Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
With the release of new Hollywood films rapidly approaching, AMC has announced that it will open 100 of its over 600 U.S. theaters next Thursday, August 20. As part of a promotion celebrating AMC’s 100th anniversary, all tickets on opening day will be sold for 15 cents – the price they were in 1920. AMC’s Centennial Celebration kicks off the company’s grand reopening, and additional AMC locations around the country are expected to open during the following two weeks leading to the release of Disney’s The New Mutants on August 28 and Warner Bros.’ Tenet on September 3. (Deadline)
China is easing limits on movie ticket sales and screening lengths this weekend as the country continues to open up after COVID-19. The reducing of theater restrictions is a big positive sign for the China box office prospects of Disney’s Mulan, which confirmed on Monday it would hit Chinese theaters “soon,” and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, which is set to debut in the country on Sept. 4. (Variety)
Speaking of Tenet, come Aug. 26, virtually all roads in the U.K. and Ireland cinema market lead to the Warner Bros.’ film. According to European cinema giant Vue, which opened ticket sales for Tenet at midnight on Tuesday, the film so far accounts for 60% of tickets sold in the U.K. For many, Tenet will be their first cinema trip since lockdown ended, and director Christopher Nolan is their main reason for heading back to theaters. According to one movie fan who’s already purchased his ticket, “There is no other director like him. You simply have to watch his films on the big screen — where they belong.” (Variety)
After nearly three quarters of a century of influencing how Hollywood operated, the Paramount Consent Decrees are officially over. A New York federal judge granted a motion by the U.S. Department of Justice to terminate the movie industry’s long-lasting licensing rules. They were intended to break up the stranglehold that major studios such as Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, and Paramount once maintained on the business by preventing them from owning both the means of production and distribution. Other studios, however, such as the Walt Disney Company and Lionsgate, which became distributors after the law went into effect, were not subject to the rules. (The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)
Director Denis Villeneuve is determined to finish Dune in time for its holiday season release. It’s a rush to the finish line according to the director, who recently spoke about how the pandemic has “crushed” the movie’s editing schedule in an interview promoting the Shanghai International Film Festival. The film is still on track for a December 18 release later this year from Warner Bros. (IndieWire)
Disney is moving forward with another Tron sequel. News of a third movie in the decades-old franchise arrives 10 years after the release of Tron: Legacy starring Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, and returning Tron alum Jeff Bridges. Tron 3 is going ahead with Jared Leto attached to star and co-produce and director Garth Davis set to helm. Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) has written the most recent draft of the threequel’s script. (Collider)
After earning an Oscar nomination for playing Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Tom Hanks is zeroing in on another children’s favorite. We are hearing that he is in early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney and Robert Zemeckis’ live-action retelling of Pinocchio. Although insiders say negotiations are very early, we hear that after reading the script, Hanks has reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he wants to do the film. The 1940 Disney animated classic tells the tale of a living puppet who, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy. (Deadline)
Ryan Reynolds is set to star in a Universal family comedy that will be helmed by Paul King, the director behind the much beloved Paddington movies. Everyday Parenting Tips will see Reynolds plays a dad dealing with the everyday challenges of family and raising kids made all the most difficult by an ongoing Great Monster Uprising, and is based on a New Yorker short story form the prolific writer Simon Rich. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Lionsgate has announced that John Wick 5 is in the works and will be shot back-to-back with John Wick 4, which will begin filming early next year when Keanu Reeves becomes available. Reeves is no stranger to shooting sequels back-to-back, having done the same thing with the Matrix sequels, and is currently shooting The Matrix 4 in Germany, having only completed four weeks of filming when the production was forced to shut down due to the pandemic. (Collider)
Hey, bud — let’s party! Sean Penn will take part in an all-star table read of his classic 1982 coming-of-age film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. The lineup will include Penn, Jennifer Aniston, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts, Dane Cook, Morgan Freeman and Henry Golding, with more names to be announced over the next week. The live virtual event will take place Aug. 20 on Facebook Live and TikTok. Proceeds will benefit emergency relief nonprofit CORE’s work in the fight against COVID-19 as well as criminal justice reform group Reform Alliance. (Variety)
Film at Lincoln Center has announced the main slate lineup for the 2020 New York Film Festival, set to run over an extended period, from Sept. 17-Oct. 11. The 25 films that make up the main slate represent 19 countries and feature a number of U.S. documentaries, and the festival is starting one week earlier than usual to expand access via drive-in screenings while press screenings will take place virtually in September. (The Hollywood Reporter)
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