A lot is happening this week, from the continuing roll out of Tenet, to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announcing a major Netflix development deal, to John Boyega calling out the crap development for his character in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Join us as we dive into the issues around increasing representation beyond the entry-level approach of just casting more people of color without considering how to tell compelling stories with them.
Following the untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman, we’re celebrating his life and legacy, recalling his great performances and unique ability to give life and humanity to larger-than-life icons. Join us as we say goodbye to a tremendous artist who left to soon.
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This week we talk about Finding Freedom, the largely anti-climactic tell-all about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We break down how the book portrays the divisions and competition within the royal family, why driving out Harry and Meghan was probably a fatal error for the British monarchy, and how ongoing scandals could impact the royal family. Join us as we low key call for revolution!
It’s been a big week for the film industry, from Disney’s shocking announcement regarding the digital release of Mulan, to the repeal of the Paramount Decree, to long-gestating rumors about Ellen DeGeneres’s toxic work place exploding in the mainstream. Join us as we break it all down, from what success could look like for Mulan on streaming, to what it means to lose the Paramount Decree, and how Ellen’s faux-kindness front has concealed years of workplace toxicity.
Kayleigh on Ellen’s celebrity supporters: https://bit.ly/31PRh9F
Join us this week as we update the latest on The Tenet Situation, which is officially back on for a mid-pandemic release, and we break down the Emmy nominations, which don’t entirely suck. New voting rules allowed for more nominations, and encouraged a more diverse group of nominees, which makes for a somewhat more exciting show. Mostly, though, we gush about What We Do in the Shadows, one of the best comedies on television that you’re probably not watching.
Four months into the pandemic, with Comic Con broadcasting remotely online and Disney pulling 90% of their slate from the release calendar, we take a look at how the industry is doing. Hint: Not well! We ponder the future of blockbusters, indies, Oscars, how on earth anyone will get celebrities to go back on press tours after this, and the fate of the upcoming fall film festivals. Join us as we return to the pit of despair!
In an in-depth bombshell report, Maureen Ryan breaks down the fall of Peter Lenkov, one of CBS’s “Sun King” showrunners accused of creating toxic and abusive work environment on his triad of hit procedurals. Join us as we discuss Ryan’s reporting and dive into the other kind of Hollywood toxicity: verbal harassment and emotional abuse.
Maureen Ryan on Peter Lenkov: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/07/the-fall-of-a-cbs-showrunner