Members of Actors Equity, which represents more than 51,000 stage actors and managers, have approved a series of changes to Equitys constitution designed “to build a modern national union,” including the creation of a national convention. The union said the referendum was approved by 79% of the 11,479 members who cast ballots.
The first convention will be held in early 2021 and will include 211 elected delegates from across the country “who can come together to share common challenges, agree on a way to move forward, and take up resolutions that help set policy for the union,” Equity said in a statement.
“With delegates from across the country, a national convention will allow more members to have a voice in their union,” said Equity executive director Mary McColl. “I am thrilled that Equity members have voted to create a more inclusive and forward-looking union.”
Other reforms approved as part of the referendum include the establishment of “At-Large” Council seats, assuring a voRead More – Source
While Godzilla: King Of The Monsters is expected to dominate the global and international box office this weekend, Bong Joon-hos Cannes Palme dOr winner Parasite is coming on strong in its home market. The Thursday Korea opening was a No. 1 $3.93M (including previews), according to local reporting service Kobiz. That topped all comers and holdovers with about 76% of the market on 1,783 screens (more than double those reserved for the likes of Godzilla and Aladdin).
Last Saturday, Bongs multi-genre comedy-thriller became the first Korean film ever to scoop the top prize in Cannes and has been hailed at home as a triumph by an eager audience. Pre-sales were already at a high throughout this past week and a full weekend take of $15M+ is likely, with some estimates in the $20M range. If that happens, Parasite will enter the Top 20 openings ever in Korea. Warner Bros/Legendarys monster mash Godzilla bowed on Wednesday and through two days has taken about $752K per Kobiz. To be fair to the latter, and as we noted in our global preview, Korea doesnt typically rank in the top markets for Hollywood creature features — 2014s Godzilla did just $6M there — and Parasite has a lot of heat on it.
Korea has sophisticated audiences and a strong 100-year-old homegrown industry which in 2018 accounted for 50% of the $1.6B total box office there. The markets movies are often remade with Universals planned re-do of Extreme Job one of the latest in the offing. Next month, an update of 2014s Ode To My Father will hit Bollywood screens starring mega icon Salman Khan.
Curiously, however, no Korean film has ever even been nominated for a Foreign Language Film Oscar (a category that is henceforth to be known as International Feature Film). Last years Burning from Lee Chang-dong did make the shortlist, though.
Parasite is Bongs first fully Korean project since 2009s Mother. In the intervening years, he directed 2013s Snowpiercer starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, John Hurt, Ed Harris and Octavia Spencer. In 2017, his Okja was a Netflix movie also with Swinton that stoked controversy in Cannes for bringing the streaming service to the competition. Bongs other credits include 2006s monster movie The Host and 2003s crime drama Memories Of Murder.
Parasite is striking a chord with local audiences, cheered by the recognition from Cannes and as it deals with a number of themes occurring in our world, from class struggle to global warming. On Monday, Bong and star Song Kang-ho received a heroes welcome at Seouls Incheon Airport (see video below).
South Koreas President Moon Jae-in also congratulated Bong, saying the win had brought a sense of national pride. Per AFP, his tweet (in Korean) read in part, “I extend my gratitude on behalf of the Korean people. I am very proud of Bong Joon-ho who has risen to the top as one of the worlds best directors.” He also called the film a “meaningful gift.” Thats in contrast to last years Palme dOr winner Shoplifters, which had a greatRead More – Source
Pattinson has been considered a front runner because the filmmaker liked him, but the studio was torn between him and Nicholas Hoult, and wanted both of the actors on tape because this is such a big decision on a cornerstone Warner Bros DC franchise. Those meetings happened yesterday, Im told, and the decision was made. Hoult, who starred in Tolkien and is about to reprise in X-Men: First Class, was impressive, but Pattinson will be the guy and negotiations will get underway any moment. The film is produced by Dylan Clark, who produced Reeves Planet of the Apes films. Expect an announcement imminently.
Pattinson is a strong choice. He certainly has been at the center of a zeitgest franchise before in Twilight Saga, and he has used the time after to show his chops as an actor. He has shown those chops in films like High Life, and is starring for Warner Bros in Christopher Nolans next film, and just debuted in the Robert Eggers-directed The Lighthouse at Cannes.
Disney clearly got the Go hard or go home memo when it came to creating their new Star Wars theme park.
Newly released snaps have revealed just how epic the 14-acre attractions based on the iconic space saga really is.
Spread across two states, Star Wars: Galaxys Edge is basically a game-changer for the company with Disneys chairman of parks, experience and products, Bob Chapek, calling it the most immersive land theyve ever built.
Disney had previously confirmed that this is not somewhere fans will recognise, as they are bringing to life the new planet Batuu, which is apparently located in the Outer Rim of the galaxy.
But the attraction will boast features from all ten films including the two spin-offs and promises to cater to every Star Wars fan.
Youve got the food and beverage all in-story,” Bob explained to CNN.The cast members are in-story. Of course, all the merchandise in the shops. It doesnt feel like a gift shop. It feels like youre actually in Batuu. Thats unique.
EXCLUSIVE: Shout! Studios and Unique Features have teamed on a deal for the multi-platform distribution of Ambition, the suspense thriller directed by New Line Cinema and Unique Features founder Bob Shaye that will now hit select U.S. theaters day-and-date in the fall.
As part of a multi-year team-up between Shout! and Unique Features, Shout! Studios has acquired North American distribution rights to the pic including digital, VOD, broadcast and home entertainment.
Ambition, a modernist version of Douglas Sirks 1950s melodrama thrillers, stars Katherine Hughes as Jude Hunter, and intensely driven musician preparing for the biggest audition of her life. As a series of deaths surround her, she recognizes the pattern that seems to connect her with the deaths and her ambition. One night, her suspicions are confirmed: She becomes the target of a murderer fueled by the jealousy of her success.
Giles Matthey, Sonoya Mizuno and Bryan Batt also star in the pic, which includes a special appearance by horror maven (and Shayes sister) Lin Shaye. John Rocco and Jenna Wright penned the script.
Producers are Shaye and his longtime New Line and Unique Features partner Michael Lynne, who died in March, as well as Sarah Victor and Unique Features. Phillip B. Goldfine, Benjamin Sacks and Yuli Masinovsky are executive producers.
“I am tremendously enthused to have Shout! Studios bring our latest film Ambition to its intended audience,” Shaye said. “Shout! has the creativity, understanding, and sensitivity that reminds me of the most successful period of independent distribution at New Line. They arent just sales people. They are a new creative connection for movie goers looking for excitement, surprises, and Read More – Source
EXCLUSIVE: Fox/Disney has acquired screen rights to The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, the bestselling childrens book by Chris Van Allsburg. Darren Lemke (Goosebumps, Shazam) will adapt. Mike Weber and Bill Teitler are producing. Ted Field and Chris Van Allsburg will be exec producers.
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi was the first book written by Van Allsburg, for which he won a Caldecott Honor medal. This was before his books Jumanji and Polar Express were turned into big Hollywood films.
Specifics on the movie were being kept close to the vest, but like Van Allsburgs other books, a grounded premise leads to the discovery of a fantastical world. Here, a young boy named Alan tries to rescue Miss Hesters dog, Fritz from the great magician Abdul Gasazi when Fritz accidentally runs off into the forbidden garden of Abdul Gasazi.
The movie stars Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer as the title character, who becomes a little too involved with a group of fun-seeking high schoolers for comfort.
It could well scare up some business at the box office – but what can we expect from the film and whens it released?
Weve got all the information you need.
What is Ma about?
The film stars Spencer as the title character, a loner whose real name is Sue Ann – who becomes involved with a group of teenagers who persuade her to buy alcohol for them.
She subsequently invites them to use her basement for their parties and other antics and joins their clique – but things take an unpleasant turn when Ma becomes obsessed with her new friends, as her troubled past also comes to light.
All of which leaves them questioning their hosts intentions, as Mas behaviour becomes increasingly erratic and violent.
Disneyland is leaping into hyperspace to a galaxy far, far away with its new attraction Star Wars: Galaxys Edge. Spanning 14 acres and opening May 31 in the Anaheim park (and Disneys Hollywood Studios in Florida on August 29), the new land is not only the parks hottest new attraction but a wildly immersive experience thats an extension of the iconic Star Wars franchise. It will definitely make your eyes widen, jaw drop and fill you with the power of the Force.
Development of Galaxys Edge started in 2014, and it finally will be open to the public this month. It features the anchor attraction, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (which we will talk about later), as well as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which will open later this year. A group of Disney and Lucasfilm took the stage today to talk about what went into creating this new world, which puts Disney parks on a whole new level — and its all in the storytelling which makes it a crazy-fun Star Wars experience. Its as if youre in one of the movies. (Have a 360-degree look of Smugglers Run below.)
Guests can wander the marketplace of Black Spire Outpost in the newly introduced Batuu, which is located on the galaxys Outer Rim (duh!). While wandering you can eat authentic food and drink a creative array of beverages — including that Blue Milk that we saw in A New Hope (theres also Green Milk). You can unwind at a very authentic cantina, shop for pets and make your own lightsaber and droid. Galaxys Edge comes even more alive with the Play Disney Parks mobile app, where you can interact with the environment around you, earn points, hack robots and even claim yourself as part of the Dark side, a Rebel, Scoundrel. Its a whole other level of interaction and storytelling embedded in the land. But lets face it — the centerpiece everyone will be flocking to is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run.
Smugglers Run is sure to garner long wait times once Galaxys Edge is open — but it is nothing like you have ever seen before when it comes to a Disney ride. Guests will be able to enter the cockpit of the iconic Han Solo ship (the first time a full-size, 100% complete Millennium Falcon ever built) and go on a mission with Hondo Ohnaka. The story of Smugglers Run takes place after the events of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Chewbacca has brought the Falcon to Black Spire Outpost for repairs at this spaceport on the edge of the galaxy. In exchange for some much-needed replacement parts, Chewie is loaning the Falcon to Hondo Ohnaka, a smuggler who is now making good use of the ship which, everyone knows, famously made ship that made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.
Loyal fans may know Hondo from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. He is Weequay pirate always looking for the next big score with his “legitimate business” Ohnaka Transport Solutions. When guests meet Hondo, he tells them he has more cargo than he can handle and needs extra flight crews to make some runs for him. When entering the ship guests will immediately recognize the Falcons quirks and items from the films are all over — including the famous Dejarik (chess) table. Youll be able to poke around before your “crew” gets called on board to enter the cockpit. Six at a time, guests will able to be a pilot, gunner or engineer and all have responsibilities during the ride — which is essentially the best, large-scale immersive video game you will ever ride. Each experience will be new depending on your role and if you crash the Millennium Falcon or not.
Smugglers Run may be the centerpiece of the new land, but with Rise of the Resistance opening later this year, there is an opportunity for this land to grow with the TV and film franchises stemming from the Star Wars universe.
Carrie Beck VP Animation & Live Action Series Development, Lucasfilm, told Deadline that creating this city and planet in Disneyland has the potential to heRead More – Source