This week on the 'net, we learned that Carrie Brownstein will complete an unfinished Nora Ephron project, we celebrated Napoleon Dynamite’s tenth anniversary—as well as the Blair Witch Project’s 15th—and visited the Greenwich Village apartment that inspired Rear Window. Plus a whole lot more! Let’s dive right in, shall we?
- Reflecting on the James Brown biopic Get on Up, here's Grantland with three steps to improving movies about the lives of musicians.
- This week, Kate Losse wrote for Model View Culture about why efforts to bring women into tech will fail as long as their work is thought of as less valuable. (h/t MediaREDEF)
- "As they respond to the rapid change in viewing habits, Nickelodeon and other children’s television networks are seeking the right balance of programming for traditional and digital screens." Emily Steel on Nickelodeon’s digital generation.
- Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff wrote this week about how The Blair Witch Project--which is celebrating its 15-year anniversary--changed the face of horror.
- "It’s a film of purposeful and often brave excess, one that makes a core virtue of going too far, of pushing scenes and moments past their breaking point. Boogie Nights is perfect. Magnolia is ragingly, deliberately imperfect, a raw and ragged film that’s all the more powerful for its visible seams." Nathan Rabin wrote about "the beautiful imperfection of Magnolia" for The Dissolve.
- Spurred by the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, Mike Ryan wrote for ScreenCrush about his exhaustion with cinema's "I need your blood" trope.
- "Inside the real Greenwich Village apartment that inspired Rear Window"
- This week I'll leave you with Ben Burtt, Star Wars' sound designer, talking about the process of creating voices for R2D2 and Chewbacca. Of Chewbacca's, he says, "It's a voice which is manufactured completely out of animal sounds, principally bears." (h/t MediaREDEF)