The Hollywood Read ep. 25

From the Wonder Woman 1984 poster kerfuffle to that list of bad actors on Jezebel, it’s been a long week in the pit of despair. Join us as we discuss the impending culture war brewing around Wonder Woman, and what is really behind that mean-spirited, blatantly clickbait Jezebel post. We also get into Warner Brothers’ decision to sit out Hall H this year, and what it means for the pop culture juggernaut that is Comic Con. It’s dark times on the internet, but at least we have Diana Prince’s new gold armor to admire.

Jezebel’s bad actors: https://themuse.jezebel.com/actors-who-are-bad-at-acting-1834085390

Kayleigh’s defense of those actors: https://twitter.com/Ceilidhann/status/1136719851907702786

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 24

Despite being one of the best movies of the year (so far), Booksmart is not doing that well, hindered by a poor release strategy, off-target marketing, and an unenthusiastic audience. But should a movie like Booksmart even have been released in theaters? Are smaller, character-driven films just better off in the digital world these days? And speaking of the digital world, why does The Lion King look so boring and flat? This week we’re talking about the theatrical experience, how audiences are driving a shift in viewing habits, and why photo-realism isn’t all that appealing.

Here’s Kayleigh on how The Lion King is ruining cinema: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/disneys-lion-king-posters-are-just-what-lions-look-like.php

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 23

We’re back and we’re catching up on the Cannes Film Festival, John Wick Chapter 3, and Aladdin, and we are divided on the merits of Guy Ritchie’s live-action adaptation. We also talk Avatar, and what its potential is in a changed blockbuster landscape where every movie looks like, well, Avatar. Plus, there is a bonus detour into true crime and why there isn’t a Chernobyl-style retelling of the Romanov and/or Black Dahlia murders. It just wouldn’t be The Hollywood Read if we didn’t end up somewhere dark and macabre.

Recommended reading for this episode:

Kayleigh on Guy Ritchie: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/in-defense-of-guy-ritchie.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Roxana Hadadi on Aladdin‘s Orientalism: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/review-count-on-disney-to-make-aladdin-more-orientalist-than-it-already-was-.php

Lindsay Ellis on how Disney screwed Robin Williams and created a hit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyiBdccfNkg

Kayleigh Twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah Twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 22

Spoilers ahoy! In a spare-no-spoilers super-sized episode, we dig into Avengers: Endgame, from everything we loved to the few things that didn’t quite work out. It’s the good, the great, and the not-so-awesome of Marvel’s grand “Infinity Saga”, including a look forward to what could be next as the OG Avengers, for the most part, walk away. Also, quick programming note: We will be taking a break for the next few weeks. So enjoy this double-wide episode as we work out just what, exactly, Steve Rogers did to the timeline.

Joanna Robinson on Lebowski Thor: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/04/avengers-endgame-fat-thor-ptsd-jokes-controversy

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 21

With Game of Thrones airing its final season, we are on the cusp of losing a long-time tradition: the watercooler TV show. This week, we discuss Thrones–no spoilers, don’t worry–and what it means for television and pop culture to lose “watercooler” shows and the communal TV experience. What will replace it? Anything? With streaming bifurcating more than ever, it doesn’t seem likely this phenomenon will return for a while. Join us as we discuss the end of a television era and ponder the future of the medium in a post-watercooler world.

Matt Zoller Seitz on the last of watercooler TV: https://www.vulture.com/2019/04/game-of-thrones-the-last-show-we-watch-together.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s1&utm_campaign=vulture

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 20

THR LogoThis week we’re talking about one of the worst kept secrets in Hollywood: Digital beauty work. The practice of touching up and refining every single image we see on screen is compounding the already complicated relationship Hollywood has with beauty and aging. Technology now makes it possible to produce flawless beings on camera, and more often than not, that power is used to maximize body issues and make everyone feel terrible for not looking as good as the creatures on screen. The not-so-secret truth is, they don’t look that good, either. From inflated muscles to skinnier waists to wrinkle-free visages, digital beauty work is taking Hollywood “perfection” to the next level.

Required reading: “Everyone is altered”, by Josh Dickey, the expose on digital beauty work: https://mashable.com/2014/12/01/hollywood-secret-beauty-procedure/#QtmmAEBkwmqW

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

The Hollywood Read ep. 19

THR LogoIt’s round two of the writers’ strike, maybe, as the Writers Guild prepares to take on talent agencies over something called a packaging fee. What is it? What does it mean? Who’s getting screwed? Hint: The writers. This week we explore the looming writers’ walk out as writers accuse their agents of acting against client interests in the pursuit of lining their own pockets. We’re playing inside baseball with Hollywood business, but don’t worry, we also saw that Joker trailer.

Vulture‘s handy guide to the issue: https://www.vulture.com/2019/03/wga-hollywood-agents-packaging-explained.html

Read the writers’ own experiences with packaging fees here: https://www.wga.org/members/membership-information/agency-agreement/writers-share-their-experiences

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark