Wonder Woman 1984 and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet are being delayed as studios grapple with when they can start releasing their biggest movies in theaters around the world. Tenet will now open on July 31st,instead of July 17th. It’s the second delay for Wonder Woman, which was originally slated to premiere June 5th, then August 14th, and will now arrive on October 2nd.
“We’re especially thrilled, in this complex and rapidly changing environment, to be bringing Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet,’ a global tentpole of jaw-dropping size, scope and scale, to theaters around the world on July 31,” Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said in a statement to Variety. “It’s been longer than any of us could’ve imagined since we’ve seen a movie on the big screen, and to acknowledge Chris’ fans as we count down to ‘Tenet’’s opening day, we are also excited to offer his masterpiece ‘Inception’ in theaters for its 10th anniversary on July 17.”
The Wonder Woman 1984 delay was announced nonchalantly in a tweet:
Nolan’s Tenet wasn’t just one of Warner Bros.’ biggest movies of the year; it had become a sort of litmus test as to whether Hollywood studios could start releasing their films after facing a series of delays brought on by the pandemic. Disney CEO Bob Chapek cited Tenet (referring to it as a “competitor’s film”) as the movie they were planning to watch, as it opened a week before the company’s previously delayed, massive live-action remake of Mulan. ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish added in his company’s earnings call that he was hopeful by the time SpongeBob SquarePants was set to open in early August, movie theaters would be back in full swing.
It’s uncertain what will happen to Mulan, SpongeBob SquarePants, and other movies pushed into the summer from earlier this year. Some studios, like Universal, have pushed their blockbuster films from this year into next. F9, the ninth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise, will now open in April 2021.
Although theaters have started to reopen in states and countries that have lifted heavy public gathering restrictions, it’s consumer behavior that studios can’t plan for in advance. Even if theaters are open, will people want to go, regardless of whether proper social distancing tools (like six feet between people in theaters and limited capacities) are in place? That’s what companies like Disney, Warner Bros., Paramount, and Universal are trying to predict.
Movies like Tenet, Mulan, and F9 could easily gross close to, if not surpass, $1 billion at the box office. Releasing them too early could result in a loss for the companies. Not releasing the films, however, will likely lead to further financial hits as 2020 continues without any form of profit from unreleased films.
Some films, like Scoob, Artemis Fowl, and Trolls World Tour have bypassed theatrical releases entirely, going straight to premium video on demand and streaming services, but those aren’t major tentpole features. Tenet was supposed to be the experiment that everyone else would learn from, but now, its delay just leads to more uncertainty.
John Legend, Cher and More React After Joe Biden Announces His Running Mate
A number of celebrities show their support for the Democrat Presidential nominee after he announces California senator Kamala Harris as his Vice President.
Biden ended weeks of speculation about his choice on Tuesday (11Aug20) and made Harris the first woman of colour ever to run on a U.S. presidential ticket, and her celebrity fans were quick to share their delight.
John Legend tweeted, “Very happy for our friend and Senator and future Vice-President, @KamalaHarris, and very much looking forward to voting for the Biden-Harris ticket to begin the difficult work of recovering from this nightmare presidency and building an even better future.”
His wife Chrissy Teigen added, “f**k yes. excited to vote!! still amazed Election Day isn’t a national holiday. it needs to be celebrated, with a post vote bar crawl.”
Cher could not hide her excitement, raving, “THANK YOU GOD. WE ARE DANCING AROUND WITH JOY IN OUR (hearts)!! THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR AMERICA!! WE HAVE BRAINS, & BEAUTY they (Republican rivals) have nothing.”
Mindy Kaling, who shares an Indian heritage with Harris, simply added, “@SenKamalaHarris !!!” with a long row of clapping hand emojis, while director Rob Reiner, a longtime vocal critic of current U.S. leader President Donald Trump, wrote, “Finally a Presidential ticket that looks like America!! Now we all go to work to restore the soul of our Nation. VOTE!!!!”
Other names signalling their approval of the historic selection included fervent Democrats Elizabeth Banks, Sara Bareilles, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Sarah Paulson, Sophia Bush, Kevin McHale, Emmy Rossum, George Takei, and Ashley Judd.
Meanwhile, former leader Barack Obama released a lengthy statement in support of the new double act on social media, concluding, “This is a good day for our country. Now let’s go win this thing.”
And former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton wrote, “I’m thrilled to welcome @kamalaharris to a historic Democratic ticket. She’s already proven herself to be an incredible public servant and leader. And I know she’ll be a strong partner to @joebiden. Please join me in having her back and getting her elected to a historic Democratic ticket.”
Paul McCartney | Paul McCartney: I was my own psychiatrist
Sir Paul McCartney didn’t have ”much time” to have mental health problems at the height of his musical fame.
The 78-year-old Beatles legend has admitted that fame has had an impact on his wellbeing, causing him to turn to alcohol, but he refused to allow himself to wallow in his low feelings and became his ”own psychiatrist”.
Speaking to the new issue of GQ magazine, he said: ”In truth, I just took to booze. There wasn’t much time to have mental health issues, it was just, f*** it, it’s boozing or sleeping. But I’m sure it did, as they were very depressing times.
”It’s funny, I remember when I first met Linda, she was divorced with a child and living in New York and having to fend for herself. She got depression and I remember her saying she made a decision. She said, ‘You know what? I’m not going to have this depression, because if I do I’m going to be in the hands of other people. And I’m not going to allow that to happen.’
”So she sort of picked herself up by her bootstraps and said, ‘I’ve got to get out of this myself.’
”And I think that was what I was able to do, to get out of the depression by saying, ‘OK, this is really bad and I’ve got to do something about it.’ So I did.
”And I think that’s my way, almost by being my own psychiatrist. You say, ‘This is not cool. You’re not as bad as you think you are,’ and all of the things. So you start to think, ‘OK.’ ”
Paul believes his refusal to ”give in” to moments of doubt and depression saved him from bigger problems in life.
He added: ”For instance, John (Lennon) saying, ‘All you ever wrote was ‘Yesterday’.’ No. Wait a minute. ‘Let It Be’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Lady Madonna’, for f**** sake. And I was happy to tell myself all of this. …
”I think that’s how I got out of it, by persuading myself that it wasn’t a good idea to give in to my depression and my doubts. I had to look for ways.”
Jessica Alba and Olivia Wilde Urge Other to ‘Stay Loud’ in Demanding Justice for Breonna Taylor
Marking 150 days since the emergency medical worker was fatally shot by cops, the two actresses join the likes of Ruby Rose, Sarah Paulson and Regina King among others in the campaign.
Taylor, an emergency medical worker, was fatally shot multiple times in her own home in Louisville, Kentucky, in March during a bungled drug raid, and her killing, along with that of George Floyd, was key in the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Marking 150 days since her death on Monday, August 10, Alba and Wilde both took to social media to share snaps of themselves wearing black T-shirts with the slogan, “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.” On the back of the garments was a portrait of Taylor along with, “Say her name.”
Alongside her photo, Alba shared a passage about Taylor’s case, reading: “It’s been 150 days since Breonna Taylor was murdered in her sleep… and her killers have not been charged.
“Too often Black women who die from police violence are forgotten. Let’s stay loud, keep demanding justice for Breonna and her family, and SAY HER NAME.”
Meanwhile, Wilde told fans that she explained Taylor’s case to her three-year-old daughter in the caption of her own post, insisting: “I didn’t sugarcoat the tragedy of it.”
“She should know what kind of world she is here to reimagine. Her innocent horror and confusion should be all of ours,” the “Life Itself (2018)” actress added.
Ruby Rose, Sarah Paulson, Regina King, Nikki Reed and Diane Guerrero are among the stars who also shared photos for the campaign, created by Phenomenal in partnership with the Breonna Taylor Foundation, to which all profits from the T-shirts will be donated. Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence and Oprah Winfrey are also among those campaigning to bring Taylor’s killers to justice.
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