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July 31, 2021 at 6:47 pm #281geektalkKeymaster
ScarJo SUES Disney Over BLACK WIDOW Disney Plus Breach of Contract?!
Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for a breach of contract in regards to Black Widow. ScarJo alleges that Disney promised her an exclusive theatrical debut only to backpedal and premiere Black Widow on Disney+ at the same time as its theatrical debut. This apparently caused her to lose a lot of her payday, as her payout was contingent on THEATRICAL box office receipts only, and NOT streaming. Oh, Disney….
uh let’s replace mark ruffalo these areit’s not gonnalie it’s not gonna fly for a lot ofthese you know a couple of them might dowell like she-hulk’s pretty popular andstuffbut a lot of them i don’t think aregoing to do that great uh people areabout who the hell’s thisum but back to the thing about thecontracts they run into trouble too likei know bill nye the science guy wasthought it was suing disney as wellbecause without them putting things ondisney plus he wasn’t getting paid forthatand the logic they made and why disneywon was because they said the way thecontract was set upthat it was set up that he was supposedto get money from sales from i guess dvdi think wait i think i understand it itmight could be wrong herebut money from dvds and things like thatand they said well technicallythey’re you know they’re counting thatas the same thing as like the dvd salesand stuff like thatsomehow they’re they’re wording it to bethat that’s kind of the same thingso he’s getting no more royalties off ofit they’re running it basically withoutgiving him anythingum because the way his deal was set upwas they could selldvds and things and they’re counting itas the same thing and they wonin court that way saying that you knowthey get that that’s a continuation ofthat and his argument waswe couldn’t have first seen this when wemade this contract in the 80s or 90syeah and that that is going to happenwith you know they’re trying to get ridof residuals all the way aroundit’s basically like your your work forhire you get paid because it used to bethat likeyou could be on the sitcom you know lookat people on the cosby show look at thepeople on seinfeld like they lived offof royaltiesand reruns for years dvd sales rerunsuh you know you you were on a successfulsitcomyou never had to work again ever becauseyou’d get residual checksyear after year and now they’re like nowe’re just gonna pay you for that thingand then you’re gonna move on and that’sthat’s it and that has been a conver youknow a topic of uh conversation andeverything’s going to change because ofstreamingso are we going to dive into this yeahplease do i’m not familiar with thisarticle you actually wrote the articleon pirates and princessesso i’ll let you yeah explain it as iunderstand itthe the gist of it is she was trying towork out a deal forroyalties on disney plus on streamingthat dealwas not worked out she did not thinkthey were going to dopremier access at the same time as thetheatrical releaseand she’s really pissed because that’slike 60 million dollarsso here we go wall street journal brokeit todayum black widow has new enemy disneyuh she filed a lawsuit thursday in l.asuperior court against disney allegingher contract was breachedwhen the media giant released the filmon disney plus streaming at the sametimeas its theatrical debut johansson saidin the suit that her agreement withdisney’s marvel entertainment guaranteedan exclusivetheatrical release and her salary wasbased in large part on the box officeperformance of the film they probablygot to sign on and say well the avengersmovies the marvel movies always doreally well soyou’re better to let us do it this wayyou’ll make more money well yeah we’regoing to talk a little bit about stevendwarf herelater he was like yeah what’d she getlike five or seven million for that sheprobably thought she’s gonna get a lotmorebecause it was going to be in uh intheaters only andand she got screwed she got screwedbecause when they filmed this and weredoing this and they agreed this deal wasbefore the pandemicyeah so disney intentionally inducedmarvel’s breach of the agreement withoutjustification in order to preventuh ms johansson from realizing the fullbenefit of her bargain with marvel’ssounds familiar that’s all right disneycouldn’t be reached for commenti’m sure they can’t the suit could be abellwether for the entertainmentindustry major media companies areprioritizing their streaming servicesin pursuit of growth and areincreasingly putting their high valuecontent on those platforms those changeshave significant financial implicationsfor actors are you talking aboutyep um now this is one of our lawyersthis will surely not be the last casewhere hollywood talent stands up todisney and makes it clear that whateverthe company may pretendhas a legal obligation to honor itscontracts they’ll just drag out in courtuntil they run her out of money or tokeep running her out of money uh warnerbrotherschose to renegotiate many of itscontracts uh that were tied to boxoffice performance because you know theydecided they were going to dump all oftheir movies on the hbo maxwhich is going to kill the box officefor for most of the movies so yeah iknowum it was gal gadot got like an extra 10million dollars or somethingyeah when they dumped wonder woman in84. i i can’t remember the specifics butuh they said she’s been nine movies uhshe’s been integral partof the marvel universe since appearingas black widow in 2010uh according to the complaint scargorepresentativessought to renegotiate her contract afterlearning of the dual releasestrategy for black widow which she hassays her ninth and last marvel moviedisney and marvel were unresponsive soshe isso she’s probably like oh crap i knowi’m getting paid based ontheatrical release and i knowthat that streaming is going to cut intothatthey just altered the deal yeah theyjust altered the deal disney altered thedeal they didn’tdidn’t answer this surprise like thepredator thing they knew that they’rethey they knew that they were going tobe running out of time they were goingto lose the the right to use itso i deliberately didn’t answer and thenwhen they finally answered it was likewell you you filed it wrong soyou know we don’t have to and that’swhat they that’s how he got away with ityou know for as long as he didyep even before the pandemic uh scarletjohansson was concerned that black widowcould end up on disney plus as part of awide releasein 2019 her representatives reached outto marvel seeking assurance that blackwidow would only have a theatricalrelease according to the complaintin march 2019 uh marvel chief counseldave galluzzi said the release wouldbe according to a traditional theatricalmodeladding we understand that should theplan change we would need to discussthis with youand come to an understanding as the dealis based on series of very largebox office bonuses but they just wentahead and released on disney playoffsshocker disney screwed over one of itspeoplethat’s a that’s a shocker i know thatnever happensyep so they talked about how it made 80million at the domestic box officeuh still not released in china i don’tthink it’s it’s coming out in chinaanytime soonand supposedly you have to take theirword for it did another 60 millionfor home release um so yeah and then theuh then the box office fell off and alot oftheater owners are blaming disneyfor putting it on everybody’s blamingdisney notice his fingers are pointingback to disney well she’s probablylooking at this like this is a marbletemple movie this is the first you knowlike pandemic eramarvel movie umand they’re sure they’re sure touting itlike oh it was a win black widow didamazing it’s a win it’s a win it’s a winit’s a winthey’re pouting it everywhere butthey’re not paying they’re notapparently paying herthe you know for the streaming yeah so ii would be pissed too because i’d belike i should be making two to threetimes as much moneyyou know i agreed to do this movie andshe didn’t seem real she was kind oflike on the fence a bit i don’t knowjust she doesn’t seem terribly excitedabout the movie let’s put it that wayand it could be the reason she’s not isbecause all this drama was going onbehind the scenes but she still had acontractual obligation to promote itif i they didn’t have to honor theircontractual yeah exactly i would be butthen she’s probably like well if i don’tpromote it that’s just gonna hurt mebecausepeople aren’t gonna go see it see that’ssomething i notice when you work inentertainment i think it’sa load of it’s like i’ve run intostuff that’s all the time where you havethe people who act in a veryunprofessional way and they screw youand do really shitty thingsand then you’re supposed to say nothingbecause as a professional you’resupposed to act professionally and letthem do itwhat happens is and they continue toscrew other people and more people morepeople because they could get away withitbecause everyone’s afraid to sayanything because if you’re the one thatrocks the boatyou’re the one that’s probably going tobe ousted um and you’ll be labeled asunprofessionalwell i think that’s a load of and ialways get mad when that happens becausewhy should they be allowed to get awaywith being very unprofessional andbehaving in such a terrible wayand be allowed to get away with thatrepeatedly and and and they know theycan get away with itbecause if you if you dare call them outon their you’re not you’re the onesbehaving unprofessionally and i havealways had a problem with thatum we knew when we decided to callstuff out that they were going to belike oh well you know you’reunprofessionaldon’t care we’re tired of the way youbehave and it’s going to cost us yeah itcost usum but it might help other people i meanit’s not going to help us but you knowit’sthis whole idea that we can treat youshitty because we’re disneyis is i think everybody i think it’sstarting to bite them in the ass i couldi could just see that in the uhdisney type face on the shirt we cantreat you shittybecause we’re disney because we’redisney okayyeah yeah i think we’d probably get suedfor that probably but you knowand like we see that with the customersat the parks they keep you know packingthem incharging more for this chargeable forthat raising prices nickel and dimingpeopleputting fees on things they didn’t havebefore they’re basically just walkingdollar signs to themand they’re treating other people thepeople that come in as guests like crapand now they’re treating the castmembers they’ve been doing the castmembers like kind of like crapand it’s like yeah so the whole wayaround yepit’s like they really need to cleantheir act up which is the only reasonwhy we call them out like we doclean your act up uh so yeah stephendwarf whoyou know made an offhand comment i guessthey’re friends i guess you know well idon’t know if they’re still friends butthey were they worked together before iguess and uhhe a couple weeks ago said that you knowhe had no interest in doing marveluh he said it looked like black widowlooked like garbage looks like a badvideo game i’m embarrassed for thosepeople i’m embarrassed for scarletti’m sure she got paid five or sevenmillion bucks but i’m embarrassed forher i don’t know did sheshe might not have gotten five or sevenmillion becauseher deal you know she might have gotscrewed out of that i said he doesn’twant to be in marvel movies but now he’shad toto apologize we didn’t have to but itmade all themedia outlets so it’s like a little hewasn’t he was never saying about herhe was never dissing her yeah just ifeel bad for the people in this garbagemovieyeah he never dissed her she probablyfeels like it’s a garbage movie tooshe’s like it’s garbage movie that’scosting me money because disneyscrewed me over so yeah will she be inthat tower terror moviei don’t know it seems like most of herissues with uh marvel entertainmentnot on the disney side but still yeah umbut yeahuh she’s a great actress i heard she’sgonna be a momi wish her the best she’s an old friendso i felt bad about that commentbut yeah he’s like man i feel bad iwonder if he’s i wonder if he’s privy tosome of the bitching that’s going on idon’t know behind the scenes like ifthisif she’s been bitching about it to herfriendsbecause it seems like this thing’s beengo this this legal thing’s been going onfor like two years now backyou know back channel behind the scenespeople didn’t know and this stuffhappens all the timelike you see people make weird decisionsor weird announcements orwhatever in public you find out laterthere’s some other going on behindthe scenes that mighthave you know influenced what theythought yeah yeahso i don’t know but there we go scarjosue and disneythey might just throw a bunch of moneyat her just to shut her up oh theythought disney resolves lots of thingswell yeah they figure outyou know you know they do the math andthey’re like well it’s cheaper to justgive this person x millions of dollarsthan it is totake the pr hit going the court therewas a whole fiasco withonward and the van issue and there waslike that you know that theyliterally took the idea for the van andeverything else that one did we hearabout that againnope no uh we’ve had like oh theskyliner that wasthe first accident there was bad therewas people there was ambulance there wasbad people up there for hoursdo you ever hear anybody talk about thatno because i’m sure they’ve signed lotsof things that they can’t talk about itand then the other the other side theydon’t do that the other way is they justkind of stall you out in court foreveruntil you run out of money and just giveup yeah pretty much sothey wanted two things they do they makethey make things go awayone way or the other um so i it wouldn’tsurprise me if they’re like oh okay wellthanksthanks for your service scar joe here’syou another 10 million bucks now shut upthat might be all you have to do whoknowsyeah yeah i don’t know take the moneyand run right yeah disagree you won’ttalk about ityep so we’re gonna wrap this one up yepall right so please subscribefor more pop culture news views andrants guys we’ll talk laterbye[Music]you
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