The Hollywood Read ep. 44

News that a pair of directors intend to resurrect James Dean with CGI so that he can “give” a new “performance” caused a major backlash throughout Hollywood and film fandom. We discuss the possibility of digital graverobbing, what made Dean so uniquely special, and the possibility of AI art. Join us in the robopocalypse!

The Hollywood Reporter on James Dean’s resurrection: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/afm-james-dean-reborn-cgi-vietnam-war-action-drama-1252703?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

The Hollywood Read ep. 43

This week we discuss the surprising news that David Benioff & DB Weiss of Game of Thrones fame quit their Star Wars trilogy, and we get into Disney’s quiet removal of Fox titles from repertory theaters. Why should you care? Because Disney is actively limiting your options at the cinema and that makes our culture worse. Join us for a look into our dystopic Disney future!

Matt Zoller Seitz on the Disney Vault: https://www.vulture.com/2019/10/disney-is-quietly-placing-classic-fox-movies-into-its-vault.html

The Hollywood Read ep. 42

This week we catch up with Harry and Meghan after the documentary about their recent royal tour aired, giving us more insight into their states of mind as they throw down with the British press. We also discuss Jared Leto’s apparent hurt feelings over being pushed out as the Joker. And finally, because it is Halloween week, we share our recommendations for scary movies to watch on the spookiest night of the year.

Here’s Kim Masters on Jared Leto’s Joker upset: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/youve-got-stop-jared-leto-fumed-new-joker-movie-1247699

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 41

From banning South Park to clashing with the NBA and e-sports and Quentin Tarantino, China has been in the news a lot recently. This week we discuss the increasing culture clash between Hollywood and China, which started the decade as a potential life raft for a stagnating film industry. But now things are complicated by intense public protests in Hong Kong, and South Park blatantly calling out Hollywood’s hypocrisy in turning a blind eye to authoritarianism in favor of making money. Join us as we get banned in China!

The Hollywood Read ep. 40

This week we’re revisiting British royal gossip as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take on the British tabloid press. We discuss the lawsuits, what they’re really about (hint: racism), and how Harry and Meghan’s headlines tie into Prince Andrew’s royal Epstein mess. We also peer into the future and make predictions about how this might play out over the next decade or two, and whether or not monarchy can really make it in the twenty-first century. Join us for another round of royal gossip!

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 39

It’s Joker week, so we’re talking Joker‘s record-breaking box office*, Todd Phillips shoving his foot down his mouth, Joaquin Phoenix’s only somewhat hostile press tour, and the Oscar odds for the year’s most divisive movie. We also get into Martin Scorsese’s comments in re: Marvel movies and theme parks. Join us as we power through the final stage of The Discourse!

*The official box office tally ended up being $96 million.

Kayleigh’s hot take on the best movie Joker: https://screenrant.com/joaquin-phoenix-best-joker-comparison-actors-leto-ledger/

Sarah on Todd Phillips and “woke culture”: https://www.laineygossip.com/joker-director-todd-phillips-blames-wokeness-for-current-state-of-comedy/58680

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 37

We’re back! We went to the Toronto International Film Festival, so we’re talking everything we saw at TIFF, as well as discussing the official launch of Oscar season. Narratives are already emerging (Renee Zellweger is back! Christian Bale is himself! Joaquin Phoenix is thirsty!), and a couple of films are already dominating Oscar talk. Join us as we break down the first phase of award season: the festival phase.