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Darren Aronofsky eyeballs a Chris Hemsworth movie after ‘Limitless’ collab

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Welcome to this week’s “Just for Variety”.

Sorry I’ve been a bit MIA recently. In addition to moving into a new apartment, I came down with that damn flu. Now I’m back and ready for vacation. But before we say goodbye to 2022, here’s one more column for you.

Darren Aronofsky And Chris Hemsworth A scripted feature may be worked on simultaneously.

The two recently teamed up for the Disney+ series “Limitless with Chris Hemsworth,” which Aronofsky created. The show features the “Thor” star undertaking extreme physical challenges to understand the aging process. “I love him and I think he loves me,” Aronofsky tells me with a laugh. “I think he’s a great man and a gentleman and a great parent. He is truly an inspiration to me. And so I want to work with him again. We are trying to find the right part.”

No, Aronofsky insists he’s not looking to make a “Thor” installment.

In October, “The Whale” was released by the director diversity Early on, he produced an R-rated Batman origin story, but The studio won’t go for it. He was also contracted to produce a Wolverine film in Japan, but it did not happen due to delays caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

Bob the Drag Queen, Shangela and Eureka O’Hara in Season 3 of “Here We Are.”
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If you haven’t seen “Here We Are”, please do The HBO show, which is in its third season, is what we need right now. If you’re unfamiliar, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars Shangela, Bob the drag queen And Eureka O’Hara Travel to small towns across the US to give locals drag makeovers before doing one-night-only shows. The season finale consists of two episodes, which aired on December 23 and December 30. It takes place in Central Florida and features a mother of twin transgender girls, a semi-closeted man living in a retirement community, a 75-year-old trans woman and his wife, and a survivor of the Pulse massacre.

I won’t spoil it with too many details, but the ending shows us the power of visibility. As the camera pans across the audience at the drag show, you’ll see hearts and minds being changed as these brave “drag girls” revel in their truth. I truly believe “we are here” saves lives.

As conservatives rally against drag queens reading with children, the series, created by Stephen Warren And Johnny IngramProving how ridiculous and desperate the radical right is to demonize the LGBTQ community.

“It’s time to come out and be proud,” says Eureka in voiceover in the first episode of the finale. “Because if we hide, we die.”

The big question now is whether “Here We Are” will be renewed. As we know, Warner Bros. Discovery is drastically cutting budgets and programming across its portfolio. So I urge you all to jump on the “we’re here” bandwagon. Let’s increase the rating to show David Zaslav Not only is it okay to say gay but it makes for good business.

Noah Centineo attends the World Premiere of “The Recruit” at The Grove on December 8, 2022 in Los Angeles.
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Noah Centenio Won our hearts with work in the rom-com trilogy “The Fosters” and “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” co-starred with The Rock in “Black Adam” and now stars in Netflix’s “The Recruit.” But even he has his bouts of self-doubt. “Sometimes you just don’t feel cool, and I think whether you’re in the midst of success, or working outward and away from the past, you’re always going to have those moments where you feel like a fraud. going,” Centenio said at the Los Angeles premiere of “The Recruit.” “Sometimes you’re going to feel a little insecure, and I think that’s very hard to avoid. And just allowing yourself to move forward keeps you very present and in the moment. You can turn that into something positive.”

Philosophy: “Santa Claus” stars tomorrow pen, Matilda Lawler And austin ken Checking out the “Santa Claus Winter Wonderland” installation at the Watermark restaurant in New York City.

Justin Tranter attends Variety’s 2022 Hitmakers Brunch at City Market Social House on December 3, 2022 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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I caught up with my friend Justin Tranter A diversityHitmaker’s Brunch earlier this month. Worked with Mega Music Maker Britney Spears, selena gomez, Justin Bieber, Nick Jonas, Maroon 5, Imagine a dragon, Fall Out Boy And John is a legend, among others. Who is still on Tranter’s wish list? “Mine too Lil Nas X At the start of the pandemic one zoomed in, and its Wi-Fi was all down so we had to stop,” he told me. “I really want to get personal with Lil Nas. That would be a dream.”

Tranter added, “Stevie Nicks Always a dream.”

What about a Lil Nas and Nicks collaboration? Tranter smiled, “That would be amazing!”

Bill Nighy attends a special screening of “Living” at the Crosby Hotel on December 5, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Deepasupil/Getty Images)
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no bill He may have received awards buzz for his work as a man facing a terminal illness in the 1953 drama “Living,” but the British actor got some laughs during his recent talk on 92NY. “My areas of interest are paranoia, tight neuroses, difficulty with women, sexually assaulted — that’s the shit I know,” he deadpanned to the “Reel Peace” moderator. Annette Insdorf. When an audience member asked for advice to young people on living a fulfilled life, Nye quipped, “The problem with being my age is that people start mistaking you for someone who knows what’s going on. … I was hoping you were asking me about advice for young actors, just because I always say one thing: ‘Don’t do drugs and don’t pay your taxes.'” Then he added, “Wear nice clothes.”

Matt Rogers attends the premiere of “Fire Island” during NewFest Pride Opening Night at SVA Theater on June 2, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Deepasupil/Getty Images)
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Christmas came early Matt Rogers.

Earlier this month, the “Fire Island” star joked with me on the “Just for Variety” podcast that he was hoping to land an endorsement deal with Gun Oil Lube after mentioning the adult product in his Showtime special, “Matt Rogers: Have You.” Heard of Christmas?”

Turns out, executives at Empowered Products, Gun Oil’s San Diego-based parent company, were listening. Not just CEOs and founders Scott Fraser and advertising and marketing majors Trey Johnson at Rogers’ Dec. 17 show in Los Angeles, but they brought him a box full of naughty things. “When someone supports us, we want to support them,” Johnson tells me.

Happy Holidays, Matt!

Additional reporting by Russ Weakland

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