The First Sundance Screening Was A ‘Disaster’
It’s always a great honor to have your independent film premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Founded in 1978, the Utah-based film-centric event is a cornerstone for some of the biggest, most exemplary indies of the past few decades, and Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut is one of the movies that helped establish this film festival as the place where careers foster and grow and young, up-and-coming filmmakers become some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Alas, while Sundance played a pivotal role in Reservoir Dogs‘ future success, the film’s first screening was a legendary disaster. It was a complicated process bringing the film to the festival, with the final print reportedly shipped a mere three days before its first screening, and the film was plagued by a faulty projection, misbehaving lights, and a power outage at a crucial point.
According to Tarantino, part of the problem was that the theater didn’t have a scope lens for the projector, so the movie didn’t look right all the way through. And it got worse from there. Here’s what Tarantino said:
Going into 2020, the plan was for Mulan to play in theaters starting March 27, and the world premiere was even held in Los Angeles on March 9. However, due to the global health crisis, Mulan’s release date was pushed to July 24 and then moved back to August 24 before being taken off the calendar altogether. Mulan will still have a theatrical run in various other countries, but if you live in the United States, you’ll need to have access to Disney+.
It’s hard for even me to properly explain what the Bill and Ted franchise means to me, I’m not sure I even understand it, but I’m certainly going to try. While many people reading this likely discovered the first two movies on DVD, or even VHS, I saw both of them in the theater. I was very much looking forward to seeing the new movie that way as well, even going so far as to try and track down the friend I saw the first two movies with, who I haven’t seen or spoken to in a couple of decades. That was not meant to be, but Bill and Ted Face the Music is here. It’s the first movie that I’ve actually been willing to spend PVOD money on because I wanted to see it so much, and it was totally worth waiting nearly three decades to see it end.
John David Washington plays a character with no name in Tenet. He’s a CIA agent lured into a mission involving a Russian arms dealer (Kenneth Branagh) who practices time inversion, thanks to an invention that happened… in the future. I know. It’s a lot. When we spoke with Washington, we asked what questions he expected to get from friends and family, now that Tenet is starting to screen, and he told us:
One difference between Denis Villeneuve’s Dune and the original is the remake is being split into two parts. While the original tried to cram a massive epic into two hours, it looks like Villeneuve’s approach will be to give it breathing room over those two parts. For some movies, this doesn’t play out too well, like The Hobbit trilogy. But, for Dune, it just might work.
While most of what we knew about Wonder Woman 1984 was slim, over the past year, things have come to light, helping form a fuller picture of what Diana Prince will be up against in the sequel. Unlike Wonder Woman which was set during World War I, the sequel will follow Diana Prince in the ’80s, before the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Lana Wachowski has assembled a strong cast to bring The Matrix 4 to life, full of a mixture of returning and new faces. Joining Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are Jada Pinkett Smith and Lambert Wilson reprising their roles from the trilogy. The new cast includes names like Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra, Hamilton‘s Jonathan Groff, and Iron Fist‘s Jessica Henwick.
Once again, COVID-19 has struck TThe Batman. The Dark Knight’s latest movie had to stop filming earlier this year due to coronavirus-related reasons (as so many film productions did), and today, just days after filming resumed, it was revealed that the pause button was pressed yet again due to someone on the cast and crew contracting the disease. Now word’s come in this individual is the movie’s main star, Robert Pattinson.
It’s just not the fall season in Hollywood if we’re not seeing the release of biopics starring high-caliber stars bringing history to life, and though 2020 has been far from a typical year in cinema, it’s going to be no exception. In less than a months audiences will be able to see Julianne Moore transform into feminist icon Gloria Steinem in the upcoming Julie Taymor movie The Glorias – which co-stars Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson, Ryan Keira Armstrong, Janelle Monáe, Lorraine Toussaint, Bette Midler, Monica Sanchez, Kimberly Guerrero – and now the first trailer for the film has been released online. Check it out below!
The Mission: Impossible franchise has long been a global espionage action thriller, featuring locations all over the world. So, right now, Mission: Impossible 7 is filming in Norway. According to Variety, the production didn’t consider the hotels good enough to house their crew, due to COVID-19 concerns, so they rented two cruise ships from the company Hurtigruten.