Duchess of Sussex gets goofy on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show
People Duchess of Sussex In this photo released by Warner Bros., Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, appears during a taping of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, Calif. (Michael Rozman/Warner Bros. via AP) (Michael Rozman)NEW YORK — (AP) — It was the Meghan hour Thursday on the talk show of her friend, Ellen DeGeneres, as the Duchess of Sussex helped welcome a special guest, hit the studio lot to prank vendors and said she'll be cooking Thanksgiving dinner herself. And she said Harry has taken nicely to the California lifestyle in Montecito, where Ellen is one of their neighbors. My boo loves hot sauce,” Meghan told one seller with a table full of hot sauces. “Mommy wants some heat.”Later on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Ellen and Meghan welcomed Brittany Starks, a Tennessee mother and hairdresser who gave back after being helped herself through hard times by braiding the hair of schoolchildren for free. “We were so touched by your story,” Meghan told Starks, giving her hug.wftv.com
'Dune' to get sequel, with theater-only release set for 2023
Britain Dune UK Premiere Jason Momoa, from left, Timothee Chalamet, and Zendaya pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Dune' on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021 in London. Legendary Entertainment announced Tuesday that Denis Villeneuve's “Dune," which adapts the first half of Frank Herbert's 1965 science-fiction epic, will get a sequel. Warner Bros. Chairman Toby Emmerich said the studio will release “Dune: Part II” in October 2023. But Villeneuve had lobbied hard for a sequel to “Dune,” which he has said is easily the best movie he’s made. “Dune,” a 155-minute $165-million movie that introduces itself as “Part 1,” has thus far grossed $225 million worldwide.wftv.com
Actor Freddie Highmore reveals he is married
Actor Freddie Highmore reveals he is married Freddie Highmore arrives at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Freddie Highmore is officially a married man. >> Read more trending newsAccording to People magazine and “Entertainment Tonight,” the British actor, best known for his roles in “The Good Doctor” and “Bates Motel,” revealed on Monday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” that he and “a very wonderful woman” recently exchanged vows. “It’s funny,” he told Kimmel, who had asked about Highmore’s wedding ring. “Ever since I’ve been wearing this ring, people have been asking me if I’m married, so I figured I should clarify it.”Highmore, 29, added that he is “as happy as a Brit can be” about his new marital status. “I’m not going to jump up and down on the couch on the talk show and express my excitement that way,” he quipped, referring to a 2005 talk show appearance by actor Tom Cruise.wftv.com
Nolan sets next film with Universal, spurning Warner Bros.
Film-Christopher Nolan FILE - Director Christopher Nolan poses during a photo call at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France on May 12, 2018. After a public fallout over release strategy with Warner Bros., Nolan’s next film, about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atom bomb, will be released by Universal Pictures. (Photo by Arthur Mola/Invision/AP, File) (Arthur Mola)NEW YORK — (AP) — After a public fallout over release strategy with Warner Bros., Christopher Nolan's next film, about J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atom bomb, will be released by Universal Pictures. Representatives for the studio confirmed Tuesday that Universal has acquire the rights to finance and distribute Nolan's not-yet-titled film. “Warner Bros. had an incredible machine for getting a filmmaker’s work out everywhere, both in theaters and in the home, and they are dismantling it as we speak," wrote Nolan.wftv.com
'Shang-Chi' tops box office again with $35.8 million
(Marvel Studios via AP) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" stayed on top at the box office, collecting $35.8 million in ticket sales in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Shang-Chi" is playing exclusively in theaters, and its second-week drop, 53%, was relatively modest. At its current pace, “Shang-Chi,” the first Marvel movie to star an Asian superhero (played by Simu Liu), may become the top summer release at the North American box office. Warner Bros.' "Malignant," a horror thriller directed by James Wan, was the only sizable new competition for "Shang-Chi." The Ryan Reynolds action comedy "Free Guy," from Disney's 20th Century Studios, grossed $5.8 million in its fifth week of release, bringing its domestic tally to $101.5 million.wftv.com
'Mad Max: Fury Road' prequel ‘Furiosa’ delayed to 2024
Film Furiosa FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2016, file photo, director George Miller arrives at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2016 Outstanding Directors Awards held at the Arlington Theatre, in Santa Barbara, Calif. The “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel “Furiosa” isn’t speeding into theaters anytime soon. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) (Richard Shotwell)The “Mad Max: Fury Road” prequel “Furiosa” isn’t speeding into theaters anytime soon. “The Queen’s Gambit” star Anya Taylor-Joy is set to play the title role, which Charlize Theron originated in “Fury Road.” Chris Hemsworth and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also star. “Mad Max: Fury Road” had a famously turbulent production, but out of the fires came a critical hit that went on to score 10 Oscar nominations, including for best picture and best director, winning six.wftv.com
‘The Matrix Resurrections’ trailer to drop Thursday, WB launches website to see first footage
'The Matrix Resurrections' FILE PHOTO: The trailer for Keanu Reeves' latest "Matrix" film will be released Thursday. WhatIsTheMatrix.com launched Tuesday and users will have to work to get their first look at an extended preview of the film. This isn’t the first time some fans have seen clips, as the trailer was played at CinemaCon earlier this year. “The Matrix Resurrections” will premiere on both the big screen and on HBO Max on Dec. 22. The trailer will be released Thursday at 9 a.m. ET/6 a.m. PT, Digital Spy reported.wftv.com
Actor Ernie Lively, Blake Lively’s father, dies
Ernie Lively dies FILE PHOTO: Actors Blake Lively and Ernie Lively arrive at the InStyle/Warner Bros. after party for the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Oasis Court at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. Ernie Lively died June 3. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)Actor Ernie Lively, the father of actress Blake Lively, has died. Lively died June 3 of cardiac complications, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Ernie Lively died June 3.wftv.com
Timothée Chalamet to play Willy Wonka in origin story
Film - Willy Wonka - Timothee Chalamet FILE - Actor Timothee Chalamet attends the premiere of "Little Women" in New York on Dec. 7, 2019. Chalamet will play Willy Wonka in a musical based on the early life of the eccentric chocolatier. Warner Bros. said the film will “focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures prior to opening the world’s most famous chocolate factory.” (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) (Evan Agostini)NEW YORK — (AP) — Timothée Chalamet will play Willy Wonka in a musical based on the early life of Roald Dahl's eccentric chocolatier. Gene Wilder starred in 1971's “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” based on Dahl's celebrated book. In Tim Burton's 2005 reboot, Johnny Depp played Wonka in a Warner Bros. release that grossed $475 million worldwide.wftv.com
Amid outcry, NBC says it will not air Golden Globes in 2022
Golden Globe Awards FILE - Signage promoting the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards and NBC appears in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Jan. 5, 2020. NBC said Monday that will not air the Golden Globes in 2022. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Jordan Strauss)NEW YORK — (AP) — Amid growing pressure on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, NBC said Monday that will not air the Golden Globes in 2022. "As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. The 78th Golden Globes, held Feb. 28, attracted 6.9 million viewers, a 63% drop from the 2020 telecast, watched by 18.4 million.wftv.com
'Godzilla vs. Kong' scores $9.6 million opening day, a record for a pandemic release
"Godzilla vs. Kong" tallied $9.6 million during its opening night, marking the best debut for any movie released during the Covid health crisis and signaling a turning point for pandemic-ravaged movie theaters. Last weekend, around 3,066 theaters were open in North America, according to data from Comscore. That's just shy of the 3,469 that were open over the weekend of Sept. 18 last year, which marked the highest number of open theaters during the pandemic. Over the weekend, "Godzilla vs. Kong" was released internationally, securing more than $121 million at the global box office ahead of its Wednesday debut domestically. Around $70 million of that haul was brought in from China, where theaters are open at 75% of audience capacity.cnbc.com
Godzilla vs. Kong heads for monster box office opening weekend in China
Source: Warner Bros."Godzilla vs. Kong" is headed for a monster opening weekend at the Chinese box office, which is welcome news for an industry battered by the Coronavirus pandemic. "Godzilla vs. Kong" will be on the streaming service for 31 days after its release and then transition to premium video on-demand. Headed into the weekend, analysts were optimistic that "Godzilla vs. Kong" could deliver strong results in China. Legendary is the co-producer of "Godzilla vs. Kong" alongside Warner Bros. and has the distribution rights in China. Now, as "Godzilla vs. Kong" is released, there are around 700 screens.cnbc.com
As the domestic box office inches toward recovery, studios move up major titles
DisneyThings are looking up for the domestic box office. In recent months, ticket sales have been accelerating, a sign that moviegoers are ready to return to theaters. The domestic box office is still a fraction of where it was early last year. Over the Christmas weekend, the box office garnered $23.8 million in ticket sales as "Wonder Woman 1984" and "News of the World" debuted. Then the weekend that "Tom & Jerry" arrived, the box office reached $20.2 million.cnbc.com
Audiences hold back, even as more movie theaters open
Animated character Raya, voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, left, appears with Sisu the dragon in a scene from "Raya and the Last Dragon." (Disney+ via AP)Theaters reopening in New York City this weekend did not set the box office on fire. Walt Disney Animation's “ Raya and the Last Dragon ” earned an estimated $8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. AdWarner Bros. “Tom & Jerry,” which is available to stream free for HBO Max subscribers, brought in $6.6 million from 2,563 North American theaters in its second available weekend. Many areas in North America are not yet fully open, including Los Angeles, and most California counties, Washington D.C., and much of Canada.
Paris Hilton reveals engagement to entrepreneur Carter Reum
FILE - Paris Hilton arrives at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty on Jan. 5, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Hilton announced her engagement to entrepreneur Carter Reum in her social media post on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, the same day as her birthday. (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)LOS ANGELES – Paris Hilton received a special gift for her 40th birthday: an engagement. Hilton announced her engagement to entrepreneur Carter Reum in her social media post on Wednesday — the same day as her birthday. She said the proposal was followed by a celebration with family and close friends. Hilton shared a series of photos with her wearing a white dress and crown, while 40-year-old Reum sported an all-white suit.
WarnerMedia reportedly planning Harry Potter TV series for HBO Max
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Attention witches and wizards, a new live-action Harry Potter series could be coming to HBO Max. "There are no Harry Potter series in development at the studio or on the streaming platform," representatives from Warner Bros. and HBO Max told CNBC in a statement. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling has spawned spinoff books, 10 box-office features and theme park lands at Universal Studios in Florida and California. The author has come under scrutiny for comments made about the trans community and has faced backlash from even the most loyal of Harry Potter fans.cnbc.com
Streaming services help keep some blockbusters locked on the movie calendar
On Friday, Disney shifted a half-dozen films, including "The King's Man," later into the year or removed them from the calendar entirely. The few films that remain in February and March are tied to streaming releases. Lions Gate's "Chaos Walking" is the only major film release without a day-and-date streaming plan. For Warner Bros. the dual release in theaters and on HBO Max allows it to bolster subscriber sign-ups and make money from ticket sales. It's unclear how successful that strategy has been, as "Wonder Woman 1984" is, so far, the only Warner Bros. film to be released in this fashion.cnbc.com
Here are the most anticipated movies of 2021 and how to watch them
As of publication, here is the list of the most anticipated movies on the 2021 calendar and how to watch them. The film arrives in cinemas on May 7. SonyJune 18: "Luca" Pixar's next film arrives on June 18 and explores a beautiful seasonal town on the Italian Riviera. The film also stars Tom Bateman, Annette Bening, Russell Brand, Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer. The film arrives in cinemas on Nov. 24.cnbc.com
Pandemic kills off Family Video; chain to close remaining stores
It's lights out at Family Video, the 42-year-old Midwestern chain that kept going even as Blockbuster and Hollywood Video went bust. The company on Tuesday said its more than 250 stores nationwide will hold liquidation sales, offering deals on movies, video games, CBD products and store fixtures. While streaming services and other online rivals have long dented its business and helped bring about the demise of other video chains, it was the coronavirus that proved to be the final undoing of Family Video. Along with having to close its locations, like other nonessential retailers, for 60 days starting in March, the chain was also impacted by film production disruptions and release delays due to the pandemic. Founded in 1978, the chain started in 2020 with 510 locations, but had to close roughly half by the end of the summer.cbsnews.com
As Covid cases surge in California, Hollywood pauses TV production
After months of rising coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in California, several Hollywood guilds and labor unions are recommending that in-person production of television shows and independent films be temporarily halted. "Southern California hospitals are facing a crisis the likes of which we have never seen before," said Gabrielle Carteris, president of SAG-AFTRA. More than 45,000 new cases were reported in California on Sunday, as the state's hospitalization rate reached its highest since the start of the pandemic. Variety also reported that 16 shows produced by Walt Disney-owned 20th Television and ABC have extended production hiatuses. ABC's "The Goldbergs" and Netflix's "Atypical," which are produced by Sony Pictures Television, were supposed to resume production next week, but will restart the week after.cnbc.com
'Wonder Woman 1984' scores highest box office opening of the pandemic, Warner Bros. fast-tracks third film
"Wonder Woman 1984" soared into theaters on Christmas day and secured the highest box office opening of any film released domestically since the coronavirus pandemic crippled the entertainment industry in mid-March. "Wonder Woman 1984" was one of the first major Hollywood blockbusters to be released in theaters and on streaming on the same day. Warner Bros.-parent AT&T said Sunday that nearly half of its HBO Max retail subscribers viewed "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas day. For comparison, the first "Wonder Woman" film, released in 2017, earned a 93% score, the highest of any film in the DC Extended Universe. Correction: Warner Bros.-parent AT&T said Sunday that nearly half of its HBO Max retail subscribers viewed "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas day.cnbc.com
'Wonder Woman 1984' has a messy plot, but Gal Gadot shines bright, critics say
Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in "Wonder Woman 1984." "Woman Woman 1984" currently holds a 88% "Fresh" rating from Rotten Tomatoes from 92 reviews. Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in "Wonder Woman 1984." "As an amusement designed to take the world's mind off its problems for a few hours, 'Wonder Woman 1984' is perfectly suitable," she wrote. Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in Warner Bros. "Wonder Woman 1984."cnbc.com
Disney unloads a slew of impressive Disney+ announcements, announces price hike
Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company and former head of Walt Disney Parks and Experiences, speaks during a media preview of the D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California, Aug. 22, 2019. On Thursday, the company revealed a slew of impressive Disney+ announcements, with over 100 movies and shows connected to franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, FX and National Geographic. New shows in the Star Wars universe, including one featuring fan favorite characters Ahsoka Tano, were applauded by fans on social media during the announcement. Notably, Lucasfilm has brought on Patty Jenkins to direct "Rogue Squadron," a new Star Wars film due out in 2023. From Pixar, there will be series based on "Up" and "Cars" and new original series called "Win or Lose."cnbc.com
AT&T has added 4 million HBO Max subscribers since Sept. 30, CEO John Stankey says
AT&T's WarnerMedia added 4 million HBO Max signups since the end of the third quarter, chief executive John Stankey said Tuesday. HBO Max now has 12.6 million activated users, up from 8.6 million on Sept. 30, Stankey said during UBS' Global TMT conference. Stankey and WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar are aggressively stocking HBO Max with new content in an effort to get to 50 million U.S. subscribers, the streaming service's 2025 goal. He said while live news and sports won't initially be part of HBO Max, that decision could change when HBO Max subscribers roughly equal the number of traditional pay-TV households. WATCH: WarnerMedia CEO: 'Not at all' worried about the success of HBO Maxcnbc.com
Christopher Nolan calls Warner's streaming plan ‘a mess’
Christopher Nolan, one of Warner Bros.’ most important filmmakers, has come out strongly against the company’s decision to debut its films on HBO Max and in theaters in 2021. The “Tenet” filmmaker told The Associated Press Monday that it’s not a good business decision and criticized how the company handled it. “I’ve never seen everybody so upset about one particular decision,” Nolan said. And it’s not a good business decision," Nolan said. With major markets like Los Angeles and New York closed, domestic ticket sales fizzled, and Warner Bros. and other studios responded by delaying the year’s remaining major films.
Warner Bros. will launch every 2021 movie on HBO Max at the same time they hit theaters
AT&T's Warner Bros. announced Thursday that all of its films scheduled to launch in 2021 will be released on HBO Max at the same time they are available in theaters. It's also a move that Warner Bros. already made with "Wonder Woman 1984," which will be released to theaters and HBO Max on Christmas Day. That movie was originally scheduled to come out in the summer, but was delayed several times before WarnerMedia decided to release it on HBO Max. HBO Max is AT&T's online video service, which launched in the U.S. in May. Before that accord, theaters had exclusive rights to Universal films for 90 days.cnbc.com
Universal CityWalk Hollywood is selling Butterbeer, no park admission required. Is it a sign of things to come?
While that may result in saved lives for Southern California’s theme parks, it’s meant months of no income. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Sweets & Treats kiosk is open on select days until further notice. For Universal, butterbeer has proven to be a major attraction and a must-try for nearly every tourist visiting the Wizarding World. The three-story, 20,000-square-foot retail experience will offer exclusive merchandise including wands, and numerous food and beverage offerings.Last year, the Warner Bros. Each major new investment means ongoing negotiations with Warner Bros., which Universal must keep happy.orlandoweekly.com
Testing new release strategy, 'The Croods' opens to $14.2M
This image released by DreamWorks shows a scene from the animated film "The Croods: A New Age." “The Croods: A New Age” is expected to shift to the home before Christmas for a $20 rental. “The Croods: A New Age” grossed $9.7 million Friday-Sunday, which rivals even the weekend start for “Tenet” in September. Most have tapped out around $4 million on opening weekend. One of the biggest differences is that Universal spent more heavily to market the $65 million “Croods” sequel from DreamWorks Animation.
'Wonder Woman 1984' to debut in theaters and on HBO Max
“Wonder Woman 1984” isn’t skipping theaters or moving to 2021, but it is altering course. After the first month for free on HBO Max, “Wonder Woman 1984” will play in theaters for an additional few weeks before being made available for rental on demand. Warner Bros. also sent its next big film, “The Witches” straight to HBO Max, which parent company Warner Media launched earlier this year. “Wonder Woman 1984” is a major tentpole for Warner Bros. Is it possible for that to happen again this Christmas with Wonder Woman 1984 between theaters and HBO Max?” Killar wrote Wednesday.
'Wonder Woman 1984' will debut in theaters and on HBO Max this Christmas
On Wednesday, HBO Max announced that "Wonder Woman 1984" would arrive on its streaming service on Dec. 25, the same day it hits theaters. "...We realize that a lot of consumers can't go back to the movies due to the pandemic, so we also want to give them the option to see Wonder Woman 1984 via our HBO Max platform." The decision to keep "Wonder Woman 1984" on the 2020 calendar will allow theater chains to make a profit off ticket sales and also drive subscriber sign-ups to HBO Max. The first "Wonder Woman" film had a $100 million opening weekend domestically and went on to garner more than $820 million at the global box office. Without titles like "Wonder Woman 1984" many would be forced to file for bankruptcy in order to restructure their finances and stay afloat.cnbc.com
Warner Bros. weighs 'Wonder Woman 1984' release as Covid cases continue to spike
With six weeks to go before "Wonder Woman 1984" is set to debut in theaters, Warner Bros. executives are still debating the film's release strategy. Representatives from Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. However, if "Wonder Woman 1984" goes to HBO Max, it's unlikely that theaters would get a cut, like AMC does from its premium video on-demand deal with Universal. Variety points out in its report that "Wonder Woman 1984" is easily a billion-dollar grossing box office blockbuster, something that is hard for studio executives to ignore. That paltry showing coupled with a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S. could persuade Warner Bros. to move "Wonder Woman 1984" to June or July of 2021.cnbc.com
Theater chains AMC and Cinemark take big third-quarter losses during Covid pandemic
When the third quarter began in July, movie theater auditoriums across the country were empty, shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, three publicly traded movie theater chains reported more than $1 billion in losses in the third quarter, and there doesn't appear to be an immediate end in sight. Marcus Corporation, the fifth-largest movie theater owner — which also owns a number of hotels and restaurants — saw its revenue slip 84%. The movie theaters need a steady stream of movie releases, and hopes for that ended after the poor showing of "Tenet" at the domestic box office. The majority of AMC theaters are operating at between 40% and 50% capacity but seeing only 10% to 20% attendance.cnbc.com
Johnny Depp exits 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise, Warner Bros. will recast
Actor Johnny Depp will no longer don the robes of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros.' "Fantastic Beasts" films, the actor announced Friday. Warner Bros. said it will recast the role and the film will debut sometime in summer 2022. The "Fantastic Beasts" franchise is a five-film prequel series set decades before Harry Potter was born. "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" and "The Crimes of Grindelwald," were solely scripted by Rowling and were not based on published books. It's not entirely surprising that Kloves has been added as a writer for "Fantastic Beasts 3."cnbc.com
'Tenet' to head to home release in Dec. after theatrical run
NEW YORK – After several months in pandemic-altered theaters, Christopher Nolan's “Tenet” will head to home release on Dec. 15, Warner Bros. said Thursday. Contending with limited capacity regulations and theaters that remained closed in some states, the Warner Bros. release has so far grossed $53.8 million at the U.S. and Canadian box office. In its ninth week of release in the U.S., “Tenet” grossed $885,000 in 1,601 locations last weekend. But following the release of “Tenet," along with rising virus cases in the U.S. and Europe, other big-budget releases moved out of 2020. Warner Bros. didn't announce on-demand or streaming plans for “Tenet.”
Warner Bros. says 'Tenet' wasn't a 'home run,' 'not optimistic' about movie theaters rebounding
The coronavirus pandemic has not been easy to navigate for studios or movie theaters. "We're not...expecting a huge recovery in theatrical moving into the early part of next year. Warner Bros. was one of the first studios to launch a big-budget feature into the market, bringing "Tenet" to international theaters in August, and to the U.S. and Canada in early September. Under normal circumstances, "Tenet" might have garnered between $50 million and $60 million during its opening weekend domestically. The lackluster performance of the film, especially state-side, has led Warner Bros. to be more cautious about other theatrical releases.cnbc.com
Wall Street goes all in on Netflix as movie theaters struggle. Key levels to watch
The call, which implies nearly 22% upside for Netflix from its Wednesday closing price, came in a difficult week for traditional movie theater and studio operators. Warner Bros. said the same day that it will delay releases of "Dune" and "The Batman" by one year. While that bodes well for theater operators longer term, they will "very likely need some support" in the near term, Chiavarone said. Instead, it "topped out initially in the middle of the summer and then sold off pretty heavily in the middle of August. Then it rallied back up to those summer highs in early September and topped out, ... kind of forming a double top," Maley said.cnbc.com
AMC, Cinemark won't close theaters even as blockbusters flee 2020
AMC Theaters, the largest cinema chain in the U.S., and rival Cinemark said they have no plans to shutter theaters even as additional Hollywood blockbusters postpone their release dates to next year. Shares of AMC were up around 1.5% Tuesday, while Cinemark shares rose more than 6%. Not to mention, theater chains like AMC are still waiting for New York and California to allow more theaters to reopen. Movie theater chains are looking for new ways to earn money during the pandemic. The expectation is that Universal will tap into this deal with its second "Croods" film, due out on Thanksgiving.cnbc.com
'The Batman' pushed to 2022 as Warner Bros. shuffles film lineup
More than 500 movie theaters in the U.S. will close before this weekend, sending the film industry into a tailspin. On Monday, Warner Bros. re-positioned a number of hotly anticipated movies on its calendar including "Dune" and now "The Batman." That loss has forced Warner Bros. to rethink its distribution strategy. The film has resumed shooting in the U.K. and is expected to wrap by the end of the year. AMC fell more than 11%, Cinemark was down more than 17% and Marcus Theaters saw its shares slip more than 6%.cnbc.com
Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ heads to HBO Max for Halloween
The Robert Zemeckis adaptation of “Roald Dahl’s The Witches” has found a new home on HBO Max this month just in time for Halloween. Warner Bros. said Friday that “The Witches” will debut on the subscription streaming service, owned by parent company WarnerMedia, on Oct. 22. Dahl’s 1983 novel about an orphaned boy who discovers a coven of witches that hate children was previously adapted for the big screen in 1990 by director Nicolas Roeg. It starred Angelica Huston, Mai Zetterling and Rowan Atkinson and was a box office flop, despite its critical acclaim. This new version has actor Jahzir Bruno playing the boy who must try to stop the witches from turning the world's children into mice.
'The Batman' resumes UK production after positive COVID case
The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19. A spokesperson for Warner Bros. said Thursday that filming had resumed after a hiatus for quarantine precautions. Robert Pattinson stars in the film from director Matt Reeves which had been on hiatus for almost six months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The positive case came just three days after “The Batman” had initially resumed shooting. “The Batman” was originally supposed to hit theaters in June 2021 but was pushed back to October 2021 because of the delays.
Pandemic chases 'Wonder Woman 1984' to Dec. 25
NEW YORK – Following the less-than-stellar theatrical debut of Christopher Nolan's “Tenet,” Warner Bros. is delaying its next big release, “Wonder Woman 1984," to Christmas. The postponement of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which had been scheduled to hit theaters Oct. 2, comes on the heels of Hollywood's strongest attempt to lure moviegoers back to theaters during the pandemic. Warner Bros.' $200 million “Tenet" fared well in its international-first release, but found ticket sales harder to come by in the United States. The “Wonder Woman 1984” postponement suggests Hollywood's fall may go little better than its summer. “Wonder Woman 1984,” one of many blockbusters originally set for the summer, had been the next big-budget release on the calendar.
DeGeneres vows candor as clouded talk show charts its return
LOS ANGELES – Ellen DeGeneres says she'll be ready to talk when her daytime show returns this month after a staff shake-up prompted by allegations of a toxic workplace. And, yes, we’re gonna talk about it,” DeGeneres said in a statement announcing the show's Sept. 21 start of its 18th season. Tiffany Haddish will join DeGeneres for the kick-off episode, with “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to be taped at Warner Bros. minus an in-studio audience, which is commonplace during the pandemic. Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a longtime guest DJ on the show and among those who have publicly supported DeGeneres, will guest host some fall episodes. Last month, three of the show's producers exited amid allegations of a dysfunctional workplace that harbored misbehavior including sexual misconduct and racially insensitive remarks.
Launching in U.S. theaters, 'Tenet' tallies $20.2 million
NEW YORK In a litmus test for American moviegoing in the pandemic, Christopher Nolan's Tenet brought in an estimated $20.2 million through the holiday weekend in U.S. and Canadian theaters. Theaters in Canada, where COVID-19 cases are much lower than in the U.S., began showing Tenet a week earlier. In two weeks of release, its overseas total is $126 million, with a global tally thus far of $146.2 million. The film, which cost $200 million to make and at least $100 million to market, will need to get close to $500 million to break even. Disney's The New Mutants," a long delayed X-Men spinoff, collected about $7 million in 2,412 locations last weekend.
Tenet to screen early at theaters in some U.S. cities
Some U.S. moviegoers will be able to see Christopher Nolans Tenet a few days early. Warner Bros. on Tuesday said that it would be offering early access screenings starting Aug. 31 as a gesture of support to the domestic theaters that are reopening after five months of being closed because of COVID-19. Tenet is the first major new Hollywood movie to be released in theaters since most locations shuttered in mid-March. Warner Bros. is proud to support our partners in exhibition as they reopen their doors, said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, in a written statement. Early domestic screenings of Tenet will be scheduled on the evenings of Aug. 21, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 where theaters are open in the U.S. Tickets go on sale Friday.
Christopher Nolan's 'Tenet' again delays big summer release
LOS ANGELES With reported cases of the coronavirus surging, Warner Bros. on Thursday postponed the release of Christopher Nolans Tenet, further delaying Hollywood's summer kickoff. The sci-fi thriller starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson will move from July 31 to Aug. 12, a Wednesday. Movie theaters had been pinning their hopes on the film as a major July release that could bring audiences back to theaters. Warner Bros. had planned to re-release Nolan's 2010 blockbuster Inception in early July as a way to lead in to Tenet." Inception will now open on July 31, the studio said.
Warner Bros to hold massive virtual event for DC Comics fans
LOS ANGELES Comic-Con may be canceled this year, but Warner Bros. will convene a 24-hour virtual gathering of the biggest names in the DC Comics universe. The studio announced Tuesday that DC FanDome will be held on August 22 starting at 10 a.m. PDT. The event will feature talent announcements and reveal new content from WB games, comics, film and television. The announcement comes a couple months after Comic-Con, which attracts tens of thousands of comics fans to San Diego, was canceled due to the coronavirus-related restrictions around large gatherings. FanDome will be spread out across six different areas on the event's website: Hall of Heroes, DC WatchVerse, DC YouVerse, DC KidsVerse, DC InsiderVerse and DC FunVerse.
Movie theaters, shuttered for months, plan July reopening
AMC Theaters, the world's largest theater operator, said Tuesday that it expects to have 97-98% of its theaters worldwide reopened by mid-July. It will be up to movie theater operators to convince moviegoers that its safe to once again sit in the dark among strangers. Only recently have state guidelines allowed the reopening of theaters in California (including in the countrys top market, Los Angeles, where local officials have yet to agree). Before Tenet arrives, theaters will play just as those that are currently open are showing recent and classic catalog offerings. Though a handful of movies have been steered to streaming or on-demand platforms during the pandemic, most studio films have been postponed until theaters reopen.
'Just Mercy,' drama of racial injustice, to be free in June
NEW YORK The 2019 film Just Mercy, which chronicles courtroom struggles against racial injustice and mass incarceration, will be made free on digital platforms throughout June in the wake of George Floyd's death, Warner Bros. said Tuesday. In the film, Michael B. Jordan plays attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who helps a character played by Jamie Foxx. We believe in the power of story, Warner Bros. said. The rider was initiated as a way to change long-term under-representation of people of color and women in Hollywood. Recent studies have shown that films like Just Mercy are starting to reshape the film industry.