What were your favorite moments in entertainment from this past summer?

A summer full of movies and TV shows are in the bag, so how was it? Many people have complained that this season has been overrun by sequels and franchise films, was it really that bad though? Or are moviegoers suffering from too much awesome? We’re about to find out as we break down the best (and worst) this season had to offer with our 2019 Summer Entertainment Awards!

We debate the summer of 2019 at length – where it stood, what was lacking, what caught our eye on television, and even our own favorite summer film or television experiences. Avengers: Endgame, Hobbs and Shaw, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Annabelle Comes Home, The Boys, Stranger Things, and much more are discussed on this annual special episode.

Discussed on this episode of The Hollywood Outsider Movie and TV Podcast:

  • Where does this summer end up, overall or vs last year
  • Best and worst summer movie experiences
  • Is summer still the biggest season for movies?
  • Summer TV standouts

HO Award Categories
Most Memorable Scene of the Summer
Best Overall Line
Best Summer Viewing Experience (home or theater)
Worst Summer Viewing Experience (home or theater)
The Head-Slam-Against-A-Wall scene (worst or most nonsensical)
Best Action or Stunt Sequence
Best Use of CGI / Special Effects
The Darwin Award | Most Idiotic or Annoying Character
Best Supporting Character
Biggest Badass
Most Engaging Actor of the Summer
Most Disappointing Property
Most Original Premise
Box Office Top 10
Top 5 Summer Properties
Listener Top 10

Direct download: HO365_2019_Summer_Entertainment_Awards.mp3
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It's time for the 8th Anniversary of The Hollywood Outsider podcast!

Back in June, we put together one of our most memorable events since we started this podcast: The 2019 Hollywood Outsider Cruise! To celebrate our 8th year, for one entire week, each host since our inception (Aaron Peterson, Scott Clark, Brian Williams, John Davenport, Amanda Sink, and even Justin Macumber in spirit) gathered with dozens of friends and listeners on Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas for a week-long excursion of fun and amazing memories. We had numerous gatherings and outings on the ship, and we also had a special, live recording! 

For this episode of our show, we're taking you on the ship with us, presenting you with the live recording of the actual gathering of every host as we reminisce, recollect, and most of all reflect on what it has been like to be part of the show. Whether you're a new listener or have been here since the beginning, this is a lighthearted and jovial time you won't want to miss...and it's delivered to you straight from international waters!  

Be sure to come back next week for our 2019 Summer Entertainment Awards!


Direct download: HO364_HOllywood_Outsider_Anniversary_Special.mp3
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Do you remember the first time one of your childhood heroes came back to life?

Maybe it was first seeing Michael Bay's Transformers, and realizing modern technology can bring Optimus Prime roaring back to life. Or perhaps it was witnessing either Obi-Wan or Luke Skywalker returning to screens after decades away. Could it be Ghostbusters, or My Little Pony, or even the Power Rangers as new life was flushed through them with new creative minds behind the camera? Or could it have been seeing a scruffy archeologist back for more whip-cracking adventure spanning multiple continents?

On this week's From The Outside In topic, we take a cue from Dora the Explorer's return and take a look at those moments when our own childhood heroes are sprung back to life. Not all of these resurgences went as smoothly as we would have hoped, yet that does not take away from the excitement we felt as we all approached opening day or the first time a new episode hit the airwaves. Our favorites, the ones that crushed our dreams, and maybe even one or two that had us questioning our own childhood memories.

Also this week: a news roundup, The Hunt becomes the latest casualty in an ages old issue, MoviePass was shadier than we even knew, and our spoiler-free reviews of Good Boys, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, and Dora and the Lost City of Gold.

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO363_Childhood_Heroes.mp3
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Michael Pressman has been a filmmaker for decades, navigating the Hollywood system wearing various creative hats. Most notably, Michael has directed film classics such as Boulevard Nights, Some Kind of Hero, Doctor Detroit, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze. As well as the best in television with projects ranging from Picket Fences to Justified to Law and Order to Sneaky Pete to his current work in Chicago Med. 

On this exclusive interview, Aaron sat down with Michael to discuss his versatile career, working with legends like Richard Pryor and Dan Aykroyd, and how television continues to change. 

Find more info at https://www.thehollywoodoutsider.com/

Direct download: Michael_Pressman_Interview.mp3
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What makes a great buddy action duo?

Throughout history, actors have been paired up in an effort to double up on fanbases, bringing in a larger audience to watch these heroes take on the evil in the world while quips fly between them. It's a tale as old as time. But why do audiences love these bickering blowhards so much? What is it about a pair of bickering action heroes that enrapture audiences for sequel upon sequel, franchise after franchise?

On this week's From The Outside In topic, we take a look at a sub-genre: the buddy action duo. With Fast and Furious unleashing their first spin-off in this very genre with Hobbs and Shaw, it seemed the perfect time to examine the intricacies of these films. Yin and yang, banding together to take down some sadistic bad guy while spectacularly blowing shit up. Usually they're cops or some type of anti-hero. Why do we love them, and who did it the best?

Also this week: a news roundup, a new game called What Would've Happened?, and our spoiler-free reviews of Hobbs and Shaw and Velocipastor. Come back next week as we discuss TV anti-heroes!

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO362_Buddy_Action_Duos.mp3
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