While many people will be absorbed in the Royal Wedding this weekend, we – like the high-minded people that we are – will be fully immersed in the week’s worth of entertainment industry news and advice. We’ve collected some of those stories below if you’d like to join us in reading. Cheerio!


This Week’s Good Reads (Week of May 14, 2018)

Paul Schrader Comes to Jesus (via Kevin Lincoln for Vulture)
The writer/director has a new film that critics are calling his best work yet.

5 Filmmakers Reveal How Failure Can Lead to Discovery (via Sundance Institute)
Failure is inevitable. Here’s how you can learn from it.

100 Days That Changed Hollywood: The Writers Strike, 10 Years Later (via Rebecca Ford and Lacey Rose for The Hollywood Reporter)
Looking back on the decade-old strike that brought the film and TV industry to a halt.

Selena producer is building theaters for underserved Latino moviegoers, despite challenges (via Ryan Faughnder for Los Angeles Times)
How Moctesuma Esparza went from producer to cinema owner.

A Filmmaker’s Guide to Beating Writer’s Block (via Matthew Porterfield for The Talkhouse)
The Sollers Point writer/director’s tips for breaking out of your writing slump. It may or may not involve singing Usher songs.

Here’s What You Need to Know About Becoming a Successful Assistant Director (via Jacob Bittens for No Film School)
How to master the craft of a 1st AD.

The Soldier Turned Filmmaker Opens Up About Sand Castle (via Chris Roessner for Task & Purpose)
A military veteran reflects on making a film about his war experience.


New Releases

Movies from our May Movie Picks out this week:


A video worth watching

When taping an audition for a role you know you won’t get, why not make it fun? (via Steve Agee)

How ’bout you? Read anything good this week?


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