Good morning, sweeties! Here’s what I have for the week….
On the 16th, Christopher Campbell of Film School Rejects, revisited the headaches Priest caused Disney back in 1994:
“In the summer of 1993, as indie film was gaining in popularity, Disney acquired Miramax Films, the distribution company founded by Harvey and Bob Weinstein. The arthouse shingle was to be an autonomous entity operated with little involvement from its new corporate overlords. But then Miramax acquired Antonia Bird‘s Priest following its premiere at the 1994 Toronto International Film Festival, and the Mouse House learned that even thin strings carry enormous weight.”
Joe Reid talked about The Emmy’s started acknowledging reality TV, on the 20th, over at Vanity Fair:
“At the turn of the millennium, scripted broadcast television was still the dominant daily force in American culture. The audience fracturing and niche content of the streaming age were still decades away. Prestigious cable shows like The Sopranos and Sex and the City usually get all the credit for setting up that shift. But as the Emmys prepare to crown their 17th reality competition winner—with The Amazing Race once again a contender—a look back to the summer of 1999 shows the birth of another revolution, one the Television Academy spent years figuring out how to acknowledge without terrifying the writers, directors, and scripted TV crafts people who saw the genre as an existential threat.”
Also on the 20th, Brian Tallerico of Vulture provided a guide to the real people that inspired the characters of Mindhunter:
“If you’re watching Mindhunter, the Netflix drama based on the true story of the man who pioneered the science of profiling serial killers, you’re probably wondering just how much of it is true. The show’s fictional profiler, FBI agent Holden Ford, makes reference to infamous criminals like Charles Manson and David Berkowitz, but what about the other serial killers who appear on the show? Is Ed Kemper a real person? Were the good guys inspired by actual FBI agents? Below, we separate fact from fiction to explain what’s real and what isn’t in Mindhunter.”
On the 21st, Charles Thorp spoke to the inspiration behind Brittany Runs a Marathon, and gave me an excuse to post an article from Runner’s World:
“The story behind Brittany Runs a Marathon began on a couch, after work, back in 2011. It was late, even for New York, but roommates Brittany O’Neill and Paul Downs Colaizzo were still deep in conversation in their Upper West Side apartment.”
On the 22nd, Eric Todisco of People, discussed a the poll results for the most famous question of our time: Were Ross and Rachel on a break?
“As Rachel made clear, they were clearly not broken up, so Ross cheated on her when he slept with the hot copy girl, Chloe. Ross, however, insisted they were ‘on a break,’and that warranted him being with another woman. Even when faced with a reconciliation in season 4, Ross couldn’t bring himself to fess up to being in the wrong, ensuring the iconic couple wouldn’t date again (besides a one-night stand in which they conceived baby Emma) until the series finale”
Finally, Elisabeth Donnelly of BuzzFeed, asked when Kristin Dunst will get her due, also on the 22nd:
“Dunst is — above and beyond — the reason to watch On Becoming a God, which, to its credit, is a consistently surprising show, and to its detriment is not directed by the Coen brothers or David Lynch. The worries that plague Krystal’s everyday life feel more relevant than ever. How do you live a life of ease in a society where the cards are stacked against you? What are the lies and confidence tricks that someone can use to get to the top? If the show keeps going, it could be an iconic role for Dunst, dressed in airbrushed Florida kitsch and sporting a twangy accent. But mostly, watching it made me realize how much I missed seeing the name ‘Kirsten Dunst’ on the screen — and how underrated Dunst remains as an actor and artist.”