With Labor Day Weekend now here, we can all lament the official (though not official, if we’re going by the actual calendar) end of summer. Entertainment news sites are already recapping the summer movie season. But since we can’t live in the past (no matter how much nostalgia for July 2015 you might have) we are also presenting you with some of the current thinkpieces, essays, blogs, and #hottakes that lit up the internet this week. So enjoy the last of the summer good reads, and have a very Happy and Non-Productive (that’s the point, right?) Labor Day!


Good Reads for the week of August 31, 2015

Remembering Wes Craven (via Edgar Wright for Edgar Wright Here)
The Shaun of the Dead director on how he was inspired by the late Nightmare on Elm Street auteur.

The War Against Movie Piracy: Attack Both Supply And Demand (via Nelson Granados for Forbes)
Some new ideas for cracking down on dirty, no-good movie-thieves.

How Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation Could Change the Movie Business (via Ramin Setoodeh for Variety)
Slightly-hyperbolic headline aside, a look at Netflix’s first big narrative feature (and why it pissed off theater chains).

The 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World, 2015 (via MovieMaker Magazine)
See if your favorite movie-launching stomping ground made the list.

Crowdfunding’s Next Bold Move? Allow the Fans to See their Movies Before Anyone Else
(via Tim Wu and John Sloss for The Hollywood Reporter)
As more filmmakers turn to crowdfunding, an idea on how to increase incentives for financiers.

Who Gets to Play the Transgender Part? (via Brooks Barnes for The New York Times)
Casting directors chime in on the call for more authentic representation of transgender and non-white characters.


In case you were ignoring us (aka blatant self-promotion):

SAGindie’s September Movie Picks
Which films we’re most excited to see this coming month.


New Releases

Movies from our movie picks list out this week:


A video worth watching

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?

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