Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
There was great news for the film industry in California, as Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health gave the green light to reopen movie theaters and resume film and TV production. Movie theaters in California, including Los Angeles, the largest movie-going market in the country, can begin reopening as early as June 12 with strict social distancing measures in place – for at least the first two weeks, theaters will limit capacity to 25 percent, or no more than 100 people per auditorium. Production can also resume in the state beginning June 12, as Hollywood gets back to work. (The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap)
AMC Theatres, the world’s largest theater operator, said this week that it expects to have 97-98% of its theaters worldwide reopened by mid-July. Cinemark, which operates about 6,000 U.S. screens has said it will begin reopening in late June and fully reopen by July 10. Cineworld, which owns Regal Cinemas, the world’s second-largest chain, is also tracking for a July reopening. Marcus Theaters, the fourth largest circuit in the U.S., announced plans to reopen six theaters on June 19 with enhanced protocols to help fine-tune safety measures for its future phases of theater reopenings in weeks ahead. The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO), the trade group that represents exhibitors, expects that 90-95% of cinemas around the world will be opened by mid-July. (The Associated Press, Deadline)
Now that movie theaters are making official plans to open their doors and welcome audiences once again, studios are vying to be the first back on the big screen! TriStar Pictures just scheduled the romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery from executive producer Selena Gomez on July 10, ahead of Warner Bros.’ Christopher Nolan feature Tenet, which remains dated for July 17. Solstice Studios’ Russell Crowe road rage movie Unhinged will get the ball rolling for movie theaters on Wednesday, July 1. And, the Gerard Butler-Morena Baccarin action movie Greenland from STX is now scheduled for a July 31 theatrical opening. (Deadline)
Films tackling racial issues, such as Selma, The Hate U Give, and Just Mercy, have been made available at no cost for those looking to educate themselves in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The Criterion Channel also announced that it would be taking down the pay wall in front of many films from black filmmakers, including work from Maya Angelou, Julie Dash and William Greaves, among others. (The Hollywood Reporter)
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, has announced election results for its annual board of governors, to record diversity and gender inclusion. (Variety)
The first official trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music dropped this week, and nostalgic fans are excited. The upcoming threequel will see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter returning to their iconic roles for the first time since 1991, and the now middle-aged BFFs are set to begin a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends in an attempt to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe. (ComicBook.com)
Sony has announced that several of its upcoming titles will also be screening in IMAX, including Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Jason Reitman‘s sequel/reboot; Venom: Let There Be Carnage (which is the most anticipated sequel of 2021 according to a new Fandom poll), the follow-up to Venom; Morbius, and Uncharted, the long-delayed film adaptation of the video game series. Production has also begun on Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2, which is now slated for October 7, 2022. (/Film, MovieWeb, Deadline)
There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic completely transformed the 2020 summer movie season – here’s a look from Quartz at what the 2020 summer blockbuster calendar originally looked like vs. what it is now, and how those films shifted on the schedule. (Quartz)
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