Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Movie theaters are continuing to reopen across the country and movie lovers are steadily returning to enjoy the in-theater experience. For the first time since the pandemic hit, ten first-run films debuted in theaters in the U.S. and Canada, grossing more than $100,000. In its third weekend, Tenet grossed over $250 million worldwide which includes $36 million in domestic theaters, thanks to many new theaters reopening in California. The thriller Infidel, which was the only wide release film to debut this weekend, brought in $1.5 million. (IndieWire)
To celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life, Focus Feature and Magnolia Pictures have both announced they will be re-releasing her biopic On the Basis of Sex and the documentary RBG in theaters this Friday. The net proceeds from the films’ theatrical re-release will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation in support of their Women’s Rights Project, which was co-founded by Ginsburg in 1972. The 2018 films will be available in approximately 1,000 theaters nationwide. Participant, a partner on both films, will join the celebration by asking fans to share posts honoring the legacy of Justice Ginsburg using the hashtag, #ThankYouRuth. AMC theaters will sell tickets to the films for $5 each in addition to offering private screenings of the movies. (Variety)
Disney announced a few more release date changes this week. The most high profile change on the schedule concerns Marvel’s Black Widow, which will now debut in domestic theaters on May 7, 2021.But don’t worry, some great films are still are still hitting theaters this year! Pixar’s Soul, currently scheduled for November 20, 2020, is keeping its date and now becomes the next major Hollywood title expected to hit theaters in North America. Death On The Nile moves from October to December 18, and The Empty Man went the other way and moved up from December to October 23. (Box Office)
DreamWorks has released a trailer for its upcoming animation, The Croods: A New Age, the sequel to their 2013 animated film, The Croods. Emma Stone’s character, Eep can be seen in the beginning of the trailer reintroducing the Croods family as they search for the “perfect place to call home.” Nicolas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener and Cloris Leachman will also return as their original roles. Kelly Marie Tran, Leslie Mann and Peter Dinklage will join the cast as newly introduced characters. The release date has been moved up to November 25th – just in time for the start of the holiday season. Enjoy the trailer here. (Noovie) (Variety)
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the rights to Eva Husson’s Mothering Sunday in North America, Latin America, India, Pan Asia (excluding Japan), the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and airlines and ships worldwide. Based on the bestselling novel by Graham Swift, the film stars Olivia Colman, Colin Firth and Josh O’Connor. The film is set in March 1924 and follows Jane Fairchild, a maid in the Niven household, as she enjoys her day off to celebrate Mothering Sunday while Mr. and Mrs. Niven attend a lunch to celebrate the engagement of their neighbor’s only remaining son. (Deadline)
It’s a family affair! The Boss Baby sequel, The Boss Baby: Family Business, is currently in the works. DreamWorks Animation has added Jeff Goldblum, James Marsden, Eva Longoria, Ariana Greenblatt, and Amy Sedaris to the cast; while Alec Baldwin will return as Boss Baby Ted, and Jimmy Kimmel and Lisa Kudrow as Ted’s parents. The new chapter follows the Templeton brothers, Tim and his Boss Baby brother Ted, as adults who have drifted away from each other. Universal will release The Boss Baby: Family Business on March 26, 2021. (Deadline)
Sony Pictures Animation has announced Selena Gomez will return as the co- lead and the executive producer in Hotel Transylvania 4. Gomez will voice of Mavis, the modern daughter of Dracula, who is voiced by Adam Sandler. The animated franchise has generated over $1.3 billion at the box office worldwide, consisting of three films and a spinoff TV series. The series creator, Genndy Tartakovsky, will return as the screenwriter and executive producer, while Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon will direct the series’ fourth installment. The animated film is expected to release on August 6, 2021. (Variety)
Filmmaker Ron Howard is set to direct a biographical drama about world renowned Chinese pianist, Lang Lang. The film is based on the memoir Journey of a Thousand Miles by Lang and David Ritz, which follows the pianist’s extraordinary life story, from his childhood in the provincial city of Shenyang in Northern China to the peak of the global classic music industry. Along the way, Lang’s family sacrificed almost everything to help their talented son succeed. “This film is a bridge between two cultures that share universal truths about the gauntlets we face in the pursuit of greatness,” producer Brian Grazer and Howard stared in a joint statement. Cameras will begin rolling in China and the U.S. after Howard finishes his upcoming film, Thirteen Lives. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Photos tweeted by the Space Shuttle Almanac reveal that Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman may head into space for their upcoming film in October 2021. The photos shared earlier this week feature an illustration of the spacecrafts and countries set to launch in the next three years, and if you take a closer look, you’ll notice a couple familiar names. The October 2021 section of the chart reads “SpaceX Crew Dragon,” with an image of a small space vehicle. Next to the illustration are a list of three names: SpaceX Pilot Lopez Alegria, Tourist 1 Tom Cruise and Tourist 2 Doug Liman, with a vacant spot for a possible third visitor. Additional details are scarce, however. In May, it was discovered Cruise is teaming up with the Elon Musk company for NASA’s first narrative film shot in space, which will be backed by Universal. To take a look at the chart, click here. (Deadline)
Speaking of Twitter, an unknown user by the name of “The Entire Shrek 2 Script” is living up to their name by tweeting out – you guessed it – the entire Shrek 2 script. Every hour @ShrekScriptLol shares one line from the 2004 Dreamworks’ CGI-animated Shrek sequel. The twitter user behind these tweets, @Peternity69, used the same twitter account just a few months ago to tweet the entire script from the first Shrek. Stay tuned – the script for Shrek the Third is probably on its way! (AV Club)
The day has finally come! Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker vs. Star Trek’s Captain Picard face-off in an epic battle. While it may not be the actual battle we’ve been hoping for, Mark Hamill and Patrick Stewart went toe-to-toe over how to say the word “tomato” in a commercial for Uber Eats. In the ad, both men enter an empty warehouse along with their weapon of choice. Hamill has a baseball bat, while Stewart chooses a cricket bat. Hamill announces he’ll be having a veggie cheeseburger on ciabatta, no “tuh-may-tos” for dinner. Stewart then enters to share he’ll be having a four-cheese tortellini with extra “tuh-maah-toes.” Click here to enjoy the showdown. (Nerdist)
Sometimes you must take matters into your own hands. In The Rock’s case that means ripping out your electric gate from the brick wall with his bare hands to avoid being late for filming. Actor and former wrestler, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson took to Instagram to share how a recent power outage forced him to push, pull and rip his front gate open to get to work. Filming for the DC Comics superhero movie Black Adam is currently underway in Georgia, and he had no time to wait for a technician to come and rectify the issue. He definitely showed us he’s ready to play the character! The spin-off from the 2019 action-comedy Shazam! is set to release in December 2021. (Independent.ie)
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