Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
The War with Grandpa debuted at the number 1 spot at the domestic box office over the weekend, earning $3.6 million. With its impressive debut, the film starring Robert De Niro, bumped Tenet to second place after its seventh week in theaters. Tenet brought in an additional $2.1 million, and has now grossed a total of $48.3 million in domestic theaters. Rounding out the third spot is Disney’s 1993 classic, Hocus Pocus, earning $1.1 million. The fan favorite starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy was re-released just in time for the Halloween season. (Complex)
Honest Thief, the Liam Neeson action film that opens this Friday, will go with a full wide theatrical release, and no VOD. The movie will open in four different formats (Imax, Dolby Vision, 4DX and D-Box) with over 180 Imax screens and in about 2400 theaters across the U.S. “Honest Thief is the right movie for this moment in cinemas,” according to Tom Ortenberg of Open Road. “Liam is a big box office star, and the movie is great escapist entertainment.” (Deadline)
“The state of New York is an important market for the exhibition industry, not only in the United States but also around the world,” members of the Global Cinema Federation’s executive committee pointed out in a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week. The open letter from the worldwide organization of cinema operators is a plea to get Cuomo to reconsider his decision to keep cinemas closed in New York, which is preventing movie studios to from releasing new films worldwide. They are asking the Governor to adopt a similar plan to that of California, which has reopened theaters throughout the state on a county-by-county basis depending on the virus data. With the industry’s CinemaSafe precautions, including patrons wearing masks and limited seating capacity, the Global Cinema Federation argued that movie theaters have been vetted and approved by leading epidemiologists for minimizing the risk of transmission, and that with those measures in place, going to the movies is no different than indoor dining or attending religious services. To date, there have been zero reported cases of COVID-19 transmission associated with cinemas anywhere in the world. (Variety)
New images from The Batman set reveal that production has resumed! The cast was spotted in Liverpool shooting a funeral scene while following strict safety measures, and star Robert Pattinson and others, were spotted wearing a face mask between takes. The photos also give fans a glimpse of an unrecognizable Colin Farrell as the Penguin, a first look at Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman, John Turturro as the villainous Carmine Falcone and, of course, Pattinson as Bruce Wayne. The film, scheduled to be released in theaters on March 4, 2022, follows Bruce Wayne in his early years as a detective and vigilante. (Insider)
Matrix fans get ready to experience new levels! In a recent interview with ComicBook, The Matrix 4 star Jessica Henwick shared she’s been blown away with director Lana Wachowski’s filming. “There are definitely moments on set where Yahya and I look at each other and we just go, Matrix 4,” the actress stated. “Those pinch me moments…Lana is doing some really interesting things on a technical level…I think she’s going to change the industry again with this film. There’s some camera rigs that I’ve never seen before that we’re using. That’s probably all I can say.” This isn’t the first time we’ve heard Wachowski’s techniques will blow fans away. Co-star Neil Patrick Harris also teased in an interview last month that the approach to the fourth installment would have fans on the edge of their seats. The Matrix 4 cast is currently shooting in Berlin, and it is set to hit theaters on December 22, 2021. (ComicBook)
Free Guy’s latest trailer received 55 million views in just 24 hours! The adventure-comedy stars Ryan Reynolds as Guy, a bank teller who discovers he is actually a background player in an open-world video game, along with Lil Rel Howery, Jodie Comer, Joe Keery, Utkarsh Ambudkar and Taika Waititi. To announce the release of the new trailer, Reynolds took to Twitter to share a video of a Zoom call with the cast, which poked fun at the unpredictable times of 2020. Watch the new trailer here; then mark your calendars to head out to theaters on December 11th to enjoy the film on the big screen. (The Hollywood Reporter)
“Toto too!” An animated movie all about Dorothy’s loyal companion, Toto, is in the works at Warner Bros. Tony-nominated Alex Timbers will direct a musical adaptation of Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark’s book, Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz. While many details are still unknown, John August has written a script that is loosely based on the book, while Jared Stern and Derek Frey will produce the film. (Deadline)
Alejandro Amenabar’s 2001 haunted house film The Others is getting a reboot. Universal Pictures and Sentient Entertainment are partnering on the remake, which originally starred Nicole Kidman. The horror film was set in 1945 in a remote country house on the British island of Jersey, and centered on Kidman’s character, Grace Stewart, who discovered unknown “others” living in her home. The Others was a summer box office hit, grossing almost $210 million on a $17 million budget. The film also won seven of Spain’s Goya Awards, including best film and best director for Amenabar. (Variety)
Sandra Bullock will star in Paramount Pictures’ The Lost City of D. The romantic action film follows a romance author who discovers that a fictional city she’s written about is actually real, prompting her to embark on a risky journey to find the city. The studio hopes to bring on Ryan Reynolds as the co-star to reunite Bullock and Reynolds, who starred together in the 2009 hit The Proposal. Bullock will also produce the film through her company, Fortis Films along with Liza Chasin’s 3dot Productions. The sibling directing team, Adam and Aaron Nee will direct, and the film is based on an idea by Seth Gordon with a script written by Dana Fox. (Variety)
Friday the 13th fans can now tour the infamous Camp Crystal Lake in Hardwick, New Jersey where the original 1980 horror movie was filmed – even at night! Tours are being held for a week leading up to Halloween, as well as on Friday the 13th in November. Don’t worry, Crystal Lake Tours is taking all the right precautions, including limiting the number of guests, conducting temperature scans at check-in, requiring masks, and – we’re hoping – preventing guest from going out in a canoe alone. The Friday the 13th movie franchise celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. (/Film)
Who you gonna to call when you need Halloween activities for the kiddos? Ghostbusters! In the spirit of a social distancing Halloween, the Ghostbusters shared a DIY video on how to make slime just like in the movie. The quick 2-minute how-to video breaks down what supplies you’ll need to create the iconic ooze right at home. (Nerdist)
Another house featured in an iconic film is on the market! Last week, we shared The Silence of the Lambs house is up for sale. This time, the house featured in Fast Times at Ridgemont High is on the market for the first time in 20 years, for just under $740,000. You may remember the house from the famous backyard pool scene, which was recently recreated virtually with Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt for charity. The renovated contemporary San Fernando Valley house features three bedrooms and two bedrooms along with new French doors that open onto the backyard. (The Daily Mail)
George and Amal Clooney have helped save their local Berkshire theater! The couple, who are neighbors and regular attendees, recently donated to The Mill at Sonning theater to help after it was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. The playhouse, which also operates as a restaurant – is now set to reopen on October 30th with a reduced capacity of 70. In a recent Facebook post, the theater announced the reopening and a “with a winter season of comedy, magic, cabarets, and plays.” (Tatler)
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