Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
May the 4th Be With You! Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will begin streaming on Disney Plus on May 4, colloquially known as “Star Wars Day” among fans of the galactic movie franchise. For the first time ever, fans will now be able to stream all nine films in George Lucas’s Skywalker saga all in one place. (Variety)
Movie theaters are making plans to reopen around the globe. Theaters in the Czech Republic aim to reopen cinemas in May, China officials expect its movie theaters to reopen in June, and the major exhibitors in the U.S. are saying that they plan to open July 1 with popular previously released films to gear up for new studio releases starting with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet on July 17, followed by Mulan a week later on July 24. Some smaller local and regional exhibitors may begin to reopen theaters in less impacted markets earlier. (Variety, Hollywood Reporter, San Antonio Express-News)
Universal Pictures has completed a five-year exclusive deal with the LEGO Group that will lead to the development, production and theatrical distribution of films constructed from the fusion of original ideas to the colorful building blocks. With potential new Lego movies featuring iconic characters from Jurassic Park to The Fast And The Furious to Universal’s classic monsters, everything is awesome! (Deadline)
The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony is still slated to take place Feb. 28, 2021, but the road to the Oscars is going to look considerably different than it did for any of the prior 92. The Academy is changing the rules to allow films that were originally scheduled for theatrical release but shifted to streaming due to Covid-19 to still be in the running. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Hey, you guys! Goonies never say die, and neither does Josh Gad. The Frozen voice actor played host to a virtual reunion of The Goonies cast on Monday, direct from his newly launched YouTube channel to help raise money for The Center for Disaster Philanthropy. The cast included actors Sean Astin (Mikey), Corey Feldman (Mouth), Jeff Cohen (Chunk), Martha Plimpton (Stef), Jonathan Ke Quan (Data), Kerri Green (Andy), Josh Brolin (Brand), Robert Davi (Jake Fratelli), and Joe Pantoliano (Francis Fratelli), all from the safety of their coronavirus quarantines. “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” theme song singer Cyndi Lauper, screenwriter Chris Columbus, executive producer Steven Spielberg, and director Richard Donner all also joined the reunion. (EW)
California Film Commission chief Colleen Bell says state officials are making progress on hammering out details for the resumption of film and TV production following industrywide shutdowns in light of the coronavirus pandemic. But they’re moving forward cautiously. Tyler Perry also laid out a plan to safely restart production at his Atlanta studio. (Variety, Deadline)
Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins revealed that Diana Prince’s more feminine fighting style for the sequel is inspired by the Cirque Du Soleil. The sequel takes place 66 years after the first film, and features new cast members Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, playing Barbara Minerva aka Cheetah and Maxwell Lord, respectively. (ScreenRant)
Whitney Houston is getting the biopic treatment from Bohemian Rhapsody writer Andrea McCarten, who has signed on to pen I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a new authorized Houston film that Stella Meghie (The Photograph) is in talks to direct. (AV Club)
IFC Films is offering embattled indie theaters hundreds of films from its library to screen when they re-open from their COVID-19 related shutdown. The movies, which include 200 IFC classics such as Y Tu Mama Tambien and Boyhood, will be made available to cinemas without any rental fees.
Our favorite Hollywood stars are continuing to do their part to keep the positive vibes going and entertain movie audiences:
- Tom Hanks, the face of both Hollywood cordiality and coronavirus recovery, is always an inspiration, comforting a bullied kid named Corona and sending him a Corona brand typewriter to help him stay in touch. Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have also volunteered to donate blood for Covid-19 research after recovering from the disease to help create a “Hank-ccine.” (AV Club, Deadline)
- Pixar animation artists are teaching fans how to draw fan-favorite characters from Cars, Toy Story 4, and the studio’s latest release, Onward, in a video tutorial series called Draw With Pixar. (/Film)
- Stuntmen and stuntwomen from France’s Campus Univers Cascades, a school that specializes in training stunt workers for film and television, rallied together for an epic quarantine fight scene that shows off their particular set of skills. (IndieWire)
- A24 is auctioning off props from films like Midsommar and Uncut Gems to benefit New York City charities helping those hardest hit by Covid-19. (Variety)
- The celebrity shout-out service Cameo has seen a massive surge in activity with everyone isolating at home, and many movie actors are signing up and donating their fees to help fight Covid-19. Can’t afford a coworker birthday greeting from John Cleese, Mandy Moore, Taye Diggs, Wesley Snipes, Lindsay Lohan or Gary Busey? There’s always Goat 2 Meeting. (FastCompany)
Sony shifted several film release dates ranging from a few days to a few months due to star conflicts and productions being either delayed or accelerated. Spider-Man 3 has moved to Fall 2021, Connected has been delayed a month, and Hotel Transylvania 4 is actually moving up earlier in the schedule to August from December 2021. (CommingSoon.net, /Film)
Studios continue to shift movie release dates to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when theaters reopen, including other films announced this week:
- The King of Staten Island (June 12, 2020 to VOD)
- Spell (August 28, 2020 to TBD)
- Connected (September 18, 2020 to October 23, 2020)
- Escape Room 2 (August 14, 2020 to January 1, 2021)
- The Tomorrow War (December 25, 2020 to July 23, 2021)
- The Man from Toronto (November 20, 2020 to September 17, 2021)
- Mission: Impossible 7 (July 2021 to November 2021)
- Mission: Impossible 8 (August 2022 to November 2022)
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (November 5, 2021 to March 25, 2022)
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For a full schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.
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