Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended membership invitations to a record 928 people. If all invitees accept, 38% of the Oscars’ governing body will be comprised of people of color. The 2018 class is also 49% female, increasing female membership to 31% of the total Academy. Click here for the full list. (Variety)
Leonardo DiCaprio shared the first image from the set of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, in theaters August 2019. The photo shows DiCaprio and co-star Brad Pitt adorned in 60s attire. According to the official Twitter page for the film, Pitt’s character is named Cliff Booth, while DiCaprio’s character is Rick Dalton. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has an impressive cast including Margot Robbie, Al Pacino and James Marsden, and is directed by Quentin Tarantino. (Deadline)
In an Instagram video, Tom Holland revealed the titled for the Spider-Man sequel to be Spider-Man: Far From Home. In the video, Holland also said that he received the script for Far From Home, but was admittedly confused about the premise of the film based on the ending of Avengers: Infinity War. Spider-Man: Far From Home is currently slated for release on July 5, 2019. (Instagram)
Sony Pictures is developing a movie adaptation of Marvel comic Silk about a Korean-American superheroine Cindy Moon who inherits the same powers as Spider-Man. Moon’s character made an appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming, portrayed by Tiffany Espensen. There are no additional details about the film at this time. (Deadline)
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that James Gunn finished a first draft of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. “We begin official pre-production on [Vol. 3] very, very soon,” said Feige. Gunn has already said that the third Guardians of the Galaxy film will be the last, specifically for the original cast. GOTG Vol. 3 doesn’t have a specific release date yet, but is slated for a 2020 opening. (Collider)
Feige is also committed to adding more female superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “I think we’re going to get to a point soon where we have so many great female characters that those are just our heroes as opposed to when are they all female, all male,” said Feige. “It’s just the Marvel heroes, more than half of which will be women.” (ScreenRant)
In an interview with Variety, Blumhouse Productions’ founder Jason Blum mentioned that Jordan Peele is “flirting with the idea” of a Get Out sequel. “If Jordan wants to a sequel,” said Blum, “I’ll do it in a second, but it has to come from Jordan Peele.” (Variety)
Universal is swapping release dates for two of their fourth quarter releases. Welcome to Marwen, starring Steve Carell, has moved away from its November 21 release (in direct competition with Creed II) to December 21. In its place will be Green Book, a movie about a pianist on tour facing adversity in every city he plays starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen. (Variety)
20th Century Fox is close to finalizing a deal for movie rights to Stephen King’s The Boogeyman. A Quiet Place writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods would be tapped to adapt King’s iconic short story. King considered A Quiet Place “an extraordinary piece of work.” (Deadline)
Click below to watch the latest trailers and clips.
- The Equalizer 2 (Release Date: July 20)
- The Predator (September 14)
- Mandy (September 14)
- Beautiful Boy (October 12)
- The Hate U Give (October 19)
- Sicario: Day of the Soldado: The drug war on the US-Mexico border has escalated as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border. To fight the war, federal agent Matt Graver re-teams with the mercurial Alejandro.
- Uncle Drew: After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew’s old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.
- Leave No Trace: A father and his thirteen year-old daughter are living in an ideal existence in a vast urban park in Portland, Oregon, when a small mistake derails their lives forever.