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/
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!