GOOOOAAAAL! I hope you're all out there enjoying World Cup fever. Is your team winning? Oh, I hope! This week, I'm offering you zero links about the World Cup under the assumption that you are already filling your life with it on your own. (Also because that's not what you're here for.) Instead, we have North Korea's Seth Rogen-based threat, The Notebook's 10th anniversary, the tempting trouble with nostalgia, and so much more. Let's go!
- "“Telling a longform story is such a simple and obvious idea. And yet you think, well, why hasn’t anyone done it? Because it makes no sense." Variety interviewed Richard Linklater on the 12-year process behind the creation of Boyhood.
- An article from The Atlantic this week asked--about the possibility of regional networks replacing the World Wide Web--"The End of the Internet?" Well. Is it?
- Here are the "Top 100 Most Viewed YouTube Channels Worldwide," which, I'm sure, hope that it is not the end of the Internet.
- This week, North Korea promised "merciless" retaliation if James Frango and Seth Rogen's comedy The Interview--in which a talk show host and his producer are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong Un--is released, as scheduled, in October.
People don't usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they've paid 12 bucks for it. Hiyooooo!!!— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 25, 2014
- As the days grow hotter and a portion of our film watching grows more outdoors-y, Amy Nicholson offers some advice for basic summer outdoor screening etiquette, in LA Weekly.
- The trailer for Life After Beth, a zombie rom-com starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan (he's already married, don't even look), was released this week and it looks like a lot of fun!
- "I'm standing on the roof of a building in the middle of the night. Below me, framed in bright lights, a man is being beaten to death. The sounds are hard to make out, but he screams as officers surround him, kick his body, tase him." Chelsea Stark wrote for Mashable about virtual reality and misled memories.
- "What I Wish I Knew About Distribution: Producer Ron Najor of Short Term 12 and I Am Not A Hipster"
- This week marked the 10th anniversary of the release of The Notebook. To celebrate, Vulture created a quiz testing your Notebook knowledge, Harper's Bazaar gathered its 10 most quotable quotes, and Kyle Buchanan watched it for the very first time.
- And while we're talking about the 10th anniversary of The Notebook, here is l’étoile’s Niles Schwartz with a wonderful essay on the tempting trouble with film nostalgia and anniversary-driven remembering: "It’s obvious that what we’re looking at, assuming I’m measuring the demographic correctly, are the films of our own lifelines, and in remembering those moving pictures we’re struggling to remember the consonance and reason of our lives and relationships. That’s kind of the allure of motion pictures anyway–the alchemy of taking something still and lifeless, and through a magic spindle and light, resurrecting it. It bridges on a kind of religious longing for the eternal, or as Martin Scorsese remarked, 'The reality is, for people who create anything…you always want to be remembered.'"
I'm not a glass half empty or full gal, but some days I'm like "they died together in love" and some days I'm "murder suicide." #thenotebook— Sarah Walker (@swalks) May 24, 2014
- Vocativ's Eric Markowitz went to Kansas City to find out why so many customers are suing bitcoin mining hardware company Butterfly Labs.
- "Ben Franklin Goes to ‘Transformers’: A Thought Experiment"
- "'There’s nothing harder than making dialogue sound as juste as possible given the constraints of subtitling — having to do short lines, having to take out information,' Mr. Litvack said by phone, using the French word for, well, the 'right' word." The New York Times’ Nicolas Rapold wrote about the tricky world of subtitles.
- The Fault In Our Stars author John Green will have another movie adapted, this time it'll be his best selling YA novel Looking For Alaska. Paramount tapped Sarah Polley to adapt, and Green announced it on Twitter:
So excited to announce that the brilliant filmmaker Sarah Polley will be writing and directing a film adaptation of Looking for Alaska.— John Green (@realjohngreen) June 26, 2014
I'm a HUGE fan of Sarah's movies, and her ideas about Looking for Alaska are really wonderful, and I am SO VERY EXCITED.— John Green (@realjohngreen) June 26, 2014
- And finally, I'll leave you with The Queen visiting the set of Game of Thrones.