We're all going to need some sort of break from FXX's Simpsons marathon this week, so why not peel yourself away for some quality web writing? (You still don't need to leave the couch OR go outside!) This week we offer you a closer look at the fashion behind Almost Famous, all the best rock documentaries, and the wonderful problem with Terry Gilliam. And more!
- "Not Tonight, Josephine. It Had to Be Jew. Everybody Comes to Rick’s. All three count among the most notable American films of all time. Don’t sound familiar? That’s because in the end their titles became Some Like It Hot, Annie Hall and Casablanca, respectively." Cara Buckley wrote for the New York Times this week about the enduring art of altering movie titles, and how it's been used this summer.
- Meet Zachary Eastwood-Bloom: ceramics specialist who combines 3D printing with traditional techniques to recreate classic sculptures. (h/t MediaRedef)
- Bill Cosby's Untold Story: Agony, Ambition and a Son's Tragic Murder
- What is your favorite rock documentary? I think I Am Trying to Break Your Heart might be mine, and it makes an appearance on Rolling Stone's top 40 list. Does yours?
- Speaking of rock 'n' roll, Elizabeth Sankey wrote for Noisey this week about Almost Famous' iconic wardrobe.
- Variety reported this week that Paramount acquired U.S. home entertainment rights for Richard Linklater's Boyhood.
- FXX's 552-episode Simpsons marathon is currently underway, and Jesse David Fox and Josh Kurp have your guide to best enjoying it over at Vulture.
Watching old Simpsons. So awesome. This show changed the world.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) August 22, 2014
How am I supposed to get any work done when there's a Simpsons marathon on?— Frank Conniff (@FrankConniff) August 21, 2014
- "'Sidney Poitier has been one of the best reasons for going to the movies these last two decades,' Pauline Kael noted in a 1969 review of “The Reivers.” Her comment, made parenthetically while discussing a film in which Mr. Poitier did not appear, suggests that the actor’s existence alone improved American movies, specifically and in general." J. Hoberman wrote about Sidney Poitier for the New York Times.
- Over at the wonderful Dissove this week, Noel Murray wrote about why comic book movies don't always meet our expectations.
- "When handed the opportunity to jump from sketch comedy animator to full-fledged director, Terry Gilliam planted a flag on the fringes of the mainstream and never looked back." Matt Patches on the wonderful problem with Terry Gilliam.
- Evangeline Lilly unveiled her Ant-Man hairdo this week. Wanna see it? Go ahead, why not! (You can also see Paul Rudd in a hoodie!)
- After ‘Barton Fink 2′: A Proposed Nine-Year Franchise Plan for the Coenverse
- Finally, I'll leave you with a video of a very tiny little girl on a very big ol' sweet dog. Yay!