Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
The times they are a-changin’…again. The dates for major movie releases and theater reopenings continue to change to ensure that audiences can be back in theaters safely to enjoy Hollywood’s newest offerings. Cinemark theaters, originally scheduled to reopen July 17, will now do so on July 24, and like many others across the U.S., will require masks. AMC, the largest movie theater chain, is now scheduled to welcome audiences back beginning July 30. Regal, which had planned to be the first among the big three chains to reopen July 10, has now delayed its reopening by three weeks to July 31. Many movie theaters still plan to reopen with a roster of classic movies, and ticket buyers will now get access to new releases now starting with Unhinged on July 31. The Broken Hearts Gallery will be next up on August 7, followed by Tenet on August 12, Mulan and Antebellum on August 21, Bill & Ted Face the Music on August 28, and A Quiet Place Part II on September 4. (USA Today, The Wrap, /Film, Variety Deadline, New York Times, Cinemablend)
No matter when it premieres, there’s one person who won’t be seeing Unhinged – Russell Crowe’s mother. Crowe banned his mom from watching his new movie because his character in the psychological thriller is so terrifying. “I’ve actually told her she’s not allowed to see this one,” he laughed during an interview. “There’s occasionally movies that come along that I do that I don’t like her to see. And I think that this one’s under that heading.” (Film News)
As film production on big franchises like The Matrix, Avatar, and Jurassic World begin to restart around the world after the COVID-19 shutdown, some states like Georgia hope to be trailblazers here in the U.S. Home to Tyler Perry’s sprawling film studio, Pinewood’s Atlanta outpost and other production facilities, the Peach State is establishing itself as a pioneer in the industry’s quest to get back to work with high-profile projects like Universal’s feature adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen and MGM’s Sylvester Stallone action pic Samaritan revving up production in the state. (The Hollywood Reporter)
After 2015’s #OscarsSoWhite, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences set inclusion goals to double the number of women and Oscar voters of color in its membership by 2020, and this week, the academy announced it had met both goals. The number of active female members has doubled, from 1,446 to 3,179, and the number of active members from ethnic and racial communities had tripled, from 554 to 1,787. The academy had also recently announced a new program, called Academy Aperture 2025, that will implement new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility. (The New York Times)
HQ Trivia and our friends at Noovie launched a fun new HQ Movie Trivia Night game on Wednesday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET with cash prizes for movie fans who have all the answers. The first game was sponsored by film festival host Tribeca Enterprises with a charity donation to the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. (Box Office, Digital Cinema Report)
Nickelodeon is rebooting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for the big screen with Point Grey Pictures’ Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver producing, and Jeff Rowe (Gravity Falls, Connected) directing. This time around, the feature adaptation of the Kevin Eastman-Peter Laird-created comic book will be CG animated, and Paramount will be handling global distribution on the film. (Deadline)
It has been 20 years since the first X-Men movie changed superhero movies forever, and original stars Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, and Famke Janssen got together on a Zoom call to celebrate the occasion. Of course, some of the franchise’s newest stars hilariously crashed the party, including Jackman nemesis Ryan Reynolds, Sophie Turner and James McAvoy. (EW)
Warner Bros. and Stampede Ventures have set up Frosty the Snowman, a live-action film that will see Aquaman star Jason Momoa voicing the iconic snowman. David Berenbaum, who worked on Elf, is writing the script based on the venerable character. (Deadline)
Did you ever wonder what Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas would look like as a 90s era sitcom? Me neither, but apparently someone did, re-editing scenes and adding a canned laugh track just for fun. (JoBlo)
Zachary Levi is tackling the role of NFL MVP and Hall of Famer Kurt Warner in the forthcoming American Underdog: The Kurt Warner Story biopic from Lionsgate and I Still Believe producer Kingdom Story Company. The Erwin Brothers — Jon Erwin and Andrew Erwin — will direct the film, which is expected to being production this year. (Deadline)
Margot Robbie and Christina Hodson will re-team for a new female-centric Pirates of the Caribbean movie for Disney. While plot details are being kept in Davey Jones’ locker, the project, in early development, is not intended to be a spinoff of the franchise that had pirate Jack Sparrow at its center, but rather a wholly original story with new characters under the Pirates moniker, itself inspired by the long-running attraction at Disneyland. (The Hollywood Reporter)
A-list actors worked secretly in quarantine to create a rough-hewn, homemade version of the classic film The Princess Bride and raise $1 million for charity. Vanity Fair has the exclusive look at three clips from the series, which started showing this Monday on Quibi. Filmmaker Jason Reitman devised the idea back in March, seeing it as a way to stay busy during the lockdown while raising funds for the World Central Kitchen charity, which has been helping thousands of restaurants stay afloat during the quarantine by paying them to provide millions of meals to the needy. (Vanity Fair)
Studios are moving premiere dates around to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when theaters reopen, including the following shifts to the film slate announced this week:
- Unhinged (July 7, 2020 to July 31, 2020)
- Tenet (July 31, 2020 to August 12, 2020)
- The Broken Hearts Gallery (July 17, 2020 to August 7, 2020)
- Mulan (July 24, 2020 to August 21, 2020)
- Bill & Ted Face the Music (August 21, 2020 to August 28, 2020)
- Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (October 2, 2020 to February 26, 2021)
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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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