Jul 29, 2023 • 38M

Hollywood's China Hopes Are Fading

Erich Schwartzel of the 'WSJ' on summer movies' overseas dead-end

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Sonny Bunch
Sonny Bunch hosts The Bulwark Goes to Hollywood, featuring interviews with folks who have their finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry during this dynamic—and difficult—time.
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SHARK AND AWE Jason Statham in Meg 2: The Trench. (Courtesy of YouTube/ Warner Bros.)

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Sonny Bunch is a contributing columnist at the Washington Post, The Bulwark culture editor, and member of the Washington Area Film Critics Association.

I’m rejoined this week by The Wall Street Journal’s Erich Schwartzel, author of Red Carpet: Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle for Cultural Supremacy, to talk about Hollywood’s disastrous summer in China, where virtually every American movie released so far has underperformed. We also talk briefly about why Meg 2: The Trench may end up being one of the lone bright spots there for Hollywood this year.

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