Richard Rushfield is a veteran reporter on the Hollywood beat who currently edits the entertainment industry newsletter, The Ankler. His work on the industry has previously appeared everywhere from Gawker to Buzzfeed, the LA Times to Vanity Fair. He is the author of three books including a history of the showbiz behemoth American Idol. He has no idea how to keep track of the all the shows he’s supposed to be watching.
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