Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
San Francisco has been given the green light to reopen indoor movie theaters again on Oct. 7th with specific restrictions, including operating at a 25% capacity up to 100 people with no concessions sold and no outside food or drink consumed. North Carolina movie theaters can also reopen as of October 2, and Michigan movie theaters can reopen on October 9. With this news, AMC announced that an additional 14 AMC locations in CA and MI will begin serving guests once again, with an additional 23 AMC locations in North Carolina back in business by October 16. With these reopenings, more than 80% of all AMC U.S. locations will have resumed operations. (Variety, WBTV, WDIV)
Christopher Nolan’s Tenet remains in first place at this weekend’s box office, bringing in over $3.4 million. The sci-fi thriller has grossed a total of $41.2 million after four weeks in domestic theaters and a worldwide total of $283 million. In second place was the X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants, which brought in $1.1 million on its fifth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $19.4 million and a worldwide total to $38.8 million. To round out the third spot was Unhinged. The Russell Crowe thriller grossed $1 million this weekend bringing its domestic total to $17.1 million and a worldwide total of $26.2 million. (JoBlo.com)
In preparation for the release of No Time to Die, 007 fans can enjoy exclusive interviews with the newly launched No Time to Die: The Official James Bond Podcast. The podcast is comprised of six episodes featuring interviews with the cast and filmmakers that will take fans behind the scenes of the Bond franchise and the latest film. Film critic and podcast host, James King, will sit down with guests including Daniel Craig, Rami Maek, Léa Seydoux, Lashana Lynch, Jeffrey Wright, Naomie Harris, Ana de Armas, Rory Kinnear, Billy Magnussen, director Cary Joji Fukunaga, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and even songwriters Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell. The first episode is officially live now on Apple Podcasts. No Time to Die hits theaters in the U.K. on Nov. 12 and in the U.S. on Nov. 20. (Collider)
People will be seeing, um…a lot…of Robert De Niro on the big screen in his latest PG-rated family comedy from 101 Studios, The War with Grandpa. The new movie stars De Niro, Rob Riggle, Laura Marano, Oakes Fegley, Cheech Marin and Jane Seymour, who sat down with CinemaBlend to discuss the scene they were terrified to film, and more. The story revolves around sixth-grader Peter (Fegley) and his recently widowed grandfather Ed (De Niro), who moves in with Peter’s family and forces the boy to give up his most prized possession of all: his bedroom. Unwilling to let such an injustice stand, Peter devises a series of increasingly elaborate pranks to drive out the interloper, but Grandpa Ed won’t go without a fight. The war will be waged in theaters starting October 9. (Deadline, CinemaBlend)
The new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures just acquired a truly historical collection! In conjunction with the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library, the Academy Museum announced this week they have acquired the Richard Balzer Collection. The Balzer Collection is widely considered to be the world’s primary collection of pre-cinematic optical toys and devices. It comprises more than 9,000 objects from over a span of 40 years including magic lanterns and magic lantern glass slides to prints, praxinoscopes, figurines, paintings, peepshows, shadow puppets and theaters, among much more. Items from the collection will be featured in one of the inaugural exhibitions titled The Path to Cinema: Highlights from the Richard Balzer Collection, which will explore the history of visual entertainment. The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is scheduled to open in Los Angeles on April 30, 2021. (Deadline)
Disney has no plans to end its live-action remake success anytime soon, and in fact, the studio has a ton of new live-action films in the pipeline and set for release on the big screen in the future. What began with the billion-dollar success of Alice in Wonderland in 2010 has turned into an exciting lineup of live-action adaptations of classic Disney animated films in the works, including The Lion King 2, The Little Mermaid, Cruella, and Pinocchio..(Nerdist)
Director Doug Liman has begun production on his pandemic-themed heist dramedy, Lockdown. Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in the film as a sparring couple. Ben Stiller, Lily James, Stephen Merchant, Dulé Hill, Jazmyn Simon and Mark Gatiss are also set to join the cast. The film, which is set against the backdrop of the Covid-19 lockdown, will tell the story of how a couple call a truce to attempt a high-risk, high-stakes jewelry heist at one of the world’s most exclusive department stores, Harrods. Production is currently underway in the UK, and the cast and crew are shooting under strict pandemic protocols. (Deadline)
What really happened behind the scenes of the 1972 classic The Godfather? A new drama, Francis And The Godfather, will give fans a peek into the battles between the director, Francis Ford Coppola, who was 31 at the time, and former Paramount studio head, Robert Evans, which included taking a gamble on casting Marlon Brando and a then-little-known Al Pacino. Oscar Isaac is set to play Coppola, while Jake Gyllenhaal will play Evans. Barry Levinson will direct the feature, which is based on a Black List script by Andrew Farotte that has been redeveloped with Levinson. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Zac Efron will star in a new adaptation of the sci-fi thriller, Firestarter. Released 40 years ago, the original Firestarter followed a young girl, played by Drew Barrymore, who develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon. Efron will play the girl’s father, Andy McGee. The remake of Stephen King’s classic will be directed by filmmaker Keith Thomas, while Blumhouse’s Jason Blum produces alongside Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman. Scott Teems, who was the associate producer of the original film, will serve as the executive producer along with Martha De Laurentiis. (Collider)
Avatar fans, get excited! Avatar 2 is has completed production and Avatar 3 is 95% done, according to the films’ director, James Cameron. After having to pause production due to the pandemic, shooting resumed in June. In a recent virtual sit down with Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 2020 Austrian World Summit, Cameron shared, “We’re very lucky in that we chose this as our production site years ago. We made the first film here in New Zealand and it turns out to be ranking first or second best country in the world for its COVID response.” Disney has now set Avatar 2‘s release date for December 16, 2022 and Avatar 3 for December 20, 2024. The fourth and fifth movies will hit theaters in 2026 and 2028. To hear more from their discussion, click here. (People)
LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Universal Pictures have announced a new multi-year partnership, as SpringHill Company, founded by James and Carter, agreed to a four-year, first-look film deal with Universal. The global consumer and entertainment company currently has several projects in development at the studio, including the upcoming film, Catch the Wave. Written by Ali Kinney, the film tells the story of a young African American woman whose spark with a Black surfer opens up her world to romance and the untold history of Manhattan Beach’s “Bruce’s Beach,” a once-thriving Black coastal community in the 1920’s which was driven out by the KKK and eminent domain by the city. (Variety)
The 2021 Producers Guild of America Awards is going virtual! In efforts to ensure the safety of those involved, the 32nd awards presentation will shift to a virtual celebration on Wednesday, March 24th. Additional details are expected to be released in the coming months, including various category nominations for film and television. (UPI)
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