On the very first episode of Ankler On The Air we scale the heights of showbiz power breaking down this year’s THR power 100. Joined by panelists Kate Erbland of Indiewire and Vulture’s Chris Lee we also look at what’s next for James Bond and the new memor by fallen super-agent Michael Ovitz

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  1. Al Sparks Thatcher

    I’ve never subscribed to The Ankler, and this is the first I’ve heard of it.

    Like most Ricochet subscribers, Washington politics is my main interest, with Hollywood a secondary interest. But I might just give The Ankler a shot.

    So my main comment on Richard Rushfield’s first effort at a podcast is production values.

    Rushfield sounds like he’s talking into a speaker phone. He should spend some money on a good microphone. Also some people are such that they move their head around while speaking. I’m not sure if Rushfield has that problem, but if he does, he should consider a headset and mic combination, which will keep the mic the same distance from his lips.

    I found the podcast itself to be interesting. As one who doesn’t follow Hollywood like I do Washington, I found the discussion on Michael Orvitz to be illuminating.

    Regarding the James Bond franchise, I lost interest a long time ago. I’m talking decades. But my take is there isn’t much difference between the Bond franchise and the Marvel or DC franchises. James Bond in the movies is a super hero with much the same limitations as the comic books franchises have. They have a fan base to please, and they’re all formulaic with all the limitations that implies.

    As someone who read comic books as a kid, but who also read Ian Fleming’s Bond, and noted the significant differences between the movie version, I have to say that the superhero comics are actually more in sync than the original Bond novels are with the movies.

    Thanks for a good podcast, and I look forward to more.

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    • October 2, 2018, at 6:59 AM PDT
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  2. Blue Yeti Admin

    Agree. Working on it. We promise it will improve. 

    Al Sparks (View Comment):
    So my main comment on Richard Rushfield’s first effort at a podcast is production values.

     

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    • October 2, 2018, at 9:47 AM PDT
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  3. Joe Escalante Contributor

    Congratulations Mr. Rushfield! This is a great day in podcast history.

    Regarding technical issues. I’m sure this stuff will get ironed out. Podcasts are by definition largely a D.I.Y. effort and there’s a large learning curve. That makes them fun. My one suggestion is to deaden the room where it’s recorded. That’s more important than the microphone in many instances.

    When I record my radio show sometimes in my office I hang my over-sized collection of Dodger Blanket Night spoils all over the place, even on the ceiling right above the mic, and that does the trick.

    And if you haven’t subscribed to the Ankler Newsletter it’s worth the price. This is info you’re not going to get anywhere else.

    https://theankler.com/subscribe-today-2/

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    • October 2, 2018, at 9:54 AM PDT
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  4. Blue Yeti Admin

    These are the words of a wise man….

    It will get fixed — I promise! 


    Joe Escalante (View Comment)
    :

    Congratulations Mr. Rushfield! This is a great day in podcast history.

    Regarding technical issues. I’m sure this stuff will get ironed out. Podcasts are by definition largely a D.I.Y. effort and there’s a large learning curve. That makes them fun. My one suggestion is to deaden the room where it’s recorded. That’s more important than the microphone in many instances.

    When I record my radio show sometimes in my office I hang my over-sized collection of Dodger Blanket Night spoils all over the place, even on the ceiling right above the mic, and that does the trick.

    And if you haven’t subscribed to the Ankler Newsletter it’s worth the price. This is info you’re not going to get anywhere else.

    https://theankler.com/subscribe-today-2/

     

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    • October 2, 2018, at 10:07 AM PDT
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  5. Patrick McClure, Coffee Achiev… Coolidge

    Bond too white? Last thing we need is more PC/SJW garbage ruining a storied franchise. Develop new characters, don’t racially change old ones. And worry about director talent, not race.

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    • October 2, 2018, at 10:52 AM PDT
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  6. Titus Techera Contributor

    Glad to see Richard on the air! Looking forward to listening to this!

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    • October 2, 2018, at 12:08 PM PDT
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  7. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    Bond too white? Last thing we need is more PC/SJW garbage ruining a storied franchise. Develop new characters, don’t racially change old ones. And worry about director talent, not race.

    Just like there is a Marvel super-hero cinematic universe. I wouldnt mind a James Bond cinematic universe.

    They could have a female Bond character – just not replacing Bond, but supplementing. James Bond, could be regulated to an off-screen character, or a brief supporting role to introduce the character and premise of the movie.

    Also if they have a female Bond – will there still be a Bond Girl for a romance plot?

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    • October 2, 2018, at 1:21 PM PDT
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  8. Texmoor Coolidge

    Great first episode. I’m sure JVL from the Substandard is geeking out over this.

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    • October 2, 2018, at 2:35 PM PDT
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  9. Titus Techera Contributor

    Texmoor (View Comment):

    Great first episode. I’m sure JVL from the Substandard is geeking out over this.

    Yes, he’s one of Richard’s biggest boosters on Twitter!

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    • October 2, 2018, at 3:09 PM PDT
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  10. GFHandle Member

    I know The Ankler is an insiders’ newsletter for industry watchers and avid fans, so I am not surprised that the podcast seems aimed at the cognoscenti. There were too many names of people I never heard of, too many institutions I was supposed to know (CAA?) left unexplained for me to follow the conversation. I imagine it would be boring for the presenters to have to explain who “Caesar” is, but it used to be a rule of journalism to spell out abbreviations for the “ordinary” reader. I am interested in film as a great art form and in Hollywood as the ravager of civilization, so I was very happy to see this new podcast added to Ricochet’s list.

    N.B. I think a big change came with videotape. In my time, movies came and went in theaters or on late night television. You got to see them once, generally. After video, they became like books. I notice that younger folk often quote lines in ways that only frequent viewing would allow. So fans divide into those who KNOW the movies and those who merely watch them, I guess.

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    • October 3, 2018, at 8:47 AM PDT
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