Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Cinemas in Miami-Dade and select counties in the Bay Area are the latest to reopen movie theaters. Miami’s Mayor Carlos Gimenez signed an order on Wednesday allowing theaters to resume under specific restrictions including 50% occupancy and prohibiting customers from eating and drinking at their seats. Cinemark’s VP of investor and public relations, Chanda Brashears, recently stated, “We had some really avid moviegoers who were excited to be off the couch and back in the theater.” There are over 25 Cinemark cinemas in the nine-county Bay Area reopening this week. As with most theaters across the country, the CinemaSafe health and safety protocols established by the movie theater industry will be implemented at these locations. To learn which counties in the Bay Area are reopening, click here. (Miami Herald, NBC)
Tenet’s director Christopher Nolan continues to support the return of the movie theatre experience. Nolan, along with his producer and wife, Emma Thomas, visited a local Regal Cinema in Irvine, California to catch the release of their latest big screen project. Starring John David Washington, the action-packed film was the first major studio release to debut in theaters since the coronavirus pandemic. The couple were seen in a photo shared to Regal’s social media, alongside the cinema’s staff, practicing social distancing and, of course, with masks on. (ScreenRant)
Warner Bros. may have moved Wonder Woman 1984 to Christmas to give Tenet a little more breathing room at the box office this fall. The superhero sequel starring Gal Gadot, which was expected to debut on Oct. 2, will now touch down in theaters on Dec. 25, 2020. Director Patty Jenkins said, “First and foremost let me say how much Gal and I love all our devoted Wonder Woman fans around the world, and your excitement for WW84 couldn’t make us happier or more eager for you to see the movie. Because I know how important it is to bring this movie to you on a big screen when all of us can share the experience together, I’m hopeful you won’t mind waiting just a little bit longer. With the new date on Christmas Day, we can’t wait to spend the holidays with you!” (Variety)
Marvel Studios has given us another look at Black Widow! Natasha, played by Scarlett Johansson, Yelena, played by Florence Pugh, and Taskmaster are all featured in the latest images shared by the studio. While it’s still unclear who is actually playing the role of Taskmaster, these images offer a different perspective of Natasha and Yelena. The cast also includes David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, O-T Fagbenle, and William Hurt and is directed by Cate Shortland. Black Widow is scheduled for theatrical release on November 6. (Collider)
Universal is moving up DreamWorks Animation’s latest film The Croods: A New Age one month from its December 23 release date to Wednesday, November 25 just in time for Thanksgiving. The first Croods, released by then DWA distribution partner 20th Century Fox, made $187.1 million domestic and $587.2 million at the global box office in 2013. (Deadline)
Woody Allen’s long-delayed A Rainy Day in New York will hit select U.S. theaters next month, announced MPI Media Group and Signature Entertainment. The film, starring Timothée Chalamet, Selena Gomez and Elle Fanning, will open on October 9 in Chicago, Boston and Atlanta before expanding the following week to additional theaters and markets. (The Wrap)
The Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek recently spoke about his latest role as villain Safin in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die in a new clip shared to the James Bond 007 YouTube channel. Malek shared that the character “is a formidable adversary,” adding, “James Bond has to adapt to that.” He also said he wanted to make Safin “unsettling.” The film also stars Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear and Ralph Fiennes. No Time to Die is set to hit theaters November 20. (People)
The Matrix 4 is on the way with its original cast! Keanu Reeves sat down with BBC’s The One Show to discuss the highly anticipated film, and while he made sure to not spill all the details, he did let viewers know that the film can be described as an inspiring love story. He also confirmed The Matrix 4 won’t dwell on the past despite previous fan speculations that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II would reportedly play the young version of Morpheus. In addition to Reeves, the film will feature the return of Carrie-nne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith in their original roles as Trinity and Niobe. The film will also star Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Toby Onwumere, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Lambert Wilson may also make a return as the villain the Merovingian. Matrix fans can expect the film debut in theaters on April 1, 2022. (Coming Soon)
Jennifer Lopez will star in the upcoming Universal romantic comedy, Marry Me. The screenplay, set to release on Valentine’s Day weekend, is based on the graphic novel by Bobby Crosby. Lopez stars as musical superstar Kat Valdez and Owen Wilson stars as Charlie Gilbert, a math teacher. The two are complete strangers who decide to marry and then get to know each other. (Deadline)
Madonna is set to direct a film about her life and five-decade career. While the film is still untitled and the production timeline has yet to be announced, there have been many teasers shared on her social media. “There are so many untold and inspiring stories and who better to tell it than me. It’s essential to share the roller coaster ride of my life with my voice and vision,” the pop icon shared in a statement. Oscar-winning Diablo Cody will help bring her vision to life as the co-writer. (Variety)
Lionsgate has acquired the North American rights to Wander Darkly. The film, starring Sienna Miller, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The story follows couple, Adrienne and Matteo, played by Miller and Diego Luna, who suffer a traumatic accident leaving them both in a surreal state. Lionsgate is hoping for a fall release. (Yahoo! News)
The long-awaited screen adaptation of the Flashpoint story is hoping to start production the beginning of next year. Andy Muschietti will be directing the upcoming The Flash, which will be the first solo outing for the character on the big screen. Revealed at last month’s DC FanDome, the movie will take inspiration from the Flashpoint comic books and will feature at least two Batmen – in the form of Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton. Cameras are set to begin rolling in March 2021 with a goal to hit theaters the summer of 2022. (ScreenRant)
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