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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Release Date Moves Back a Week

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Release Date Moves Back a Week
Godzilla vs. Kong” is on the move — again.

Shortly after Warner Bros. bumped up the film’s release date two months earlier than expected, from May 21 to March 26, the studio has postponed its domestic premiere by another week. Now, “Godzilla vs. Kong” will debut on March 31 simultaneously in movie theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max. The monster mash-up will launch internationally, where HBO Max is not available, ahead of North America on March 26.

As part of the scheduling announcement, Warner Bros. has added James Wan’s horror movie “Malignant” back to the calendar, setting the thriller for Sept. 10.

“Godzilla vs. Kong’s” latest delay was made in response to news that MGM was postponing James Bond sequel “No Time to Die” from April 2 to Oct. 8. Sony’s “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” which had also been set for April 2, was delayed to June. With most movies vacating early 2021 release dates,
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Kevin Hart to Star Alongside Cate Blanchett in ‘Borderlands’

Kevin Hart to Star Alongside Cate Blanchett in ‘Borderlands’
Kevin Hart is joining Cate Blanchett in the cast of “Borderlands,” a movie adaptation of the popular video game.

Hart will play Roland, a skilled ex-soldier-turned-mercenary, in the Lionsgate film. Eli Roth, whose resume includes “The House With a Clock in its Walls” and Bruce Willis-led action thriller “Death Wish,” is directing “Borderlands.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with Kevin,” said Roth. “‘Borderlands’ is a different kind of role for him, and we are excited to thrill audiences with a side of Kevin they’ve never seen before. He’s going to be an amazing Roland.”

Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President Nathan Kahane adds, “Kevin has been behind some of the world’s biggest blockbusters, and our source material is inspired by one of the world’s best-selling video games. We love the way our filmmaking team has adapted this story and we couldn’t be in better creative hands.
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Jane Fonda to Receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

Jane Fonda to Receive Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award
Jane Fonda will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globes.

The honor recognizes Fonda’s illustrious career in film, one that saw her top the box office and cement her name in movie history by starring in such classics as “Klute,” “The China Syndrome” and “9 to 5.” More recently, Fonda has appeared in the Netflix series “Grace & Frankie” as well as “Book Club” and “Youth.” Her other films include “The Electric Horseman,” “Barefoot in the Park,” “Coming Home,” and “Julia.” One of her biggest commercial successes was the 1982 release of her first exercise video, “Jane Fonda’s Workout,” which went on to sell 17 million copies and spawned several followups.

Fonda has been equally well known for her political stances — protesting the Vietnam War, campaigning for civil rights, and advocating for feminist causes. Currently, Fonda is leading Fire Drill Fridays as part of a
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‘Tomb Raider’ Sequel Sets Misha Green to Write, Direct

‘Tomb Raider’ Sequel Sets Misha Green to Write, Direct
Misha Green is making the jump to feature directing with the next Tomb Raider film. The Lovecraft Country creator will write and direct the project for MGM, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

In addition to creating Lovecraft Country, the HBO hit that she executive produced with J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, Green is known for WGN’s Underground. She also worked on FX’s Sons of Anarchy and penned and is producing action film The Mother for Netflix.

The next Tomb Raider movie will once again star Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, the video game adventurer who debuted in 1996 on the Sony PlayStation and was previously played by Angelina Jolie in two ...
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Liam Neeson’s ‘The Marksman’ Holds No.1 With $2 Million In Its Second Week; ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Nears $150 Million Globally; And Bond Postponement Leads To More Date-Shuffling

Liam Neeson’s ‘The Marksman’ Holds No.1 With $2 Million In Its Second Week; ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Nears $150 Million Globally; And Bond Postponement Leads To More Date-Shuffling
In another sluggish session at the domestic box office, Liam Neeson once again proved to be Mr. Reliable by holding onto the top spot for the second straight weekend with his latest outing, The Marksman. The PG-13-rated border thriller from indie studio Open Road Films put $2 million into its crosshairs, edging out a soft field still reeling from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Receipts for the latest Neeson vehicle, which stars the 68-year-old action hero as a rancher who comes to aid of a Mexican boy being hunted by a drug cartel, fell off -34.6% from the previous weekend, earning a $1,005 per-screen average in 2,018 theaters. After two weekends in theaters, The Marksman is tracking very closely with Open Road’s last Neeson headliner, Honest Thief, which also held the top spot for two consecutive weeks back in October on its way to grossing $14.2 million during its domestic run. To date, The Marksman
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‘The Witcher’ Prequel ‘Blood Origin’ Casts Jodie Turner-Smith as Lead

‘The Witcher’ Prequel ‘Blood Origin’ Casts Jodie Turner-Smith as Lead
Netflix’s “The Witcher” prequel series “Blood Origin” has cast Jodie Turner-Smith as its lead, the streaming service said Monday.

The Witcher: Blood Origin” is a six-part, live-action limited series that will serve as a prequel to Netflix’s series starring Henry Cavill.

Here’s the description for the show: “Set in an elven world 1200 years before the world of The Witcher, Blood Origin will tell a story lost to time — the creation of the first prototype Witcher, and the events that lead to the pivotal ‘conjunction of the spheres,’ when the worlds of monsters, men and elves merged to become one.”

Turner-Smith will play Éile, “an elite warrior blessed with the voice of a goddess” who “has left her clan and position as Queen’s guardian to follow her heart as a nomadic musician. A grand reckoning on the continent forces her to return to the way of the
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AMC Raises $917 Million to Weather ‘Dark Coronavirus-Impacted Winter’

AMC Raises $917 Million to Weather ‘Dark Coronavirus-Impacted Winter’
AMC Theatres, the world’s largest cinema chain, has raised $917 million in new equity and debt capital, the company said on Monday.

“This increased liquidity should allow the company to make it through this dark coronavirus-impacted winter,” the company said, adding that its “financial runway has been extended deep into 2021.”

AMC has raised the finances from Dec. 14, 2020. Of the $917 million, AMC has raised $506 million of equity, from the issuance of 164.7 million new common shares, along with the previously announced securing of $100 million of additional first-lien debt and the concurrent issuance of 22 million new common shares to convert $100 million of second-lien debt into equity.

In addition, the company has executed commitment letters for $411 million of incremental debt capital in place through mid-2023, unless repaid before then, through the upsizing and refinancing of its European revolving credit facility.

The chain says that it presumes that it will continue to make progress in
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Peacock Adds Wrestling In WWE Network Streaming Exclusive

Peacock Adds Wrestling In WWE Network Streaming Exclusive
The WWE has signed an agreement with Peacock that will bring exclusive U.S. rights to the WWE Network to NBCUniveral’s streaming service starting March 18.

Terms for the multi-year deal were not disclosed, but a person familiar with the arrangement pegged it at about $1 billion.

The WWE Network’s 17,000-hour lineup of original and library content will be on Peacock’s $5-a-month premium tier. Some streaming channels and partner brands are offered on Peacock’s free, basic tier.

Peacock, which launched in mid-2020, has made sports a centerpiece of its strategy. The service streams Premier League soccer and has carried NFL football, NHL hockey and a range of other sports.

The WWE deal will give Peacock exclusive access to the WWE Network. Initially launched in 2014 as a $10-a-month subscription service and an early direct-to-consumer initiative, the network last year branched out into free, ad-supported streaming. Its presence on Peacock
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Tyler Perry Covid-19 Vaccine Special To Air On BET (TV News Roundup)

Tyler Perry Covid-19 Vaccine Special To Air On BET (TV News Roundup)
In today’s TV news roundup, BET sets a Tyler Perry special about the Covid-19 vaccine, and Netflix releases trailers for “Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel” and “Ginny & Georgia.”

Dates

Peacock will premiere “Archibald’s Next Big Thing Is Here” on Feb. 18 with all six episodes dropping at once. The show, which centers on Archibald Strutter, a chicken who “yes-and’s” his way through life but has adventures that rarely go as planned, hails from DreamWorks Animation. Created by Tony Hale, the voice cast features Hale, Adam Pally, Jordan Fisher, Chelsea Kane, Casey Wilson, Kari Wahlgren and Rosamund Pike.
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ABC News Anchor Tom Llamas Will Jump to NBC News

ABC News Anchor Tom Llamas Will Jump to NBC News
Tom Llamas, the ABC News anchor who leads the unit’s weekend “World News Tonight” broadcast and is its chief national affairs correspondent, is jumping from the Disney operation to NBC News. according to a person familiar with the matter.

Llamas, who has been with the Disney-owned operation since 2014 and also anchors breaking events for the news division’s ABC News Live streaming-video service, informed executives at ABC News this week that he would leave, the person said.

ABC News declined to make executives available for comment. NBC News declined to comment. A representative for Llamas also declined to comment.
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First Look: Ana Katz’s Sundance Drama ‘The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet’ (Exclusive)

First Look: Ana Katz’s Sundance Drama ‘The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet’ (Exclusive)
Argentine multi-hyphenate Ana Katz, who’s worked in both theater and film, premieres her sixth feature, “The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be Quiet,” at Sundance’s World Cinema Dramatic Competition section. She’s no stranger to the Park City-based fest, having previously won its 2015 World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Prize in Screenwriting for her drama “My Friend From the Park” (“Mi Amiga del Parque”).

Variety snagged an exclusive first look at the official trailer from Katz’s new drama, which she opted to shoot in black and white in order to focus on her lead character Sebastian’s personal journey of discovery. “It was more of an intuitive decision; I wanted it to feel more intimate, with fewer distractions,” she explained. As Sebastian, played by Katz’s brother Daniel, flits from one menial job to another and experiences fatherhood, his otherwise mundane existence is rocked by a pandemic that forces people to wear bubble helmets.
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‘Young Rock’ Team Previews Politics, Character-Defining Timelines of Biopic Sitcom

‘Young Rock’ Team Previews Politics, Character-Defining Timelines of Biopic Sitcom
At the beginning of “Young Rock,” NBC’s new autobiographical sitcom about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, it is the year 2032 and the former professional athlete-turned-actor is planning a presidential run.

Through an interview with Randall Park, that is a jumping off point for his character to open up his past to the public, to showcase why he is not as out of touch with common citizens’ concerns as his wealth and fame may imply.

“We’re going to be following candidate Johnson on his 2032 presidential campaign for the course of Season 1, so we’re going to be at different press
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‘The Inheritance’ Star Samuel H. Levine’s Gay Drama ‘Minyan’ Sells to Strand Releasing (Exclusive)

‘The Inheritance’ Star Samuel H. Levine’s Gay Drama ‘Minyan’ Sells to Strand Releasing (Exclusive)
Minyan,” an acclaimed tale of sexual and spiritual identity directed by Eric Steel, has sold to Strand Releasing in North America.

The film, starring stage breakout Samuel H. Levine of Broadway and the West End’s “The Inheritance,” played in the official selection at last year’s Berlin International Film Festival and went on to win Outfest’s grand jury prize for U.S. narrative feature.

In Judaism, a minyan refers to the minimum amount of celebrants required for certain religious traditions. Set in 1980s Brighton Beach, the film follows a young Russian Jewish immigrant who is caught up in the tight constraints of his community. He develops a close friendship with his grandfather’s new neighbors — two elderly closeted gay men who open his imagination to the possibilities of love and the realities of loss. In the East Village, he finds a world teeming with the energy of youth,
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‘The Prom’ Star Jo Ellen Pellman on Why Kate McKinnon Is Her Queer Role Model

‘The Prom’ Star Jo Ellen Pellman on Why Kate McKinnon Is Her Queer Role Model
Long before Jo Ellen Pellman was cast in the starring role of Emma in Ryan Murphy’s movie adaptation of “The Prom,” she saw the original production of the Broadway musical.

“I’m only 25, yet I still wish I had this story growing up,” Pellman says on Tuesday’s episode of the Variety and iHeart podcast “The Big Ticket.”

The Prom” is about a group of theater stars from New York who try to drum up some positive publicity for themselves by traveling to an Indiana town to help high school student Emma (Pellman) fight for her right to bring her girlfriend Alyssa (played by fellow queer actor Ariana DeBose) to prom.

Pellman has always been out about being queer. “That’s something that I do not take lightly; that I have the choice of whether or not to come out to someone, that I am white, cis-passing and able-bodied,
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The CW’s ‘Nancy Drew’ Spinoff ‘Tom Swift’ Casts Its Lead

The CW’s ‘Nancy Drew’ Spinoff ‘Tom Swift’ Casts Its Lead
The CW’s “Nancy Drew” spinoff series “Tom Swift,” which is currently in the development stage, has cast Tian Richards in the title role.

Richards will be introduced as the character in an upcoming episode of “Nancy Drew” that will serve as a backdoor pilot for “Tom Swift.” On the installment, Tom will crash into one of Nancy Drew’s investigations, an event which Nancy interprets as supernatural and Tom believes to be cosmically paranormal.

Should “Tom Swift” be ordered to series, Richards would reprise the role to lead that show.

“Tom Swift” follows the serialized adventures of its titular Black, gay, billionaire inventor who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy and unexplained phenomena after the shocking disappearance of his father. Tom takes to the road on a quest to unravel the truth, leaving behind the comforts of his usual moneyed lifestyle, all while fighting to stay one
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‘Nancy Drew’ Spinoff ‘Tom Swift’ Casts Tian Richards in Lead Role

‘Nancy Drew’ Spinoff ‘Tom Swift’ Casts Tian Richards in Lead Role
Tian Richards has been cast in the title role of the “Nancy Drew” spinoff “Tom Swift” at The CW, Variety has learned.

Richards will make his first appearance as the character in an upcoming episode of “Nancy Drew.” Then, should the “Tom Swift” standalone series get greenlit at the network, he would star.

The plans is for Swift to crash into one of Drew’s investigations, an event which she interprets as supernatural and he believes to be cosmically paranormal.

The standalone series would follow the titular Black, gay, billionaire inventor who is thrust into a world of sci-fi conspiracy
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TV Ratings: Viewers Are Still Swooning Over ‘The Bachelor’ Lead Matt James on Mondays

TV Ratings: Viewers Are Still Swooning Over ‘The Bachelor’ Lead Matt James on Mondays
Matt James may have had a rocky start as the 25th (and only Black) lead of ABC’s top-rated dating show “The Bachelor,” premiering with ratings lows, but for the past four Monday nights, fans have been flocking to watch Bachelor Nation’s latest newcomer seal one-on-ones with kisses, give out coveted group date roses, say hello to a new flock of women and dismiss teary-eyed contestants vying for his heart.

For the evening of Jan. 25, “The Bachelor” came out at the top of Nielsen’s Live+Same Day fast affiliate rankings yet again, with a 1.40 in the key, adults
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Scripter Awards Finalists Include ‘Ma Rainey,’ ‘Nomadland,’ ‘One Night in Miami’

Scripter Awards Finalists Include ‘Ma Rainey,’ ‘Nomadland,’ ‘One Night in Miami’
The USC Libraries has announced this year’s finalists for the 33rd annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which recognizes the most accomplished film and episodic series adaptations. The 2021 Scripter selection committee chose the finalists from a wide selection of 87 films and 65 episodic series adaptations.

The finalist writers for film adaptation are:

Mike Makowsky for “Bad Education” based on the New York magazine article “The Bad Superintendent” by Robert Kolker Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt for “First Cow” based on the novel “The Half-Life” by Jon Raymond Screenwriter Ruben Santiago-Hudson and playwright August Wilson for “Ma Rainey’s Black BottomChloé Zhao for “Nomadland” based on the nonfiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century” by Jessica Bruder Screenwriter and playwright Kemp Powers for “One Night in Miami

The finalist writers for episodic series are:

Mark Richard and Ethan Hawke, for the episode “Meet the Lord,” from “The Good Lord Bird,
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‘Asia’ Star Shira Haas ‘Couldn’t Stop the Tears’ Reading Script for Israeli Drama (Video)

‘Asia’ Star Shira Haas ‘Couldn’t Stop the Tears’ Reading Script for Israeli Drama (Video)
While American audiences got to know Shira Haas for her breakout role in the Netflix limited series “Unorthodox,” Haas says she was truly moved to tears while reading the screenplay for her latest film “Asia,” which not only won Haas an Israeli Oscar but also a Best Actress prize from the Tribeca Film Festival.

In “Asia,” Haas plays a teenage girl slowly dying from a degenerative motor disease, and the film is named for her character’s mother as the two learn to grapple with death and acceptance. Haas described having an “urge” to tell the story and felt a “spiritual connection” with everyone involved.

“In real life I’m not such an easy crier, and I just couldn’t stop the tears. Also because I really felt a great honor to play such a great complex and amazing character,” Haas told Steve Pond for TheWrap’s Awards and International Screening Series.
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‘Martha: A Picture Story’ Documentary Acquired by Utopia (Exclusive)

‘Martha: A Picture Story’ Documentary Acquired by Utopia (Exclusive)
“Martha: A Picture Story,” a feature documentary about trailblazing graffiti and street photographer Martha Cooper, has been acquired for North American distribution by Utopia.

Cooper was an American photojournalist and the first female staff photographer at the New York Post in the 1970s. She is best known for capturing New York City graffiti in the ’70s and ’80s. Her 1984 book “Subway Art” illustrated the subculture in New York’s transit system.

The commercial failure of the book forced Cooper to leave graffiti behind, moving on to photograph other hidden gems of the city. Only decades later would she realize her influence. Many street artists refer to “Subway Art” as a street art staple. The documentary follows Cooper’s struggle to navigate her way through this new culture while embracing her passion for capturing the creativity that helps people rise above their environment.

Utopia’s noteworthy titles include “Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets,
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