New this week: A 'Space Jam' sequel and new John Mayer tunes
The Stream This combination of photos shows promotional art for the film "Space Jam: A New Legacy," premiering Friday on HBO Max and in theaters, left, and "Sob Rock," the latest album by John Mayer, releasing on Friday. MOVIES— LeBron James leads the Tunes against the Goons in "Space Jam: A New Legacy," a sequel to the 1996 movie that had Michael Jordan headlining with Bugs Bunny. — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— John Mayer returns with his first album since 2017’s "The Search For Everything." — The “Space Jam” sequel isn't only for your eyes. In the four-episode final season debuting Monday on the Acorn TV streaming service, Jack confronts his past — including the violent death of his wife by a former client.wftv.com
Showtime: AMC opening more movie theaters
AMC Theatres says it will have 98% of its U.S. movie theaters open on Friday, with more expected to open by March 26. AMC Theatres says it will have 98% of its U.S. movie theaters open on Friday as a bunch of theaters reopen in California. Movie theaters all over shuttered their doors a year ago as the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe. But AMC stayed the course, slowly opening its theaters in states over the past several months when it was allowed to and pivoting its business. One of its outside-the-box moves included renting out theaters for private movie screenings to a limited number of people.
New this week: 'Soul,' a Tom Hanks film & 'Bridgerton' on TV
This image released by Disney-Pixar shows the character 22, voiced by Tina Fey, left, and Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, in a scene from the animated film "Soul." But with more than half of U.S. theaters closed, two of the biggest movies of the year — “Soul” and “Wonder Woman 1984” — will be going straight to streaming. — Also arriving Christmas Day is “Wonder Woman 1984,” Patty Jenkins' sequel to her barrier-breaking 2017 film. With Gal Gadot returning, “Wonder Woman 1984” fast-forwards from 1918 to the “greed is good” decade. — AP Entertainment Writer Mark Kennedy___Catch up on AP’s entertainment coverage here: https://apnews.com/apf-entertainment.
If you aren’t streaming Netflix’s new Christmas movie, we need to talk
Needless to say, it’s always a welcome sight when a new Christmas movie shows up that isn’t from Hallmark. From writer/director David E. Talbert comes Netflix’s newest holiday classic, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”. After listening, we’re sure you’ll be convinced that this Christmas movie should be on everyone’s must-watch list. From the music and story to the dance numbers and characters, “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” has brought some holiday cheer to a year that needed it so desperately. Have you streaming “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey”?
‘Fast and Furious’ franchise to end with 11th film
It appears that “Fast and Furious” is approaching its finale. Variety reports the central franchise will end after its 10th and 11th films. According to Variety, Justin Lin, the director behind many of the movies, will then return to direct the final two installments. This does not mean the “Fast and Furious” the cinematic universe is coming to an end. Universal Studios is supposedly working on more spin-off movies based on characters from the main films.
AMC warns it must sell shares or go bankrupt
All rights reserved)The world’s largest theater chain warns that it may have to file bankruptcy soon. ACM Theaters disclosed in a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it has a deal for additional sources of liquidity. That deal is with CitiGroup Global Markets and Goldman Sachs to sell 15 million shares. Earlier this month, AMC announced it could run out of money by the end of the year. Despite these challenges, the movie theater chain has said it will remain open.
Tickets now on sale for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort, new details also revealed
KISSIMMEE, Fla – Just as tickets for Christmas at Gaylord Palms Resort went on sale, officials gave new details about this year’s programming. Snow Flow Mountain at Gaylord Palms Resort (Gaylord Palms Resort)Also on tap for this year’s event, guests will get to meet Santa Clause in a new redesigned space, hear Christmas traditions and songs with Mrs. Cirque Dreams Unwrapped at Gaylord Palms Resort (Gaylord Palms Resort)Gaylord palms will also have a handful of entertainment options including:The Greatest Story: Holiday spirits will soar during a multicultural, musical journey celebrating the story of Christ. (Gaylord Palms Resort)Overnight Christmas packages that include admission into the “I Love Christmas Movies” immersive pop-up experience are available to book now. Gaylord Palms Resort has put special health and safety protocols in place, including the use of face coverings, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Freeform’s ‘31 Nights of Halloween’ schedule is out, and it’s about to be spook-tacular
The best part about Halloween might be dressing up in a silly costume and loading up on pounds of your favorite candy, but for some, it’s all about watching endless hours of Halloween movies. That’s why Freeform is the hottest channel to visit during the month of October, because it has its annual “31 Nights of Halloween," and the network finally released its schedule of movies. The month-long marathon kicks off with the unofficial best Halloween movie ever created, “Hocus Pocus,” which stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker. Even though the film came out almost 30 years ago, millennials everywhere have given it a second life due to the nostalgia factor. Other classic Halloween films you’ll be able to watch include both “Addams Family” movies, “Beetlejuice,” “Ghostbusters” and “Casper.”Freeform didn’t forget about the kids.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas movie to premiere on Netflix
Dolly Parton has a new Christmas movie coming to Netflix. “Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square” will be out Nov. 22, the streaming service announced. The movie stars Christine Baranski, as a rich, unpleasant woman who returns to her small town to evict everyone, but she has a change of heart after encounters with townspeople and an angel, played by Parton. [TRENDING: Disney announces layoffs| Presidential debate quickly turned into a brawl| 12-year-old boy causes crash while driving mom’s stolen car]The musical features original songs by the country artist. Ahead of Netflix’s announcement, Parton released the song “Christmas on the Square” from her upcoming holiday album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas.”
What to watch this weekend: ‘Pen15,’ ‘Ratched’ and more
Thinking that you’ve dried up the old Netflix cue when it comes to new shows and movies to watch? Here are a few suggestions if you’re looking for something new to watch this weekend. It kind of resembles another Netflix competition show, “Nailed It," in which amateur bakers are encouraged to just do their best. ‘Great British Baking Show’The tent is back, the tent is back! ‘American Barbecue Showdown’If you’re a fan of “Great British Baking Show,” then “American Barbecue Showdown” will be right up your alley.
Virtual film screenings honor 206th anniversary of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’
THE VILLAGES – Monday marks the 206th anniversary of the United States' national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key. In honor of the occasion, special screenings of the film “National Anthem Girl” will take place virtually at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. EST. Stange is the first person in history to perform the national anthem in all 50 states. Tickets to the screenings are five dollars and allow guests to watch the film safely from their homes. To watch, guests must sign up at Qudio.com and then buy tickets for the showtime they wish to view, either 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.
A drive-in theater is coming to this Central Florida Walmart
Walmart is turning 160 of its parking lots into drive-in movie theaters and there’s only one coming to Central Florida. A Walmart in Winter Haven will host the two-day movie event on Sept. 4 and 5, the company announced. The lineup of movies includes “Wonder Woman,” “Spy Kids,” “Space Jam,” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Ghostbusters,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Black Panther,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and “Friday Night Lights.”Tickets are free, but they must be requested in advance with each location having a maximum capacity, Walmart officials said. Walmart officials said movies and times are subject to change.
Disney to release Mulan on streaming service, for a price
Mulan is no longer headed for a major theatrical release. The Walt Disney Co. said Tuesday that it will debut its live-action blockbuster on its subscription streaming service, Disney+, on Sept. 4. The company plans to release it in theaters in areas where Disney+ is not available. Originally set for a March 27 release, Mulan moved to late July, then late August and was then pulled from the calendar all together as COVID-19 cases spiked through the U.S. But few expected Mulan, a $200 million production, to go this route, even Disney.
Walmart transforming 160 parking lots into drive-in movie theaters
Imagine enjoying your popcorn while watching a movie on the big screen... in a Walmart parking lot. Yes, that’s the plan beginning this August the company said. Walmart is transforming 160 of its store parking lots into contact-free drive-in movie theaters where people can safely gather to watch movies. Walmart is partnering with Tribeca Drive-in to make this happen, according to WSLS. The company plans to make more information available at walmartdrive-in.com as the date approaches.
What you need to know before streaming ‘Hamilton’ on Disney+ over the weekend
Since there’s likely to be a good chunk of people who will watch “Hamilton” over the weekend who’ve probably never seen it before, here is a quick rundown of what you need to know before experiencing the phenomenon. The “Hamilton” on Disney+ is a filmed version of the show, not a movie. It’s easy to call the version of “Hamilton” coming out on Disney+ a movie, but technically, it’s the stage version, filmed. An actual movie version of “Hamilton” will probably happen eventually, but this is a great way to really capture the magic of the stage version of the show. And because the people at Disney are incredibly smart, free trials of the streaming service have ended, so if you want to watch, you’re going to have to sign up.
Hamilton movie trailer released ahead of Disney+ premiere
Walt Disney Studios has released the trailer for the film version of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton.Tickets for the Broadway production were incredibly hard to get, but fans will soon be able to enjoy the movie version from the comfort of their own homes. It's set to premiere on Disney+ on July 3. It shows a montage of scenes set to a mash-up of the show's opening number, "Alexander Hamilton," and "Satisfied." Miranda posted the film trailer on Twitter along with the caption, "May you always be satisfied." The studio opted to release the film early on its subscription streaming service amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Jinkies: SCOOB! is full of Hanna-Barbera references for fans -- and their kids
While its impossible for us to name them all, here are our favorite Easter eggs from Warner Bros. Animations SCOOB!Ruh-Roh! Blue FalconYoung Shaggy voiced by IAIN ARMITAGE in the new animated adventure SCOOB! from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group. Dee Dee SykesDee Dee Skyes voiced KIERSEY CLEMONS in the new animated adventure SCOOB! from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group. Rick with a DDick Dastardly voiced by JASON ISAACS in the new animated adventure SCOOB! from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group. Captain CavemanCaptain Caveman voiced by TRACY MORGAN in the new animated adventure SCOOB! from Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group.
Yankee Stadium to host summer drive-in festival
The Bronx Bombers may not play in Yankee Stadium this summer, but you'll be able to see a drive-in movie in the parking lot. While Major League Baseball's 2020 season remains up in the air, there's still a good reason to drive to the Bronx, the uptown drive-in. A New York hospitality group is planning to turn Yankee Stadium's largest parking lot into a drive-in movie theater. In addition to putting up a big screen, organizers will pipe in the sound through a PA system. Car-side food service will be explored so that attendees won't have to line up outside their vehicles to pick up food.
Movies to see (or not) this July 4th
The pursuit of happiness is right there in the Declaration of Independence. So on this Independence Day has our critic David Edelstein found happiness at the movies? He reports on the latest offerings, including "Independence Day: Resurgence," "Free State of Jones," "The Legend of Tarzan" and "The BFG."cbsnews.com