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 About.com, 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

Battle of the Sexes Review: A Tennis League of Their Own

It’s easy to watch Battle of the Sexes from the right side of history. I think the film owns that perspective. It portrays the world of chauvinistic resistance to women’s liberation as an artifact of ...

Franchise Fred Interview: LEGO Movie Producers Dan Lin and Chris McKay

LEGO Movies are a double franchise. They’re based on the LEGO toy franchise and they are a movie franchise with sequels and spinoffs. Actually, triple franchise because they also use licenses like Bat...

Stronger Review: You Can Do It

Cinema can be not only a great monument to those who have triumphed over adversity like Jeff Bauman in Stronger, but a reminder to those who have been fortunate enough not to face dire tragedy that an...

Exclusive Interview: Elizabeth Blue Writer/Director Vincent Sabella

As soon as I saw Elizabeth Blue I knew I’d have a lot to talk about with Vincent Sabella. Sabella makes his feature film debut writing and directing the story of Elizabeth (Anna Schafer), a schizophre...

Review: The LEGO Ninjago Movie Breaks Franchise Fred Into Little Pieces

It is with a heavy heart that Franchise Fred disapproves The LEGO Ninjago Movie. It lacks the depth and creativity of The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, although there were a few moments that m...

Friend Request Movie Review: Single White Facebook Friend

Fred Topel reviews Friend Request

Franchise Fred Interview: Fred Armisen on Our Name, LEGO Ninjago and Portlandia

I love meeting celebrities named Fred. Actually, I like meeting anyone else named Fred. It is a special bond, but when I interview famous Freds I can make it part of the story. Fred Armisen played rig...

Exclusive Interview: Anna Schafer on Elizabeth Blue

When I saw Elizabeth Blue, I not only felt the experience of writer/director Vincent Sabella (who I also interviewed), but I felt Anna Schafer nailed the portrayal of harrowing type of schizophrenia. ...

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