Our editor and writers break down the week that was in culture
In this week’s exciting edition of the BFG Week in Review Podcast, editor Neal Pollack welcomes Rachel Llewellyn to expand on her piece on the cancellation of the ‘Cops Vs. Monsters’ anthology. Rachel points out the irony that women and writers of color seem to be bearing the brunt of literary cancellations.
But Scarlett Johansson has her own problems. Jake Harris appears in the chat to talk about her lawsuit against Disney+ to try to get some of that sweet, sweet streaming money. Jake gives us a history of subsidiary rights struggles in Hollywood, which is a lot more entertaining than it sounds.
Then we do some movie reviews. Stephen Garrett gave ‘The Suicide Squad‘ three stars, but he thought it was pretty gory and derivative and kind of heartless. Sara Stewart loved ‘Val,’ the new documentary about Val Kilmer, which gives great insight into the life and work of one of Hollywood’s most soulful stars.
Finally, Daniel Cohen drops in to talk about LeVar Burton’s semi-disastrous stint as the guest host of Jeopardy!, disappointing Burton’s legions of fans with one unforced error after another. They also cover the incredible run of contestant Matt Amodio, who, as of this BFG writing, is still Jeopardy! champion. Neal also points out the irony that Jeopardy!’s new host is going to be Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer. It’s reminiscent of the time when Dick Cheney chose himself to be Vice President, though with probably less disastrous real-world consequences.
Give it a listen!