When Cuomo announced the reopening on February 22, he limited theaters to one out of every four available seats and no more than 50 people. That’s a lot of X’s on the seating chart. If you reserve at an AMC, the system automatically blocks out the seats on either side.
But still, 25% capacity is so much better than 0%. I think we can all agree on that. And as long as we avoid another outbreak, this should give theaters enough time to prepare for the summer blockbuster hits.
Come May/June/July, theaters should be fully open in smaller markets, and at least 50% to 75% capacity in the bigger markets like NYC and LA.
And people in NYC are excited, even NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang. He plans to celebrate with a date night…
That dinky, and let’s be honest, tacky, sign in LA can’t mask the fact NYC is the real entertainment capital. So get your popcorn ready, folks, because movie theaters are back in action and it’s date night at the Yang household.
Netflix just dropped the first trailer for what looks like a ridiculously fun film titled Thunder Force, starring Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer.
In the film, the two stars play best friends with newly acquired superpowers.
The trailer sees Lydia (McCarthy) reunite with her childhood best friend, Emily Stanton (Spencer), a successful scientist that has created technology that grants ordinary people superpowers. After being told not to touch anything, McCarthy accidentally takes the only formula for super strength, unwillingly creating the first real-life superhero team.
When a new villain known as ‘The King’ (Bobby Cannavale) arrives in town, it’s up to the Thunder Force to step up and save Chicago from the wretches of evil
Sounds pretty damn entertaining, right? The superhero comedy was directed by Ben Falcone, who has worked with McCarthy several times before.
The film is expected to drop on the streaming giant on April 9, and you can bet it’s going to make a huge splash.
The Russos have been developing the project for some time at Sony, and when the package went back on the market over the summer, Netflix was quick to acquire it and set Gosling and Evans to star.
The action thriller will follow Gentry (Gosling) as he’s hunted across the globe by Lloyd Hansen (Evans), a former cohort at the CIA. The film is based on the first installment of the novel series by Mark Greaney.
Production is expected to begin in Los Angeles in just two weeks, and it has a pretty huge budget. Some insiders say the Russo brothers are working with a budget of around $200 million.
No word on when this film is expected to be released, but with filming happening in just two weeks, it’s possible it could be released late this year, but more likely sometime in 2022.
Lena Dunham has made her mark in the television world with her hit show ‘Girls‘ as well as the short-lived series, Camping.
But she hasn’t been as prolific in the feature world. Her last feature film was ‘Tiny Furniture‘ released way back in 2010. The movie received mostly positive reviews from critics and won the narrative feature prize at SXSW.
It’s been over 10 years though, and we still haven’t received another feature from Dunham.
Thankfully, that’s about to change. The writer/director just wrapped on the indie film ‘Sharp Stick,’ which was shot in secret in Los Angeles.
Plot details are being kept under wraps for now, but Dunham stars alongside Kristine Froseth (The Assistant) and Taylour Paige (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom), as well as Jon Bernthal, Scott Speedman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Dunham produced the movie under her Good Thing Going banner. According to the reports from set, Dunham put women in charge of nearly every department on the production.
The movie will screen for potential buyers at the Berlin International Film Festival, which just started back on March 1.
It was just announced last week that Magnolia acquired U.S. rights to the Swedish horror film, The Other Side.
The movie, which is the debut feature from the directing team of Oskar Mellander and Tord Danielsson, opened last year in Sweden and ranked as one of the top three movies at the local box office.
The Other Side follows a family of three — Shirin, her partner Fredrik and his 5-year old son — who move into a small-town duplex and begin to hear mysterious noises from a supposedly uninhabited part of the house. Shirin comes to realize that they are haunted by an evil that only she can stop
It stars Dilan Gwyn and Linus Wahlgren. It was nominated for three awards back in Sweden’s top awards show. It won for best sound.
No word on when Magnolia plans to release the film here in the states, but we’ll keep you posted.
The Other Side is produced by Gila Bergqvist Ulfung for Breidablick Films, with support from the Swedish Film Institute and SVT and co-produced by Gotland’s Film Fund and NonStop Entertainment.
Last week, it was announced that Gravitas Ventures acquired North American rights to the dark comedy film, Say Your Prayers.
The movie, directed by Harry Michell, will be released inside select theaters and on-demand come April 2, 2021.
And to get people ready, the studio released a new trailer. The movie stars Harry Melling, Tom Brooke and Derek Jacobi.
Written by Jamie Fraser and Michell, Say Your Prayers portrays Tim and Vic, orphaned brothers and Christian radicals who assassinate the wrong target and find themselves waiting for the arrival of a foreboding mentor to complete their mission before a foul-mouthed detective inspector gets in their way.
It sounds like an interesting tale, and the trailer does look entertaining, so I must say…I’m excited to check it out.
The movie was released overseas a few months back, where it received mixed-to-positive reviews.
The 2021 Golden Globes aired last night (Feb. 28) on NBC, and they were a hot mess, thanks to the COVID-19 restrictions. The nominees were all Zooming in from their respective homes.
This resulted in some awkward moments, but there were a couple of special moments, like when Chadwick Boseman’s wife accepted his Best Actor win and gave an emotional speech that had everyone in tears.
Or when Chloe Zhao became the first asian woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Directing.
It was a huge night for Zhao and her film Nomadland. Not only did she take home the best directing award, her film also won the top prize of the night, best picture — drama.
The win is the first time a film directed by a woman has ever won the top prize in the Globes’ 78 ceremonies. And since Zhao produced ‘Nomadland’ as well, she’s also the first Asian woman to win best picture drama as a producer. Star Frances McDormand, who also produced ‘Nomadland,’ is the second woman to be nominated for a Golden Globe both for producing and acting, and the first to win as a producer.
It was an incredible night for such a small film. It was made on just a $5 million budget.
Critics have been praising the film all year, and it looks like it’s now the frontrunner at the Oscars.
However, it will likely be going head-to-head with Minari at the Oscars, which will be a more difficult battle. For some reason, Minari was in the foreign film section at the Golden Globes.