Required Reading: Expanded Universes and The Last Movie Star

By  · Published on May 21st, 2014

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“How YouTube and Internet Journalism Destroyed Tom Cruise, Our Last Real Movie Star” – Amy Nicholson at LA Weekly wins everything on the internet with this fantastic dissection of a pop culture moment that never happened. Crazy to think that it was less than a decade ago.

“You’ve seen it, too. You can probably picture it in your head: Tom Cruise, dressed in head-to-toe black, looming over a cowering Oprah as he jumps up and down on the buttermilk-colored couch like a toddler throwing a tantrum. Cruise bouncing on that couch is one of the touchstones of the last decade, the punchline every time someone writes about his career.

There’s just one catch: It never happened.”

“World Weary: Why Not Every Superhero Franchise Needs a Universe of its Own” – Mike Ryan at Screen Crush challenges the intensity of serialization, particularly Sony’s clumsy attempts at turning Spider-Man into the center of a sinister orbit. The most obvious condemnation? That studios are focusing too much on job #2 without doing job #1: making fun movies.

“Playing with monsters” – Noel Murray at The Dissolve profiles Gremlins by looking at one of its baffling tie-in toys, and playing with it.

“Fortune and Glory: Quint writes about the birth of Indiana Jones as we know him and why Temple of Doom is the best prequel ever made” – You have to love titles that spell out exactly what a post is about. Naturally, Quint at Aint It Cool does an excellent job of celebrating a prequel that almost no one realizes is a prequel.

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