The Hollywood Read
Episode 30: Stop Creating Your Own Bad Headlines

Episode 30: Stop Creating Your Own Bad Headlines

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

Episode 29: Midsommar Horror and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Weirdo Marvel Turn

Episode 29: Midsommar Horror and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Weirdo Marvel Turn

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 Midsommarhttps://www.laineygossip.com/ari-asters-midsommer-starring-florence-pugh-movie-review/56004

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Episode 28: Best of 2019 So Far and Babe.net’s Downfall

Episode 28: Best of 2019 So Far and Babe.net’s Downfall

July 1, 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

Episode 27: Return to the Valley of Awful Men featuring Max Landis

Episode 27: Return to the Valley of Awful Men featuring Max Landis

June 26, 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

Episode 26: Chernobyl and The Emmys Problem

Episode 26: Chernobyl and The Emmys Problem

June 19, 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. Maiselhttps://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/12/24/the-cloying-fantasia-of-the-marvelous-mrs-maisel

Kayleigh twitter: @Ceilidhann

Sarah twitter: @Cinesnark

Episode 25: Welcome to the Pit of Despair

Episode 25: Welcome to the Pit of Despair

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

Episode 24: What DOES the Audience Want?

Episode 24: What DOES the Audience Want?

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

Episode 23: Aladdin, Cannes & True Crime, oh my

Episode 23: Aladdin, Cannes & True Crime, oh my

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

Episode 22: Into the Endgame-verse

Episode 22: Into the Endgame-verse

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

Episode 21: Game of Thrones - The Last Watercooler Show

Episode 21: Game of Thrones - The Last Watercooler Show

April 24, 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