With the week coming to a close, Indiewire has put together a list of some of our most popular content. With Emmy nominations on the cusp of being announced, our predictions for who and what will be nominated have reigned supreme. Other highlights include the Harmony Korine Dior ad, a “Game of Thrones” review and a list of “Napoleon Dynamite” lines that we still use today.
Take a look at the ten most viewed news items, features and lists from this week at Indiewire below:
1. 2014 Emmy Predictions
Here’s Indiewire’s predictions for the 66th Primetime Emmy Award nominations, which will be announced on July 10th, 2014 before a ceremony on August 25, 2014 announcing the winners.
2. 2015 Oscar Predictions
It’s only summer, but here’s an ignorant stab at the 2015 Oscars anyway, well before there’s any substantial evidence in its regard (save recent festival premieres “Foxcatcher,” “Mr. Turner,” “Boyhood,” “Whiplash” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” the latter of which — given its glowing reviews and sizable box office — could very well make for Wes Anderson’s first best picture nomination). So with that in mind, here they are, clearly not to be taken seriously until at least September:
When Harmony Korine broke out with the micro-budget oddity “Gummo” in 1997, few probably predicted he’d land where we find him today: as the helmer behind a new, hypnotic ad for Dior’s latest fragrance, “Addict.”
4. Watch: Here’s the Trailer for the Spot-On Spanish Remake of ‘Breaking Bad.’ Really.
Just when you thought “Breaking Bad” was all wrapped up (other than the Emmys), here comes a Spanish-language version of AMC’s hit drama. Instead of Walter White we have Walter Blanco. Instead of an RV we get a school bus. Instead of Albuquerque, New Mexico, we’re in Bogota, Colombia.
5. 9 Indies That Were Better Than the Books On Which They Were Based
More often than not, a film adaptation doesn’t live up to the standards of a well-written book. There have been a few occasions, however, when a movie actually turns out better than its literary predecessor. Here is our list of movies that we think were more enjoyable to watch than their books were to read.
6. Review: ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 4, Episode 9: A Rule-Breaking Penultimate Episode Includes Many Deaths, But Something’s Missing
“Game of Thrones” has been around for long enough now that certain numbers have taken on special significance to regular viewers. The ninth episode of each season has customarily been given over to events of major impact: Seasons 1 and 3 saw noble, doomed House Stark lose its patriarch, first Ned and then Robb (along with his wife and mother). Season 2’s ninth episode, “Blackwater,” saw the massive, thwarted siege of King’s Landing, and now Season 4 sees a similar, if even more lopsided siege of the Wall by Mance Rayder’s Wildling coalition.
7. Is George R.R. Martin the Biggest, Pickiest Fanboy of ‘Game of Thrones’?
The New York Times recently scored an in-depth interview with George R.R. Martin, whose “A Song of Fire and Ice” books are the basis for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” (Martin has also scripted episodes of the show, as he has a background in TV dating back to the ’80s.) Reading through the interview, I was reminded of an old friend who, despite being a massive Tolkien fan, was not on board with Peter Jackson’s interpretation, because it didn’t look like what he’d imagined. Turns out, George R.R. Martin is that exact type of fan about his own books.
8. Here Are 6 Movies That Prove Tom Cruise Shouldn’t Make Blockbusters Anymore
Tom Cruise is a troublesome individual in real life. After reading Lawrence Wright’s “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief,” I could say more, but anything personally provocative would be contradicting the more important point of this piece: he’s a great actor, and he’s wasting his time.
9. Making a Living as a Documentary Filmmaker Is Harder Than Ever. Here’s Why.
Billed as “the world’s most exciting documentary & digital media festival,” Sheffield Doc/Fest lives up to those unreasonably high expectations. Certainly, with a lineup featuring the latest projects from some of the biggest and best names in documentary filmmaking, lively panels about the future of nonfiction filmmaking as well as Interactive at Sheffield showcasing the most innovative projects, Sheffield Doc/Fest is full of excitement and energy.
10. 9 Best ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Lines That We Still Use Today (with GIFs!)
Ten years ago, a little indie comedy shot in Idaho burst into the mainstream and made Napoleon Dynamite a household name. The hilarious story of an awkward high schooler, created by screenwriters Jared and Jerusha Hess and brilliantly embodied by then unknown actor Jon Heder, turned out to be the sleeper hit of the summer of 2004. In honor of tomorrow’s ten year anniversary of “Napoleon Dynamite,” we’ve compiled a list of our most favorite lines from the film that we still use to this day, whether or not the situation is appropriate. Bust out a line from “Napoleon Dynamite” in an awkward or funny moment, there’s a good chance someone knows exactly what you’re talking about…and knows the next line after it.