Happy Labor Day weekend! I hope all of your white clothing is clean and your lap top battery is charged, 'cause we got a whole bunch of stuff for you to check out around the web (and you'll want to wear the white, like, right away). Continue on for the independent future of romantic comedies, the first trailer for Jon Stewart's directorial debut, and so much more!
- The trailer for Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater was released this week. Didn't get a chance to watch it yet? Check it out now!
- "The genre itself certainly isn’t dead—even a brief perusal of the Web site Box Office Mojo turns up 15 2014 releases that are ostensibly classified as 'romantic comedies,' but it’s no longer the playground of big studios looking to make some money by tossing together two bankable stars and calling it a day. " Vanity Fair’s Kate Erbland wrote about romantic comedy's new home in independent film.
- The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences named its award recipients this week, ahead of the November 8 awards dinner.
- David Lynch took the ice bucket challenge this week (with iced coffee, naturally) and it was perfect and adorable. (Even if you don't think you can stand another ice bucket challenge video!)
- "On Friday, I had three wisdom teeth pulled out of my skull and was subsequently prescribed Vicodin for the pain. A few days later, I decided to revisit The Brown Bunny, Vincent Gallo’s hugely divisive, deeply weird, and conspicuously bugs-splattered road movie. You could say these things were related." Steven Hyden wrote for Grantland about Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny, ten years later.
- Have you watched Whit Stillman's new Amazon series The Cosmopolitans yet? It's great! It's truly wonderful and you're gonna love it. Read Zachary Wigon's interview with Stillman and then check it out.
"You always imagine journalists being ugly, because of the anger, but she's really attractive!" –Whit Stillman, The Cosmopolitans— LW (@lindseyweber) August 28, 2014
- "Jack de Quidt talks about videogames as if they were made out of a fine silk. He describes how they feel to touch, how they smell, and what tastes they bring to the tongue. De Quidt doesn't just play games but seems to absorb them through his every orifice." Chris Priestman on De Quidt's Stanley Kubrick-like approach to creating video games, for Killscreen. (h/t MediaRedef)
- Creepy, charming semi-romcom The One I Love had very impressive VOD numbers, if that sort of thing interests you!
- Some images were leaked this week of Doctor Doom in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. Wanna take a look? Or do you wanna save yourself from the spoiler? Life is full of difficult choices!
- "6 Ways Competitors Are Trying to Kill Amazon"
- Ricky Gervais says he imagines his upcoming The Office feature film as "almost a musical." Hmm.
- "At this point, abuse and harassment are as ingrained into gamer culture as headshots and killstreaks—but the difference between the two is that while the violence is fake, the abuse is real." Andrew Todd for Badass Digest on misogyny in video games.
- Good news, nerds! Star Wars: Episode VII has resumed production.
- I'll leave you this week with a video of a child who is just exasperated with the idea of his mom having another baby. She already has two babies! Why does she need another baby?!