This week in the entertainment industry/pop culture news world, you could call it the Week of In-Depth Actor Career Assessments. We saw lengthy pieces analyzing the careers of Nicole Kidman, Vin Diesel, Val Kilmer, Amanda Peet (who assessed her own career), Shia LaBeouf, Anne Hathaway, Dan Stevens, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, and two on Arnold Schwarzenegger.

So while there is plenty to read on the acting front, we figured we’d collect a few more good reads from the filmmaking side of things. We try to keep our readers well-rounded (on acting and filmmaking, at least. Politics, science, literature, athletics, and social cues? You’re on your own there.)


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of April 3, 2017)

My filmmaking career: Not exactly Sundance material, but what Cannes you do (via Harrison Tunggal for The Daily Californian)
Reflecting on that (maybe not amazing) movie you made as a kid.

Why I’m Debunking the Myth of My Own Success (via Michael O’Shea for The Talkhouse)
The writer/director of The Transfiguration on the true origins of his “overnight” success story.

Neon Launches Short Film Division, With New Work to Screen Before Feature-Length Films In Theaters (via Graham Winfrey for IndieWire)
A brand new distribution avenue for shorts.

Hollywood Payroll: What Took the Industry So Long to Go Digital (via Ashley Cullins for The Hollywood Reporter)
How entertainment payroll companies are becoming tech-savvy.

Not Everyone Wants To Be A Director… (via Cybel Martin for Shadow and Act)
How various filmmakers discovered their (non-directing) dream careers.

The Everlasting Influence of John Carpenter (via Jade Budowski for Decider)
From Stranger Things to The Void, Carpenter is still an inspiration for generations of filmmakers.


New Releases

Movies from our April Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

How to achieve a “film look” on a budget (via D4Darious)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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