Nicki Minaj enlists the help of controversial FOX host Tucker Carlson with vaccinations. Christopher Nolan presents his next film project to Universal Pictures. Meanwhile, ABC reveals a new bachelor, Latinos are absent in Hollywood, and the world is saying goodbye to comedian Norm Macdonald.
In the last episode of VarietyIn ‘The Take’ video series, presented by Apple TV +, senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and film awards editor Clayton Davis discuss their views on the week’s biggest headlines.
Nicki Minaj was at the center of the Met Gala’s biggest story – and she wasn’t even there. The rapper tweeted to her more than 26 million Twitter followers that the Met Gala requires guests to be vaccinated, she would not attend. Minaj also shared an anecdote that her cousin’s friend in Trinidad became impotent and had swollen testicles after being vaxed. The rapper’s tweets created a firestorm over his spread of disinformation, leading him to enlist the support of FOX host Tucker Carlson.
Oscar-nominated director Christopher Nolan breaks a nearly two-decade relationship with Warner Bros. He will present his next film, a drama about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the creation of the atomic bomb, which costs $ 100 million, at Universal Photos and will begin filming in 2022.
Is there a new star in “The Bachelor?” According to the Wagmeister scoop, yes there is. According to insiders close to the show, Clayton Echard – not to be confused with “The Take” ‘s very own Clayton Davis – is ABC’s new head man. Sources say he will be featured on Bachelor Nation this fall as Michelle Young’s season contestant of “The Bachelorette.”
At the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, a new report shows Latinos have been almost absent from popular movies for the past 13 years. Eva Longoria, who has just finished filming her directorial debut “Flamin ‘Hot”, recounts Variety, “Studios love to throw out the word ‘diversity’ because it’s the hot thing, with programs, scholarships and internships. But if nothing leads to the job, all they have to do is get a press release and tick a box with no real systemic and lasting change.
Comedy icon and “Saturday Night Live” star Norm Macdonald has died at the age of 61 after a nearly decade-long private battle with cancer. The beloved comic’s death shocked fans and Hollywood alike and was hailed by late night comedians and stars like Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen for his talent, wit, and character.
Hosted by Variety Wagmeister senior correspondent and Davis Awards Editor-in-Chief, “Variety The Take,” presented by Apple TV +, is a weekly series that will run through the week’s top stories from the entertainment, pop culture and media world while providing expert analysis and exclusive information on what’s hot in Hollywood. Filmed in VarietyAt state-of-the-art Los Angeles studios, new episodes are released every week on Fridays on Variety.com, YouTube and social media.
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