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October 16, 2019
This week we're revisiting British royal gossip as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle take on the British tabloid press. We discuss the lawsuits, what they're really about (hint: racism), and how Harry and Meghan's headlines tie into Prince Andrew's royal Epstein mess. We also peer into the future and make predictions about how this might play out over the next decade or two, and whether or not monarchy can really make it in the twenty-first century. Join us for another round of royal gossip!
October 8, 2019
It's Joker week, so we're talking Joker's record-breaking box office*, Todd Phillips shoving his foot down his mouth, Joaquin Phoenix's only somewhat hostile press tour, and the Oscar odds for the year's most divisive movie. We also get into Martin Scorsese's comments in re: Marvel movies and theme parks. Join us as we power through the final stage of The Discourse! *The official box office tally ended up being $96 million. Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
October 2, 2019
The Emmys happened, and despite some genuinely surprising and welcome wins, the show itself was dead boring. We discuss the winners, our favorite losers, the life expectancy of broadcast award shows, and what is Ozark, anyway? We also get into that whole Sony-Marvel make-up deal. Join us as we ponder how much longer broadcast networks will air the Emmys when they don't actually win any Emmys. Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
September 24, 2019
We're back! We went to the Toronto International Film Festival, so we're talking everything we saw at TIFF, as well as discussing the official launch of Oscar season. Narratives are already emerging (Renee Zellweger is back! Christian Bale is himself! Joaquin Phoenix is thirsty!), and a couple of films are already dominating Oscar talk. Join us as we break down the first phase of award season: the festival phase.
August 28, 2019
We postponed our break just so we could talk about the Sony/Marvel Spider-Man divorce. From Disney's frightening dominance to Sony's reluctance to share credit, we break down the news that Sony and Marvel will no longer be co-producing Spider-Man movies. Also, The Matrix 4 is a real thing that is happening! Join us as we cover a wild week in film news. Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
August 22, 2019
With the summer movie season winding down, we take a look back at the winners and losers of blockbuster season, which is mostly "Disney", and "everyone else". And we look ahead to TIFF, and the non-blockbusters that will, hopefully, garner SOME box office in the five seconds Disney doesn't have a movie coming out. We also dive into Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, and debate is effectiveness and that controversial ending. Spoilers ahoy!  Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
August 13, 2019
This week, bad news abounds as we look into the rumored Annapurna bankruptcy and consider what it means for indie cinema. We also talk about Venom 2, Nate Parker's comeback via the Venice Film Festival, and Universal's decision to pull The Hunt from theaters to avoid a political shitstorm. We're living through a radical technological shift and also a bonkers political moment, and all of it is coming to bear at once. Join us as we stare into the abyss of cinema's future once again. Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
August 6, 2019
This week we tackle the age old question: Nepotism, is it bad? LOL, of course it is. We take a look at the rising phenomenon of legacy actors who are increasingly dominating casting headlines and breakout roles in Hollywood, and wonder where it leaves us if our art comes from one rarified perspective. We also talk about Hobbs & Shaw and the totally cool and normal contractual demands of the Fast/Furious actors, who refuse to lose a fight.  Wall Street Journal on the Fast/Furious fight contract: https://www.wsj.com/articles/fast-furious-stars-complicated-demandi-never-want-to-lose-a-fight-11564673490 Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
August 1, 2019
Leonardo DiCaprio is currently starring in Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood, so now is the time to take a look at his career and the almost 30 whole years he has spent as a famous person. Jumping off that article in The Hollywood Reporter, which posits DiCaprio as the last true Movie Star, we discuss why he really isn't that adventurous, why his fame game is boring, and his scientifically proven aversion to women his own age. But first! We also go over the films announced for TIFF and Venice, including new films from Marielle Heller and Taika Waititi. The Hollywood Reporter on Leo D: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/how-leonardo-dicaprio-became-hollywoods-last-movie-star-1225416 Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
July 24, 2019
This week we look back at the news and shockingly few surprises of a relatively quiet Comic Con, and then we descend into the madness of Cats. Is the fur really supposed to look like that? Why do only some cats wear clothes? Is Cats good or has everyone been Incepted? Join us as we break down the Cats trailer and try to gain some understanding of what appears to be a cocaine-fueled mass delusion. Kayleigh's Cats-friendly twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah's Cats-confused twitter: @Cinesnark
July 18, 2019
What does Scarlett Johansson have in common with Big Little Lies? Bad headlines they both could have avoided with just a modicum of effort. This week we talk about the behind the scenes drama on Big Little Lies, and what happened to director Andrea Arnold. We also get into Scarlett Johansson's comments about her right to play any role, and whether or not that is appropriate when so many underrepresented communities still struggle to tell their own stories. ScarJo might be right down the road, but we break down why she's wrong right now. Indiewire's report on Big Little Lies and Andrea Arnold: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/big-little-lies-season-2-andrea-arnold-lost-creative-control-jean-marc-vallee-1202156884/ Here's Kayleigh on the Big Little Lies debacle: https://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/after-andrea-arnolds-big-little-lies-drama-when-will-women-directors-get-their-dues.php And here is Sarah on ScarJo: https://www.laineygossip.com/scarlett-johansson-says-she-should-be-allowed-to-play-any-person-any-tree-any-animal/56091 Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
July 11, 2019
With the release of Midsommar, we wonder if adult-oriented summer counter-programming even works anymore, or if the summer drama is another victim of the streaming paradigm shift. We're also discussing the first trailer for the live-action Mulan remake, and Jake Gyllenhaal's off-kilter turn as Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. After failing to become an action hero in his own right, Jake G built his career around cinematic weirdoes, and now everything comes full circle as a comic book movie taps him to play a weirdo villain. Join us as we gush over Florence Pugh and follow Jake G's career path through the weird weeds. Here's Kayleigh on Jake G's wonderful Instagram: https://www.pajiba.com/celebrities_are_better_than_you/an-ode-to-jake-gyllenhaal-and-his-surprisingly-wonderful-instagram-account.php And here is Sarah on Midsommar: https://www.laineygossip.com/ari-asters-midsommer-starring-florence-pugh-movie-review/56004 Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
July 2, 2019
We're halfway through the year, so this week we're talking our favorite movies and TV shows we've seen in 2019 (so far). The movies have been a little rough so far, but there are some gems out there, and there is PLENTY of television to talk about. We also discuss Allison P. Davis's profile on the collapse of Babe.net, the outlet behind the Aziz Ansari #MeToo expose. It's a window into a classically toxic workplace that is, unfortunately, being used to minimize the consent conversation the Aziz expose originally set off. Join us as we do a Babe.net post-mortem followed our best of 2019 (so far). Allison P. Davis's Babe.net expose: https://www.thecut.com/2019/06/babe-net-aziz-ansari-date-rise-and-fall.html Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
June 27, 2019
This week we return to the Valley of Awful Men, as eight women come forward with allegations of all manner of abuse against Max Landis. We discuss Landis, the power that protected him, and a damaging Hollywood family legacy. And because we don't actually want to live in the pit of despair, we also talk Toy Story 4 and it's delightful new hero: actual garbage. This week's episode proves that proclaiming you're trash is only endearing if you're an animated spork, and not an actual person capable of doing real harm. Sarah on Max Landis: https://www.laineygossip.com/eight-women-come-forward-accusing-screenwriter-max-landis-of-emotional-sexual-abuse/55914 How Max Landis used self-awareness to hide abuse: https://slate.com/culture/2019/06/max-landis-abuse-allegations-louis-ck.html Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
June 20, 2019
We're taking a break from the depressing summer movie season to talk about television. We discuss Stranger Things star Gaten Matarrazo's new "prank" show on Netflix, and with Emmy nominations underway, we discuss a problem unique to the Emmys: the same shows win every year. The only relief the sameness of the awards year to year is the Outstanding Limited Series category, which this year ought to feature our favorite show of the moment, Chernobyl. Join us as we talk Chernobyl, the Emmys, and why Jared Harris should be cast in everything. Here's Emily Nussbaum on the "cloying fantasia" of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/12/24/the-cloying-fantasia-of-the-marvelous-mrs-maisel Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark
June 13, 2019
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
June 13, 2019
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
June 6, 2019
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
June 6, 2019
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
May 31, 2019
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
May 31, 2019
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
May 2, 2019
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
May 2, 2019
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
April 25, 2019
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
April 25, 2019
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
April 18, 2019
This 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
April 18, 2019
This 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
April 11, 2019
It'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
April 11, 2019
It'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
April 4, 2019
This week we dive into British royal gossip and the rumors of a feud between the houses of Cambridge and Sussex. Wherefore? What happened? What IS the grand unifying theory of British gossip? We get into all of it, jumping off from Nicole Cliffe's tweet about the whole mess and getting into the British press's abominable treatment of Meghan Markle. We speculate wildly and make grand assumptions, so join us for our completely hypothetical discussion about the British royal family and the plethora of gossip stories they produce. Nicole Cliffe's inciting tweet: https://twitter.com/nicole_cliffe/status/1112104131550822400 Kayleigh on Twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah on Twitter: @Cinesnark
April 4, 2019
This week we dive into British royal gossip and the rumors of a feud between the houses of Cambridge and Sussex. Wherefore? What happened? What IS the grand unifying theory of British gossip? We get into all of it, jumping off from Nicole Cliffe's tweet about the whole mess and getting into the British press's abominable treatment of Meghan Markle. We speculate wildly and make grand assumptions, so join us for our completely hypothetical discussion about the British royal family and the plethora of gossip stories they produce. Nicole Cliffe's inciting tweet: https://twitter.com/nicole_cliffe/status/1112104131550822400 Kayleigh on Twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah on Twitter: @Cinesnark
March 28, 2019
This week we dive right back into the pit of despair with the Disney-Fox merger, which has officially closed and four thousand people are already out of a job. Then, to try and climb back out of the pit, we discuss why Dev Patel should be the next James Bond. Three words: He got hot. Also, his latest movie, The Wedding Guest, is basically an audition for Bond, and we get into all the reasons a Southeast Asian Bond would make for a fresh start for a fifty-year-old character. Don't believe us? Check out the trailer for The Wedding Guest and come back when you've fixed your life.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO0BDQEslwQ Kayleigh on Twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah on Twitter: @Cinesnark
March 28, 2019
This week we dive right back into the pit of despair with the Disney-Fox merger, which has officially closed and four thousand people are already out of a job. Then, to try and climb back out of the pit, we discuss why Dev Patel should be the next James Bond. Three words: He got hot. Also, his latest movie, The Wedding Guest, is basically an audition for Bond, and we get into all the reasons a Southeast Asian Bond would make for a fresh start for a fifty-year-old character. Don't believe us? Check out the trailer for The Wedding Guest and come back when you've fixed your life.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BO0BDQEslwQ Kayleigh on Twitter: @Ceilidhann Sarah on Twitter: @Cinesnark
March 22, 2019
This week we return to the pit of despair to talk about the college admissions scandal and all the ways it's offensive and gross. We're talking celebrities who are not immune to the status race, the celebrity kids who just don't care, the particular combination of dark humor and rage this scandal ignites, and the broken system that has turned higher education into a status symbol. We also dive into James Gunn being rehired by Disney months after he was sacked for bad tweets, and what it means for the culture war that he now has two high-paying franchise gigs. Join us as we work through a lot of residual feelings about the cost of our college experiences, and laugh at the spectacular way in which the James Gunn hit job backfired.  Episode reading: The affidavit outlining the college admissions scandal: https://www.justice.gov/file/1142876/download Kevin Tsujihara's sexting scandal: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/i-need-be-careful-texts-reveal-warner-bros-ceo-promoted-actress-apparent-sexual-relationship-1192660 And for fun: Kayleigh's work on the SYFY Fangrrls "Forgotten Women in Genre" series: https://www.syfy.com/tags/forgotten-women-of-genre
March 22, 2019
This week we return to the pit of despair to talk about the college admissions scandal and all the ways it's offensive and gross. We're talking celebrities who are not immune to the status race, the celebrity kids who just don't care, the particular combination of dark humor and rage this scandal ignites, and the broken system that has turned higher education into a status symbol. We also dive into James Gunn being rehired by Disney months after he was sacked for bad tweets, and what it means for the culture war that he now has two high-paying franchise gigs. Join us as we work through a lot of residual feelings about the cost of our college experiences, and laugh at the spectacular way in which the James Gunn hit job backfired.  Episode reading: The affidavit outlining the college admissions scandal: https://www.justice.gov/file/1142876/download Kevin Tsujihara's sexting scandal: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/features/i-need-be-careful-texts-reveal-warner-bros-ceo-promoted-actress-apparent-sexual-relationship-1192660 And for fun: Kayleigh's work on the SYFY Fangrrls "Forgotten Women in Genre" series: https://www.syfy.com/tags/forgotten-women-of-genre
March 14, 2019
After a short break, we're back talking Captain Marvel, from the movie itself to The Discourse surrounding it, as well as Steven Spielberg's efforts to change Academy rules so Netflix finds it harder to win Oscars. We cover the best and worst of the modern movie-going experience, the inevitable and almost complete superhero domination of the multiplex, and why Spielberg's effort is too little too late. Join us as we reluctantly defend a corporation against a billionaire, accidentally walk into a pit of despair, and look to Carol Danvers to get us through a very weird time in cinema history. Here is Kayleigh on the ethics of de-aging: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/deaging-actors-has-gotten-better-in-movies-but-it-remains-an-ethically-complicated-issue.php Here is Sarah's Captain Marvel review: https://www.laineygossip.com/captain-marvel-movie-review-starring-brie-larson/52157 And a bit of shameless self-promotion, here is Sarah's Decider article on Julia Roberts' gossip history: https://decider.com/2019/03/07/julia-roberts-fellini-summer/
March 14, 2019
After a short break, we're back talking Captain Marvel, from the movie itself to The Discourse surrounding it, as well as Steven Spielberg's efforts to change Academy rules so Netflix finds it harder to win Oscars. We cover the best and worst of the modern movie-going experience, the inevitable and almost complete superhero domination of the multiplex, and why Spielberg's effort is too little too late. Join us as we reluctantly defend a corporation against a billionaire, accidentally walk into a pit of despair, and look to Carol Danvers to get us through a very weird time in cinema history. Here is Kayleigh on the ethics of de-aging: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/deaging-actors-has-gotten-better-in-movies-but-it-remains-an-ethically-complicated-issue.php Here is Sarah's Captain Marvel review: https://www.laineygossip.com/captain-marvel-movie-review-starring-brie-larson/52157 And a bit of shameless self-promotion, here is Sarah's Decider article on Julia Roberts' gossip history: https://decider.com/2019/03/07/julia-roberts-fellini-summer/
February 27, 2019
The 91st Academy Awards have come and gone, and all that's left is to pick up the pieces and make sense of a very up and down, back and forth show. On the one hand, the no-host experiment paid off. On the other: Green Book won Best Picture, which will almost instantly age into a poorly remembered choice. This week, we dive into the Oscars, the good, the bad, the Bohemian Rhapsody of it all. The show was not a disaster, but some retrograde winners reveal a divided Academy pushing back against the recent membership inclusion effort. Join us as we break it all down and get into what worked, what didn't, and just why it is that Green Book will soon be joining the ranks of worst Best Picture. Here is Kayleigh on the ignominy of Green Book's win: https://screenrant.com/green-book-worst-best-picture-oscar-winner/ And here is Sarah on anonymous voter "Chet": https://www.laineygossip.com/this-years-anonymous-oscar-voters-reveal-no-consensus-pick-for-best-picture/52030
February 27, 2019
The 91st Academy Awards have come and gone, and all that's left is to pick up the pieces and make sense of a very up and down, back and forth show. On the one hand, the no-host experiment paid off. On the other: Green Book won Best Picture, which will almost instantly age into a poorly remembered choice. This week, we dive into the Oscars, the good, the bad, the Bohemian Rhapsody of it all. The show was not a disaster, but some retrograde winners reveal a divided Academy pushing back against the recent membership inclusion effort. Join us as we break it all down and get into what worked, what didn't, and just why it is that Green Book will soon be joining the ranks of worst Best Picture. Here is Kayleigh on the ignominy of Green Book's win: https://screenrant.com/green-book-worst-best-picture-oscar-winner/ And here is Sarah on anonymous voter "Chet": https://www.laineygossip.com/this-years-anonymous-oscar-voters-reveal-no-consensus-pick-for-best-picture/52030
February 22, 2019
Last year, romantic comedies came back in a big way, fueled by the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix's "summer of love". This week, we take a look at the rom-com revival and how this once-great staple of the cineplex is now fodder for streaming platforms. We dig into how Netflix fueled the revival by releasing several rom-coms within a few months, the landmark success of Crazy Rich Asians, and how streaming rom-coms are propping up a new generation of young stars. But we also get into the limits of the genre and wonder how long Netflix can really keep it up before they kill rom-coms just like traditional studios once did. Roll into Oscar weekend with a comparatively light-hearted episode about the one genre of film dedicated solely to making you feel good. Here is Lana Condor in Cosmopolitan talking about how she's too busy to be thirsty: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a26029103/lana-condor-cosmopolitan-cover-march/
February 22, 2019
Last year, romantic comedies came back in a big way, fueled by the success of Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix's "summer of love". This week, we take a look at the rom-com revival and how this once-great staple of the cineplex is now fodder for streaming platforms. We dig into how Netflix fueled the revival by releasing several rom-coms within a few months, the landmark success of Crazy Rich Asians, and how streaming rom-coms are propping up a new generation of young stars. But we also get into the limits of the genre and wonder how long Netflix can really keep it up before they kill rom-coms just like traditional studios once did. Roll into Oscar weekend with a comparatively light-hearted episode about the one genre of film dedicated solely to making you feel good. Here is Lana Condor in Cosmopolitan talking about how she's too busy to be thirsty: https://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/celebs/a26029103/lana-condor-cosmopolitan-cover-march/
February 14, 2019
Netflix and Hulu each released a documentary about the catastrophe that was Fyre Fest in the same week, giving us a very good look into the con that fell apart in part due to the incessant social media posting of the very influencers meant to bolster the event. This week, we take a look at Fyre Fest, social media influencers, sponsored content, and the nightmare world we live in where there are no more hobbies, only side hustle. We get into online plagiarism, the Fuck FuckJerry movement, con men, and the inevitable robot takeover of human industry. Join us as we stave off despair on the frontier of social media influencer culture.  Megh Wright takes on Jerry Media's rampant plagiarism: https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/comedy-central-fuck-jerry-instagram-ads.html
February 14, 2019
Netflix and Hulu each released a documentary about the catastrophe that was Fyre Fest in the same week, giving us a very good look into the con that fell apart in part due to the incessant social media posting of the very influencers meant to bolster the event. This week, we take a look at Fyre Fest, social media influencers, sponsored content, and the nightmare world we live in where there are no more hobbies, only side hustle. We get into online plagiarism, the Fuck FuckJerry movement, con men, and the inevitable robot takeover of human industry. Join us as we stave off despair on the frontier of social media influencer culture.  Megh Wright takes on Jerry Media's rampant plagiarism: https://www.vulture.com/2019/02/comedy-central-fuck-jerry-instagram-ads.html
February 7, 2019
Do you remember the McConaissance? That halcyon time when Matthew McConaughey reinvented his career as a dramatic actor, won an Oscar, and starred in True Detective just before Peak TV swamped us with movie stars on TV shows? This week we revisit the McConaissance and take a look at the perfect storm of conditions that made it possible for Matthew McConaughey to reinvent his career after a string of bad movies, almost all of which happen to be romantic comedies. We talk about that, auteurs, whether or not McConaughey counts as a proto-Chris, WTF was Sea of Trees, and who, if anyone, could pull off their own version of the McConaissance. We start our episode with a discussion of McConaughey's latest film, and a Hall Of Fame flop, Serenity. Sarah's review of Serenity (spoilers): https://www.laineygossip.com/serenity-starring-matthew-mcconaughey-and-anne-hathaway-movie-review-with-spoilers/51850 Kayleigh's review of Velvet Buzzsaw: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/review-velvet-buzzsaw-is-scathing-art-world-satire-crossed-with-final-destination.php Rachel Syme at The New Yorker (probably) coins The McConaissance: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-mcconaissance Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are mad their terrible movie flopped: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/01/mcconaughey-hathaway-furious-serenity-release-aviron-pictures-defends-1202040030/
February 7, 2019
Do you remember the McConaissance? That halcyon time when Matthew McConaughey reinvented his career as a dramatic actor, won an Oscar, and starred in True Detective just before Peak TV swamped us with movie stars on TV shows? This week we revisit the McConaissance and take a look at the perfect storm of conditions that made it possible for Matthew McConaughey to reinvent his career after a string of bad movies, almost all of which happen to be romantic comedies. We talk about that, auteurs, whether or not McConaughey counts as a proto-Chris, WTF was Sea of Trees, and who, if anyone, could pull off their own version of the McConaissance. We start our episode with a discussion of McConaughey's latest film, and a Hall Of Fame flop, Serenity. Sarah's review of Serenity (spoilers): https://www.laineygossip.com/serenity-starring-matthew-mcconaughey-and-anne-hathaway-movie-review-with-spoilers/51850 Kayleigh's review of Velvet Buzzsaw: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/review-velvet-buzzsaw-is-scathing-art-world-satire-crossed-with-final-destination.php Rachel Syme at The New Yorker (probably) coins The McConaissance: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-mcconaissance Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway are mad their terrible movie flopped: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/01/mcconaughey-hathaway-furious-serenity-release-aviron-pictures-defends-1202040030/
January 31, 2019
The Bryan Singer expose finally arrived, published by The Atlantic after Esquire, or rather, Hearst Communications, declined to release it. Alex French and Maximillan Potter put a year's worth of work into connecting the dots and laying out the trail of human destruction strewn in Bryan Singer's wake. We discuss the article, Singer, the system that enables and protects him, and how that system will continue so that people can make money and win prizes. There is also some discussion of the Oscar nominations, which are also tainted with Singer's presence because Bohemian Rhapsody earned five nominations, including one for Rami Malek and another for Best Picture. So one year after #MeToo and #TimesUp, this is what's happening. Listen as we try and stave off existential despair and the creeping nihilistic belief that nothing is getting better. This is a tough subject, so be kind to yourselves. The Atlantic's expose: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/bryan-singers-accusers-speak-out/580462/ Be Kind Rewind breaks down Harvey Weinstein's Oscar campaigning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tihITlPAn4   If you are a survivor and need to talk, RAINN offers 24/7 support: https://www.rainn.org/
January 31, 2019
The Bryan Singer expose finally arrived, published by The Atlantic after Esquire, or rather, Hearst Communications, declined to release it. Alex French and Maximillan Potter put a year's worth of work into connecting the dots and laying out the trail of human destruction strewn in Bryan Singer's wake. We discuss the article, Singer, the system that enables and protects him, and how that system will continue so that people can make money and win prizes. There is also some discussion of the Oscar nominations, which are also tainted with Singer's presence because Bohemian Rhapsody earned five nominations, including one for Rami Malek and another for Best Picture. So one year after #MeToo and #TimesUp, this is what's happening. Listen as we try and stave off existential despair and the creeping nihilistic belief that nothing is getting better. This is a tough subject, so be kind to yourselves. The Atlantic's expose: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/03/bryan-singers-accusers-speak-out/580462/ Be Kind Rewind breaks down Harvey Weinstein's Oscar campaigning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tihITlPAn4   If you are a survivor and need to talk, RAINN offers 24/7 support: https://www.rainn.org/
January 24, 2019
In 1989, Spike Lee's masterpiece Do the Right Thing premiered at Cannes, kicking off a year of controversy. Film critics blamed any potential race riots on Lee, the Cannes jury awarded Steven Soderbergh's sex lies and videotape the Palme d'Or, something Spike Lee is still salty about, and then in 1990 came a truly momentous Academy Awards. This week, we take a look at the 62nd Oscars, honoring the films of 1989. This is the year Driving Miss Daisy won Best Picture and Do the Right Thing wasn't even nominated. It's the year Harvey Weinstein flexed real campaign muscle, guiding My Left Foot stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker to Oscars--something he would lord over women in the industry for decades to come. With Spike Lee once again in contention this year, and up against the Miss Daisy-esque Green Book no less, we examine the narratives and Oscar strategies that took hold in 1990 and continue to impact the Academy Awards today. Here is Matt Zoller Seitz on why Leonardo DiCaprio's self-flagellating performance in The Revenant is bad for acting: https://www.rogerebert.com/mzs/why-leo-winning-an-oscar-for-the-revenant-would-be-bad-for-acting And here is Natalie Walker's epic Twitter thread mocking film stereotypes: https://twitter.com/nwalks/status/736046606940798977
January 24, 2019
In 1989, Spike Lee's masterpiece Do the Right Thing premiered at Cannes, kicking off a year of controversy. Film critics blamed any potential race riots on Lee, the Cannes jury awarded Steven Soderbergh's sex lies and videotape the Palme d'Or, something Spike Lee is still salty about, and then in 1990 came a truly momentous Academy Awards. This week, we take a look at the 62nd Oscars, honoring the films of 1989. This is the year Driving Miss Daisy won Best Picture and Do the Right Thing wasn't even nominated. It's the year Harvey Weinstein flexed real campaign muscle, guiding My Left Foot stars Daniel Day-Lewis and Brenda Fricker to Oscars--something he would lord over women in the industry for decades to come. With Spike Lee once again in contention this year, and up against the Miss Daisy-esque Green Book no less, we examine the narratives and Oscar strategies that took hold in 1990 and continue to impact the Academy Awards today. Here is Matt Zoller Seitz on why Leonardo DiCaprio's self-flagellating performance in The Revenant is bad for acting: https://www.rogerebert.com/mzs/why-leo-winning-an-oscar-for-the-revenant-would-be-bad-for-acting And here is Natalie Walker's epic Twitter thread mocking film stereotypes: https://twitter.com/nwalks/status/736046606940798977
January 17, 2019
Gerard Butler is a fascinating actor. He's made a career mostly out of B-movie schlock, has garnered a large and loyal following, has jump-started at least one, maybe two, original-idea franchises, and he does it all for less than half what a superhero movie costs. He doesn't seem overly concerned with his reputation as an actor, yet every character he plays has to be the Absolute! Best! At! Their! Job! This week, we dive into our odd fascination with Gerry B, his terrible movies, and pitch our own idea for a Gerard Butler action thriller. Join us as we laugh our way through Geostorm, Scottish stereotypes, and how this law-school drop out carved his way through post-millennial Hollywood.
January 17, 2019
Gerard Butler is a fascinating actor. He's made a career mostly out of B-movie schlock, has garnered a large and loyal following, has jump-started at least one, maybe two, original-idea franchises, and he does it all for less than half what a superhero movie costs. He doesn't seem overly concerned with his reputation as an actor, yet every character he plays has to be the Absolute! Best! At! Their! Job! This week, we dive into our odd fascination with Gerry B, his terrible movies, and pitch our own idea for a Gerard Butler action thriller. Join us as we laugh our way through Geostorm, Scottish stereotypes, and how this law-school drop out carved his way through post-millennial Hollywood.
January 10, 2019
Aquaman is a hit. A giant hit, bigger than any DC movie since The Dark Knight trilogy. So...now what? This week we take a look at Aquaman, the silliest superhero ever made, and what it means for DC going forward. They might not be totally out of the woods yet, but they've had a couple legit hits now, and they seem to have a path to making movies people, you know, actually want to see. Join us as we talk Aquaman, that Joker movie no one is quite sure what to make of, and DC's future and post-grimdark attitude.  Here's Kayleigh on how Aquaman's marketing paid off: https://screenrant.com/aquaman-marketing-dceu-mistakes/   And here's Sarah's review of Aquaman: https://www.laineygossip.com/aquaman-movie-review-starring-jason-momoa/51532
January 10, 2019
Aquaman is a hit. A giant hit, bigger than any DC movie since The Dark Knight trilogy. So...now what? This week we take a look at Aquaman, the silliest superhero ever made, and what it means for DC going forward. They might not be totally out of the woods yet, but they've had a couple legit hits now, and they seem to have a path to making movies people, you know, actually want to see. Join us as we talk Aquaman, that Joker movie no one is quite sure what to make of, and DC's future and post-grimdark attitude.  Here's Kayleigh on how Aquaman's marketing paid off: https://screenrant.com/aquaman-marketing-dceu-mistakes/   And here's Sarah's review of Aquaman: https://www.laineygossip.com/aquaman-movie-review-starring-jason-momoa/51532
December 20, 2018
2018 has lasted nine million years, but now that it's almost over, we look back on the year that was and talk about what made a mark during this interminable trash fire year. Which is mainly Disney, dominating the box office and pop culture, and about to swallow even more of the market when they officially merge with Fox in the new year. We talk about how afraid we are of our coming Disney overlords, and how this is probably bad for movies. We also talk Hannah Gadsby, our favorite films of the year, and what we'd like to see in pop culture in 2019. Sarah's top ten films of the year: https://www.laineygossip.com/top-10-movies-of-2018/51542
December 20, 2018
2018 has lasted nine million years, but now that it's almost over, we look back on the year that was and talk about what made a mark during this interminable trash fire year. Which is mainly Disney, dominating the box office and pop culture, and about to swallow even more of the market when they officially merge with Fox in the new year. We talk about how afraid we are of our coming Disney overlords, and how this is probably bad for movies. We also talk Hannah Gadsby, our favorite films of the year, and what we'd like to see in pop culture in 2019. Sarah's top ten films of the year: https://www.laineygossip.com/top-10-movies-of-2018/51542
December 13, 2018
Did you hear? The celebrity profile is dead. This week, we take a look at the state of the celebrity profile, which despite some truly bad recent profiles, is not actually dead. It's not even on life support. But celebrity profiles have changed. No longer content to exist as mere fluff pieces, a new generation of profile writers are bringing sharp insight and cultural commentary into the celebrity profile, which some celebrities don't seem to appreciate (looking at you, Bradley Cooper). Join us as we discuss all things celebrity profile, and what they have to say about us and our current pop cultural moment. Reading materials: Taffy Brodesser-Akner's NYT bibliography: https://www.nytimes.com/by/taffy-brodesser-akner Caity Weaver's bibliography: https://muckrack.com/caityweaver/articles Beyonce on Beyonce in Vogue September issue: https://www.vogue.com/article/beyonce-september-issue-2018 Tom Hiddleston by TBA: https://www.gq.com/story/tom-hiddleston-cover-profile Lena Dunham by Allison P. Davis: https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/lena-dunham-comes-to-terms-with-herself.html Amanda Bynes by Abby Schreiber: http://www.papermag.com/amanda-bynes-break-the-internet-2621549455.html Cardi B by Allison P. Davis:  https://www.thecut.com/2017/11/cardi-b-was-made-to-be-this-famous.html
December 13, 2018
Did you hear? The celebrity profile is dead. This week, we take a look at the state of the celebrity profile, which despite some truly bad recent profiles, is not actually dead. It's not even on life support. But celebrity profiles have changed. No longer content to exist as mere fluff pieces, a new generation of profile writers are bringing sharp insight and cultural commentary into the celebrity profile, which some celebrities don't seem to appreciate (looking at you, Bradley Cooper). Join us as we discuss all things celebrity profile, and what they have to say about us and our current pop cultural moment. Reading materials: Taffy Brodesser-Akner's NYT bibliography: https://www.nytimes.com/by/taffy-brodesser-akner Caity Weaver's bibliography: https://muckrack.com/caityweaver/articles Beyonce on Beyonce in Vogue September issue: https://www.vogue.com/article/beyonce-september-issue-2018 Tom Hiddleston by TBA: https://www.gq.com/story/tom-hiddleston-cover-profile Lena Dunham by Allison P. Davis: https://www.thecut.com/2018/11/lena-dunham-comes-to-terms-with-herself.html Amanda Bynes by Abby Schreiber: http://www.papermag.com/amanda-bynes-break-the-internet-2621549455.html Cardi B by Allison P. Davis:  https://www.thecut.com/2017/11/cardi-b-was-made-to-be-this-famous.html
December 6, 2018
Fans 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: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/yes-venom-is-a-sex-symbol-and-heres-why
December 6, 2018
Fans 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: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/yes-venom-is-a-sex-symbol-and-heres-why
November 29, 2018
A couple of recent franchise non-starters lead us to discuss the Hollywood franchise machine and why it mostly doesn't work (except for Marvel). We dive into Robin Hood and The Girl in the Spider's Web to look at why it's so hard to launch a franchise and all the ways these movies demonstrate the dangers of franchise filmmaking. Hint: You can't launch a franchise if your movie sucks. Also, why Robin Hood doesn't work as a modern parable, and the variable appeal of Scandi Noir and whether or not Lisbeth Salander can be saved from Hollywood's clutches.  Here is Sarah's review of The Girl in the Spider's Web: https://www.laineygossip.com/girl-in-the-spiders-web-starring-claire-foy-movie-review/51304 And here is Kayleigh opining on Ben Mendelsohn's gig as Hollywood's favorite evil bureaucrat: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/how-ben-mendelsohn-became-the-smarmy-middle-manager-villain-of-hollywood-blockbusters.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter One correction: Your Highness is not a Seth Rogen movie, it's by David Gordon Green.
November 29, 2018
A couple of recent franchise non-starters lead us to discuss the Hollywood franchise machine and why it mostly doesn't work (except for Marvel). We dive into Robin Hood and The Girl in the Spider's Web to look at why it's so hard to launch a franchise and all the ways these movies demonstrate the dangers of franchise filmmaking. Hint: You can't launch a franchise if your movie sucks. Also, why Robin Hood doesn't work as a modern parable, and the variable appeal of Scandi Noir and whether or not Lisbeth Salander can be saved from Hollywood's clutches.  Here is Sarah's review of The Girl in the Spider's Web: https://www.laineygossip.com/girl-in-the-spiders-web-starring-claire-foy-movie-review/51304 And here is Kayleigh opining on Ben Mendelsohn's gig as Hollywood's favorite evil bureaucrat: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/how-ben-mendelsohn-became-the-smarmy-middle-manager-villain-of-hollywood-blockbusters.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter One correction: Your Highness is not a Seth Rogen movie, it's by David Gordon Green.
November 22, 2018
Steve McQueen's new film, Widows, is not performing well at the box office, which could doom its Oscar hopes. It shouldn't! But it does! Because the Oscars are ridiculous and only getting more so as the Academy tries to find ways to combat the slipping ratings which are still really high. This week Kayleigh Donaldson and Sarah Marrs discuss Widows, the Oscars, that proposed "popular Oscar" category everyone is ready to throw out of a moving car, and how box office and popularity impact award campaigns. So join us for the first in a series of discussions about the upcoming Oscars and how they will be different from any previous Oscars ceremony. Also: GO SEE WIDOWS. Kayleigh's Widows review can be found here: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/an-ode-to-the-women-of-widows.php Sarah's Widows review can be found here: https://www.laineygossip.com/tiff-review-steve-mcqueens-widows/50823 Yell at Kayleigh here: @Ceilidhann And yell at Sarah here: @Cinesnark
November 22, 2018
Steve McQueen's new film, Widows, is not performing well at the box office, which could doom its Oscar hopes. It shouldn't! But it does! Because the Oscars are ridiculous and only getting more so as the Academy tries to find ways to combat the slipping ratings which are still really high. This week Kayleigh Donaldson and Sarah Marrs discuss Widows, the Oscars, that proposed "popular Oscar" category everyone is ready to throw out of a moving car, and how box office and popularity impact award campaigns. So join us for the first in a series of discussions about the upcoming Oscars and how they will be different from any previous Oscars ceremony. Also: GO SEE WIDOWS. Kayleigh's Widows review can be found here: http://www.pajiba.com/film_reviews/an-ode-to-the-women-of-widows.php Sarah's Widows review can be found here: https://www.laineygossip.com/tiff-review-steve-mcqueens-widows/50823 Yell at Kayleigh here: @Ceilidhann And yell at Sarah here: @Cinesnark
November 14, 2018
It's the eternal internet debate--who is the best Chris? What does it mean when four dudes named Chris dominate Hollywood? What does it say about who is making movies, the kind of movies they're making, and the narratives they're selling? And in a post-Movie Star world, how have the Chrises built such megawatt careers? Film and pop culture writers Kayleigh Donaldson and Sarah Marrs examine the Hollywood Chrises and decide which Chris is Best Chris for 2018. (Hint: Definitely not Pratt.) Join us for the first episode of The Hollywood Read!
November 14, 2018
It's the eternal internet debate--who is the best Chris? What does it mean when four dudes named Chris dominate Hollywood? What does it say about who is making movies, the kind of movies they're making, and the narratives they're selling? And in a post-Movie Star world, how have the Chrises built such megawatt careers? Film and pop culture writers Kayleigh Donaldson and Sarah Marrs examine the Hollywood Chrises and decide which Chris is Best Chris for 2018. (Hint: Definitely not Pratt.) Join us for the first episode of The Hollywood Read!
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