RB's Weekend Reading (and viewing) - August 1st, 2013

Posted by Richard "RB" Botto

Hope you are all having a terrific and creative weekend.

Back with some stories, tips, and videos which caught my eye this week.  In this edition, Animal House turns 35 (They took the bar!), how Hollywood helped Hitler, Magic Mike heads to Broadway, Steven Soderbergh defends Spike Lee, Sony sweats Elysium, the possibility of less Johnny Depp in our future, Richard Linklater on being a self made man, some ideas on how to win over a casting director, plus filmmaking and cinematography tips, Stage 32 news, popular Lounge debates, and much, much more.

And a forum to talk rant and rave about all of it…

As always, I welcome your thoughts on any of these subjects in the Comments section below!  Let the discussion begin! 

 

RB

NEWS

Animal House turns 35! 

http://www.nbcnews.com/entertainment/animal-house-still-makes-grade-35-6C10756738 

A riveting piece by the Hollywood Reporter – The Chilling History of How Hollywood Helped Hitler

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/how-hollywood-helped-hitler-595684

Hollywood Studios Owed Millions From China

http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2013/jul/30/hollywood-studios-owed-china

Will Elysium be the third Sony bomb this summer?  The Hollywood Reporter rings in...

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movie/elysium/review/597355

HBO tells Game of Thrones Author: "Get busy writing"

http://www.today.com/entertainment/hbo-game-thrones-author-get-busy-writing-6C10765764

In theater news, Magic Mike is headed to Broadway

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/magic-mike-musical-works-channing-tatum-confirms-article-1.1407576

Johnny Depp to retire?  Let the (endless media) speculation commence…

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/film/5037953/Film-hero-Johnny-Depp-to-bow-out-of-acting.html#ixzz2aLhHKjY9

Steven Soderbergh Explains Spike Lee Kickstarter Donation

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/steven-soderbergh-explains-spike-lee-595468

Last Picture Show and Private Benjamin (man, she was great in that movie) star, Eileen Brennan has passed away

http://www.nbcnews.com/entertainment/private-benjamin-star-eileen-brennan-dies-80-6C10799875

Clear History, starring Larry David, premieres Saturday night on HBO

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/tv/clear_history_CMQfckiwUdWsfjO3WBg71O

 

EDUCATION

6 Filmmaking Tips From Guillermo del Toro

http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/features/6-filmmaking-tips-from-guillermo-del-toro.php

Cinematography Tips From Hollywood Veteran, Bruce Logan

http://bigleaguefilmschool.com/brucelogan/

21 Things That Make Casting Directors Happy

http://www.backstage.com/advice-for-actors/backstage-experts/21-things-make-casting-directors-happy-audition-room/?goback=.gde_52332_member_261179866

 

 VIDEOS

Every movie reference ever made during The Simpsons first 10 seasons:

http://www.nextmovie.com/shows/exclusives/2013-24-07/mgid:uma:videolist:nextmovie.com:1711153/ 

The trailer for David O. Russell’s new one, American Hustle (featuring Stage 32 actor Gary Craig!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhB6o3Dtwjs

With Before Midnight expanding this week, here’s Richard Linklater on being a self taught filmmaker:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5K_UAowTszU

 

STAGE 32 HAPPENINGS

In case you missed it, we created a new Help section that offers insight into all the features and resources Stage 32 has to offer.  You can also download a Stage 32 logo to link to your profile to your personal website.  Finally, we’ve made browsing and adding projects a snap:

https://www.stage32.com/blog/Improving-Your-Networking

Stage 32 actor and networker extraordinaire, Stephen Foster, booked a gig through a connection made on the site:

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/stage_32_success_stories/Booked-a-movie-from-STAGE-32

 

Some Lounge discussions that have legs: 

What Really Sells a Screenplay?

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/screenwriting/What-sells-a-screenplay

Fundraising:  Kickstarter or Indiegogo?

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/fundraising/Kickstarter-or-Indie-GoGo

Can you have a career in Film if living outside of Hollywood?

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/anything_goes/Can-you-have-a-career-in-Film-if-living-outside-of-Hollywood 

Filmmakers/Producers:  What Do You Hate For Actors To Ask You On Set?

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/general_film_tv_discussion/To-filmmakers-producers-what-do-you-hate-for-actors-to-ask-you-on-set

And, finally, by popular demand, we added a Favorite Movie Quotes section to the Stage 32 Lounge (You’re gonna need a bigger boat):

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/movie_quotes


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