The Hollywood Read ep. 4

THR LogoFans have never been more powerful in pop culture, but with great power comes great responsibility, and fans don’t always use their power for good. This week we discuss fans, fandom, the line between fans and celebrities, con culture, and the corporate co-opting of fan works. The lines are blurred and social media makes it seem like we’re all standing in the same room, but maybe there do still need to be boundaries, as conspiracy theories creep into fandom and make everyone miserable. Fandom is supposed to be fun, so join us while we try to figure out what’s still fun about being a fan in 2018.

Check out Kayleigh’s breakdown of the rom-com adventure Venom here.

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The Hollywood Read ep. 3

THR LogoA couple of recent franchise non-starters lead us to discuss the Hollywood franchise machine and why it mostly doesn’t work (except for Marvel). We dive into Robin Hood and The Girl in the Spider’s Web to look at why it’s so hard to launch a franchise and all the ways these movies demonstrate the dangers of franchise filmmaking. Hint: You can’t launch a franchise if your movie sucks. Also, why Robin Hood doesn’t work as a modern parable, and the variable appeal of Scandi Noir and whether or not Lisbeth Salander can be saved from Hollywood’s clutches.

Here is Sarah’s review of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and here is Kayleigh opining on Ben Mendelsohn’s gig as Hollywood’s favorite evil bureaucrat.

One correction: Your Highness is not a Seth Rogen movie, it’s by David Gordon Green.

 

The Hollywood Read ep. 2

THR LogoSteve McQueen’s new film, Widows, is not performing well at the box office, which could doom its Oscar hopes. It shouldn’t! But it does! Because the Oscars are ridiculous and only getting more so as the Academy tries to find ways to combat the slipping ratings which are still really high. This week Kayleigh Donaldson and Sarah Marrs discuss Widows, the Oscars, that proposed “popular Oscar” category everyone is ready to throw out of a moving car, and how box office and popularity impact award campaigns. So join us for the first in a series of discussions about the upcoming Oscars and how they will be different from any previous Oscars ceremony. Also: GO SEE WIDOWS.

Kayleigh’s Widows review can be found here.

Sarah’s Widows review can be found here.

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And yell at Sarah here: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 1

THR LogoWelcome to The Hollywood Read, a new podcast with me and Kayleigh Donaldson, also of internet fame! We’re discussing celebrity, pop culture, entertainment, business, politics, and how all those things go together. In this first episode we decide who is Best Chris for 2018, and what it means that Hollywood is dominated by four guys named Chris.

 

Episode 1: The Hollywood Chrises