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Pandemic chases 'Wonder Woman 1984' to Dec. 25

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 Friday of the "Wonder Woman" sequel, which had been...

 

Launching in U.S. theaters, 'Tenet' tallies $20.2 million

NEW YORK (AP) — 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. The result could be greeted as either the...

 

Review: An animal-rights parable in 'The One and Only Ivan'

A sweet if sleepy adaptation of Katherine Applegate's 2012 children's book, Disney's "The One and Only Ivan" is a talking-animal film that takes the lives of its characters a lot more seriously than, say, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua." Directed by Thea...

 

In an upside-down summer, 'Jaws,' 'E.T.' are hits again

NEW YORK (AP) — When historians look back on the top films at the box office in the summer of 2020, they may feel like they've slipped into a time warp, or maybe "Back to the Future." Over the second weekend in July, "Empire Strikes Back" — 40...

 

AMC, Universal agree to shrink theatrical window to 17 days

NEW YORK (AP) — In a sign of how the pandemic is remaking Hollywood traditions, AMC Theatres and Universal Studios on Tuesday announced an agreement to shorten the exclusive theatrical window to just 17 days for the studio's films. The standard...

 

Movie theaters implore studios: Release the blockbusters

NEW YORK (AP) — A long time ago in a pre-COVID universe far, far away, blockbusters opened around the globe simultaneously or nearly so. In 1975, "Jaws" set the blueprint. Concentrate marketing. Open wide. Pack them in. Since then, Hollywood has tu...

 

Tom Hanks on COVID-19, 'Greyhound' and wartime mentality

NEW YORK (AP) — Since contracting COVID-19 in March, Tom Hanks has been, by most measures, busy. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, flew home after recuperating in Australia, where he had been shooting Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley film. He hosted a...

 

Cases spike in Sunbelt, other states back off on reopening

PHOENIX (AP) — California closed bars, theaters and indoor restaurant dining all over again across most of the state Wednesday, and Arizona's outbreak grew more severe by nearly every measure as the surging coronavirus crisis across the South and...

 

Review: 'Artemis Fowl' wasn't worth the wait after all

No movie that features Judi Dench as a fairy who says "Get the four-leaf clover out of here" can be all bad, but the big-budget adaptation of Eoin Colfer's "Artemis Fowl" tests that truism. The movie debut of "Artemis Fowl," which has grown into a...

 

SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online

NEW YORK (AP) — The popcorn will be bring your own and the barbecue won't be as good, but the Austin, Texas, SXSW Film Festival is moving online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. SXSW announced Thursday that it's p...

 

'Wonder Woman 1984,' 'In The Heights' postponed due to virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Warner Bros. on Tuesday delayed the summer release of "Wonder Woman 1984" and removed the adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda's "In the Heights" from its schedule due to the coronavirus pandemic. With much of Hollywood's spring...

 

The drive-in, relic of yesterday, finds itself suited to now

NEW YORK (AP) — The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence. With nearly all of the nation's movie theaters shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic, some drive-in...

 

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks and his actress-singer wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus, the actor said in a statement Wednesday. Hanks said the couple were in Australia and felt tired, with colds, body aches and slight fevers....

 

Paramount halts 'Mission: Impossible' shoot over new virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Paramount Pictures on Monday halted production on the seventh "Mission: Impossible" film due to the new virus, as Hollywood began to more drastically adapt to the growing global outbreak. "Mission: Impossible 7" had been scheduled...

 

Sundance festival kicks off with Taylor Swift, 'Crip Camp'

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where 128 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday. Streaming companies are now among the most likely companies to scoop up buzze...

 

2020 box office starts off with 'Star Wars' still on top

NEW YORK (AP) — The box office in 2020 started off where last year left off: with "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker" still on top. After a historic year, the Walt Disney Co. opened the new year approaching one milestone and surpassing another. With...

 

'Frozen 2' heats up box office with $127M opening weekend

NEW YORK (AP) — Six years after "Frozen" kicked up a pop-culture blizzard, the sequel to Elsa, Anna and Olaf's adventures snowed-in the box office with an estimated $127 million debut domestically and $350 million worldwide. The opening sets a...

 

Tom Hanks didn't want to be Mr. Rogers. Then he met Marielle

NEW YORK (AP) — Tom Hanks has never played a superhero. But when the actor recently donned a very simple cardigan sweater, and the slacks to go with it, he felt like one. "I felt like Batman. It felt like I was wearing the cape and the cowl of the...

 

A CGI James Dean is cast in new film, sparking an outcry

NEW YORK (AP) — James Dean hasn't been alive in 64 years, but the "Rebel Without a Cause" actor has been cast in a new film about the Vietnam War. The filmmakers behind the independent film "Finding Jack" said Wednesday that a computer-generated...

 

Pattinson and Dafoe on the oddities of 'The Lighthouse'

TORONTO (AP) — "Weird" is a vague and imprecise word but it's probably fair to say it can be applied to a boxy black-and-white movie about the feverish psychological battles and explicit mermaid-infused visions of two isolated and increasingly mad...

 

'Downton Abbey' overpowers Brad Pitt, Rambo at box office

NEW YORK (AP) — Raise your tea cups! The big-screen encore of "Downton Abbey" handily (but very politely) thumped both Brad Pitt's "Ad Astra" and Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo: Last Blood" in theaters over the weekend in one of the more unlikely box-...

 

Fox 2000 chief joins Sony after being jettisoned by Disney

NEW YORK (AP) — Elizabeth Gabler, whose Fox 2000 produced acclaimed literary adaptations like "Life of Pi" and "Hidden Figures" before being axed in the aftermath of the Walt Disney Co. acquisition, has found a new home at Sony Pictures. Sony on...

 
 By Jake Coyle    Local    March 1, 2019

'Green Book' wins best picture in an upset at the Oscars

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” was crowned best picture at the 91st Academy Awards, delighting those who see the film as a feel-good throwback but disappointing others who ridicule it as an outdated...

 

'Laverne & Shirley' star, 'Big' director Penny Marshall dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Penny Marshall, who indelibly starred in the top-rated sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" before becoming the trailblazing director of smash-hit big-screen comedies such as "Big" and "A League of Their Own," has died. She was 75. Michelle...

 

With new category, Oscars are now a popularity contest

NEW YORK (AP) — Not since Faye Dunaway shouted "La La Land!" has an Oscar announcement caused quite as much chaos as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decision to create a new Academy Awards category for "outstanding achievement in po...

 

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