Wonder Woman 1984 is the latest and final blockbuster of 2020 to bail on movie theaters and drop directly on streaming. We start by discussing the ramifications of such a big blockbuster going to streaming, and how Tenet might have killed movie theaters. Then, we dive into season four of The Crown, which is reinvigorated by the arrival of Princess Diana, and we debate the efficacy of Gillian Anderson’s performance as Margaret Thatcher. Join us!
On the heels of announcing a four-year deal with Netflix, David Fincher lobbed some truth bombs at his peers and the current state of the film industry, which always makes for a fun time within the film community. But first, we discuss Mads Mikkelsen taking over for Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts 3, and then we get into Fincher and his many incendiary comments about other filmmakers. Join us!
Johnny Depp officially lost his libel case in the UK, which means he is now a huge liability for the studios who hired him. Which is why, unsurprisingly, he was asked to leave the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We discuss Depp’s legal woes, the unbelievable personal mistake that was taking on the UK libel court, and what went wrong with the Fantastic Beasts franchise, and why it can’t be saved, no matter who plays Grindelwald. Join us!
This week we’re talking true crime, and the shift over the last few years of true crime from undercover interest to mainstream obsession. We discuss how Netflix has contributed to the mainstreaming of true crime, the ethics of commodifying murder and mayhem as entertainment, and the programs and documentaries that have defined the recent trend in true crime. Then we share our top three true crime stories and those stories we can’t stand to think about.
Just in time for Halloween, the scariest news of all comes as Jared Leto’s widely disliked version of the Joker will be returning in the Snyder Cut. We break down Leto’s return, as well as the current state of the Snyder Cut and it s mysteriously ballooning budget. Then, we discuss Kayleigh’s favorite thing ever, which is the inevitable death of Quibi and the contraction of the streaming space. Join us!
2020 is a trash fire cesspit, but it has now given us a classic celebrity scandal with the Dominic West-Lily James affair. We’re not here to judge the personal decisions of consenting adults, but we ARE here to dissect a bonkers celebrity scandal that includes castles and beautifully hand-written notes. Join us as we discuss the public relations reality of celebrity scandals, and commiserate with the poor James-West publicists.
This week, we start discussing Soul‘s shift to Disney+, but we get sidetracked by Jeffrey Dahmer and our fears about Ryan Murphy making a series about Dahmer’s killing spree. We then get back on track and discuss Alyssa Rosenberg’s op-ed about cancelling the Oscars and the challenges faced by the COVID Oscars and what it could mean for the film industry as a whole. Join us!
Alyssa Rosenberg on the COVID Oscars: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/10/09/its-time-face-reality-cancel-2021-oscars/