I don’t dislike Kickstarter as a concept, only the fact that millionaires have started asking for money on it so they can make a movie I will then have to pay more money to see. Not really a fan of that. But I’m a fan of Daniel Radcliffe poking fun at it by pitching a movie with his Kill Your Darlings co-star Dane DeHaan. More
Well, it’s official. Lady Gaga showed her hoo-ha. For art. That’s right. Gaga got completely naked for a Kickstarter video raising money for the Marina Abramovic Institute. More
I’m not a Viner (is that what the kids are saying?), and I haven’t really understood the appeal, unless I see a particularly clever use of the medium. So I first watched this Vine and thought, “Ugh, whatever, just another celebrity who thinks we’re interested in the weird ways he passes the time.” But then I kept watching it. Over and over again. I couldn’t look away. And by the fifth or sixth time, it became oddly comforting? More
James Franco, whose name I’m pretty sure is Latin for “never-ending bucket list,” has jumped on the crowdfunding band wagon and started an Indiegogo campaign (I guess Kickstarter was too mainstream for him) seeking $500,000 to pay for three films based on short stories from his collection Palo Alto. More
They’re asking fans to donate $32,000 so they can make a music video for their band The Cabin Sisters. But it looks like fans aren’t so eager to keep opening their wallets to people who already have money and connections, because as of my writing this the campaign has only received $859, from 16 people. More
OF COURSE. Just when I think I can easily boycott a movie I’m not interested in or don’t agree with, someone I like has to come in and get involved in it and threaten to make me care. Can’t I just be indifferent or disapproving of a project for once in my life? More
Said one imaginary person who had to sell all their belongings to contribute, “I’m now starting a Kickstarter campaign to fund my ticket for when the movie comes out next year, but it was worth it!” More
Check out the trailer for Matthew Lillard‘s directorial debut, starring Terri‘s Jacob Wysocki. More
Want to be part of Charlie Kaufman‘s new stop-motion film Anomalisa? Got a couple Benjamins to spare? You have to admit, the Kickstarter perks are crazy-good. More
Spartacus star Andy Whitfield died almost a year ago. The Kickstarter documentary Be Here Now tracks his final months fighting the cancer alongside his supportive co-stars and lovely family. It’s fascinating to see a project that delves so deeply into a celebrity’s life without being calculated. More
We’ve heard of Improv Everywhere‘s crazy, fun pranks, but now you can find out the story behind the development of this NYC-based group. For one, did you know that actors like Aubrey Plaza and Ben Folds took part in some of the pranks? More
Buoyed by the success of his Funny Or Die videos where he has sex with either Christopher Mintz-Plasse or himself, Dave Franco is looking to go bigger. He and Christopher shot a short film that they want to submit to festivals, but first they need your help. As he explains on their Kickstarter page, they need money to cover post-production costs — $2,500, to be exact. What’s surprising is that they would feel the need to ask for money; don’t they have enough from their latest project Fright Night? More
Remember Chris Crocker? Of course you do. He freaked you out four years ago by posting videos that made you laugh at rather than with him, prompting you to look inside yourself and wonder when, exactly, you got evil enough to sneer at some poor, unbalanced teenager from Tennessee. But then he went away! Or, so you thought. Nope. Chris Crocker never goes away. And he never forgets either, haters. More
The internet has made it amazingly easy to share things. Also, to ask for things. Like favors and charitable donations.
Asking for money online is a lot better than doing it in person. And between services like Kickstarter and PayPal, microdonations are helping people raise large amounts of money for great (and not so great) causes. And that is just fine with me.
But like most any human interaction, people need to exercise a little restraint before sending out their money grubbing emails.
Dear Former Coworker Who Never Spoke To Me When We Shared An Office, But Is Now Running A Triathlon And Wants My Money: I am talking to you. More