On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we discuss every single aspect - spoilers and all - of the biggest movie of the entire year, Spider-Man: No Way Home

Tom Holland returns for the conclusion of his trilogy which began with Spider-Man: Homecoming as director Jon Watts pulls out all of the stops. Peter Parker's choices, returning villains, navigating potential franchise missteps, the strange choices of Doctor Strange, stellar surprise casting, and enough heart-filled Marvel nostalgia to power a DeLorean. Nothing is out of bounds on our latest spoilercast. 

Following the events of Far from Home, where Mysterio outed Peter’s true identity on his deathbed, his life is becoming straight-up chaos. His identity upends everyone’s life that he cares about: Aunt May, Ned, MJ, Happy. Peter (Tom Holland) gets the questionable idea of reaching out to Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and asking him to throw down a little spell that forces the world to just forget about ole Spidey’s identity and needless to say, things do NOT go as planned. Marvel’s Multiverse opens up, and fan service takes a collect call direct from Kevin Feige’s cinematic prison. Also, the true Peter Parker finally emerges.

Direct download: HO470_SpiderMan_No_Way_Home.mp3
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, we're discussing the 20th anniversary of the beloved cinematic nerd achievement Lord of the Rings, the beginning of one of the ballsiest choices Hollywood has ever made: filming a fantasy trilogy, all at once, when fantasy like this was not popular at all. And make no mistake, you can thank this series for Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Witcher, and numerous other fantasy shows getting greenlit. It showed there was an audience for it as long as you did it right.

Also this week: we say goodbye to 2021 by discussing Kevin Feige and Disney's inconsistency on whether the Netflix Marvel shows are connected to the MCU, the disaster that is known as entertainment journalism, and podcasting officially becoming mainstream by showing up in film & television, as well as Movie Innuendo returns for a Christmas edition.

Also announced on this episode, The Hollywood Outsider presents... Bad Movie Night! Coming to your podcast feed on December 20, 2021 from the vault.

Discussed on this episode

Direct download: HO469_Goodbye_2021_Lord_of_the_Rings.mp3
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What's your favorite scary movie?

For millions, it's Wes Craven's SCREAM! Take a listen to this special episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast as we discuss the 25th anniversary of this classic, and our thoughts on the upcoming 2022 film.

On December 20, 1996, director Wes Craven re-invented the slasher-horror genre with this funny, clever and scary film that spawned a legacy of its own. After a series of mysterious deaths, an offbeat group of scary movie fans become the target of a masked killer. As the body count begins, it's clear that the rules must be followed, and everyone's a suspect. Neve Campbell, David Arquette, Courteney Cox, Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan, Skeet Ulrich, and Drew Barrymore star in this original film that launched a franchise and, in many ways, saved horror.

Direct download: Scream_25th_Anniversary.mp3
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Every year, we love to celebrate the holiday season with our listeners, and there is no better way to do that than with our annual Holiday Special!

It all started with a random idea, we were big fans of holiday specials, yet podcasts seemed to skip over the idea completely. Therefore, we decided we can do whatever we want here at The Hollywood Outsider, so let’s create our own tradition and the Annual Holiday Special was born!

Every year we do a little something different, so this year we’re celebrating by looking back at previous holiday specials and assembling some of the best moments from every host - Aaron, John, Amanda, Brian, Scott, and Justin - for the most fantastic holiday special ever! Debating what constitutes a Christmas movie - including a little Die Hard - and specials we love, building a perfect holiday movie, Christmas cliches we love, and so much more.

That’s not all, oh no. The Christmas spirit kicks into overdrive as we open up and share our personal memories of the holiday season, stories that remind us of Christmas. And no holiday special would be complete without a visit from the big man himself, so get ready for as much St. Nick as legally allowed as Santa Claus drops by the studio to tell us just how naughty or nice we are, all throughout the episode!

With a special game from Amanda, Santa in his sleigh, Scott’s annual Christmas Poem, and a lot of fun for everyone – This is the one podcast you don’t want to miss this holiday season!

Direct download: 2021_Holiday_special.mp3
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On this episode of The Hollywood Outsider podcast, each HOst brings a topic to the table for discussion. Disney Animation vs Pixar, which genres of film we're drawn to depending on our mood, "journalism" in entertainment these days, and each of our all-time favorite actors.

Also this week: we discuss the science behind Thanos' infamous snap, Spider-Man trilogy confirmation with Tom Holland; spoiler-free reviews of Silent Night, 8-Bit Christmas, House of Gucci, and Agnes; upcoming releases and recent recommendations; and our Reel Movie Title game, where each host picks a movie and gives it a title reflective of what the movie is REALLY.

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Discussed on this episode

  • (0:00 – 08:20) Opening | Movie News Discussion
  • (08:21 – 34:54) From the Outside In Part 1: Pixar vs. Disney, Movie Moods
  • (34:55 - 1:01:27) Spoiler-free Reviews: Silent Night, 8-Bit Christmas, House of Gucci, and Agnes
  • (1:01:28 – 1:28:07) From the Outside In Part 2: Entertainment "Journalism", Favorite Actors
  • (1:28:08 - 1:42:59) Upcoming Releases | Recommendations
  • (1:43:00 - 1:50:31) Reel Movie Title Game | Outtakes
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Direct download: HO468_Favorite_Actors.mp3
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