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.
We’re kicking off 2021 by discussing the last big pop culture moments of 2020: Wonder Woman 1984 and Bridgerton. We break down WW84‘s dual release with pandemic box office and unverified streaming numbers, and then we dig into Bridgerton, Netflix’s lavish romance novel adaptation. One of these things had a rather mixed reception, and the other was everyone’s post-holiday binge. Join us as we discuss what went wrong with WW84 and what went right for Bridgerton.
This week we dive into the incredible news that Warner Brothers will be releasing their entire 2021 slate of films day-and-date in theaters and on HBO Max. We discuss what it means for Warner Brothers going forward, why AT&T even wanted to own a movie studio in the first place, and what this could mean for the future of movies and movie theaters. Join us!
Wonder Woman 1984 is the latest and final blockbuster of 2020 to bail on movie theaters and drop directly on streaming. We start by discussing the ramifications of such a big blockbuster going to streaming, and how Tenet might have killed movie theaters. Then, we dive into season four of The Crown, which is reinvigorated by the arrival of Princess Diana, and we debate the efficacy of Gillian Anderson’s performance as Margaret Thatcher. Join us!
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!