Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
While Regal theaters may be closing again temporarily due to the shifting movie slate, AMC and Cinemark have no plans to close their doors. In a statement this week, AMC chairman-CEO Adam Aron said there are plenty of films to play in the weeks to come, including the Robert De Niro comedy The War With Grandpa, which 101 Studios opens Friday. AMC plans to have more than 520 of its 600 locations open by mid-October as 14 AMC locations in the State of Washington reopen on October 16. Cinemark is also continuing to welcome audiences back safely, saying, “Cinemark’s reopening plan was designed with multiple contingencies in place to ensure we are able to be nimble and react as needed to this ever-changing environment.” Cinemark is also encouraging movie fans to use its theaters to host a private screening with up to 20 of their friends and family, starting at just $99, and they can even bring a Blu-ray/DVD movie of their choice. (People, The Hollywood Reporter, Today, MovieWeb)
John Fithian, President & CEO of the National Association of Theater Owners, along with Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers are imploring the U.S. Congress to prioritize assistance for the hardest hit-industries, like movie theaters. In a letter addressed to Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, Sofia Coppola, Taika Waititi, Greta Gerwig, Seth Rogen, Cathy Yan, Barry Jenkins, Michael Bay, Judd Apatow, Alfonso Cuarón, Edgar Wright, M. Night Shyamalan, and more are requesting reallocation of unspent funds from the CARES Act toward programs designed for industries like movie theaters, or by enacting new proposals such as the RESTART Act. “Our country cannot afford to lose the social, economic, and cultural value that theaters provide.” To read the full letter, click here. (/Film)
Wonder Woman 1984’s director Patty Jenkins has promised fans the superhero sequel will be released in movie theaters. Jenkins shared in a recent interview, “I don’t think any of us want to live in a world where the only option is to take your kids to watch a movie in your own living room, and not have a place to go for a date.” Jenkins is among the dozens of Hollywood filmmakers urging the U.S. Congress to provide financial assistance to movie theaters. The highly anticipated film is set to release Christmas Day of this year. (Deadline)
Have you ever pictured Tom Hanks in a Western?! In a newly released trailer for Paul Greengass’ upcoming News of the World, Hanks stars as Captain Jefferson Kyle Kid, a veteran and widower who goes from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feuds, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. On his journey, he crosses paths with Johanna, an abandoned 10-year-old played by Helena Zengel, who he decides to deliver to the law to be protected. The film is slated to open in theaters this Christmas. Watch the trailer here. (Collider)
Clint Eastwood is set to direct his 37th film! The iconic director will direct and star in Warner Bros.’ Cry Macho. Based on the book, Eastwood will play a onetime rodeo star and washed-up horse breeder who, in 1978, takes a job from an ex-boss to bring the man’s young son home and away from his alcoholic mom. Crossing rural Mexico on their back way to Texas, the unlikely pair faces an unexpectedly challenging journey, during which the world-weary horseman may find his own sense of redemption through teaching the boy what it means to be a good man. There’s no word on whether production has begun or when the film will be released. (World of Reel)
Dr. Seuss is headed to the big screen – not once, not twice but three times! As part of an expansive filmmaking deal with Warner Animation Group, a trio of films based on the books of Dr. Seuss are coming to a movie theater near you. The three films include the first-ever adaptation of Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, a new animated version of The Cat in the Hat, and a spin-off about the twin mischief makers from that book, Thing One and Thing Two. The Cat in the Hat will be the first out of the lineup set to hit theaters in 2024. (Vanity Fair)
Jamie Foxx will return as Electro in Spider-Man 3, but he may look just a little different. In a now-deleted Instagram post, Foxx revealed (perhaps a little prematurely!) that this time around Electro won’t be blue, and expressed his excitement being a part of the latest Marvel Spider-Man installment. The actor originally appeared in the 2014, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, as a blue version of Electro, who wore a green and yellow outfit. In the post, Foxx also The film is set to begin filming this Fall in Atlanta. (IGN)
Speaking of Marvel, 12 Marvel and DC Comics films are expected to release in 2021 and 2022! The list includes Morbius, starring Jared Leto, Tyrese Gibson and J.K. Simmons set to hit theaters on March 19, 2021. Black Widow will follow with a release date of May 7th, 2021. The Venom sequel, Venom: Let There Be Carnage will be next on June 25, 2021. To see the full list, click here. (TheWrap)
Regina King’s feature directorial debut, One Night in Miami, will make its theatrical debut on Christmas Day. The movie, starring Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge and Leslie Odom Jr., is based on the Olivier-nominated Kemp Powers’ 2013 stage play. Set on the night of February 25, 1964, the story follows a young Cassius Clay, who most know now as Muhammad Ali, as he emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the new World Heavyweight Boxing Champion after defeating Sonny Liston. While crowds of people celebrated the match in Miami Beach, Clay – who was unable to stay on the island due to segregation laws – spent the night at the Hampton House Motel to celebrate with three of his closest friends. The next morning, the four men, activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football star Jim Brown, emerge determined to define a new world for themselves and their people. (Deadline)
#AlitaArmy get ready! The 2019 sci-fi and action film, Alita: Battle Angel, is returning to theaters on October 30. Producer James Cameron confirmed it on Twitter, and the news is sending the Alita Army into a frenzy! The film, starring Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, and Keean Johnson, grossed $404 million globally and $85 million domestically. Alita: Battle Angel, an adaptation of the manga entitled Battle Angel Alita, centers on a cyborg who is revived by a scientist and cannot remember her past. Fans can begin purchasing advance tickets today. (ScreenRant)
Movie lovers will be able to experience Rocky and Legally Blonde live in concert beginning next year. MGM and TCG Entertainment have announced the new “Film in Concert” tour series is set to begin in July 2021 and will tour through North America, Europe, and Australia, with additional markets to be added through the end of June 2024. The tour will give fans the opportunity to enjoy the films’ soundtracks performed live by a full symphony orchestra, along with interactive experiences and exclusive merchandise. The partnership with TCG Entertainment is part of MGM’s overall strategy to grow its portfolio of live events and immersive experiences allowing fans to experience their favorite movies and characters well beyond the big screen. (Variety)
Looking for a home with a spacious basement? The house featured in the 1991 film, The Silence of the Lambs is for sale! The three-story, four-bedroom Princess Anne Victorian, which served as the home of serial killer Buffalo Bill, is currently listed for $298,500. Located just about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the house sits on nearly 2 acres of land along the Youghiogheny River. Much of the home’s interior and exterior remains untouched from the three days that the film crew shot at the location. Click here to take a tour of the historical house. (Deadline)
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