Creative Brief For January 15: Oscar Noms And Game Of Thrones Teases

Oscars, Mike Myers, Minecraft, and freedom are in today’s Creative Brief.

Creative Brief For January 15: Oscar Noms And Game Of Thrones Teases
[Photo: Alison Rosa, courtesy of Fox Searchlight Pictures]

Here’s what’s happening in creativity today.


And now it’s time to argue about The Oscars

The nominations are in! Cue the Internet handwringing over who got snubbed, who your Oscar pool picks should be, who will craft the most awkward acceptance speech and much, much more.

Mike Myers says “Yes, darling” to HBO

Just kidding, we all know he said “YEAH, BABY!” and then did double-finger guns at strangers. In any case, Myers is bringing his talents to the premium cable network for a two-year overall deal, the latest in an increasing roster of box office powerhouses flocking over to television.

Steven Soderbergh unveils his 110-minute cut of 2001: A Space Odyssey

It’s not like he wasn’t busy enough making a cutting edge turn-of-the-century medical drama or anything, but director Steven Soderbergh has also been making a habit lately of re-imagining classic films. The latest is a 110-minute cut of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, complete with Soderbergh’s reasons and reasoning behind the project. Film nerds of the world, unite!

One of the most influential and creative snowboard flicks of all-time goes online

Forget complaining about the cold, the soundtrack, amazing riding, and overall sense of fun in Robot Food’s 2003 film Lame should have you smiling at the snow.

Now you can fight censorship with a “Freedom Edition” Blu-Ray of The Interview.

This whole North Korean threat has turned out to have some upside for Sony and its embattled Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. Now the company is playing a patriotic tune by releasing a “Freedom Edition” Blu-ray of the film that will have 90 minutes of bonus content, including 14 deleted scenes, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, a seven-minute blooper reel, as well as Franco and Rogen’s special appearance on the Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid.


Game of Thrones isn’t making it easy for people to see the new teaser for Season Five

It’s almost like HBO is taunting us. The network released a new teaser for Game of Thrones Season Five, but only to some of the fans who signed up for its Three-Eyed Raven newsletter and even then it was only viewable once on a mobile device. Hence, we’re now forced to watch a smartphone screen on YouTube. That is diabolical torture of near Cersei proportions.

Understand Your Kids Better

A new Minecraft documentary, Minecraft: Into the Nether will explore the game, the massive communities that have formed around it, and the superstar players who have themselves become online stars from playing it. The doc will be released in iTunes January 27.

A Flawed Enterprise

i09 takes a look at the 10 biggest design flaws in the U.S.S. Enterprise. Why aren’t there any seatbelts…?

Library Porn–Wait, That Sounds Wrong

Photographer Franck Bohbot captures the architectural beauty and the hushed grandeur of human learning in his photo series House of Books.