In this episode of “The Take,” we discuss the new trailer for “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” which gave Marvel fans a closer look at the multiverse and includes past villains from other timelines, but where are Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire? Also, the cast of “Harry Potter” is reuniting for an HBO Max special, with no mention of controversial author JK Rowling.

Also, in this episode, Mel Gibson was announced as the new director for “Lethal Weapon 5” following the death of Richard Donner earlier this year. After many instances of anti-Semitic and racist comments, why is Hollywood still employing him so consistently? Does this prove that “cancel culture” isn’t real?

The Oscar race continues, and Academy Award winner Frances McDormand could make history if she’s nominated again for best picture and actress for “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” following her win for “Nomadland” earlier this year. In addition, critics, journalists and pundits were present for the first screenings of Amazon Studios’ “Being the Ricardos,” with Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem, and Netflix’s “Don’t Look Up,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence.

Finally, Netflix’s Emmy-winning drama series “The Crown” has cast a young Prince William for its upcoming fifth season. At the same time, Meghan Markle makes a surprise appearance on “Ellen” to discuss what she’s working on next. But, of course, everything this week is all under the celebration umbrella of Britney Spears’ freedom, announced late last week.

Hosted by?Variety chief correspondent Elizabeth Wagmeister and awards editor Clayton Davis, “Variety’s?The Take,” presented by Apple TV Plus, 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 in Variety’s?state-of-the-art studios in Los Angeles, new episodes are released weekly on Fridays on, YouTube and social media.

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