The Hollywood Read ep. 53

Kayleigh digs into the publishing controversy around American Dirt, Oprah’s latest book club selection which is mired in accusations of appropriation and stereotyping. Then we do one last round of Oscar odds before the Academy Awards next week, and we talk Netflix’s surprising decision to end The Crown after five seasons, which is either Netflix’s mysterious algorithm at work, or maybe something to do with the recent royal drama. Or both! Join us as we dig into a busy week in pop culture.

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The Hollywood Read ep. 52

Dolittle came and went over the weekend, and we break down what went wrong with Robert Downey, Jr.’s passion project and Universal’s second straight flop after Cats. Then we get into The Goop Lab, and the false promises and dangerous assertions of Gwnyeth Paltrow’s fancy wellness infomercial. Is it even worth a hate watch when the messaging is so insidious?

Find us on Twitter: @Ceilidhann & @Cinesnark 

The Hollywood Read ep. 51

We’re discussing the latest developments as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Sussexit the royal family. And then we turn our attention to the Academy Award nominations, which are mostly good and only a little bit embarrassing. What is a lot embarrassing is the ongoing struggle within the Academy to overcome biases regarding films by women and people of color. Join us as we break down the nominations and pitch some ideas for new Oscar categories that could address some the Academy’s issues with diverse filmmaking.

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The Hollywood Read ep. 50

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle dropped a bombshell on the royal family, and we are swimming in premium, grade-A gossip. We dive into the Sussex bombshell, the timeline, the rumors, and the potential ramifications. Then, we pivot to talk pop culture resolutions for 2020 and all the things we hope we have time for this year. Join us as we break down the latest royal gossip!

Ellie Hall on the horrible tabloid headlines about Meghan Markle: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/meghan-markle-kate-middleton-double-standards-royal?utm_source=dynamic&bftwnews&utm_term=4ldqpgc#4ldqpgc

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The Hollywood Read ep. 49

We’re back! We’re kicking off 2020 by breaking down the two biggest movies of the holiday season: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and Cats. One disappointed us and the other drove us completely insane, as both movies challenge the very notion of what is “good”, what is “bad”, and what even ARE “Jellice cats”. No seriously, what ARE they? Do they look like that to EVERYONE? Or just to each other? Join us as we scrape together the remnants of our sanity and talk Star Wars and Cats!

The Hollywood Read ep. 48

As the year and the decade wind down, we look back at the films that defined the 2010s, sharing our favorite films of the year and the decade. It was a great year for film, and a pretty great decade for film, too, so we have plenty to revisit on our respective lists. We also break down the Golden Globes and SAG Awards nominations as the shortened award season barrels on. Join us for the last episode of the year as we celebrate 2019 and the 2010s in film.

The Hollywood Read ep. 47

This week we’re talking Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, from the film itself to the controversies surrounding it, including Anna Paquin’s lack of lines. We also get into the current state of a wide-open award season, which is full of possibility and so will probably render a bunch of boring nominations. Finally, we talk about the first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984, and what a refreshing palette cleanser it is for the previously gloomy DC cinematic universe.