Afternoon Links: The Future of Movies, in 1990
Back in 1990, Siskel and Ebert interviewed George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Martin Scorsese about “the future of the movies.” At the time, the directors were in their forties; they answered questions about plans for sequels, whether we’re ever going to see Spielberg’s dark side (“I haven’t shown myself my dark side!” — guess he found it in time for Munich), preserving old films, the movie theater experience, and “experimental hi-def televisions.” What the Film Foundation (founded by Scorsese in 1990) does for old flicks is what the Internet has done to this piece of archival television footage (miss you, Ebert), fast-forwarded regional ads included.
- Yahoo trots out new trailers for five of its original comedies.
- Fox responds to calls to reshoot the racist scenes in Dads: Nah, we like it that way.
- Nile Rodgers and Adam Lambert cover Bowie’s “Let’s Dance.”
- Pepsi and Katy Perry are attempting some kind of VMA weekend takeover, asking you to hashtag your brains out and vote on Perry’s new single.
- Well done, 30 Rock–Mad Men mash-up Tumblr.
- The Girls Season 3 trailer is very Instagrammy.
- The link roundup this week has been taken over by the Bryan Cranston historical society. Related: inside the Breaking Bad writers’ room.
- “You know that song she got, ‘That I Would Be Good,’ he had that song on all f**king day and was listening to it in his headphones. [It was as if] she were speaking directly to him.” —Reportedly, Chris Brown is listening to a lot of Alanis Morrissette these days.
- Fox Searchlight buys another novel from Matthew Quick, author of Silver Linings Playbook.
- Magnolia Pictures gets North American distribution rights to Steve Coogan’s Alan Partridge.
- Now that’s what we used to call music, vol. 1.
- Kenneth Branagh will make his New York stage debut in a 2014 production of Macbeth, at the Park Avenue Armory.
- Genre-blender Kitchen Sink adds Patton Oswalt and Bob Odenkirk to its cast.
- The Weinstein Company has inked an exclusive streaming deal with Netflix.
- “I love the smell of bikes I know I listed more than 6 things degree in philosophy optimistic beach days.”
- Casting is under way on Spike Lee’s Kickstarted film project, and an offer is out to stage vet Stephen Tyrone Williams for the male lead.
- Time Warner Cable suggests that you shouldn’t be mad that you’re missing sports events, because you can watch them on the radio, dummy!