Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Movie theaters in New York State will finally begin reopening this Friday, following state guidelines that adhere to stringent CinemaSafe protocols developed by NATO with exhibitors and health experts. While New York City isn’t on the list quite yet, theaters in other areas of the state, including many AMC and Regal locations, will be welcoming audiences back for the first time since March. (Deadline)
An extensive study undertaken by global cinema journal Celluloid Junkie has found that not a single outbreak of COVID-19 anywhere across the globe can be traced to a cinema, multiplex or public screening venue, despite over a hundred million visits to cinemas across the world since the start of the pandemic. The evidence points to cinemas being one of the safest indoor spaces in terms of COVID-19 infections, provided all precautions and sanitation measures are being adhered to. (Celluloid Junkie)
Disney’s 20th Century Studios released the new trailer for The Empty Man, hitting theaters this weekend. The chiller, directed and adapted by David Prior based on graphic novels from Boom! Studios, stars James Badge Dale, Marin Ireland, Stephen Root, Ron Canada, Robert Aramayo, Joel Courtney, and Sasha Frolova, revolves around stories told in a small Midwestern town around the disappearance of local teens. Some believe it’s the work of an urban legend, the Empty Man. A retired cop investigating the missing kids discovers a secret group trying to summon a terrifying entity. (EW)
Universal Pictures is planning to wrap up its Fast & Furious core film franchise with two final movies that will bring to a close a franchise that has revved its way to become the highest-grossing movie series in the studio’s history. Justin Lin, who is in post-production on F9, is in talks to direct the final two installments and bring a saga that began nearly 20 years ago to a close. Although more details are not yet known, it seems likely they will tell a big story over two films that will focus on franchise patriarch Vin Diesel and would bring back Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Nathalie Emmanuel and Sung Kang. (Deadline)
Michael B. Jordan is ready to usher in a new group of Black superheroes! The Black Panther star will help in building a “new universe” as he serves as a producer on DC’s upcoming Static Shock film through his Outlier Society production banner. Static was first introduced in 1993 by Milestone Comics, a company founded by Black writers and artists aiming to make comics more inclusive for people of color, and was distributed by DC. (ET)
Coke goes great with movies in more ways than one… No Time To Die producers recently revealed that they used 8,400 gallons of Coca-Cola to make a cobbled street less slippery for one of James Bond’s motorbike stunts! According to stunt boss Lee Morrison, Daniel Craig devised the trick, which allowed his stunt double rider Paul Edwards to hit a 25-foot ramp at 60 mph, clear a wall and land on cobbles safely, thanks to the sticky soft drink residue. (NME)
STX has acquired comedy script The Miserable Adventures Of Burt Squire Aboard The Horn High Yo with Harrison Ford and Ed Helms attached to star. Inspired by a true story, Burt Squire revolves around a family man in the midst of a midlife crisis (Helms) who embarks on what he hopes would be a dream sailing vacation, but ends up shipwrecked in the Atlantic Ocean with a charming but unhinged sea captain (Ford). (Deadline)
George Clooney and Grant Heslo are writing and producing an adaptation of John Grisham’s baseball novel Calico Joe, with Clooney directing and Bob Dylan joining as an additional producer. Calico Joe is based on Grisham’s 2012 fiction novel set in the summer of 1973 about a star rookie baseball player for the Chicago Cubs whose life is changed when he’s hit by a near fatal pitch by an opposing New York Mets player. The book focuses on the Cubs batter and the effects of the pitch 30 years later through the eyes of the pitcher’s son. It’s described as a moving story of fathers and sons, forgiveness and redemption, all set in the world of Major League Baseball. (The Wrap)
James Cameron announced last month his long-in-the-works Avatar 2 was “100 percent complete,” while a second sequel was close behind at “95 percent completion.” Although movie fans will have to wait a while to see them, Sigourney Weaver recently spoke of the demanding prep work that was required to create the underwater worlds of the fictional Pandora, which forced Weaver and the other actors to be able to perform while submerged. The actress trained with “elite military divers so that she could hold her breath, after a big gulp of supplemental oxygen, for more than six minutes.” The longer Weaver and other cast members could hold their breathe, the more takes Cameron could film in a single period underwater. (The New York Times, IndieWire)
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