I know it’s only been a few days since I last posted up a link to the calendar, but there have been so many additions since then, I thought it time for a new edition.
The standard narrative is that Netflix destroyed Blockbuster, shutting it down by superior business methods. As shown in the infographic below, Blockbuster revealed the short-sightedness that led to its downfall early and consistently.
Stephen Follows created a database of the 100 highest grossing films for each of the last 20 years to get a dataset of 2,000 films. He crunched this data to determine what genres were popular, whether they were adaptations, remakes or original, etc.
There are plenty of well-known places to download movie scripts online, the best known of which is the Internet Movie Script Database, but there the resources for plays is much more limited, even for those in the public domain.
So, from Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites.
- ReadBookOnline.net: Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
- Plays: Read Pygmalion, Uncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories.
- Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
- ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.