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Sept 28

James Cameron Says 'Avatar 2' Filming Is 100% Complete, 'Avatar 3' 95% Finished; Praises New Zealand COVID Response

An image, previously shared by Jon Landau, from the set of "Avatar 2" (image courtesy Jon Landau / Instagram)
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by Nancy Tartaglione

James Cameron provided his Terminator star Arnold Schwarzenegger with an update on the Avatar sequels during a recent chat for the 2020 Austrian World Summit. Speaking by video conference from New Zealand, Cameron said, "We're 100% complete on Avatar 2 and sort of 95% complete on Avatar 3." He added that the team is currently working on shooting the remainder of the live action.

Cameron explained that the production lost "about four and a half months" owing to COVID-19, which "hit us like it hit everybody, it hit us hard." Avatar 2's release, as previously announced, "rolled around a full year” because of the pandemic lockdowns, Cameron added. In July, Disney moved all the Avatar sequels, setting Avatar 2 on December 16, 2022 and Avatar 3 on December 20, 2024. The fourth and fifth pictures are due in 2026 and 2028.

Cameron praised New Zealand's management of the coronavirus outbreak, saying, "We're very lucky in that we chose this as our production site years ago. We made the first film here in New Zealand and it turns out to be ranking first or second best country in the world for its COVID response." In June, New Zealand announced it was virus free, though an August outbreak in Auckland forced a new alert level that has since been downgraded.

Cameron and producer Jon Landau traveled back to New Zealand in June to return to work after production was halted by the virus in March. Special dispensation to enter the country was also given to 55 crew members working on the sequels

Continue Reading at: Deadline

Sept 27

Box Office: 'Tenet' Limps to $41M in the U.S. But Nears $300M Globally

by Pamela McClintock

Without Los Angeles and New York, Christopher Nolan's Tenet fell to $3.4M in its fourth weekend of play at the North American box office for a subdued North American total of $41.2 million.

The $200 million espionage epic is making up for its disappointing domestic run overseas, where the Warner Bros. tentpole collected another $15.8 million for a worldwide cume of $283.2 million as it approaches $300 million globally.

Warners, along with box office analysts, expect Tenet's performance in the U.S. to improve once cinemas in New York City and Los Angeles are allowed to reopen in the coming days or weeks. Nolan's films always do big business in the country's two largest moviegoing markets.

Without any major new releases because of the ongoing challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic, the box office was a patchwork of holdovers, a new BTS concert doc, fresh specialty offerings and even rereleases.

In celebration of its 40th anniversary the, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back hit the big screen again. The iconic pic collected an impressive $908,000 from 2,097 cinemas. Disney is handling the movie, as it now owns 20th Century.

For the weekend, The Empire Strikes Back placed high up on the chart behind Tenet, 20th Century's The New Mutants ($1.1 million) and K-pop pic Break the Silence: The Movie, the latest concert doc about South Korean boy band sensation BTS. Break the Silence, playing in 560 locations, opened to an estimated $960,000.

Elsewhere, Sony and Stage 6 films The Last Shift launched in 871 cinemas. The R-rated [comedy], starring Richard Jenkins, opened to an estimated $235,000 from 871 theaters, according to Sony. Jenkins had a busy weekend on the big screen: his other new film, Focus Features' dramedy Kajillionaire, debuted to $215,000 from 521 sites.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Sept 26

Ryan Reynolds to use part of his own salary to hire BIPOC crew members on upcoming film

by Bridgette Watson

Vancouver-born movie star Ryan Reynolds says it is time to see more Black, Indigenous and people of colour on film sets and has launched a new initiative to help make it happen.

Called the Group Effort Initiative, applications opened online Thursday for people from marginalized communities to apply for a spot on the crew of an upcoming Netflix production. On the program's website, Reynolds says he plans to dedicate a portion of his own salary to pay for 10 to 20 new diverse hires.

"Making a film is a group effort, but for entirely too long that group has systemically excluded Black, Indigenous, people of colour and several other marginalized communities. This is a global problem which will not be fixed overnight, but change can start locally and immediately," wrote Reynolds.

The website crashed as people rushed to apply Thursday morning, but appears to now be working as it should.

All successful applicants will have their travel, accommodation and pay covered by Reynolds himself.

Watch Ryan Reynolds explain Group Effort Initiative:

Continue Reading at: CBC

Sept 24

Disney finally gives up on releasing Marvel's Black Widow in 2020

by Brendan Morrow

After Tenet's disappointing debut, it seems movie studios are increasingly throwing in the towel on releasing major blockbusters in 2020.

Disney on Wednesday announced another set of movie delays, and Marvel's Black Widow, which was scheduled to be released on Nov. 6 and was one of the last big movies still set to hit theaters in 2020, has been delayed to May 2021. It was previously delayed from May 2020. Subsequent Marvel movies were also delayed, with Eternals moving from February to November 2021 and Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings being postponed from May to July 2021.

The studio also delayed Steven Spielberg's West Side Story a year to Dec. 2021, placing it out of contention for the upcoming Academy Awards. Disney hasn't fully cleared out of 2020 just yet, with Pixar's Soul set to still hit theaters in November and Death on the Nile now set for December. Black Widow, though, was expected to be one of the year's highest-grossing films, and it leaving 2020 is another blow for reopened movie theaters, which experts have said may have to close again due to a lack of major new films to show.

All of this comes in the wake of Tenet opening in the United States in September, which the industry hoped would signal a return to moviegoing amid the pandemic. But with major markets like New York City and Los Angeles closed, the film's earnings in the U.S. have been seen as disappointing. Warner Bros., the studio behind Tenet, delayed its Wonder Woman sequel by nearly three months shortly after Tenet debuted in America.

With Black Widow delayed, one of the only giant 2020 blockbusters still standing is the James Bond movie No Time to Die. But experts aren't sure if it will ultimately be released in November, with The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit tweeting, "For those who think that they'll still be seeing movies this year, I'm sorry to give you bad news."

Continue Reading at: The Week

Sept 23

Tom Cruise gets October 2021 date for NASA/SpaceX trip to make movie on board the International Space Station

Screenshot of the upcoming SpaceX schedule showing tourist trip to ISS (image courtesy Space Shuttle Almanac Twitter)
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by Rachel Mcgrath

He's renowned for taking risks as the star of the Mission: Impossible movies.

And now Tom Cruise is confirmed for what's probably his most daring mission yet.

It seems the Hollywood star, 58, will be on board the SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule on its scheduled October 2021 trip to the International Space Station, according to Space Shuttle Almanac.

Aboard the first tourist trip, the schedule notes, will be Cruise and director Doug Liman, 55.

NASA and Space Shuttle veteran Michael Lopez-Alegria will be the pilot on the trip and there is one, as yet unfilled, tourist place available in the new four-person Crew Dragon.

It had been announced earlier this year that Cruise and Liman had teamed up with SpaceX founder Elon Musk and NASA to make a movie aboard the ISS.

Continue Reading at: Daily Mail

Sept 21

Outlook not improving for beleaguered US movie theatres

by The Canadian Press

About three quarters of the country's movie theatres are open, but Americans are not going back in significant numbers in the COVID-era, even with new films coming into the marketplace weekly.

The biggest movies continue to limp along. According to studio estimates Sunday, Warner Bros.' "Tenet" earned $4.7 million in its third weekend from nearly 2,930 locations, Disney's "The New Mutants" added $1.6 million in its fourth weekend, "Unhinged" brought in $1.3 million and Sony's rom-com "The Broken Hearts Gallery" picked up an additional $800,000 in its second frame.

And newcomers aren't faring any better. The faith-based "Infidel," which stars Jim Caviezel, did the best with $1.5 million from just over 1,700 theatres.

This weekend also saw the limited release of two adult dramas, IFC's "The Nest," with Jude Law and Carrie Coon, and Bleecker Street's "The Secrets We Keep," with Noomi Rapace. Both played in under 500 theatres across the country and neither got much more than $200 per location. "The Nest" earned an estimated $62,000 from 301 locations and "The Secrets We Keep" brought in just under $90,000 from 471 theatres.

"There's no question that this is an extraordinarily challenging marketplace, especially for North America," said Paul Dergarabedian, Comscore's senior media analyst. "This is a slow roll out. It's going to take some time."

The nation's biggest chains have been open for about a month after nearly six months of being closed due to the pandemic and a lack of new releases. But since reopening with enhanced safety measure and the promise of new blockbusters, they haven’t gotten the infusion of business they were hoping for. Indoor theatres are still not open in two of the country's biggest markets, New York and Los Angeles.

The North American earnings have not been promising for studios with theatrical releases on the horizon either. Christopher Nolan's "Tenet" has only earned $36.1 million from North American theatres to date. The performance has led some studios to push back releases even further and some wonder whether more will follow. The next major release on the calendar is Disney and Marvel's "Black Widow" on Nov. 6.

Continue Reading at: Castanet

Sept 20

Box Office: 'Tenet' Crosses $250M Globally But Still Lags in the U.S. Amid Pandemic

This image shows Elizabeth Debicki, left, and John David Washington in a scene from "Tenet" (image courtesy Warner)
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by Pamela McClintock

Christopher Nolan's Tenet jumped the $200 million mark at the international box office over the weekend, but continues to struggle domestically without such major cities New York and Los Angeles in play.

Warner Bros. is reporting that the big-budget espionage pic earned $4.7 million domestically from 2,930 theaters in its third weekend for a North American total of $36.1 million. The studio insists that Tenet is far from over and anticipates a huge bump in ticket sales as more cinemas on both coasts are allowed to flip on the lights.

Internationally - where theaters are ahead of their U.S. counterparts in terms of reopenings - Tenet grossed another $25 million for a foreign tally of $214 million and a worldwide total of $250.1 million. That includes a pleasing China total of $60 million.

Nolan's $200 million film was the first Hollywood tentpole to brave opening on the big screen, but its performance has sparked worry that many moviegoers, at least in the U.S., aren't yet ready to return en masse to the multiplex despite enhanced sanitary measures and social distancing. As a result, studios are once again rearranging their fall and early winter calendars, including delaying the Oct. 2 release of Wonder Woman 1984. New York and Los Angeles also remain a major issue, since they are the two largest moviegoing markets in the country.
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Elsewhere this weekend, Mulan grossed $10.9 million from 20 territories in its second weekend for a foreign tally of $57 million. The big-budget epic is struggling badly in China, where it grossed just $6.5 million in its sophomore session for a cume of $36.2 million.

In the U.S. and many Western European countries, Disney decided to send Mulan straight to Disney+ at a premium price, versus waiting for the domestic box office to stabilize.

Continue Reading at: The Hollywood Reporter

Sept 19

James Caan Says There's No 'Elf 2' Because Will Ferrell and Jon Favreau 'Didn't Get Along'

James Caan (right) and Will Ferrell in 2003's "Elf" (image courtesy New Line)
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by Umberto Gonzalez

James Caan says there wont be a sequel to the hit Christmas fantasy-comedy "Elf" because headliner Will Ferrell and director Jon Favreau "didn't get along."

"'We were gonna do it and I thought, 'Oh my god, I finally got a franchise movie, I could make some money, let my kids do what the hell they want to do.' And the director and Will didn’t get along very well," Caan told Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan's Bull & Fox show on Friday. "So, Will wanted to do it, he didn't want the director, and he had it in his contract, it was one of those things."

The Will Ferrell holiday movie, first released in 2003, centered on Buddy (Ferrell), a human who was adopted and raised by Santa's elves. Buddy learns about this and heads to New York City to meet his biological father (Cann) while also spreading Christmas cheer in a world of cynics in the process. "Elf" also starred Zooey Deschanel, Mary Steenburgen, Daniel Tay, Bob Newhart and Ed Asner.

Made on a budget of just $33 million, the film was a box office hit and grossed $220.4 million in world wide box office. "Elf" is considered one of the greatest Christmas movies and in 2017, Fandango users rated "Elf" the best Christmas film of the 21st century.

Continue Reading at: The Wrap

Sept 17

Anthony Mackie takes a time-bending, mind-altering journey in the trailer for Synchronic

by Britt Hayes

Filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have made a name for themselves with films that defy genre conventions and labels and explore heady concepts about time, transformation, and obsession. Their latest film, Synchronic, is led by the starry duo of Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan, which will hopefully attract viewers to check out Benson and Moorhead’s previous films - Resolution, Spring, and The Endless.

The trailer below indicates that Synchronic offers the cerebral, grounded sci-fi we've come to appreciate from the filmmakers.

Synchronic follows two paramedics who discover a peculiar psychedelic drug at the scene of a series of strange and "gruesome" accidents; as you can see, that drug has a profound affect on Mackie's character.

Check out the trailer:

Continue Reading at: The AV Club

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