This weekend brings us the Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday and the Academy Awards on Sunday; so in between pitting films and performers against each other through no fault of their own, spend some time reading these great articles about the movie industry that we’ve kindly curated for you. You’ll be a shoo-in for the Best Reader of Film Articles Award (unless Meryl Streep somehow takes it).


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of February 20, 2017)

Not Even IMDb Is Safe From Trolls (via Claire McNear for The Ringer)
RIP, IMDb Message Boards (2001-2017).

Why Martin Scorsese’s Netflix Deal Is The Future of Cinema (And That’s OK) (via Eric Kohn for IndieWire)
The streaming giant is becoming home to both mega-budget A-list passion projects and indie film fest pickups.

For Now, California Actors Will Have to Continue Disclosing Their Ages on IMDb (via Katie Kilkenny for Pacific Standard)
Age discrimination or free speech censorship? The debate over a recent lawsuit continues.

How Celebrity Production Companies Went from Joke to Box-Office (and Oscar) Gold (via Margaret Heidenry for Vanity Fair)
So-called “vanity shingles” are now producing some of the most revered films of recent years.

Melanie Lynskey on Her Alien Childhood and the Importance of Picking Up Dog Poop (via Eliza Berman for Time)
The Sundance Award-winning actress on going from child actor to typecast sidekick to indie film MVP.

Shakeup At The Oscars (via Michael Schulman for The New Yorker)
How the Academy took on diversity and made everyone lose their damn minds.


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

Film Independent Directors Close-Up 2017
DCU2017 Week Four: Directors Roundtable with Andrea Arnold, Robert Eggers, and Pablo Larraín.


A video worth watching

Oscar Bait: The Movie (*furiously starts deleting all these cliche moments from screenplay*) (via Late Night with Seth Meyers)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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