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Avatar Crew has returned to Wellington, NZ
Opening logo to the Avatar film
Opening logo to the Avatar film Credit: 20th Century Fox / TheCuriousGnome / Public domain

In a first-ever commercially operated, direct flight from Los Angeles to Wellington, the Avatar Crew including James Cameron returned to New Zealand to resume production on the sequels of Avatar. Entry in the country was allowed as the project was deemed to have "significant economic value". The crew of 50 people has to enter a "14-day Government-supervised self-isolation" before resuming filming.

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Netflix announces that it'll automatically cancel inactive users plans

The streaming service has announced that it'll contact users that are subscribed to the streaming service but haven't used it in over a year in order to notify them about their subscription. The users will be asked if they want to continue their subscription and if Netflix doesn't hear back it's planning on automatically canceling the service.

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Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves deliver masks to hospitals in rural Texas

The actor has posted on Facebook that he and his wife started delivering 110.000 face masks to hospitals in need across rural Texas. In the post, he stated that the luxury carmaker Lincoln had donated them.

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The ‘Snyder Cut’ of Justice League will be released on HBO Max
Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of the Justice League film
Zack Snyder’s director’s cut of the Justice League film Credit: HBO Max

Warner Bros. Pictures announced that a director's cut of Zack Snyder's 2017's DC Comics film “Justice League” will debut next year on the streaming service HBO Max.
“I want to thank HBO Max and Warner Brothers for this brave gesture of supporting artists and allowing their true visions to be realized. Also a special thank you to all of those involved in the SnyderCut movement for making this a reality,” said Snyder during a live video conference.

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Netflix's Umbrella Academy returns for season 2 on July 31

The Umbrella Academy, based on Gerard Way's comic, will return for season 2 on July 31. In a video posted to YouTube, the actors who play the Hargreeves siblings, recreated the first season's dance scene to announce the release date.

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Season 5 of Netflix's Queer Eye to be released on June 5

Netflix announced that season 5 of Queer Eye will premiere on June 5. This season is set in Philadelphia and shows a return of all the Fab Five: Antoni Porowski, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown and Tan France.

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Warner Bros. Plans to Pick Up Production of Matrix 4 in July

Variety reports that Warner Bros. is planning to restart production of Matrix 4 in July after production was forced to shut down in March. The cast has allegedly signed contract extensions, keeping them on hold until July 6. Matrix 4 is set to be released sometime in 2021.

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Cannes Film Festival to announce Selection in June
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Viewers in cinema Credit:

A spokesperson of the Cannes Film Festival has announced that they will announce "films from the (initial Official) Selection at the beginning of June". The fall film festival is currently ruling out a physical festival but might organize a “redeployment ‘outside the walls’ (of Cannes), in collaboration with fall festivals", including festivals such as Venice, Toronto and New York.

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Roy Horn, half of Siegfried and Roy, passed away

Roy Horn (75), magician, entertainer and half of the magic act duo Siegfried and Roy, passed away on Friday of complications from Covid-19.

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NBC's The Blacklist's season 7 finale to be partly animated

The production of NBC's show The Blacklist, like many other TV shows', came to a halt in March due to Covid-19. As filming became impossible, the producers decided to add animated sequences to the live-action scenes that had already been filmed of the season 7 finale. The actors of the show, among them James Spader and Megan Boon, have recorded the audio from their homes. The episode is airing on May 15.

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NASA and Tom Cruise allegedly in talks to film aboard Space Station
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International Space Station (ISS) in space Credit: NASA

In a tweet on May 5th, Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, said that he was excited to work with Tom Cruise to shoot an action-adventure movie aboard NASA's International Space Station. "We need popular media to inspire a new generation of engineers and scientists to make @NASA’s ambitious plans a reality.", he added. According to, SpaceX is also said to be involved with the project, more details are yet to be announced.

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"Parks and Recreation" TV special raises $2.8 million for Covid-19 Response Fund

In a special reunion episode of "Parks and Recreation" which concluded originally in 2015, one of the main protagonists Leslie Knope, portrayed by Amy Poehler, virtually catches up with her former fictional co-workers. At the end of the episode the viewers were directed to a fundraiser website of Feeding America in order to raise money for the organization's Covid-19 Response Fund. So far over $2.8 million have been raised and further contributions are still possible.

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Tribeca and YouTube team up for "We Are One" virtual global film festival
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We Are One: Global Film Festival Logo Credit: YouTube,Tribeca/We Are One: Global Film Festival

Tribeca and YouTube have teamed up to present We Are One: A Global Film Festival taking place from May 29 to June 7. The free event will be hosted on YouTube and feature films, documentaries, shorts and others from the top film festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Tribeca and Venice. Major film festivals were forced to cancel their events due to Covid-19. We Are One will be ad-free but viewers will be asked to donate to Covid-19 relief funds.

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The Academy officially changes Oscar rules due to coronavirus

Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for the 2021 awards season, announced The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
"Until further notice, and for the 93rd Awards year only, films that had a previously planned theatrical release but are initially made available on commercial streaming or VOD service may qualify in the Best Picture, general entry and specialty categories for the 93rd Academy Awards," the board said in a statement.

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Actress Honor Blackman dies at age 94

The actress Honor Blackman, best known for playing the Bond girl 'Pussy Galore', has died at age 94 from causes unrelated to coronavirus. Blackman had an acting career spanning for over eighty years. Famous for her parts in 'The Avengers' and the Bond film 'Goldfinger', she was also known for playing the goddess Hera in 'Jason and the Argonauts' as well as Laura West in the 1990s sitcom 'The Upper Hand'. She appeared in theatrical productions of 'The Sound of Music', 'My Fair Lady' and 'Cabaret'.

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Texas Cinema turns parking lot into drive-in cinema

After being forced to close the cinema following the spread of the coronavirus, the EVO Entertainment Group decided to repurpose the parking lot into a drive-in cinema. Every evening people can drive up and park in the theater parking lot to enjoy a movie screening for free. The cinema itself sells food from the kitchen and sofar all screenings have been booked out. The CEO of the company, Mitchell Roberts stated that it "is a difficult time for everyone, so we’ve made it our goal to find a way to spread positivity within our community while sharing in the responsibility of social distancing during the crisis".