|—||Stephen Falk, ‘OITNB’ writer, creator of ‘You’re the Worst’ | Uproxx|
Infographic: Movies that passed the Bechdel Test made more money in 2013 | Vocativ
- INK AND BONE by Zak Olkewicz
- A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Alexis C Jolly
- GAY KID AND FAT CHICK by Bo Burnham
- BURY THE LEAD by Justin Kremer
- EXTINCTION by Spenser Cohen
- SPOTLIGHT by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
- THE MAYOR OF SHARK CITY by Nick Creature and Michael Sweeney
- THE END OF THE TOUR by Donald Margulies
- FULLY WRECKED by Jake Morse & Scott Wolman
- PURE O by Kate Trefry
- CAPSULE by Ian Shorr
- SHOVEL BUDDIES by Jason Mark Hellerman
- BURN SITE by Doug Simon
- THE COMPANY MAN by Andrew Cypiot
- SWEETHEART by Jack Stanley
- INQUEST by Josh Simon
- THE BOY AND HIS TIGER by Dan Dollar
- LINE OF DUTY by Cory Miller
Take today’s Emmy nominations, which, though there were, as always, a few surprises and snubs, generally rewarded the prestige dramas—House of Cards, American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, Homeland—that most people regard as the best stuff on TV. Compare that to any year’s Oscar nominations, which encompass multiple filmmaking styles and span the studio and indie world and still rarely scratch the surface of what critics and serious moviegoers consider the best of the year. Or just consider the wild range of movies on view in a critics’ poll of the best 2013 movies so far, from Before Midnight to Upstream Color to Spring Breakers (and that’s just the top three—and we’re still months away from Oscar season).
I think the same variation exists in TV, but this is an interesting counterpoint to consider to today’s most frequent mantra.
They put up Bridesmaids, we went. They put up Pitch Perfect, we went. They put up The Devil Wears Prada, which was in two-thousand-meryl-streeping-oh-six, and we went (and by “we,” I do not just mean women; I mean we, the humans), and all of it has led right here, right to this place. Right to the land of zippedy-doo-dah. You can apparently make an endless collection of high-priced action flops and everybody says “win some, lose some” and nobody decides that They Are Poison, but it feels like every “surprise success” about women is an anomaly and every failure is an abject lesson about how we really ought to just leave it all to The Rock.
Nobody remembers, it seems, how many people said Bridesmaids would fail. And it didn’t! But it didn’t matter.
A chain-smoking former statistics professor named Vinny Bruzzese — “the reigning mad scientist of Hollywood,” in the words of one studio customer — has started to aggressively pitch a service he calls script evaluation. For as much as $20,000 per script, Mr. Bruzzese and a team of analysts compare the story structure and genre of a draft script with those of released movies, looking for clues to box-office success. His company, Worldwide Motion Picture Group, also digs into an extensive database of focus group results for similar films and surveys 1,500 potential moviegoers. What do you like? What should be changed?
“Demons in horror movies can target people or be summoned,” Mr. Bruzzese said in a gravelly voice, by way of example. “If it’s a targeting demon, you are likely to have much higher opening-weekend sales than if it’s summoned. So get rid of that Ouija Board scene.”
“All screenwriters think their babies are beautiful,” he said, taking a chug of Diet Dr Pepper followed by a gulp of Diet Coke and a drag on a Camel. “I’m here to tell it like it is: Some babies are ugly.”
It’s that time again. The 5th Annual PCB Summer Movie List!
With the release of ‘Iron Man 3’ this weekend we’re officially entering summer blockbuster season. Keeping with tradition of the past four years, (yikes, has it really been that long) below are all of the summer movies I’m interested in seeing (subject to change based on buzz and reception).
I do this mostly as a reference for myself, and like usual I’ll be crossing off the ones I’ve seen and linking to any reviews I write. Look for sporadic reblogs of this post throughout the summer to check in on my progress.
- 'Iron Man 3' - May 3
- 'The Great Gatsby' - May 10
- 'Star Trek Into Darkness' - May 17
- 'The Hangover Part III' - May 24
- 'After Earth' - May 31
- 'The Kings of Summer' - May 31
- 'The Internship' - June 7
- 'Much Ado About Nothing' - June 7
- 'Man of Steel' - June 14
- 'This Is The End' - June 14
- 'The Bling Ring' - June 14
- 'Monsters University' - June 21
- 'World War Z' - June 21
- 'The Heat' - June 28
- 'The Way Way Back' - July 5
- 'Pacific Rim' - July 12
- 'RIPD' - July 19
- 'The Wolverine' - July 26
- 'Blue Jasmine' - July 26
- 'Elysium' - Aug 9
- 'Kick-Ass 2' - Aug 16
- 'The To-Do List' - Aug 16
- 'The World's End' - Aug 23
There is a problem in Hollywood that isn’t changing. Three female directors of 2013, Kimberly Peirce (Carrie), Jennifer Lee (Disney’s Frozen), and Tina Gordon Chism (Peeples), speak on the the movie industry’s gender divide.