The Hollywood Read ep. 27

THR LogoThis week we return to the Valley of Awful Men, as eight women come forward with allegations of all manner of abuse against Max Landis. We discuss Landis, the power that protected him, and a damaging Hollywood family legacy. And because we don’t actually want to live in the pit of despair, we also talk Toy Story 4 and it’s delightful new hero: actual garbage. This week’s episode proves that proclaiming you’re trash is only endearing if you’re an animated spork, and not an actual person capable of doing real harm.

Sarah on Max Landis:

How Max Landis used self-awareness to hide abuse:

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The Hollywood Read ep. 26

We’re taking a break from the depressing summer movie season to talk about television. We discuss Stranger Things star Gaten Matarrazo’s new “prank” show on Netflix, and with Emmy nominations underway, we discuss a problem unique to the Emmys: the same shows win every year. The only relief the sameness of the awards year to year is the Outstanding Limited Series category, which this year ought to feature our favorite show of the moment, Chernobyl. Join us as we talk Chernobyl, the Emmys, and why Jared Harris should be cast in everything.

Here’s Emily Nussbaum on the “cloying fantasia” of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

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The Hollywood Read ep. 25

From the Wonder Woman 1984 poster kerfuffle to that list of bad actors on Jezebel, it’s been a long week in the pit of despair. Join us as we discuss the impending culture war brewing around Wonder Woman, and what is really behind that mean-spirited, blatantly clickbait Jezebel post. We also get into Warner Brothers’ decision to sit out Hall H this year, and what it means for the pop culture juggernaut that is Comic Con. It’s dark times on the internet, but at least we have Diana Prince’s new gold armor to admire.

Jezebel’s bad actors:

Kayleigh’s defense of those actors:

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The Hollywood Read ep. 24

Despite being one of the best movies of the year (so far), Booksmart is not doing that well, hindered by a poor release strategy, off-target marketing, and an unenthusiastic audience. But should a movie like Booksmart even have been released in theaters? Are smaller, character-driven films just better off in the digital world these days? And speaking of the digital world, why does The Lion King look so boring and flat? This week we’re talking about the theatrical experience, how audiences are driving a shift in viewing habits, and why photo-realism isn’t all that appealing.

Here’s Kayleigh on how The Lion King is ruining cinema:

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The Hollywood Read ep. 23

We’re back and we’re catching up on the Cannes Film Festival, John Wick Chapter 3, and Aladdin, and we are divided on the merits of Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation. We also talk Avatar, and what its potential is in a changed blockbuster landscape where every movie looks like, well, Avatar. Plus, there is a bonus detour into true crime and why there isn’t a Chernobyl-style retelling of the Romanov and/or Black Dahlia murders. It just wouldn’t be The Hollywood Read if we didn’t end up somewhere dark and macabre.

Recommended reading for this episode:

Kayleigh on Guy Ritchie:

Roxana Hadadi on Aladdin‘s Orientalism:

Lindsay Ellis on how Disney screwed Robin Williams and created a hit:

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The Hollywood Read ep. 22

Spoilers ahoy! In a spare-no-spoilers super-sized episode, we dig into Avengers: Endgame, from everything we loved to the few things that didn’t quite work out. It’s the good, the great, and the not-so-awesome of Marvel’s grand “Infinity Saga”, including a look forward to what could be next as the OG Avengers, for the most part, walk away. Also, quick programming note: We will be taking a break for the next few weeks. So enjoy this double-wide episode as we work out just what, exactly, Steve Rogers did to the timeline.

Joanna Robinson on Lebowski Thor:

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The Hollywood Read ep. 21

With Game of Thrones airing its final season, we are on the cusp of losing a long-time tradition: the watercooler TV show. This week, we discuss Thrones–no spoilers, don’t worry–and what it means for television and pop culture to lose “watercooler” shows and the communal TV experience. What will replace it? Anything? With streaming bifurcating more than ever, it doesn’t seem likely this phenomenon will return for a while. Join us as we discuss the end of a television era and ponder the future of the medium in a post-watercooler world.

Matt Zoller Seitz on the last of watercooler TV:

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