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Is Dan Schneider a #MeToo Story, or a Pizzagate One? | Features | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Is Dan Schneider a #MeToo Story, or a Pizzagate One?

Nickelodeon announced in late March that it was parting ways with Dan Schneider, the producer behind several of its most successful and impactful kids’ shows. Most of the Hollywood trade press’ stories about Schneider’s departure stuck to the story of them parting ways to pursue other opportunities, but the long running rumors of sexual abuse have intensified as of late, and against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement there's been much speculation that Schneider would be the next domino to fall....
Don't expect many answers from the Sopranos movie | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Don’t expect many answers from the Sopranos movie

Sure, there are reasons to be skeptical about the Sopranos revival. The flashback episodes of The Sopranos were never among the show’s better episodes, and the time period change alone indicates that however great it is, the movie won’t be the Sopranos that we remember. Even so, David Chase has been missed, and I can’t wait to see what he does with this project. Just don’t expect it to give you the Sopranos answers you never got from the show the first go-around....
The return of blaming Hollywood for real world violence | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The return of blaming Hollywood for real world violence

This year’s usual Oscars reaction followed another, more old-school right-wing freakout over entertainment. When the Parkland high school massacre led to more of an anti-gun cultural groundswell than such tragedies typically have, those on the other side of the issue turned to a typical alternate scapegoat: Hollywood, and video games....
After Black Panther, is It right to steer promising young directors to huge franchise films? | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

After Black Panther, is it right to steer promising young directors to huge franchise films?

It’s very clear, from the artistic and financial success of Black Panther, that Ryan Coogler was the right director for Black Panther, and that Black Panther was the right film for him to make at this stage of his career. However, that’s not always the case when it comes to talented young directors who are brought into high-profile franchise filmmaking....
The Last Jedi Wars: The Generational Fight Over the Meaning of Star Wars | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The Last Jedi Wars: The Generational Fight Over the Meaning of Star Wars

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the latest installment in the Star Wars saga, has now been in theaters for almost a month and while it's been a critical and commercial success, it's been extremely divisive amongst fans. But what Star Wars “feels like” is different to many different generations of people. Yes, it takes risks, and yes it takes Star Wars in new directions, but that’s the best thing about it....
Why the return of 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' was a big letdown | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Why the return of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ was a big letdown

When Larry David announced in the summer of 2016 that Curb Your Enthusiasm would return for its first season on HBO since 2011, it was cause for rejoicing for fans of the groundbreaking comedy. But for a number of reasons the new season felt like a sitcom in its final throes and past its prime, like the subpar later years of How I Met Your Mother or The League....
Star Wars and Disney, five years later | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Star Wars and Disney, five years later

Looking back at the first five years of the marriage between Disney and Star Wars reveals a largely positive coupling. Not every move or decision they've made concerning the franchise has been universally loved and there's always the concern of oversaturation, but at any rate, the return of Star Wars has been welcome, and not only because there isn’t a Jar Jar Binks in sight. It’s just plain better to have Star Wars in our lives than not....

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