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Florence Pugh Says People in Indie Film Community Were “Really Pissed Off” When She Joined the MCU

Although many would look at joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a huge career achievement, Florence Pugh said not everyone thought the same when she landed her role. During an interview with Time magazine, published online Tuesday, the actress, who joined the MCU as Yelena Belova with 2021’s Black Widow, said some people in the independent […]

Scarlett Johansson Says She’s Done With Marvel Films, Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn’t Rule Out a Return

The time of starring in Marvel films has come to an end for Scarlett Johansson. During an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow on The Goop Podcast, the two actresses reflected on their time starring in Marvel films and shared whether they’d return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future. Paltrow starred in 2008’s Iron Man […]

Marvel, DC Among Last Bastion for Supersized Paydays

A decade after Robert Downey Jr. earned $50 million for the first Avengers, stepping into a superhero costume remains one of the last ways for an actor to earn a major payday. With rare exception, even A+ stars aren’t making what they used to, as first-dollar-gross deals and massive backends have become little more than […]

Marvel’s Movie Math: Comic Creators Claim It’s “Bait and Switch” on Payments

In July 2021, Scarlett Johansson stunned Hollywood with a lawsuit accusing Disney of breach of contract for sending Black Widow day-and-date to Disney+, a move her lawyers said diminished its box office (and the star’s backend compensation). As that legal battle stretched into the summer, two other Black Widow stakeholders were quietly seeking what they […]

‘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 […]