Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Some good news for movie fans who miss the big screen! Movie theaters pose less COVID-19 risk than most other indoor venues, according to the experts. “Now that masks are required – and if the theater does everything right – a theater should pose less risk of person-to-person transmission than many other places people are going now,” said Natascha Tuznik, a UC Davis Health associate professor of infectious disease. She noted that movie theaters may be safer for several reasons, including that fact that people are not talking to each other during a movie (hopefully!), six-foot social distancing can be practiced, and people are all facing the same direction, which is known to reduce transmission risks. (UC Davis Health News)
New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is launching a national Mask Up America ad campaign produced by Tribeca Enterprises CEO Jane Rosenthal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow with Robert De Niro, Kaitlyn Dever, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, John Leguizamo, Anthony Mackie, Rosie Perez, Ellen Pompeo and Jeffrey Wright. All of the PSAs will be available in partnership with the Ad Council for use by broadcast and digital media outlets throughout the country. (Deadline)
20th Century Studios has released a new teaser trailer for the long-delayed The New Mutants while also announcing that the Marvel Comics adaptation will have a panel for Comic-Con@Home. Hosted by Ira Madison III, the panel will include writer/director Josh Boone and cast members Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga. The film is currently slated to hit theaters on August 28. (Collider)
Crazy Rich Asians star Henry Golding will be the lead voiceover in Paramount Animation’s The Tiger’s Apprentice based on Lawrence Yep’s 2003 bestselling novel, which follows Tom, a teenage Chinese American boy, who learns that he is the Guardian of the Chinese Zodiac. Golding will voice Mr. Hu, a talking tiger who takes Tom under his wing and protection. The feature, currently schedule for a Feb. 11, 2022 release date, will rep the directorial debut of Pixar animator Carlos Baena. (Deadline)
Several new Stephen King movies based on short stories from King’s recent collection If It Bleeds are reportedly in the works, including the title story, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, The Life of Chuck, and Rat, which has been optioned by Ben Stiller who plans to produce, direct and star. Rat follows a struggling writer who thinks he’s suddenly come up with a great idea for a novel. A talking rat makes the writer an offer to help finish his book, but of course the offer has sinister consequences. (/Film)
Universal’s monsters movie projects are hitting the next generation, as Josh Cooley, who helmed the Oscar-winning Toy Story 4, is set to write and direct Little Monsters, a live-action hybrid monster feature. Sources have described it as a love letter to classic Hollywood and the history of filmmaking with a story that takes a multigenerational approach to Universal’s monsters movie legacy, which famously includes indelible takes on Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and The Invisible Man. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Speaking of kids’ movies, Wishbone — the Jack Russell terrier with a penchant for literary classics — is getting the feature film treatment via Oscar winner Peter Farrelly. Universal and Mattel Films are teaming for the project, a modern take on the beloved PBS series that ran from 1996 through 2001. It followed the eponymous dog as he whisked viewers into some of the most famous and cherished literary moments, including Frankenstein, Robin Hood and Don Quixote, among others. (The Hollywood Reporter)
There’s a new little super hero in town… Captain America actor Chris Evans praised a 6-year-old boy named who saved his younger sister from a dog attack, and plans to send him an authentic Captain America shield for his actions. “I’m sure you’ve heard this a lot over the last couple of the days, but let me be the next one to tell you: Pal, you’re a hero,” Evans said. “What you did was so brave, so selfless, your sister is so lucky to have you as a big brother. Your parents must be so proud of you.” (Variety)
Production on Tom Holland’s next movie, Uncharted, has finally begun following the COVID-19 shutdown. The production shooting in Berlin, where the coronavirus pandemic has largely subsided. Holland plays a young Nathan Drake in this movie adaptation of the popular game series, reportedly drawing inspiration from the fourth game. The film is expected to hit screens on July 16, 2021. (JoBlo)
Jennifer Grey is putting on her dancing shoes again! The Dirty Dancing actress is set to star in and executive produce an untitled dance movie at Lionsgate. Grey, of course, starred opposite Patrick Swayze in the 1987 classic film and Lionsgate holds the distribution rights, leading fans to speculate that this project may be a new Dirty Dancing film in the works. (ET)
In more 80s movie news, a modern-day reboot of Fletch is in the works, with Jon Hamm set to star as the quick-witted investigative reporter character originally played by Chevy Chase in 1985’s Fletch and its sequel Fletch Lives. The project is based on the second book in Gregory McDonald series, Confess Fletch. In a mysterious chain of events, Fletch finds himself in the middle of multiple murders — one of which pins him as a prime suspect. While on a quest to prove his innocence, Fletch is tasked with finding his fiancée’s stolen art collection, acquired after her father goes missing and is presumed dead. (Variety)
For the movie fan who has everything, a treasure trove of Hollywood memorabilia is going up for auction next month including the helmet Tom Cruise wore in 1986’s Top Gun playing Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, the cars Leonardo Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt drove as Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and the camera Alfred Hitchcock used during filming of 1958’s Vertigo. The Prop Store will auction off these and more than 850 other items during a live auction on August 26 and 27. (Variety)
Or, if action figures are more your style, Hasbro and Paramount Pictures have teamed to create a Top Gun Transformers figure which embodies the spirit of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell. News of the Maverick Transformer arrives just a few months ahead of the release of Top Gun: Maverick, with the figure itself featuring lots of clever nods to its cinematic counterpart. (Collider)
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