After another round of pandemic updates about what movies are or are not coming out in 2020, we dive into how COVID-19 is impacting television. It isn’t garnering the same headlines as film, but TV is feeling a COVID pinch, too, cancelling shows left and right, even shows that were previously renewed. Join us as we review how the pandemic is quietly changing television while everyone is worried about movies.
We’re back with a recap of the virtual Toronto Film Festival, which was a very strange experience, like everything else in 2020. But first, we update the Tenet box office and speculate on the mystery of whether or not Mulan was successful. Then we grit our teeth and talk about Cuties and the unjust controversy that was blown way out of proportion by bad-faith actors over the last few weeks. Join us for this super fun and totally normal conversation!
A lot is happening this week, from the continuing roll out of Tenet, to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex announcing a major Netflix development deal, to John Boyega calling out the crap development for his character in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. Join us as we dive into the issues around increasing representation beyond the entry-level approach of just casting more people of color without considering how to tell compelling stories with them.
Following the untimely passing of Chadwick Boseman, we’re celebrating his life and legacy, recalling his great performances and unique ability to give life and humanity to larger-than-life icons. Join us as we say goodbye to a tremendous artist who left to soon.
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This week we talk about Finding Freedom, the largely anti-climactic tell-all about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We break down how the book portrays the divisions and competition within the royal family, why driving out Harry and Meghan was probably a fatal error for the British monarchy, and how ongoing scandals could impact the royal family. Join us as we low key call for revolution!
It’s been a big week for the film industry, from Disney’s shocking announcement regarding the digital release of Mulan, to the repeal of the Paramount Decree, to long-gestating rumors about Ellen DeGeneres’s toxic work place exploding in the mainstream. Join us as we break it all down, from what success could look like for Mulan on streaming, to what it means to lose the Paramount Decree, and how Ellen’s faux-kindness front has concealed years of workplace toxicity.
Join us this week as we update the latest on The Tenet Situation, which is officially back on for a mid-pandemic release, and we break down the Emmy nominations, which don’t entirely suck. New voting rules allowed for more nominations, and encouraged a more diverse group of nominees, which makes for a somewhat more exciting show. Mostly, though, we gush about What We Do in the Shadows, one of the best comedies on television that you’re probably not watching.