Another week, another heat wave. But rest assured, reading highlights of film journalism has been proven to cool the body down to a comfortable temperature.


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of August 6, 2018)

Robert Redford Confirms He’s Retiring From Acting After The Old Man And The Gun (via E. Oliver Whitney for ScreenCrush)
He’ll continue to dedicate his time to environmentalism, the Sundance Institute, and being handsome.

The New MoviePass Plan Is A Disaster For Smaller Movies And Indie Flicks (via Scott Mendelson for Forbes)
The MoviePass saga continues. With a limit of 3 movies per month, will audiences ignore the indies?

Sorry to Bother You’s Secret Weapon: a Powerhouse with an Eye for New Talent (via Nicole Sperling for Vanity Fair)
Profiling Forest Whitaker’s prolific producing partner, Nina Yang Bongiovi.

Crazy Rich Asians: Why Did It Take So Long to See a Cast Like This? (via Robert Ito for The New York Times)
The 25-year journey from The Joy Luck Club to Crazy Rich Asians.

Inside the Short Filmmaking World: From Budget to Festival (via Liz Manashil for Sundance Institute)
Two filmmakers break down the steps of making a short.

Hollywood’s Child Stars and the Sketchy World of On-Set Tutors (via Tatiana Siegel for The Hollywood Reporter)
Vet those studio teachers, producers! A child actor’s grasp on science or history may depend on it.

Spike Lee Wants BlacKkKlansman to Wake America Up (via Rembert Browne for Time)
The Time cover story on the always-provocative director’s new film.

How misguided is the academy’s new ‘popular film’ Oscar category? Let us count the ways. (via Justin Chang for Los Angeles Times)
The new Oscars announcement that made everyone go, “huh?”


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

Stowe Story Labs’ SAGindie Fellowship Announced
Congrats to filmmaker Esra Saydam!

Panel (Full Video): Outfest LA 2018 – Bi in the Biz
SAG-AFTRA was kind enough to film the entire panel about actors and filmmakers putting the B in LGBT.


New Releases

Movies from our August Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

Ethan Hawke breaks down his most memorable films (via GQ)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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