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Wait, Is All That Crazy Stuff About Armie Hammer Actually True?

Yesterday we heard Armie Hammer had left a movie he was about to start filming because some alleged DMs from the star were leaked the supposedly showed him being into some pretty weird sex stuff, like beyond BDSM and into cannibalism and asking his lover of she’d cut off her toe so he could carry a piece of her around with him.

Now, we still don’t have proof that these DMs are authentic, but Hammer’s ex-girlfriend Courtney Vucekovich talked to Page Six about how the content of those messages does line up with the stuff she claims he was into when they were dating. Which is frankly insane.

“He said to me he wants to break my rib and barbecue and eat it,” app founder Courtney Vucekovich exclusively told Page Six.

Now, we’ve all gone a step or two too far when we’re with someone and they’re like “oh, talk dirty to me, spank me,” or whatever you’re into. This sounds like it’s beyond that.

“‘F–k that was weird,’ but you never think about it again,” she said of overlooking the odd behavior at the time. “He says, ‘I want to take a bite out of you.’ If I had a little cut on my hand, he’d like suck it or lick it. That’s about as weird as we got.”

I dated a girl with a vampire fetish once so that’s not too far out there, honestly. If these allegations are true, it sounds like Hammer would have a cannibal role-play fetish more than actually wanting to eat or disfigure someone.

“He likes the idea of skin in his teeth,” she claims.

That’s not really the disturbing part. This stuff is more funny than disturbing, like those weird Japanese porno comics where someone eats their partner after sex. I never thought those were actually supposed to be erotic, I always thought they were supposed to be gross and funny but it takes all kinds of fruit to make a fruit cup, I guess.

The actual disturbing part is that Vucekovich claims Hammer was emotionally abusive to the point that she had to seek in-patient care for PTSD after ending the relationship, which only lasted a few months.

At one point, Vucekovich found herself paying for everything, including gas for his truck, because he’s allegedly broke.

“He needs you,” she said. “He actually needs you.”

“It’s a full-time job when you’re with him the way that I was,” she explained. “I was trying to catch my breath the entire time I was with him. You’re drowning in this dark hole trying to stay afloat. There will be random moments of good that convince you to stay.”

Vucekovich said the relationship ended following an explosive fight and Hammer left.

“He blows up [women’s] lives like that and walks away,” she said.

If you recall, Hammer’s ex Jessica Ciencin Henrique also referred to Hammer as an abuser.

I’m not honestly sure if the picture that Vucekovich paints of Hammer is that of an abuser or of someone so damaged that he just damages everyone around him whether he means to or not. But either way, if these allegations are true, Hammer will need to seek some serious help for his issues.

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Macaulay Culkin is Onboard With Digitally Removing Donald Trump From ‘Home Alone 2’

Something you might not know if you’re a normal person is that there is a pretty big market for edited, bowdlerized versions of Hollywood movies that take out all the sex and violence and swearing so Christian households can feel good about watching about five minutes of a film that probably now says Inglourious Armyguys on the DVD case.

A Utah company called CleanFlicks was forced to close because courts ruled that their service of making “clean” cuts of films was essentially film piracy, and there’s a company called ClearPlay that actually skips pre-defined portions of legitimate copies of movies in real-time to avoid the same fate.

If you’ve ever wondered what would possess someone to actually use this service instead of not watching a movie if it offend them or god forbid accepting the original vision of the writer and director, maybe think about how you might feel watching Home Alone 2 and seeing Donald Trump pop up on screen.

It’s pretty widely known that if you wanted to film a movie on one of Trump’s properties back in the day, Trump would insist on filming a cameo, as himself, in the film, like an orange Stan Lee who no one was really excited to see. Most people just let him do whatever and only pretended there was film in the camera, but for some reason his cameo in Home Alone 2 actually made it into the film.

The cameo actually survived to the final cut because test audiences genuinely enjoyed it; at the time, Trump was basically using his wealth to make himself a household name, cultivating an image that didn’t extend much beyond “I’m a rich businessman, I have money, Trump means rich person.”

That’s not really his image today.

So people have been suggesting digitally removing Donald Trump from the film, maybe replacing him with Jabba the Hutt or something, I don’t know.

Even Macaulay Culkin seems to be on board with the idea.

I mean, he said “sold” when someone suggested replacing Trump with an older Culkin, which would make an interesting twist on the film.

He also gave a “bravo” to someone who removed Trump from the film. Kind of.

That’s actually just kind of funny.

I don’t personally support editing Hollywood films by companies looking to make them the same for Christians or to remove Donald Trump. Sometimes you just have to let things from the past be problematic. They give a window into the time period that they’re from, and that’s more important than protecting our modern sensibilities.

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Armie Hammer Left a Film Role Over an Insane, Possibly Fake DM Leak

People are making a lot of accusations about celebrities that are pretty hard to believe, and this is after everyone very easily believed Matt Lauer had a rape button on his desk at Today.

Someone leaked DMs that are supposedly from actor Armie Hammer and they seem really fake. If they’re not fake, whenever you read a really fucked up Japanese porno comic and say “who is this for?” the answer is Armie Hammer.

But it’s not, these are almost certainly fake.

So what do they say? Glad you asked. According to The Daily Mail, Hammer told a woman “I am 100% a cannibal. I want to eat you.” He also allegedly told her “I need to drink your blood. Why the distance?”

It’s all stuff along those lines, weird BDSM, master and slave, 50 Shades of Grey stuff.

Hammer stepped away from a role in the Jennifer Lopez film Shotgun Wedding because of the accusations, telling Deadline “I’m not responding to these bullshit claims but in light of the vicious and spurious online attacks against me, I cannot in good conscience now leave my children for 4 months to shoot a film in the Dominican Republic. Lionsgate is supporting me in this and I’m grateful to them for that.”

Now, could there be any truth to these supposedly leaked DMs? Well, they haven’t been verified so I would take them with a grain of salt. But The Daily Mail does point out that Hammer does appear to have some interest in the whole BDSM kink thing.

Hammer previously made headlines of a similar nature in 2017, after he liked a series of tweets about BDSM sex acts.

Hammer’s ex Jessica Ciencin Henriquez tweeted “If you are still questioning whether or not those Armie Hammer DMs are real (and they are) maybe you should start questioning why we live in a culture willing to give abusers the benefit of the doubt instead of victims.”

Even if these alleged DMs are real, the worst thing about them is Hammer was married at the time. There’s nothing abusive in them that I’ve seen, just some really weird BDSM role play stuff a scorned ex released to embarrass him. Ask yourself if your ex could leak DMs that would embarrass you if everyone read them.

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Deadpool Is Coming to the MCU and He’s Keeping His R-Rating

Disney cares about a lot of things, and one of those things is its squeaky-clean family-friendly image. The reason they care about this is because they want everyone, from the super-religious households that homeschool their kids to the hippies who send their kids to schools made of kale with a headmaster who’s a yogi, to take their kids to Disneyland and Disney World and give them money.

Disney also wants the money that the Marvel movies bring in, which is why none of those movies have been moved to streaming during the same time period that Warner moved all of their movies to HBO Max; there’s too much potential profit to cut their losses and make back what they can.

These two desires came crashing into each other when Disney bought Fox and Marvel reacquired the film rights to the X-Men spinoff Deadpool, the most successful R-Rated movie franchise ever.

It turns out that money wins and Kevin Feige told Collider that Marvel was working on an R-Rated Deadpool film.

It will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing a script right now… It will not be [filming] this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life.

Ryan Reynolds had a great tweet about the news, too.

This is maybe the best news we’ve heard since Disney bought Fox. And not just about the studios, just in general. There hasn’t been a lot of good news in the past year or so.

It’ll be interesting to see what Deadpool does in the Marvel Universe and how the film addresses the change of realities. Deadpool is like She-Hulk and Harley Quinn in being one of those self-aware characters who knows they’re fictional and a lot of humor comes from that. It’s a relief to know that Marvel will be taking care to keep giving us the kind of experience we got with the first two Deadpool films.

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So Is Michael Keaton Replacing Ben Affleck as Batman or Not?

DC is really into the idea of parallel realities, and they have been for a long time; while Marvel has gotten a lot of multiverse attention because of the success of Into the Spider-Verse, The Flash has been hanging out with alternate versions of himself since 1961.

DC is really leaning into the multiverse idea, presumably because it allows them to have The Flash and other characters in movies and on TV without “confusing the audience,” long the reason they’ve given for keeping Superman, Batman and other big characters off of television.

It also lets DC do  ore projects like Joker that aren’t related to any other films and still have characters like The Joker show up in Batman films.

And of course, there’s also the fan service, like having Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck and Robert Pattinson all playing Batman in the same movie.

You can also have multiple Batman film franchises, which is what DC Films president Walter Hamada told the New York Times was the plan, and Brooks Barnes, the reporter who interviewed him, said that those two Batmen were Robert Pattinson and Michael Keaton.

Pretty cut and dried, right? Michael Keaton is back as the main Batman in the DCEU, right?

Well, don’t get ahead of yourself. Barnes told CNN that despite rumors to the contrary, Keaton has only signed up to play Batman in The Flash.

“Been offline (moving apartments) and return to see this Michael Keaton craziness,” he wrote. “I was referring to the *one film* that Keaton has been announced as being in, not a set of his own Batman films. If I had info on him beyond ‘The Flash,” I would have obviously put it in my article.”

Ben Affleck is also playing Batman in the movie, and I believe if they continue to make films in that Zack Snyder Justice League reality it’s going to be Ben Affleck playing Batman in them.

Now, would it be cool if 69-year-old Michael Keaton showed up to play a 55-year-old grizzled and world-weary Batman in his twilight days in an adaptation of Frank Miller’s classic The Dark Knight Returns? Yes, I’ve never wanted anything more in my life. But it’s not happening yet, you just misread a tweet and jumped to some incorrect conclusions.

Seriously, how cool would a Keaton Dark Knight Returns be, though?

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Sia Runs Afoul of Woke Rules, Defends Casting Maddie Ziegler in a Movie Based on Acting Ability

Sia has a new movie coming out this year called Music about a woman who suddenly finds herself the sole guardian of her autistic sister, named Music. Sia decided to cast Maddie Ziegler in the film as Music because she puts her in basically everything she does.

Unfortunately for her, some really loud people have decided that actors can now only play characters who have had the exact same life experiences as they have because they’ve forgotten what the word “acting” means. These people are apparently very mad that Sia cast a non-autistic actress to play an autistic character.

Personally, I’m getting a little tired of this. The whole point of acting is that you’re portraying experiences other than your own. The movement to have people only portray the experience they’ve actually gone through is mind-boggling stupid to me.

Hey, you got The Simpsons to not let white actors play non-white characters, hurray, a big win for the good guys! How did that work out, anyway? Have they hired a bunch of new actors to play characters like Apu and Doctor Hibbert or did they just recast Carl and write every other non-white character into the background stop giving them speaking parts?

CNN reports Sia defended casting an actress to play a role.

“I realized it wasn’t ableism, I mean it is ableism I guess as well, but it’s actually nepotism because I can’t do a project without her. I don’t want to. I wouldn’t make art if it didn’t include her,” Sia said.

Don’t we have better things to worry about in 2021? There’s the coronavirus and the president is refusing to accept that he lost the election and the NFL season is almost over and Washington is still just calling themselves “Football Team.” I think there are more important things going on than checking if the actor playing the character with a limp really has a limp.

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Logan Paul is Being Sued for Being a Massive Douche, How Did This Not Happen Sooner?

Logan Paul was almost a movie. Like an honest-to-God Hollywood motion picture. The reason it never happened is that Logan Paul is a stupid dickhead and blew the whole thing up, and now the producers of that movie are suing him to recoup their losses.

You might remember almost exactly two years ago when Logan Paul went to Japan and thought it would be a good idea to visit the “suicide forest” in Aokigahara, where he came across a dead body. He also decided it would be a good idea to film the dead body, put it in a video, and upload that video to YouTube.

It was not a good idea. You can tell because Logan Paul is the one who had the idea.

It almost torpedoes Logan Paul’s career and would have if there was any sort of gatekeeper between him and his fans. There isn’t, so he emerged from the scandal mostly unharmed, except a film he was going to star in called Airplane Mode was canceled. Now the production company, Planeless Pictures, is suing Paul to get back the money they lost when Google backed out of the project due to Paul’s dipshittery.

I can’t tell you how happy I am that this movie was never made. TMZ describes it as “a spoof on modern-day trend-setters, like the Paul brothers and other social media folks.” Did the world need that? Absolutely not.

This story has such a happy ending: Logan Paul wasn’t in a movie and he might have to pay three million dollars in damages. It’s like it’s still Christmas morning.

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Lucasfilm Exec Makes Fun of YouTuber for Liking ‘Star Wars’

One of the things that fans hated about Star Wars: The Last Jedi was that it appeared to be filled with contempt for Star Wars fans. The underlying theme of the film was that everything you loved about those movies as a kid was bullshit and the lesson you should have learned is to always listen to old white ladies.

It’s becoming more and more obvious that some of the people responsible for making Star Wars do think you’re an idiot for liking Star Wars.

You see, Star Wars did something this year that I thought was impossible after a trilogy of movies whose best idea was “f**k it, a third Death Star, I guess,” and made people actually like Star Wars. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni took The Mandalorian and used it to redeem Star Wars, even filling Werner Herzog with childlike glee at the magic they had captured on film.

One of the most popular Star Wars YouTubers, Toos, put a video on his channel Star Wars Theory of his reaction to the second-season finale of The Mandalorian in which he was moved to tears by the appearance of Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker, who heard Grogu’s call through the force and came to train him in The Force. It was a big moment and I was amazed that the show had managed to take both Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker and make them even cooler than they were when I was eight and watching Star Wars on VHS for the first time. And it was actually pretty emotionally moving to see Grogu and Din Djarin part ways, even though I suspect that Grogu will be back and more active in assisting The Mandalorian in the future, much the same way Daigoro became a partner to his father in the later parts of Lone Wolf and Cub.

If you’re a LucasFilm executive and someone has a genuine emotional response to one of your films, probably for the first time since 1983, what would your reaction be? Would it be to get on Twitter and make fun of him? Because that was Pablo Hidalgo’s reaction, as reported by Variety.

That’s when he learned what Hidalgo tweeted: “emotions are not for sharing.” Toos was outraged, interpreting Hidalgo’s remarks as indeed piling on the mockery of his genuine emotions. By that point, Hidalgo had deleted the tweet, but, rather inexplicably, he also put a screenshot of it as the banner over his account; Toos took it as more trolling. “You’re telling people it’s not ok to have emotions about the work your company produces, and you make fun of them for crying?” he tweeted. “Not ok.”

Hidalgo apologized and claimed he was just poking fun at his own stoicism.

It’s not great, though, because it really doesn’t take much for Star Wars fans to get the impression the people in charge of Star Wars now really don’t like them, and some of them have basically come right out and said it. This isn’t really going to help things, regardless of what Hidalgo meant.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ is the Biggest Hit of 2020

If you were wondering what the future of cinema was going to look like, you got your first glimpse as Wonder Woman 1984 became the highest-grossing movie since the COVID lockdowns began even as it was available on HBO Max the same day it launched in theaters.

Yes, even though you could sit in your house and watch Wonder Woman 1984 without getting COVID, for less money and you’d get a month of HBO afterward, people went out to the theaters to see it.

Of course, people did watch it on HBO Max, as well. Millions of people. Half of everyone who has HBO Max watched Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day.

And for the most part, they hated it. So Warner did the only rational thing to do when a movie makes 16 million dollars and is widely mocked on social media and announced they’re fast-tracking a sequel. They also announced they are going to shove so many DC movies down your throat that you’d wish they had the restraint of Marvel.

Seriously, Warner wants to put six DC movies out every year. We only get 5.8 Rick and Morty episodes a year but sure, let’s make 6 feature-length DC films a year.

Of course, not all those movies will even hit theaters, Warner has pretty much moved all of DC Universe to HBO Max and some of those DC movies will only be on the streaming service and not in theaters, so in a way it’s not that different from what Disney is doing by absolutely flooding Disney+ with Marvel and DC shows because they really have no other ideas these days. We can’t get a fourth season of Ducktales but I’ll bet you can’t wait to watch Ravage 2099 Meets Paste Pot Pete and a ten-episode miniseries about Malakili the Rancor keeper from Return of the Jedi. That Batgirl movie isn’t sounding like overkill anymore, is it?

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Gal Gadot Accused of White Washing for Playing a White Woman

There is some historical argument over what race the ancient Egyptians were; they may have been Black or they may have been Caucasians of similar complexion to today’s Egyptian population. We’re not really sure because it’s feasible either or both groups lived in the area at the time and you can’t actually tell someone’s skin color from their skeleton.

One thing we do know, however, is Cleopatra was neither, she and her family line were Southern European. She was like, white white, and also probably not as hot as you’ve been lead to believe.

The point is that people accusing Gal Gadot of whitewashing don’t actually know what they’re mad about, they just want to be mad.

Cleopatra was probably whiter than Gal Gadot, who is Israeli, and the last time I checked Israel was in the Middle East and in fact shares a border with Egypt.

Lexi Alexander, the dumbest person in Hollywood, appears to have deleted a tweet saying Cleopatra should be played by a black actress and claiming Cleopatra was black. Hanna Flint of The Guardian claimed casting Gadot as Cleopatra was an example of “Hollywood’s colonization of ethnicity,” a take that misses the fact that Cleopatra and the entire Ptolemy dynasty were literally colonizers. The founder of Cleopatra’s dynasty, Ptolemy I, was a Macedonian and a bodyguard and close friend of Alexander the Great.

Gal Godot addressed the controversy, telling the BBC “First of all if you want to be true to the facts then Cleopatra was Macedonian. We were looking for a Macedonian actress that could fit Cleopatra. She wasn’t there, and I was very passionate about Cleopatra.”

Now don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a good thing that we’re seeing more diverse faces on television and in movies. Hollywood has long considered casting anyone who wasn’t white or Will Smith in a leading role in a major film to be “risky” so it’s good that things are changing. But when people do things like this, claiming a white woman playing a white woman is whitewashing, that’s when people start to tune out your movement as a whole, even when you’re making good points.

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The Best Chris? Chris Pratt Claims Victory Over Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth

Chris Pratt has crushed the other Chrises, finally putting an end to the debate of who is the best Hollywood Chris. Kind of.

While we argue about who is the best Chris and what church the religious-minded Pratt goes to, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt all play fantasy football together and Pratt, despite having the last pick in the draft, has triumphed over the other Chrises. Is it Chrises? Chrisii? Chrisen?

Here’s what Pratt said about his achievement, via E!.

“My fantasy football team in AGBO fantasy football league, if you’ve been following—I made it into the finals!” Chris Pratt exclaimed on his Instagram Story, which is below. “I’m in the finals! How did this happen?”

“It’s a 14-man league,” he shared. “I had 14th draft pick. You know how hard that is?” He then adopted a melancholy voice to lament, “I was picked last—it was very traumatic. Anyone who’s been picked last knows how that feels.”

There’s a big purse on the line with all the money going to charity. If Pratt wins the league, his charity, The Special Olympics Washington, will get $150,000.

Pratt also weighed in on the debate of who is the best Chris.

“I snuck two very, very close victories off, the most recent off Chris Evans,” the actor gushed. “He had beat Chris Hemsworth last week, so I guess we can finally put an end to that debate of, Who’s the better Chris?”

The Jurassic World performer magnanimously added, “It’s one of them,” before quipping, “I do have them in body-fat content, though. So I am more buoyant. Take that, gang.”

Again, I just don’t see how anyone can not like this guy. Yeah, I get you don’t like the church he goes to, that’s fine, I dislike literally all churches. I’ve never heard anyone who has worked with or met Pratt say a bad word about the guy, and that’s something you can’t say about a lot of people in Hollywood.

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Marvel’s Future is ‘100%’ in Streaming on Disney+ Says Kevin Feige

I don’t know if you caught the incredible season 2 finale of The Mandalorian that dropped on Friday, but it’s pretty safe to say that Din Djarin and Grogu have single-handedly saved Star Wars after two uninspired stories that rehashed old movies and three absolute cinematic abortions that fans of the franchise were forced to sit through. Disney had planned to give Star Wars a little rest so people could wash the bad taste of The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker out of their mouths but Jon Favreau’s little episodic Western reminded us how good Star Wars could be and now Disney has almost a dozen Star Wars streaming projects in production.

Jon Favreau just happens to also have been the first director of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, the one that took Iron Man from relative obscurity to being a character almost on the same level as Spider-Man or the X-Men and reformed Robert Downey, Jr.’s image from washed-up drug addict no one would hire to one of Hollywood’s biggest leading men. Favreau worked with Kevin Feige in the earliest days of the MCU and now Feige seems to think Favreau has found the key to the future of entertainment.

WandaVision is coming to Disney+, the first Marvel TV series produced by Marvel Studios after Marvel Television was closed and absorbed because the Marvel Television guys were all entirely clueless. But Feige tells Emmy Magazine he thinks streaming is the future of Marvel and entertainment as a whole.

“Streaming is 100 percent the future and where consumers want to watch things,” he says. “And hopefully they’ll want to watch our longform narrative series. An experience like WandaVision is something you can’t get in a movie. You go to movies for things you can’t get on streaming, and you go to streaming for things you can’t get in a theater. And of course, everything in a theater goes to streaming eventually.”

It is true that is theaters and theatrical revenues were to die off, the big-budget spectacles that come to theaters would have to be reduced, but the big-budget set pieces were never what made Marvel films in particular so popular; if anything, the grey, crowded fight scenes in Avengers: Endgame were one of the weakest parts of the franchise.

WandaVision looks insane, and the big rumor is that it forms a sort of mini-trilogy with Spider-Man 3 and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is why Spider-Man seems to have so many characters and actors returning from the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield films. This addresses one of the biggest criticisms of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel’s first foray into a TV tie-in to the MCU: it felt disconnected from the movies. The Disney+ releases seem like they will weave in and out of the movies, picking up plot lines and creating new ones for future theatrical releases (if there are still theaters after COVID).

The hazard here, of course, is going to big, too much, too connected. Netflix’s corner of the MCU featuring The Defenders started out incredibly strong with Daredevil, but got a little weaker with each installment, and the failure of Iron Fist to resonate with audiences really seemed to bring the whole enterprise tumbling down like a house of cards; the fact that it was isolated from the rest of the MCU means it didn’t drag anything else down with it. Now that Marvel is connecting everything so intimately, I wonder what another flop would do to the brand as a whole.

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Gal Gadot Apparently Also Filed a Complaint About Joss Whedon

There was a time when Joss Whedon could do no wrong, especially in geek circles. People are still furious about the way Fox handled Firefly, a show that honestly was great and could have had a long and storied run, and we’re seeing how a similar show handled properly can achieve massive success with The Mandalorian right now.

All that ended right around the time Avengers: Age of Ultron hit theaters. It wasn’t a terrible movie but it wasn’t anywhere near as good as Avengers or Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It showed that both Marvel and Whedon were capable of making a film that just wasn’t that good.

Whedon seemed to let being geek royalty go to his head, because he came onto his next project, finishing Zack Snyder’s Justice League, with a massive ego and an attitude of “aren’t you all glad I’m here to fix this massive pile of s**t you’ve poured your blood, sweat and tears into?

Of course, we know Ray Fisher complained about Joss Whedon, Warner investigated and announced they’d taken “remedial action” against Whedon.

Ray Fisher wasn’t the only person to complain about Whedon, though, as Gal Gadot told The LA Times she also made a complaint about Whedon to Warner.

I wasn’t there with the guys when they shot with Joss Whedon — I had my own experience with [him], which wasn’t the best one, but I took care of it there and when it happened. I took it to the higher-ups and they took care of it. But I’m happy for Ray to go up and say his truth.

The Snyder Cut of Justice League, which will be a huge improvement over Whedon’s version (because how could it not be?), is coming to HBO Max, apparently in March. Snyder let the March date slip when he told a fan he hopes he can wipe Whedon’s version of the film out of existence with his director’s cut.

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Tom Cruise is Not Screwing Around With COVID Safety Measures

In order for Hollywood to start making movies and TV shows again, they’ve had to put some pretty strict regulations in place to avoid soundstages becoming COVID hotspots. It’s pretty important everyone follows these guidelines because unlike a lot of jobs, you can’t operate a camera or a boom mic or a lighting rig from home; people need to be there in person and if they can’t make that work than the entire industry is going to have to shut down.

Tom Cruise is not taking these safety guidelines lightly, and the actor absolutely lost it on Mission: Impossible crew members who weren’t following them, The Sun reports.

And he flew into a rage after spotting two of the crew standing within two metres of each other.

An audio tape captured Cruise shouting: “If I see you do it again, you’re f***ing gone. And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it — and you too and you too. And you, don’t you ever f***ing do it again.”

He went on: “They’re back there in Hollywood making movies right now because of us. “We are creating thousands of jobs, you motherf***ers.

“That’s it. No apologies. You can tell it to the people that are losing their f***ing homes because our industry is shut down. “

I have to say, as rants from actors at crews go, Tom’s was the most responsible and correct one I’ve ever heard. Cruise has apparently put a lot of effort and money into making sure that the film could proceed and he’s not wrong about those jobs being at risk. Unlike almost every other country in the world, the US government has offered almost no assistance to citizens outside a one-time check and a giant slush fund that was theoretically to help small businesses pay employees who were having to stay home but actually went to people like Tom Brady and Kanye West. Tom Cruise is doing what he needs to do to keep everyone safe so that they can make a living in these scary times. Hopefully the vaccines that are rolling out will mean the end of this pandemic by the end of next year, but while it’s still ongoing Tom Cruise is right to be strict about following the rules.

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‘Avengers’ Actress Seemingly Found Out Her Part Had Been Recast in a Tweet

Sometimes a savvy actor will take a relatively minor role in a film because they realize the character will have an expanded role in any potential sequels, like Tom Cruise playing Lestat in Interview with the Vampire. Sometimes that decision doesn’t work out the way they had hoped, like Tom Cruise playing Lestat in Interview with the Vampire.

Emma Fuhrmann took a very small role in Avengers: Endgame as Cassie Lang, the now-teenage daughter of Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man. In the comics, Cassie Lang becomes Stature, a member of the Young Avengers who has an innate size-changing ability caused by exposure to the Pym particles Ant-Man and The Wasp use to shrink and grow.

It seems like Fuhrmann was hoping the brief appearance in Endgame would catapult her into some giant superhero shoes, but Marvel announced that Kathryn Newton would be playing Cassie in the upcoming Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, which really seemed to bum Fuhrmann out.

Just wanted to come on here & say that I see all your kind messages. Thank you for all your support. It has meant the world to me. I was as sad as you all were to hear the news Thursday. I can only hope that this means there is something else for me in the future of the MCU. I will always be grateful to have been a part of the MCU & the biggest movie of all time. Being an actress is still my #1 passion & I look forward to what the future holds. Xo Emma.

It kind of sucks that she seemingly found out the part was recast along with the rest of us, Hollywood doesn’t seem big on telling actors when they’re not getting a role, they just let them read it in the trades that someone else got cast.

There are like a million X-Men, though, and Emma seems like she’d make a great Paige Guthrie or maybe even Kitty Pryde, who deserves to finally be the major character on-screen she is in the comic. At least let the girl be Boom-Boom or Blink, Disney.

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Joss Whedon Seems Pretty Guilty After ‘Justice League’ Investigation

It sounds like Ray Fisher has been vindicated in his accusations against Joss Whedon and his behavior on the set of Justice League.

The Hollywood Reporter had Warner’s incredibly short and direct statement on the matter:

WarnerMedia’s investigation into the Justice League movie has concluded and remedial action has been taken.

Now, I’m not a lawyer, but that sounds a lot like “he did that s**t.” Why would remedial action have been taken if he didn’t do that s**t?

Ray Fisher tweeted another statement given to him by Warner, indicating that Warner isn’t done punishing people over this, presumably Whedon but also perhaps others.

The following was relayed to me on behalf of  @WarnerMedia at 5pm EST today:

– The investigation of Justice League is now complete.

– It has lead to remedial action. (Some we’ve seen, and some that is still to come.)

– And this statement (which truly belongs to ALL who participated in the investigation):

“WarnerMedia appreciates you having the courage to come forward and assist the company with creating an inclusive and equitable work environment for it’s employees and partners.”

There are still conversations that need to be had and resolutions that need to be found.

Thank you all for your support and encouragement on this journey.

We are on our way.

More soon.

A>E

He followed that up with another tweet saying “Over 80 people were interviewed for @WarnerMedia’s Justice League investigation. A fair, thorough, and protected process for witnesses was the first (and most important) step. Ensuring that action is taken is the next. Thank you to all who lent their voice!”

I feel like all the Snyder Cut fans were vindicated here. We had to sit through endless think pieces about how toxic they were for saying they wanted to see a thing a lot and then it comes out the people making the non-Snyder cut were the actually toxic ones.

Also, it’s not like the Snyder Cut of Justice League could be worse than Whedon’s. I guess being an abusive, egotistical dick trying to f**k anything that moves and isn’t your wife really hurts the creative process.

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Disney is Just Going Nuts With the ‘Star Wars’ Shows and Movies

The Mandalorian is not only a big hit for Disney+, it’s probably the streamer’s only hit so far. It’s Christmas and you should check out last year’s Christmas film Noelle if you’re a subscriber, but there’s really not a lot of reason to have Disney+ other than to see Din Djarin and Grogu’s adventures.

Someone at Disney got some sort of message from this because one of the big announcements from Disney’s Investor Day was that they’re expanding from one Star Wars tv series to 10. I don’t know if this the right message to take because the success of The Mandalorian is a bit of a lightning in a bottle situation with a confluence of the Western and Samurai film influences, the episodic nature making it feel like a retro Saturday-afternoon syndicated adventure series and Grogu just being fucking adorable making a uniquely enjoyable series that may not be repeatable.

I think we can all agree that up to this point, Star Wars has had a lot more misses than hits, and my personal “all the Star Wars you need” list only has a fraction of any given medium’s Star Wars content because that’s all you need. There are hundreds of Star Wars novels but Heir to the Empire and its two direct sequels are all you need.

Disney’s slate of Star Wars shows starts with two spin-offs of The Mandalorian: Ahsoka, following Clone Wars favorite Ahsoka Tano and  Rangers of the New Republic, which Incan only imagine must be the Cara Dune spin-off we’ve been hearing about unless Disney is giving a show to that X-Wing pilot played by the dad from Kim’s Convenience.

Also on the Star Wars slate is Obi-Wan Kenobi, which we learned will feature Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader, Andor, featuring Diego Luna reprising his role from Rogue One, The Bad Batch, an animated Clone Wars spin-off about a group of Clone Troopers, Visions, an anime anthology series, The Acolyte, a mystery set a hundred years before the first Star Wars movie, an animated R2-D2 and C-3PO series called A Droid Story and Lando, which better have my man Billy Dee Williams, who actually is the coolest cat in the universe.

It was also announced that the next Star Wars movie will be 2023’s Rogue Squadron, directed by Patty Jenkins and that Taika Waititi would be directing a movie as well. That Rian Johnson trilogy just doesn’t appear to be happening, which is good, because you don’t reward the guy who made the worst Star Wars movie (a real feat if you’ve seen The Phantom Menace) with three more Star Wars movies; you let him focus on making his “totally-not-Hercule-Poirot” films that are actually good.

So is it going to be worth watching ten different Star Wars TV shows? If they’re all as good as The Mandalorian it will be. That seems unlikely, but Rangers of the New Republic, Ahsoka and The Bad Batch will probably be pretty good, and Lando and Obi-Wan Kenobi should be worth watching. And hey, that’d be like a 60% hit rate, that’s way higher than the Star Wars movies have had to this point.

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Johnny Depp is Appealing His Lawsuit, But Hollywood May Have Just Needed an Excuse to Drop Him Anyway

I’ve made it pretty clear as I’ve covered Johnny Depp’s troubled marriage with Amber Heard, the abuse allegations and the lawsuits that have come from that situation that I personally don’t think Johnny Depp was abusive to Amber Heard. I was a bit shocked that Depp lost his lawsuit against the Rupert Murdoch-owned The Sun tabloid for calling him a “wife-beater” and I wasn’t surprised to hear he was appealing that ruling.

What did surprise me was the story in The Hollywood Reporter that seemed to say Hollywood studios had been looking for an excuse to cut Depp loose anyway and his lawsuit loss just gave it to them.

“He has suffered immense reputational carnage from a reckless set of choices that has left him in septic muck,” says Eric Schiffer, a crisis PR rep whose clients include a number of high-profile Hollywood and sports figures. “Can he come out of that? It really comes down to Johnny’s choices. He still has a fan base that in many ways is like Donald Trump’s with their emotional intensity and commitment to a star icon. It’s not based around principles. It’s about charisma and their identification of the range of characters that he’s played.”

Basically, the THR story says is that Johnny Depp has a lot of troubles that are his fault and even if you don’t believe Heard’s allegations against him movie studios had plenty of reasons not to want to work with him, such as his drug use leading to wildly erratic behavior.

But Depp’s desire for revenge, egged on by his lawyer, is ultimately was has lead studios to turn away from the actor.

To many observers, Depp’s negative press was largely avoidable and stemmed from his aggressive legal tactics. The chief architect behind Depp’s sue-’em-all strategy is Adam Waldman, a handsome Washington lawyer with his own sheen of controversy given a clientele that has included Russian oligarchs and Julian Assange. Waldman, who is married to Berlin-based jet-setter and luxury skin-care entrepreneur Barbara Sturm, conducts himself in an unorthodox manner, mocking his legal opponents on Twitter. Sources say Depp met Waldman through Saudi Arabian Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, the country’s powerful minister of energy, in summer 2016. (Depp spent time aboard the prince’s megayacht in the past.) Waldman quickly became a Svengali figure in Depp’s life, with the actor axing most of his inner circle.

“Never mind Svengali. He’s Depp’s Rasputin,” says one insider. Waldman declined to talk for this piece.

Not that Depp needed much encouragement to want revenge, it did come out in his civil case against The Sun that Depp told his agent that Amber Heard was “begging for total global humiliation. She’s gonna get it. I’m gonna need your texts about San Francisco brother … I’m even sorry to ask … But she sucked [Elon Musk’s] crooked dick and he gave her some shitty lawyers … I have no mercy, no fear and not an ounce of emotion or what I once thought was love for this gold digging, low level, dime a dozen, mushy, pointless dangling overused flappy fish market … I’m so fucking happy she wants to fight this out!!! She will hit the wall hard!!! And I cannot wait to have this waste of a cum guzzler out of my life!!! I met fucking sublime little Russian here … Which makes me realize the time I blew on that 50 cent stripper … I wouldn’t touch her with a goddam glove.”

So yeah, he was a little mad.

Basically, if Depp wanted to save his career all he really had to do was let Heard make her accusations, deny them and not respond. Keeping a level head and getting off drugs wouldn’t have hurt either. Basically, regardless of the truth of Amber Heard’s allegations, studios were still willing to work with Depp but he kept digging the hike he was in deeper and deeper until they had to cut him loose.

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‘Spider-Man 3’ is Bringing Back Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus

The Spider-Man movie rumors are going crazy. After the success of Into the Spider-Verse and the CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths which both showed heroes taking trips through multiple alternate realities, the Marvel Cinematic Universe looks to be heading to the multiverse for phase four. Of course, there’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will somehow tie into the forthcoming WandaVision Disney+ series, but it’s Spider-Man 3 we’re getting all the multiverse news from.

Seriously, everyone who has ever been in a Spider-Man movie is showing up; Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, Jamie Fox, Kirsten Dunst and of course J.K. Simmons who was already in Spider-Man: Far From Home as J. Jonah Jameson. You know, Nicholas Hammond from the 1970’s CBS Spider-Man series and Shinji Tōdō from that crazy Japanese series where Spider-Man was the “emissary of Hell” and fought in a giant robot are both still alive, give those guys a call.

Of course, we just got news that the big guy is coming: Alfred Molina, who played Doctor Octopus, Spider-Man’s greatest enemy in Spider-Man 2, the best Spider-Man movie, is reportedly going to be in Marvel’s Spider-Man 3.

Now you might be thinking “I thought Venom or the Green Goblin was Spider-Man’s archenemy,” but the real ones know it’s Doctor Octopus who has been Spider-Man’s greatest, oldest and most deadly foe. If you’re going to have a Spider-Man movie with the kind of scale the casting rumors on this one are implying, you need Doc Ock and there is no one better to play him than Alfred Molina.

But that is not the only rumor about Spider-Man’s cast we have today. Charlie Cox, who played Daredevil in the Marvel/Netflix co-production Daredevil is reportedly also coming back to the MCU as, well, Daredevil. I’m hearing that Peter Parker will need a lawyer in the latest installment, probably because of the way Electro revealed his secret identity at the end of Far From Home, and that lawyer is Matt Murdoch.

I’ve made no effort to hide how disappointed I’ve been with Marvel’s phase three movies, but they’re still pretty good films. Phase four has a real swing-for-the-fences sound to it so far, and that might just be the thing the franchise needs to hit the heights it had gotten to in phase two. On top of all the multiverse madness, we’re going to finally see the Fantastic Four and the X-Men. It’s a pretty good time to have read comic books since you saw that Michael Keaton Batman movie when you were 8.

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Viggo Mortensen Is Really Doubling Down on His Defense of ‘Green Book’

The timing on this story really couldn’t be better because just a few days ago that newest episode of Family Guy wrapped up by making fun of Green Book and Hollywood’s love for movies where a Republican person becomes more of a Democrat and the relative dearth of films where a Democratic person becomes more of a Republican (those movies do exist, but the only person you’ve heard of who is in them is Kevin Sorbo).

Green Book actually got a lot of criticism for not being left-wing enough, but Hollywood loves a story about someone learning not to be racist anymore, which is why it won all those Oscars.

Viggo Mortensen is really not interested in hearing any criticism of the movie, though, telling The Independent “Much of the criticism that was leveled at that movie was not only unreasonable, but it was inaccurate, mendacious, and irresponsible. It’s based on a load of bulls*** and an axe to grind and little else. Does it affect what I’m doing, or how people perceive me as an actor? Maybe it does. But I can’t really do anything about that.”

I get defending your art, but maybe just admit you were in a bad movie. You don’t see anyone from Crash still defending that. That’s the bad Crash, the one with Don Cheadle, not the Cronenberg movie about James Spader jacking off at car wrecks, that Crash was awesome.

I will tell you one thing, the next time my girlfriend yells at me for not taking out the trash, I’m going to tell her she is not only being unreasonable, but she’s also inaccurate, mendacious and irresponsible. I’m sure that won’t end with me sleeping on the couch.

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Kristen Stewart’s Lesbian Christmas RomCom ‘Happiest Season’ Gave the Actress COVID

Happiest Season is the biggest hit Hulu has had to date and if you haven’t seen the LGBT romcom starring Kristen Stewart, it’s easily the best Christmas movie of the year, though I don’t quite think it rises to the level of a Christmas movie you’ll watch every year like Elf or The Hebrew Hammer.

The biggest problem with the film is that Aubrey Plaza was in it, and being Aubrey Plaza it was impossible not to love her character and her performance and it’s equally impossible to miss her on-screen chemistry with Kristen Stewart. The problem is that Plaza isn’t Stewart’s love interest, that’s Mackenzie Davis’s Harper, the films’ least-likable and most poorly-acted character.

Plaza was on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote the film and she told the former Colbert Report host that she also thought her character should have been the one to end up with Kristen Stewart’s Abby, saying “Look, I wanted it too, okay? I’m not gonna lie. I wanted it too. I wanted it very badly.” We’ve all felt that way about Kristen Stewart at one point or another.

Plaza also seemingly accidentally let the world know that Kristen Stewart got COVID during filming, which happened before we started taking COVID seriously but when China was spraying the streets down with rubbing alcohol every night. It’s really fortunate that she’s okay knowing what we know now.

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EVERY Warner Brothers Movie is Coming to HBO Max the Same Day It Lands in Theaters

Movie theaters are never going to be the same after COVID. Streaming has been so disruptive to media in general that it was only a matter of time before people who found linear television inconvenient started to question why they were leaving their house to go watch movies at a set time in a tiny room and spending roughly the same amount as a monthly subscription to any streaming service per person for the privilege.

COVID just highlighted this situation by taking it and saying “oh, and you might die because you went to see this movie.”

I would be shocked if there are any independent movie theaters open after the pandemic ends, and while the big chains like AMC, Cinemark, and Regal are acting like people are going to come flooding back into theaters to see films they are lying to themselves. If movie theaters were such a superior experience they wouldn’t be essentially begging for the scraps of PVOD profits from studios for shortened theatrical exclusivity windows.

The latest nail in the coffin of movie theaters is that Warner Brothers is sending all their 2021 theatric releases to HBO Max the same day they debut in theaters like they’re doing with Wonder Woman 84.

There’s no way people are just to shrug and go “oh well, I guess we’ll just start going back to the theaters to watch movies” when the pandemic is over. We all see that, right?

The biggest question now is when will Disney follow suit. They’re sitting on some of the most anticipated movies in the world and their business plan seems to be begging state governments to let them hold daily super-spreader events so they can hold on to those movies until they can squeeze every last penny out of them through the traditional release window which will be in 2022 at the earliest. Eventually, something will have to give because HBO Max just became a much better value than Disney+ even at twice the cost.

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Darth Vader Died of COVID

Over the weekend, we learned the sad news that actor and former bodybuilder David Prowse, most famous for playing Darth Vader in the only Star Wars films worth watching, had passed away. Today The New York Post reports that it was COVID-19 that killed cinema’s most memorable villain.

“It’s horrible that COVID restrictions meant we did not get to see him and say goodbye,” the late actor’s daughter Rachel, 50, told the Sun.

“But when we went to collect his stuff from the hospital, the nurse said what a cool guy he was. He was such a larger-than-life character. He would have loved to see himself trending on Twitter,” she added.

Prowse’s daughter also commented on her father’s appearance, as the actor was 198 cm tall (that’s about 6’6”) saying “He might have looked quite scary but as a person, he was a sweet, kind and generous man. He really was a gentle giant. And to us he was our dad.”

A lot of people think of James Earl Jones as Darth Vader because his vocal performance was so memorable, but Jones asked to be uncredited for the role in the first two films because he felt it was Prowse who really brought the character to life.

Star Wars was a massive part of my childhood and even though as an adult it feels more like a few good movies rather than a franchise I still enjoy, David Prowse was a huge part of what made those movies so good. There’s a lot of talk today about the lack of respect for motion capture actors, but don’t forget Prowse was physically on-set with the cast, and even in the later movies where he knew his performance would be re-recorded in ADR, he did what it took to get the best performance out of everyone around him.

And if you want to avoid any more of your childhood heroes from dying preventable deaths, all you have to do is wear a mask and stay home.

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Kristen Stewart Doesn’t See a Problem With Straight Actors Playing Gay Characters

We just saw a whole raft of voice actors abandon animation roles where the character was a different race than they are which many people feel was completely unnecessary and has already lead to decreased diversity on The Simpsons. Yeah, turns out Hank Azaria and Harry Shearer don’t get a separate paycheck for every voice they do so it’s cheaper just to let Apu and Dr. Hibbert and Judge Snyder fade into the background than it is to hire a new voice actor. Not every minor character is as important as Carl Carlson.

One question this has put in a lot of minds is should straight actors be taking gay roles (and vice versa, presumably).

Kristen Stewart stars in this year’s best Christmas movie, Happiest Season, about a heroic lesbian woman who inexplicably agrees to go back in the closet around her partner’s parents despite the fact that her partner objectively sucks the entire movie. The main problem with the film was Mackenzie Davis, as both her character and performance were weak points and many critics, myself included, have pointed out that Kristen Stewart had much better on-screen chemistry with Aubrey Plaza than she did with Davis.

Now Mackenzie Davis is not a lesbian, but that’s got nothing to do with why she was bad in the movie, that was a combination of the writing and a wooden performance. My best guess is she was intimidated by how skilled the rest of the cast was and that some storylines got cut for time that may have painted her in a better light.

When asked if only gay actors should play gay characters by Variety, Stewart called it a “gray area.”

I would never want to tell a story that really should be told by somebody who’s lived that experience. Having said that, it’s a slippery slope conversation because that means I could never play another straight character if I’m going to hold everyone to the letter of this particular law. I think it’s such a gray area. There are ways for men to tell women’s stories, or ways for women to tell men’s stories. But we need to have our finger on the pulse and actually have to care. You kind of know where you’re allowed. I mean, if you’re telling a story about a community and they’re not welcoming to you, then f**k off. But if they are, and you’re becoming an ally and a part of it and there’s something that drove you there in the first place that makes you uniquely endowed with a perspective that might be worthwhile, there’s nothing wrong with learning about each other. And therefore helping each other tell stories. So I don’t have a sure-shot answer for that.

We know that Wentworth Miller only wants to play gay characters, but that’s not true of every gay actor. Stewart mentions lived experience, but part of being an actor is convincingly portraying experiences you haven’t lived through.

I think the real bottom line is there are a lot more straight characters in television and movies than gay characters, which makes sense because there are more straight people than gay people in the population. Of course, there are more bisexuals than any other LGBT orientation and I dare you to name one bisexual male television character. Did you say John Constantine? Did you incorrectly pronounce it “Constanteen?” He’s the only one I can think of, and the writers of his NBC show weren’t allowed to mention it.

If we make some kind of unwritten rule that gay actors must play gay characters, it’s going to cause a lot of issues because sexuality is a spectrum. What if a straight character comes out? Does he need to be recast? What if it’s meant to be something the character struggles with realizing, won’t the audience know how it resolves based on the sexuality of the actor playing the role? What if an actor playing a straight character comes out, should that character be recast?

Actors play people that are different from who they are as people. It’s what acting means. And policing the sexuality of actors and characters is just asking for unintended consequences to blow up in your face.

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Hollywood Is Trying to Screw You and the Launch of ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Shows Exactly How

Wonder Woman 1984 is coming to HBO Max the same day it’s released in theaters, which just so happens to be Christmas Day. Patty Jenkins described it as something of a holiday gift for fans on Twitter.

THE TIME HAS COME. At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else. We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season.

And yeah, it’s nice. People who have HBO Max can watch the movie for free and people who don’t can get a free trial or pay what you’ll probably pay for a Blu-ray of the film.

It also highlights how the movie industry is designed to suck as much money out of your pockets as possible and put it into the pockets of as many different people as possible.

You see, Wonder Woman 1984 will only be on HBO Max for about a month, after which it will go back into the traditional release window. And that traditional release window is how you get fucked.

Let’s explore the life cycle of a movie.

First, movies are released to theaters, or as we call them today, super spreader events. The average movie ticket in the United States is around $9.15, and that’s per person. So if you and your spouse and your 2.5 children all want to see the new Avengers movie it will set you back around $41. Plus concessions, but the movie studios don’t care about that because they don’t get a cut. The traditional theatrical window lasts 90 days but studios are working on shortening that which involves paying bribes to the large movie chains so independent theaters are just going to be gone.

After the theatrical window is the home video release, where you can buy a movie on Amazon or iTunes for about $20 or get a Blu-ray for $25 if you want to actually own them and not lose access to them when Amazon has a fight with the movie studio.

After that comes the premium television window. This is where a show will end up on HBO or Showtime or a similar channel and, nowadays, maybe Netflix or Hulu instead.

This is the journey Wonder Woman 1984 will take before it ends up back on HBO Max. Why bother pulling it off HBO Max during all of that if it’s already on there? Well, studios are afraid you’ll go for the cheapest, most convenient option instead of paying the premium price they want you to pay. Most people don’t see movies in theaters they like the experience, they do it because they want to see the movie and don’t want to wait six months for the DVD or because they’re going to make out in the back row.

We’re seeing the end of the movie theater. Even with 10-20% of Americans denying COVID even exists, the vast majority of people aren’t in any rush to cram into a small space and breathe recycled air, even after there’s a vaccine.

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Chris Pratt Got That People’s Choice Award Twitter Was So Pissed He Campaigned For

Guys, did you know there was a presidential election in the US earlier this month? You might have missed it because it’s not like it was the only thing anyone ever talked about on social media for the last two years. Not only was it the only thing some people were willing to talk about, they actually got mad when people attempted to talk about something else.

For example, Chris Pratt wanted people to vote for Onward in the People’s Choice Awards because he has pride in what he does as an actor. So when the nomination was announced, he made a little joke about it being important to vote for Onward in the People’s Choice Awards, the way you people won’t shut up about how important it is to vote for whatever candidate you like better than the other guy even though they were both just legitimately terrible.

Cute, right? Well, not according to some of the internet’s most joyless people.

But, much to the dismay of people telling Chris Pratt that “there are more important things” and “now is not the time,” Onward won last night’s People’s Choice Award for Best Family Movie.

This year’s election had a record turnout, with about 2/3s of eligible voters casting a ballot, a higher percentage than any previous election since 1900. But what many people fail to realize is the vast majority of those people aren’t particularly invested in politics. Donald Trump has been a very polarizing President and that has lead people on both sides of the aisle to come out and vote, but almost everyone considers a lot of things more important than who the president is.

That’s why things like some big internet backlash against Chris Pratt because he’s religious don’t have any bearing on the success of his film career or on votes for things like this. Chris Pratt is a really charming, talented actor and people respond to that and most of them don’t feel the need to know much of anything about him beyond that, which is probably better.

You know, unless it’s really salacious. In that case, we’ll tell you about it.

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Kate Mara Says Making ‘Fantastic Four’ Was Almost As Bad As Watching It

Usually, when someone says a movie is hard to watch, it’s because it has themes or scenes that are disturbing or will really make you face the depravity humans are capable of. Sometimes, however, they’re just really bad movies, like every Fantastic Four film.

Apparently making the film was not any better than watching it, as Kate Mara told Emmy Magazine what a nightmare making the film was.

“I had a horrible experience on Fantastic Four,” she says. “I’ve never talked about it before. I married one of my costars, so I don’t regret doing that movie at all . But do I wish I had responded differently to certain things? Yes, definitely.”

She won’t go into detail about what happened on Fantastic Four or on a second film that she says was a similarly negative experience. But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Mara, like many actresses, has been reevaluating events she overlooked or suppressed.

“The fact of the matter is that my two horrendous experiences with directors were male directors,” she says. “Have I not gotten along with a female director? Absolutely. And was it not the greatest work experience? Sure. But there was never a time that I felt, ‘This is happening because I’m a woman.’ Where with the male directors, it 100 percent was only happening with me; it was a power dynamic thing.

“And on both of my bad experiences, the movies were 95 percent men and I was the only woman in the movie.”

This might be the only time Fantastic Four comes within a hundred words of Emmy, so it’s a kind of an accomplishment for the movie.

Mara refuses to say exactly what problems she had with Trank on the set of Fantastic Four, but we’ve seen three movies from Trank and I think we can all agree he doesn’t have the talent to be a dick to people at all.

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Maria Bakalova Says She Was Scared of Rudy Giuliani While Filming ‘Borat 2’

Have you seen Borat Subsequent Moviefilm yet? It was on Amazon Prime which I assume you all have because I’ll be god damned if I’m waiting more than two days for a potato ricer I ordered at 3 A.M. if you haven’t seen it, go watch it and come back.

Okay, we good?

Man Rudy Giuliani is creepy, isn’t he? And that’s not just coming from me, that’s coming from Maria Bakalova who played Borat’s daughter Tutar in the film.

Dave Itzkoff of The New York Times asked her if she was scared at any point making the film, and here’s what she said.

Sacha, he’s my nonbiological father and he will be like that forever. So I trusted him from the beginning and I knew he would never put me in a dangerous situation. At the same time, we had a security team that was able to save us in a moment. Maybe the scene when we were at the hotel and Rudy Giuliani called the police, I was kind of scared that something would happen. But fortunately, we escaped.

When Itzkoff pressed her on Giuliani, she said “Sacha jumped into the room quickly, because he’s been worried about me. So, if he were late, I don’t know how things were going to go. But he came just in time.” It does sound like everyone believed Rudy was about to get very inappropriate.

Honestly, I do believe Rudy when he says he was just tucking his shirt into his pants during that scene. But I also believe he was doing his best to get her into bed before and during that and was about to resume trying when Cohen burst into the room yelling “She’s 15, she’s too old for you!” And, I mean, he didn’t think she was 15 like the character in the movie was stated to be, she doesn’t really look 15, it’s not like he did anything wrong. The man just has all the charm and charisma of a festering boil. Which I think is the nickname George W. Bush gave him.

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‘No Time to Die’ Marketing Really Doubling Down on Claiming Lashana Lynch is 007

James Bond is 007. This is pretty much something that is never going to change. As long as there are James Bond movies he’ll be 007 and as long as they’re making 007 movies it will be James Bond.

Lashana Lynch did an interview with Harper’s Bazaar where she doubled down on the narrative that her character, Nomi, is 007 in No Time to Die. look, I was born at night but I wasn’t born last night, you’re not going to pull this over on me here. James Bond is always going to be 007, Thor is always going to be Thor and Bruce Wayne is always going to be Batman.

The Harper’s piece mentions over and over again that Lynch’s character is 007, but anyone with a brain has put together the main thrust of the plot already: James Bond retired and Nomi is the new 007, but Bond will be out of retirement and back to being 007 by the end of the movie. It’s really just that simple.

Interestingly, it doesn’t seem to be Lynch herself who is selling the narrative being pushed here, instead she’s just talking thoughtfully about bringing life to her character.

“A character that is too slick, a cast-iron figure? That’s completely against what I stand for,” says Lynch. ‘I didn’t want to waste an opportunity when it came to what Nomi might represent. I searched for at least one moment in the script where Black audience members would nod their heads, tutting at the reality but glad to see their real life represented. In every project I am part of, no matter the budget or genre, the Black experience that I’m presenting needs to be 100 per cent authentic.”

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Ray Fisher Says Joss Whedon Digitally Lightened Black Actors’ Skin in ‘Justice League’

The best thing Joss Whedon has done since the first Avengers movie has been making the cultural critics that spend their days attacking Chris Pratt bend themselves into pretzels defending Whedon’s shitty behavior because they grew up watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Ray Fisher has really lead the charge on the “Joss Whedon is an asshole” movement and he’s now accusing Whedon of not only reducing the screen time of black actors in Justice League or outright cutting them out of the film, but also of digitally lightening the skin of black actors in post-production.

Here’s the quote, via IGN:

“What set my soul on fire and forced me to speak out about Joss Whedon this summer was my becoming informed that Joss had ordered that the complexion of an actor of color be changed in post-production because he didn’t like the color of their skin tone,” Fisher told Forbes. “Man, with everything 2020’s been, that was the tipping point for me.”

Forbes appears to have removed this quote from the piece, which they updated with a rebuttal from Whedon’s people who claim that skin tones were changed because Whedon shot his scenes digitally and not on film, though they do still point out all the actors of color who had their roles reduced once Whedon took over.

The role of Ryan Choi, played by Zheng Kai, was cut. Joe Morton, who played Cyborg’s father Silas, had his role mostly cut and reshot. While Zack Snyder included a diverse cast of characters, many of them had roles significantly altered, or disappeared from the film altogether before it arrived in theaters. Karen Bryson, who played Cyborg’s mother Ellinore, had her role cut as well. Additionally, Kiersey Clemons, who played Iris West, was removed from the film. All of them will appear in 2021’s Zack Snyder’s Justice League. According to representatives for Whedon, these decisions were made prior to his taking control of the project.

And listen to what else Fisher said here:

“Race was just one of the issues with the reshoot process. There were massive blowups, threats, coercion, taunting, unsafe work conditions, belittling, and gaslighting like you wouldn’t believe,” Fisher commented when asked for details.

As for the role Johns had in the abusive environment on set, Fisher didn’t mince words on either Whedon or Johns.

“Geoff Johns made a veiled threat to my career during the LA reshoots of Justice League,” Fisher said. “Multiple sources have informed me, that Joss threatened the career of another person associated with the production. Toby was made aware and tried to cover for Whedon rather than deal with the abuse. That situation had to be escalated to Tsujihara to get any results.”

But I mean, of course Joss Whedon doesn’t have a problem with people of color. Look at all the non-white characters he’s had in his shows and movies like uh… it’s pretty much just Zoe and Book, isn’t it?

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