Hollywood was on temporary pause but productions are gearing back up, new releases are soon to hit theaters, and things are slowly starting to return to normal – or at least, our temporary new normal. Entertainment news has once again begun to drop with regularity. In case you missed it, here’s all the best news and tidbits from the last week.
Let’s hop to it.
We often hear stories of how playing dark and tormented characters have negatively impacted actors. But a recent interview between Henry Cavill and Patrick Stewart was a great reminder that playing inspiring characters can have a positive effect on actors, too. Cavill stated that it’s been impossible to not attempt to become a better person while playing the Big Blue Boy Scout. His comments echo similar statements we’ve heard over the years from Chris Evans on how playing Captain America has made him a better man.
Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves have been close friends for decades, having directly worked on three movies together and both appearing in a fourth. Their first collaboration was on Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula in 1992 when Ryder was just 20 years old. It was on that set that Ryder says Reeves showed his trademark kindness: When Coppola wanted Ryder to cry and show more emotion, he started hurling insults and terrible things at her in order to make her cry, urging the other cast members to join in. But Reeves refused, as did Anthony Hopkins. Ryder was luckily unfazed by it, but the experience kindled a friendship with Reeves that has lasted for almost 30 years.
This is interesting. A recent report from THR has revealed that Michael Keaton is in talks with Warner Bros. to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the DCEU. The plan is to use him in a similar fashion to how Marvel uses Nick Fury in the MCU movies, with Keaton as an older Bruce Wayne acting as the coordinator, mastermind and string-puller of the younger superheroes. If the deal goes through, his first appearance will be in The Flash, but, again, that won’t be his only DC movie appearance.
Edgar Wright has been a busy man through the quarantine shutdown with multiple projects on his plate. But his schedule just got even busier with his new project seeming to be a perfect fit. He’ll be directing Universal’s movie adaptation of The Chain, based on the 2019 bestseller by Adrian McKinty about a mother whose daughter is kidnapped and gets pulled into a cascading scheme of desperate people forced to kidnap and ransom children to get their own back. Jane Goldman is writing the script, which seems tailor-made for the action-oriented sensibilities of Wright.
With San Diego Comic-Con going virtual this year, Warner Bros. decided to skip it entirely to throw their own virtual event. They announced DC FanDome, a 24-hour virtual event set for Saturday, August 22nd. The immersive event is set to feature all things DC from movies to TV shows to comic books to merchandise to video games. Of course, the movies and TV shows will feature heavily, with cast and crew from every single current and upcoming project set to make an appearance, with announcements, surprise guests, and footage.
Zack Snyder has been keeping the hype train for the Snyder Cut going even before we learned that the Snyder Cut of Justice League is coming to HBO Max. But he released the first bit of footage from it, teasing there is more to come this August during the DC FanDome fan experience. We’re sure to see a trailer, if not some assembled footage, of Zack Snyder’s Justice League then.
Kristen Stewart has her next project lined up and it’s an unconventional one: She’s set to play Princess Diana in Spencer, directed by Pablo Larraín and based on a script from Peaky Blinders‘ Steven Knight. The story reportedly unfolds over a critical three-day weekend when Diana realizes her marriage to Charles isn’t working and that she doesn’t want to be constrained by the restrictive duties of royal life. While a seemingly unconventional choice for the part, it will be interesting to see what Stewart brings to the role.
The Academy announced it was launching Aperture 2025, the second phase of the Academy’s goal to diversify its membership, voting body and eligibility requirements in the wake of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign of five years ago. Aperture 2025 will link Oscars eligibility requirements to representation and inclusion standards and will go into effect for the 94th Academy Awards in 2022. To help with that, the Best Picture category will be re-expanded to 10 nominees for the same Oscars year, along with other announced initiatives with the goal of continuing to dismantle its outdated and exclusive body for an Academy that more closely reflects the reality of our world today.