As Jonathan Richman says, "I love springtime in New York, I love springtime in New York, I do." What a beautiful time! Leaves are on the trees, people are falling in love, Rooftop Films Summer Series has just begun. Ah, I wish it would never end. But it will! Just like this list, featuring writing on the half-century anniversary of Dr. Strangelove, thoughts about the most recent episode of Louie, and why you might want to rethink whisleblowing on Whisper. (It will end, just like spring, once you get to the end of it.) Here we go!
"The most nerve-racking thing in the world for an actor, at least for me, is to do these more commercial things where you feel like you have to be … I understand what this character is, and I can either succeed or fail at it. I can’t bring my own kind of imagination to it. As an actor you end up winding up in those things, occasionally, just by virtue of wanting to stay employed — and they’re hard to do.” For Grantland, Sean Fennessey talks to Jesse Eisenberg about the arts of acting, interviewing, and being interviewed.
Alex James Tretbar wrote about the future of multi-screen viewing, a future in which your apps will control what you view and how you view it.
Speaking of the future, have you started planning your child’s online presence yet? No?! Well, there's a chance you're falling behind -- Molly Wood wrote for the Times about parents registering domain names, Twitter handles, Tumblr, and email accounts for their children within hours of their birth. Hmmm. (I hope my far-in-the-future child is always 100% cool with the handle @mysweetlittlebaby123!) (Mommy reserved that for you!)
Planning on whistleblowing using an app like Whisper or Secret? You might want to think again. This week, Wired took a look at their privacy policies.
Sarah Baker's appearance on this week's episode of FX's Louie, "So Does the Fat Lady," sparked a lot of on-line conversation, both because of her incredible performance and because of the issue at the center of it. The Times spoke with Baker about the differences between her outlook on weight and her character's, while Vulture and the New Republic took a look at what Louie's portrayal of women and weight routinely gets wrong (and right).
I had complicated mixed and unresolved feelings about tonight's Louie—but that's what I like about watching Louie.— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) May 13, 2014
"Today, more than 7,500 movies are produced each year. The average consumer will watch just 100 of those titles. There's already too much product for too few eyeballs. An open Internet only compounds the issue. But a pay-to-play Internet can reduce audience fragmentation; funneling viewers away from independent streaming sites that can't pay for access, and into larger, big-budget releases." The Wrap on why Hollywood needs net neutrality, too.
Stanley Kubrick’s satirical masterpiece Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is now half a century old. David Denby takes a look back at the film, and how it was originally recieved, for the New Yorker.
/Film is attempting to make, market, and distribute a film with Stephen Tobolowsky and documenting the experience online for all to read. In this edition, David Chen talks about what it takes to distribute a niche documentary.
"Reynolds fired his agent before the acclaim for the film and his performance started rolling in; he had seen the rough cut and hated it, and his contentious relationship with Anderson throughout the shoot and promotional campaign deepened his regret. Cinema history is littered with examples of perceived disasters turned canonical classics, and it seems likely that Boogie Nights simply wasn’t to Reynolds’ taste. Whatever the case, there are two important things to consider about the casting of Burt Reynolds in the movie." Scott Tobias on Burt Reynolds and his Boogie Nights comeback that didn't stick.
And finally, I'll leave you with this video of a fan-made animatronic Iron Man suit ("with wireless helmet, shoulder rockets, forearm missile, hip pods, light up boots and moving back flaps").