Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Following government recommendations, movie theaters across the world are temporarily closing their theater doors to protect movie audiences and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite the closures and delayed movie releases, The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) assured movie audiences that there are better times ahead, stating that the movie theater industry will rebound. “When those titles are rescheduled, they will make for an even fuller slate of offerings than normal as they are slotted into an already robust release schedule later in the year.” Read the entire NATO statement here. (The Wrap)
To help movie fans stay on top of all of the shifting movies, our friends at Noovie are keeping track of all of the latest release date changes and news in the film industry here. (Noovie)
With everyone in the United States practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, some of our favorite people in the movie industry are bringing positive vibes into our homes via social media. Here are a few fun examples:
- Amy Adams, Jennifer Garner, Josh Gad, Chris O’Dowd and more are reading bedtime stories for kids online for Save With Stories, in partnership Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, with the goal of posting storytime videos online as well as raising money for children stuck at home without access to services they would usually get provided to them by their school.
- Jon Watts, director of the MCU’s solo Spider-Man films, shared artwork of Spider-Man working from home.
- Dr. Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins showed his softer side by playing piano for his cat.
- A fan of Jordan Peele’s Get Out recreated the movie poster to say “Stay In” followed by a tagline: “Just because you feel fine, doesn’t mean you are.”
- Topping it off is movie comedy legend Mel Brooks and his son Max Brooks, who shared a video asking everyone to practice social distancing in order to keep the virus from spreading, especially to older adults.
(Variety) (ScreenRant) (The Wrap)
Vanity Fair is giving us a first look at Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story with newly released photos. The filmmaker is finally putting his spin on the classical musical, after years of talking about his desire to re-imagine Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents, and Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway hit for the big screen. The film stars newcomer Rachel Zegler and Ansel Elgort, who play Tony and Maria, the former member of the Jets and the younger sister of the Sharks’ leader, Bernardo (David Alvarz), who end up falling in love despite the tensions between their friends and families. The film is set to hit theaters Dec. 18th. (Vanity Fair)
Despite the Coronavirus, Sonic the Hedgehog just hit a major box office milestone! After a month in theaters, the animated film is the highest grossing video game movie of all time in the United States. Sonic grossed over $145 million at the domestic box office passing the current record holder Detective Pikachu. Other high-grossing video game movies include Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, The Angry Birds Movie and Rampage. (Cinema Blend) (MovieWeb)
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