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Why ‘Hawkeye’ At Christmastime Just Makes Sense

A guy who tries to do the right thing, screws up, and just wants to get home to his family for the holidays: it’s technically the plot of Die Hard, but it’s also the plot of Disney+’s Hawkeye series, where Marvel’s titular avenging archer (Jeremy Renner) has his family vacation derailed thanks to some unfortunate ghosts from his past.

Hawkeye has Renner’s Clint Barton teaming up with Hailee Steinfeld’s young- but-determined archer (and fangirl) Kate Bishop to unravel a criminal conspiracy tied to Clint’s time as Ronin during the snap phase in Avengers: Endgame. Setting Hawkeye during the holiday season fills a unique hole in the MCU, as it marks Marvel’s first true holiday offering — that is, a movie or a show that makes the holiday season part of the narrative. (Iron Man 3 comes close, but the time of year is arguably a backdrop as opposed to a leading player.)

The choice also invokes a trope that underlines so many of the holiday films and shows we love: a deadline. That’s something Matt Fraction, who wrote the popular 2012 comic series that the show is largely drawing inspiration from, says made the Christmas setting a perfect one for the story of Marvel’s most human Avenger. “The pathos and chaos and madness around the holiday rush adds wave after wave of little human complications guys like Thor and Iron Man never have to deal with,” Fraction tells Uproxx. “The pressure of the holidays, and getting home for the holidays, exposes the most tender and sensitive part of Clint, it puts his most human vulnerability at risk for being hurt — his family. Home, his wife and kids, they’re the anchor that keeps Clint human and vulnerable. Losing them made him go nuts — letting them down would crush him.”

If you’re going to set a show at a time of year when the tension is high and the atmosphere is chaotic, there’s no better character to focus on than the one who is the most down-to-earth — not to mention the one who would actually have real-world stakes when it comes to how he spends the holidays. But holiday experiences are never exactly what they’re purported to look like in media. After all, how many of us have had the “perfect” Hallmark Channel Christmas? The best holiday movies take what we expect and deliver something completely different so that among the fantasticalness of over-the-top hijinks and perfectly tailored couples, we can find a sense of relatability. And similarly, the best Marvel offerings are the ones that subvert the norm of what you’d expect from a story, changing it in an unexpected yet successful way.

When fans picked up Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye book a few years ago, they expected to read a superhero tale. And while Hawkeye certainly had his fair share of superhero antics, most of the comic issues were dedicated to the smaller battles that everyday men like Clint Barton face such as eviction, relationship issues, and depression. But those mundane parts of Clint’s life were what let readers connect with the character in a way that they’d previously been unable to do — and that’s exactly the kind of relatability that fans and non-fans alike will find when they stream Hawkeye.

“Clint’s the guy that’s got one more errand to run, one last gift to hunt down, one last whatever to do to make it THE BEST! CHRISTMAS! EVER! Which isn’t real, and doesn’t exist, and can never be accomplished — but he’s the guy obsessing over whatever last detail remains because home, holidays, a family — those were all the things he was denied as a kid, it’s the thing he fights to keep safe and protect,” Fraction points out. “A home where all the orphans, oddballs, and misfit toys of the world are welcome and wanted, a table with seats enough for everyone, even one-eyed dogs and spunky do- gooders with more sass than common sense.” There’s something special about a show or a movie set during what many dub “the most wonderful time of the year.” As Fraction notes, “the music is the best and everybody looks great in a cozy sweater and those little lights are everywhere so everything just looks fantastic all the time, especially New York City.”

But beyond the visual aesthetics, the drama and antics that imbue the plots of these holiday-themed offerings are balanced with a sense of comfort. It’s a warm reminder, especially when everything comes full circle, that despite the presents and the lights and the food, the best holidays are ones where you feel at peace. And in the same spirit of people coming together during the holiday season, the humanity of Hawkeye’s story — a perfect superhero on the outside with an imperfect life on the inside — is something that people can come together to understand and connect with. Hawkeye is not a show about a powerful witch and her android lover, like WandaVision. It’s not a show about a Norse god who has to fix timelines and unearth the multiverse, like Loki. It’s not a show steeped in political commentary, like The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. It’s a story about a regular guy who shoots a bow and arrow, who did some bad things that are catching up with him, and who needs some help from a regular girl who also happens to have a pretty cool skillset. Maybe we can’t relate to all of that, but we can certainly relate to the guy who just wants to get home to his family. Or to the misfit girl who is trying to do the right thing and looking for a sense of purpose. In a month that can be both the most magical time of year — and also for some, the darkest — Hawkeye is a show that is providing light and a reminder that in the end, we’re all only human.

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‘The Beatles: Get Back’ Is A Miracle For Hardcore Beatles Fan

Around five hours into Peter Jackson‘s eight-hour epic The Beatles: Get Back, we see Michael Lindsay-Hogg – the director of the 1970 film Get Back who was responsible for all of this footage existing in the first place – with a distressed look on his face and he kind of sighs and says, “I don’t know what story I’m telling anymore.” His biggest problem, which he fully admits, is, if everyone is being honest, he’s got, on film, the most intimate portrait of the most famous band in the world. And of course when he says this out loud all The Beatles seem into the idea of just “putting it all out there,” but Lindsay-Hogg has that look on his face that he knows this will never happen. There’s no way anyone is going to see what really happened for at least 50 years. (It would take almost 53.)

The Let It Be sessions are infamously legendary. And every Beatles fan has dreamed about being given access to the vault with approximately 60 hours of footage from this time period. The fact that it’s never been released just fueled the idea that it must be The Beatles at their worst, constantly at each other’s throats. And the Let It Be film that came out in 1970 didn’t help. At only 80 minutes, it is basically just the songs preformed, inter-spliced with a few “fly on the wall” moments with not much context. (This movie is pretty hard to find. A couple years ago I had to buy a bootleg off of eBay.)

The most notorious scene involves Paul and George while rehearsing “Two of Us” (a very pleasant song that, somehow, always seems to be surrounded by drama in both the original Let It Be and Get Back). Paul McCartney is trying to tell George Harrison what he wants and adds an aside that he knows this annoys George. George fires back, “You don’t annoy me anymore,” with the “anymore” part being extra pointed. Now, when you take into account that the film was released right about the time The Beatles broke up, everyone just assumed every interaction was like this. There’s a scene in Get Back, late in the sessions, when Paul and John Lennon are singing “Two of Us” as ventriloquists, both trying to outdo each other as to keep their smiling teeth together and not move their lips as they sing. They are having a blast. It shows a portrait of two people who, yes, can get on each other’s nerves. But these are obviously two people who still genuinely like each other.

What is hard to get over is everything we’ve always heard about this era of The Beatles is now just … here. Like, want to know what it was like? Well, now you can travel back in time to January 1969 and spend eight hours with them. This is how I engaged with the material. Other than, every so often, a few written out captioning explaining what is happening, there’s no modern voiceover or talking heads. For people who maybe don’t care that much about The Beatles and are looking for a more straightforward documentary, this might get tedious. You know, maybe by the 15th time the band rehearses “Get Back,” I could see the more casual fan thinking, why am I watching this? But, for me, I was transported back just to observe. I literally felt like I was there as a frustrated Paul started strumming his bass trying to come up with anything new and, slowly, you can hear the formation of “Get Back” start to emerge. It’s like watching one of those miracle of lifetime lapse videos of a flower blooming. It’s incredible to watch McCartney literally just make up one of the most famous songs of all time in real-time.

Another fascinating aspect is the presence of Yoko Ono during all of this. Much has been assumed about her relationship with the rest of the band and the repercussions, but, again here, we get to see it. And, yes, she’s always there. And if I’m Paul McCartney, yeah, I can see how someone bringing their significant other to work every day might be a little disruptive. And you can tell sometimes he’s annoyed. But there’s no real blowup or anger. For the most part, she’s just there, sitting next to John, not saying much. Sometimes when the band is jamming she will scream into the microphone. On a day John is late, Paul is asked point-blank about her presence and he says John and Yoko want to basically merge as one, and to do that they have to be around each other at all times and who is he to say they can’t do that. He goes as far to say, “she’s okay, honestly.” And admits if he pushes things, John would choose Yoko over The Beatles and, as the defacto leader of the band, he’ll take John and Yoko over no John at all.

And this all leads to another interesting development. Most Beatles fans know that when the band formed it was John Lennon’s band. And as the years went on, Paul’s influence became greater and by the time Let It Be happens, Paul’s the one running the show. And running it without a manager since Brian Epstein died, so he’s also doing that. It’s weird, Paul gets some criticisms for this era but Get Back puts all this in better context. Yeah, he can be a jerk sometimes, but he’s the only one in the band trying to keep the band together. Ringo Starr had already quit and come back during their previous album. George quits and comes back during this one. And John looks, honestly, pretty content, but also it’s obvious he has no interest in a leadership role.

After George quits, Paul and John go to a cafeteria to have a private meeting, but didn’t realize there’s a hidden microphone in the room. And we get to hear the whole conversation. And it’s fascinating. It’s Paul basically saying he has to be the leader because John doesn’t want to be the leader and admitting that his leadership style has pissed off George, as John gives Paul advice on how to be a better leader. What’s interesting is both men are frustrated, but voices are never raised. If there were ever a time the two would be at “each other’s throats,” this would probably be the time. But, instead, it’s constructive. And, again, a peek behind The Beatles curtain and it’s unbelievably fascinating.

Get Back is not about a band breaking up. It’s about a band trying to save itself, but ultimately fails. The whole idea of a rooftop concert is to do something new and exciting. After that performance, which would be their last together, the idea is that is just the beginning. They start talking about more ideas for popup concerts. But what Get Back deftly shows is that the seeds are already planted for a breakup. Even after George returns, he’s frustrated because he doesn’t get enough of his songs on the album and says he has a lot of songs built up. And had contemplated selling them off but, instead, now wants to make a solo album separate from The Beatles. John has become enchanted with Allen Klein, the manager of The Rolling Stones. And Klein wants to manage The Beatles and John is pushing the others hard about this, but the rest of them seem, at the best, nonplussed about this idea.

(I know some people won’t like what Jackson has done with the film, making it look modern. And to be honest I usually don’t like that either. When I buy a 4K disc of a movie, I want it to look grainy. One of the worst 4K discs is Terminator 2, which has so much digital noise reduction applied it looks like it was filmed on an iPhone. It’s terrible. But what Jackson does with Get Back doesn’t bother me. He’s doing something else here. He’s not restoring an existing movie, he’s making a new thing. And I do think the aesthetic he comes up with here does help immerse a viewer. Put it this way: if Jackson did this to, say, The Frighteners, I would not like this. But, here, I get what he’s doing and, for me, it works.)

Again, for casual fans, Get Back might be a bit much. Honestly, even for big fans of Beatles music, if you don’t care about the inner workings of the band and their personalities, it might, too, be a bit much. (There were times even I was like, okay, this seems a bit much. But when I think of this as more of a historical document than a piece of entertainment, I get why certain scenes were included. I get why Jackson decided that even some tedious scenes needed to be seen by the public instead of locked in a vault somewhere.) But if you want to go back in time to January 1969 and just hang out with The Beatles and see what that’s like, there is nothing that comes closer to this experience than Get Back.

‘The Beatles: Get Back’ begins streaming on Thanksgiving Day via Disney+. You can contact Mike Ryan directly on Twitter.

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‘The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf’ Director Tells Us The Real Reason He Included A Bathtub Scene In This Prequel

No one knew that Netflix’s The Witcher TV series would turn out to be far more enjoyable that expected a few years ago. The show could have gone so, so wrong, given that a legion of fans of the book series and canon-divergent video games were bound to scrutinize every decision. Yet things went well, and the bewigged Henry Cavill-starring flagship show launched an official Netflix monster-hunting universe with a second season coming in December, and a prequel series, Blood Origin in the works. Before that happens, fans will get to know Geralt of Rivia’s mentor, Vesemir, in a new anime prequel film called The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf.

Giving the spotlight to Vesemir seemed like the logical move for a prequel, given that Killing Eve‘s (very mischievous) Kim Bodnia will embody the live-action character in The Witcher Season 2. Yet Vesemir (who’s voiced by Theo James in this movie) is also something of a mysterious presence. He’s a character who isn’t really part of the books’ action; he’s more of a character who exists in conversations held by other characters. So, there’s plenty of ways that Netflix could have chosen to go with him, but one thing is made clear by Nightmare of the Wolf: Geralt keeps his reputation as the grumpy face of The Witcher universe, and Vesemir is something altogether different.

He’s dashing and full of swagger and certainly wouldn’t mind (unlike Geralt) if a pesky, worshipful bard followed his every move. However and interestingly enough, the film’s trailer shared that he, like Geralt, enjoys a good bath. That’s a welcome addition for The Witcher fans, given that the bathtub stuff wasn’t in the books, and the video games added the tub for Geralt to enjoy after romping with monsters. People loved the feature, so TV series showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich made the bath canon. In anticipation of the film’s August 23 release, I couldn’t resist asking Nightmare of the Wolf director Kwang Il Han (The Boondocks, The Legend Of Korra) about his use of the bathtub and received a surprising answer, although damn, it works.

The world was a very different place when this film started production. How did it all come together, regardless?

It was more difficult in terms of communication, but there was also an upside to it, that the creators were not going out, and they were just focused on working on the film at home and got it set. [Laughs] So, that’s a funny upside to the pandemic, I would say. Yet in the [early] process of making this The Witcher film, the pandemic situation was not so severe, so it was not restricted. The only way that things were restricted was to go abroad. I was able to go on a business trip to get the recordings done before the COVID-19, so I was able to get the resources safely, which was good.

Vesemir is not really fleshed out in the books, but a lot is said about him by other characters. How did you go about crafting his origin story without much to work with?

When I am building a character, I try to become like the character myself just like an actor would become like the role they are playing. And I will always think about what would affect the characters if I put them in those elements or if I add an element to this character. So, it started out as a rough guideline of Vesemir, and then I started building up on it, in the development phase. The environment that Vesemir is in was not so widespread or common, as of now. I mean, it could have been more common back in the days when Vesemir was young. Today, it’s not so common, so how I am going to portray this to the current, modern viewers and how I would filter this through, and present it to the modern viewers was a task that I had in hand.

As far as anime goes, you can pull things off that the live action show can’t do. How did you decide what was worthy to include but still be believable?

In the action scenes, what’s really important is whether the viewers would be able to recognize the actions or not, and depending on your age group — whether you’re in your teens or your 20s or 30s — your speed of recognition shows down because of your vision for the moving objects slows down as well. When I was working on the action scenes, I had to consider that aspect, but we thought that this anime would be watched by audiences that might be younger than the viewers of the drama series, so we considered that aspect. And so, we sped the action scenes up a bit as compared to the live-action drama series. And then the concepts had to follow that as well, so that was the price that we considered when we built the action scenes.

There’s quite a difference in personality between Gerald and Vesemir. Obviously, Geralt is not used to not being loved by society, and Vesemir’s more of a rock star. He’s got swagger. He has a sense of humor.

Vesemir and Geralt have different personalities, of course. Part of that is that they were born with different nature, but there would be some differences with experiences in life that would affect their personalities, so we just started off with their nature and all of the things they go through in life to weave their personalities.

Vesemir’s also got a mantra of sorts: “Every deal has a price.” Other than the plain language, this seems very resonant and slightly familiar. What’s going on there?

[Laughs] One of the creators on our team actually worked on the show Full Metal Alchemist in the past, and if you’ve watched that show, they actually used the saying (“every deal has a price”) quite often. The line that was used in The Nightmare of the Wolf actually has the same kind of message. I wouldn’t call it the same lesson, but it’s definitely a message.

People reacted to seeing Vesimir’s bathtub scene in the trailer. The bathtub isn’t in the books, but it’s in the video games, and the TV show made it canon. Were you nodding toward the fans, too?

Actually, there was no bath scene in the script to start with, but as we were developing the scenery for the particular scene, the room had a bed and a bathtub and a dining table. Those layers came together and then to be honest, I didn’t know that there was a bathtub scene for the TV [show]! But then I thought to myself, “It’s the Witcher’s job to slay the monster, and then after the monster, you would be really exhausted and tired, and then what would you do?” You would relax not in the bed, but you would have a spa in the bathtub. That sounds, more than likely, the right thing to do, so that’s how the film’s bath scene came in.

‘The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf’ is currently streaming via Netflix.

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G-Eazy Reveals His Mother Passed Away Through A Heart-Wrenching Message

G-Eazy’s mother has sadly passed away. The “No Limit” rapper shared the news on his Instagram with a carousel of images that showed the Bay Area native with his mom at different points in their lives. With them came a voice memo titled “Opportunity Cost Mom” which captures his mom being brought to tears as she says “so proud” of him and his accomplishments. The Instagram post was also made with a length captured that G-Eazy used to honor and remember his mom.

“I love you so much,” he wrote. “The shock still won’t let me accept the feeling that I’ll never get to hug you in person again. My queen, my hero, my everything… my mom. The tears won’t stop. My eyes hurt, my face hurts, my body hurts, everywhere hurts. There’s no safe place to hide and there’s no way to lay, sit, or stand that doesn’t hurt. The pain is enormous. But I know you’re out of yours and that brings me peace. I love you so much.” He went on to call her an “inspiration” to and the “definition of super-human” before revealing that her death comes shortly after she convinced him to seek help for substance abuse.

“As deeply as I was worried about you and your physical health, I didn’t realize the extent of just how worried you were about me until you sent me the hardest letter I’ve ever had to read,” he wrote. “Going to treatment for alcohol and drugs was my decision but your letter was what ultimately persuaded me. They say the opposite of addiction is connection, and I’d never felt more connected to you than I have in the past months. Coming home to this wasn’t easy, and nothing will ever be moving forward… but like you would always say, ‘one step at a time and don’t look at the summit’. I love you so much.”

You can read G-Eazy’s message and view the images of him with his mom above.

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Ye Is Confident That God Will Bring Him And Kim Kardashian Back Together

Nearly a year after Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from him, Ye is still fighting to reconcile and repair things with the mother of his four children. On Wednesday, Ye stopped by Skid Row and spoke about his marriage to Kim and the “mistakes” he made during it while remaining confident that he and Kim would be able to fix things in the future.

“The narrative that God wants is for you to see that everything can be redeemed,” Ye said. “In all these relationships, we’ve made mistakes — I’ve made mistakes. I’ve publicly done things that were not acceptable as a husband. But right now today, for whatever reason — I didn’t know I was going to be standing right here. I didn’t know I was going to be in front of this mic, but I’m here to change that narrative. I’m not letting E! write the narrative of my family. I’m not letting Hulu write the narrative of my family… I am the priest of my home.”

“If the enemy can separate Kimye, there’s going to be millions of families that feel like that separation is OK …,” Ye continued. “[But] when God —who has already won and is so — brings Kimye together, there’s gonna be millions of families that are going to be influenced and see they can overcome the work of the separation, of trauma the devil has used to capitalize to keep people in misery while people step over homeless people to go to the Gucci store.”

You can watch a video of his Skid Row appearance above.

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Drake And Future’s ‘Life Is Good’ Goes Diamond Less Than Two Years After Its Release

Drake and Future have given us numerous collaborations in their careers including their 2015 joint album What A Time To Be Alive and their most recent single, “Way 2 Sexy” with Young Thug. The duo has been able to strike magic on records time and time again, and their work has now paid off more than ever as one of their collaborations earned a unique accolade. Drake and Future’s 2020 track “Life Is Good” recently landed a Diamond certification meaning that the single sold 10 million or more copies since its release.

Dwight Elder, who is Future’s manager according to Hypebeast, took to Instagram to celebrate the accolade as Future received a plaque to commemorate the accomplishment. To make things better, the rapper received the plaque during a celebration for his 38th birthday.

Shortly after “Life Is Good” was released at the beginning of last year, the track debuted at No. 2 on the singles chart becoming Future’s highest-charting song at the time. It held on to that title until this year when “Way 2 Sexy” reached No. 1 to become the first chart-topping single in Future’s career. While “Life Is Good” may be the first Diamond-certified single for Future, it’s the third for Drake as “Sicko Mode” with Travis Scott and “God’s Plan” previously surpassed the 10 million sales mark.

You can watch Future receive the plaque for “Life Is Good” above.

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LeBron James Had Two Fans Ejected In Indiana For Crossing The Line During Overtime

Fresh off of his one-game suspension for hitting Pistons center Isaiah Stewart in the face, sparking quite the fracas in Detroit, LeBron James returned to the court for the Lakers on Wednesday night against the Pacers in Indianapolis.

As has been the case for the Lakers on a number of occasions this season, it wasn’t easy, as L.A. had to come back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to take a late lead, only to be sent to overtime once again this season on a wild Chris Duarte three-pointer.

In that overtime period, James took over as he seemed to have a little bit of added motivation thanks to some overzealous fans courtside. Eventually, those fans crossed the line with something they said to James and he called over an official and arena security and had them removed from the game.

Shortly after that, James put the dagger in the Pacers with a deep three, which he celebrated emphatically, and a midrange bucket to close the door on Indiana’s hopes for another late comeback.

James finished with 39 points, six assists, and five rebounds to lead the Anthony Davis-less Lakers to a win to pull back to .500 at 10-10, and while we don’t know right now what was said to make LeBron call an official over to get those fans tossed, we’ll surely learn more shortly when he speaks to the media following the game.

It’s the second time this calendar year that LeBron has had fans ejected for crossing the line for comments that crossed the line, as last season’s “Courtside Karen” incident in Atlanta immediately went viral.

UPDATE: LeBron spoke briefly about the incident after the game, saying the fan crossed the line with obscene gestures and language.

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Young Dolph’s Family Releases A Statement Honoring The Rapper After His Death

Today marks one week since Young Dolph was tragically shot and killed in his hometown of Memphis. The rapper was at Makeda’s Cookies, a bakery he frequently visited, when two men pulled to the property and fired shots into the bakery. Investigators continue to work towards finding the two suspects in the matter as they recently released images from surveillance camera footage that shows the two individuals moments before they began firing. As close friends, family, and fans continue to grieve his death, Young Dolph’s family released a statement that reflected on their loss.

“There are no words that exist, that sufficiently express the pain we are feeling as a family,” they wrote according to Complex. “Losing Adolph, Dolph, Man-Man, changes our lives forever. And while we will take each day as it comes, we are comforted in knowing that he leaves a legacy that reflects his heart. A heart that was for his family. A heart that was for the people.” They continued:

We are grateful for the outpouring of love. We are grateful that his godly obligation to show kindness to the world is being acknowledged.

As a family, we were blessed to call him our son, our nephew, our brother, our cousin, our partner and our Father. And now, we have the honor of calling him our angel. A role he has always played.

Dolph’s family also released the statement with a quote from author Rudyard Kipling. “If you can talk with the crowd and keep your virtue, or walk with Kings-nor lose the common touch,” it read. “If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you; If all men count with you, but none too much; If you can fill the unforgiving minute with 60 seconds worth of distance run- Yours is the earth and everything that’s in it, And-which is more-you’ll be a man my son.”

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Moneybagg Yo Wins The Heart Of A ‘Scorpio’ In His Nostalgic Video With Ja’niyah

Last month, Moneybagg Yo shared an updated version of his fourth album A Gangsta’s Pain with seven additional songs including a remix to “Wokesha” with Lil Wayne and Ashanti. The deluxe reissue provided more reasons to enjoy Moneybagg Yo’s most successful project as the original effort spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts. Moneybagg continues his promotion of the deluxe for A Gangsta’s Pain with a brand new video for “Scorpio” with Ja’niyah. The visual is a nostalgic effort that finds the rapper sharing how he won the heart of a Scorpio.

The new video continues a streak of visuals that Moneybagg has released for tracks on A Gangsta’s Pain. His most recent release was a stern video for “Switches & Dracs” with Lil Durk and EST Gee which arrived after a laid-back effort for “One Of Them Nights” with Jhene Aiko. Elsewhere, Moneybagg lent his voice to a few of artists that include Meek Mill (“Hot”) and Belly (“Zero Love“). He’s also set to appear on the deluxe reissue of Polo G’s Hall Of Fame album on a track titled “Start Up Again.”

You can watch the video for “Scorpio” above.

A Gangsta’s Pain: Reloaded is out now via CMG/N-Less/Interscope Records. Get it here.

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What To Watch: Our Picks For The Ten Movies We Think You Should Stream This Weekend

Each week our staff of film and TV experts surveys the entertainment landscape to select the ten best new/newish shows available for you to stream at home. We put a lot of thought into our selections, and our debates on what to include and what not to include can sometimes get a little heated and feelings may get hurt, but so be it, this is an important service for you, our readers. With that said, here are our selections for this week.

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10. (tie) Yellowjackets (Showtime)


Are you in the mood for an intense survival epic and psychological horror story with plenty of coming-of-age touches? How about all of that with Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci starring as the adult versions of two female athletes who were irretrievably shaken by their experiences after a plane crash in the wilderness? Sure, that sounds like a stressful description, but it’s also a hell of a watch. Not to mention another reason not to hop onto an airplane these days. Watch it on Showtime.

10. (tie) Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)


It’s a mitzvah in a world like this to turn the other cheek, bite the tongue, and generally disregard the impoliteness, ridiculousness, and stupidity of others. But wow, what a lift. Perhaps that’s why it’s so freeing to see Larry David and a cavalcade of stars and familiar faces push against the minutiae of polite culture with serial honesty. Who else could reject someone’s plea to pray for a sick relative without getting stabbed or mock the fakery of gazing deeply into someone’s eyes during a toast when all you want to do is freaking eat? Larry is no hero. He’s an asshole, but he’s our asshole and he’s back for another round of Curb. Watch it on HBO.

10. (tie) Mayor of Kingstown (Paramount Plus)

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Before his new Disney+ series drops, Jeremy Renner is rolling out this gritty drama that tasks him with doing what he does best on screen: busting heads and playing an unlikable a**hole. We kid (sort of). Renner’s Mike McLusky heads up a family of power brokers who keep the crime-infested city of Kingstown in check, a family that includes Dianne West and Kyle Chandler. Their unique, fairly violent version of checks-and-balances is quickly coming to an end though as McLusky predicts new gangs and powerful figures are poised to throw the town into chaos and start a bloody war. Bad for Hawkeye, good for us. Watch it on Paramount Plus.

10. (tie) The Shrink Next Door (Apple TV+)


Paul Rudd and Will Ferrell reunite for this Apple TV+ tragicomedy based on a popular podcast, which itself is based on a true story about a hapless middle-aged businessman and the charismatic, conniving therapist who manipulates him for nearly 30 years. Ferrell plays the first of the duo, a man named Marty who can’t order a deli sandwich without shaking in his boots. He’s inherited a garment business from his dead parents and his brash sister (the always terrific Kathryn Hahn) demands he visit a therapist to get a handle on his self-confidence issues before they tank the family business. Enter Rudd, still charming as hell but with a sinister layer hiding underneath that practiced likability. As Marty’s shrink, Dr. Ike Herschkopf, Rudd channels the vibes of both a cult leader and a conman, draining Marty of his money, his happiness, and his will to live over their decades-long friendship. It’s easy to find the lighter moments in this bizarre tale, but both Rudd and Ferrell play against type to bring a pervading sense of melancholy to the whole thing. The moral of the story? Be careful who your shrink is. Watch it on Apple TV+.

9. Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)

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Mindy Kaling is back with a new show about, you guessed it, the sex lives of college girls. The show follows four students trying to navigate life and/or love and/or freedom on the campus of a prestigious university. There’s some heart in there and some coming of age and a whole lot of drinking out of red plastic cups. Feels like this one is worth a shot. Watch it on HBO Max.

8. How to With John Wilson (HBO)


How To with John Wilson changed my life: I will never look at scaffolding the same way ever again. Or furniture covers. Or risotto. In every episode, New York City-based filmmaker John Wilson edits together seemingly mundane footage into a compelling narrative about life’s quirks. It’s occasionally heartbreaking, but it’s always hilarious. Make it a double feature with Adult Swim’s Joe Pera Talks with You. Watch it on HBO Max.

7. True Story (Netflix)

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In the seven-episode Netflix series from former Narcos showrunner Eric Newman, Wesley Snipes plays Carlton, a prideful drain on his famous comedian brother’s bank account and an impediment to him getting some distance between his bad habits. Kevin Hart is the star of the show as The Kid, and he’s never been better as his character is pushed deeper and deeper in a hole with the aid of his brother. But Hart feeds off of Snipes’ layered and wildly compelling portrait of a conman trying to work the angles no matter the heaving danger in front of him or the evidence against him, navigating these moments with bluster, charm, and pitty. In short, if you liked Uncut Gems but need something a little less frenetic for the sake of your blood pressure, this is for you. Watch it on Netflix.

6. South Park: Post-COVID (Paramount Plus)

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The first of South Park‘s Paramount Plus special is here and it is… strange! Stan and Kyle are grown up and things are all kinds of weird, just in general. You probably know what to expect from South Park by now, so if the idea of this is tickling your brain a little bit, you’ll probably want to dive in and check it out. Or don’t. You are in control of your own destiny, people. Watch it on Paramount Plus.

5. Wheel of Time (Amazon)


Rosamund Pike somehow does not play a sociopath while starring in this sprawling adaptation of one of the most popular fantasy book series (by Robert Jordan) ever. Here, she portrays Moiraine, who’s a member of an exclusive, magical, all-ladies organization known as Aes Sedai. The story follows Moiraine’s dangerous quest with a group that contains the prophesied Dragon Reborn, who shall be the key to humanity’s fate. It’s epic and Thrones-y. Watch it on Amazon.

4. Hanna (Amazon Prime)


Esmé Creed-Miles is back as the pint-sized, badass title character, who’s still attempting to defeat the mysterious powers that be while Dermot Mulroney’s operative is as sinister as ever. The third season promises more fight scenes and thrills, all while more characters get backstories, and Mireille Enos’ character forms one half of a lady power duo to cross generations. Watch it on Amazon Prime.

3. The Great (Hulu)


The Great? More like The Great Show. Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult are back as Catherine the Great and Emperor Peter III, respectively, in season two of the wickedly funny Hulu series. If you like scheming and backstabbing, this is the show for you. Watch it on Hulu.

2. Hawkeye (Disney Plus)

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The MCU is in holiday mood for this series, which begins to pass the bow from Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton (who desperately wants a real retirement) to Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld, who hits the arrow-flinging mark while learning the ropes. The two battle through some sort of Christmas hellscape that feels awfully surreal, including a Captain America-themed musical and the entry of Vera Farmiga into the MCU. Also, Florence Pugh’s Yelena is on the way for Hawkeye, so watch out, man. Watch it on Disney Plus.

1. Succession (HBO Max)


Everyone’s favorite collection of monsters is back, once again, this time for a slightly delayed third season. Things left off with the Roy family in turmoil, as always, although this time from friendly fire, thanks to noted screw-up and amateur rapper Kendall making a big move. The new season should get ugly in the best possible way, so hop on board week-to-week if you’re already a fan or load up a binge and get caught up to see what everyone’s yammering about all fall. Watch it on HBO Max.