'Encanto,' 'House of Gucci' fuel Thanksgiving box office
Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still far from the feast it normally is, but Disney’s “Encanto” and the Lady Gaga-led “House of Gucci” both gave a lift to two genres that have been particularly battered by the pandemic: family movies and adult dramas.
Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds savor their moments in 'Belfast'
“And I said yes.”In "Belfast," Branagh reconstructs a poignant and pivotal moment from his childhood. And while the love is already being spread around to Branagh's cast, the film, perhaps, glows brightest when Dench and Hinds are on screen. Dench, one of the few stars of “Belfast” who isn’t Irish, is a Brit from York (though her mother was from Dublin). As played by Hinds, Pop is both sage and mischievous. “I go to work.”The memories dredged up by “Belfast” have affected both Hinds and Dench in different ways.wftv.com
Kenneth Branagh's 'Belfast' wins TIFF People's Choice Award
Canada TIFF Belfast Director Kenneth Branagh, right, and actor Jamie Dornan walk the red carpet as they promote the film "Belfast" during the Toronto International Film Festival, in Toronto, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021. The previous nine winners have all gone on to secure a best-picture Oscar nomination, as have 13 of the last 14 People's Choice prizewinners. “Belfast,” which first premiered at the Telluride Film Festival, draws from Branagh's own childhood in Belfast. Both “Dune” and “Spencer” didn't make themselves eligible for the People's Choice Award, which required both an in-person screening and availability on the festival digital portal. The People's Choice award for documentary went to E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin's "The Rescue," a non-fiction account of the 2018 mission to rescue the trapped youth soccer team from Thailand's Tham Luang cave.wftv.com
Toronto Film Festival to open with ‘Dear Evan Hansen’
The adaptation of the Broadway hit and Tony-winner “Dear Evan Hansen,” Edgar Wright’s ’60s London themed “Last Night in Soho,” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” are just a few of the major films coming to the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
Disney delays 'Black Widow,' Spielberg's 'West Side Story'
NEW YORK – The Walt Disney Co. has further postponed its next mega-movies from Marvel, including “Black Widow,” while also postponing Steven Spielberg's “West Side Story” a full year in the company's latest recalibration due to the pandemic. Ten of Disney's top films shuffled release dates Wednesday, uprooting several of the company's major fall releases. The Scarlett Johansson Marvel movie “Black Widow,” last set for Nov. 6, heads to May 7 of next year. That was the date set for “West Side Story,” but Spielberg's musical will instead debut in December 2021. Given the interconnected nature of Marvel releases, the latest delay of “Black Widow” had a domino effect on other films.
New this week: Spike Lee flick, 'Artemis Fowl,' Norah Jones
This image released by Netflix shows, from left, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Norm Lewis, Clarke Peters, Delroy Lindo and Jonathan Majors in a scene from the Spike Lee film "Da 5 Bloods." (David Lee/Netflix via AP)Heres a collection curated by The Associated Press entertainment journalists of whats arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIESDa 5 Bloods: Its always the right time for a Spike Lee joint and thankfully Netflix has his latest ready to debut Friday. AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISIONGabrielle Union, engaged in a battle with NBC over her firing from Americas Got Talent, is firmly in control on L.A.s Finest, the drama she produces and stars in with Jessica Alba. Also back are closeted man of the cloth Leonard (Al Weaver) and Tessa-Peake Jones as an indispensable if stern housekeeper.
Marvel remakes release calendar; 'Mulan' moves to late July
The Walt Disney Co. on Friday overhauled its release schedule, moving the dates of half a dozen Marvel movies. Black Widow, which had been set to kick off the summer movie season, will now open Nov. 6. “Black Widow,” the Marvel entry starring Scarlett Johansson, had been set to kick off the summer movie season. Such delays have unique ramifications for Marvel movies because of their interconnection. On Thursday, the Walt Disney Co. announced they will start furloughing some workers in two weeks at its theme parks resorts in Florida and California.
Kenneth Branagh co-writes song for 'Orient Express' that you'll never forget
With a huge presence in front of and behind the camera, Branagh's fingerprints are all over "Murder on the Orient Express," including the area of songwriting, a place he's only ventured to once before. Now, with "Murder on the Orient Express," Branagh has put his pen to paper once again for the lyrics to "Never Forget," the haunting end credits song for which Doyle wrote the music. In a phone conversation with the actor-filmmaker this week, Branagh discussed "Never Forget," an ethereal ballad sung by his co-star Michelle Pfeiffer. The song serves as an elegy for the tragic loss of a character at the heart of the film's narrative. "It reminded me of moments in my youth when I used to hear my granny get upset," Branagh recalled.
Sneak peek of Disney's live action "Cinderella"
Sneak peek of Disney's live action "Cinderella" Kenneth Branagh is in the director's chair for the live-action adaptation of "Cinderella." The story stays true to Disney's 1950 animated version. But, as Suzanne Marques reports –the fairy tale is getting a modern makeover.cbsnews.com