NCM Entertainment Roundup – April 16, 2020

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Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Disney’s Pixar has found a great way to celebrate its 25-year anniversary of its first animated film release: by shifting the release date of Soul to that same weekend in 2020. The animated feature is now set to come out on November 20th – the same weekend Toy Story hit theaters 25 years ago. The release of Soul will not only celebrate the quarter century anniversary, but it’s also the first film made by Pete Docter since he became Pixar’s chief creative officer, and is Pixar’s first to feature an African-American protagonist. Fun fact: Docter was also credited as both a writer and story artist/supervising animator on Toy Story. (CinemaBlend)

Cinemark said this week that their movie theaters may open again in July, and the folks over at Today.com think that once everything is deemed safe, people will once again flood movie theaters. (Today.com)

Our NCM Behind The Screens panel, a community of 5000 movie superfans, thinks so, too! In a recent survey, they told us that, while streaming is helping them get their movie fix at home at the moment, nothing can replace the in-theater experience:

  • 96% look forward to movie theaters reopening
  • 91% miss going to theaters to watch movies
  • 84% prefer watching new movies in-theater vs. at home
  • 40% plan to return to theaters “as soon as they reopen.”  (MediaPost)

In the midst of all the changes in the film industry, James Gunn remains constant! When asked about the status of The Suicide Squad and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Gunn recently shared via his Twitter, “right now there’s no reason for #TheSuicideSquad release date to move. We are on or ahead of schedule. We were extremely fortunate to wrap shooting & set up editing from our homes before quarantine.”  The Suicide Squad is still set to release on August 6, 2021. Gunn also confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will not be affected, and hinted that he has big plans for Rocket Raccoon in the upcoming film.  (The Wrap, /Film) 

Director Matt Reeves discusses his passion and plans for the new upcoming The Batman movie, and how past renditions have inspired him, while also confirming that it won’t be an origin story. (MovieWeb, AVClub)

Sony Pictures has acquired the Daniel Suarez sci-fi thriller novel Influx, and has set Bloodshot’s David S.F. Wilson to direct it. Zak Olkewicz, a co-producer on Lights Out and the writer of the upcoming horror movie Fear Street, will adapt the story for the big screen. (ScreenRant)

Sam Raimi has confirmed he will be directing Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness for Marvel Studios. Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Stephen Strange, with Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff.  (ComingSoon)

Our favorite Hollywood stars are continuing to do their part to keep the positive vibes going and entertain movie audiences:

  • Shang-Chi shared his hilarious isolation workout video, and Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige retweeted video of audience reactions from Avenger’s: Endgame premiere to remind us of the magic of moviegoing and encourage fans. (Cinemablend)
  • Idris Elba narrated Don’t Quit, the BBC’s Coronavirus message to the U.K. (Variety)
  • A coalition of Hollywood producers, writers and directors have teamed to launch It Takes Our Village, an initiative to raise funds to support below-the-line film and TV crews who have found themselves out of work due to the Coronavirus crisis. (Deadline)
  • Randy Newman  spread the word about social distancing in an original song. (Nerdist)
  • Chris Pratt attempted to cosplay as Wolverine. (MovieWeb)
  • Kevin Smith partnered with Postmates to launch the Mooby’s delivery pop up benefiting the No Us Without You charity, and also said he is altering his Mallrats 2 script to include COVID-19. (Deadline, AVClub)
  • That Thing You Do! cast will reunite for a livestream on Friday 4/17 to help raise money for a COVID-19 relief fund and to pay tribute to Adam Schlesinger, who wrote the title song. (Deadline)

Studios continue to shift movie release dates to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to, including this week’s changes:

  • The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run (8/7/20)
  • Soul (11/20/20)
  • Raya and the Last Dragon (3/12/21)
  • Infinite (5/28/21)

As always, stay tuned to our friends at Noovie for all the latest film release updates in real time!

Click below to watch the latest trailers for movies coming to a theater near you soon!

We all wish we could go out to the movies right now, but in the meanwhile, you can get your movie fix online! Check out Noovie.com to learn where to find and stream your favorite movies at home, and be sure to follow WhatsNoovie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates.

While you’re at it — why not test your movie knowledge with ShuffleNoovie’s mobile movie trivia game?

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