For Reels Sunday Roundup -- Sept 29th, 2013




News, links, etc:

-Scientists at Harvard and MIT are a subatomic smidge closer to putting a lightsaber in my hand, and I am a subatomic smidge closer to accidentally cutting off my own hand and/or head with that lightsaber. (CNN)

-Marilyn Monroe, babysitter for hire. (I always thought it was cool that Yasmeen Bleeth babysat me a few times when my mom's best friend worked on Ryan's Hope, but that hasn't had any social cachet in like 20 years, and is pretty much all but annihilated in coolness by this story.) (Salon)

-An interesting look at why so many movie posters are so terrible. (

-What would Joss Whedon Do? He'd make the Avengers better. (Guardian)

-The only thing useful about Playboy these days is the articles (no, seriously, this is actually truth) and the Playboy Interview with Sam Jackson is one of those things. (Playboy)

-Making a feature that you plan to release on VOD? The title is more important than you think. (Playlist)

-By that measure, James Franco's As I Lay Dying might have an advantage when it hits VOD in November. (THR)

-Daniel Walber goes a little more in depth about Pope Francis's favorite film being La Strada and what it means for his philosophy on life and not being kind of a dick like the last Pope. (

-What's Nikola Tesla got to do with Brad Bird's Tomorrowland? The Oatmeal's Mathew Innman may know. (The Oatmeal)

-The Rom-Com is dead? The meet-cute is dead? Because of the overseas market? What? Trust me, they love nothing more than a good meet-cute in Korea, China and Hong Kong. Meet-cutes and baseball playing gorillas. (THR)

-Meet Betsy Brantley and Vikki Dougan, the models for Jessica Rabbit. So she wasn't just drawn that that after all! (Cinema Blend)

-There is no shot that Blue is the Warmest Color's release gets cancelled, no matter what the director says. (Guardian)

-ADD and social awkwardness have finally made it into a Disney animation, in Frozen. Yuck. (DisneyUK)

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