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‘Black Widow,’ ‘CODA,’ ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Zola’ Among Films to Earn ReFrame Stamp

Twenty-eight of the 100 most popular films from 2021 have received a ReFrame Stamp, marking a slight dip from 2020’s record when 29 films qualified as gender-balanced productions. The list, announced today by ReFrame and IMDbPro, is based on an analysis of data provided by IMDbPro, including a list of the 100 most popular films, which […]

Special Effects Is the Family Business for Oscar-Shortlisted Corbould Brothers

In a rare stroke involving this year’s visual effects Oscar contest, three brothers are all shortlisted for different movies. This trio of British special effects vets are Chris Corbould, special effects supervisor on MGM/United Artists’ No Time to Die; Neil Corbould, special effects supervisor on Disney/Marvel’s Eternals; and Paul Corbould, SFX supervisor on Disney/Marvel’s Black […]

‘Black Widow’ Post-Credit Scene Was Kept Secret From ‘Hawkeye’ Team (At First)

[This story contains spoilers for Hawkeye episode four.] The final moments of Black Widow featured a surprise for audiences — and as it turns out, even the writing staff of Hawkeye didn’t know about it at first. In Black Widow’s mid-credits scene, Yelena, the breakout character played by Florence Pugh, was put on the trail […]

‘Shang-Chi,’ ‘No Time to Die,’ ‘Black Widow’ and More VFX Pros on Bringing Avalanches, Explosions to Big Screen

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Director Jason Reitman calls Ghostbusters: Afterlife a “love letter” to the 1984 film helmed by his father, Ivan Reitman. “There is a lot of emotion and sensitivity in that,” relates Sheena Duggal, who shared VFX supervisor duties with Alessandro Ongaro. “In honoring the simplicity of the original film, we wanted the silhouette of […]

‘Hawkeye’ Prepares for a Long-Awaited Showdown

[This story contains spoilers for Hawkeye episode four.] “I was a weapon. I was aimed by the right people at the right targets.” The fourth episode of Hawkeye slows things down for some Christmas cheer, at least for a little while. Just as it seems Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Kate (Hailee Steinfeld) are finally on the same […]

Scarlett Johansson Touts “Positive Impact” of ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit, Kevin Feige Teases “Top-Secret” Marvel Project With Her as Producer

Scarlett Johansson stopped for every media outlet Thursday night on a packed red carpet inside the Beverly Hilton, host of the 35th annual American Cinematheque tribute in her honor. Husband Colin Jost, patiently waiting at the end of the line next to her Avengers comrade Jeremy Renner, handed Johansson, with two interviews left, a glass […]

HPA Awards: ‘Sound of Metal,’ ‘Black Widow’ Among 2021 Winners

The Hollywood Professional Association revealed Thursday its annual HPA Award winners for outstanding achievements in postproduction. Hosted at the Hollywood Legion Theater via an in-person gala, awards were presented in the areas of color grading, sound editing and visual effects in commercial, episodic and feature film projects. Among the winners were Mikkel E. G. Nielsen […]

Box Office Milestone: ‘No Time to Die’ Passes Up ‘F9’ Overseas

James Bond has accomplished another assignment. No Time to Die has become the top-grossing Hollywood movie of the pandemic era at the international box office after finishing Sunday with $558.2 million in ticket sales, eclipsing the $549 million earned overseas by F9. Universal, home of F9, is also handling No Time to Die internationally on […]

‘Black Widow,’ ‘Cobra Kai’ Among 2021 People’s Choice Awards Nominees

Black Widow and Cobra Kai are among the nominees for the 2021 People’s Choice Awards, it was announced on Wednesday. Other nominated films include Coming 2 America, F9: The Fast Saga, Dune, No Time to Die, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Jungle Cruise, Godzilla and Venom: Let There Be Carnage. In the TV […]

‘Black Widow,’ ‘The Mandalorian,’ ‘Hacks,’ ‘Lovecraft Country’ Among HPA Awards Nominees

The Hollywood Professional Association announced the nominees for its annual HPA Awards for postproduction, which are scheduled to be presented Nov. 18 at the Hollywood Legion Theater. Lovecraft Country earned four nominations for color grading, editing, sound and VFX. Hacks dominated the episodic editing categories, with four nominations. Multiple nominees also include Black Widow, Jungle Cruise, Minari, The Mandalorian […]

Scarlett Johansson, Disney Settle Explosive ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit

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 […]

When Stars Sue Studios: The Truth About Profit Participation Cases (Guest Column)

For the last month, profit participant lawsuits have been the talk of the town (or at least a corner of it). In our practice litigating profit participation suits, we often encounter talent, talent lawyers, and other dealmakers who share some of the same misperceptions — and they are, in many ways, closer to the issues […]