Here in cynical, liberal Hollywood, everyone is apoplectic that our Patron Saint of Media Jon Stewart has departed The Daily Show and we are trying our best to imagine a world without him (clarification: he is still alive). So for distraction we could, say, re-watch the GOP Debate, or spend the weekend catching up on all the other entertainment industry news from the week, with this collection of blogs, essays, articles, and videos. We’re just doing our part. For America.

Good Reads for the week of August 3, 2015

What I Did On My Wet Hot American Summer Vacation (via Gideon Jacobs for BuzzFeed)
A former child star has survived to tell the tale of his experience filming the cult indie comedy.

Entertainment Attorney Dean Cheley On YouTube Stars, Self-Distribution and More! (via Screencraft)
Lawyerly advice for aspiring indie filmmakers and new media creators.

3 Crowdfunding Mistakes That Will Cost You Thousands (via Jodie Bentley for Stage 32)
Some things to consider before you pass the hat.

Why Specialty Films Are Going Gray (via Brent Lang for Variety)
Maybe movies aren’t just made for teenage boys after all.

Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan 25 Years Later: How it Became a Surprise Indie Hit
(via Paula Bernstein for Indiewire)
The making-of Sundance’s favorite tale of preppies, debutantes, and yuppies-in-training.

Rejection and Development: A Screenwriter Describes His First 2 Years In The Business
(via Scott Beggs for Film School Rejects)
It’s a painful gig, but someone has to do it. (Otherwise, how would movies get made?)

What’s a Fiscal Sponsor and Does Your Film Need One? (via Oakley Anderson-Moore for No Film School)
When film financing meets nonprofit status, things can get confusing. This will clear all that up.


New Releases

Movies from our list of August Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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