Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Liam Neeson is back in theaters in Robert Lorenz’s action-thriller The Marksman, opening this weekend. Lorenz also co-wrote the script, telling the story of a hardened Arizona rancher (Neeson) living on the Texas border that just wants to catch a break after a rough year. But when he witnesses an 11-year-old migrant (Jacob Perez) fleeing with his mother (Teresa Ruiz) from drug cartel assassins, he reluctantly gets involved to try and save the son. Neeson said what drew him to the script was the bond that develops between his character and the boy. “It’s certainly a road movie, and certainly an action film. It’s a very human film, I think, with a lot of heart. And it’s just a good story. It’s just a really good story.” (ScreenRant)
In a move that is sure to rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chris Evans is reportedly cleaning the dust off his Captain America attire to reprise the role in the MCU in some form. It’s still vague if the deal is completely closed, but insiders say Evans will return as Steve Rogers – aka Captain America – in at least one Marvel property with the door open for a second film. (Deadline)
Cardi B has landed her first leading big-screen role in the Paramount comedy Assisted Living. The story, penned by Kay Oyegun, follows Amber (Cardi B), a small-time crook, who finds herself in over her head when a heist goes wrong. On the run from both the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anyone to take her in. Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look — her estranged grandmother’s nursing home. The W.A.P. rapper played a minor role in Hustlers, starring Jennifer Lopez. In music, Cardi B won a Grammy award for Best Rap Album for 2018’s Invasion of Privacy. (The Hollywood Reporter)
The movie times, they are a-changin’….again. Audiences will have to wait to return to the world of The Sopranos. The Many Saints of Newark, an upcoming film that serves as a prequel to the long-running HBO series, has again delayed its big-screen debut. The movie will now open on Sept. 24, 2021 — an entire year after initially planned. Sony has also postponed the theatrical release of Morbius, the comic book thriller starring Jared Leto, as studios continue to grapple with the pandemic’s impact on the film industry. The movie, which has been delayed numerous times amid the COVID-19 crisis, was most recently scheduled to debut on March 19. It will now premiere in theaters on Oct. 8. (Variety)
Tyler Perry and the Motion Picture and Television Fund have been selected by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Board of Governors to both receive Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awards to be presented at the 93rd Annual Academy Awards on Sunday April 25. Perry is being honored by the Oscars for his extensive work on humanitarian and social justice causes, while the MPTF will receive the first Hersholt ever awarded to an organization, an act the AMPAS board had to approve on this one time only basis as MPTF heads towards its 100th year of “taking care of our own.” (Deadline)
Holy Bat-record! A near mint issue of Batman #1 has just sold for just over $2.2 million, setting a record for the most expensive Batman comic sold. The comic, published in 1940, sold as part of Heritage Auction’s comics and comic art events that kicked to Thursday and runs through Sunday. While not the first appearance of the Dark Knight — that would be Detective Comics #27, which came out a year earlier — it does feature the first appearance of iconic villain The Joker and part-time villainess Catwoman. (The Hollywood Reporter)
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