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MGM explored a $600 million sale of the next James Bond film 'No Time to Die' to a streaming service
MGM explored a $600 million sale of the next James Bond film 'No Time to Die' to a streaming service
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MGM explored the possibility of selling "No Time to Die," the upcoming James Bond movie, to a streaming service on a $600 million deal. The movie was originally slated to debut last April, but was postponed initially to November and then to April 2021.

MGM took a $30 to $50 million hit as a result of the postponements, so far.

An MGM spokesperson stated: "We do not comment on rumours. The film is not for sale. The film’s release has been postponed until April 2021 in order to preserve the theatrical experience for moviegoers."

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Filmmaker James Redford dies at the age of 58
James Redford
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The filmmaker and environmental activist James Redford has passed away at the age of 58, his wife Kyle has confirmed.

James, who was the son of actor Robert Redford, died of bile-duct cancer in his liver on October 16.

Kyle Redford posted on Twitter: "Jamie died today. We’re heartbroken. He lived a beautiful, impactful life & was loved by many. He will be deeply missed."

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Channing Dungey to become chairwoman of Warner Bros. TV
Channing Dungey
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Channing Dungey, former President of ABC Entertainment, will take over as chairwoman of Warner Bros. Television Group. Dungey will replace the veteran television executive Peter Roth, who will step down next year.

Ten days ago it was announced Channing Dungey had stepped down as VP Original Content and head of drama at Netflix after 20 months at the streamer.

Dungey will start her tenure early next year and will report to Ann Sarnoff, chief executive of Warner Media Studios and Networks Group.

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AMC Theatres says it's running out of money by the end of the year
AMC Theatres says it's running out of money by the end of the year

AMC Theatres, the world’s largest movie theatre chain, announced Tuesday that its cash resources "would be largely depleted by the end of 2020 or early 2021."

The company has reopened more than 80% of its US cinemas since March, but the lack of a vaccine and with few new movies to show, the attendance has been abysmal -- a decline of 85% compared to the same period last year.

AMC said it has two ways out of its cash crisis: Either more customers need to buy tickets, or it will have to find new ways to borrow money.

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Benedict Cumberbatch joins "Spider-Man 3" cast as Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch will be reprising his role as Doctor Strange in Marvel's third installment of Spider-Man, starring Tom Holland in the title role.

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'Jurassic World: Dominion' halts production after positive Covid-19
'Jurassic World: Dominion' halts production after positive Covid-19
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The "Jurassic World: Dominion" production will be halted for at least two weeks after multiple cases of Covid-19.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, a spokesperson for Universal Pictures said that "due to our rigid protocols and to ensure that the safety and well-being of our entire cast and crew is paramount at all times, those who initially tested positive are currently self-isolating, as are those who they have come into contact with. As a result filming has been temporarily paused and will resume in accordance with established safety guidelines."

The movie, the third film in the new Jurassic trilogy, had been scheduled for release June 11, 2021, but it has now been moved to June 10, 2022.

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Cineworld announces temporary suspension of US and UK cinema operations
Cineworld announces temporary suspension of US and UK cinema operations

As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Cineworld Group has announced that all operations in the United States and the United Kingdom will be suspended.

They stated that "In response to an increasingly challenging theatrical landscape and sustained key market closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cineworld confirms that it will be temporarily suspending operations at all of its 536 Regal theatres in the U.S. and its 127 Cineworld and Picturehouse theatres in the U.K. from Thursday, 8 October 2020".

The closures will impact around 45,000 employees, and it is not clear when the cinemas will reopen.

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Facebook counters Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma" that criticized practices of the social network
Facebook counters Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma" that criticized practices of the social network
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In a post, Facebook has taken a stance towards the accusations from the Netflix documentary "The Social Dilemma".

Facebook stated that "the film’s creators do not include insights from those currently working at the companies or any experts that take a different view to the narrative put forward by the film" and added that "it gives a distorted view of how social media platforms work".

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Release of James Bond's 'No Time To Die' has been delayed again
Release of James Bond's 'No Time To Die' has been delayed again
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No Time to Die, the 25th James Bond film, had its release delayed until April 2, 2021. Supposed to arrive in April 2020, the movie release had already been postponed to November 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans, but we now look forward to sharing NO TIME TO DIE next year."

The movie marks Daniel Craig's final appearance as British secret service agent, 007.

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Filming of Avatar 2 "100 percent complete", James Cameron says
Filming of Avatar 2 "100 percent complete", James Cameron says
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Canadian filmmaker and director James Cameron has recently confirmed that filming on Avatar 2 and 3 is almost done after the Covid-19 pandemic had delayed shooting.

"We've got about 10 percent left to go. We're 100 percent complete on Avatar 2 and we're sort of 95 percent complete on Avatar 3," Cameron said in a video call with Terminator friend Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Covid hit us like it hit everybody... We lost about four and a half months of production. As a result of that, we've rolled around one more full year for a release in December of 2022. That's been announced already. Now that doesn't mean I have an extra year to finish the film, because the day we deliver Avatar 2 we'll just start working on finishing Avatar 3."

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Emmys: Zendaya youngest to win best lead actress in a drama
Emmys: Zendaya youngest to win best lead actress in a drama
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The 24-year-old Zendaya won the Emmy for best lead actress in a drama for her role as Rue on HBO's "Euphoria", becoming the the youngest actress to win in that category.

"I know this feels like a weird time to be celebrating, but I just want to say there is hope in the young people out there," so Zendaya. "I know our TV show doesn't always feel like a great example of that, but there is hope in the young people, and I just want to say to all my peers out there doing the work in the streets, I see you, I admire you, I thank you."

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Emmys: Multiple wins for Schitt's Creek, Succession and Watchman
Emmys: Multiple wins for Schitt's Creek, Succession and Watchman
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Canadian comedy show Schitt's Creek won seven Emmys on Sunday night for its sixth and final season, including best comedy series, best actor in a comedy series (Eugene Levy), best actress in a comedy series (Catherine O'Hara) and best contemporary costumes (Darci Cheyne and Debra Hanson). It set the record for most wins in a single season for a comedy.

HBO's family conglomerate drama Succession was won the award for best drama series and outstanding lead actor in a drama series (Jeremy Strong).

HBO's Watchmen wins the award for outstanding limited series, outstanding lead actress in a limited series or TV movie (Regina King) and supporting actor in a limited series or movie (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II).

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Tatiana Maslany casts as title character in Marvel's She-Hulk
Tatiana Maslany casts as title character in Marvel's She-Hulk
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Tatiana Maslany has been cast as the title character of Marvel's She-Hulk series for Disney+. Maslany, who is known from Orphan Black, will be joined by Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) as lead writer and Kat Coiro as director.

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Actress Dame Diana Rigg dies at the age of 82
Dame Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell
Dame Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell

The British Actress Dame Diana Rigg, famous for TV roles as Emma Peel in The Avengers and as Olenna Tyrell in Game of Thrones, has died at the age of 82 of cancer, after being diagnosed in March.

Rigg also appeared as Tracy Bond, James Bond’s only wife, in the 1969 Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

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The Walking Dead will end after season 11
The Walking Dead will end after season 11
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AMC's zombie apocalypse TV show The Walking Dead will end in 2022 after an "expanded 11th season". Season 10 has been delayed due to Covid-19 and will air in 2021.

Following the end of TWD, fans can expect a spinoff of the series starring Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride.

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Tenet grosses $20.2m on opening weekend in US
Tenet grosses $20.2m on opening weekend in US
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Christopher Nolan's new movie "Tenet" garnered around $20.2 million in the US over Labor Day weekend. Usually, Nolan's movies make around $50m during an opening weekend but around 45% of the country's film venues remain closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Domestically, while our results show positive like-for-like theatre indicators compared to previous films such as Dunkirk, there is literally no context in which to compare the results of a film opening during a pandemic with any other circumstance. We are in unprecedented territory, so any comparisons to the pre-COVID world would be inequitable and baseless," Warner Bros said in a statement.

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Robert Pattinson tested positive for Covid-19
Robert Pattinson
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The Vanity Fair magazine reports Robert Pattinson tested positive for Covid-19. The production of "The Batman" had to be halted just days after the superhero drama resumed work at studios outside of London.

The studio, Warner Bros, released a statement: “A member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”

Back in March, with the quarantine lockdown, the production had to be shut down, resuming only a few days ago.

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"Star Trek: Discovery" introduces first-ever transgender and non-binary characters
"Star Trek: Discovery" introduces first-ever transgender and non-binary characters
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"Star Trek: Discovery" will introduce the franchise's first-ever transgender and non-binary characters in its third season premiering on October 15.

Trans actor Ian Alexander will portray the trans character Gray and Blu del Barrio will make their TV acting debut as the non-binary character Adira.

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Netflix to adapt "The Three-Body Problem" sci-fi trilogy
Netflix to adapt "The Three-Body Problem" sci-fi trilogy
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Netflix announced Tuesday that it is developing an original series based on the sci-fi book trilogy "The Three-Body Problem" by the Chinese author Liu Cixin.

Rian Johnson, director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, former "Game of Thrones" showrunners, signed as showrunners.

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Carole Baskin joins ABC's Dancing With The Stars
Carole Baskin joins ABC's Dancing With The Stars

Carole Baskin, known for her appearance in Netflix's docuseries "Tiger King", will be joining Season 29 of ABC's dance competition TV series "Dancing With The Stars". The season is set to premiere on September 14.

Baskin will be competing against AJ McLean (Backstreet Boys), Kaitlyn Bristowe (Bachelorette), Nev Schulman (Catfish), Monica Aldama (Netflix's Cheer), Johnny Weir (Figure skater), Vernon Davis (Football player), Charles Oakley (NBA), Skai Jackson (Disney), Anne Heche (Actress, Donnie Brasco), Jeannie Mai (The Real) and Chrishell Stause (Selling Sunset). Each celebrity will be paired with a professional dancer.

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Netflix releases trailer for Hill House sequel "The Haunting of Bly Manor"
Title Card of "The Haunting of Bly Manor"
Title Card of "The Haunting of Bly Manor" Credit: Netflix

Netflix has released the trailer for "The Haunting of Bly Manor", the follow-up to 2018's "The Haunting of Hill House."

Bly Manor is based on the 1898 novella "The Turn of the Screw" by Henry James and stars Victoria Pedretti, Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Amelie Smith and Amelia Eve.

"Arriving October 9th, this new chapter in the Haunting anthology series revolves around Bly Manor and the lives of its inhabitants, both living and dead," so Netflix about the new series.

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Actor Chadwick Boseman dies at 43 after a 4-year fight with colon cancer
Chadwick Boseman at ComicCon
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Actor Chadwick Boseman, the star of "Black Panther", died in his home after a 4-year fight with colon cancer. Boseman learned in 2016 that he had Stage 3 colon cancer, which had progressed to Stage 4.

A statement posted on Boseman's social networks said: "It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman ... A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much."

The statement also said it was "the honour of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in 'Black Panther.'"

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Berlinale 2021 will have gender-neutral performance awards
The Berlinale Palast during the Berlin Film Festival in 2007
The Berlinale Palast during the Berlin Film Festival in 2007 Credit: Maharepa (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

The Berlin International Film Festival, Berlinale, announced that the performance awards would be defined in a gender-neutral way. Instead of the awards for the Best Actor and the Best Actress, a "Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance" and a "Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance" shall each be awarded on a gender-neutral basis.

The organisers also announced the 2021 edition is planned to happen from February 11 to February 21 as a physical festival "in accordance with the then-applicable rules and regulations, thus ensuring the greatest possible security for all guests."

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Tron 3 with Jared Leto to be directed by Garth Davis
Garth Davis
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The third instalment in the "Tron" film franchise is going to be directed by filmmaker Garth Davis and to be starred, and produced, by Jared Leto.

The film will not be a direct sequel to 2010's "Tron: Legacy" and 1982's "Tron," and it is still to be greenlighted by Disney.

Leto said on Instagram: "I am so very excited and proud to confirm that YES - I will be starring in TRON."

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Mulan to premiere on Disney Plus
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Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced the movie "Mulan" will premiere on the service on September 4 for $29.99. On markets where Disney Plus is not available, the film will be released theatrically.

The announcement was made on the company’s earnings call after the market close Tuesday.

Mulan was originally scheduled to debut in March but due to the Covid-19 pandemic it was moved to July 24, then to August 21, and few weeks ago it was postponed indefinitely.

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Apple TV+ announces new Oprah Winfrey show "The Oprah Conversation"
“The Oprah Conversation” is Oprah Winfrey’s newest series on Apple TV+, following “Oprah Talks COVID-19” and “Oprah’s Book Club.”
“The Oprah Conversation” is Oprah Winfrey’s newest series on Apple TV+, following “Oprah Talks COVID-19” and “Oprah’s Book Club.” Credit: Apple TV+

Apple TV+ announced its new Apple Original series "The Oprah Conversation", "a new series that will continue to explore impactful and relevant topics with fascinating thought leaders from all over the world." Oprah Winfrey's new show was filmed remotely and is set to debut on July 30 exclusively on Apple TV+. The first episode, titled "How to Be an Antiracist", will feature bestselling author Professor Ibram X. Kendi. Other guests include Emmanuel Acho, creator and host of "Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man" and Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson.

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Disney postpones movie releases due to Covid-19 pandemic
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The Walt Disney Company will not release several movies for the time being. The company announced it is postponing the premiere of Mulan indefinitely and is also pushing back the sequels to James Cameron's Avatar and the release of the Star Wars trilogy films by a year each.

Mulan was initially slated to be released in March, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was delayed to July and then to August.

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Christopher Nolan’s 'Tenet' August release date has been delayed
Christopher Nolan’s 'Tenet' August release date has been delayed
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Warner Bros. has removed 'Tenet' from its release calendar. Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi thriller was set to hit theatres on August 12 but the company cited "continued uncertainty," to vacate the date.

Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said: "Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theater partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen,".

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Netflix shares its 10 most popular original movies
Netflix shares its 10 most popular original movies
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Netflix has shared its 10 most popular original movies. "Extraction" starring Chris Hemsworth is at the top of the list with 99 million viewers, followed by "Bird Box" starring Sandra Bullock with 89 million and "Spenser Confidential" starring Mark Wahlberg with 85 million.

Also featured on the list are the movies "Murder Mystery" with 73m viewers, "The Irishman" with 64m viewers and "The Perfect Date" with 48m views.

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MythBusters' host Grant Imahara dies at 49 of a brain aneurysm
Grant Imahara
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Grant Imahara, the former co-host of Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" and Netflix's "White Rabbit Project", has died suddenly at the age of 49 of a brain aneurysm.

Born in Los Angeles, Imahara joined Lucasfilm’s THX and later moved to its VFX unit ILM. During his tenure, he worked on films in such blockbuster movies as Jurassic Park, The Matrix, The Terminator, xXx, Galaxy Quest, Van Helsing and Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

Adam Savage, co-host of MythBusters, tweeted: "I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend."