Warner Bros. delays Tenet release again

The debut of Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film Tenet has been shelved by Warner Bros. who, after shuffling the spy action thriller’s premiere date three times, has removed the movie from its theatre schedule in the U.S.”Our goals throughout this pro…

The debut of Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming film Tenet has been shelved by Warner Bros. who, after shuffling the spy action thriller’s premiere date three times, has removed the movie from its theatre schedule in the U.S.

“Our goals throughout this process have been to ensure the highest odds of success for our films while also being ready to support our theatre partners with new content as soon as they could safely reopen,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in a statement published by Deadline.

Emmerich acknowledged cinemas, saying: “We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from exhibitors and remain steadfast in our commitment to the theatrical experience around the world,” but admitted that as the coronavirus pandemic has continued to proliferate, the studio was forced to reevaluate its releases.

“Amidst all this continued uncertainty, we have decided to vacate the current dates for our next two releases,” he continued, explaining: “We will share a new 2020 release date imminently for Tenet, Christopher Nolan’s wholly original and mind-blowing feature.”

Emmerich then hinted at an unconventional debut for the film, concluding: “We are not treating Tenet like a traditional global day-and-date release, and our upcoming marketing and distribution plans will reflect that.”

Online speculation has interpreted this to mean the film may open in China and other Asian countries before it hits screens in the U.S.

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Elizabeth Debicki learnt valuable lessons from ‘super challenging’ Tenet shoot

Elizabeth Debicki gleaned valuable lessons working with director Christopher Nolan on the “super challenging” Tenet shoot.The actress opened up on her role in the spy thriller during an interview with Porter magazine, and said that while landing the gi…

Elizabeth Debicki gleaned valuable lessons working with director Christopher Nolan on the “super challenging” Tenet shoot.

The actress opened up on her role in the spy thriller during an interview with Porter magazine, and said that while landing the gig was similar to winning a golden ticket for Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory from Roald Dahl’s classic novel, she was pushed to her limits during filming.

“The extremity of the commitment and the focus – it’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” she shared. “Working with someone like Chris, it’s a golden ticket. You know it’s going to be super challenging and you know there are going to be lessons for you.

“Sometimes you uncover them gently and sometimes they come and bite you on the a*s – for me, it was a combination of both.”

The actress also touched on her breakout role as Jordan Baker in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby in 2013, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton, and said she still counts her lucky stars she was cast in the opulent drama.

“I look back and I still wonder, what were the odds? I put it down to a little bit of magic,” she explained. “I can’t tell you how many times I have thought I was supposed to do something and been distraught if it didn’t work out. But I look back and go, I was just never supposed to, there was just too much ‘push’.”

Tenet, also starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, is set to be released on 12 August.

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Robert Pattinson was terrified doing stunt driving for Tenet

Robert Pattinson was terrified doing his own stunt driving on the set of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.The Twilight actor stars alongside John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nolan’s latest time-bending espionage thrille…

Robert Pattinson was terrified doing his own stunt driving on the set of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet.

The Twilight actor stars alongside John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki and Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nolan’s latest time-bending espionage thriller, which follows an agent who has to stop a global threat.

The British filmmaker likes to shoot his footage as practically as possible, with little help from CGI, so Pattinson was put behind the wheel for an elaborate car-chase sequence in Estonia after only a day’s training.

“It’s funny, I did one day’s training for the stunt driving,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly. “I thought that I wasn’t going to be doing any stunt driving in it, but then I ended up doing tons and tons.

“I remember doing one sequence where me and John David are in a BMW with an IMAX camera rigged on the hood, which means you can’t see anything through the windscreen, basically. And also, if you turn even slightly too much to the left or right, the rig hits the road, which is kind of terrifying. John David’s turning to me and saying, ‘Are you, like, a stunt driver or something?’”

Despite the terrifying nature of the stunt, the 34-year-old was thrilled to be able to have that hands-on experience, as it would be usually given to the stunt performers.

“Under normal circumstances you wouldn’t really be allowed to do this. But Chris has so much control over the set, you get to do the actual fun stuff, which normally would be reserved for experts and not people who can’t even parallel park,” he joked.

The Inception filmmaker responded to the actor’s comments by insisting that the crew made sure he was up to the task before giving him the stunts.

“His day of ‘stunt training’ was actually a day of ability assessment by our stunt team who found him to be an excellent driver more than capable of safely performing the required shots, none of which, for the record were as difficult as parallel parking,” he stated.

Tenet is currently scheduled to hit cinemas on 12 August.

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Anne Hathaway: ‘Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set’

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set. The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Pre…

Anne Hathaway has revealed that Christopher Nolan doesn’t allow chairs on set.

The Oscar-winning actress discussed her experience of working with the filmmaker on The Dark Knight Rises and Interstellar with Hugh Jackman, who starred in Nolan’s The Prestige, as part of Variety’s Actors on Actors series, and they recalled how he is one of many directors who doesn’t allow cell phones on set.

However, Hathaway then added a further unknown detail about Nolan’s filmmaking process.

“He doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working. And he’s right,” she nodded. “I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion. It always arrives at the end under schedule and under budget. I think he’s onto something with the chair thing.”

The Australian actor, who was surprised by the chair revelation, recalled how he had an issue with sharing a trailer with his co-star Christian Bale before he signed on The Prestige, which was released in 2006. Nolan convinced him to board the project by insisting that they wouldn’t spent more than an hour per day in the trailer and that they would be free to go home by 7pm every night, and he “was true to his word”.

Elsewhere in the chat, Hathaway praised the Dunkirk director’s approach to filmmaking, calling it one of her favourites.

“He’s broken it down to its most minimal, but also his movies are just so huge and ornate. That combination of really being intentional about what it was that we were doing – and also, he’s just so inspiring,” she gushed.

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Christopher Nolan disputes Anne Hathaway’s chair ban claim

Christopher Nolan’s team has disputed Anne Hathaway’s claim that he bans chairs on his movie sets.The Oscar-winning actress, who played Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in the director’s 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises, said in a recent interview …

Christopher Nolan’s team has disputed Anne Hathaway’s claim that he bans chairs on his movie sets.

The Oscar-winning actress, who played Selina Kyle and her feline alter ego in the director’s 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises, said in a recent interview that Nolan “doesn’t allow chairs, and his reasoning is, if you have chairs, people will sit, and if they’re sitting, they’re not working.”

Her revelation went viral on social media this week, and now a representative for the British filmmaker has dismissed Hathaway’s allegations.

“For the record, the only things banned from sets are cell phones (not always successfully) and smoking (very successfully),” his spokesperson Kelly Bush Novak explained to IndieWire. “The chairs Anne was referring to are the director’s chairs clustered around the video monitor, allocated on the basis of hierarchy not physical need.

“Chris chooses not to use his but has never banned chairs from the set. Cast and crew can sit wherever and whenever they need and frequently do.”

Hathaway made the revelation to her Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman for Variety’s Actors on Actors interview series earlier this week.

“I mean, he has these incredible movies in terms of scope and ambition and technical prowess and emotion… I think he’s onto something with the chair thing,” she also said.

The interview prompted a flurry of support for Nolan on social media, as several film critics and journalists denied that the filmmaker had a ban against chairs.

As well as The Dark Knight Rises, the 37-year-old actress also appeared in the director’s sci-fi epic Interstellar in 2014.

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Mulan delayed until August

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan has been delayed by almost a month due to the coronavirus pandemic. Niki Caro’s retelling of the classic Disney animation, starring Liu Yifei, was originally supposed to open in cinemas in late March, but its r…

Disney’s live-action adaptation of Mulan has been delayed by almost a month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Niki Caro’s retelling of the classic Disney animation, starring Liu Yifei, was originally supposed to open in cinemas in late March, but its release date was moved to 24 July after movie theatres closed amid the health crisis.

For a few weeks, Mulan looked set to be the first studio blockbuster to reopen cinemas, particularly after Warner Bros. bosses moved Christopher Nolan’s Tenet from its original 17 July slot, but Disney executives have now confirmed they are postponing its release by almost a month and it is now scheduled to open on 21 August.

“While the pandemic has changed our release plans for Mulan and we will continue to be flexible as conditions require, it has not changed our belief in the power of this film and its message of hope and perseverance,” said Alan Horn and Alan Bergman, co-chairmen of Walt Disney Studios, in a statement. “Director Niki Caro and our cast and crew have created a beautiful, epic, and moving film that is everything the cinematic experience should be, and that’s where we believe it belongs – on the world stage and the big screen for audiences around the globe to enjoy together.”

Last week, Warner Bros. bosses pushed Tenet back to 12 August. As a result, MGM postponed the release of Bill & Ted Face the Music, starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter, by two weeks to 28 August to avoid opening on the same week as the blockbuster.

In addition, Paramount Pictures announced it was delaying the release of Without Remorse, a Tom Clancy adaptation starring Michael B. Jordan, by almost five months from 2 October to 26 February 2021, and Russell Crowe’s thriller Unhinged has moved from 10 to 31 July.

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Tenet postponed until August

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet has been postponed once again. While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to bu…

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming blockbuster Tenet has been postponed once again.

While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budge from Tenet’s 17 July release date for months. However, earlier in June, they announced they were finally postponing it by two weeks to 31 July, and on Thursday, they revealed they were pushing it back by almost two more weeks to 12 August.

“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing Tenet to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.”

Earlier in June, Warner Bros. announced that Nolan’s movie Inception would be re-released in cinemas on 17 July – Tenet’s original date – to celebrate its 10th anniversary, but this has been postponed until 31 July.

Cinemas have reopened in some U.S. states and there are plans for more around the world to follow suit in early July. However, movie theatres in New York and Los Angeles – America’s biggest markets – will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

Currently, Disney’s Mulan is scheduled to be the first studio blockbuster to be released in cinemas following their closure, but it is widely believed that this will be pushed back from its 24 July date too.

Russell Crowe’s independent thriller Unhinged is set for release in the U.S. on 10 July and in the U.K. on 17 July, while romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery is scheduled to open in America on 17 July.

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John David Washington overcame fear of heights while shooting Tenet

John David Washington overcame his fear of heights while shooting Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet.The BlacKkKlansman star admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he struggled filming scenes at height at first but the experience eventually helped him g…

John David Washington overcame his fear of heights while shooting Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet.

The BlacKkKlansman star admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he struggled filming scenes at height at first but the experience eventually helped him get over his fear.

“I loved every day of it. The only thing that probably was tough for me were the heights at first but I ended up getting over that, in India,” Washington told the magazine. “And that became a great accomplishment for me, because I’m not too comfortable with heights and I became better acquainted with heights after that experience.”

Back in December, a teaser from the film was released, showing his character rescuing a member of the audience from the hands of terrorists at an opera house, and Washington confessed he was blown away filming the jaw-dropping scene.

“I couldn’t get over the scale of it all, how many background artists we had,” Washington explained. “Those are not digitally enhanced people, those weren’t painted in, they were all there and present.

“It was extremely intense, so many moving pieces. Nolan on set, he just works at such pace and is so well organised. I mean, it was chaos when he yelled ‘Action!’ but getting it done, it felt very organised.”

Tenet, also starring Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh, is set to hit cinemas on 31 July.

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Tenet release postponed by two weeks

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Tenet will now be released on 31 July. While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budg…

Christopher Nolan’s upcoming movie Tenet will now be released on 31 July.

While many studios officials reshuffled their release calendars in response to cinemas closing due to the coronavirus crisis, Warner Bros. executives and Nolan refused to budge from Tenet’s 17 July release date for months. However, late last week, studio bosses announced that they were postponing its cinema release – by two weeks to 31 July.

And to mark what would have been Tenet’s release day, they will re-release Nolan’s 2010 movie Inception in cinemas to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

“We’re especially thrilled, in this complex and rapidly changing environment, to be bringing Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, a global tentpole of jaw-dropping size, scope and scale, to theaters around the world on July 31,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, in a statement. “It’s been longer than any of us could’ve imagined since we’ve seen a movie on the big screen, and to acknowledge Chris’ fans as we count down to Tenet’s opening day, we are also excited to offer his masterpiece Inception in theatres for its 10th anniversary on July 17.”

A representative for the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the organisation which has been working closely with Nolan on the plan to reopen cinemas, added, “Over these last months we have been keeping Warner Bros. closely informed of our work towards reopening our theatres in accordance with governmental health and safety requirements, and we are looking forward to audiences enjoying Tenet in our theatres all around the world on July 31st.”

Russell Crowe’s thriller Unhinged, which was set to be released in cinemas on 1 July, has been moved to 10 July, the same opening weekend as Sony’s romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery. These are set to be the first two new releases to screen in reopened movie theatres.

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The Broken Hearts Gallery to be first major studio release post-lockdown

Selena Gomez production The Broken Hearts Gallery is set to be the first major studio release to hit cinemas once they reopen. Most movie theatres around the world have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but over 500 location…

Selena Gomez production The Broken Hearts Gallery is set to be the first major studio release to hit cinemas once they reopen.

Most movie theatres around the world have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but over 500 locations have reopened in the U.S., with more permitted to follow this month.

It was expected that Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet, starring John David Washington and Robert Pattinson, would be the first major studio film to be released in reopened cinemas on 17 July, but it has now been announced that Sony’s The Broken Hearts Gallery, produced by Gomez, will debut a week before on 10 July.

The romantic comedy follows a brokenhearted New York museum curator who starts collecting objects connected to breakups and writes about it on her blog. It marks Natalie Krinsky’s directorial debut and stars Blockers actress Geraldine Viswanathan, Stranger Things’ Dacre Montgomery, Pitch Perfect’s Utkarsh Ambudkar, and models Suki Waterhouse and Taylor Hill.

“Hearing from more female writers and directors is very much needed. Natalie is a wonderful talent and I am happy to be a part of her debut film,” Gomez said in a statement. “I understand people’s concerns regarding returning to activities we all loved prior to Covid-19. I hope everyone will listen to scientists’ recommendations and consider others’ health and safety while enjoying the movie theatre experience.”

Sony’s Motion Picture Group president Josh Greenstein added, “Now more than ever, The Broken Hearts Gallery will resonate with audiences ready for a feel-good moviegoing experience this summer. We have faith in a theatrical rebound, and we look forward to being there right out of the gate with our exhibition partners’ anticipated reemergence, as – and when – state-by-state safety guidelines are met.”

The thriller Unhinged, starring Russell Crowe, it set to be the first post-lockdown cinema release, with a U.S. opening on 1 July, but The Broken Hearts Gallery is set to be the first major studio release.

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