The hottest Hollywood Substack posts right now

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Welcome to Absurdistan β€’ 5876 implied HN points β€’ 15 Jan 24
  1. Child trafficking and sexual abuse are pervasive issues in Hollywood, involving influential figures and leading to severe emotional trauma for victims.
  2. Yachting is a common practice for young movie stars to make money, involving interactions with wealthy individuals for financial gain.
  3. Media and entertainment industries may be contributing to a culture of fear and exploitation through violent content and dark themes, potentially impacting viewers negatively.
Culture Study β€’ 2333 implied HN points β€’ 10 Mar 24
  1. Katie Gee Salisbury's book on Anna May Wong sheds light on the complex negotiation of popular media and gives a fresh perspective into Wong's storied career.
  2. The book highlights the critical importance of personal experience in biography writing, emphasizing the subjective nature of telling someone's life story.
  3. The discussion on Hollywood's past and present shows that while progress has been made in Asian American representation, there are ongoing challenges and biases in the industry that still exist today.
Animation Obsessive β€’ 3857 implied HN points β€’ 22 May 23
  1. When creating 'Chicken Run,' Aardman faced the challenge of maintaining their unique style amidst growth and Hollywood partnership.
  2. Nick Park and the Aardman team worked hard to preserve their quirky, British humor while collaborating on 'Chicken Run.'
  3. The film 'Chicken Run' is considered a successful example of balancing creative vision with external influences, retaining the essence of Aardman's work.
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Yasha Levine β€’ 393 implied HN points β€’ 08 Feb 24
  1. The novel 'Exodus' had a significant impact in promoting Jewish nationalism among American and Soviet Jews.
  2. The book was essentially zionist propaganda, helping to shape narratives and ideals for Jewish communities.
  3. The creation and promotion of 'Exodus' was part of a strategic public relations effort by the Israeli government to influence American perspectives on Israel.
The Ankler β€’ 412 implied HN points β€’ 24 Jan 24
  1. Bette Davis advised actors to 'take Fountain' for a shortcut, but really they wanted their feelings protected instead of practical advice.
  2. Executives often soften criticism with fluffy language to avoid hurting feelings.
  3. Rob Long was shocked when someone asked if his canceled show meant he was washed up, highlighting the delicate nature of egos in Hollywood.
Break Free with Karen Hunt β€’ 1356 implied HN points β€’ 22 Jul 23
  1. Andrew Tate and Jason Aldean are receiving attention for different reasons, but both are accused of racism.
  2. There is a deliberate effort to accelerate division among different classes and races in society.
  3. The focus should be on common values like family, community, and love, rather than getting caught up in extremist ideologies or online influencer distractions.
Humanities in Revolt β€’ 139 implied HN points β€’ 20 Nov 22
  1. Popular culture often simplifies military conflicts, portraying them as good guys versus bad guys, neglecting moral complexities and political decisions.
  2. The Pentagon has a significant influence on Hollywood, collaborating with movie makers to shape the portrayal of the U.S. military in films.
  3. The military's entertainment office employs tactics that aim to manufacture consent and influence public perception through relationships with the entertainment industry.
Litverse β€’ 99 implied HN points β€’ 19 Dec 22
  1. F. Scott Fitzgerald's later works, like 'The Last Tycoon,' moved away from the Jazz Age portrayal of New York to explore the silver screen dreams of Hollywood.
  2. Fitzgerald's time in Hollywood as a screenwriter showcased his struggle with the Hollywood model of writing by committee, emphasizing the importance of the creative process over the final product.
  3. In 'The Last Tycoon,' Fitzgerald delves into the industrial scale of the movie industry, illustrating how dreams are crafted piece-by-piece by producers like Monroe Stahr, highlighting the intricate and sometimes ruthless nature of Hollywood's dream factory.
Geopolitical Economy Report β€’ 99 implied HN points β€’ 10 Feb 20
  1. 1917 and similar Hollywood films glorify war by depoliticizing it, focusing on technical brilliance over deeper messages.
  2. Despite stunning visuals, 1917 lacks depth in its social and cultural commentary, portraying war as a backdrop for personal challenges.
  3. Hollywood's false binary of humanizing vs. politicizing war is debunked - films can humanize war without stripping it of political context.
Some Unpleasant Arithmetic β€’ 4 implied HN points β€’ 05 Apr 23
  1. The film industry is prioritizing big budget spectacles over creativity, resulting in low output and little interest.
  2. There is a trend of exhaustion with the current state of movies, with audiences craving new and innovative content.
  3. The history of the film industry shows cycles of innovation, exhaustion, and reinvention, suggesting a potential new realignment in the future.