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The Hollywood Read

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...


Nov 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?...