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‘Hawkeye’ Sets Up Return of Fan-Favorite Netflix Villain

‘Hawkeye’ Sets Up Return of Fan-Favorite Netflix Villain

BY RICHARD NEWBY | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment The story of Maya Lopez sets the stage for the revelation of an "Uncle" who will be a familiar face to Marvel fans. Hawkeye is a ghost story. It is about the choices individuals make when moving through the world, what they see and hear, what they choose to ignore, and what spirits they unleash by doing so. Hawkeye is a ghost story, one that hinges on the past, present and future, Dickensian by way of Marvel. This, in turn, makes it the perfect tale for Christmastime. Clint Barton’s (Jeremy Renner) war against organized…
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Disney+’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’: TV Review

Disney+’s ‘The Beatles: Get Back’: TV Review

BY SHERI LINDEN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment Peter Jackson’s three-part documentary chronicles an intensely productive month for the band, culminating in the legendary Jan. 30, 1969, public performance that would be its last. They might have been the most famous musicians in the world, but there was a bit of understandable nerves when The Beatles convened just after New Year’s in 1969. For the past two years they’d sworn off touring, focusing instead on studio experimentation with such aurally adventurous releases as Sgt. Pepper’s and Magical Mystery Tour. Now they wanted to write songs together again, the old-fashioned way, and perform them in front…
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Disney Shows Its Cards in Pursuit of Sports Betting Dollars

Disney Shows Its Cards in Pursuit of Sports Betting Dollars

BY ALEX WEPRIN, GEORG SZALAI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital Now that major leagues are getting on board with gambling, the family-friendly Hollywood giant is eyeing that revenue and may start with a splashy ESPN licensing deal. The Walt Disney Co. is taking a gamble on sports betting. The entertainment giant, notoriously conservative when it comes to protecting its brand, will use ESPN as its entry point into the fast-growing sector. “Given our reach and scale, we have the potential to partner with third parties in this space in a very meaningful way,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek told analysts during…
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UPDATE: ‘Hawkeye’ Director Rhys Thomas’ Journey From ‘SNL’ to the Marvel Universe

UPDATE: ‘Hawkeye’ Director Rhys Thomas’ Journey From ‘SNL’ to the Marvel Universe

BY AARON COUCH | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment The filmmaker, who came up as an assistant on 'Saturday Night Live,' reflects on some of the big swings the team took for the upcoming Marvel Studios show. Hawkeye director Rhys Thomas made his first foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe late on a Friday night in 2014. Thomas had a short window to film with Chris Pratt, that week’s host of Saturday Night Live, where Thomas was a director. The whirlwind shoot resulted in a Guardians of the Galaxy parody trailer, the conceit being that audiences would show up no matter what Marvel did…
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‘Hawkeye’ EP Trinh Tran on Casting Hailee Steinfeld and the Influence of ‘Better Call Saul’

‘Hawkeye’ EP Trinh Tran on Casting Hailee Steinfeld and the Influence of ‘Better Call Saul’

BY BRIAN DAVIDS | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment The Marvel executive reflects on why Jeremy Renner's project was moved from film to TV: "The big question was, 'How are we going to fit all of this into a two-hour timeframe?'" Hawkeye and Avengers: Endgame executive producer Trinh Tran never doubted whether Clint Barton/Hawkeye’s Endgame storyline warranted further exploration. Instead, it was a question of which medium was best suited to tell the street-level story of Jeremy Renner’s Avenger and his quest to get home in time for Christmas. Tran, along with her fellow Marvel Studios producers, quickly realized that the Hawkeye project would benefit creatively if it transitioned…
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Disney CEO: We’re Ready for “Our Own” Metaverse

Disney CEO: We’re Ready for “Our Own” Metaverse

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital "Our efforts to date are merely a prologue to a time when we'll be able to connect the physical and digital worlds even more closely," Bob Chapek says on an earnings call. Disney CEO Bob Chapek is preparing the company to blend its physical and digital assets in the metaverse. “The Walt Disney Company has a long track record as an early adopter in the use of technology to enhance the entertainment experience,” Chapek said Wednesday during the company’s quarterly earnings call. “Our efforts to date are merely a prologue to a…
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Scarlett Johansson, Disney Settle Explosive ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

Scarlett Johansson, Disney Settle Explosive ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

BY KIM MASTERS, TATIANA SIEGEL | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment #EditorsPicks The settlement ends a back-and-forth PR battle pitting the CAA-repped star against the studio that was poised to have dramatic implications for all of Hollywood’s majors. Scarlett Johansson and Disney have settled a breach of contract lawsuit over the star’s Black Widow payday, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I am happy to have resolved our differences with Disney,” stated Johansson. “I’m incredibly proud of the work we’ve done together over the years and have greatly enjoyed my creative relationship with the team. I look forward to continuing…
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Disney Makes First Move in Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Suit

Disney Makes First Move in Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Suit

BY ERIQ GARDNER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business Pushing for arbitration, Disney's lawyers update the movie's box office and streaming take, saying it has outgrossed some other Marvel films with an "impressive pandemic-era showing." Disney is demanding that Scarlett Johansson’s suit over her Black Widow pay be moved to arbitration. The filings came near midnight on Friday evening in Los Angeles Superior Court. The company has also revealed that on Aug. 10, it initiated arbitration against her. In her complaint, Johansson alleges her contract was breached when the superhero film was released on Disney+. The actress earns bonuses when Black Widow reaches certain box office…
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‘Star Wars: Visions’ Drops First Eye-Popping Trailer for Disney+ Anthology Anime Series

‘Star Wars: Visions’ Drops First Eye-Popping Trailer for Disney+ Anthology Anime Series

BY RYAN PARKER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment The series, told through seven Japanese anime studios, will premiere Sept. 22. The first trailer for the upcoming Disney+ Star Wars: Visionsanime anthology series dropped Tuesday — and it is a lot to take in visually. The series will tell all-new Star Wars tales through the singular style and tradition of Japanese anime. In addition to the trailer, which runs two minutes long, the Japanese and English dub cast of the series was announced, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bobby Moynihan, Temuera Morrison, Shelby Young, Karen Fukuhara, Simu Liu, Masi Oka, David Harbour, Henry Golding, Jamie…
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The Low-Key Hustle of ‘Free Guy’ Filmmaker Shawn Levy: “I’m Willing to Outwork Anybody”

The Low-Key Hustle of ‘Free Guy’ Filmmaker Shawn Levy: “I’m Willing to Outwork Anybody”

BY TATIANA SIEGEL | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Entertainment With Disney's Ryan Reynolds starrer finally hitting theaters after multiple COVID-related delays, the prolific director-producer — he now has 15 projects lined up at Netflix — has quietly become one of Hollywood’s most dependable hitmakers. Shawn Levy is sipping iced coffee with a hint of milk on a scorching hot summer day in Boston. The industrious director-producer is in town with Ryan Reynolds to host a private cast-and-crew screening of their upcoming film Free Guy for the locals at the AMC Boston Common. It has been a long journey for the Disney tentpole, which shot in…
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