Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week.
The SXSW Film Festival began last week with world premieres of Alita: Battle Angel, A Quiet Place and more. In addition to these these upcoming blockbuster releases, Thunder Road by director Jim Cummings took home the coveted 2018 Jury and Special Award for a Narrative Feature. (Deadline)
Black Panther continues to break records as its theater run continues. Having earned over $1 billion at the global box office, the latest Marvel installment is now the highest-grossing solo superhero movie in North America, passing 2008’s The Dark Knight. (Forbes)
Nicolas Cage will finally get a chance to play Superman. Cage has signed on to voice the iconic superhero in Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, in theaters July 27. This comes more than 20 years after his original Superman casting for the failed project Superman Lives. (MovieWeb)
Marvel Studios continued their 10th Anniversary celebration by releasing concept art from the first Iron Man. Created by Ryan Meinerding, Phil Saunder and Adi Granov, the art showcases early designs of Tony Stark’s first prototype suits and finished product. (Marvel Studios)
Following his Best Director and Best Picture wins, Guillermo del Toro returned home to the Guadalajara Film Festival to host three film masterclasses. During the livestreamed discussions, del Toro discussed his personal need to create The Shape of Water. “The last five years were very tough for me,” said del Toro. “I think it was important for me to create The Shape of Water. I needed hope. I wanted light and color and that there would be beauty above all else. I needed a product to help my soul.” (Variety)
Guillermo del Toro is already looking ahead to his next projects. The Shape of Water director will produce two films from female directors Karla Castaneda and Issa Lopez. Castaneda is an award-winning animator, while Lopez became the first woman and Mexican to win the Best Horror Feature award at Fantastic Fest 2017. Both projects will span the next two years. (Variety)
Jon Hamm is in talks to star opposite Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight’s Pale Blue Dot. According to Variety, Hamm would play Portman’s astronaut colleague “who [Portman] aggressively pursues after returning to Earth.” (Variety)
Pop star Madonna will direct Taking Flight, a film adaptation of Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince’s memoir Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina. Madonna made her directorial debut 10 years ago with comedy Filth and Wisdom. (ComingSoon)
The Tribeca Film Festival revealed their 2018 short film slate. Of the 55 films slated, 29 are world premieres. This year’s Oscar winner for Best Animated Short, Dear Basketball, premiered in the 2017 lineup of shorts at Tribeca. (Variety)
Click below to watch the latest trailers.
- Rampage (Release Date: April 13)
- Sorry to Bother You (July 6)
- Eighth Grade (July TBA)
- Life Itself (September 21)
- The Grinch (November 9)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (November 16)
- Tomb Raider: Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.
- Love, Simon: Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends, and all of his classmates: he’s gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity.
- 7 Days in Entebbe: Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.
- I Can Only Imagine: The inspiring and unknown true story behind MercyMe’s beloved, chart topping song that brings ultimate hope to so many is a gripping reminder of the power of true forgiveness.