Imagine Disney refusing to renegotiate the terms of your contract, breaching that contract, and then being obligated by that same contract to do press and sell the movie for them, all the while, your lawyers are drafting up a suit against them. I’m absolutely with ScarJo on this. pic.twitter.com/LGngWSi2nx
— Michael J. Cohen (@Arkwulf) July 29, 2021
-This is HUGE: Scarlett Johansson filed a lawsuit today against Disney, claiming that the decision to stream Black Widow on Disney+ while also releasing it in theaters breached her contract and could cost her tens of millions of dollars. Her salary was largely based on the theatrical box office receipts and she gets bonuses whenever the tally reaches certain milestones. Estimates suggest she lost out on $50M in bonuses when Disney pushed it to streaming and refused to renegotiate.
-Disney fired back, saying that she has so far received $20M from the project and her lawsuit shows a “callous disregard” to the pandemic. Please. At this point when almost all theatres have reopened, its simultaneous debut on streaming had less to do about safety and more about adding Disney+ subscribers. She’s missing out on bonuses her male counterpoints have reaped because the distribution strategies have shifted while their compensation structures haven’t changed. It’s not just about a millionaire complaining; it’s about the old way of doing things being dead. Netflix already pays out talent up front, and after announcing their simultaneous streaming debuts, Warner Bros went back and amended contracts to pay actors more up front since the potential box office take was reduced.
-The Hawkeye series at Disney+, starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld, will debut on November 24. I became way more interested in this show once I realized that’s where Florence Pugh‘s Black Widow character is heading next.
-Broadway is the latest to require all workers to be vaccinated.
-Manifest is in top spot on the streaming chart for the third straight week, even though its future remains in limbo.
-With all the love that James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad is getting from critics (it’s 97% fresh!), David Ayers made a post about his Suicide Squad: “The studio cut is not my movie… A handful of people have seen it. If someone says they have seen it, they haven’t.”
-It leads in nicely to this piece on Hollywood’s enduring love of fat suits.
–Camila Cabello posted a video about waiting to fart until Shawn Mendes left the house. Ok then.
-Netflix renewed Sweet Tooth (a show I really liked but haven’t gotten around to ep 3 yet) for season 2.
–Candace Cameron Bure has apologized for dancing sexily with a Bible in a TikTok clip, saying “So many of you thought I was trying to be seductive, which clearly means I’m not a very good actress because I was trying to be strong, not sexy. So I guess that didn’t work, but I deleted it.”
–DaBaby just can’t seem to help himself.
–Jason Sudeikis talked about how Foo Fighters song “My Hero” influenced Ted Lasso season 2.
–Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s daughter is named Delta, which isn’t working out so well for her at this particular moment of humanity.
–Jennifer Garner inked a partnership with Netflix that will see the actress star in and produce movies, including a sequel to Yes Day.
–Joshua Jackson revealed that he bought his childhood home, and his daughter now sleeps in his old bedroom. “There was a mural of a dragon on the wall in that room that I couldn’t believe was still there, years later. The owner [who sold him the house] said, ‘I knew it meant a lot to somebody and that they were going to come back for it some day.'”
-Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are leaving the show in 2022.
–Angelina Jolie earned a victory in her lengthy court battle against Brad Pitt over custody of their children, but it could lead to their current custody arrangement being overturned, with the proceedings starting over again.
-I love that Vulture has brought back the report card-style reviews for Gossip Girl. Ah, memories!
–Oscar Isaac is haunted by his past in the trailer for The Card Counter, co-starring Tiffany Haddish.
–Will Smith plays Richard Williams, the father of legendary tennis siblings, Venus and Serena Williams, in the new trailer for the Oscar-baity King Richard.