“Spider-Man: No Way Home” broke the internet, and Kanye West decides to change his name to Ye. Meanwhile, new looks at some of the Venice and Telluride Film Festival’s most anticipated entries, like Kristen Stewart’s upcoming portrayal of Princess Diana in “Spencer,” have the Oscar buzz meter going into overload.
In the latest episode of Variety’s video series “The Take,” senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and film awards editor Clayton Davis discuss their takes on the week’s biggest headlines.
OnlyFans has reversed course on its decision to ban adult content, after announcing it would no longer carry pornographic content, due to banks restricting and flagging wire transfers for the material. The short-lived decision resulted in a widespread backlash against the company for discrimination against sex workers, who have found a safe haven to make money for their content on the platform.
In other unexpected news, the baby from Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album cover is all grown up, and 30 years later, he is suing the estate of Kurt Cobain and his former bandmates for child pornography.
Kristen Stewart is getting early Oscar buzz for her portrayal of Princess Diana in Pablo Larrain’s “Spencer,” a raw look at the time period when the beloved royal decided to leave Prince Charles. After the stunning poster for the film was released, the first trailer dropped, leaving critics in awe of Stewart’s performance and predicting an eventual best actress nomination.
Former *NSYNC member Lance Bass spoke to Wagmeister about his new role as guest host on “Bachelor in Paradise” and his new relationship with the Backstreet Boys. The two boybands used to be competitors, but now, two decades after Bass shot to fame, members of *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys have been teaming up for charitable performances. So, will there be an official collaboration? Bass reveals what might be coming up in an exclusive interview on “The Take.”
Aside from Kanye West changing his name legally to Ye, Megan Thee Stallion is smooth like butter after a win against her own record label, which wanted to block her from appearing on the BTS remix for the K-Pop sensation’s hit song “Butter.”