. Along with some steps to reduce costs and develop new strategies, the Internet is helping to save the radio star.”

How Hollywood Sets Up Women Superheroes To Fail


“That’s our double standard. Poorly penned scripts. Rom-com female superheroes. A lack of female writers. A lack of understanding female audiences. Unknown directors. Significantly lower budgets. Little, if any, merchandising.”

How Did Pixar’s Newest Movie Get Emotions So Right In Image And Word?


“As the filmmakers were working, they would fire off emails to Keltner and to Paul Ekman, a pioneer in the study of emotions. The process helped create a movie that’s true to the underlying science when it shows things like how emotions tend to color Riley’s perception of the world.”

The Real Problem With Men, Women, And ‘Goodfellas’


“There was a smarter column to write about gender divides over different movies. Those divides surely do exist, and just as surely have something to do with cultural assumptions and education and respective experiences, and do not require reducing a movie to unpersuasive tabloidisms like ‘GoodFellas [is] Entourage with guns instead of swimming pools.'”

How Chile Is Changing How Movies Are Being Made Around The World


The term “Chilewood” refers to an emerging camp in its eponymous country where genre films are being made by a myriad of talents and attracting high-profile names like Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves. And the etymology of the catchy name originates with its creator Nicolás López, who dropped out of high school at 15 to produce a show for MTV Latin America and never looked back.

The Genius Of ClickHole: How The Onion Spinoff Designed To Mock The Internet Became The Best Thing On It

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Dan Kois: “How does the site, with its small staff of young writers and editors tucked around a few tables at the Onion‘s Chicago offices, generate so many stories that make me laugh really hard? And why do so many of these stories also make me feel bad? And what does it mean to make a website that does both of these things – that makes extremely viral media, while ruthlessly satirizing the world of viral media?”

How Disney Saved Itself: Buying Other Studios


“On his second day on the job as chief executive, Robert Iger steeled himself for a crucial presentation to the Walt Disney Co. board of directors. … At the Oct. 2, 2005, board meeting, Iger floated an idea that would become a hallmark of his tenure. He made a risky, even audacious, proposal: What if the company bought Pixar Animation Studios?”

Caitlyn Jenner And The Duggars Aren’t Distractions From ‘Real News’, They ARE The Real News

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Andrew O’Hehir: “When you observe the intense and unfeigned public response to those stories, and the symbolic media warfare they provoke, it becomes not just meaningless but dangerous to insist that such things are inherently trivial, or serve only to distract the citizenry from Serious Issues and Real News.”

Showtime Launches Standalone Streaming App


“With the OTT strategy, Showtime — which has nearly 24 million pay-TV subs — is looking to reach so-called cord-nevers and cord-cutters, who don’t have an interest in traditional cable or satellite plans.”

After Protests, Death Threats, And Knife Attack, Morocco Bans Film About Sex Workers

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“The film, Much Loved, by the Moroccan filmmaker Nabil Ayouch, includes scenes of prostitutes in Marrakesh partying, speaking raunchy Arabic and servicing wealthy Saudi clients. Within few days after the May 19 premiere [at Cannes], the clips had received more than two million views on YouTube. The movie became the subject of protests outside Parliament in Rabat and of heated discussions on social networks in Morocco and France.”

How Streaming Is Changing The Content Of TV and Movies


“The very fact that we’re streaming, that they make so much money in syndication with streaming on Amazon, I think extends the life of the show. Also creatively it’s given us more freedom. We don’t get the talk that, “You’ve got to reach out to the younger audience. You’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that, or you’re going to be dead in a year.” It really frees us up.”

The Case From ‘Serial’ Gets A Sequel Podcast – With More New Evidence

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“If the listeners who were hooked by Serial have tuned into Undisclosed – a follow-up podcast from different producers – they may find themselves surprised by how much there is left to discover about the murder and investigation that followed. If Serial‘s thesis is that facts are elusive, Undisclosed‘s counterpoint seems to be that the past is less murky than you might think.”

Serious Filmmakers Are Trying Out 3-D – So Why Aren’t They Taking It Seriously?

November 1952:  EXCLUSIVE American actor Keefe Brasselle and his wife Norma, wearing 3-D glasses and holding boxes of hot buttered popcorn, sit in the theater at the premiere of director Arch Oboler's film, 'Bwana Devil,' Hollywood, California. The film was the first commercial 3-D feature. In the background American actor Charles Coburn is visible.  (Photo by M. Garrett/Murray Garrett/Getty Images)

Daniel Engber: “I’ve been looking forward to the moment when 3-D emerges as a mode unto itself – not a gimmick or a money-making adjunct to the standard fare but an art form of its very own. … With some notable exceptions, the new breed of uppity 3-D seems less like an exploration of the format than an exercise in camp appropriation – a way of punching up at corporate greed and spoofing Hollywood excess.”

Study: Women Directors Are Better Represented In Film Festivals

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“According to a study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, women directed some 29 percent of documentaries and 18 percent of domestic features screened at nearly two dozen film festivals nationwide over the last year. Women also accounted for a third of the producers of narrative feature and documentary films shown at those festivals, the study found, numbers that remain unchanged from last year.”

TV Is Losing Ad Dollars. Meanwhile The Internet…

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“Mobile advertising and social gaming will see steady double-digit growth. Other media, like the global music market and magazine publishing, will grow less than a percent annually on average. The only decline will be in newspaper publishing, which will see advertising drop roughly 3 percent a year through 2019.”