James Cameron’s Avatar 2 sets ready in New Zealand, film shooting to resume next week 

The highly anticipated sequel of Avatar directed by James Cameron is on its way.  After revealing the first concept art for Avatar 2 in January 2020, new photos were released from underwater filming earlier this month. Now, the production will resume shooting in New Zealand next week after it was halted in March due to coronavirus pandemic.

James Cameron's Avatar 2 sets ready in New Zealand, film shooting to resume next week 

Producer Jon Landau posted a photo on Instagram on Thursday revealed that he and the team of Avatar 2 will be returning to New Zealand to resume shooting. “Our ‘Avatar’ sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week,” Landau wrote.

In the photo, one can see two water vessels. “Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) — can’t wait to share more,” he revealed.

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Our #Avatar sets are ready — and we couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand next week. Check out the Matador, a high speed forward command vessel (bottom) and the Picador jetboat (top) — can’t wait to share more.

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Earlier this month, the new photos showcase the actors will be filming underwater. James Cameron is seen sitting on the catwalk while the stunt directors are giving guidance on how to film underwater. “From the set of the sequels: @JimCameron directing the actors before they dive underwater for performance capture. Fun fact: That layer of white on the water’s surface is comprised of floating balls that prevent lights from interfering with filming underwater,” the official tweet read.

Avatar 2, will be the first of four planned sequels, which is scheduled for December 17, 2021 release. The film stars Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Cliff Curtis among others. The third, fourth, and fifth installments have been scheduled for December 2023, December 2025, and December 2027, respectively.

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2020-05-22 05:52:13

Game of Thrones actors Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage in talks for vampire movie, Good Bad & Undead

It seems like there could be a Game Of Thrones mini-reunion in the future! Actors Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage, who starred as Khal Drogo and Tyrion Lannister respectively in the HBO series, are reportedly in talks to star in a vampire movie, Good Bad & Undead from Legendary. Deadline reported on May 20 that director Max Barbakow has already been signed on.

Game of Thrones actors Jason Momoa and Peter Dinklage in talks for vampire movie, Good Bad & Undead

Deadline revealed, “In Good Bad & Undead, Dinklage will play Van Helsing, last in a long line of vampire hunters. He develops an uneasy partnership with a vampire (Momoa) who has taken a vow never to kill again. Together they run a scam from town to town, where Van Helsing pretends to vanquish the vampire for money. But when a massive bounty is put on the vampire’s head, everything in this dangerous world full of monsters and magic is now after them. The intent is Midnight Run in a Bram Stoker world.”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Jason Momoa is set to star as Duncan Idaho in Legendary’s Dune from director Denis Villeneuve.


2020-05-22 03:05:06

Ben Stiller’s father Jerry Stiller passes away, Hollywood pays tribute to the late comedian

Actor Ben Stiller’s father, famed comedian and actor Jerry Stiller, passed away at the age of 92. The news of his passing was confirmed by Ben on his Twitter on Monday, May 11.

Ben Stiller's father Jerry Stiller passes away, Hollywood pays tribute to the late comedian

“I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad,” Ben Stiller shared on his Twitter.

Jerry Stiller was a well-known comedian. He also played the role of Frank Costanza on Seinfeld, Jason Alexander’s father. He went onto star as Arthur Spooner on the King of Queens.

Hollywood celebrities like Jason Alexander, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ricky Gervais, Hank Azaria, Kevin James, Peter Gallagher, Seth Rogen amongst others paid tribute to the late comedian.

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I was lucky enough to work with Jerry Stiller, playing his daughter for 9 years on The King Of Queens, but even luckier to know him, the man, the husband, the father, the grandfather. I am only comforted knowing that Anne & Jerry, the great comedy duo of Stiller & Meara are back together. I will be forever grateful for the memories, the fatherly talks off screen and for the many years of laughter, the kindness he had shown to me and my family…You will be so very missed Jerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Amy & Ben. #JerryStiller #stillerandmeara

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One of the most kind, loving, and funny people to ever grace this earth. Thank you for so many incredible memories. I love you and miss you. Requiescat in pace.????

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2020-05-12 01:45:20

Turkish mayor to send masks to Trump, Hollywood stars

Savcı Sayan, the mayor of Turkey’s eastern Ağrı, announced Tuesday that he will send boxes of masks to U.S. President Donald Trump and 371 celebrities living in New York, inclu… .

2020-04-28 13:32:00

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2020-04-20 14:31:17

Hollywood Will Never Be The Same After Coronavirus | Screen Rant

The coronavirus has dramatically impacted Hollywood, and the entertainment industry will never be the same again. It has been around three months since the first cases of the virus now known as COVID-19 were reported in the Hubei province of China. Since then, the condition has spread across the globe and brought the world to a near-total standstill. As of the writing of this piece, more than 202,000 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in over 160 countries worldwide. More than 8,000 deaths have been confirmed while over 82,000 patients have officially made recoveries. In an attempt to stave off the speed with which the condition has spread, many world governments have taken drastic measures that include blanket travel bans, closed borders, curfews, and mass shutdowns of businesses and schools. The United States declared a state of emergency while countries such as Italy and Spain are in states of near-total quarantine.

The coronavirus has impacted every single part of daily life, from schooling to food to politics and much more. The entertainment world is but one aspect of this, but given its vast visibility, it has acted as a vignette, showing to even the biggest virus doubters just how massive the virus’ effect is on a global scale. Over the past two weeks, the changes have been especially notable, from the postponement of big-budget blockbusters to the closure of entire cinema chains to the cancellation of some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals.

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It is unknown how costly these measures will be, but it’s safe to say that the more prominent studios will be losing tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars over the coming weeks and beyond. The short-term impacts are glaring enough, but nobody seems to understand how much this will change Hollywood over the next few months and years. To put it bluntly, it seems unlikely that the film industry as we know it will ever be the same again thanks to the coronavirus.

For the past decade or so, Hollywood has been a strange grab-bag of contradictions. Studios like The Walt Disney Company have reported new record-breaking grosses on movies like Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the costs of those films have ballooned to gargantuan new levels that have made breaking-even harder than ever. The much-vaunted profits of China’s growing box office became the default mode for Hollywood profits, but it remains a tricky and untested market with suspicious tactics at its core. We saw the birth of several media monopolies, from Disney acquiring Fox to the epic growth of NBCUniversal under Comcast, but that hasn’t stopped many of Hollywood’s most historic studios from struggling to stay afloat.

All that and the speedy domination of streaming in film and television hasn’t helped to stave off dwindling theatrical ticket sales. Those billion-dollar box office numbers are deceiving: The grosses may be high for some, but it’s not across the board and they barely conceal the growing troubles at the heart of the industry. Hollywood has seldom played on secure ground, but the past ten years have seen them struggling in an atmosphere of smothering precarity. Unless you’re Disney, it seems that nobody is safe. It’s no wonder that the reactions to the coronavirus have been swift and dramatic. Few can afford to dawdle on this.

The evolution of Hollywood over the past decade, as documented above, meant that their seemingly extreme responses to the coronavirus were not only necessary but inevitable. Evidence of this is seen with the first major steps taken against COVID-19, mainly in the postponement or rescheduling of those big tentpole franchise titles. The 25th Bond movie, No Time to Die, opened the door for this change when it chose to move its release from April to November. What seemed hugely risky at the time now feels like a savvy move. Fast 9 followed, jumping from May 2020 to April 2021, then Disney made the shock decision to pull Mulan from its schedule altogether. It still does not have a new release date, although the company are reportedly hoping to still get it out in 2020. All of these films are dependent on big international money, especially from China, and it simply makes no sense to continue releasing them when that market is now all but gone. All of these choices happened before major cinema chains like AMC announced that it would close all of its theaters for between six and 12 weeks, forcing other studios and distributors to follow suit, regardless of how big or small their film was.

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The shutdown of films currently in production quickly followed. With various authorities, both political and scientific, advising against gatherings of more than a hundred people, studios made the call to shut down shooting or pre-production of various titles. Disney brought a halt to their entire live-action slate, which included in-production titles like Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, and Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The Matrix 4 followed suit, as did The Batman, the Avatar sequels, and Jurassic World: Dominion. Television has also been greatly affected, from Netflix’s Stranger Things to essentially the entire slate of American network TV (with some notable British titles, including long-running soap opera Eastenders also shutting down).

With the traditional realms of film and television grinding to a halt, many wondered if this would be the perfect time for the worlds of streaming to shine. Streaming services have already provided formidable competition to the old-school methods of Hollywood, but few could have envisaged that even the mighty big five studios would embrace them in this manner. NBCUniversal decided to break their theatrical window and put films like the upcoming Trolls World Tour as well as titles still in cinemas like The Hunt and The Invisible Man on VOD. For $19.99 and for 48 hours only, families could rent these titles. Disney+ made a similar choice when it decided to put its billion-dollar hit Frozen II on Disney+ months before initially scheduled. These aren’t blanket policies for any of the studios involved and it’s highly unlikely you’ll see, say, Black Widow dropping on Disney+ and bypassing cinemas altogether. Still, this moment felt like Hollywood unleashing a genie that it could never put back in the bottle.

Right now, the public at large has no idea how long the coronavirus will continue to impact daily life. With many people in voluntary self-isolation and worldwide cities left as veritable ghost-towns, this period of uncertainty is proving to be especially difficult. Hollywood and the entertainment industry at large have never faced a problem of this magnitude, and that’s what makes its long-term effects so unnerving.

Currently, most live-action productions have shut down for two weeks, with the potential for that hiatus to go on indefinitely; however, even if things go back to formal after 14 days, the immediate costs will be vast. The Hollywood Reporter noted that shutting down a major production like Shang-Chi for even one day could lead to a bill of around $300,000, and those numbers will only get bigger as the days pass. Studios have insurance for emergencies, but questions remain over whether or not a literal pandemic is covered under many of these plans. That doesn’t even take into consideration the employment issues, from the need to pay actors and directors their full fees to the below-the-line workers who face sudden unemployment.

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Finished films will eventually get a release, but only time will tell if studios choose to hold out for an eventual theatrical release or if they decide that streaming is more beneficial. It’s worth remembering that we still have very little knowledge of how profitable streaming is as revenue for many of these releases. Would it really be worthwhile for Disney to just stick Mulan on Disney+ over giving it the vast worldwide rollout they had planned? The chances are the answer is no, at least not for a film of that scale. The traditional means of release may see profits dwindling, but it’s still a far safer bet than streaming right now.

2020 as a whole may be vastly different in terms of film compared to what audiences were expecting because of the coronavirus. There’s a solid chance that many of this year’s most anticipated titles won’t get released until 2021, be it due to shifting release dates or delays from shutdown productions. Given the immense costs at stake right now, it may very well be that studios simply don’t have the funds to give all their big films the releases they had originally planned for them. It’s not just blockbusters being effected either. Everything across the board will be impacted, from low-budget indies to awards season favorites to international titles. The 2021 Oscars could see a drastically slimmer field compared to the previous year, for example.

The coronavirus has fully exposed how much of Hollywood’s default way of doing business is built on the shakiest of foundations, even when they aren’t facing down a worldwide crisis. When blockbuster tentpoles require near-unprecedented levels of grosses just to break even, the industry becomes overly reliant on an already unreliable market that has no long-term certainty. Right now, time is dictating how Hollywood moves forward. Studios will need to renegotiate their leases on soundstages and crews, contracts will need to be sorted out once more, and months, possibly years, of film and television schedules will need to be drastically overhauled. Hundreds of millions of dollars of lost revenue mean that Hollywood will have to drastically change track for the long term. There simply won’t be enough money to go round to stick to business as usual, even for the big players in the game.

The most seismic shift may come in the form of a serious shortening of the theatrical window. That’s something that’s already been changing over the past few years in the age of Netflix, but it feels inevitable now. Audiences were choosing to stay at home long before the coronavirus, and studios were having a tough time getting people into the cinemas. Aside from those major event movies that by design require a high-paying worldwide audience, direct-to-streaming may become the default mode.

Hollywood has proven that it’s not ready, or at the very least willing, to make major changes to its increasingly archaic way of business. The traditional studios aren’t ready to fully embrace at-home viewing, especially since it’s yet to fully prove its status as a guaranteed money-maker; yet, even when the worst of the coronavirus has passed, people may still be hesitant to return to the cinemas to rub shoulders with coughing strangers. That is why Hollywood can never be the same after this, because the world will not be the same after this — not after dealing with a life-altering pandemic. Right now, all one can do is speculate about the future, but whatever happens, Hollywood must be fully aware that trying to revert to the status quo after this major social and economic shift would be a fool’s folly.

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2020-03-20 20:17:45

Kayleigh Donaldson

Bond, Fast 9, Mulan, & More Movie Release Delays Lose Hollywood Billions

Fast & Furious 9, Mulan, A Quiet Place Part II and other movie delays will lose Hollywood billions of dollars. With the ongoing outbreak of the coronavirus (aka COVID-19) taking its toll globally, many large-scale measures regarding entertainment have been made.

One of the first major films to delay its release date was the 25th installment in the James Bond franchise, No Time to Die. The film announced that it was putting off the initial April release until November, much to the dismay of fans who have also endured a lengthy road to the film’s production. It was not long, however, before other films announced delays as well, with the likes of Fast & Furious 9, A Quiet Place Part II and Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan all having become the latest victims of rescheduled release dates. Add to this the huge number of theater closures around the world (in particular China, where 70,000 theaters have closed their doors to the public), as well as production “pauses” on franchise films such as Mission: Impossible 7 or Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and it becomes clear the coronavirus is having a massive effect on entertainment worldwide.

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In fact, as things currently stand, the uncertainty that the viral pandemic is causing has already had a major financial impact on Hollywood. And, as the disease peaks in China yet continues to grow in Europe and North America, Hollywood studios are bracing for huge financial losses. According to a report from THR, the current financial cost on the global box office as a result of the coronavirus stands at $7 billion. If the disease continues to be a threat to the general public over the remainder of March as well as April and May, another $10 billion could be added to the current number. In total, $17 billion stands to be lost within the next two and half months. Beyond that, the hit to Hollywood will only continue to grow.

Aside from revenue lost due to box office closures, release date delays and franchise production pauses, Hollywood is also facing significant issues with its TV industry. A huge number of productions have already been shut down, though some remain resolute and have made the questionable decision to soldier on. However, it is the big film productions that will really have a profound effect on Hollywood’s profit margin. China has battled the virus for two and half months now, since first acknowledging its existence on December 31st. Though infections in the East Asian nation continue, the numbers have dropped astronomically from what they were even a month earlier. This offers hope not only for the health of citizens globally, but also for the entertainment industry. If the virus’ timeline can be mapped to roughly a three-month span, then it should be business as usual for Hollywood by the crucial summer movie season. At the same time, with countries like the U.S. arguably yet to experience the full impact of the pandemic, mapping out an exact timeline is left to conjecture at best.

As much as fans of franchises such as James Bond, Mission: Impossible or Fast & Furious want to see the next installment of their favorite series, the fact of the matter is that the health and well being of the general population is far more important. Hollywood has made the decision to recognize this by delaying releases and production, which ultimately bear significant costs. Unfortunately, coronavirus poses a financial burden for everyone – not just Hollywood, and it’s well worth recognizing that studios are resilient and will indeed bounce back.

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Source: THR

2020-03-14 18:34:38

Mike Jones

Universal Studios Hollywood Closing Through The End Of March Due To Coronavirus

Universal Studios Hollywood is closing through the end of March due to coronavirus concerns. Recently, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, causing civilians around the world to take additional security precautions against the aggressive virus. Amid coronavirus concerns, events around the globe are being postponed or canceled, including South by Southwest (SXSW), video game convention E3, and the premiere of James Bond film No Time To Die.

Universal Studios Hollywood released a statement following California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s ban of gatherings of more than 250 in the state:

The health and safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and in response to the guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health, Universal Studios Hollywood will temporarily close beginning Saturday, March 14. The theme park anticipates reopening on March 28 as we continue to monitor the situation. Universal CityWalk will remain open. We will provide timely updates as conditions evolve.

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With a tally surpassing 124,500 cases worldwide, the coronavirus has caused an upheaval in travel sectors, the stock market, the health care system, and the entertainment industry. Now, Universal Studios Hollywood joins the growing roster of establishments locking their doors amid COVID-19 concerns. Starting March 14, Universal Studios in Hollywood will be closed. Universal City Walk will remain open, and the iconic theme park is eyeing a reopening date of March 28.

Home to iconic attractions, including Transformers: The Ride 3D, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and Jurassic World – The Ride, Universal Studios Hollywood’s decision to close arrives on the heels of New York City’s Broadway theaters going dark and Disneyland officially closing the park in Anaheim, beginning March 14.

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2020-03-13 00:39:38

Bethany Guerrero

10 Hollywood Stars Who Lived To Be A Ridiculously Old Age

Over the past two decades, many of Hollywood’s older stars have seemed to be passing away in rapid succession. This is not so shocking considering that the Hollywood system has been around for over 100 years and the remaining stars of its Golden Age are far past their prime. Recently, Kirk Douglas’ passing at the age of 103 made headlines for his iconic Hollywood roles and problematic legacy over the course of his extremely long life.

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Living to be a centenarian or even into one’s late 90s is considered an achievement, given that the global average life expectancy is 72 years old. And according to one study, Oscar winners in particular (such as Douglas) are likely to live longer on average. But while Kirk Douglas achieved this uncommon milestone, he is far from the only Hollywood star to have lived for longer than average. Here are 10 of Hollywood’s brightest and oldest.

10 Doris Day (97)

Known for her sunny persona and wholesome public image, Doris Day was considered the quintessential “girl next-door” throughout her Hollywood career. She first came to prominence as a singer before transitioning to acting, starring in classics like Calamity Jane (1953), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), and Pillow Talk (1959), for which she was nominated an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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She starred in The Doris Day Show from 1968-1973. After finishing the show and retreating from the spotlight, she turned her attention to animal activism and founded The Doris Day Animal Foundation. Today it is one of the largest animal welfare charities in the world. After living a (mostly) quiet later life, Day passed away at her home on May 13th, 2019 at the age of 97.

9 Karl Malden (97)

When people think of Karl Malden, two things come to mind: his numerous supporting roles in film and television and his “every-man” appearance. He’s best known for his Oscar-winning portrayal in 1951’s A Streetcar Named Desire and for his Oscar-nominated role in  On the Waterfront (1954). From 1972-1977 he starred as Detective Mike Stone in the hit TV series The Streets of San Francisco.

Later in life, Malden served three terms as the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1989-1992 and co-wrote his autobiography When Do I Start? with his daughter Carla in 1997. When Malden passed away in 2009 at the age of 97, he was remembered by peers and critics as one of the greatest character actors of all time. He was survived by two of his daughters and his wife, Mona, who passed away in 2019 at the age of 102.

8 Eli Wallach (98)

Most recognized by today’s generation as Arthur Abbott in the 2006 film The Holiday, Eli Wallach’s acting career was as prolific as it was dynamic. He appeared in several iconic films such as The Magnificent Seven (1960), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), and The Godfather Part III (1990). Of the roles he played, Wallach admitted that most of the fan mail and praise he received came from his brief stint as Mr. Freeze in the 1960’s Batman TV series.

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Wallach continued acting well into his 90s, receiving an Honorary Academy Award in 2010 for his body of work and contributions to acting at the age of 94. His final role in a feature-length film was that same year in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, after which he retired. He died of natural causes on June 24th, 2014 at 98 years old.

7 Lillian Gish (99)

Lillian Gish’s long life not only lasted for the majority of the 20th century; how she lived it proved influential to on-screen acting. Through her collaborations with D.W Griffith she starred in films such as Birth of A Nation (1915), Intolerance (1916) and Broken Blossoms (1919).

She is remembered for pioneering acting techniques on screen that would differentiate performances on screen versus on stage. As filmmaking continued to change rapidly in the ’20s, Gish briefly had a contract with MGM and later stuck to roles mainly in theatre and television. She continued acting until 1987, her last movie being The Whales of August with Bette Davis. She passed away not too long after on February 27th, 1993 at the age of 99.

6 June Foray (99)

June Foray worked in Hollywood for over 75 years… though she’s best known for being heard rather than seen. Foray was a voice-actress, known for her work on Looney Tunes, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show and Disney animated films voicing multiple characters. Often compared to Mel Blanc (known as “The Man of a Thousand Voices”), Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones was quoted as saying: “June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc was the male June Foray.”

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Foray fought to have animated films recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, succeeding in 2001 when the awards for Best Animated Feature and Short were introduced. She did voice work until 2014 and passed away on July 26th, 2017 just 2 months shy of her 100th birthday.

5 Bob Hope (100)

Bob Hope’s legacy is mainly tied to being one of the early pioneers of stand-up comedy. He was the first comedian to acknowledge using writers and encourage them to get fresh and topical material by reading the news. He starred in a series of films known as Road To… with singer Bing Crosby from 1940 to 1962 and often performed at USO tours for soldiers.

A 19-time host of the Academy Awards, Hope began to lose favor with younger generations later in his career for his political views and unchanging comic persona. He retired in 1997, and died on July 27th, 2003 at the age of 100.

4 Kirk Douglas (103)

Over the course of his career, Kirk Douglas starred in many classics such as Champion (1949), Ace in the Hole (1951), and Lust for Life (1956). In 1955 he founded a production company called Bryna Productions (named after his mother), producing and starring in more classics such as Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960).

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He began focusing on his family life in the 1990s, his public appearances becoming rarer over the next 30 years. At the time of his passing on February 5th, he was being both remembered fondly for his roles, and examined critically in the #MeToo era; having allegedly assaulted Natalie Wood in the 1950s.

3 Olivia de Havilland (103… And Counting!)

Olivia de Havilland is known for her eight-decade acting career, with her most iconic role being in 1939’s Gone with the Wind. She received 5 Oscar nominations and won 2 of them for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949). She’s also well known for her estranged relationship with her younger sister, Hollywood actress Joan Fontaine.

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It appears that good aging genes run in the family, as Fontaine herself lived to be 96 years old. De Havilland is still alive at 103 years old and while she may no longer be acting, she was most recently in the news for suing Ryan Murphy over her unauthorized depiction in his FX television series, Feud.

2 Luise Rainer (104)

While having one of the longest lifespans in Tinseltown, Luise Rainer had the shortest career of anyone on this list. Originally born in Germany, she was discovered by MGM talent scouts in 1935. She would go on to become the first actor to win 2 consecutive Oscars for her starring roles in The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and (more problematically) The Good Earth (1937).

A decline in roles following her wins resulted in her returning to Europe after only 3 years in Hollywood. She made very few appearances in film and television following this, having been long disillusioned by the dysfunctional Hollywood system. She passed away on December 30th, 2014 just two weeks before her 105th birthday.

1 Norman Lloyd (105… And Counting!)

Like Olivia de Havilland, Norman Lloyd is still alive and well.  He is primarily known for his long term working relationship with Alfred Hitchcock. He first appeared in Hitchcock’s 1942 film Saboteur and went on to be featured in Spellbound (1945) as well as producing Hitchcock’s anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents from 1957-1962.

He’s best known for his roles in The Dead Poet’s Society (1988), St. Elsewhere (1982-1988) and most recently, Trainwreck in 2015. In 2014, he celebrated his 100th birthday and is one of the remaining talents who can recall working with auteurs in theatre and film such as Hitchcock and Orson Welles during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

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2020-03-01 03:03:08

Ariana Bascom

Coronavirus’ Hollywood Impact: Movie & TV Delays, Cancellations & More

The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is not just a global health concern — it has also had an effect on Hollywood blockbusters like No Time To DieMission Impossible 7, and Sonic the Hedgehog. Declared by the World Health Organization to have a “very high” global risk, the coronavirus has already claimed 2,800 lives at the time of writing (via Newsweek), with outbreaks identified in 47 countries.

The virus has incited mass panic across the globe, with governments urging citizens to remain calm and keep up hygienic practices to avoid the risk of infection. Thus far in the United States, there are 74 confirmed or presumptive individuals who have contracted the highly-contagious virus (via CNN). The outbreak has resulted in a stock market dip, as well as rising fear among Americans. However, in addition to all of the risks to public health, the coronavirus has also had a sizable impact on Hollywood and the film industry at large.

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Coronavirus COVID-19, which was first identified in China, has resulted in over 86,000+ cases globally, leading to travel bans and restrictions in and out of the originating country. Considering China’s sizable influence in the film industry (especially the global box office), this has resulted in the production and release of several major films being affected, as well as the deaths of industry professionals.

After an estimated 600+ cases were identified in Italy and 17 deaths were reported, AMC made the decision to close 22 of its 47 theatres in Italy (via Deadline). AMC cited similar actions taken by local and national governments as to why they closed and later commented that they felt it may have been an overreaction, and plan to re-open the theatres next week. AMC also noted that because they don’t have theatres in majorly-impacted countries like China, they predict minimal losses — maximizing at about $1 million.

Christopher McQuarrie’s upcoming film Mission: Impossible 7 halted production in Italy due to the coronavirus scare, which could result in a delay of the film’s release date. Mission Impossible: 7 is one of two upcoming Mission: Impossible films helmed by McQuarrie, who also directed Rogue Nation and Fallout, the franchise’s 5th and 6th entries. The film’s crew was sent home and the shoot, which was planned to last for at least three weeks, has come to a complete halt as a result of local government regulations.

Thankfully, no cast or crew members are reported to have been infected, and the production will likely resume once other Venician health protocols have been lifted. Mission Impossible 7 is currently slated to be released June 23, 2021, but that date could change as a result of these delays.

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In response to the public health care, China has closed over 11,000 theatres across the country. Several major Chinese distributors also canceled the releases of their films, coinciding with the sudden closures in cinemas. Considering how massive China’s role is in the international box office, this will likely be a costly decision for both China and the film industry as a whole — and one that isn’t likely to disperse until quarantines across China are lifted.

One of the many films affected by the coronavirus, and the shuttering of Chinese theaters, is Sonic the Hedgehog. The film was released over Valentine’s Day weekend in the United States and was also planned to have a Chinese release on February 28th. However, due to the quarantines in China, the film’s release has been postponed with a new release date to be announced at a later time, according to a press release from Paramount’s China office.

Among other reasons, the move is also likely due to China’s massive box office power — Sonic the Hedgehog has already netted $203 million globally, but China would also provide a significant boost in profits upon release. For Chinese Sonic fans, it will likely be a waiting game to see when a new release date is announced.

One of the many Chinese casualties of the Coronavirus was film executive and director Chang Kai, who passed away with his family in the province of Wuhan after a self-quarantine. The director, who was 55, chronicled the time before his death in an online post, which includes accounts of his mother, father, and sister’s passings. The province of Wuhan has been on lockdown due to the number of cases identified, and it is unclear as to when the quarantine will be lifted.

One of the many film festivals impacted by the coronavirus in the 43rd annual Hong Kong International Film Festival, which was postponed due to the outbreak (via Variety). The delay was announced by the festival’s organizers in mid February, and stated that the entire festival would be delayed until early august — at least four months after the initial date was scheduled in March. The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society also announced that the society’s Cine Fan repertory program would be canceled entirely.

One of the most highly-anticipated movies to be released this year is No Time To Die, Daniel Craig’s final outing as the international man of mystery, James Bond. However, due to the quarantines and lockdowns across China, the Chinese leg of No Time To Die‘s press tour has been canceled. Additionally, the film’s Chinese premiere has been canceled. The move will likely hurt the film at the box office in a big way — its predecessor Spectre netted $80+ million in China alone, so No Time to Die canceling the Chinese release could affect it in the same way.

Going forward, film festivals and cons around the globe will be bracing for coronavirus and taking steps to ensure attendees are safe while attending. South By Southwest, which is currently underway, announced no plans for delays, but did note a “handful of minor cancellations” (via Deadline). The festival also urged attendees to practice maintaining hygiene standards in order to avoid the risk of contamination. According to organizers, over a hundred Chinese attendees have dropped out of the Berlin Film Festival, citing the coronavirus for their reason of non-attendance. Chinese films will likely be pulled from several other major festivals as Chinese lockdowns continue.

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2020-03-01 01:03:25

Lauren Coates