NCM Entertainment Roundup – June 25, 2020

Annex

Antebellum starring Janelle Monáe will bring the racial justice call to reopened theaters on August 21st.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

U.S. movie theaters continue to update details on their reopening plans as fans get excited to head back to the big screen. Regal Cinemas said it plans to reopen its theaters across the country with screenings of classic movies and audience favorites before the new film slate hits. Major Theater circuits like Regal, AMC, and Alamo Drafthouse also announced mask policies for audiences as well as theater staff. And Fandango will be making life easier for people looking to plan a movie night out with a new theater reopening program on its website and mobile app featuring resources and information on which theaters have reopened, along with their health and safety policies. (Variety, Adweek)

The Golden Globes are joining major awards shows like The Oscars and British Academy Film Awards in pushing their date back to make up for lost time due to COVID-19. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Dick Clark Productions and broadcast partner NBC announced that the 78th annual Golden Globes, normally held in the first half of January, will instead be held next year on Sunday, February 28, 2021. The Los Angeles Times is keeping track of all of the shifting dates, with a running tab of the entertainment industry’s rescheduled awards, and major film festival and dates. (Deadline, Los Angeles Times)

Studios are cranking their marketing machines back up again with new trailers for upcoming films like Antebellum, featuring Janelle Monáe as a modern-day woman who suddenly finds herself transported back in time to the Antebellum South, and The King’s Man, which is the origin story behind the Kingsman franchise, which began with 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service and sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. (/Film, Hypable)

Wonder Woman 1984 may have been pushed back to the fall, but Warner Bros. can still drum up excitement for Patty Jenkins‘ highly anticipated comic book sequel. We still don’t officially know the reason behind Steve Trevor’s apparent resurrection, but Chris Pine recently spoke with Total Film to explain that his character will be in quite a different state of mind this time around, saying, “What I will say about him is that he’s deeply, supremely excited. He’s excited to be back with Diana. He’s excited about this world. Tonally, what’s different is, he’s not world-weary. He’s not jaded. It’s a complete 180 from the tone of the character of the first one.” (JoBlo)

MGM is roaring back under Chairman of MGM’s film group Michael De Luca, landing several with new high-profile projects including Fiddler on the Roof, which will be directed by Hamilton’s Thomas Kail; Ridley Scott’s Gucci, a salacious true-crime thriller with Lady Gaga; and Project Hail Mary, an adaptation of Martian author Andy Weir’s novel of the same name that’s set to star Ryan Gosling and be directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. (Variety)

Michael Keaton, who starred as the Caped Crusader in Tim Burton’s Batman films, is in talks to reprise the character for Warner Bro.’s DC movie, The Flash. There is great speculation about how big or small Keaton’s role would be, but he would appear alongside Ezra Miller, who’s taking on the role of Barry Allen, aka The Flash. (E! News)

A Twister reboot is in the works with Top Gun: Maverick Director Joseph Kosinski taking on the new tornado film. The original 1996 disaster movie blockbuster starred Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton as an on-the-rocks married pair of storm chasers on the trail of a record-setting tornado season, and brought in $494 million at the worldwide box office. (Collider)

Spyglass Media Group and Paramount Pictures have joined forces to co-produce the relaunch of Scream, targeted for release in 2021. The latest installment, in which David Arquette is set to reprise his role as Deputy Dewey, will be directed by Ready or Not filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. (Variety)

Michael Mann‘s long-in-development Ferrari movie is finally shifting back into gear. More than five years after Mann’s biopic about the driver and businessman who founded the famed car manufacturer was first announced, STX has set a 2021 production start date for Ferrari, with Hugh Jackman in talks to star. (/Film)

Mark Hamill confessed that he had secret voice cameos in Star Wars: The Last Jedi alongside his normal Luke Skywalker duties, as well as in Rogue One, and Solo, lending his voiceover talent to droids and other non-human characters. This means that he has appeared in eight of the eleven Star Wars movies, plus The Mandalorian! (Cinemablend)

Paramount is taking The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run off the theatrical calendar and sending it straight into homes for an early 2021 release on PVOD before it hits CBS All Access. SpongeBob‘s departure from the calendar leaves 20th Century Studios’ cop movie The Empty Man on Aug. 7. (Deadline)

As always, stay tuned to our friends at Noovie for all the latest film release updates in real time!

For a full schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.

We all wish we could go out to the movies right now, but in the meanwhile, you can get your movie fix online! Check out Noovie.com to learn where to find and stream your favorite movies at home, and be sure to follow WhatsNoovie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates.

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – June 18, 2020

Regal-Cinemas (2)

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

It’s official! The three biggest movie theater circuits in the U.S. – AMC, Cinemark, and now Regal – will all be open in July! Cineworld Group, the owner of Regal Cinemas, announced that it was planning to open all of its theaters by July 10, and has updated its booking system to ensure social distancing throughout auditoriums, adapted daily screening schedules to avoid crowds, and enhanced cleaning procedures to help keep audiences safe.

Cinemark highlighted its safety precautions in an exclusive segment on the TODAY show, and movie lovers can expect plenty of popcorn and Plexiglass. Cinemark Theatres CEO Mark Zoradi gave a personal video tour of what movie theaters will look like when doors reopen beginning on Friday with a handful of Cinemark theaters in Dallas, followed by opening theaters across the country by the middle of July. (TODAY, The Wrap)

Warner Bros. made some tweaks to its upcoming slate as theater reopening dates began to solidify around the world, including shifting Christopher Nolan’s Tenet back two weeks to July 31 and Wonder Woman 1984 to October 2. Other WB movies just now getting back into production were also on the move, including Matrix 4 shifting to April 1, 2022, Godzilla vs. Kong taking over Matrix 4‘s original May 21, 2021 date, and the cartoon action hybrid Tom & Jerry moving off Dec. 23 and heading to March 5, 2021. (Deadline)

The game of movie musical chairs started by Warner Bros. rippled through the entire film slate, as other studios adjusted their own premiere dates accordingly. Universal Pictures’ Bios, starring Tom Hanks, relocated its release from Oct. 2, 2020 to April 16, 2021 since Wonder Woman 1984 landed in its original spot. Bill & Ted Face The Music also moved up a week In August after Wonder Woman jumped to October. Solstice Studios bumped Unhinged, the Russell Crowe road-rage movie, from July 1 to July 10 to be closer to Tenet’s new date. The Bond film No Time to Die moved up five days in the U.S. to take advantage of the Godzilla vs. Kong shift, although it will keep its November 25 date in the UK. Disney also announced a round of release date changes, including the animated gorilla tale The One And Only Ivan to Disney+, the Peter Jackson documentary The Beatles: Get Back, which was initially set for Sept. 4 of this year and will now go close to a year later on Aug. 27, 2021, and Searchlight’s drama The Personal History of David Copperfield, which is now scheduled to go on Aug. 14, 2020. (The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, Variety)

Now that Christopher Nolan fans have to wait another couple of weeks for Tenet, speculation is growing that the highly anticipated film is actually a sequel to his 2010 mind-bender, Inception! Think about it… Inception is now being re-released on Tenet’s original date… The film’s stars and their character names are not listed on IMBD… Hmmm… Who doesn’t love a good Hollywood conspiracy theory?  (Screen Rant)

As a result of the global pandemic, the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony has been pushed back from Feb. 28 to April 25, for only the fourth time in its history. In turn, the Oscars eligibility period for feature films — which began on Jan. 1, 2020 and was set to expire at the end of Dec. 31, 2020 — has been extended to Feb. 28, 2021. Studios are thrilled by the deadline delay because it gives much needed extra time for those films that may have been stalled in post-production. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also announced Academy Aperture 2025, the latest efforts to increase diversity in the film community, including plans for a more inclusive Oscar race. (The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)

Universal’s Jurassic World: Dominion is set to be the first major studio movie to re-start filming proper in the UK, with cameras due to roll the second week of July at Pinewood Studios. The filmmakers and studio top brass have pulled out all the stops to get the production back underway, and production staff have been implementing rigorous safety protocols on-site rumored to cost upwards $5 million. Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be flying back to the UK shortly where they will need to carry out a two-week quarantine per new government regulations. (Deadline)

Production is already back underway on the Avatar sequels – writer/director James Cameron had been towards the tail end of production on Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 in New Zealand when the worldwide pandemic ground everything to a halt, but thanks to the New Zealand government’s swift action on COVID-19, Cameron is back on set behind a very long crane camera, according to a photo released by franchise producer Jon Landau. (Collider)

Salma Hayek shared the new poster for The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, now due out on August 20, 2021. Set on the Amalfi coast, the sequel follows the mismatched, high-octane trio who are unwillingly pulled onto the side of the good guys as they battle to save Europe from a vengeful and powerful zealot with a dangerously over-developed sense of national pride. Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayek, and Richard E. Grant are back from the 2017 movie, and they will be joined by Antonio Banderas, Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo, and Tom Hooper. (Live For Films)

While Ghostbusters fans are stuck patiently waiting for the arrival of Ghostbusters: Afterlife since the film was delayed from its original July release date this summer to spring of 2021, the cast of the original Ghostbusters got back together virtually to give true believers a treat with a look back at the making of the original 1984 sci-fi comedy classic in the latest edition of his nostalgic web series Reunited Apart with Josh Gad. The group included Director Ivan Reitman, co-writer and star Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, and even William Atherton all participated in this supernatural trip down memory lane, and Ghostbusters: Afterlife director Jason Reitman came along for the ride too. (/Film)

Studios are moving premiere dates around to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when theaters reopen, including the following shifts to the film slate announced this week:

  • Unhinged (July 1, 2020 to July 10, 2020)
  • Tenet (July 17, 2020 to July 31, 2020)
  • Bill & Ted Face the Music (August 21, 2020 to August 14, 2020)
  • Greenland (July 31, 2020 to August 14, 2020)
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (August 14, 2020 to October 2, 2020)
  • The One and Only Ivan (August 14, 2020 to VOD)
  • No Time To Die (November 25, 2020 to November 20, 2020)
  • Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (October 23, 2020 to January 22, 2021)
  • Bios (October 2, 2020 to April 16, 2021)
  • Godzilla vs. Kong (November 20, 2020 to May 21, 2021)
  • Tom and Jerry (December 23, 2020 to March 5, 2021)
  • Matrix 4 (May 21, 2021 to April 1, 2022)
  • The Witches (October 9, 2020 to TBD)

As always, stay tuned to our friends at Noovie for all the latest film release updates in real time!

For a full schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.

We all wish we could go out to the movies right now, but in the meanwhile, you can get your movie fix online! Check out Noovie.com to learn where to find and stream your favorite movies at home, and be sure to follow WhatsNoovie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates.

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – June 11, 2020

AMC-Theatres

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

There was great news for the film industry in California, as Gov. Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health gave the green light to reopen movie theaters and resume film and TV production. Movie theaters in California, including Los Angeles, the largest movie-going market in the country, can begin reopening as early as June 12 with strict social distancing measures in place – for at least the first two weeks, theaters will limit capacity to 25 percent, or no more than 100 people per auditorium. Production can also resume in the state beginning June 12, as Hollywood gets back to work. (The Hollywood Reporter, The Wrap)

AMC Theatres, the world’s largest theater operator, said this week that it expects to have 97-98% of its theaters worldwide reopened by mid-July. Cinemark, which operates about 6,000 U.S. screens has said it will begin reopening in late June and fully reopen by July 10. Cineworld, which owns Regal Cinemas, the world’s second-largest chain, is also tracking for a July reopening. Marcus Theaters, the fourth largest circuit in the U.S., announced plans to reopen six theaters on June 19 with enhanced protocols to help fine-tune safety measures for its future phases of theater reopenings in weeks ahead. The National Association of Theater Owners (NATO), the trade group that represents exhibitors, expects that 90-95% of cinemas around the world will be opened by mid-July. (The Associated Press, Deadline)

Now that movie theaters are making official plans to open their doors and welcome audiences once again, studios are vying to be the first back on the big screen! TriStar Pictures just scheduled the romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery from executive producer Selena Gomez on July 10, ahead of Warner Bros.’ Christopher Nolan feature Tenet, which remains dated for July 17. Solstice Studios’ Russell Crowe road rage movie Unhinged will get the ball rolling for movie theaters on Wednesday, July 1. And, the Gerard Butler-Morena Baccarin action movie Greenland from STX is now scheduled for a July 31 theatrical opening. (Deadline)

Films tackling racial issues, such as Selma, The Hate U Give, and Just Mercy, have been made available at no cost for those looking to educate themselves in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The Criterion Channel also announced that it would be taking down the pay wall in front of many films from black filmmakers, including work from Maya Angelou, Julie Dash and William Greaves, among others. (The Hollywood Reporter)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, has announced election results for its annual board of governors, to record diversity and gender inclusion. (Variety)

The first official trailer for Bill & Ted Face the Music dropped this week, and nostalgic fans are excited. The upcoming threequel will see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter returning to their iconic roles for the first time since 1991, and the now middle-aged BFFs are set to begin a new adventure when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends in an attempt to seek the song that will set their world right and bring harmony in the universe. (ComicBook.com)

Sony has announced that several of its upcoming titles will also be screening in IMAX, including Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Jason Reitman‘s sequel/reboot; Venom: Let There Be Carnage (which is the most anticipated sequel of 2021 according to a new Fandom poll), the follow-up to Venom; Morbius, and Uncharted, the long-delayed film adaptation of the video game series. Production has also begun on Sony Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2, which is now slated for October 7, 2022. (/Film, MovieWeb, Deadline)

There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic completely transformed the 2020 summer movie season – here’s a look from Quartz at what the 2020 summer blockbuster calendar originally looked like vs. what it is now, and how those films shifted on the schedule. (Quartz)

As always, stay tuned to our friends at Noovie for all the latest film release updates in real time!

For a full schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.

We all wish we could go out to the movies right now, but in the meanwhile, you can get your movie fix online! Check out Noovie.com to learn where to find and stream your favorite movies at home, and be sure to follow WhatsNoovie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates.

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – June 4, 2020

Just Mercy

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in Just Mercy, the powerful and thought-provoking true story of a young lawyer and his history-making battle for justice. 

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Movie stars joined the thousands of demonstrators against racism, violence and inequality in the U.S. and around the world this week, including Star WarsJohn Boyega, who gave a powerful speech on the death of George Floyd, racism and police violence at a Black Lives Matter march in London. Dwayne Johnson also made a passionate plea for leadership in this time of pain. (Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter)

The Destin Daniel Cretton directed feature Just Mercy is being made available by Warner Bros. to rent for free during the month of June on all digital platforms. The studio said, “We believe in the power of story. Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society.” (Deadline)

Movie studios, creative talent and exhibitors are all working together on a strategy to tout the reopening of movie theaters post Covid-19. Creative Artists Agency (CAA), one of the biggest agencies in Hollywood, has put together “an executive committee of entertainment industry heavyweights” who will help strategize on how to best market the reopening of movie theaters to make everyone feel safe and secure about returning to the silver screen. (/Film, Variety)

Speaking of theaters opening, Cinemark, the third-largest movie theater chain in the U.S., said it is set to reopen later this month with a phased reopening plan currently scheduled to take place between June 19 and July 10. AMC is just began its reopening process in Europe with three Odeon Cinemas in Norway, with an eye toward a July opening in the U.S. (Deadline).

All exhibitors are working very hard to put a plan in place to keep staff and patrons safe so they can get back to enjoying the movie experience they love. On a positive note, lessons learned from the spread of Coronavirus in Japan suggest that movie theaters may not be especially susceptible to outbreaks provided the right guidelines are in place, according to an expert from Johns Hopkins Medicine. (NBC, Quartz)

As theaters reopen, Fathom Events will be welcoming audiences back with special event screenings of the military thriller The Outpost on 500 screens July 2, followed by a more limited theatrical run. (Los Angeles Times)

Hollywood’s Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force submitted a plan from studios, unions and producers to New York and California Governors this week to spur discussions on getting back to work safely. Elsewhere, some of the biggest studios in the UK are beginning to open their doors again as UK film and television shoots take their first steps back into production, and film production in Asia and Australia is slowly opening up as well. (Deadline, Variety)

Indie horror film The Wretched is inching toward a milestone, eyeing the top spot on box office charts for the fifth weekend in a row in what has become a winning release strategy for IFC Films – drive-in movie theaters! (Variety)

Following on the success of The Invisible Man, Universal is tapping back into its Dark Universe of classic monsters with a new film in development starring Ryan Gosling as the Wolfman. Gosling pitched the new take on the hairy supernatural troublemaker, which has been turned into a script by Lauren Schuker Blum and Rebecca Angelo. (Empire)

Indiana Jones 5, currently scheduled to be released by Disney in 2022, originally had Steven Spielberg returning to direct Harrison Ford, but Spielberg has stepped away to allow James Mangold (Logan) to take over directorial duties, which marks the first time anyone other than Spielberg has directed an Indy film. Producer Frank Marshall explained why Mangold was the ideal choice to take over for Spielberg: “His love of the franchise. He’s a wonderful filmmaker. I think he also has a relationship with Harrison. It was all of the right pieces coming together, at the right time.” (Collider)

Marvel fans shouldn’t expect to see a new Deadpool movie for at least five years, according to the character’s comic book creator Rob Liefeld. In an interview with io9, Liefeld explained that he’s seen the Marvel Cinematic Universe schedule for the next five years, and Deadpool 3 isn’t on the docket. Deadpool 2 was released in 2018, so that’s a long old wait for the next installment. (Gizmodo)

But Sonic The Hedgehog 2 is officially happening! Paramount Pictures has given the green light to the project, with Jeff Fowler returning to direct the sequel, and Pat Casey and Josh Miller re-teaming to pen the script. (CinemaBlend)

Josh Gad’s Reunited Apart series made a SPLASH with Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, producer Brian Grazer, director Ron Howard and more talking about working together on the iconic mermaid film. The charity fundraiser collected donations for non-profit DigDeep, working to ensure every American has water and sanitation access. (EW)

As always, stay tuned to our friends at Noovie for all the latest film release updates in real time!

For a full schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.

We all wish we could go out to the movies right now, but in the meanwhile, you can get your movie fix online! Check out Noovie.com to learn where to find and stream your favorite movies at home, and be sure to follow WhatsNoovie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates.

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – May 28, 2020

Tenet 747

Christopher Nolan decided to blow up a real Boeing 747 in Tenet.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

As movie theaters around the world begin to re-open, the exhibition industry is working hard to determine what theaters will look like when people start heading back to the movies here in the U.S.. In addition to safety measures such as 6-foot social distancing, technology will be playing a greater part of the movie-going experience with a focus on digital ticket and concession sales. (Screen Daily, CNBC)

Cineworld (Regal here in the U.S.) just confirmed that it anticipates all of its theaters will reopen in July, subject to government restrictions being lifted and confirmation of the current schedule of film releases, starting with the highly anticipated new Christopher Nolan movie Tenet and followed immediately after that with Disney’s Mulan. (Deadline)

According to the latest industry poll, many moviegoers say they would return to theaters within one month of reopening – 25 percent say they would go back to a cinema immediately, 34 percent would return within one month, and another 18 percent would do so within two months, making for a total of 77 percent of moviegoers who are looking forward to getting back to the big screen to catch the first big new Hollywood releases. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Those who are eagerly awaiting Tenet on the big screen have a lot of action to look forward to! Christopher Nolan is well known for opting for practical effects over CGI, but he’s taking that preference to new extremes in his upcoming espionage epic. For a key sequence in the film, as seen in the new trailer, Nolan purchased a real Boeing 747 to blow up instead of relying on visual effects to pull off the stunt because it was more “efficient.” (IndieWire)

Avatar 2 has resumed production in New Zealand with pool noodles, and other countries and U.S. states have been issuing guidelines for the safe return of film and TV production, including France, Spain, and the state of Georgia. Meanwhile, the animation industry is the one part of Hollywood that is running full speed ahead. (Collider, Variety, Deadline)

Doug Liman will boldly go where no film director has gone before. Liman plans to accompany Tom Cruise on the action adventure film to be shot in outer space that involves Elon Musk’s Space X and NASA. Liman, who directed Cruise on the movies American Made and Edge of Tomorrow, and Cruise hatched the space plan together, with Liman writing the first draft of the screenplay and producing along with Cruise. (Deadline)

Henry Cavill isn’t hanging up his Superman cape just yet. Sources confirm to Variety the Man of Steel actor is in talks to return as Clark Kent in an upcoming DC Comics movie. In addition to Zack Snyder’s Superman origin story Man of Steel in 2013, Cavill played the iconic hero in 2016’s Batman v Superman and 2017’s Justice League. (Variety)

Apple will be teaming up with Paramount Pictures for Martin Scorsese’s upcoming adaptation of Killers of the Flower Moon. The film marks Scorsese’s sixth collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio and his tenth film with Robert De Niro, and is based on the non-fiction novel by David Grann, which delves into the mysterious murders of wealthy members of the Osage Native American tribe in Osage County, Oklahoma. Apple will be the film’s creative studio, with Paramount distributing the film in a wide theatrical release before it premieres on Apple’s streaming platform, Apple TV+. (Screen Rant)

Jurassic World: Dominion is the “start of a new era,” not the end of a trilogy, according to longtime franchise producer Frank Marshall. Marshall teased, “The dinosaurs are now on the mainland amongst us, and they will be for quite some time, I hope,” adding that additional entries in the franchise after Dominion could be set in this “new normal” of human and dinosaur co-habitation of Earth (described as a “Neo-Jurassic Age”). The next film is set to premiere on June 11, 2021. (Critical Hit)

Scott Derrickson has been set by TriStar Pictures to direct the sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. The 1986 original starred David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly and has maintained a cult status for over three decades, leading to tie-in novels and comic books, video games, perennial screenings and even an annual fan masquerade ball, which is considered one the largest in the world. (Deadline)

As festivals throughout the world remain closed or postponed, Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have teamed for a 10-day digital film festival taking place on YouTube and launching May 29 at YouTube.com/WeAreOne. The We Are One: A Global Film Festival, which benefits the World Health Organization and other relief partners amid the ongoing pandemic, will encompass programming from 21 festivals, including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Sundance, Toronto, New York, BFI London, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, and more. The entire festival will be free to viewers. (IndieWire)

Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor have officially signed on to write MGM’s Legally Blonde 3. Reese Witherspoon remains aboard, reprising her role as attorney Elle Woods, producing through her Hello Sunshine studio with the franchise’s original producer, Marc Platt. (Deadline)

As always, stay tuned to our friends at Noovie for all the latest film release updates in real time!

For a full schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.

We all wish we could go out to the movies right now, but in the meanwhile, you can get your movie fix online! Check out Noovie.com to learn where to find and stream your favorite movies at home, and be sure to follow WhatsNoovie on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more updates.

While you’re at it — why not test your movie knowledge with ShuffleNoovie’s mobile movie trivia game?

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NCM Entertainment Roundup – May 21, 2020

Greyhound

Greyhound alters course to stick to its Father’s Day Weekend plans.

Let’s talk about the top stories in Hollywood this week!

Memorial Day Weekend is usually the kick-off to summer blockbuster season, and we’re all missing the movies! The Washington Post and ScreenCrush highlighted everything we miss most about movie theaters in great stories this week, and according to a new study, the majority of moviegoers plan to return to cinemas as long as COVID-19 safety guidelines are in place. (Deadline)

Tyler Perry is leading the industry to restart production in the U.S. with extensive COVID-19 protocols, including specific steps each individual will need to take to protect against the spread of the virus as they get back to work. He distributed a 30-page “Camp Quarantine” document outlining in great detail how he plans to safely start production up again at his Atlanta studio in July, where the cast and crew of his TV shows Sistas and The Oval will all stay for the duration of filming. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Meanwhile in California, Governor Newsom said in a roundtable with the film and television industry this week that he plans to release guidelines on Monday for restarting production in his state. Other countries including the Czech Republic, Iceland and South Korea have already begun opening up to film crews in the global quest to get Hollywood back on track. (Deadine, Reuters, Los Angeles Times)

Esai Morales is replacing Nicholas Hoult as the villain in Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7, Paramount Pictures has confirmed. Since production shut down due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Hoult had to leave the project because the shooting schedule would overlap with a prior obligation. This seventh installment is expected to resume filming in June/July, and will debut in theaters on November 19, 2021.

The Matrix 4 is also looking to start filming again by July, and the cast of highly-anticipated sequel to the groundbreaking sci-fi trilogy has signed 8-week extensions that will keep the actors on hold for the production until at least July 6. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are confirmed to return, alongside an ensemble cast that includes Jada Pinkett Smith and newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, and Brian J. Smith. (Collider)

The WWII naval drama Greyhound, written by and starring Tom Hanks, has abruptly changed course. Originally on the Sony Pictures theatrical calendar for Father’s Day weekend, the film instead will become the biggest feature film commitment made by Apple to premiere on Apple TV+. (Deadline)

Josh Gad and Halle Berry are going into space with Moonfall, the latest sci-fi disaster picture from Roland Emmerich. Known for blowing up earth in films like Independence Day and The Day After Tomorrow, Emmerich co-wrote and is directing the new story, which sees the moon knocked from its orbit by a mysterious force and heading on a collision course with Earth. Lionsgate is eyeing a North American release in 2021. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Speaking of Josh Gad, Walt Disney Animation Studios animators have been working from home and have just released a video featuring a new song from Oscar-winning Frozen songwriting duo of Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Sung by Josh Gad as Olaf, I Am With You is about being distant from the ones we love, but still being together emotionally. (CinemaBlend)

Director Taika Waititi has signed up Marvel stars Chris Hemsworth, Ryan Reynolds, Cate Blanchett, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Lupita Nyong’o to help him read the Roald Dahl classic, James and the Giant Peach. Also joining Taika and Friends will be Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, Beanie Feldstein, Eddie Redmayne, Liam Hemsworth and Billy Porter, just to name a few. The new web series will be spread across 10 episodes, airing Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on YouTube, and it’s all to raise money for nonprofit health organization Partners in Health. (Digital Spy)

Jamie Lee Curtis and her Comet Pictures label have signed a three-year, first look deal with Blumhouse, and the quintessential scream queen already has a new feature horror project underway, Mother Nature, which is centered around climate change. (Deadline)

There’s a new secret Marvel movie from in the works! Though audiences will have to wait until 2021 for Morbius and Venom 2 to hit the big screen, Sony Pictures is continuing to build up its slate of Marvel films with veteran TV director S.J. Clarkson, who has signed on to develop the first female-centric movie from Sony’s catalog of Marvel characters. While it’s unconfirmed at the time who the character at the center will be, insiders say there is a strong possibility that the film will be based on the Madame Web comic-book character. (Variety)

Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino will helm a reboot of the 1983 crime drama Scarface for Universal Pictures. Oh, but that’s not all. The screenplay for the reboot was penned by a few names you might recognize: Joel and Ethan Coen. The new Coen brothers Scarface script is a re imagining of the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films, and will be set in Los Angeles. (Nerdist)

Sean Penn’s CORE has been doing an excellent job helping with COVID-19 testing in LA, according to the fire chief. CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) opened its first Coronavirus testing site in Los Angeles to aid and relieve first responders, and now oversees 15 sites, including 12 in California, two in Atlanta, and a mobile site in Detroit. (Rolling Stone, Deadline)

Lionsgate has released a new trailer for the thriller Antebellum. While the teaser trailer kept the plot vague, this new trailer provides the basic premise of the plot in which Janelle Monae plays a woman in the present day who has a good and happy life, but then she’s kidnapped and forced back into slavery through time travel. From there, she has to fight back to escape not only slavery, but to return to her own time. (Collider)

Studios continue to shift movie release dates to ensure moviegoers have a lot to look forward to when theaters reopen, including the following films announced this week:

  • Greyhound (June 12, 2020 to VOD)
  • Come Play (July 24, 2020 to October 30, 2020)

As always, stay tuned to our friends at Noovie for all the latest film release updates in real time!

For a full schedule of all upcoming movies, check out Box Office Mojo’s Domestic Release Calendar.

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