New this week: John Legend, 'Serpent Queen' and 'Pinocchio'
This week’s new entertainment releases include fresh music from John Legend and Kane Brown, Samantha Morton stars as the 16th-century queen Catherine de Medici in an edgy Starz series and a race between two upcoming “Pinocchio” films begins with Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation.
'Elvis,' 'Top Gun' tie for box-office crown with $30.5M each
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic “Elvis” shook up theaters with an estimated $30.5 million in weekend ticket sales, but — in a box-office rarity — “Elvis” tied “Top Gun: Maverick,” which also reported $30.5 million, for No. 1 in theaters.
Back to normal? Cannes Film Festival prepares to party
After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back — even kisses were forbade on the red carpet — the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal.
Movies love a comeback story. This summer, it's their turn.
Hollywood is bringing out some of its biggest and most reliable players for the 2022 summer movie season, which unofficially kicks off this weekend with the help of Marvel and Disney’s “Doctor Strange and the Multitverse of Madness” and runs through the end of August.
Bollywood's Amitabh Bachchan hospitalized with coronavirus
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2009 file photo, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan speaks during an interview in London. Bachchan has tested positive for COVID-19 and hospitalised in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment capital. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)NEW DELHI Amitabh Bachchan has tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Mumbai, Indias financial and entertainment capital, the Bollywood superstar announced Saturday on Twitter. Abhishek Bachchan, who is 44, tweeted Saturday night that he also has tested positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized. On Saturday, Indias coronavirus caseload crossed 800,000 with the biggest spike of 27,114 cases reported in the past 24 hours.
Hanks on COVID, 'Greyhound' and adopting a wartime mentality
A Tom Hanks-led, special effects-laden WWII movie is a weight class above most straight-to-streaming options in this strange summer movie season. I said, I love you so much but thats not the point of what were trying to do, Hanks says. With Seven Spielberg, Hanks is currently developing for Apple a third miniseries, following The Band of Brothers and The Pacific." In Cozier, who like Hanks later tested positive for the virus, Hanks saw the kind of character hes often drawn to playing. I thought," said Hanks, that guys kind of badass.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP
Tom Hanks says he has the 'blahs' but no fever in isolation
CANBERRA – Tom Hanks says he feels the “blahs” but has no fever as he and wife Rita Wilson remain in isolation in an Australian residence after being discharged from a hospital following their coronavirus diagnosis. He had met Wilson at the Sydney Opera House on March 7 and again at Nine Network’s Sydney studio two days later. Authorities said last week that several contacts Hanks and Wilson had in Australia were being traced, but no other results of those efforts have been made public. Sydney Nova 96.9 radio hosts Ryan Fitzgerald and Michael Wipfli are in home isolation and were tested on Monday after news of Wilkins' infection. Wilkins’ son Christian Wilkins was also tested because he spent the night of March 10 in his father’s Sydney home.
Australian TV journalist who met with Rita Wilson has virus
CANBERRA – An Australian television journalist said Monday he has the new coronavirus and assumes he contracted it while meeting with actress-singer Rita Wilson in Sydney. Wilson and her husband Tom Hanks have been isolated in an Australian hospital since they were both diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 12. Hanks had been working on a film in Australia and Wilson had concert performances in the country before they were diagnosed. Nine Network entertainment editor Richard Wilkins said he was tested because he met Wilson at the Sydney Opera House on March 7 and again at Nine’s Sydney studio on March 9. Wilkins’ son Christian Wilkins was tested because he spent the night of March 10 in his father’s Sydney home.
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson taking diagnoses 'one day at a time'
FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Tom Hanks, left, and Rita Wilson arrive at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The 63-year-old actor said they will be "tested, observed and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires." (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)CANBERRA – Tom Hanks said he and wife Rita Wilson were taking their new coronavirus infection “one day at a time" while Australian television hosts who had interviewed Wilson were awaiting test results Friday. Hanks and Wilson have been isolated in stable conditions in a Gold Coast hospital following their diagnosis. “Nine today has taken action in line with our crisis response plan around a visit to our studio by Ms Rita Wilson,” a Nine statement said.
Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson test positive for coronavirus
(L-R) Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks attend the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Academy Award-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus, Hanks revealed Wednesday. Hanks and Wilson are in Australia for the pre-production of Baz Luhrmann's currently untitled Elvis Presley film from Warner Bros. Hanks is set to play Presley's longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive." While the untitled Elvis film isn't due into theaters until October 2021, Hanks has three movies slated for release in 2020.cnbc.com
Elvis Presley Film Casts 'The Society' Star Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley
Olivia DeJonge has been cast to portray Priscilla Presley in the upcoming Elvis Presley biopic from Baz Luhrmann. Austin Butler has already been cast as Elvis and Tom Hanks will be playing Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The film will explore Elvis' iconic career, focusing on the relationship between Elvis and Parker. Luhrmann said of the casting in a statement, Olivia is capable of manifesting the complex depth and presence that has made Priscilla Presley an icon in her own right. And when asked by The Blastwhat she thought of Del Rey potentially taking on the role, the real-life Priscilla Presley recently replied, "I like Lana."
Austin Butler Says He's 'Honored' to Be Playing Elvis as He Channels The King on the
Austin Butler is already exuding the iconic charisma of The King. Just days after it was revealed that the 27-year-old actor had been cast to play Elvis Presley in an upcoming biopic from director Baz Luhrmann, Butler donned a black-on-black ensemble that gave everyone serious Elvis vibes. "I am just profoundly honored that Baz has invited me on this journey with him," Butler marveled. ET exclusively spoke with Butler about the film last month, where he revealed the acting advice he received from Pitt. RELATED CONTENT:All the Times Austin Butler Proved He Has the Singing Chops to Play Elvis PresleyAustin Butler to Play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann BiopicVanessa Hudgens and Austin Butler Couple Up at 'The Dead Don't Die' Premiere
Austin Butler to Play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann Biopic
Looks like Austin Butler is going to be putting on his blue suede shoes! The 27-year-old actor has landed the role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic about the King of Rock, Warner Bros. Pictures announced on Monday. Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of Elvis Presley Enterprises, also released a statement, which read, "We feel blessed to have a visionary like Baz Luhrmann to tell this story." Elvis A. Presley / Austin Butler pic.twitter.com/Rtl1P4nv9o Baz Luhrmann (@bazluhrmann) July 15, 2019Once news broke, Butler's longtime girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens, was one of the first to react to the casting via Instagram, writing, "I AMMMM OVERRRR THE F**KING MOOOOOOOOONNNNN. RELATED CONTENT:Lisa Marie Presley's Son Looks So Much Like Elvis in New Family PicKeith Urban and Darius Rucker Share Their Love of Elvis Presley at Tribute Concert (Exclusive)Jennifer Lopez and Carrie Underwood to Perform Elvis Presley Songs in TV Tribute -- See What They're Singing