The release date for the new James Bond film, No Time To Die, has been bumped up a few days earlier than originally planned after experiencing a months-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic. Per Deadline, MGM has announced that No Time To Die will now be occupying the release date of the Godzilla vs. King Kong, which was slated to come out on November 20th later this year. No Time To Die had been scheduled to be released on November 25th in the United States ever since it was announced on March 4th that the film would be postponed from its original release date of April 10th. However, the film has been rescheduled yet again, this time by just a few days.
When the first postponement was announced back in March, it was predicted that MGM would lose between $30-50 million as a result of the new date. However, producers indicated at the time that they were fully prepared for this financial hit, and supported the decision to reschedule the release.
"They obviously are doing the right thing by putting the public safety, world safety, first,” producer Barbara Broccoli said at the time. “How will coronavirus affect the whole world markets and affect trade in general?" producer Michael Wilson asked. "We’re just one of the people that have to work in that environment.”
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No Time To Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, will see Daniel Craig returning as James Bond for his fifth and possibly final time. The film also stars Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, and Christoph Waltz.
Spike Lee Feels For Woody Allen Amid "Cancel Culture": "I Know He’s Going Through It"
Spike Lee came to the defence of his friend Woody Allen, who’s long been accused of child sexual abuse, indicating that “he’s going through it right now.”
Spike Lee feels for his friend, Woody Allen, who’s been accused of child sexual abuse for years by his adopted daughter. Spike recently spoke to Michael Riedel and Len Berman on 710 WOR’s “In The Morning” about his new Netflix film, Da 5 Bloods. During their conversation, Spike came to the defence of his friend and fellow director, whom he believes has been some kind of victim of “cancel culture.”
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“I’d just like to say Woody Allen is a great, great filmmaker and this cancel thing is not just Woody,” he said. “When we look back on it we are going to see that—short of killing someone—you can’t just erase someone like they never existed. Woody is a friend of mine…and I know he’s going through it right now.”
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Back in 2017, Woody’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, wrote an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times detailing the alleged sexual abuse he committed against her when she was a child. “I have long maintained that when I was 7 years old, Woody Allen led me into an attic, away from the babysitters who had been instructed never to leave me alone with him,” she wrote. “He then sexually assaulted me. I told the truth to the authorities then, and I have been telling it, unaltered, for more than 20 years.”
During his appearance on “In The Morning,” Spike also spoke on the current protests against systemic racism that have been happening all over the world in recent weeks. “What is uplifting to me is that people are marching all over this God’s Earth for Black Lives Matter,” he said. “There’s definitely something in the air…people come together, people want police reform, people want justice and I think we are in a special moment in the USA.”
Rupert Grint Speaks Out Against J.K. Rowling’s Transphobic Remarks
Rupert Grint echoed his "Harry Potter" co-stars by expressing his support of the trans community following series author J.K. Rowling's transphobic comments.
Rupert Grint is the last of the famous Harry Potter trio to respond to J.K. Rowling's recent comments about trans people, and he stands firmly with his former co-stars. The series' author caused quite a stir last week when she yet again expressed transphobic sentiments about biological sex and the term "people who menstruate." Since then, several stars of the Harry Potter film franchise, including Emma Watson, Bonnie Wright, Katie Leung and Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, have come forward to offer their support to the trans community. Now, Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley in the HP films, is expressing similar sentiments.
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"Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment," Grint said to The Times in a statement. "I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers.”
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In her original tweets, Rowling questioned the term "people who menstruate" before explaining why she thinks the concept of biological sex is important. "‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" she tweeted.
"If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction," she wrote. "If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth."
"The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women - ie, to male violence - ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences - is a nonsense," she continued. "I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so."
She went on to double down on her stance in a 3,000-word essay in which she opened up about her own experiences of sexual abuse and domestic violence.
Halle Bailey Recalls Dealing With Racism Following "The Little Mermaid" Casting
Halle Bailey of Chloe x Halle opened up about overcoming the racism she endured after it was announced that she’d been cast as Ariel in the live action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”
Halle Bailey was the subject of plenty of racist scrutiny last summer after the news broke that she’d been cast as Ariel in the upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid, but the talented artist did not let any of the hate get to her. Halle appeared alongside her older sister, Chloe, who together make up the group Chloe x Halle, on the cover of Teen Vogue this week. In their cover story, Halle was asked about the negative criticism she received by folks who took issue with a Black woman playing the fictional mermaid.
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“We’ve always learned to just keep our heads up no matter the situation,” she said. “No matter what anybody has to say about you…just keep pushing.”
Halle officially landed the exciting role last July after director Rob Marshall conducted “an extensive search” to find the perfect Ariel. “It was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” he said at the time. While many were thrilled for Halle, others decided to turn a happy situation sour, and project their own racist views onto her casting. Some even had the nerve to start a petition titled #NotMyAriel in an attempt to have Disney recast the character with a white actress that they felt would more closely resemble the animated fish-human hybrid. In response, Disney’s cable network, Freeform, wrote “An open letter to the Poor, Unfortunate Souls” who were vehemently against their casting choice.
All the while, Halle stayed positive. “I feel like I’m dreaming, and I’m just grateful,” she told Variety at the time of her casting. “I don’t pay attention to the negativity. I just feel like this role is something bigger than me. It’s going to be beautiful.”
Beyoncé To Sign $100 Million Deal For 3 Disney Projects Including "Black Panther 2"
Beyoncé is “in talks” to sign a $100 million deal with Disney for three new major projects, including the upcoming sequel to “Black Panther.”
Beyoncé has officially become a vital part of the Disney family. It looks like the superstar’s stint as Nala in the 2019 live action remake of The Lion King, as well as helming the film’s official soundtrack, was not a one-time endeavour with the Mouse House. Although she has already been secured for the soundtrack of the upcoming sequel to 2018’s Black Panther, Beyoncé has become “a major player for Disney and is the perfect fit for their brand.” That’s why, according to The Sun‘s sources, Disney has offered Bey a £80million deal—approximately $100 million USD—for two more projects along with Black Panther 2.
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“As part of the deal,” the source revealed, “they are also trying to get her team to agree to have Beyoncé voicing some of the new documentaries coming to Disney Plus. After the success of having Meghan Markle voicing the film Elephant on the platform, they have projects coming up which align perfectly with Beyoncé’s brand.” While “negotiations are still ongoing,” the source confirms that “the final details that are being thrashed out now.”
Back in April, Bey participated in the ABC’s Disney Family Singalong where she sang “When You Wish Upon A Star” from the Disney film, Pinocchio. During her appearance, she noted that she is “very proud and honoured to be a part of the Disney family.”
"Bill And Ted Face The Music" First Trailer Arrives
Check out the first trailer of Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter’s upcoming reunion “Bill And Ted Face The Music.”
It’s been decades since we last saw Bill and Ted cavorting throughout the time-space continuum, with Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey having landed in 1991. Yet that’s about to change with the trilogy’s upcoming chapter Bill & Ted Face The Music, which finds Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprising their roles for another outlandish adventure. Today marks the arrival of the film’s first official teaser trailer, which provides a glimpse at the general plotline to come.
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Having failed to write the song that will unite the world, Bill and Ted decide to take a shortcut and fast-forward into the future, where they can essentially steal the song from themselves. The moral conundrum associated with plagiarizing from one’s self is briefly discussed, but let’s be honest, neither Bill nor Ted carry much weight in the philosophy department. Unfortunately, things don’t seem like they’re going to go as planned, as both Bill and Ted’s future selves don’t exactly seem like the charitable type. Though as we’ve seen before, the mindless charms of two affable slackers can hold unexpected power.
Check out the first teaser trailer below, and look for Bill & Ted Face The Music to crashland at some point this year. Will you be checking it out?
David Oyelowo Says "Selma" Was Blackballed Over "I Can’t Breathe" Shirts
David Oyelowo starred in "Selma" as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and he recently shared that after the cast wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts to the film's premiere, upset Academy members pledged not to vote for the movie.
It was a powerful film that dramatized one of the Civil Rights Movement's most poignant moments in history, but Selma was reportedly blackballed by the Academy Awards. Selma would go on to earn Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Song, with Common and John Legend winning for the latter. However, as well-received as the movie was, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences decided not to include the film in any other category. David Oyelowo starred in the Ava Duvernay-directed film as Dr. Martin Juther King Jr., and he recently told Screen Daily's Screen Talks that after they wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts to the movie's premiere, Academy members were angry.
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"Selma coincided with Eric Garner being murdered," Oyelowo said of the black man who was choked to death by police as he told them, "I Can't Breath." The actor added, "That was the last time we were in a place of ‘I Can’t Breathe.'... I remember at the premiere of Selma us wearing ‘I Can’t Breathe’ T-shirts in protest," the actor continued. "Members of the Academy called in to the studio and our producers saying, ‘How dare they do that?' 'Why are they stirring sh—?’ and ‘We are not going to vote for that film because we do not think it is their place to be doing that.' It’s part of why that film didn’t get everything that people think it should’ve got and it birthed #OscarsSoWhite. They used their privilege to deny a film on the basis of what they valued in the world."
Later, DuVernay co-signed David Oyelowo's account when she tweeted, "True story." Someone from The Academy acknowledged the story and retweeted the filmmaker with a response that read, "Ava & David, we hear you. Unacceptable. We're committed to progress." Check it out below.
Michael B. Jordan & Jamie Foxx’s "Just Mercy" Free To Rent As A Show Of Protest Support
The legal drama is now free to rent for the month of June.
The civil rights era film co-starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx has been made available to rent for free for the month of June on digital streaming platforms by Warner Bros. Pictures because of the company’s belief in the “power of story.”
Just Mercy, originally released in theaters back in 2019 to limited reception, is a film about the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson in the 80s. Directed by Daniel Cretton, the film stars Michael B. Jordan as Stevenson, the lawyer who defends Walter McMillian against a wrongful murder conviction. McMillain is played by Jamie Foxx. Throughout the film, Stevenson not only attempts to fight the murder conviction, but also the systemic issues within the United States legal system.
Along with a tweet announcing the news, Warner Bros. also released a statement explaining the move. “We believe in the power of story,” the company said. “Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society. For the month of June, Just Mercy will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the US.”
The company offers the film as a resource for those who want to learn more about the systemic racism that persists in this country.
Seth Rogen Tells "All Lives Matter" Supporters In His Comments To "F*ck Off"
Seth Rogen replied to as many people commenting "All Lives Matter" on his post as possible, telling them to "f*ck off" and stop supporting him.
Seth Rogen made great use of his reply button on Instagram earlier this week, when he told all the commenters writing "All Lives Matter" in response to his "Black Lives Matter" post to "f*ck off" and stop watching his movies. As many celebrities come forward to offer their support for the Black Lives Matter movement amid the protests against George's Floyd murder and police brutality, some have been receiving backlash from their followers who are not on board. On Monday (June 1st), Seth Rogen shared a Black Lives Matter logo on Instagram, writing in the caption, "If this is a remotely controversial statement to you, feel free to unfollow me."
His comments were quickly flooded with folks announcing that they had, in fact, unfollowed him, with some attempting to "correct" him by declaring that "All Lives Matter." Seth took notice of all these ignorant comments, and proceeded to reply to them one by one with some hilarious profanities.
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"All lives matter. Because all life is precious. No life is more important than another," one person wrote, to which Seth replied, "shut the f*ck up." Another wrote, "All Lives, nice racist division post tho. Fucking mental," which got a reply from Seth telling them, "f*ck you leave." When one commenter wrote, "All lives matter we all bleed red!!!!!" Seth proceeded to mock their own words by saying, "f*ck off. Facts!!!!!"
He even ordered a few of these insufferable commenters not to support his film career anymore. In response to one user's comment, “People making this only about blacks. When [it’s] about all races of color. Why do all these brutality videos only show the end? They don’t show wtf these people where doing to get in trouble in the first place," he wrote, "F*ck off. You don’t deserve my movies anymore. Stop watching my sh*t.”
Seth has also been vocal about the protests on Twitter. On Sunday (May 31st), he tweeted, "Always be more critical of the people upholding the racist system than the ones who are fighting against it."
Christopher Nolan’s "Tenet" Trailer Revealed After "Fortnite" Debut
Christopher Nolan’s latest film has a dope new trailer.
If you’re a big movie buff, then you have probably heard of Christopher Nolan. At this point, he is one of the biggest directors in the world and is responsible for some pretty mind-bending dramas. Nolan has a brand new movie coming out which is supposed to drop on July 17th although COVID-19 could put a stop to that which would definitely be a large setback. Either way, “Tenet” promises to be a huge blockbuster and the full trailer was recently revealed.
In fact, this trailer was originally revealed in “Fortnite” through a movie theatre-like event that was made to mirror what Travis Scott and Marshmello were able to do in the game. However, the trailer is now available for everyone to watch and if you’re a Nolan fan, you have to check this out.
If you’re unaware, Nolan was responsible for “Memento” as well as the “Batman Dark Knight” series. He also did “Inception” which is considered to be one of the best movies of this generation thanks to its insane storyline and peculiar visual style.
“Tenet” should be yet another dope entry in his filmography so stay tuned for updates on the film’s eventual release. Also, let us know in the comments below whether or not you plan on seeing it.