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Podcast: Pop culture reporter Rich Heldenfels talks July 4 movies and Melissa McCarthy's career

By Dan Kadar Published: July 3, 2014

The Akron Beacon Journal and podcast is back. This week's guest is pop culture reporter Rich Heldenfels. Listen to it right here and see a run down of the show below if you want to skip around.

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1:00 - The allure of July 4 movies: Why this year's slate of holiday movies aren't quite the blockbusters of year's past.

4:00 - Is Memorial Day a more important time period for movies than July 4?

6:00 - Will Smith's aura as a July 4 movie star is over.

8:00 - Rich's favorite time of the year to go see movies.

9:45 - Thoughts on Tammy and next movie for Melissa McCarthy.

Also see: Tammy and the McCarthy dilemma

15:35 - The expectation for movie quality.

17:55 - How to do a smart action movie.

21:00 - What it's like to be a pop culture reporter, and when an event ascends into the pop culture realm.

27:25 - Our current pop culture obsessions.

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