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Jonathan Majors Film “Magazine Dreams” Removed from Disney Searchlight Schedule as Star Faces Domestic Abuse Trial

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We won’t get to see “Magazine Dreams” this Oscar season.

That’s just as well, frankly. I saw it in January and really didn’t care for it. Now no one else will see it either.

The reason is that star Jonathan Majors faces a domestic abuse trial next month. Four charges are pending against him on November 29th in New York. After many delays. the judge in the case has cleared the way.

The irony of “Magazine Dreams” is that it’s an intense film about a violent body builder who’s several lightbulbs short of a chandelier. The movie is grim and unpleasant and would never been an Oscar contender under any circumstances. Majors would probably have gotten a nomination from the Indie Spirit Awards.

Disney has a real problem with Majors. They’re very tied up with him beyond “Magazine Dreams.” He’s set to play the villain in the new “Avengers” movies from Marvel, which will be filmed when the SAG strike is over. But it’s unlikely that will happen, either, even if Majors is acquitted (which is too bad). So the “Avengers” movies — which would generate hundreds of millions of dollars — are just magazine dreams themselves at this point.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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