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 Outrage Mobs fizzled in the face of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. 

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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. Everyone is buzzing about the New York Times’ account of the lavish Netflix lobby, but what does the piece really say about the company, its culture and its future prospects.

Intro music: Train Wreck by Kasey Chambers
Outtro: The Ankler Theme Song by Jim Gibson

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Ankler on the Air returns! We’re joined this week by the Ankler’s own Editor at Large Jim Gibson to talk about the raging battle shaking Hollywood: Spielberg v. Netflix? What is a movie? Who gets to say? Is this a fight really about the old guard desperately clinging to power? And a quick review of Captain Marvel, out this week. And so much more! 

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Awards Season madness is kicking up dust. This week, Ankler on the Air wades through the smoke with two fearless industry observers: New York Magazine film critic Emily Yoshida and the Ankler’s own Editor-at-Large Jim Gibson. We talk about the madness of the Oscar race, how these decisions go down and what surprises lie ahead on the Oscar trail. Then we look at AT&T’s sudden, shocking decision to pull the plug on Filmstruck, the classic film streaming service beloved of cineophiles. And finally we look at horror producer Jason Blum’s statement and apology about the lack of female horror directors. All brought to you this week by our good friends at calm.com.

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