Here’s to a much happier new year at the movies in 2021! Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
The only good thing about the shifting movie slate of 2020 is that is guaranteed that there are a tremendous amount of big new movies to look forward to in 2021. Our friends at Noovie have put together a list of 2021 movies we’re excited to see on the big screen starting with The King’s Man in March, Screenrant posted their most anticipated movies, EW has their list of 89 films they can’t wait to see, while Wired focused on their top 26 films. If superhero movies are your thing, Screenrant also featured a list of every upcoming film from the MCU, DCEU, and Sony’s Marvel universe coming up in 2021, including Black Widow & Suicide Squad 2. But there’s no need to wait for spring blockbusters – CinemaBlend has a list of all the new movies coming out in January 2021 to get movie fans through the first month of the new year.
Even in the middle of the pandemic, the Wonder Woman 1984 theatrical release proved there was still a hunger for people to return to theaters to see a major superhero movie. Wonder Woman 1984 set a pandemic theatrical release record with the biggest three-day opening weekend of any theatrical release since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Box office receipts may have paled in comparison to what they would’ve been in normal times, but it still proved people will show up when and where it’s safe to do so, and provided a legitimate boost to the theater industry in general. Director Patty Jenkins just signed on for Wonder Woman 3, on the condition that it has a guaranteed theatrical release. (CNBC, CinemaBlend, Collider, The New York Times)
It’s 1964 and boxer Cassius Clay (played by Eli Goree), NFL running back Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), soul singer Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and controversial activist Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir) are hanging out after Clay’s victory over Sonny Liston in Miami. On the cusp of one of the country’s most contentious eras, what do they talk about? That’s the subject of actress Regina King’s directorial debut One Night In Miami, a strong Oscar contender opening in theaters this weekend and streaming January 15 on Amazon Prime. The movie began life as a successful play in Los Angeles and London, and is getting rave reviews. (Variety, Deadline)
Paramount Pictures has acquired Spamalot, and the studio will be the one to mount a movie production based on the hit Broadway musical. Like the original movie, the musical version tackles the legend of King Arthur, with a screenplay by Monty Python troupe member Eric Idle and songs by Idle and John DuPrez. Casey Nicholaw, who was the choreographer of the original Broadway production, will direct. (Deadline)
The Sundance Film Festival is going virtual this year, and you’re invited! Sundance is premiering more than 70 films from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 via its online portal and a few brick-and-mortar theaters around the country, and anybody in the US can buy a ticket this time. Individual tickets ($15) and passes go on sale today at Sundance.org. (The New York Post)
Raven Goodwin has been tapped to play legendary actress Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to ever win an Oscar, in the new indie biopic Behind the Smile. Gregory Blair penned the screenplay for the inspiring story of McDaniel, who famously played Mammy in 1939’s Gone With the Wind, a role that earned her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, although she wasn’t allowed to sit amongst her peers during the segregated ceremony. McDaniel endured racism and racial segregation throughout her storied career, and also faced backlash from the Black community, including the NAACP, for taking on stereotypical maid or slave roles. (Deadline)
With LA theaters shuttered, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters have started watching this year’s Oscars contenders online, but filmmakers worry at-home distractions and laptop viewing could diminish the impact of movies — and influence voting choices. For some of the Academy’s branches — particularly the more technically oriented ones devoted to cinematography and sound — streaming raises the concern that many voters’ home systems, no matter how high-end, are not calibrated to match the best movie theater standards. While there have been screeners for years, as one member of the cinematographers’ branch put it, “It’s always better to see something big, as it was intended. Plus, in movie theaters, viewers can easily keep their attention on the image in front of them. At home, there are inevitably distractions that pull focus from the screen.” (The Hollywood Reporter)
Sweden’s Göteborg Film Festival will carry out the ultimate social distancing experiment, inviting a single movie fan to spend a week alone on the lighthouse island of Pater Noster in the North Sea, with only the waves, and lots of movies, for company. The lighthouse experiment will take isolated cinephilia to the extreme, but the 2021 Göteborg festival, which will be held online between Jan. 29 – Feb. 8, will also offer isolated, one-person film screenings at the Draken cinema in Göteborg (capacity 707) and at the Scandinavium arena, the city’s 12,000-capacity ice hockey stadium. Several of the Draken screenings will include in-person introductions from the movies’ director and cast — the festival expects filmmakers from Sweden and, conditions permitting, from across Scandinavia — to attend. Interested fans can apply online at Göteborg’s website. (The Hollywood Reporter)
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