Dave Chappelle is courting controversy with his new Netflix special, while Hollywood is entering a major crisis of its own: the impending IATSE strike, which can shutdown showbiz. Meanwhile, award season is heating up with some buzzy contenders, as the box office is ready to take a stab with “Halloween Kills.”
Netflix’s latest Dave Chappelle standup special, “The Closer,” has ignited a firestorm of outrage regarding the comedian’s comments about the trans community. The scandal only deepened when Netflix boss Ted Sarandos sent an internal staff memo, standing behind Chappelle, leaving many employees to feel hurt and unseen — and plan a walkout in protest of the streamer not pulling the special.
While Chappelle’s controversy is growing at Netflix, Hollywood productions are on the brink of shrinking down, as the IATSE strike has set a tentative date of this upcoming Monday, should a deal not be reached.
And this week on “The Take,” actor Oscar Isaac weighs in, telling Variety that he stands in support of the union workers who plan to go on strike.
This upcoming awards season could feature some of the biggest names, with a very dedicated and passionate following on social media. With the announcement that Kenneth Branagh’s “Belfast” from Focus Features will be campaigning all of the adult actors in the supporting categories, this could be a possible ratings gift for the Oscars in 2022. Those names include Jamie Dornan, who had a breakout in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” franchise and earlier this year in the comedy, “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar.” The other is Caitriona Balfe, best known for her leading role on Starz’s hit-show “Outlander,” gearing up to film its sixth season in 2022.
This weekend, spooky season sets in, as “Halloween Kills” hits theaters and Peacock for a debut that is expected to win the box office with around $40 million, despite the hybrid streaming model that will pull viewers away from popcorn and tickets. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s “The Last Duel” is also debuting, targeting a $10 million opening weekend, but also eying major awards buzz.
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