Peter Rabbit 2 release delayed due to coronavirus concerns – report

The release of family film Peter Rabbit 2 has reportedly been delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak.With cinemas in Italy and China, among others, closing in the hope of curbing the spread of the escalating virus, Sony bosses have report…

The release of family film Peter Rabbit 2 has reportedly been delayed until August due to the coronavirus outbreak.

With cinemas in Italy and China, among others, closing in the hope of curbing the spread of the escalating virus, Sony bosses have reportedly decided to put the release of the CGI/live-action film, the follow-up to 2018’s hugely successful Peter Rabbit, on ice for more than four months.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, will no longer debut from 27 March as planned, and will instead receive an international and U.S. release on 7 August.

The move follows the delay to the release of the latest James Bond film, No Time to Die, from the start of April until November.

Peter Rabbit 2 features James Corden as the voice of author Beatrix Potter’s mischievous bunny, with Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, and Elizabeth Debicki also voicing fellow rabbits, and Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson, and David Oyelowo in live-action roles.

Some of the stars were scheduled to attend a premiere for the movie in London ahead of its release.

The decision comes after Italian officials announced that all its cinemas were to be closed, and other European governments advising people to take precautions to avoid the spread of the virus. Around 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 other provinces in Italy have been effectively placed in quarantine.

Insiders have told editors at The Hollywood Reporter that Sony officials wanted to delay the debut because Peter Rabbit made $236 million (£180 million) of its $351 million (£269 million) box office outside of North America, while the U.S. release has reportedly been shifted to avoid piracy.

Following the postponement of No Time to Die, the release of animated sequel Trolls World Tour was brought forward to 10 April.

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James Bond bosses to lose up to $50 million after postponing release – report

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the plann…

James Bond bosses are reportedly set to lose up to $50 million (£38 million) for postponing the release of their latest movie No Time to Die.

Executives at MGM, EON Productions, and Universal announced on Wednesday that they were pushing back the planned release of No Time to Die from April until November due to the global coronavirus spread, which has so far infected more than 100,000 people worldwide.

It has now been reported that the release change could lead to a staggering loss of between $30 million (£22.7 million) and $50 million for MGM, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The figure stems largely from a costly marketing campaign which was already being run, including a trailer spot at the Super Bowl which is reported to have cost $4.5 million (£3.4 million).

However, if bosses hadn’t postponed the date and had gone ahead with the April releases, they could have lost an estimated $300 million (£227 million) – around 30 per cent of the predicted $1 billion (£76 million) global box office take. In China alone, where the coronavirus outbreak originated last year, more than 70,000 cinemas have been closed since January.

Bond bosses announced the postponement in a statement, which read, “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020.

“The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020.”

The movie, which will serve as Daniel Craig’s final appearance as the 007 agent, also stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, and Ben Whishaw.

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Tom Ford created James Bond’s suits for No Time to Die

Tom Ford created the suits worn by Daniel Craig in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.The American designer, known for his tailored menswear, has been tapped by producers of the spy film to outfit the British actor for the fourth consecutive time….

Tom Ford created the suits worn by Daniel Craig in upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die.

The American designer, known for his tailored menswear, has been tapped by producers of the spy film to outfit the British actor for the fourth consecutive time.

“I could not be happier to be dressing Daniel Craig as James Bond again in the upcoming film, No Time to Die,” said Ford. “James Bond epitomises the Tom Ford man in his elegance, style, and love of luxury. It is an honour to move forward with this iconic character.”

In one preview image from the set, Craig is seen wearing a dark blue suit, white shirt, matching tie, and pocket square, while in another snap, he poses in a classic black tuxedo.

Ford also worked closely with costume designer Suttirat Anne Larlarb on other elements of the star’s wardrobe for his role as the iconic spy, including made-to-measure accessories and denim.

“Tom Ford menswear is all tailor-made in Italy, and is characterised by its elegant cut, exclusive fabrics, and hand-finished details,” a label representative shared.

Ford also teamed up with Larlarb to design the costumes for new character Nomi, as played by Lashana Lynch, a ’00’ agent who entered active service after Bond’s retirement.

“For the first time, Tom Ford is also pleased to have dressed the new female character Nomi, played by Lashana Lynch, with select tailor-made jackets, tops, and accessories including Tom Ford eyewear, all hand made in Italy,” they added.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die was due to be released on 2 April. However, producers announced on Wednesday that the debut would be delayed until November due to concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

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Trolls sequel to be released early after No Time to Die postponed

Studio executives have decided to release Trolls World Tour early after producers announced upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die would be postponed.On Wednesday, bosses at MGM, Eon, and Universal agreed to delay the planned April debut of the spy mo…

Studio executives have decided to release Trolls World Tour early after producers announced upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die would be postponed.

On Wednesday, bosses at MGM, Eon, and Universal agreed to delay the planned April debut of the spy movie, starring Daniel Craig, until November amid the coronavirus crisis. More than 95,000 people have been infected worldwide, with 3,286 reported deaths from the virus so far.

Producers of the movie were previously forced to scrap an upcoming Beijing premiere in China and Asian press tours, while U.K., U.S., and international release dates have subsequently been rescheduled following an outcry from fans.

Instead of the 25th 007 movie hitting cinemas, Universal executives have opted to release the Dreamworks Animation sequel, Trolls World Tour, seven days early on 10 April, according to editors at Deadline.

The flick will see original stars Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, and James Corden reprising their animated characters, alongside the vocal talents of newcomers Ozzy Osbourne, Rachel Bloom, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, and Jamie Dornan.

Walt Dohrn helmed the sequel, after performing co-directing duties on the 2016 original alongside Mike Mitchell.

Trolls grossed more than $347 million (£269 million) at the worldwide box office, and spawned Timberlake’s hit tune, Can’t Stop the Feeling!

In light of No Time to Die being pulled from cinemas, religious horror movie Saint Maud is also being released early.

The film, which follows the story of a nurse who fears she may be possessed after converting to Roman Catholicism, will now be in cinemas from 3 April.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga teases link between Casino Royale and No Time to Die

Cary Joji Fukunaga has teased a possible link between his upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die and Casino Royale.Leading man Daniel Craig made his debut as the British super spy in the 2006 film, and will be making his fifth and final appearance as…

Cary Joji Fukunaga has teased a possible link between his upcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die and Casino Royale.

Leading man Daniel Craig made his debut as the British super spy in the 2006 film, and will be making his fifth and final appearance as 007 in Fukunaga’s flick.

The director told Fandango that No Time to Die will complete the story arc that began in 2006, with a focus on Bond’s tragic relationship with Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd, who he first romanced in Casino Royale.

When asked how the MI6 agent’s love for Lynd affects his current relationship with Madeleine Swann, played by Lea Seydoux, Fukunaga explained that while it was difficult to weave into the action movie, he was keen to deal with Bond’s emotional baggage.

“I think the emotionality was something that I was interested in, and wanted to explore, and (I) wanted to get deeper into the psychology of Bond after the tragedy of his relationship with Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale,” he shared. “And now, with the new relationship, with Madeleine Swann, what bringing all that baggage into this new relationship means.”

In Casino Royale, Bond and Lynd fall deeply in love, but he then discovers that she’s being manipulated by the shadow organisation – later known as Spectre – and she commits suicide in a flooded elevator after betraying 007.

No Time to Die, also starring Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana de Armas, and Ben Whishaw, is in cinemas from 2 April.

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Release of James Bond film No Time to Die delayed amid coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus spread has forced James Bond bosses to rethink the release of their latest movie, No Time to Die.The global pandemic has already prompted producers to scrap an upcoming Beijing premiere in China and Asian press tour, and now they’re res…

The coronavirus spread has forced James Bond bosses to rethink the release of their latest movie, No Time to Die.

The global pandemic has already prompted producers to scrap an upcoming Beijing premiere in China and Asian press tour, and now they’re rescheduling the U.K., U.S., and international release dates in April following requests to delay the film’s launch from fans online.

MGM, Eon, and Universal executives have agreed to postpone No Time to Die and release the movie at the end of November.

A statement posted on social media reads: “MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, announced today that after careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace, the release of No Time to Die will be postponed until November 2020.

“The film will be released in the U.K. on November 12, 2020 with worldwide release dates to follow, including the U.S. launch on November 25, 2020.”

The decision comes in the wake of an open letter sent to Bond bosses from the writers of the MI6-HQ fansite, encouraging the studio executives to “put public health above marketing release schedules”.

“With a month to go before No Time to Die opens worldwide, community spread of the virus is likely to be peaking in the United States,” the letter read. “Today, Washington declared a state of emergency. There is a significant chance that cinemas will be closed, or their attendance severely reduced, by early April.”

Urging producers to consider delaying the release instead, the missive continues: “It’s just a movie. The health and well-being of fans around the world, and their families, is more important. We have all waited over four years for this film. Another few months will not damage the quality of the film and only help the box office for Daniel Craig’s final hurrah.”

Craig will be stepping down as 007 after the film’s release.

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James Bond fans urge studio to postpone movie release amid coronavirus crisis

A group of James Bond fans has urged the film’s producers to push back the release of No Time to Die until the spread of coronavirus is contained. Writers for the MI6-HQ website, the biggest Bond fan blog in the world, have penned an open letter to exe…

A group of James Bond fans has urged the film’s producers to push back the release of No Time to Die until the spread of coronavirus is contained.

Writers for the MI6-HQ website, the biggest Bond fan blog in the world, have penned an open letter to executives at EON Productions and studios MGM and Universal, who are releasing the movie, to urge them to delay the upcoming April release until the summer and “put public health above marketing release schedules”.

“After enduring three delays in production already, it is by no means easy to say this: the release of No Time to Die should be postponed,” the letter states. “With the coronavirus reaching pandemic status, it is time to put public health above marketing release schedules and the cost of cancelling publicity events.

“Delay the release of No Time to Die until the summer when experts expect the epidemics to have peaked and to be under control. It’s just a movie. The health and wellbeing of fans around the world, and their families is more important. We have all waited over four years for this film. Another few months will not damage the quality of the film and only help the box office for Daniel Craig’s final hurrah.”

The writers also stated that Bond bosses should be “applauded” for scrapping promotional appearances in China, South Korea, and Japan, and suggested they do the same with the world premiere at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 31 March.

“The Royal Albert Hall capacity is above the 5,000 limit that affected countries are banning for public gatherings. Just one person, who may not even show symptoms, could infect the rest of the audience. This is not the type of publicity anyone wants,” they added.

The virus, named COVID-19, has infected more than 90,000 people across 76 countries, with the global death toll at more than 3,100. It has not yet been declared a pandemic.

No Time to Die, which is Craig’s last outing as Bond, is still scheduled to be released in cinemas from 2 April.

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Daniel Craig fakes driving scenes in Bond movies

Daniel Craig has admitted he fakes his driving scenes in the James Bond movies.The 51-year-old, who is set to play the British spy for the final time in the upcoming 007 movie No Time to Die, has claimed safety standards in Hollywood have changed since…

Daniel Craig has admitted he fakes his driving scenes in the James Bond movies.

The 51-year-old, who is set to play the British spy for the final time in the upcoming 007 movie No Time to Die, has claimed safety standards in Hollywood have changed since Steve McQueen’s iconic car chase scene in Bullitt back in 1968, and stunt drivers now do most of the work.

In an interview with Top Gear magazine, Daniel made the surprise confession when he was asked how he has perfected his body language during driving scenes in all five of his Bond films.

“You know we fake it, don’t you?” he stated. “The only person who didn’t fake it was Steve McQueen. We’re not allowed to do that anymore, although I do go driving.”

Daniel revealed he was allowed to drive an Aston Martin DB5, which has appeared in the Bond movies since Goldfinger in 1964, and even managed to perform some tricks in the vehicle.

“I was allowed to donut the DB5 in Matera (Italy), which was great,” the actor gushed, adding that he was grateful for the “brilliant bunch” of experts who taught him how to master his body language behind the wheel of the car.

Elsewhere in the interview, Daniel noted that he was “emotional” when finishing filming No Time to Die, and revealed his plan to tie in his final outing as Bond back to his debut as the MI6 agent in 2006’s Casino Royale.

“I’m just immensely proud of the whole thing, of the five movies. The Bond ecosystem is unique,” he shared. “I always had in the back of my mind a story I wanted to tell, and it kind of happened.

“(No Time to Die) movie is about tying all those ends up, about reconnecting him to Casino, really, and that’s what we’ve managed to do.”

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge worked closely with Daniel Craig on No Time To Die script

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was “constantly in touch” with Daniel Craig while helping tweak the script for No Time To Die.Last year, it was revealed that the Fleabag and Killing Eve creator was brought in at the last minute to work on the upcoming 25th Bond m…

Phoebe Waller-Bridge was “constantly in touch” with Daniel Craig while helping tweak the script for No Time To Die.

Last year, it was revealed that the Fleabag and Killing Eve creator was brought in at the last minute to work on the upcoming 25th Bond movie, which stars Craig as the British super spy.

Waller-Bridge told British newspaper The Independent that she had been dreaming about the possibility of one day working on a James Bond film when she got the call asking her to join the writing team.

“The strangest thing is, is that I’d really… I had been sort of dreaming about the idea of it only a few months beforehand. I was like, ‘Oh, wouldn’t it be cool to be involved in a Bond film’ to sort of just put that there in the ether. And then it just came around,” she explained.

And leading man Craig, who personally recommended that Waller-Bridge should be hired to tweak the script, was hands-on throughout the whole process.

“You know, Daniel is really, really involved from the beginning. (I had) so many great conversations with him about it, constantly in touch with him about it,” the three-time Emmy winner gushed. “So it’s a big sort of melting pot of everybody’s ideas the whole time.”

The 34-year-old also revealed that she was asked to do “dialogue polishes” on the script that was co-written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and director Cary Joji Fukunaga.

“It’s about just offering different alternatives… they did give me some scenes and then be like, ‘Can you write some alternatives for this?’ or have another idea about where it could go in the middle or how it would end. And then I would just give them options and various scenes and then they would take what they want,” she shared.

No Time to Die will be in cinemas from 2 April.

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Ana de Armas wore brother’s hand-me-downs while growing up in Cuba

Ana de Armas has recalled how she grew up wearing her brother’s hand-me-downs.The actress was raised in Havana, Cuba and has since gone on to carve out a successful career in Spain and Hollywood, having landed roles in films such as Blade Runner 2049, …

Ana de Armas has recalled how she grew up wearing her brother’s hand-me-downs.

The actress was raised in Havana, Cuba and has since gone on to carve out a successful career in Spain and Hollywood, having landed roles in films such as Blade Runner 2049, Knives Out, and the upcoming James Bond movie, No Time to Die.

However, in a cover interview with Porter magazine, Ana explained that her early years were very humble, and she would often sport garments made from her sibling’s school uniform.

“His old school uniform pants (were) cut into play shorts,” she remembered.

Ana went on to share that she enjoys wearing costumes for movies and getting dressed up for red carpet events. But when she’s off-duty, her outfits are all about comfort.

“In the morning, I get up so early to go to set. I see the cute boots or the sneakers when I’m deciding what to wear, and I always choose the sneakers,” the 31-year-old laughed.

Elsewhere in the chat, Ana opened up about how she made the difficult decision to pursue an acting career at the age of 18. Yet, her determination soon paid off, and shortly after arriving in Spain, she was hired for her first TV gig.

“I always knew what to expect. I knew the limitations of the country (Cuba), in terms of production I had to go,” she commented. “So, before I even turned 18, I told my parents that was going to happen. They’ve been so supportive, I was lucky. But it was me going into the unknown. I was just like, ‘This is what I’m going to do with my life.’ I put myself in their shoes and realise now what they were thinking, and how terrifying it must have been.”

No Time to Die hits cinemas in April.

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