Will Warner Bros. Just Pick A Struggle
The Friday Post.
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If you’re in line to audition for the Flash, stay in line.
So far in 2022 the actor Ezra Miller has: been arrested in Hawaii — twice — and arrested in Vermont. They have been accused of grooming minors and harassment. Three separate courts have issued a restraining order, a protective order, and another protective order against Miller. Variety spoke with a woman in Berlin who has accused Miller of harassment; three people concerned for the well-being of a mother and three children spoke to Rolling Stone about the family’s living situation at Miller’s Vermont farm. (Vulture has an exhaustive timeline of Miller’s entire career here.)
In March, Warner Bros. executives had an emergency meeting to discuss the fate of Miller’s DC tentpole Flash film. “According to a knowledgeable source, the consensus in the room was to hit pause on any future projects involving Miller including possible appearances in the DC Extended Universe,” Rolling Stone reported shortly after the meeting. But Miller was still called for reshoots on film, completed over the summer in between their arrests. “Miller participated in regularly scheduled additional photography over the summer, apparently without incident, before being charged with burglary — their third arrest this year — on Aug. 7 in Vermont,” THR reported this week. “Still, neither DC nor [Discovery CEO] Zaslav has indicated the film will move from its June 2023 release date, though insiders say the studio is evaluating all options.”
Talk about damn, pick a struggle. Those options, according to another THR report, include: one big, deep interview where Miller atones/explains, and then does a limited press run. Releasing the movie, but limiting Miller’s appearance in the marketing and publicity — I mean guess the Titanic didn’t do any press for Titanic, so … — and re-casting the role for subsequent DC movies. Or, the movie is killed entirely (like Batgirl was last week, even though it was scandal free) if “the situation with Miller deteriorates further.” But that was a $90 million movie and the Flash movie’s price tag is $200 million. “This would see Warners killing the movie outright, as it could not be reshot with a different actor,” THR says. “Miller plays multiple characters and is in almost every scene.”
How can they promote a movie when Miller’s situation seems so unstable? How can they release it? How did they even get Miller in for re-shoots; as recently as June it appeared Miller was “on the run.” The only comp I can think of for this is Armie Hammer having Death on the Nile released a year after his own abuse allegations came to light, or Ridley Scott cutting Kevin Spacey out of the Getty movie. Spacey was replaced with Christopher Plummer; Hammer had a big part, but it was an ensemble.
The glossy mag mea culpa doesn’t happen so much anymore. When I talked to publicists last year for a Vice story about celebrity apologies, all of them said they don’t work or the method is out of date. Even a limited press run where the really concerning allegations don’t come up in a substantial or meaningful way seems ill-conceived — Miller has been giving bizarre interviews for years. It doesn’t work to put them on a late night show to make jokes.
What Paying Subscribers Got This Week
A Beyoncé blogiana.
Many are saying that “Schoolin’ Life” is an honorary Renaissance song and … I mean, I guess. I like “Schoolin’ Life,” but 4 is exactly where it belongs. “All Up In Your Mind” could hire movers and take up residence on I Am…; “Telephone” could move onto Renaissance and feel right at home!
Also a reminder to keep sending mailbag questions … Coming next week … !
She is Risen!
Beyoncé released a teaser for Renaissance’s visuals.
Now this right here is giving Zenon and the Star Wars Mos Eisley Cantina and “Alien Superstar.”
I’m seeing … the “Dangerously in Love” album cover … Kacey Musgraves’s “High Horse” and Solange’s When I Get Home, specifically “Down With The Clique” … .
It’s giving Gene Tierney in Leave Her To Heaven, the “Telephone” video, and also Mama Tina in that one Chloe Bailey music video that I choose not to revisit for obvious reasons. (That the song is bad.)
It’s giving Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct! The extras walking around Emerald City in The Wiz!
That’s mother. I can’t wait for her to ruin my life.
Kevin Federline ramped up his bullying of Britney Spears last week with an interview in the Daily Mail about their two sons. "The boys have decided they are not seeing her right now. It's been a few months since they've seen her,” he said. “They made the decision not to go to her wedding." Spears and new husband Sam Asghari responded that Federline’s tell-all was cruel and private. Federline replied with videos their sons secretly took of Spears as she reprimanded them:
This seems like normal parenting — making your children obey you and wash their faces — and if Spears is slurring her words it’s because she was drugged and held captive in an abusive conservatorship. Monica — Goonica! — had the correct reaction.
Speaking of Ex-Husbands Not Knowing How To Act
Following the news that Kim Kardashian’s fling with Pete Davidson is over, Kanye posted an edited New York Times headline declaring the comedian dead.
“Kid Cudi meant to pay funeral but fearful of bottle throwers,” reads a subhead, referencing Cudi walking off the stage after he was heckled during his set at Rolling Loud last month. If you are Kanye West’s photo editor I’m begging you to get a life.
Cannibalism Pt I: Discovery+ released the trailer for Armie Hammer docuseries House of Hammer
Cannibalism Pt 2: Timothée Chalamet released the teaser for his Luca Guadaningo re-team Bones and All. It will premiere at the Venice Film Festival at the end of this month.
Bennifer Runs on Dunkin’
We are such a far cry from Ben Affleck having to suffer through a Starbucks iced coffee in his Lindsay Shookus era. And I for one am happy about it!
Affleck turns 50 on Monday. What will J.Lo do to celebrate?
Anne Heche (1969-2002)
The actress Anne Heche died on Friday, following a car wreck that left her with a severe anoxic brain injury.
She is excellent in two of my favorite movies: cool and intense in Walking and Talking, simultaneously snarling and sensitive in Birth.
Chance The Spin Doctor
The last time I had a serious thought about Chance The Rapper it was when he was counter-suing his manager, Pat The Manager, who previously sued him and complained that The Big Day was bad. I did however have a passing thought about him a week ago, when I tapped through IG stories from the NABJ conference in Las Vegas and remembered this tweet:
It appears that Chance The Rapper has gotten better at receiving criticism: During a recent Breakfast Club appearance, Charlemagne tha God asked about stan twitter accusations that Chance has fallen off. He hasn’t, the Rapper assured tha God, because by the transitive property that would me The Breakfast Club fell off too.
I have not stopped laughing at this … like … ohhhhhh my God …!
The Bless His Heart Beat
In a rare no cargo short-sighting, Leonardo DiCaprio went to Club Renaissance! Cuff It Nation
BEYONCÉ NEWS @BeyonceHiveNewsLeonardo DiCaprio leaving Beyoncé's private party last night in NYC. #CLUBRENAISSANCE https://t.co/zVZCuYtn31
That’s all this week. Thank you for reading! This weekend I will be listening to “Church Girl.”