Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Christopher Nolan is at the top of the list of Hollywood directors, stars, producers, and their representatives who are unhappy with Warner Bros.’ decision to release its 2021 movie slate in theaters and on HBO Max streaming service simultaneously. The Tenet director didn’t mince words, saying, “Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service.” Nolan’s relationship with Warners dates back to Insomnia in 2002. (The Hollywood Reporter)
After Mary Poppins Returns, Jungle Cruise and two A Quiet Place films, Emily Blunt is back on the big screen this weekend with an Irish accent in John Patrick Shanley’s Wild Mountain Thyme. Set in rural Ireland, Blunt plays a farmer named Rosemary Muldoon who tries to settle a land dispute involving her neighbor Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan), someone she’s carried a torch for since childhood. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actress Taraji P. Henson is making her feature directorial debut the Bron Studios’ drama Two-Faced in which she’ll also star. Two-Faced, written by Cat Wilkins, follows Joy, a Black high school senior whose chances to attend the college of her dreams are threatened by her wildly popular and charismatic school principal, Jerald, after she confronts him with evidence of his racist past. With the help of her friends, Joy sets out to expose Jerald for who he truly is but quickly learns that he is not above waging all-out-war against the students trying to take him down. Henson will play Gina Robinson, Joy’s mother. (Deadline)
David Koepp, the veteran scribe who penned Jurassic Park and Spider-Man, has been tapped to pen the script for The Green Hornet and Kato, the Universal Pictures and Amasia Entertainment’s feature take on the classic crime-fighting pulp hero. Hornet is the alter ego of Britt Reid, an American newspaper publisher who dons a green mask and wields guns to fight crime. He is aided in this endeavor by his Asian valet-turned-partner Kato, with the two speeding around town in a futuristic car known as the Black Beauty. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Production is underway on George Miller’s new movie starring Idris Elba and Tilda Swinton, Three Thousand Years of Longing, a follow-up to 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Filming is taking place in Miller’s home country of Australia with numerous on-set COVID safety protocols in place. Plans are to have the movie, described by Miller as “the anti-Mad Max,” ready for release in September 2021. (Collider)
Chris Pratt is becoming an indie sensei. The star of mega studio movies Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World has signed on to star in and produce The Black Belt, an indie comedy from Monarch Media. Written as a spec by Randall Green, Black Belt is described as a comedic coming-of-age story about a shy, unassuming teen boy on a quest for expertise in karate, and the unorthodox uncle who guides him along the way. Pratt will play the uncle, and also produce the film through his banner, Indivisible Productions. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Rachel McAdams has closed a deal to return with Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Cumberbatch also returns to reprise the title role with Sam Raimi taking over directing duties. Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor also are expected to reprise their roles from the original film as fellow sorcerer Wong and Strange’s compatriot-turned-nemesis Karl Mordo, respectively. Elizabeth Olsen has been tapped to reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff. (Deadline)
If you thought 2020 couldn’t get any weirder, imagine a world where a movie about a female World War II fighter pilot stalked by winged demons actually exists. Enter the wild trailer for Shadow in the Cloud, Chloë Grace Moretz’s upcoming action-horror romp, released this week. Directed by Roseanne Liang, Shadow in the Cloud held its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won the coveted People’s Choice Award in the Midnight Madness section. The movie hits select theaters and digital/VOD platforms on January 1. (EW)
James Corden revealed on his late-night show that he played a prank on the one and only Meryl Streep while working on the 2014 Disney film Into The Woods. When Streep was apparently absent one day, he told everyone on the set she had been fired! “It was one of the best ruses I’ve ever had in my life and people really went for it. Everyone was devastated.” Streep said she was not aware he had done that, adding she did remember everyone was “very glad to see me the next day when I came to set.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Raya and the Last Dragon will premiere on Disney+ on March 5, 2021 at the same time as it opens in theaters this spring. The computer-animated fantasy film will be available to rent on Premier Access, which comes with a hefty nearly $30 rental fee. Only Disney+ subscribers will be able to watch the film on the service. Featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina, the story unfolds in the fantasy world of Kumandra in ancient Asia, where humans and dragons lived together peacefully. That harmony is interrupted when sinister monsters known as the Druun threaten the land, which causes the dragons to sacrifice themselves to save humanity. Some 500 years later, those monsters return. Facing disaster, a lone warrior, Raya, tracks down the last dragon to aid her and save the kingdom. (Variety)
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