Scarlett’s suing in hospital, Jodie’s leaving ‘Dr. Who’ and Greta’s doing ‘Barbie’.
Scarlett’s suing Disney (while giving birth)
Scarlett Johansson, the 2nd hottest woman on the planet after Margot Robbie, is suing Disney for releasing her film ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus the same time it was in cinemas. She blames the film’s poor box office performance on the fact that most people chose to watch it at home. ‘Black Widow’ took $218 million on its opening weekend, but intakes sharply fell in the following weeks. Scarlett believes she was deprived of potential earnings.
The argument over whether movies should be simultaneously released on streaming services as well as in the cinemas has been up for debate for a long time. Christopher Nolan left Warner Bros, for example, because they’re releasing their entire 2021 slate onto HBO Max. I just think now cinemas are open, there’s no reason to release movies on streaming services. ‘Black Widow’ certainly flopped because it was available at home and people thought it would be cheaper and safer to watch it there. It’s not cos it was a bad film - I really enjoyed it, although ScarJo was not the star. That was Florence Pugh.
The funny thing about this whole streaming debacle was a story I read recently. Scarlett filed the lawsuit on July 31st and apparently did so while she was giving birth in the hospital. Talk about terrible timing. I bet she was thinking and screaming “FUCK YOU DISNEY!” while pushing and the midwives were screaming PUSH!
Stillwater’s causing a stir
Amanda Knox, who was wrongly convicted of murdering British student Meredith Kercher in 2007, has hit out at the new Matt Damon film ‘Stillwater’ for ripping off her case without her consent.
She claims Director Tom McCarthy didn’t consult her before making the movie and, in an essay for Medium, claims her “fictionalized” character was made to look like a participant in a crime. It involved having a sexual relationship with a victim and asking the killer to “get rid” of the lover.
Frankly I think this is pretty insensitive of McCarthy not to consult Knox before making the film. It’s perfectly ok to make a movie about real-life events, but the victim needs to know it’s happening. You can’t go around falsifying facts and history and potentially discrediting an innocent woman.
I didn’t like ‘Stillwater’, but not cos of the Knox case. I just found it very boring and detested the liberal politics which were so on-the-nose.
Jodie’s leaving Dr. Who
After 4 years as everyone’s favourite Time Lord and the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker will bow out of ‘Dr. Who’ in 4 feature-length specials due to air in 2022. Whittaker follows the rule of Troughton which is to bow out after 4 years and 3 seasons which has also been followed by Tennant, Smith and Capaldi. Screenwriter Chris Chibnall will also bow out in the finale on Christmas Day 2022.
I’m sure many people will be rejoicing when Jodie leaves as ‘Dr. Who’ has apparently become woke, PC crap. I can’t comment as I’ve only seen Jodie’s first episode where I thought she was pretty good and Tennant-like and the darkest Doctor since Patrick Troughton.
All eyes will be on who they cast next. Surely they can’t go back to making it a white man? Not after all this. It should be someone of an ethnic minority imo. Daniel Kaluuya, anyone?
Emma Stone, my darling, has officially signed on to star in a sequel to her big box office hit ‘Cruella’. The redhead star is apparently very pleased with the film’s Box Office performance which earned $58.5 million globally. “We’re very pleased with ‘Cruella’s Box Office success in conjunction with a very strong Disney Plus Premier Access performance” a spokesperson for Disney said.
I wonder where they’ll go with this sequel. Director Craig Gillespie is expected to return as is Screenwriter Tony McNamara. They were a great pairing for this punk rock origins story which has a touch of Scorsese about it and a great soundtrack.
I loved ‘Cruella’ and can’t wait to see Emma Stone in the role again. What can she do next? Skin a dog live on screen? Either way, Emma had great fun in the role and was certainly fun to watch. I’ll be campaigning for her to get an Oscar. It’s her best performance to date.
The fact she’s returning came as a surprise after people predicted she might follow Scarlett and sue Disney for releasing it on Disney Plus. I guess Cruella did better at the Box Office and Emma wasn’t having labour pains despite having just had a baby. You’ve got it, girl.
Greta’s doing Barbie (with Margot)
After months of speculation, it has been confirmed that Greta Gerwig, who is one of the finest filmmakers working today, will direct the ‘Barbie’ movie with a release date in 2023.
Guess who’s playing ‘Barbie’? None other than the blondest, sexiest woman alive Margot Robbie. She’s officially been cast and the film will begin production in 2022. It’s going to be scripted by Greta’s husband Noah Baumbach and produced by Margot’s LuckyChap production company which nearly won an Oscar for ‘Promising Young Woman’. Thank f**k it didn’t!
I can’t stand Barbie or the Aqua song, but can’t wait to see what Greta does with this movie. Is it going to be a woman’s liberation spin-off with #MeToo musings about female oppression? That worked wonders in ‘Little Women’.
I’ve often said Emma Stone’s Cruella’ was a lot like Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn. They are very similar - same kind of trash-talking vibe. I can’t wait to see Margot in the role. I hope it will be a skin-changing performance with blonde hair and bangs which Margot always does best. I hope we get a ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ nude scene. Man, Margot Robbie naked? Sign me up!