Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Lee Renner (born January 7, 1971)[1][2][3] is an American actor. He appeared largely in independent films such as Dahmer (2002) and Neo Ned (2005). Renner earned supporting roles in bigger films, such as S.W.A.T. (2003) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). Renner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Hurt Locker (2008) and for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his much-praised performance in The Town (2010).

Renner plays Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). He also appeared in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), The Bourne Legacy (2012), Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), American Hustle (2013), Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015) and Arrival (2016).

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Jeremy Lee Renner

January 7, 1971 (age 48)
Modesto, California, United States
Years active1995–present
Sonni Pacheco
(m. 2014; div. 2015)

Early life

Renner was born in Modesto, California, to mother Valerie Cearley (née Tague) and father Lee Renner, who managed McHenry Bowl, a Modesto bowling alley, in the 1980s.[4][5][6] His parents married as teenagers and divorced when he was ten.[7][8][9] He is the oldest of seven siblings.[10] His ancestry includes German, English, Scottish, Swedish, Irish and Panamanian.[11][12]

Renner graduated from Fred C. Beyer High School in Modesto in 1989.[5] He attended Modesto Junior College, where he studied computer science and criminology, before he took a drama class as an elective and decided to pursue acting.[5][13]


Early work

Renner's made his film debut as an underachieving student in the 1995 comedy National Lampoon's Senior Trip.[14] Although the film was critically panned, he went on to guest star on two television shows, Deadly Games and Strange Luck, and had a minor role in the television film A Friend's Betrayal as the friend of Paul Hewitt (Brian Austin Green). Over the next few years, Renner had guest roles in Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane (1999), The Net (1999), The Time of Your Life (1999) and Angel (2000).[15] Renner had a small role in an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2001. Renner worked as a makeup artist during this period to help make ends meet.[16]

Early success: 2002–2008

In 2002, Renner starred in Dahmer as the eponymous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. He found the non-fiction role a challenge to cope with after he had finished shooting the film, knowing that Dahmer murdered seventeen victims.[17] His performance was well received, and he gained a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Male. He also appeared in Pink's 2003 music video for her song "Trouble" as a Bad Boy Sheriff.[18] Renner went on to appear in S.W.A.T.[19] as the former police partner of Colin Farrell's character in 2003 and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things[20] in 2004.

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Renner at the Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters premiere in 2013

In 2005, Renner starred with Julia Stiles and Forest Whitaker in A Little Trip to Heaven,[21] with roles in North Country and 12 and Holding. He next starred as a neo-Nazi skinhead who is admitted into a psychiatric hospital in Neo Ned with Gabrielle Union. The film won all of the awards it was nominated for at festivals, including the Palm Beach International Film Festival Award for Best Actor. Renner also had a small (though uncredited) role in skateboard film Lords of Dogtown as the manager of Emile Hirsch's character. In 2006, he starred with Ginnifer Goodwin in Love Comes to the Executioner.

Renner had supporting roles in 2007 in the critically acclaimed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford as Wood Hite, the cousin of outlaw Jesse James (portrayed by Brad Pitt), and as Sergeant Doyle in 28 Weeks Later.[22] He starred with Minnie Driver in Take and guest starred as a patient in an episode of House as a reckless rock musician. Renner had a role in the pilot of The Oaks[23] but the series was not picked up.[24]


After starring with Dallas Roberts in the comedy-drama Ingenious and starring in the short-lived television series The Unusuals, Renner went on to achieve critical success for his portrayal of bomb disposal expert, Sergeant William James in the 2009 Iraq war thriller The Hurt Locker (directed by Kathryn Bigelow). The role earned him several awards in the Best Actor category and his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor[25] as well a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.[26]

In 2010, Renner's performance in Ben Affleck's The Town alongside Jon Hamm, Blake Lively, Slaine and Michael Yebba garnered him rave reviews and his second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.[27] He also gained his first Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor[28] and his second Screen Actors Guild nomination.[29] The Hollywood Reporter named Renner as one of the young male actors who are "pushing – or being pushed" into taking over Hollywood as the new "A-List".[30]

In 2011, Renner had an uncredited cameo appearance as Hawkeye in Thor for familiarity with his character for The Avengers, which was released in May 2012.[31]

In 2012, Renner starred as Hawkeye in the Marvel film, The Avengers.[32][33] The same year, he also starred in the fourth film in the Bourne franchise, The Bourne Legacy, which was written and directed by Tony Gilroy.[34] Renner played a new lead character, Aaron Cross, in place of Jason Bourne, who was played by Matt Damon in the first three films. Renner has expressed interest in doing a Bourne film with Damon in the future, stating that "[it] would be kick-ass. I love Matt".[35]

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Renner at The Bourne Legacy premiere in Sydney, Australia

Renner starred in the action horror film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (released in January 2013), in which he and Gemma Arterton played Hansel and Gretel, respectively. The 3-D film was set 15 years after Hansel and Gretel killed the witch who kidnapped them.[36]

Renner was also featured in the ensemble cast of David O. Russell's dramedy American Hustle based on the controversial FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. The film, which was released in December 2013, also starred Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence in principal roles. The film earned much critical acclaim, including the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In October 2014, Renner starred as journalist Gary Webb in the Focus Features film Kill the Messenger, based on Webb's book Dark Alliance. Renner also co-produced the film.[37] In December 2014, Crackle aired The Throwaways, a film for which he served as executive producer.[38]

In 2015, Renner reprised his role as Hawkeye in Avengers: Age of Ultron, the sequel to The Avengers.[39] He returned to the Mission: Impossible franchise in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, released in July 2015.[40] In 2016, Renner played Hawkeye again in the summer blockbuster film Captain America: Civil War, and starred with Amy Adams in the sci-fi film Arrival.[41] Renner is a producer of the 2016 film The Founder starring Michael Keaton as Ray Kroc, the man who turned McDonald's into one of the world's largest restaurant chains.[42]

In 2016, History announced their new historical drama, Knightfall, executive produced by Renner, who is expected to guest star.[43] In 2017, while working on the film Tag (2018), Renner fractured his right elbow and his left wrist.[44] He also appeared in the film Wind River with his MCU co-star Elizabeth Olsen.

Renner filmed scenes as Hawkeye for Avengers: Infinity War[45][46] and Avengers: Endgame.[47] Despite this, he did not appear in Infinity War.[48] Because of resulting scheduling conflicts, he was unable to reprise the role of William Brandt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018).[49] In July, Jeremy Renner was announced to play Twitch Williams in Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot.[50]


As well as acting, Renner is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and drummer. Early in his acting career, he performed in the Sons of Ben. For the soundtrack of North Country he performed "I Drink Alone". In the 2006 films Love Comes to the Executioner and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Renner performed the songs "American Pie" and "Good Ole Rebel". He also appeared in music videos for "Trouble" by P!nk and "Scenes on Sunset" by Brother Sal.

Renner later featured in Sam Feldt's 2018 single, "Heaven (Don't Have A Name)".[51]

Personal life

Renner married Canadian model Sonni Pacheco on January 13, 2014.[52][53][54] Renner and Pacheco have a daughter, Ava Berlin (born March 28, 2013).[55][56] On December 30, 2014, Pacheco filed for divorce from Renner, citing irreconcilable differences.[57] They share custody of their daughter.[58]

Renner lives in Washoe County, Nevada.[59][60]

Renner also runs a house-renovating business with his best friend and fellow actor, Kristoffer Winters.[14][61] In addition to acting, he studied Arnis (Filipino martial arts) and Muay Thai martial arts, mainly as preparation for his roles in the Mission Impossible and Avengers franchises.[4][62]

Renner is a supporter of the San Francisco 49ers.[63] He narrated the NFL Network documentary series The Timeline episode "A Tale of Two Cities", which chronicles the history of the team's rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys,[64] and the introductory video for the grand opening of Levi's Stadium.[65]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 National Lampoon's Senior Trip Mark 'Dags' D'Agastino
1996 Paper Dragons Jack
2001 Fish in a Barrel Remy
2002 Dahmer Jeffrey Dahmer
2002 Monkey Love Dil
2003 S.W.A.T. Brian Gamble
2004 The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things Emerson
2005 A Little Trip to Heaven Fred
2005 North Country Bobby Sharp
2005 12 and Holding Gus Maitland
2005 Neo Ned Ned
2005 Lords of Dogtown Jay Adams Manager Uncredited
2006 Love Comes to the Executioner Chick Prigusivac
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Wood Hite
2007 28 Weeks Later Sergeant Doyle
2007 Take Saul
2008 The Hurt Locker Sergeant First Class William James
2009 Ingenious Sam aka Lightbulb
2010 The Town James "Jem" Coughlin
2011 Thor Clint Barton / Hawkeye Uncredited cameo
2011 Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol William Brandt
2012 The Avengers Clint Barton / Hawkeye
2012 The Bourne Legacy Aaron Cross / Kenneth J. Kitsom
2013 Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters Hansel
2013 The Immigrant Orlando the Magician
2013 American Hustle Carmine Polito
2014 Kill the Messenger Gary Webb Also producer
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Clint Barton / Hawkeye
2015 Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation William Brandt
2016 Captain America: Civil War Clint Barton / Hawkeye
2016 Arrival Ian Donnelly
2017 Wind River Cory Lambert
2017 The House Tommy Papouli Cameo
2018 Tag Jerry Pierce
2019 Avengers: Endgame Clint Barton / Hawkeye / Ronin
2019 Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad Swifty (voice) In production


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Deadly Games Tod Episode: "Boss"
1996 Strange Luck Jojo Picard Episode: "Blinded by the Son"
1996 A Friend's Betrayal Simon Television film
1997 A Nightmare Come True Steven Zarn Television film
1998 To Have & to Hold Ted Fury Uncredited
Episode: "Tangled Up in You"
1999 The Net Ted Nida Episode: "Chem Lab"
1999 Time of Your Life Taylor Episode: "The Time the Truth Was Told"
2000 Angel Penn Episode: "Somnambulist"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Roger Jennings Episode: "Alter Boys"
2007 House Jimmy Quidd Episode: "Games"
2009 The Unusuals Detective Jason Walsh 10 episodes
2011 Robot Chicken Sergeant First Class William James (voice) Episode: "Fool's Goldfinger"
2012 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) Episode: "Jeremy Renner/Maroon 5"[66]
2014 The World Wars Narrator (voice) 3 episodes
2014 Louie Jeff Davis Episode: "In the Woods"



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28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later is a 2007 horror film directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, a sequel to the 2002 film 28 Days Later. The film stars Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner, Harold Perrineau, Catherine McCormack, Imogen Poots, and Idris Elba. Its plot is set after the events of the first film, depicting the efforts of NATO military forces to salvage a safe zone in London, the consequence of two young siblings breaking protocol to find their infected mother, and the resulting reintroduction of the Rage Virus to the safe zone. The film was released in the United Kingdom and United States on 11 May 2007.

Arrival (film)

Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction film directed by Denis Villeneuve and written by Eric Heisserer. It is based on the 1998 short story, "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, and stars Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker. The film follows a linguist enlisted by the U.S. Army to discover how to communicate with aliens who have arrived on Earth, before tensions lead to war.

The film had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2016, and was released in the United States and Canada by Paramount Pictures on November 11, 2016. It grossed $203 million worldwide and received praise for Adams's performance, Villeneuve's direction, and its exploration of communicating with extraterrestrial intelligence. Considered one of the best films of 2016, Arrival appeared on numerous critics' year-end lists, and was selected by the American Film Institute as one of ten "Movies of the Year".It received eight nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and won for Best Sound Editing. It also received Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress for Adams and Best Original Score for Jóhann Jóhannsson, and was awarded the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in 2017. The score by Jóhannsson was nominated for Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media at the 60th Grammy Awards.

Dahmer (film)

Dahmer is a 2002 American biographical true-crime horror film directed by David Jacobson and starring Jeremy Renner as the American serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, a recluse in Wisconsin, who murdered 17 men.

There are two timelines in the film: The "present" of the film runs in ordinary chronological order covering the period of one-to-two days; the flashbacks go in reverse order, and Dahmer is seen as successively younger until the film arrives at his first murder and the aftermath.

Kill the Messenger (2014 film)

Kill the Messenger is a 2014 American biographical crime thriller film directed by Michael Cuesta and written by Peter Landesman. It is based on the book of the same name by Nick Schou and the book Dark Alliance by Gary Webb, which focuses on CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking. The film stars Jeremy Renner in his first film as a producer. The film was released on October 10, 2014.

List of accolades received by The Avengers (2012 film)

Marvel's The Avengers (Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK and Ireland) more commonly known as The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film, scripted and directed by Joss Whedon, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. The film stars an ensemble cast consisting of Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. In The Avengers, Nick Fury (Jackson), director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron Man (Downey), Captain America (Evans), the Hulk (Ruffalo), and Thor (Hemsworth) to form a team that must stop Thor's adoptive brother Loki (Hiddleston) from subjugating Earth.The Avengers, produced on a budget of $220 million, was released theatrically in the United States on May 4, 2012 and grossed a worldwide total of over $1.5 billion. The film has garnered numerous awards and nominations with most nominations recognizing the film itself, the performances of the cast (particularly those of Downey, Johansson and Hemsworth) and the film's visual effects. The Avengers was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and a BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects. The film was also nominated for three Critics' Choice Movie Awards, five Empire Awards, six Kids' Choice Awards, six MTV Movie Awards (winning three), thirteen People's Choice Awards (winning three), six Saturn Awards (winning four), eleven Teen Choice Awards (winning two), and six VES Awards (winning two).

List of accolades received by The Hurt Locker

The Hurt Locker is a 2009 Iraq War film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow. The film premiered on September 4, 2008 at the 65th Venice International Film Festival, where it competed with The Wrestler for the Golden Lion award. It was released in Italy by Warner Bros. Pictures on October 10, 2008. Following a showing at the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, Summit Entertainment picked the film up for distribution in the United States. The Hurt Locker was released in the United States on June 26, 2009, with a limited release at four theaters in Los Angeles and New York City. The film grossed over $145,000 on its opening weekend, averaging around $36,000 per theater. The following weekend, beginning July 3, the film grossed over $131,000 at nine theaters. It held the highest per-screen average of any movie playing theatrically in the United States for the first two weeks of its release, gradually moving into the top 20 chart. Summit Entertainment then released The Hurt Locker to more screens. The film grossed $49.2 million worldwide, and was a success against its budget of $15 million.The Hurt Locker has earned various awards and nominations, with the nominations in categories ranging from recognition of the screenplay to its direction and editing to the cast's acting performance. Kathryn Bigelow dominated the Best Director category at the critics' circles. The 67th Golden Globe Awards ceremony saw The Hurt Locker receive three nominations for Best Motion Picture Drama, Director and Screenplay, but it failed to win any. The film garnered nine nominations at the 82nd Academy Awards; the ceremony saw the film come away with six awards, including Best Motion Picture, Director and Original Screenplay. Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director and she also became only the fourth woman to be nominated in the category in the history of the awards.The Hurt Locker received two nominations at the 16th Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor for Jeremy Renner and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. The film won the Best Theatrical Motion Picture and Outstanding Directorial Achievement at the 21st Producers Guild of America Awards and the 62nd Directors Guild of America Awards respectively. The 35th LA Film Critics Association Awards, 75th NY Film Critics Circle Awards and the 44th National Society of Film Critics Association Awards saw the film win awards for Best Picture and Director. Both the American Film Institute and the Associated Press included The Hurt Locker in their Top Ten Films of 2009 lists. The Associated Press also placed the film at number six on their Top Ten Films of the Decade list.

List of awards and nominations received by Jeremy Renner

This is a list of awards and nominations received by Jeremy Renner, American actor. He has been formally recognized for roles in Fish in a Barrel (2001), Dahmer (2002), S.W.A.T. (2003), Neo Ned (2005), Take (2007), The Hurt Locker (2008), The Town (2010), The Avengers (2012), American Hustle (2013), The Immigrant (2013) and Kill the Messenger (2014). While Fish in a Barrel (2001) marked Renner's first formal distinction of his film career, his performance as the titular character in Dahmer (2002) earned him his first major industry nomination for Best Male Lead at the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards. Following this success, Renner has most notably achieved two Academy Award nominations for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for his roles in The Hurt Locker (2008) and The Town (2010), respectively. In 2014, Renner won his first Broadcast Film Critics Association Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Acting Ensemble alongside the cast of American Hustle (2013).

Love Comes to the Executioner

Love Comes to the Executioner is a 2006 American film directed and written by Kyle Bergersen, starring Jonathan Tucker, Jeremy Renner and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Neo Ned

Neo Ned is a 2005 romantic drama film starring Jeremy Renner, Gabrielle Union, Sally Kirkland, Cary Elwes, Eddie Kaye Thomas, and Ethan Suplee. It was written by Tim Boughn and directed by Van Fischer.

S.W.A.T. (film)

S.W.A.T. is a 2003 American action crime thriller film directed by Clark Johnson and starring Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, LL Cool J, and Jeremy Renner. It is based on the 1975 television series of the same name. It was produced by Neal H. Moritz and released in the United States on August 8, 2003.

Tag (2018 film)

Tag is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Jeff Tomsic (in his directorial debut) and written by Rob McKittrick and Mark Steilen. The film is based on a true story that was published in The Wall Street Journal about a group of grown men, played by Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm, and Jeremy Renner, who spend one month a year playing the game of tag. Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, and Leslie Bibb also star. It was released on June 15, 2018, by Warner Bros. Pictures, received mixed reviews from critics and has grossed over $78 million worldwide.

Take (film)

Take is a 2007 American crime thriller directed and written by Charles Oliver and starring Minnie Driver, Jeremy Renner, Bobby Coleman, Adam Rodríguez and David Denman. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2007.

The Immigrant (2013 film)

The Immigrant is a 2013 American drama film directed by James Gray, starring Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jeremy Renner. It was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The working titles of the film were Low Life and The Nightingale.

The It Factor

The It Factor is an American reality television series which aired for two seasons on the American TV channel Bravo. It followed actors as they attempted to lead successful careers.

The first season profiled actors in New York City, and the second season did the same in Los Angeles. Notable actors who appeared on the show include Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner, model/actress LisaRaye, Michaela Conlin (who went on to become a regular on the TV series Bones), Katheryn Winnick, and Godfrey (who became a spokesman for 7 Up).

The Town (2010 film)

The Town is a 2010 American crime thriller film co-written, directed by and starring Ben Affleck, adapted from Chuck Hogan's novel Prince of Thieves. It also stars Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner, Blake Lively, Titus Welliver, Pete Postlethwaite, and Chris Cooper, and follows a group of Boston bank robbers who set out to get one final score by robbing Fenway Park.

The film premiered on September 8, 2010 at the Venice Film Festival before being released in the United States on September 17, 2010. Based on actual events, it received praise from critics for its direction, screenplay, editing and the performances of the cast (particularly Renner) and grossed $154 million worldwide. The film was chosen by National Board of Review as one of the top ten films of 2010, while Renner was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and Postlethwaite was posthumously nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor.

The World Wars (miniseries)

The World Wars is a three-part, six-hour event miniseries by the History Channel that premiered on Monday, May 26, 2014, (Memorial Day) airing for three consecutive nights. An extended version of the series, divided into six episodes with never before seen footage, was subsequently broadcast on H2 and in more than 160 countries on June 22, 2014.Narrated by Jeremy Renner, the documentary series features a mix of dramatic reenactments, archival stills and footage, and interviews with historians and authors alongside current and former prominent political figures such as former U.S. Senator John McCain from Arizona, former U.S. General and Secretary of State Colin Powell, former British prime minister John Major, former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former U.K. Foreign Secretary David Miliband and many more.The show was produced for History Channel by Stephen David Entertainment, the production company behind the Emmy Award-winning miniseries The Men Who Built America. A portion of the filming took place in and around Martinsburg, West Virginia in the United States during October and November 2013. The series was introduced by United States President Barack Obama in a pre-recorded message.

Wind River (film)

Wind River is a 2017 neo-Western murder mystery film written and directed by Taylor Sheridan. The film stars Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tracker and an FBI agent, respectively, who try to solve a murder on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. Gil Birmingham, Jon Bernthal and Graham Greene also star. According to Sheridan, the opening "inspired by true events" card was a reference to the "thousands of actual stories just like it" involving sexual assault of women on reservations, his primary motivation for writing the film.Wind River premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the United States on August 4, 2017. The film received positive reviews from critics and was a box office success, grossing $45 million against an $11 million budget. While theatrically released by The Weinstein Company, in October 2017, following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations, the film's distribution rights for home media were acquired by Lionsgate, with Weinstein's credits and logo being omitted on home media and streaming services, which caused TWC to lose distribution rights.

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