Time for the 240th installment of Saturday Hot Links, your week’s essential reading about movies, TV, streaming, Hollywood, and other things of writerly interest.
Cannes 2016: Complete List of This Year’s Winners.
Cannes 2016: How the Cannes Film Festival Made Movies Exciting Again.
Cannes 2016: 17 Biggest Winners and Losers.
Cannes 2016: Can Any of This Year’s Movies Crash the Oscar Race?
The 2016 Indiewire Cannes Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival.
How My First Trip to Cannes Changed My Perception of the Independent Film World.
Here’s Where You Can Watch Every Palme d’Or Winner.
48 Video Game Movies Currently in Development.
10 Sequels No One Asked For.
The Superhero Franchise: Where Traditional Movie Stardom Goes to Die.
Hollywood Heads for Crowded June in Chinese Theaters.
Apple Exec Raised Prospect of a Bid for Time Warner.
‘Angry Birds’ Flies Away With the Box Office, Leaving the ‘Neighbors’ and ‘Nice Guys’ Behind.
The Progressive Feminism Of ‘Neighbors 2’ Isn’t Afraid To Show Women At Their Worst – Girl Talk.
‘Ghostbusters’: How Sony Plans to Out-Slime the Online Haters.
Ghostbusters, Frozen, and the strange entitlement of fan culture.
Lionsgate Stock Surges as CEO Touts Bigger Film Slate, TV Production Growth.
‘Star Trek Beyond’ Director Pushed Studios to Drop Lawsuit Over Fan Film.
CAA’s Delicious New Expansion: Agency Launches CAA Culinary.
Wanda Chairman Wang: Disney “Shouldn’t Have Entered China”.
Super Bowl to Come to Los Angeles in 2021.
What’s the Future of Hollywood: The Ghetto Film School and Watching Movies on Phones.
Alamo Drafthouse Teams With Legion M Crowdfunded Studio Startup.
How Bryan Singer’s Original ‘X-Men’ Helped Define Superhero Movies.
The Nice Guys is a reminder of the importance, and sheer pleasure, of great screenwriting.
Joss Whedon Reveals Clues About His New, Non-Marvel Script.
J.J. Abrams Is the Golden Child ‘Star Wars’ Deserved.
Guillermo del Toro rants and raves about John Carpenter on Twitter.
Stanley Kubrick’s original treatment for ‘The Shining’.
Francis Ford Coppola’s Godfather notebook to be published as an epic 720-page book.
Read the One-Sentence Pitch That’s Eli Roth’s Next Crypt TV Horror Short.
How a Chinese billionaire’s dream of making an underwater fantasy blockbuster turned into a legendary movie fiasco.
Graphic: The Periodic Table of Storytelling.
Five Signs Your Story Is Sexist – Against Men.
From the Hays Code to ‘Loving’: Hollywood’s History With Interracial Romance.
Hedgebrook Screenwriters Lab: 5 screenwriters. 2 mentors. 1 week.
If Horror Movies Were Remade for Children.
A Letter To My Students About To Graduate From Film School.
Why Fat Is the New Skinny (TV Bundle).
TV Ad Sales Revenues Have Been on the Rise, But Don’t Call It a Comeback.
Will the Amount of Original TV Content Ever Stop Growing?
Why Roots Is the Single Most Important Piece of Scripted Television in Broadcast History.
Why Damon Lindelof Is Ending The Leftovers.
HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Troubled No More, Network Confirms Fall Debut.
James Corden’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ to Be Sold as International Format.
TV Co-Productions Booming Between China and Asia Region.
Why TBS Thinks You’ll Watch Other People Play Video Games.
‘Mad Men’ Auction: Now’s Your Chance to Find Out What’s in Don Draper’s Wallet.
Age of Abundance: How the Content Explosion will Invert the Media Industry.
Netflix Teases Its Big Summer Acquisitions, and Its Even Bigger Deal With Disney.
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Says Service Is Not “Anti-Theater,” Filling Gap Left Open By Major Studios.
Netflix, Amazon Prime Face Content, Investment Quotas in Europe.
Hulu Now Worth $25 Billion, up From $15 Billion, Analyst Says.
Amazon’s New Pilot Season Includes Shows With Kelsey Grammer, Matt Bomer, Lauren Ambrose.
ComiXology Launches Monthly “Netflix for Comics” Subscription.
Spotify Nearly Doubles Revenue in 2015.
Twitter Changes Tweet Rules to Exempt Media, Replies From 140-Character Limit.
Snapchat May Already Be Bigger than Twitter, Leaked Data Suggests.
Legal Fund for YouTube’s H3H3 Raises More Than $145,000 to Fight MattHoss Copyright Lawsuit.
How a teenager created Oculus Rift in his parents’ SoCal garage.
SoundCloud is now offering users free digital mastering.
The New York Times of the future is beginning to take shape.
How Forbes Exposed Peter Thiel as Billionaire Secretly Funding Gawker Lawsuits.
Why Gawker Versus Peter Thiel Isn’t Just About Gawker.
Big Publishing is Not as Big Anymore.
We’re Buying Paperbacks, Audiobooks and Coloring Books — but Not E-Books.
Paris Review (interview): John McPhee.
4 Writers Homes You Can Rent on Airbnb.
3rd & Fairfax (WGA podcast): Episode 23.
Scriptnotes: Episode 251.
Watch: Through The Eyes Of John Hughes.
Watch: The Kubrick Zoom.
Watch: We’ve hit peak lens flare.
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