We look at what Tom is up to, what’s next for Chelsea Manning, and say goodbye to Chris Cornell in today’s Opening Credits.

What happened to Tom Anderson, everyone’s first friend on MySpace? According to a recent post on his blog, it sounds as if Tom has been exploring the world, climbing mountains, and taking photos of his adventures. He doesn’t use MySpace anymore either, as it turns out.

There’s something else. Tom Anderson has also found himself to be an advocate for up-and-coming filmmakers like Serge Ramelli, a former YouTube instructive video creator who moved to America from France to try his hand at filmmaking. According to Tom, Serge is “the next Gerard Depardieu.” Serge is in the midst of releasing a film in which he stars called The Hollywouldn’ts. Good for Serge.

What I find more interesting is a passage from Tom near the end of his exhaustive blog post about his buddy Serge: “For my own part, I want to say that through meeting Serge (he doesn’t even know this yet), I’ve made some key steps to start producing a movie myself. It’s an idea I’ve had for many years, and its starting to become a reality. How nuts is that?! Haha. It’s something I literally never thought I would actually do, but now I’m actually working on it. Thank you Serge for the inspiration! That’s the second time Serge has helped my creative life – first with photos, now with movie-making.”

There you have it. Tom from MySpace is out there producing independent films. We’ll be curious to see what he creates, as we’ve long wanted to get to know Tom a little better. We’re still friends, after all.

Today in Pop Culture History

Shrek premiered on this day in 2001.

On this day in 1995 at the Seattle Film Festival, Mel Gibson’s Braveheart made its debut. No freedoms were taken.

Both Tina Fey and Chow Yun Fat were born on this day, albeit in different years. Should there be a buddy cop comedy in which these two share the screen? Yes.

What You Need to Know Today

In addition to the original material I mentioned yesterday, Jordan Peele has also signed on to make an HBO series with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. It’s called Lovecraft Country.

Paola Sorrentino, who gave us The Young Pope this year, has signed on to come back for a second season — er, new series — called The New Pope. It’s being called a “follow-up series” because we need new ways to describe sequels, apparently.

On the same day that Chelsea Manning was released from prison (yesterday), it was announced that Citizenfour‘s Laura Poitras will executive produce a new documentary, XY Chelsea. The film, from director Tim Travers Hawkins, will be an exclusive, unfiltered look at the whistleblower’s life as she adjusts to her freedom after serving seven years in prison.

ICYMI

Yesterday we laid bare The 50 Most Beautiful Shots of the Alien Franchise. We even found one from Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.

Our H. Perry Horton delivered another wonderful video essay yesterday. This time, it’s about Twin Peaks and Film Noir.

Brad Gullickson took us on a trip back to Xtro, the gross-out Alien ripoff from 1982 that takes designs like those of H.R. Giger to the extreme (xtrome?).

If you’d like to hear more of my thoughts on Alien Covenant, including all the spoilers, check out this week’s episode of A Storm of Spoilers.

Shot of the Day

RIP, Chris Cornell.