Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Tenet’s U.S. debut marks the highest-grossing opening weekend for a film in the U.S. since the pandemic hit, as well as the biggest Labor Day for an IMAX film ever. The latest Christopher Nolan movie earned over $20 million at domestic theaters this holiday weekend, while its international sales tallied an additional $78.3 million, including $30 million from China, which brings the total global box office for the film to nearly $150 million. Some dedicated movie fans even drove hours to the nearest open theater just to see it on the big screen! (CNBC, Deadline)
Movie theaters continue to reopen across the country! California’s Silicon Valley and Orange County and Philadelphia have all been cleared to reopen this week. The secretary of California’s Health and Human Services, Mark Ghaly, announced that five counties — Amador, Orange, Placer, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz — can get back to the big screen as a result of the decrease in COVID-19 rates. The newly reopened theaters will implement the CinemaSafe protocols into their daily operations, including social distancing and masks. More than 1 million people in the U.S. have attended movies at AMC theaters since they reopened in late August, the Kansas-based company said Wednesday, and it will have about 75% of its locations open this weekend. (Variety, ABC, CNBC)
The first official trailer for Dune has been released! The Denis Villeneuve adaption is based on the classic sci-fi novel by Frank Herbert. Set in the future, the film is about the son of a noble family entrusted with the protection of an extremely valuable asset in the galaxy – the planet Arrakis. This adaption stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Zendaya, and many more notable actors. Set to hit theaters on December 18th, Dune will be the first of two movies, as Villeneuve plans to split the first novel into two parts. Watch the official trailer on Warner Bros’ YouTube. (First Showing)
Filming for Mission: Impossible 7 is underway! Director Christopher McQuarrie took to Instagram to announce shooting has begun with an image captioned “Action…#MI7 Day 1.” While we can’t tell who is actually in the shot, we can see that they are working on some epic stunts! McQuarrie, Tom Cruise and the MI7 crew actually began filming earlier this year in Italy and the U.K., but production was halted due to the pandemic. Fortunately for the cast and crew, Cruise convinced the U.K. government to allow a small cast and crew to travel to the country to resume production. (CinemaBlend)
The next Scarface will have you shook! At least that’s the goal of Luca Guadagnino, the director of the upcoming remake. In a recent interview, Guadagnino shared he is determined to make the remake as shocking as the 1982 version, directed by Brian DePalma and starred Al Pacino. He also shared the film will be a hard R-rated movie with a great script. The film is currently in development with Joel and Ethan Coen as the writers. (ScreenRant)
Mel Gibson’s latest film Fatman has been acquired by Saban Films. The dark action comedy will also star Walton Goggins and Marianne Jean-Baptiste, and tells the story of a neglected 12-year-old hires an unorthodox hitman, played by Goggins, to kill Santa, who is played by Gibson. Fatman is set to release sometime this year. (Deadline)
“Just when I though I was out, they pull me back in!” Paramount Pictures has announced a revised The Godfather: Part III will be released in select theaters this December in celebration of its 30th anniversary. The re-edited version of Francis Ford Coppola’s final film in The Godfather trilogy has been re-titled The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone. The new cut achieves Coppola and screenwriter Mario Puzo’s original vision, and Coppola’s production company, American Zoetrope, and Paramount Pictures’ restoration team spent numerous months searching through negatives, replacing lower resolution visuals, and giving the film an intense 4K restoration. (IGN)
The Oscars are continually working to improve their diversity and inclusion initiatives. In a recent announcement, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences introduced their Academy Aperture 2025 initiative, in which new representation and inclusion standards will be set in order to be eligible for the Best Picture category. For the 94th and 95th Oscars ceremonies, scheduled for 2022 and 2023, a film must submit a confidential Academy Inclusion Standards form to be considered for best picture. Beginning in 2024, for the 96th Oscars, a film submitting for best picture will need to meet the inclusion thresholds by meeting two of the four Academy standards. The remainder of the categories will continue with their current requirements. For the full list of standards, click here. (Variety)
The Princess Bride cast will be reuniting in just a few days! This Sunday, September 13th at 6:00 p.m. CT, director Rob Reiner will be joined by cast members Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and Billy Crystal for a script reading that will benefit the Wisconsin Democratic Party. The reading will be followed by a Q&A hosted by comedian Patton Oswalt. This is the latest (and perhaps our favorite so far) of these table readings, as artists continue reunite to entertain their loyal fans virtually, including Lord of the Rings, The X-Files and Hannibal. To enjoy The Princess Bride reunion, sign up here. (Variety, Nerdist)
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Pride and Prejudice TV adaption, a British baker made a life-size cake of Mr. Darcy. The masterpiece of a cake took Michelle Wibowo 200 hours to make, which included over 40 lbs of flour and butter and nearly 100 lbs of sugar. Not to mention – its 6 ft tall! The edible treat was unveiled at the Lyme Park in Cheshire, also known as the Pemberley, where Darcy famously emerged from a lake, only to bump into a rather flustered Elizabeth. (Classic FM)
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