The Hollywood Read ep. 4

THR LogoFans have never been more powerful in pop culture, but with great power comes great responsibility, and fans don’t always use their power for good. This week we discuss fans, fandom, the line between fans and celebrities, con culture, and the corporate co-opting of fan works. The lines are blurred and social media makes it seem like we’re all standing in the same room, but maybe there do still need to be boundaries, as conspiracy theories creep into fandom and make everyone miserable. Fandom is supposed to be fun, so join us while we try to figure out what’s still fun about being a fan in 2018.

Check out Kayleigh’s breakdown of the rom-com adventure Venom here.

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Brigsby Bear: Kyle Mooney’s weird love letter to fandom

Brigsby Bear is a piece of weirdo cinema that seems like the kind of fake movie you’d see as a film-within-a-film mocking Sundance. It’s precious bordering on twee, deeply nostalgic, possessed of a quirky synth score (courtesy David Wingo, frequent Jeff Nichols collaborator), and full of actors from the indie comedy scene. It’s practically a checklist of Sundance stereotypes—and it was, indeed, a big hit at this year’s Sundance. But Brigsby transcends its made-for-mockery foundation. It’s a little too sweet for the inherent darkness of its story, but Brigsby Bear is a sensitive and sincere portrait of loneliness and fandom.

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