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Ankler On the Air will be a weekly, sharp-elbowed, gimlet-eyed view of the foibles and follies of the entertainment industry. Each week a panel of Show biz experts will convene to pick over the latest news from the entertainment capital and hash out: who messed up Hollywood the most this week? Read more

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E17. Viacom-dios: A History of the World’s Most Screwed Up Company

Aug 16 • 57:33

To celebrate the reunion of Viacom and CBS, we are joined by Ankler Editor-at-Large Jim Gibson to take a look back at the twists and turns of the most screwed up, ego-maniacal company on earth. We look at how a succession of leaders nearly destroyed two separate media giants to satisfy their own egos and greed. And the surprising heroine who bested the big boys and came ou...

E16. Netflix Or Netflopz?

Aug 9 • 58:35

Back from summer vacation, Ankler on the Air is joined by Editor at Large Jim Gibson to discuss the unfolding story of the summer: the potential unravelling of the Netflix plot to take over the world. What is happening and where might it take us?Also: we look at trouble for the indie film world with the bankruptcy talks around indie kingpin Annapurna Films.And how the Outr...

E15. The Lobbyists

Jul 18 • 54:32

On this week’s episode of The Ankler, Richard Rushfield is joined by the Ankler’s Editor at Large Jim Gibson to pick over the week’s news from the entertainment capital. First they look at the mid-summer box office, and talk about why is this Spider-Man different from all other Spider-Men, and what really does make a flop these days. And then they discuss lobby politics. E...

E14. Spider House Rules

Jul 11 • 50:17

The Ankler is joined by film critic Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) and The Ankler’s own Editor-at-Large Jim Gibson to talk about how the latest Spider-Man overcame sequelitis to conquer the world. We also look at the fate of mid-range films like Midsommar and account for its success, and how box office reporting became wound up in a world of larger narratives and causes to ...

E13. Sequelitis: There Is a Cure

Jun 19 • 00:00

On this week’s episode, Ankler Editor Richard Rushfield and Critic Emily Yoshidatalk about the outbreak of sequelitis bringing low mighty film series and reboots across Hollywood/Are people just burned out on the same old thing? Or do they just want the same old thing to be better?We also talk about the failure to launch of Late Night, another example of Hollywood botching...

E12. Godzilla King of the Misses

Jun 5 • 00:00

The Ankler is joined again by Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) to talk through the weekend’s crazy box office pictures which included a disappointing monster and a over-performing Rocketman. Is counter-programming back? And then we talk about the WGA action against the agencies. What do writers today want anyway? ...

E11. What Happened to Booksmart?

May 30 • 00:00

Ankler Editor Richard Rushfield and co-host Emily Yoshida talk about the tragedy or non-tragedy of the coming-of-age movie Booksmart. Corners of social media are in shock that the indie comedy fell behind the Disney spectacle Aladdin. Is there injustice at work or did the hidden hand of Twitter secretly sabotage its own cause celebre? And then we chat about Hollywood’s gro...

E10. The Wrath Of Cannes

May 20 • 43:56

On this week’s episode, Ankler Editor Richard Rushfield and film maven Emily Yoshida discuss the just debuting Cannes Film Festival.Who is it for? How much fun is it to visit on someone else’s dime?Would the tens of millions spent by studios catering to this media gala be better off being set on fire? And then we talk the GoT conclusion.Where does it’s exit leave HBO and w...

E9. Talking Endgame and GoT with Drew McWeeny

May 8 • 38:49

Is the destiny of entertainment nothing but capes and dragons as far as the eye can see?And how did nerd culture capture the imagination of the world so completely.We talk with one who was there from the inception, critic and Hollywood notable Drew McWeeny, author of a brilliant new piece about the history of the MCUabout the coming of the Marvel age,what choices and dumb ...

E8. Masters of Journalism

Mar 14 • 36:51

In this week’s thrilling episode of Ankler on the Air, we are joined by the Doyenne of entertainment journalism, the great Kim Masters.Kim drops by to talk about her big new story on the efforts made to secure a role for a previously unknown actress, reporting on the big guns in Hollywood and how the beat has changed since the Me Too moment.Join us and leave a review on iT...

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