Scarlett Johansson – Reynolds Records Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Scarlett Johansson – Reynolds Records 32 32 7 prequel movies that would have worked better as TV series, according to Reddit Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:20:00 +0000

Last month, Prey appeared on Hulu to widespread critical and audience acclaim. Praised for his acting and character development, Prey showed that, as a prequel to Predator, he could more than stand on his own feet. However, the prequels can vary in effectiveness.

While there could be many reasons why a prequel may not live up to the hype, one of them may be that the movie couldn’t fit such a big story into the film. While some work well as movies, others may have benefited more from a small-screen release.


The Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

The The Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them Series have suffered from the law of diminishing returns. What was once a series that sparked the interest of Harry Potter fans has now lost much of its luster, with the most recent film Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secretsgrossing the lowest amount of money of any film in the Harry Potter series (via Variety).

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One fan, Reddit User Random10187, spoke about his dislike of movies, which he thinks are poorly written, but not focusing on the books they’re based on. They think a series would work to give Newt Scamander more attention. “fantastic beasts could even have been a TV series about Newt, his passion for magical creatures and his adventures studying and documenting them to write his book.”

Star Wars prequel trilogy

In recent years, people have warmed to Star Wars prequels, The Phantom Menace, attack of the clones and Revenge of the Sith. While not perfect, they’re still fun movies that show just how good at world-building George Lucas is and still hold up today.

This is one of the reasons Reddit user No1PDPSStanAccount thought the movies might have worked better as short series. It would have given them more time to develop characters and would have given them more time to develop relationships (like Anakin and Padme). “I can also imagine the opening battle for ROTS spanning a good hour or so, telling the story not only from Anakin and Obi-Wan’s perspective, but also Palpatine and Dooku’s, as ‘they discuss the future of their ‘Sith Empire’,” they say, providing plenty more inspiration and ideas.

Alien: Alliance

Both Prometheus and Alien: Alliance have long divided fans of the original Extraterrestrial movies. For some, these are entertaining films, directed by the same legend, Ridley Scott, who brought the first film into the world. For others, they are disappointments that feel like a huge missed opportunity to develop the story of the Extraterrestrial universe.

Reddit user Pancake_Muncher thinks the movies try to pack too much into a short time and would work better as a series because of it. “I wish these prequels were a miniseries or a TV show that gave it space to expand the mythology, the motivations, and create the horror,” they said. While they’re certainly scary, there’s no doubt that a TV series could have brought in a new level of terror by building suspense. The jumpscares would have been much more unpredictable and unexpected.


Cruel was a blockbuster movie for Disney when it was released in 2021. A strong performance from Emma Stone helped take a movie that might have been mundane and made it one to remember (even if it was a a character who actually didn’t need an origin story). However, for some, it fell back into the money-grabbing formula that many blamed on Disney with their live-action remakes and prequels.

Reddit user Ruraraid said the film did nothing to Cruel and was useless. They thought, if anything, Disney should make a series based on their characters instead of all these movies. “Hell, they might even do a series what if for their classic animated movies similar to Marvel Comics and MCU what if Given the success of this film, it seems unlikely that Disney will go down this path; however, the ideas are very intriguing, especially since some fans have wondered what would have happened if certain villains succeeded in their plans.

The Hobbit

Whereas The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will bring the iconic series to television for the first time, some thought the iconic Hobbit the books would work best as a TV show in the first place. The Peter Jackson prequels were hugely successful, but they didn’t quite hit the heights if the original The Lord of the Rings movies.

Interestingly enough, Reddit user Cranyx said he thinks The Hobbit the movies would work better as a TV show 7 years ago, highlighting things like how the book follows a more episodic structure then a 3-act structure that was used for the movies. “There are 20 chapters in the book, and I could easily see each one being a 10-30 minute episode depending on whether it was one of the longer chapters,” they said. While such budgets weren’t often given to TV in 2015, they are now.

Black Widow

by Scarlett Johansson Black Widow was a moderate success, considering it came out when streaming was at its peak due to the pandemic. He was praised for giving more backstory to Black Widowas well as performances by Johansson and Florence Pugh.

Related: MCU: 10 Quotes That Perfectly Summarize Black Widow As A Character

Reddit user Grom260 enjoyed the film, but felt it could have been helped with more time, saying “I think it would have been better as a Disney+ series where family drama and political intrigue could be fleshed out.” This opinion takes on even more meaning with the many Marvel shows on Disney+.

X-Men prequels

The X-Men movies did a soft reboot in 2011 with X-Men: First Class. The film was a big hit and led to many films that function as prequels and reboots of the series. However, while the films started out as critical and commercial successes, they were less acclaimed over time.

Reddit user IAmAOzzieNewsomeGuy mentioned it somewhat as star trekthey always believed that x-men would work best as a TV show, allowing time to flesh out each of its many characters. “The thing is, there really aren’t many opportunities to explore the entire cast and their stories on the big screen. In theaters, it’s still going to be a Wolverine (or now, Mystique) movie, with Professor Xavier and Magneto have big roles and the rest of the cast is just secondary.” The show would give them a more different direction to develop the characters, something the user didn’t think the original or the reboots did well.

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]]> Xcel Brands in the USA presents C. Wonder by Christian Siriano Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:14:59 +0000 American media and consumer products company Xcel Brands, which specializes in live shopping, has announced the launch of Christian Siriano’s C. Wonder. The company also revealed that Siriano has been named creative director for the new brand, which will launch in spring 2023.

The celebrated American fashion designer has run his own brand since 2008 and has been a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) since 2013, according to a press release from Xcel Brands. Her designs have been worn on the red carpet by many celebrities including current FLOTUS Dr. Jill Biden, former FLOTUS Michelle Obama, Angelina Jolie, Oprah, Zendaya, Ariana Grande, Julianne Moore, Lady Gaga, Tiffany Haddish, Billy Porter, Cardi B, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Whoopi Goldberg and Julia Roberts, to name a few. Siriano will continue to design his own collection while bringing his signature refined exuberance to C. Wonder through his collections of modern ready-to-wear and accessories. He will also be the public face and voice of the brand, including appearing on HSN’s broadcast and streaming service in 2023.

Live shopping media and consumer products company Xcel Brands has announced the launch of Christian Siriano’s C. Wonder. The company also revealed that Siriano has been named creative director of the new brand, which will launch in spring 2023. The famous American fashion designer has been running his own brand since 2008.

“Bringing Christian on board to lead the transformation of C. Wonder by Christian Siriano is another key step in creating a direct selling ecosystem that connects our brands directly to consumers,” said Robert W. D’Loren, President and CEO of Xcel Brands. “Christian’s sophisticated aesthetic, creative vision and dynamic personality have made him one of America’s most respected young designers and we are confident he will bring renewed enthusiasm to C. Wonder as we are consolidating our leadership within the fast-growing live stream. market “.

Xcel Brands is one of the largest apparel providers in the interactive TV market and strategically invests in live streaming technology platforms and partnerships. In addition to C. Wonder, the company produces and distributes sportswear and dresses under the Halston and H Halston brands available at premium retailers such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s and HSN. It owns the Judith Ripka and LOGO by Lori Goldstein brands as well as a minority stake in Isaac Mizrahi and Longaberger home products and the live-streaming platform, the statement added.

“I have always loved the C. Wonder brand and am excited to join the team at Xcel Brands to collaborate and share the brand with new audiences,” Siriano said. “Live streaming has a fantastic future here in the United States and I look forward to being able to personally connect with millions of C. Wonder customers across all platforms.”

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Bob Chapek’s PR effort ‘has dramatically improved in recent weeks’ Fri, 16 Sep 2022 21:30:54 +0000

Bob Chapek, who has had a checkered tenure at the helm of Disney, was on a “charm tour” working to rebrand himself over the weekend. At the D23 Expo in Anaheim — the three-day event where some 140,000 people flocked to see Disney stars, hear about upcoming movies and new theme park rides — he “squeezed hundreds of hands from Thursday night to Sunday afternoon, praised the stars in backstage schmooze sessions, according to The New York Times. He even gave several 15-minute taped interviews. “He didn’t do a lot of press, so it was kind of an occasion,” said Kim Masters, who attended the event and spoke to Chapek. Masters and Matt Belloni discuss what this image reboot means for Disney and Chapek.

Chapek’s PR effort has improved dramatically

Kim: [Chapek] looked classy. He wore this new beard, [as if] someone paid more attention to the making of the clothes. Its public relations effort has drastically improved in recent weeks.

Mast: He has more to say now that they are definitely looking into a reboot of the picture. Disney’s finances are pretty good, especially compared to Netflix and some of the other companies right now. Wall Street appears to value these more diverse media companies, somewhat more than the overall streaming valuation we’ve seen in recent years. The parks are absolutely printing money and the cinemas are coming back.

There is one story that Bob Chapek would like to publish that is very different from this beleaguered CEO he was tagged with in the first three years of his tenure. He has a new contract. He’s really starting to put his fingerprints on this company, and I think we’re going to start seeing more announcements to that effect.

It’s not just pure Disney gaming

Kim: The big question people raised was, “Is there a transformative vision? Bob Iger really added so many things: Pixar, Lucas Films, Fox. [He] changed the business, while it doesn’t seem like it’s quite where we are right now with Disney.

But Chapek was asked: “What about Hulu? What about ESPN?” and there had been pressure on him by Dan Loeb, the activist-investor, to get rid of some things. It’s been clear it has no intention of doing this It’s not so much pure Disney play, as if the company is just doing what Disney is doing, as some would have argued, but a more diverse society.

Mast: It doesn’t look like they are going to part ways with ESPN as some had hoped.

Industry Trend: Integration

Mast: It looks like we’re headed towards an integration of Hulu into the larger Disney+ app, which seems to be an industry trend right now. Warner Bros. Discovery combines HBO Max, Discovery+. Showtime and Paramount come together in one Paramount+ app where you’ll have a title you can pay extra for Showtime. This is key because it increases that friction where people won’t stay in your ecosystem if they have to leave to log into another app. And I think we’re going to see that with Disney very soon.

So there are things he does that come from Chapek’s worldview rather than Iger’s worldview. It’s just not that big transformational move that a lot of people wondered if it had something up its sleeve, at least not yet.

“Can you do this on a streamer?”

Kim: I asked him about this idea of ​​trying to start franchises and things that spawn the kind of stuff that a company like Disney needs with theme parks, cruise ships, these huge attractions. “Can you do this on a streamer?” And he said yes, but he quoted “Encanto”.

“Encanto” was released in theaters, [and] he said it was a bummer until he got to the streamer. But of course the question would be, “If ‘Encanto’ hadn’t been in theaters, even though people at that time weren’t ready to go because of the pandemic, would it have happened? turned into this kind of phenomenon that then became?”

Mast: I would say the answer is probably no. But maybe he has another vision of the world. It’s just that he couldn’t cite an example to compare it to something huge without theater, so it’s still an open question.

Chapek “feels it makes sense”

Kim: I also pushed him on his conflict with Scarlett Johansson, who he said was fine now. He’s great with CAA. He was very optimistic about the whole thing, so it seems like he at least feels like it’s coming into its own.

The MCU’s Lack Of Body Horror Is An Underlying Problem Thu, 15 Sep 2022 01:15:00 +0000

The MCU is a franchise that thrives on the superhuman – from giant green monsters to artificially enhanced super soldiers to bodies that rely on technology to function, bodily changes recur in various forms throughout the series. This level of body modification provides opportunities to venture into the horror subgenre of body horror.

Virtually since its inception, the MCU has combined multiple genres in its films, a formula that has stood the test of time. Captain AmericaThe genre is part superhero and part war story, while a more modern addition to the MCU, Spider Man, combines superheroes with teen comedy. In this way, the MCU can reach many more viewers due to the varied genre tastes of the audience. Those who tend to watch more spy movies than anything else might not want to witness the Shakespearean epic that is the Thor series, but they will be delighted to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldierwhether or not superhero movies are their cup of tea.


What the MCU lacks: horror

One genre that’s oddly missing from the MCU’s roster is horror. While many (if not all) MCU movies and TV shows have horror qualities and moments and can be scary in the right context, the focus isn’t really on horror as the greatest part of the genre combinations of their films. It’s an odd oddity for the franchise, given its propensity for body modification. Changes to the human body, sometimes in heartbreaking ways, give the MCU ample opportunity to introduce body horror into its franchise.

Several moments of body horror are already sprinkled throughout the films. Consider the Hulk’s introduction and development throughout The Avengers. Bruce Banner (Marc Ruffalo) must always be on guard, otherwise he might unleash a monster within himself; this story, especially in The Avengershas extremely dark undertones (such as lines like “the other guy spits it out”) that could have been expanded upon had horror – and the Hulk – been higher on the MCU’s priority list. Thor: The Dark World used visually captivating moments of horror to show the dangers of Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) exposure to the Ether showing its invasion of his body and consciousness; however, this sub-plot is light compared to the larger in-game plots. The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) himself suffered brainwashing and mental and physical torture, but his gruesome experience is often drowned out by the action portions of his own film.

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron introduces a character with great horror potential due to his mind powers. Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen), aka Scarlet Witch, uses both surreal and twisted visions, each of which leaves an Avenger traumatized by what he sees. But Wanda’s turn on the hero side took her powers out of the realm of horror for a while. And while his visions were terrifying to the Avengers, nothing happened to their physical bodies. For a time during the early phases, the MCU steered clear of imagery that strayed too far from the franchise’s light-hearted quality.

The family friendliness of the MCU

The family friendliness of the MCU is perhaps one of the biggest reasons for the lack of body horror (and horror in general) in the franchise. For all the positives that come from the MCU’s creative genre combinations, their goal of reaching a wide audience comes with downsides. To win over as many viewers as possible, being family-friendly is an important aspect of storytelling, and one that the MCU has clearly taken into consideration. Especially now that the MCU’s brand of light-hearted superhero fun has been firmly established for over a decade (with the franchise becoming more joke-laden and wackier than ever), too many scary aspects of a movie or a TV show could risk alienating the youngest. viewers, and therefore families.

Interestingly enough, the 2022 TV series She-Hulk: Lawyer on Disney+ officially renamed Bruce Banner not as the tragic figure of the early phases, but as a much calmer figure (cementing his transition to Smart Hulk). She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany) herself exists in an MCU world very different from the original Hulk, in that She-Hulk: Lawyer is primarily a comedy and tones down the scary factor of the Hulk in favor of a lighter take on the monster.

She-Hulk seems to be the culmination of the Hulk’s change to soft, not necessarily the reason, as the monster gradually began to behave through the phases. Had the MCU been willing to explore the darkness of the character, sharing a body with a monster would have been an incredible addition to the body horror element.

Sometimes the MCU gets scary

That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of scary (and sometimes shocking) moments in the MCU – and those opportunities aren’t being missed. Lately, the MCU has taken more risks in its change of tone for the franchise: shows like Wanda Vision at peak load, while Marvel: what if? strays further than ever into the realm of the surreal; they even had an entire zombie episode.

One of the most visually unnerving MCU movies, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, made great strides in incorporating horror elements into the MCU franchise. As the lineup’s first truly horror-infused film, Multiverse of Madness uses a combination of creepy jumps, scary imagery, and more graphic violence than the typical MCU film. Looking into these elements is one aspect of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) that brings out its plots.

With characters like Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch (especially together) thriving on unnerving visuals, the MCU is blessed with an overabundance of opportunity for unnerving visuals. And yet, it’s taken the franchise a long time to explore the darker elements of its stories – and even if the MCU tries its hand at a pseudo-horror movie, the PG-13 rating and friendly tone family retain the film. to fully dive into the genre.

As for television performances, the Disney+ series Moon Knight is well known for being one of the most brutal MCU stories. The show engages in the body horror opportunities the MCU has missed over the years, with the newfound freedom to explore darker tones without as many of the limitations of theatrical releases. Nevertheless, Moon KnightBody horror and gore are toned down, with cutaways that soften the horror’s impact. Thanks to Moon Knight’s (Oscar Isaac) ability to heal from serious injuries, however, the show’s brutality stands out as a positive addition to the MCU’s horror-centric storylines. Considering the existence of assassins like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), whose film is far from violent, the story of Moon Knight as a mercenary receives a much darker treatment than previous episodes.

While bigger and bigger risks are being taken in terms of story and tone, the MCU remains at the same level of mixing genres. This lack of commitment to horror elements perpetuates the MCU’s mark as a family franchise, but it also shows an unwillingness to take risks in terms of the genre. They’ve already committed to mixing genres, but haven’t yet fully committed to horror, even in the scariest of times. While shows like Wanda Vision and movies like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Think outside the box, the MCU as a whole is still struggling with the same clean, family-friendly versions of the genre blending together in this modern phase.

Hopefully, the future of the MCU will fully delve into their various genre elements. Considering the pre-existence of body horror opportunities already baked into the franchise, a total commitment to horror would certainly be a bold start.

]]> “Life is too short to miss out on nice things like a double cheeseburger” – Muddy River News Tue, 13 Sep 2022 13:32:55 +0000

Daily Dirt for Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Have you recovered from that first full weekend of football? If so, grab a cheeseburger… Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 396 of the Daily Dirt.

1. Believe it, later this week — Sunday, to be exact — is National Cheeseburger Day.

And how did cheeseburgers get their own “national day”? Do we really care? Absolutely not.

Cheeseburgers are great whether you prefer them with cheese alone or like to drown them in all sorts of condiments. After all, a burger without cheese is like a hug with a squeeze. Or so I’m told.

Cheeseburgers are a special sandwich that can create a special kind of culinary loyalty. People seem to really like their cheeseburgers. A simple plain burger is just that, but a cheeseburger can represent a royal form of shredded cow flesh.

See if your feelings about a cheeseburger look like the following:

  • “Life is too short to miss out on nice things like a double cheeseburger.” — actor Channing Tatum.
  • “Sometimes I thank God…for cheeseburgers.” — vocalist Garth Brooks.
  • “I’m all about fashion, cheeseburgers and bright red lipstick.” — actress Scarlett Johansson.
  • “I can eat a cheeseburger with fries almost every day.” — actress Cameron Diaz.

For the record, 2% of Americans prefer their plain cheeseburgers, according to Those who prefer toppings, however, list the following as their favorites:

  • 65% ketchup.
  • 64 percent lettuce.
  • 58 percent tomatoes.
  • 57 percent onions.
  • 54 percent pickles.
  • 52 percent mustard.
  • 45 percent bacon.
  • 23 percent mushrooms.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Who the hell prefers lettuce to bacon? Who the communists are. JRG)

2. We have another major shake-up in the 2022 Great Plate rankings, this ongoing pursuit to discover the smartest license plates in west-central Illinois and northeastern Missouri.

We not only have a new No. 1, but also a new No. 2.

Gold medal: 1 KWIKI: I think we’ll leave this one alone…

Silver medal:GEEZER 2: Ah! An old friend.

Bronze medal:USA FAN 1: His reign as #1 only lasted a week.

Honorable Mention of the Week: CHECK 4. Check what?

3. Worst division among Power 5 college football conferences? I would say the Big Ten West is the first leader. Consider:

  • Disaster that is Nebraska lost to Georgia Southern (I’m not kidding), falling 1-2 and ultimately costing Scott Frost his job as Cornhuskers coach. Frost had been a total disaster since coming to school, including a 5-22 record in score-decided games. Could it get worse in Lincoln? Well, actually, yes. Nebraska hosts Oklahoma on Saturday.
  • Iowa lost to Iowa State 10-7. In two games, Iowa scored 14 points. The Hawkeyes won their opener against South Dakota 7-3, scoring a field goal and recording two safeties. One writer referred to Iowa after the loss of Iowa State as “Iwa” (not “o”, get it…).
  • Northwestern lost to the sad Duke 31-23 (remember, we’re not talking basketball here, folks). It came a game after barely passing lowly Nebraska 31-28.
  • Oh, and (previously) nationally ranked Wisconsin, a 17.5-point favorite to Washington State, managed a 17-14 loss.

Steve thought about the day — I’m a little surprised at the low percentages of bacon and mushrooms on this list of favorite cheeseburger toppings.

Steve Eightinger writes daily for Muddy River News. He doesn’t know much, but he knows bacon is better than lettuce.

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek breaks silence by apologizing to staff over Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill Sun, 11 Sep 2022 14:47:11 +0000

Disney CEO Bob Chapek has spoken about his response to Florida’s Don’t Say Gay Bill for the first time since apologizing to staff for failing to speak out against the controversial legislation last spring .

Chapek said he initially chose to remain silent on the bill because he wanted to balance the desires of Disney employees and customers, and hoped to keep the media giant away from political controversy. caused by the bill.

“What we try to do is be everything to everyone,” Chapek told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview, “That tends to be really difficult because we’re The Walt Disney Company.”

“We certainly don’t want to get caught up in political subterfuge, but at the same time, we also realize that we want to represent a brighter future for families of all types, however they define themselves,” he said. -he declares.

Chapek landed in hot water last spring when he took no public stance on the Don’t Say Gay bill, which banned schools from discussing sexuality or gender with children between kindergarten and the third year.

According to an internal memo released at the time, Chapek felt the company could better champion inclusivity through its content and by working with lawmakers behind the scenes.

The memo’s revelations were met with outrage by Disney staff, who called Chapek’s decision weak and disappointing. Chapek apologized later in March, publicly denounced the bill, announced that Disney had suspended all political donations in Florida.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek said he initially chose not to speak out against Florida’s Don’t Say Gay bill to balance the needs of customers and employees.

Chapek landed in hot water last spring when he took no public stance on Ron DeSantis' Don't Say Gay bill, which banned schools from discussing sexuality or gender with children between kindergarten and third grade.

Chapek landed in hot water last spring when he took no public stance on Ron DeSantis’ Don’t Say Gay bill, which banned schools from discussing sexuality or gender with children between kindergarten and third grade.

Asked if he had regained the trust of staff since the melee last spring, Chapek explained the complex situation he faced when the bill began to gain momentum.

“These are complex social issues where we absolutely and positively want to represent the needs and expectations of our stakeholders,” he said, “But we also realize that sometimes, in such a divided world, there is no no alignment between what may be large constituencies our customers and consumers are looking for.

“When you’re a lightning rod for clicks and for political talk, the essence of our brand can be hijacked or misused to try to fit the agenda needs of a particular group.”

Chapek explained that he wanted Disney to be a brand that could “rise above” the political fray and serve as a beacon of optimism and harmony in the world.

“We want to rise above that. We believe Disney is a place where people can come together with shared values ​​about what an optimistic and ideal future can be,” he said.

Pushing further on whether Disney staff felt those feelings from him, Chapek said he believed they did and that the springtime controversy had made the Disney “family” stronger.

“We are a very close-knit, big and happy family. I think our staff saw how firm I stood during the final barrage of attacks from certain political constituencies.

“Honestly, I think it was a lot stronger and a lot longer and a lot harder than they ever could have imagined and we held on,” he added, “So I think it is safe to say that actions speak louder than words, and they saw resilience and consistency regardless of the strength of the attacks.

After Chapek announced Florida's halt to political donations in his apology, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded by beginning the legislative process to remove Disney's special zoning status - known as Reedy. Creek Improvement District.

After Chapek announced Florida’s halt to political donations in his apology, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded by beginning the legislative process to remove Disney’s special zoning status – known as Reedy. Creek Improvement District.

Reedy Creek was established in 1967 after negotiations between Disney and the Florida government.  It established Disney as a special jurisdiction, allowing it to govern itself similar to a state county

Reedy Creek was established in 1967 after negotiations between Disney and the Florida government. It established Disney as a special jurisdiction, allowing it to govern itself similar to a state county

After Chapek announced Florida’s halt to political donations in his apology, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded by beginning the legislative process to remove Disney’s special zoning status – known as Reedy. Creek Improvement District.

Reedy Creek includes Disney World and its surrounding properties. Disney and the Florida government founded it as an independent jurisdiction 55 years ago, allowing Disney to operate as a county government. It is managed by a board of directors selected by Disney and other companies nationwide.

After DeSantis’ sudden decision, residents of surrounding counties who would absorb Reedy Creeks’ debt sued the government,

But Disney quickly hit back at DeSantis, saying there was a clause in its original contract that states or local governments will be responsible for its $1 billion bond debt when it is dissolved.

DeSantis said his proposal to disband Reedy Creek would be ready for the November election.

In the interview, Chapek also touched on the lawsuit between Disney and actress Scarlett Johansson.

Disney and Johansson settled the lawsuit in the fall of 2021, and Chapek told The Hollywood Reporter that their relationship is better than ever now.

Disney and Johansson settled the lawsuit in the fall of 2021, and Chapek told The Hollywood Reporter that their relationship is better than ever now.

In the interview, Chapek also touched on the lawsuit between Disney and actress Scarlett Johansson, who sued Disney for breach of contract arguing that the company sacrificed box office revenue from its film Black Widow by releasing it early on. Disney+ to promote the streaming service.

Disney and Johansson settled the lawsuit in the fall of 2021, and Chapek told The Hollywood Reporter their relationship is better than ever now.

“There were a lot of people who voted on how we handled this,” he said, “And I was one voice, and I’ll just say our relationship with her and her agency didn’t has never been better.”

Marvel Studios Has a Top-Secret ‘Black Widow Room’ at Its Headquarters to Stop Leaks Fri, 09 Sep 2022 02:17:00 +0000

When it comes to uncovering Marvel Studios’ big secrets, apparently the House of Ideas has more holes in it than before. In a major article on the subject, The Hollywood Reporter went into depth about how so many Marvel secrets and spoilers managed to come out to the public earlier than expected. Recent examples of this have been when key moments and cameos from both Spider-Man: No Coming Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness began scouring Twitter, sometimes as early as four weeks before the film’s release. Trade notes that much of these leaks appear to be the result of more and more people, usually visual effects salespeople, working from home, but Marvel is still trying to keep some secrets.

In their report, THR notes that Marvel HQ has at least one room designed just to keep secrets. According to the trade: “Marvel even has a Black Widow room at its Burbank headquarters, with no internet connection or windows. Outside cleaning crews aren’t allowed in.” THR reveals that this space is reserved “where we discuss sensitive subjects”. It’s unclear whether sensitive topics mean casting, the MCU timeline, or even things like Scarlett Johansson‘s lawsuit against Disney, but it’s apparently where Kevin Feige makes big decisions.

One person who has confirmed the existence of the “Black Widow Room” is Kaz Firpo, one of the original Eternals screenwriters, who revealed that they worked on their first draft of the adaptation there. They confirmed that, yes, there are no windows, but the room has amenities that even that out.

“If we could, we’d write every movie somewhere out in the wild without anyone,” Firpo previously told THR of the secret room. “Writing the Eternals with Kevin [Feige] and Nate and Chloe and those incredible collaborators, it was a gift, even if it meant showing up every day for nine months in a windowless room. At least the walls were covered in artwork by the amazing Ryan Meinerding, Marvel’s amazing visual development team. We were writing pages, they were reading the pages, and then they were drawing and illustrating all these visions in our heads. And there was a free cereal bar.”

Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani has previously confirmed that when spoilers come out, or even before they can, Marvel Studios goes out of its way to put out fake leaks to combat them and keep fans on their toes. “r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers is my second home,” the actress previously wrote in an AMA. “However, I left the subreddit for two years during infinity war/endgame once I saw this leaked BARF case set pics which turned out to be a mistake Total Marvel Security. They literally planted this! and I now have so much respect for the Marvel Security team”

Ding Dong House from Snedens Landing – DIRT Tue, 06 Sep 2022 23:52:00 +0000

You’ve probably never heard of Snedens Landing, New York, even if you live in the state. You have certainly heard of some of its current and former residents: Bill Murray, Angelina Jolie, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Björk, Al Pacino and Scarlett Johansson among them. Twelve miles north of the George Washington Bridge, Snedens Landing is a neighborhood of just a hundred houses in the hamlet of Orangetown. This area is also called palisades.

This house alone, on half an acre of land, built some time before the Revolutionary War and known as the Ding Dong House, was home to Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman (in the late 90’s) , Jerome Robbins and Margot Kidder. . It is now on the market, along with all of its 18th and 19th century antiques, furnishings and a Hudson River School art collection, for $6.5 million through Richard Ellis at Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty.

At just over 3,200 square feet, the home is fairly modest in size, with three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in personality, not to mention fantastic views of the Hudson.

The Ding Dong House was originally built by John Sneden, whose family ran the ferry across the Hudson to Westchester County. They lived there for almost 200 years. At some point, the house became the region’s first library. It was surmounted by an enormous bell: hence the name. Nobody knows what happened to this bell, unfortunately.

Later, in the 19th century, sculptors Mary Lawrence Tonetti and Francois Tonetti purchased several properties in Snedens Landing, creating a sort of colony of artists and actors with big names like Laurence Olivier and Ethel Barrymore. (Despite its star power, Woody Allen called the city boring in his movie “Manhattan”!)

Originally a vernacular Dutch farmhouse, the former Sneden/Kidder/Robbins/Hawke/Thurman House was built around the 1750s and expanded around the 1850s. A complete $2.5 million restoration over the course of five years includes a new slate roof, a sophisticated security system and additional repairs in keeping with the old house. There are three living areas, three en-suite bedrooms, four working fireplaces and a magnificent porch overlooking the river. The courtyard, with its swimming pool and outdoor kitchen, is planted with manicured and wild gardens, and includes several entertaining areas and gazebos, an outdoor shower and massive stone walls and steps. There is no bell but the legend of the Ding Dong house is still alive.

All this, close to the city, but on the edge of the river and surrounded by a park with hiking trails? And hardly anyone even knows it exists? No wonder the rich and famous have always flocked very quietly to Snedens Landing.

Moss, McCartney…: holistic beauty is the new holy grail for celebrities Sun, 04 Sep 2022 21:53:28 +0000

British model Kate Moss recently made a remarkable entry into the world of skincare with her brand “Cosmoss by Kate Moss”, and a short video revealing without any artifice, in fact without any clothing. The line, which aims to combine “beauty and well-being”, does not offer mascara, foundation or lipstick, but rather skincare products, oils and beverages such as special tea blends, all designed as components of rituals to uplift body and mind. In short: raw holistic beauty.

An approach driven by the pandemic

Holistic beauty in itself is not a new concept; Susanne Kaufman, founder of the cosmetics brand of the same name, pioneered her approach to this idea nearly two decades ago. But it made a comeback with the Covid-19 pandemic, as makeup sales slumped with shutdowns and audiences turned to more natural and authentic products, ingredients and lifestyle practices. Gone are the days of contouring, layering and stacking cosmetics and makeup, replaced by a new approach to beauty based on body and mind care.

Today it is a question of approaching beauty in its entirety, under the spectrum of food, fitness, well-being, sleep and of course cosmetics. All this using natural ingredients, where possible, as well as science and new technologies. The objective is no longer to treat or cover, but to prevent, by strengthening the natural powers of the skin. LED light, prebiotics, facial gymnastics and other facial massages are all very popular techniques and ingredients today to reinvent our beauty routines.

Brands and celebrities join the bandwagon

Despite the rebound in makeup sales over the course of 2021, many celebrities – usually backed by beauty majors – intend to build on this concept with new launches in skincare categories. and body.

Millie Bobby Brown was among the first to have tried to undermine this niche with Florence by Mills, combining make-up and clean and vegan skincare, but without the well-being facet.

Since then, other celebrities have followed suit. Hailey Bieber with Rhode Skin, Kim Kardashian with SKKN By Kim, who is “at the intersection of elevated simplicity and innovative science” Going through “clean ingredients and technical formulas.

Everything is based on ethics and sustainability, two key words found in most of these cosmetic lines. Other points in common: a limited choice – focused on the essentials – and a beauty routine that favors time with lasting results. Carefully elaborated and explained or not, the concept of holistic beauty is indeed at the center of the communication strategy of these new brands.

Creams, tea and CBD

It’s the same with JLo Beauty, the brand of Jennifer Lopez, and more with The Outset, the label developed by Scarlett Johansson. But with Cosmoss, Kate Moss seems to want to go even further, with a line including tea to rid the body of toxins, creams, a “sacred” mist and CBD oil. “Each product has been meticulously designed with well-being in mind; each ritual opens a door to balance, restoration and love,“, we read on the Instagram account of the brand.

The latest entrant in the race, Stella McCartney has teamed up with the beauty division of the LVMH group to develop the skincare line, STELLA by Stella McCartney, with the aim of combining nature, efficiency and responsibility. The short range consists of three essential products: Reset Cleanser, Alter-Care Serum and Restore Cream.

According Eric Brionesco-founder of the Ecole du Luxe de Paris, and author of the book author of Luxury and digitalwhich will be released in October by the French publishers Dunod, in Paris (untranslated), “beauty and well-being will be the new growth drivers for luxury.This would explain, according to him, the proliferation of beauty lines owned or endorsed by celebrities. Especially since “investing with a celebrity is much safer than with an unknown young brand, because you start with a fan base“which can reach millions of people.

Friends in High Places: See All of the Hamptons Fri, 02 Sep 2022 21:34:56 +0000
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In each Gazette GRAZIA question, we highlight a coterie of professionals who embody success, culture, change and the art of living well. In the last GRAZIA Gazette: Hamptons, we spotlight a slew of Hamptonites who are at the top of their game in everything they do. Meet them all, below.

Amanda Freeman

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A Duke University graduate and former talent agent and trend forecaster, Amanda Freeman is the founder of Stretch*d and SLT, the 50-minute Megaformer workout with a following of A-listers including Scarlett Johansson, Hailey Baldwin, Nina Agdal and Chrissy Teigen.

Emilie Fazzalari

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As co-founder and CEO of Cincoro Tequila, Fazzalari oversees day-to-day operations, including production, marketing and a successful national rollout. Since launching in 2019, Fazzalari has helped the brand sell over 1.5 million bottles of the award-winning tequila. She is also an active member of the Boston Children’s Hospital Trust Board and Trustee of Giving | Grousbeck Fazzalari Charitable Foundation.

Danielle Bernstein

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Originally from New York, Bernstein has amassed a fanbase of over 3 million Instagram followers through his popular brand WeWoreWhat and his philanthropic arm, WeGaveWhat. Founded in 2010, the fashion blogger turned business mogul is also a New York Times bestselling author and former recipient of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 award.

Purvi Padia

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When not designing breathtaking homes and table settings, Padia is focused on improving the lives of India’s 1.5 million orphaned children through LION, a subset of the UNICEF which she launched in 2018.

Ivan Pol

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Renowned facialist and creator of The Beauty Sandwich®, an innovative non-invasive, non-toxic treatment that enhances the appearance of facial contours, Pol’s clients include some of the most beautiful faces in the world, including Zoë Kravitz, Cara Delevingne, Lizzo , Salma Hayek and Karlie Kloss.

Samantha Gallacher

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The co-founder of Miami-based interior design firm IG Workshop has a keen eye for aesthetics, drawing inspiration from art, nature and fashion. Gallacher has also created a line of bespoke rugs, Art+Loom, which is a unique complement to his projects.

Tony Dimasso

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As President of MCM Americas, DiMasso has been instrumental in nurturing a new generation of brand loyalists through a broad and dynamic product line.