Since this is the last episode of The Hollywood Read, we revisit our 2020 predictions and update them for a post-pandemic world, including the future of streaming, blockbusters, and a potential contraction of the entire film industry. It’s a super depressing note to end our show on as we (mostly Sarah) completely abandon optimism. We thank you for listening, sharing, commenting, and recommending. See you at the movies…someday.
For our last episode of 2020, we’re breaking down the overwhelming number of new shows and movies Disney announced during their annual investor presentation, which Marvel basically treated like their Hall H trip this year. We also discuss the fall out of the Warner Brothers/HBO Max announcement from last week, which is proving to be a huge headache for Warners. Join us for one more episode before we quit this hell year!
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.
Kayleigh on Ellen’s celebrity supporters: https://bit.ly/31PRh9F
Four months into the pandemic, with Comic Con broadcasting remotely online and Disney pulling 90% of their slate from the release calendar, we take a look at how the industry is doing. Hint: Not well! We ponder the future of blockbusters, indies, Oscars, how on earth anyone will get celebrities to go back on press tours after this, and the fate of the upcoming fall film festivals. Join us as we return to the pit of despair!
We might be stuck inside, but that doesn’t mean the world slows down. Despite the shutdown, Hollywood is busy, and this week we’re running down a number of late news stories, including the semi-cancellation of the Cannes Film Festival, the on demand success of Trolls World Tour, the fate of The Hollywood Reporter, and Bob Iger’s return to power at Disney.
As we enter the fourth week of lockdown, one question is on our minds: you’re bored, but are you bored enough for Quibi? This week marks the debut of the much-touted Quibi streaming platform, developed for short-form entertainment. After discussing the latest in coronavirus updates, including Disney’s optimistic reset for their 2020 slate, we break down Quibi’s debut shows, and ponder whether or not anyone is bored enough to watch any of it.
It was a busy week in pop culture as Harvey Weinstein was convicted of some, if not all, of the charges against him; French actress Adele Haenel walked out of the Cesar Awards in protest after Roman Polanski was awarded Best Director; in a surprise move, Bob Iger stepped down as the CEO of Disney; and Caity Weaver opened a forensic investigation into a royal Instagram mystery. Join us as we dig into these stories and try to solve Caity Weaver’s Insta mystery.
Caity Weaver’s royal Insta investigation: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/style/meghan-markle-instagram.html