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‘Soul,’ ‘Monster Hunter’ Set December Release Dates in China Cinemas

Pixar’s “Soul” and video game adaptation “Monster Hunter” are set to hit the big screen in China in December.The hotly anticipated “Soul” may have decided to skip cinemas in the Covid-19-ravaged U.S. for Disney Plus, but it will screen in Chinese theaters from Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Disney currently has no plans to launch its […]

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Universal’s Cinemark Deal Is Exhibition’s Future: Studios Set Rules, Theaters Follow

Covid-19 shifted the power dynamics between studios and theaters for good. With AMC, Universal negotiated the option to place releases on PVOD after the third weekend of release. Now Universal has a deal with Cinemark that adds a new wrinkle: The PVOD option extends to five weeks if the film opens to more than $50 […]

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Three Studios, Three Strategies: How Covid-19 Turned Film Releases Into a Free-for-All

With “Wonder Woman 1984,” Warner Bros. is experiencing deja vu. Once again, they see exhibitors and the press holding their collective breath over a $200 million tentpole; once again, like “Tenet” before it, the film is becoming less a symbol of entertainment and more of a return to normalcy at theaters.All of that adds tremendous […]

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’: Warner Bros. Mulls January HBO Max Release or Delay to Summer 2021

Six weeks before “Wonder Woman 1984” is scheduled to open in theaters on Christmas, Warner Bros. execs are considering whether to push the highly anticipated superhero sequel to the summer of 2021, or keep the movie on its Dec. 25 theatrical debut and then put it on the HBO Max streaming service in early January, […]

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‘Euphoria’ Returning With Two New Episodes Before Season 2, Including a Christmas Special

HBO’s Euphoria will return with two new episodes ahead of its eventual second season. HBO had previously announced a “special Covid episode” of the series, and now they’re adding a Euphoria Christmas special, too. Both will continue the story from season 1, and – in case you were wondering – both were produced under Covid-19 […]

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Lionsgate Moves Colin Farrell Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers,’ Hilary Swank Thriller ‘Fatale’ to 2021

Lionsgate has pushed back the theatrical releases of two of its fall movies to 2021, the Hilary Swank thriller “Fatale” directed by Deon Taylor, and Neil Burger’s sci-fi “Voyagers” starring Colin Farrell, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.“Fatale” was meant to open Oct. 30 but is now expected to open in the first quarter of […]

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Struggling Movie Theaters Brace for Blockbuster Drought, Pandemic Second Wave: ‘October Is Going to Be Ugly’

The release of Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and the subsequent reopening of American movie theaters did not provide the cinema industry with the kind of rebound it had hoped. Now, with a threadbare October release slate ahead and the prospect of a second wave of pandemic spread that could slow or roll back theater openings, some […]

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The Mediapro Studio Links with Disney, David Simon, Mike Leigh For New Projects

Madrid-based The Mediapro Studio (Tms), one of Europe’s biggest independent film and TV players, had a smashing 2019 with the release of 126 titles. And then the pandemic struck, forcing the company to shut down 56 shows. Months later, the Spanish outfit is slowly getting back on track by enrolling major U.S. players and Spain’s […]

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‘The Lion King’ Follow-Up in the Works With Director Barry Jenkins

Disney is returning to the Pride Lands for a follow-up to “The Lion King.” Barry Jenkins, the filmmaker behind “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk,” will direct the upcoming feature based on the beloved family classic.“Helping my sister raise two young boys during the ’90s, I grew up with these characters,” Jenkins said. “Having […]

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Olivia Colman Accepts Zurich Award, Praises Co-Star Anthony Hopkins

Currently shooting her new film and unable to travel to Switzerland due to new Covid-19 restrictions, British actress Olivia Colman tuned in live on Saturday to accept her Golden Eye Award at the Zurich Film Festival, taking place physically and celebrating its 16th edition. One of the festival’s most prestigious recognitions, counting the likes of […]

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