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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Sony postponing release of Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius amid coronavirus crisis

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies…

Executives at Sony Pictures have postponed the release of films including Ghostbusters: Afterlife and Morbius until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Due to social distancing measures leading to the closure of cinemas around the world, many movies set for release in the coming months have been postponed, and on Monday, studio bosses at Sony announced they were shelving the majority of their 2020 releases, the most sweeping move by a major studio since the Covid-19 pandemic began.

Jason Reitman’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the fourth instalment in the supernatural comedy franchise, has been moved from its 10 July 2020 opening slot to 5 March 2021, while Morbius, a Marvel Comics adaptation starring Jared Leto as a vampire, has been pushed back from 31 July 2020 to 19 March 2021.

The film adaptation of video game Uncharted, which is set to star Tom Holland, Mark Wahlberg, and Antonio Banderas, has also been moved from 5 March 2021 to 8 October 2021. The flick, to be directed by Venom’s Ruben Fleischer, has been in development for years, and after being beset by multiple setbacks, it was due to begin filming in March, before the pandemic forced all movie productions to shut down.

Earlier this month, Sony officials announced they were postponing animated sequel Peter Rabbit 2, also known as Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway, from March until August, but the movie has been delayed once again and is now without a release date.

Greyhound, a World War II movie starring Tom Hanks, and an untitled Sony/Marvel movie, which were due to be released in June and October, respectively, have been taken off the release schedule indefinitely.

However, one project has been brought forward into 2020 – Kevin Hart’s drama, Fatherhood, will now be released on 23 October 2020 instead of 15 January 2021.

Other big movie releases to be delayed so far include No Time to Die, A Quiet Place II, Wonder Woman 1984, and Fast and Furious 9.

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Bad Boys for Life getting early digital release

Bad Boys for Life is the latest film to be heading to video-on-demand early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The action-comedy, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was unveiled in cinemas on 17 January and is currently the year’s highest-…

Bad Boys for Life is the latest film to be heading to video-on-demand early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The action-comedy, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was unveiled in cinemas on 17 January and is currently the year’s highest-grossing movie so far, having made $419 million (£356 million) at the worldwide box office.

However, its cinema run has been cut short due to movie theatres being forced to close in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, so executives at Sony Pictures have decided to release it on video-on-demand early.

The movie, which served as a sequel to 1995’s Bad Boys and 2003’s Bad Boys II, will be available digitally from 31 March, 74 days after its cinema release, and on Blu-Ray and DVD on 21 April.

Most theatrical releases are usually not available for home entertainment for 90 days after debuting in cinemas. However, this has changed significantly as a result of the crisis, with films such as Onward, The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and Emma, which were all showing in cinemas when the closures happened, now being available to watch at home.

In addition to Bad Boys for Life, it was announced on Monday that British comedy Military Wives would be heading to “premium video-on-demand” platforms for a limited time from 27 March.

“The cinematic experience is key to our industry, and exhibitors continue to be our integral partners and allies. With cinemas closed nationwide due to the current climate, we want to continue to make Military Wives available to consumers,” Zygi Kamasa, chief executive of Lionsgate UK, said in a statement.

The movie, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, was released in cinemas on 6 March.

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Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot getting early digital release

Vin Diesel’s new movie Bloodshot will be made available for digital purchase next week after the coronavirus cut short its theatrical run.Bosses at Sony Pictures announced that they would be releasing the comic book adaptation on digital early due to t…

Vin Diesel’s new movie Bloodshot will be made available for digital purchase next week after the coronavirus cut short its theatrical run.

Bosses at Sony Pictures announced that they would be releasing the comic book adaptation on digital early due to the global pandemic, which led to the widespread closure of movie theatres around the world just days after Bloodshot was released in cinemas on Friday.

Bloodshot will now be available to purchase on 24 March for $19.99 (£17.30), which will help the studio recoup some of its losses following an expensive marketing campaign and a lacklustre opening weekend, during which it took only $24 million (£20.7 million) against a $45 million (£38.9 million) budget.

“Sony Pictures is firmly committed to theatrical exhibition and we support windowing,” Sony chief Tom Rothman said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is a unique and exceedingly rare circumstance where theaters have been required to close nationwide for the greater good and Bloodshot is abruptly unavailable in any medium.

“Audiences will now have the chance to own Bloodshot right away and see it at home, where we are all spending more time. We are confident that – like other businesses hit hard by the virus – movie theaters will bounce back strongly, and we will be there to support them.”

In the movie, Diesel plays Ray Garrison, a former Marine who is assassinated and then brought back to life as a biotech killing machine by a team of scientists who want to use him as a weapon.

The news comes after it was announced Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated sequel Trolls World Tour will be released on home entertainment and cinemas on 10 April.

The studio is also going to make films which were already released in cinemas, such as horrors The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and period drama Emma, available to rent on-demand from Friday.

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Men in Black and Jump Street crossover film no longer in development

A planned Men in Black and Jump Street crossover movie has been scrapped.Executives at Sony Pictures confirmed plans for the project in March (16), with rumours swirling that The Muppets director James Bobin was in talks to helm. Tentatively titled MIB…

A planned Men in Black and Jump Street crossover movie has been scrapped.

Executives at Sony Pictures confirmed plans for the project in March (16), with rumours swirling that The Muppets director James Bobin was in talks to helm.

Tentatively titled MIB 23, it was believed that 21 Jump Street actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would reprise their roles as Schmidt and Jenko, though original Men in Black stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones would be replaced.

However, in an interview with Empire magazine, Men in Black producer Walter Parkes confirmed that the film is no longer being developed.

“We gave it a shot. It turned out to be an impossible match-up,” he said.

Jonah dreamed up the idea for the crossover between the alien movies and comedy cop franchise, with the possibility of the film first mooted in emails leaked after Sony Pictures, which owns the rights to both film series, was hacked in 2014.

But later in 2016, the Mid90s filmmaker explained in a chat with Postmedia Network that he doubted that the flick would get made.

“It’s too complicated. They’re trying to make all the deals, but it’s kind of impossible with all the Men in Black stuff. The Jump Street films were so fun to make and the whole joke of them was they were making fun of remakes and sequels and reboots and then now it’s become a giant sequel, reboot,” he said. “It’s almost become what we were making fun of and it’s hard to maintain that joke when it’s so high stakes.”

Even though the Men in Black and Jump Street crossover has officially been abandoned, Sony bosses have proceeded with other films in the respective franchises.

New spin-off film Men in Black: International, starring Tessa Thompson and Chris Hemsworth, is set to be released in June (19), while Tiffany Haddish is reportedly in talks to appear in a female-focused 21 Jump Street reboot.

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Venom sequel officially in the works

A sequel to Tom Hardy’s Venom movie is officially in development.Released last October (18), the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-h…

A sequel to Tom Hardy’s Venom movie is officially in development.

Released last October (18), the flick featured the British actor as Eddie Brock, an investigative journalist who becomes the host of an alien symbiote, Venom, that imbues him with super-human abilities.

Despite critics slating the script, Hardy won praise for his performance, and Venom was an unexpected box office success, garnering over $855 million (£669 million) worldwide and becoming the sixth highest-grossing film of 2018.

Now, according to editors at Variety, producers at Sony Pictures have signed up Hardy to reprise his role and Kelly Marcel to work on the screenplay for the follow-up.

Marcel co-wrote the script for the first film alongside Jeff Pinkner and Scott Rosenberg, basing the story off the Marvel Comics created by Todd McFarlane and David Michelinie. It was also reported that Marcel will act as executive producer on the sequel.

Previously, she penned the screenplays of films such as Saving Mr. Banks and Fifty Shades of Grey, and is currently writing Cruella, a live-action prequel feature film following a young Cruella de Vil, which is set to feature Emma Stone in the lead role.

While Ruben Fleischer helmed the first Venom movie, it is unclear if he will return for the sequel. He has a number of projects lined up, and is making Zombieland 2 at present. He is in the pre-production stages of Jekyll, set to feature Captain America’s Chris Evans, too, and is attached to make comedy The Regional Office Is Under Attack.

Executives from Sony Pictures have declined to comment on the new Venom project. However, it is anticipated that Hardy will be joined again by key characters from the original film, such as Michelle Williams, who played Anne Weying, and Woody Harrelson in the role of Cletus Kasady.

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Tiffany Haddish eyed for 21 Jump Street reboot

Tiffany Haddish is reportedly in talks to appear in a 21 Jump Street reboot.Executives at Sony Pictures have been working on expanding the Jump Street franchise, following the success of 2012’s 21 Jump Street and the 2014 sequel starring Jonah Hill and…

Tiffany Haddish is reportedly in talks to appear in a 21 Jump Street reboot.

Executives at Sony Pictures have been working on expanding the Jump Street franchise, following the success of 2012’s 21 Jump Street and the 2014 sequel starring Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, which were in turn inspired by the late ’80s TV series featuring Johnny Depp.

Now, editors at Collider.com have reported that Tiffany is in the running to headline a female-focused spin-off. Sources have told the online film publication that producers want the Girls Trip actress to play a cop who goes undercover at a school, and possibly also poses as the mother of a new student.

In addition, Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina is apparently being eyed for a central role in the flick, though she is yet to begin any official negotiations with the studio.

Representatives for Sony Pictures have declined to comment on the speculation.

However, it was previously reported that Rodney Rothman has signed on to direct the project, having penned the screenplay for 22 Jump Street. He has previously written scripts for TV series Undeclared and 2013 film Grudge Match, and co-wrote and co-directed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, a new animated Spider-Man film based on the Marvel Comics character Miles Morales.

Haddish is currently promoting Tyler Perry comedy Nobody’s Fool, also starring Missi Pyle and Whoopi Goldberg, and TV series The Last O.G. She is also voicing characters in upcoming animated features The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Tuca & Bertie, and filming Limited Partners with Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek.

Previously, Sony bosses indicated that a crossover film between Jump Street and Men in Black was in the works, to be called MIB 23, though that concept has since been abandoned.

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Tessa Thompson joining Chris Hemsworth in Men in Black spin-off

Tessa Thompson is set to appear alongside Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.The 34-year-old actress will reteam with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star in Sony Pictures’ reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise, according to The Hollywood Rep…

Tessa Thompson is set to appear alongside Chris Hemsworth in the upcoming Men in Black spin-off.

The 34-year-old actress will reteam with her Thor: Ragnarok co-star in Sony Pictures’ reboot of the popular sci-fi franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Plot details about the flick are currently being kept under wraps, though it will be directed by Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray from a script by Punisher: War Zone screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Macum.

No other casting details have been announced, but studio executives are looking to release the film in mid-2019.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald will produce, while Steven Spielberg is expected to act as an executive producer.

The original Men in Black was released in 1997 and followed the exploits of Agent J and Agent K, as played by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, who were members of a top-secret organisation established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth.

Two further films were unveiled in 2002 and 2012, and it is not yet known if either Smith or Jones will reprise their roles in the new film.

However, it has been reported that the reboot will be in the same vein as the recent Jurassic Park revival, Jurassic World. The first instalment of the action-adventure films was launched in 2015 and introduced new characters, as portrayed by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Thompson most recently made her mark in Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, in which she played Valkyrie, and as Josie Radek in Annihilation, appearing opposite Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

She is currently shooting boxing movie Creed II and will next be seen on-screen in the next season of TV show Westworld, in which she plays Charlotte Hale.

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Peter Rabbit producers apologise over allergy bullying scene

Peter Rabbit producers have issued an apology after facing backlash over a scene involving a food allergy.The character of Tom McGregor (voiced by Domhnall Gleeson), who is the nephew of Peter’s enemy Mr. McGregor(Sam Neill), is allergic to blueberries…

Peter Rabbit producers have issued an apology after facing backlash over a scene involving a food allergy.

The character of Tom McGregor (voiced by Domhnall Gleeson), who is the nephew of Peter’s enemy Mr. McGregor(Sam Neill), is allergic to blueberries in the new film, and is ambushed by a group of rabbits who proceed to throw blueberries at him. The gang, who are aware of Tom’s allergy, even shoot one into his mouth, which results in Tom growing ill and shooting himself in the leg with an EpiPen.

Groups representing allergy sufferers have condemned the scene in the Beatrix Potter adaptation and a #boycottpeterrabbit hashtag was adopted by many Twitter users.

Sony Pictures has now responded to the criticism.

“We sincerely regret not being more aware and sensitive to this issue, and we truly apologise,” a statement released by the company reads, with representative’s adding that it was wrong for the filmmakers to include the sketch “even in a cartoonish, slapstick way”.

A petition was created by group Global Anaphylaxis Awareness and Inclusivity (Globalaai), a worldwide allergy and anaphylaxis movement, who called on Sony Pictures to be made accountable for the “socially irresponsible depiction” of food allergies which “mocks” the seriousness of the condition.

The petition has so far been signed by almost 10,000 people.

Additionally, charity Kids with Food Allergies Foundation criticised the movie by claiming that “food allergy ‘jokes’ are harmful to our community” in a post on the organisation’s Facebook account, while U.S. group Food Allergy Research & Education also posted a warning to members over the content of the film.

Peter Rabbit was released in U.S. cinemas on Friday (09Feb18) to mixed reviews. James Corden, Sia, and Margot Robbie also lend their vocal talents to the feature.

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