Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!
Space Jam 2 slam dunked its way into the number 1 spot its opening weekend! The animated sequel starring Lebron James generated over $31 million, a pandemic-era best! Landing in second place at this week’s box office was Marvel’s Black Widow with $26 million bringing it’s second week total to over $130 million. Sony’s Escape Room: Tournament of Champions rounded out the third spot at $8.8 million. (Noovie)
Speaking of the box office, two new films will be hitting theaters nationwide this weekend – Paramount’s Snake Eyes and Universal’s Old. Directed by Robert Schwentke, Snake Eyes is the third installment of the G.I. Joe franchise. The PG-13 film, which stars Henry Golding as the famous G.I. Joe, picks up as Golding is trained by an ancient Japanese ninja clan. M. Night Shyamalan’s Old is based on the 2011 novel Sandcastle. The film stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Krieps and Alex Wolff, who quickly learn their family tropical vacation is somehow causing them to rapidly age, resulting in their lives being reduced to a single day. (Variety)
Keira Knightley has joined the cast of the animated drama, Charlotte. Set to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, the cast also includes Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Sam Claflin, Henry Czerny, Eddie Marsan, Sophie Okonedo, Mark Strong and the late Helen McCrory. The film is based on the true story of the German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon’s autobiographical painting series, “Life? Or Theatre?” Salomon created this series on the eve of WWII, while hiding from the Nazis. She was later captured in 1943 and deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where she was gassed to death shortly after her arrival. (The Wrap)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has added 3x Emmy-nominated Michaela Coel to the cast! Details are very limited on her new role, but we do know the Ryan Coogler film has begun filming at the Pinewood Studios in Atlanta. The Marvel sequel film is set to release July 8, 2022 – without T’Challa. In efforts to honor the late Chadwick Boseman, the T’Challa character will not be recast in future films but instead the sequel will explore the world of Wakanda and the rich characters introduced in the first film. The 2018 Black Panther generated $1.3 billion worldwide at the box office. (The Wrap)
2x Emmy winner Merritt Wever is set to star in the upcoming indie film, Midday Black Midnight Blue. Wever will be joining the cast alongside Dale Soule and Shane McRae, Chris Stack, Will Pullen and McCaleb Burnett. Isolated in an empty house on the edge of Puget Sound, Ian played by Stack, remains stuck in long-held grief and shame over the loss of Liv, played by Soule, a woman he loved dearly who died nearly two decades ago. Liv’s sister Beth, played by Wever, a woman with ghosts of her own, is the first to see how far Ian has slipped away from reality. With the memory of Liv clamoring to be released, and his daily existence turning ever darker, Ian will have to find a way to let her go, even if it kills him. The film will be Samantha Soule and Daniel Talbott feature debut. (Deadline)
The cast of The Devil Wears Prada will be reuniting for a good cause next month. In partnership with CharityBuzz and the Lollipop Theater Network, fans will have the opportunity to bid on a 10-minute Zoom meet-and-greet with Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci for 2 people. The Charitybuzz auction benefits the Lollipop Theater Network, a 20-year-old organization that creates entertainment experiences for children facing life-threatening illnesses. The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 American comedy-drama film starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion magazine editor, and Anne Hathaway as Andrea “Andy” Sachs, a college graduate who goes to New York City and lands a job as Priestly’s co-assistant. To place your bid, visit charitybuzz.com/thedevilwearsprada. (Variety)
San Diego Comic-Con is back – virtually again! This year the “largest fan gathering in North America” will take place across three days, July 23-25 featuring a ton of virtual panels. However, there is word that an in-person special edition Comic-Con is will take place the weekend after Thanksgiving. Some of the virtual panels happening this weekend include cast and crews from Star Trek: Prodigy, and Star Wars: The High Republic. During their panel, LucasFilm is promising to preview new details from their upcoming book series High Republic including a panel with authors Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, Justina Ireland and Daniel José Older. The books are said to depict events hundreds of years before the Skywalker Saga. To see the full schedule of panels, visit the Comic-Con website. (Variety)
Lionsgate has joined the world of NFTs! NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, are digital assets whose ownership is certified by blockchain technology. The “non-fungible” part means they are not interchangeable in the way currency is. NFTs can be bought and sold, typically via auction format, with the bragging rights to owning exclusive digital content, often resulting in extremely high prices. Just think of it as limited-edition artwork or baseball cards. Autograph, which is an NFT platform co-founded by NFL player Tom Brady, recently announced they’ve partnered with Lionsgate to create NFTs in the entertainment realm – specifically film and TV. They will initially focus on the John Wick, Hunger Games, Twilight Saga, Mad Men and Dirty Dancing franchises. While Autograph’s NFT platform is set to launch later this summer, users can sign up now to be members of the early access platform. Warner Bros. has also entered the NFT world and released a collection of 91,000 limited-edition NFTs featuring characters from Space Jam: A New Legacy, including star LeBron James, for free! Those who signed up on the Nifty’s NFT platform were able to receive a collectible from the newly released animated film. (Variety)
For a full schedule of all the new movies coming to a theater near you, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.
You can also level up your movie obsession with the new Noovie Trivia app! Test your movie knowledge with multiple ways to play, including Name That Movie, Shuffle, and Motion Picks. Take on other movie fans in a head-to-head battle or embark on a solo quest to answer as many questions as you can. New challenges are added every day, and the more you play, the more points you earn to unlock more trivia, build your profile, and access exclusive content.