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What Happened to Comedy in Hollywood?

Matt is joined by Funny or Die CEO Mike Farah and chief creative officer Joe Farrell to discuss why hit Hollywood comedies are suddenly few and far between

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Amber Heard Testifies: How Did It Go?

Puck’s Eriq Gardner joins to discuss the ongoing defamation trial

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You May Not Be Watching, but Broadcast TV Still Makes Billions

Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw joins to discuss the current state of network television

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Disney vs. Netflix: The Death Match of Streaming

Matt is joined by analyst Michael Nathanson to discuss Disney’s quarterly earnings report, its growing number of subscribers, and whether the cost to potentially beat out Netflix in the streaming wars has been worth it

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Does Marvel Have a Quality Problem?

Matt Belloni and Sean Fennessey discuss whether the superhero franchise is in decline

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The 2022 Streaming Service Draft

Matt and Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw draft their way through the top streaming services and pitch why they believe their roster will succeed the most over the next 10 years

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A Scientology Star in the Spotlight

Matt and Seth Abramovitch of The Hollywood Reporter discuss the recent New Yorker profile on Elisabeth Moss

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Did Johnny Depp Really Lose ‘Pirates’ Because of Amber’s Op-Ed?

Matt and divorce attorney Brett Ward discuss whether Depp has a case that he lost tens of millions of dollars of potential career earnings

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Have We Finally Reached the End of Peak TV?

Lucas Shaw joins to discuss oversaturation on television and streaming

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Does Jerry West Have a Case Against HBO’s ‘Winning Time’?

Plus, reacting to Olivia Wilde being served legal documents by Jason Sudekis in Las Vegas

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The Legal Loophole That Could Strip Marvel of Its Superheroes

Matt is joined by lawyer Aaron Moss to discuss a legal loophole that is suddenly a big deal to legacy film and TV studios called "termination rights," a quirk of copyright law that allows certain creators to recapture their work

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The New Netflix (With Ads!) and How to Get People Back in Theaters

Lucas Shaw joins to discuss the streaming service’s business model

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Why the Late Night Talk Show Is Dead, and ‘SNL’ After Lorne

Media reporter Bill Carter joins Matt to talk about Jon Stewart’s struggling talk show on Apple+, why the modern late night talk show isn’t working, and what these shows mean to their respective networks

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Netflix’s Crash and the Company’s Shaky Future in Streaming

Matt is joined by media analyst Rich Greenfield to discuss Netflix’s subscriber loss and subsequent stock plunge, the company’s claim that it will crack down on password sharing, its potential addition of a cheaper, ad-supported service, and more

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Coachella’s Dominance, and Why You Are Paying More Than Ever for Concert Tickets

Plus, Coachella’s gradual transition into a more pop-focused festival and predictions for 2023

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Is Rupert Murdoch the Most Dangerous Man in the World?

New York Times writer at large Jim Rutenberg comes on to discuss CNN+’s ‘The Murdochs: Empire of Influence,’ including Rupert Murdoch’s prominence in media, his relationship to Donald Trump, and more

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Film Producer Neal Moritz on Video Games as Movies, the ‘Fast & Furious’ Franchise, and Theaters vs. Streaming

Plus, Neal talks about the secret to his longevity as a producer.

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‘Ambulance’ and the Death of Original Action Movies, Plus Apple TV+’s MLB Debut

Plus, Matt and his guest, Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw, recap the weekend box office, including the promising success of ‘Sonic the Hedgehog 2’

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Why Was Bruce Willis Still Working?

Matt and Amy Kaufman discuss the responsibilities that those around an actor may or may not have to their well-being, and how informed those involved with Bruce’s projects were

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WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar on HBO Max, What’s Next for Streaming, and His Resignation

Jason also discusses his vision for CNN+ and where he is headed next

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Winners and Losers of the 2022 Grammys

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to talk about his experience at the Grammy Awards

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Will Smith Resigns From the Academy

Matt reacts to Will Smith’s resignation from the Academy and explains the details of the decision

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The 2022 Grammy Awards and the State of the Music Industry

Variety executive editor Shirley Halperin joins Matt to forecast what we will see out of Kanye, whether this will be Olivia Rodrigo’s night, whether a Grammy win still matters to an artist’s success, and more

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WWE President Nick Khan

Nick talks about how the WWE wants to develop new wrestlers, changing the narrative of the sport, the Rock’s career, ‘WrestleMania,’ and more

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The Oscars Aftermath

Matt is joined by Lucas Shaw to discuss the Will Smith––Chris Rock incident and the show’s viewership spike

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Live From Inside the Oscars: The Will Smith–Chris Rock Slap

Matt is joined by Scott Feinberg to discuss the shocking incident

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How to Gamble on the Oscars

Oscar math expert Ben Zauzmer joins the show to outline his Oscars prediction model and to forecast this year’s winners

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Do the Oscars Need to Be Saved?

Matt and author Mark Harris discuss the Academy’s decision to cut eight categories from the live Oscars broadcast and debate whether the ceremony needs to be changed

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The NFL Sunday Ticket Bidding War and How Peyton and LeBron Went Hollywood

Plus, Matt discusses why broadcasters are seeing huge paydays and offers his take on NFL announcers

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Do Stars Still Need Agents? Plus, Iger vs. Chapek, and Oscar Drama Begins!

Matt is joined by Bloomberg’s Lucas Shaw to discuss the future for Hollywood intermediaries, the ongoing turmoil at Disney, and Rachel Zegler of ‘West Side Story’ not receiving an invitation to the Oscars

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Amazon Closes a Deal to Acquire MGM. Now What?

Chief media analyst of Variety Intelligence Platform Andy Wallenstein comes on to discuss Amazon’s $6.5 billion purchase of MGM Studios and what this means for Amazon’s future in the movie and television industry

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Netflix’s Password Crackdown and Their Struggle to Make Movies People Care About

Plus, why did AMC buy stock in a gold mine?