Author: Fred Topel

Fred Topel also known as Franchise Fred has been an entertainment journalist since 1999 and specializes in writing about film, television and video games. Fred has written for several outlets including, CraveOnline, and Rotten Tomatoes among others. His favorite films include Toy Story 2, The Rock, Face/Off, True Lies, Labyrinth, The Big Hit, Michael Moore's The Big One, and Casablanca. We are very lucky and excited to have Fred as part of the We Live Entertainment team. Follow him on Twitter @FranchiseFred and @FredTopel

'Transformers: The Last Knight' (2017) - Summer Box Office Preview

Franchise Fred News: Akiva Goldsman’s Transformers Writers Room Is Closed

Producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura stayed a bit after the American Assassin press conference to chat with me more. I’ll save the Mitch Rapp story for September when that film releases, but as the produce...

Death Note Movie Review: In Nicholas Sparks’ Mouth of Madness

I went to see the work in progress screening of Death Note as a fan of Adam Wingard. The premise is so intriguing that now Franchise Fred wants to explore the original Japanese adaptations too. That&#...

Exclusive Interview: Jean Smart On Her First Horror Movie And Legion

Could it be that Jean Smart had never done a horror movie before? When I saw she was in Awaken the Shadowman I tried to think of one, and it turns out this is her first. For the versatile star of Desi...

How Robocop Can Teach Us Not To Sell Our Souls To Technology

I did not see Robocop in theaters 30 years ago. Not because it was rated R, as I was already seeing Beverly Hills Cop II and Running Man that year (not to mention Terminator and Rambo on video). No, i...

‘Girls Trip’ Review: Port of Call New Orleans

Fred Topel reviews 'Girls Trip' starring Regina Hall and Queen Latifah.

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Cool World 25th Anniversary: A Naughty Roger Rabbit

Cool World was essentially an entire movie of the Jessica Rabbit jokes from Roger Rabbit, but was not all that sexy or fun.

Universal Soldier 25th Anniversary: Franchise Origins

The 25th anniversary of Universal Soldier, when Carolco tried to give Van Damme an Arnold movie, which has stood the test of time.

‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Review: Heavy on the Frommage

Fred Topel's review of Valerian and the City of Thousand Planets.

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