Listen, I know that every week it's presumed that this list of film writing, articles, news bits, and fun little whatevers is going to be great--and that is true!--but this week? Give me a break with this week! The best! We've got David Byrne and Jonathan Demme talking about the making of Stop Making Sense, FIlmmaker Magazine's 25 new faces of independent film, an apoloogy from the creator of the term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl," and so much more. You better hope that it rains or something, because you're going to need a lot of inside time. Let's get started!
- "When I coined the term 'Manic Pixie Dream Girl' in an essay about the movie Elizabethtown in 2007, I never could have imagined how that phrase would explode." This week, Nathan Rabin apologized for coining the sexism-exposing-turned-sexist term "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" in an essay for Salon.
- It’s been 30 years since the release of Stop Making Sense, the best concert film of all time, and to celebrate the occasion TIME spoke with both David Byrne and director Jonathan Demme.
- "Read Netflix’s plea to ban paid 'fast lanes' on the internet"
- "Famously private, the developer detests awards, won’t do ribbon-cuttings, and never talks to the press. (Keeping to that practice, he refused to be interviewed for this story.)" JP Mangalindan for Fortune on the secretive billionaire who built Silicon Valley.
- FIlmmaker Magazine published their annual list of the 25 new faces of independent film this week, featuring Matt Sobel, Frances Bodomo, and Jodie Mack.
- "How The Major Studios Can Drive Domestic Growth: Part II and Part III" (And here's Part I if you missed it!)
- Sam Adams spoke to Bernardo Bertolucci for The Dissolve this week about Me and You, American TV, and Breaking Bad.
- Our own Zachary Wigon wrote about what the release strategy Radius used for Snowpiercer, the movie every single one of your friends has been talking about on every form of social media, may mean for the future of summer blockbusters.
Now that it's halftime: Snowpiercer is the only action movie you need to see this summer. Holy lord.— Dave Holmes (@DaveHolmes) July 13, 2014
UHHHHHHH GO SEE SNOWPIERCER RIGHT NOW— Robert Kessler (@robertkessler) July 13, 2014
- "It’s a weird kind of hero’s journey that Maverick takes, isn’t it? He starts out as a dangerously selfish jerk, and then a friend dies, which temporarily teaches him some humility. Except it turns out that the military doesn’t need him to be humble; it needs him to be, well, a maverick. So what’s our takeaway here?" This week, The Dissolve staffers Noel Murray, Keith Phipps, Nathan Rabin, and Scott Tobias had a roundtable discussion about Top Gun.
- "Twitter’s 'buy now' button could finally unlock micropayments for the media"
- For Press Play, Max Winter wrote about how Boyhood recreates the experience of reading.
- This week, we got our first look at Jack Black in his role of R.L. Stine in the upcoming Goosebumps film. See it for yourself here.
- "I'm afraid I'm much too important to write notes to people like you." Read John Cleese's very funny letter to a 14-year-old fan.
- Dan D'Addario spoke to Joe Swanburg recently for Salon about mumblecore, working with Anna Kendrick, and the difficulty of getting absolutely any movie made.
- "I don’t know whether the Eberts ever figured out that Christy and I were conspiring. Having realized that the crosstalks were too blasé, we did something that we were expressly forbidden from doing: We started discussing them beforehand." Ignatiy Vishnevetsky wrote for the A.V. Club about his time spent working on Ebert Presents: At the Movies.
- And finally, please take a sec, relax, and watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert battle for title of "World's Biggest Star Wars Fan."