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The Hollywood Read

Dec 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...


Dec 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...


Dec 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...


Nov 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...


Nov 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...