features

pixar’s beautiful, game-changing new short almost didn’t get made

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. It seems like any animator would leap at the chance to direct one of Pixar’s signature shorts. After all, the films are consistently beautiful and critically acclaimed, not to mention often Oscar nominated. However, the first-time director behind the upcoming “Sanjay’s Super Team” was anything but champing at […] Read more…

here’s how much hollywood is (not) investing in women

This investigation originally appeared on MTV News.  When future film scholars look back on 2015, hopefully they will single it out as the Year of the Woman in Hollywood. That’s not to say that it’s the year that women hit their peak, by any means, or that women were in charge of the biggest and […] Read more…

the 83 most devastating ‘harry potter’ chapters, ranked

This (enormous) list originally appeared on MTV News. Emotions are a complicated thing. Have you ever been so happy or so, so sad that you feel like you just might barf? I have, and a lot of the times that I was sitting there trying not to emo-barf, I was reading “Harry Potter.” Author J.K. […] Read more…

why i started a film festival just for teenagers

This article originally appeared on MTV News as part of coverage of the 2015 All-American High School Film Festival.  By Andrew Jenks, as told to Kase Wickman Before I started the All-American High School Film Festival, I was a young filmmaker myself. When I was a junior in high school I would make all these […] Read more…

meet the teen filmmakers who will be running hollywood someday

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. White County High School in Cleveland, Ga., is 836 miles and a million years away from Washington Square Park in downtown New York City. On the sunny afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 7, eight juniors and seniors from the school gathered in the southwest corner of the park, warily […] Read more…

one person who doesn’t think ‘the martian’ was whitewashed? the author

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. It’s time to ask that age-old question once again: what’s in a name? This morning, the Media Action Network For Asian-Americans released a statement criticizing director Ridley Scott and claiming he’d whitewashed “The Martian” by casting non-Asian actors in roles for Asian characters. Namely, he singled out Mindy […] Read more…

here’s the number one quality a NASA boss says you need to survive in space

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. Imagine this: you’re stuck on Mars. Everyone — your crew mates, your parents, your government, literally everyone ever — thinks you’re dead. Your corpse, they expect, will be on Mars forever, perfectly preserved by the Martian climate. That’s the situation astronaut Mark Watney finds himself in in “The […] Read more…

were ‘the martian’ filmmakers worried when ‘gravity’ hit the scene?

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. One person is stuck in space, all alone. The only hope they have of ever reaching Earth is their own smarts and a whole lot of luck. If this description sounds familiar, it’s because it could describe both “The Martian,” hitting theaters this weekend, and “Gravity,” which was […] Read more…

is it possible to beyoncé a movie?

This feature originally appeared on MTV News. It’s a generally accepted fact that this is Beyoncé’s world, and we just live in it. This was cemented on December 13, 2013, when Queen Bey dropped her self-titled album with literally no warning at all. It was totally bananas, and quite literally changed the way that the […] Read more…

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