From Disney CEO Bob Chapek clearing up his comments from an investor call to Barbra Streisand throwing shade at “A Star is Born,” this week was filled with hot takes from Hollywood’s most prominent voices.
In this week’s episode of Variety’s new video series, “The Take,” senior correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and film awards editor Clayton Davis discuss their takes on some of the week’s biggest headlines.
The premiere of the new Marvel film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” took place earlier this week, where the social reactions were positive but clouded by Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s earlier comments calling the film “an interesting experiment.”
“Bachelor In Paradise” returned from a two-year hiatus this week, marking the first time the show has been hosted without Chris Harrison, who has been replaced on the summer series by a rotating slew of guest hosts, including David Spade — who spoke to our co-host in this week’s episode to give his take on comedians being censored in the age of cancel culture. “You say the one wrong move and you’re canceled,” Spade shares. “I don’t think anybody wants all comics to use the same eight jokes that have been approved. We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
R. Kelly’s trial began in Brooklyn with testimony from Jerhonda Johnson Pace, who told a federal jury that she began having sex with the singer when she was 16 years old, after meeting him when she was 14. Now 28, Pace alleges she was instructed to lie about her age and had to obey by R. Kelly’s “rules.” Her statement was part of the racketeering charges that prosecutors say prove the singer used his staff to recruit young women for sex as a criminal organization.
Finally, Barbra Streisand shades the latest version of “A Star is Born” saying it was “the wrong idea.” The Oscar and Grammy winner seems to be changing her tune on the 2018 film that netted eight Oscar nominations including best picture.
“The Take” is a weekly series that will navigate the week’s top stories from the entertainment world, pop culture and media while providing expert analysis and exclusive insight on what’s buzzing in Hollywood. Filmed at Variety‘s state-of-the-art studios in Los Angeles, new episodes are released weekly on Fridays on Variety.com, YouTube and social media.
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