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The Movie Industry Future

Technology and techniques in the making and distribution of movies have progressed immensely in the last few years. But there is, and could be, much more on the near horizon. This article takes a look at some things that have recently come to, or may be coming to, the movie industry.

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Apr 8

Chris Hemsworth stars as a ruthless mercenary in trailer for Extraction

by Jennifer Ouellette

A ruthless mercenary is hired to save the kidnapped son of an international crime lord in Extraction, a new film debuting later this month on Netflix to further alleviate our sheltering-in-place ennui. It's produced by the Russo Brothers (Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: End Game), which is probably how the film snagged Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, as the star. We can thank Netflix for Stranger Things' David Harbour's welcome appearance.

Joe Russo penned the script, and the duo tapped stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave to make his directorial debut. Hargrave's stunt work has been featured in several MCU films (Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, for example), as well as The Hunger Games franchise and Atomic Blonde. So if nothing else, we can definitely look forward to some well-choreographed action sequences with Extraction.

The official premise is short and sweet: "Tyler Rake (Hemsworth) is a fearless black market mercenary who embarks on the deadliest mission of his career when he's enlisted to rescue the kidnapped son of an international crime lord." Compounding matters is the fact that Rake has recently lost his own son and is dealing with the grief and depression one might expect from such a tragedy. And the extraction of the crime lord's son, Ovi (played by newcomer Rudraksh Jaiswal), proves significantly more difficult than originally anticipated.

Check out the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: ArsTechnica.com

Apr 7

Exes Bruce Willis, Demi Moore quarantine together

Demi Moore, Bruce Willis and family in self-isolation (image courtesy Demi Moore / Instagram)
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by WENN

Bruce Willis and and his ex-wife Demi Moore are quarantining together alongside their children, with the family donning matching pyjamas for a cheery snap on Instagram.

The formerly-married couple appeared happy as they sported the green and white striped two-pieces for the picture, which also featured their daughter Scout, 28, and film director Dillon Buss, who is dating their youngest daughter Tallulah, 26.

Continue Reading at: Canoe.com

Apr 6

Canadian actress Shirley Douglas, mother to Kiefer Sutherland, dead at 86

Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas has died at the age of 86 (image courtesy Toronto Star / Getty)
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by Tyler McCarthy

Canadian actress and activist Shirley Douglas, known for her work alongside acclaimed directors such as Stanley Kubrick ("Lolita"), David Cronenberg ("Dead Ringers") and winning a Gemini Award for her performance in the 1999 TV film "Shadow Lake," has died at age 86.

Her son, actor Kiefer Sutherland, announced his mother's death on Twitter, saying she succumbed to complications surrounding pneumonia. He said it was not related COVID-19.

"My mother was an extraordinary woman who led an extraordinary life," said Sutherland. "Sadly she had been battling for her health for quite some time and we, as a family, knew this day was coming."

A native of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Douglas tirelessly supported a variety of causes throughout her life, including the civil rights movement, the Black Panthers and the fight to save Canada's public health care, pioneered by her politician father.

In 1965, Douglas married Canadian actor Donald Sutherland, with whom she had two children before they divorced - twins Rachel, a production manager, and Kiefer, who became a film and TV star in his own right.

Continue Reading at: Foxnews

Apr 5

Film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg: Movie industry 'ready to embrace' at-home viewing and theaters

by Kevin Stankiewicz

Film producer Jeffrey Katzenberg said Friday he doesn't think the movie industry has to choose between releasing movies on the big screen or debuting them on streaming services.

"I don't think these things are mutually exclusive," the co-founder of DreamWorks Animation said on CNBC's "Closing Bell."

In fact, Katzenberg said he believes the film industry is "ready to embrace" the idea that a healthy movie theater business does not have to come "at the exclusion" of access to movies at home. "Maybe not day-and-date, but certainly close to it," he argued.

Katzenberg's comments come at a time of disruption for the film industry due to the coronavirus. Movie theaters across the country have shut down, causing studios to adjust their release lineups.

Disney on Friday announced a series of changes to its slate, for example. "Mulan," which had been set for a March release, will now debut in theaters on July 24. The release of the much-anticipated "Black Widow" has been moved from May 1 to November 6.

"Artemis Fowl," by contrast, will now debut on Disney+. It had been scheduled for a theatrical release in May.

Katzenberg used a sport analogy to describe where the movie industry was headed, arguing the embrace of in-person sports and TV broadcasts has been successful despite hesitancy decades ago.

"To fill up a stadium with 55,000 people you don't have to black out 8 million people to have a successful business," said Katzenberg. "I think sports found a way to embrace both a live experience. There's nothing like going to a live sporting event but also to have a very robust experience for a broader audience."

Continue Reading at: CNBC

Apr 4

You can now attend the Tribeca Film Festival from your couch during quarantine

by Joey Nolfi

The Tribeca Film Festival is moving from Manhattan to your living room.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic forcing major film festivals around the world to postpone or cancel their 2020 editions, the Robert De Niro-founded event has adapted to the crisis by announcing it will stream part of its slate online in the weeks ahead.

During the same period the 2020 festival was initially set to launch between April 15-26, Tribeca will digitally present projects as part of several programs, including the Tribeca Immersive Cinema360, which includes 14 virtual reality films, N.O.W. Creators Market, Industry Extranet Resource Hub, Jury and ARt Awards, and the Tribeca X Program.

Further movies joining the streaming lineup will be announced on a future date.

"As human beings, we are navigating uncharted waters," said festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal in a press statement. "While we cannot gather in person to lock arms, laugh, and cry, it's important for us to stay socially and spiritually connected. Tribeca is about resiliency, and we fiercely believe in the power of artists to bring us together. We were founded after the devastation of 9/11 and it's in our DNA to bring communities together through the arts."

Continue Reading at: Entertainment Weekly

Apr 2

Cineplex confirms theatres will remain closed indefinitely due to COVID-19

by Bradly Shankar

Cineplex has confirmed that its theatres will remain closed for the foreseeable future due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian theatre giant had previously set a reopening date of April 2nd. The company operates 165 theatres across Canada and makes up roughly 75 percent of the countryís overall film exhibitor market.

Speaking to the Canadian Press, a Cineplex spokesperson said the company will wait to hear from Canadian health officials when itís safe to reopen theatres.

That said, even if the global health crisis were to suddenly start clearing up, Cineplex would also have to contend with the litany of films that have been significantly delayed in response to COVID-19.

Some of these films include Mulan (moved from March 26th, 2020 to a yet-to-be-determined date), No Time to Die (originally scheduled for April 10th, 2020 and now slated for November 25th), Black Widow (was set for May 1st, 2020 and is now undated) and Fast & Furious 9 (pushed from May 22nd, 2020 to April 2nd, 2021).

Continue Reading at: Mobilesyrup.com

Apr 2

The modern zombie masterpiece Train to Busan gets a sequel trailer

by Matt Patches

For those clinging to the idea that David Fincher and Brad Pitt will actually make World War Z 2... let go, be strong, and enjoy what animator-turned-live-action-director Yeon Sang-ho has to offer instead. After rejuvenating the zombie blockbuster with 2016's Train to Busan, the filmmaker is back with a sequel, Peninsula, that, based on the first trailer, expands the scope and the set piece ingenuity.

Propulsive, bloody, and glimmering with the dark whimsy, Train to Busan is the rare z-blockbuster thatís full of action, yet never loses sight of the characters. It's a father-daughter story. It's a husband-wife story. It's a who-deserves-to-live-and-die survivor narrative. But it's also about what happens if a bunch of people are trapped in a high-speed rail train, and the only hope of escape is a well-timed leap into the baggage shelf. It's a hell of a movie.

See the trailer here:

Continue Reading at: Polygon.com

Apr 1

Movie Theaters and Concerts Could See Major Attendance Drop Post-Pandemic (Study)

by Adam B. Vary

After a month of increasing anxiety and self-isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, audiences in the U.S. are largely not eager to return to public events once the crisis subsides, according to a new study.

In a survey of 1,000 consumers in the U.S., 44% of respondents said they would attend fewer large public events, even once they are cleared by the CDC, with 38% saying they'd attend about the same number, and 18% saying they'd attend more. And 47% agreed that the idea of going to a major public event "will scare me for a long time."

The study was published by Performance Research, a sports and events research firm, in partnership with Full Circle Research Co.

The news for movie theaters was particularly grim, with 49% of respondents saying it would take "a few months" to "possibly never" for them to return, and 28% saying they will attend movie theaters less often once they're safe. While 15% of respondents said they plan on going to the movies more often post-pandemic (and 58% said their attendance won't change), the net effect suggests an alarming erosion of theatrical returns that exhibitors and studios alike can ill afford.

Major indoor concert venues, indoor sports venues and - of significant interest to the Walt Disney Company - theme parks appear to be the hardest hit by the pandemic, with 56%, 51% and 50% of respondents respectively saying it would take anywhere from "a few months" to "possibly never" for them to return, even after they've been deemed safe. A third of respondents further said they plan to attend indoor sports venues and indoor concert venues less often after the Covid-19 epidemic has subsided.

Outdoor parks and beaches, outdoor sports venues and zoos and aquariums appear to be the least affected, with 64%, 56% and 55% of respondents respectively saying they would return right away or within a few weeks.

Continue Reading at: Variety

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