Movie Report: Production companies across Hollywood delay several projects

The coronavirus pandemic is causing several major studios to freeze production on a variety of movies.

At Disney, for example, James Cameron’s “Avatar” sequel has stopped work, while the live action “Little Mermaid” production has been postponed, according to Deadline Hollywood. Other projects under the Disney umbrella, including Marvel’s “Shang-Chi,” 20th Century Studios’ “The Last Duel” by Ridley Scott, and Searchlight Pictures’ “Nightmare Alley” by Guillermo del Toro, have all been pushed back.

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Monday Movie Report: Theater owners seek legislative assistance as movies go online

With thousands of screening auditoriums remaining dark throughout the country, theaters in the United States are hoping for some relief via a bill in Congress.

According to Deadline, the National Association of Theatre Owners has requested a set of measures to be included in a stimulus package. The legislation is currently in a negotiation phase.

Deadline reports NATO is looking to acquire “guarantees to ease a liquidity squeeze, tax benefits to support employees, recovery of remaining costs and other tax breaks to help recoup losses.

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Monday Movie Report: Theaters, production companies respond to COVID-19

The COVID-19 coronavirus continues to have an impact on industries across the country, including movie theaters.

Here in Bemidji, Minn., the local cinema is operated by CEC Theatres. In a statement, CEC officials noted that the facilities are remaining open, for now.

“As it has always been, the safety and security of our guests and team members remain our highest priority. in response to the coronavirus, we have taken additional measures to make our cleaning and hygiene protocols even more rigorous.”

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Monday Movie Report: Cannes Film Fest to broaden VR program

The Marche du Film, the Cannes Film Festival’s business element, is preparing to expand its virtual reality program.

According to Variety, Cannes XR, the immersive and augmented reality content program, will have new elements this year. Variety reports Cannes XR has partnered with companies Positron and Brogent Technologies to bring in a new virtual reality theater, with dedicated space for competition.

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Special Movie Report: ‘Parasite’ surges on Oscar night

“Parasite” capped off a great award season run with a golden night Sunday, as it earned the top prize from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Along with Best Picture, “Parasite” earned wins in categories such as Original Screenplay and Directing. Also having a good night was “1917,” which earned wins in Visual Effects, Sound Mixing and Cinematography.

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Special Movie Report: ‘1917’ picks up big win from Directors Guild

Sam Mendes continued his great award season run Saturday, winning the Directors Guild of America award for Best Theatrical Feature Film.

Saturday’s win followed other directing honors from the Critics Choice, and the Golden Globes. His success so far sets himself up as a front runner for the Academy Award in directing.

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Special Movie Report: 26th Screen Actors Guild Winners

The Academy Awards acting races had another development Sunday night with the Screen Actors Guild ceremony taking place.

Cementing their spots as front-runners this award season were Brad Pitt who won Best Supporting Male Actor, and Laura Dern, taking Best Supporting Female Actor.

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Monday Movie Report: Oscar Nominations Announced

A preview of award season’s grand finale was released this morning with the announcement of nominees for the 92nd Academy Awards.

Earning the most nominations is “Joker,” with 11 total, including Best Picture. “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” meanwhile, also earned several nominations, including Best Picture.

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Monday Movie Report: Finale to ‘Star Wars’ trilogy could make $200 million

Here we go.

We’re headed into the final opening weekend for a “Star Wars” movie for the immediate future, as the next picture in the franchise isn’t scheduled until 2022.

We’ll have more of an idea regarding quality on Wednesday, when the review embargo drops and critics can unleash their opinions. While the reviews are still a few days out, though, box office predictions are starting to roll in.

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Monday Movie Report: Golden Globe nominees and more award news

Award season is in full swing with Monday morning bringing the nominations for the annual Golden Globe awards, set to take place in a few weeks.

“Marriage Story” leads the nominations race with six, followed by “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and “The Irishman” which each earned five. Along with the Globe nominations, several film critic organizations have also announced their awards for 2019 movies.

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