Multiple actors in Hollywood have confirmed their positive tests of COVID-19, prompting an outcry of support from fans & industry leaders. It’s known that Bryan Cranston, Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Aaron Tveit, Idris Elba, Alyssa Milano, and Andy Cohen have had COVID-19. All these actors received immediate treatment & have recovered from this deadly virus. However, one of Spain’s most prominent actors has now confirmed his positive test of COVID-19. Antonio Banderas announced via Twitter and Instagram that he’s begun recovering from the virus.
Learning of his confirmed infection would’ve been saddening for Antonio Banderas, who’ll now spend his 60th birthday alone in Quarantine. Sentiments regarding his condition & mental state were issued through Antonio’s social media accounts. Through Twitter, he’d first announce that on August 10th he’d contracted the virus & will now spend 14-Days in Quarantine before being tested again.
Antonio Banderas clarified that his symptoms aren’t extreme, with the Spanish actor remarking his body is regularly exhausted, but that’s the limit of his condition. Antonio expects he’ll recover shortly, where afterwards Banderas will provide his blood & other bodily materials to assist pharmaceutical companies in developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Antonio Banderas didn’t detail which medication he’s taking to eliminate the virus, with most speculation the Spanish actor is receiving preferential treatment due to his wealth. This has been consistent amongst the top world elite.
Statements from Antonio Banderas switched from his medical condition to emotional psyche during Quarantine. Desires to read & write during prolonged isolation was expressed by Antonio, emphasizing his enthusiasm towards upcoming projects. Banderas also mentioned the requirement of giving more meaning to his six decades on Earth. Sentiments from the Spanish ended with the typical “A big every to everyone out there”.
After Antonio Banderas announcement was posted to Twitter & Instagram, thousands of supportive comments were made within minutes. This included family and friends, like Santi Rodriguez. The Spanish Comedian supported Antonio by remarking her desire for Banderas to have a proper birthday, even if it’s not the best period to celebrate. Santi also emphasized the best of luck for his recovery.
Lionsgate confirmed the 5th instalment into the John Wick franchise over the past weekend. It’s shooting timeframe with coincide with the 4th instalment into John Wick, both films being shot back-to-back. Unsurprisingly, Lionsgate desires to capitalize on this franchise, with John Wick being the most popular action film series in decades.
The John Wick Saga prompted a renaissance for Keanu Reeves career, with sequences in the film displaying shocking & exciting action that obtained widespread praise from critics. It’s financially one of the greatest success stories for Lionsgate as well, with Reeves requiring a minimum of $20 Million to create the first instalment. John Wick One would receive $86 Million in the worldwide box office, with each follow-up earning higher profits than its predecessor. Lionsgate hopes to repeat this process with a 2nd Saga in the John Wick franchise, indicating that there’ll also by a 6th film. However, a sixth instalment hasn’t been announced.
The 4th instalment of John Wick was slated to arrive in the summer of 2021, with the COVID-19 Pandemic forcing Lionsgate to postpone releasing the film until 2022. There are concerns that an additional postponement could follow for the 4th instalment, with Keanu Reeves having not finishing filming “The Matrix 4”. The creative team behind John Wick aren’t disappointed with the initial postponement, or possible second. That’s because it’s provided them ample time to refine their story & make it considerably better than initially anticipated by the creative team.
Matrix 4 is Failing
Lionsgate has reviewed the excitement for Matrix 4, which has proven unfavourable. That’s because this iconic franchise is being reverted into a story for transgender youth, with Keanu Reeves unsure of his thoughts behind the script. That will benefit Lionsgate with the development of the 4th & 5th instalment into the John Wick Franchises, which are iconic for focusing on action-oriented storylines without any additional nuisances. The Matrix Saga performed admirably throughout the 90s & early 2000s for its innovative action sequences, not its political nuisances. Film analysts anticipate that moviegoers will be more inclined to witness the John Wick sequels over the Matrix 4.
Successful TV series are challenging for production houses to create, with competition in this industry being more prevalent than ever before. Broadcasting stations have found themselves losing viewers at a rapid descent, with streaming services like Netflix now dominating the TV space. Netflix has maintained multiple shows that are deemed successful, like “Orange is the new Black” and “House of Cards”.
Their most recent series that saw the highest viewings in Netflix history is “The Witcher”. Starring Henry Cavill, Netflix has confirmed that a 2nd season is arriving & two sequel films will be released. Now a 5th instalment into the Witcher franchise has been announced by Netflix, which is named “The Witcher: Blood Origins”. Storyline details were emphasized in the announcement, giving dedicated fans something to discuss until it’s anticipated release date of 2021.
Netflix is allowing Declan De Barra to helm this prequel series, having insightful knowledge into the Witcher franchise after being a head writer on the 1st season. Declan remarked that Blood Origin would take place 1200 years before Geralt Riveria is heard of, allowing showrunners to detail the events leading to “The Conjunction of Spheres”. This moment is pivotal in the Witcher franchise, historically marking when humans & horrific monsters began entering the world of Elves. It’d create an imbalance that see’s the 1st Witcher be born.
It’s known that Lauren Schmidt & Andrzej Sapkowski will assist with helming this prequel series. Declan De Barra clarified that their Witcher prequel would sustain six episodes for a single season. The showrunner pitched the concept to Netflix, noting how this how could centre around the fall of civilizations & how they always occur during a peak of knowledge or innovation. This is an apparent reference to our current climate worldwide, prompting Netflix to approve the prequel instalment. Production is slated to begin in the United Kingdom for early 2021, with the release date slated to come later that year.
Declan De Barra hasn’t selected the cast. However, Witcher fanatics shouldn’t anticipate that Henry Cavill will appear. His character of Geralt Riveria hadn’t been born until hundreds of years later.
An anonymous hotline for film production staff working under the Warner Brothers banner has been created. Its purpose is to ensure that COVID-19 Safety Violations aren’t broken and that when production leaders are found not abiding protocols, fines are implemented. Warner Brother prompted this hotline as two of their films are slated to resume filming over the next few weeks, with those including “The Batman” and “Fantastic Beasts Three”. Warner Brothers are concerned that with significant sets there’ll be outbreaks if protocols aren’t maintained. Personnel making reports won’t be revealed or at-risk of losing their job.
COVID-19 Guidelines are being implemented by all production houses in Hollywood, with their respective films returning to shooting by August 1st. Most nations worldwide have reopened their economies to production crews, with their temporary economic involvement garnering substantial tax revenues for international governments. It’s known that Jurassic World: Dominion from Universal Pictures restarted earlier this month, with set photos showcasing a largescale action scene.
Sony Pictures “Uncharted” with Tom Holland began filming on July 18th, which has been praised by fans of this franchise. The Uncharted movie has struggled over five years to enter production status, often losing directors or actors because of creative differences. Those employed with the Uncharted production will receive two COVID-19 tests per week, with a coronavirus security officer providing governance over this set. It’s notably different than what’s been seen with Warner Brothers, who remarked that their workforce would portray a “Strict Police Force” that directors & producers haven’t seen before. Sony is taking a different approach to ensure that their primary creators don’t feel targeted & leave the Uncharted production, forcing another delay.
Warner Brothers Executive Vice President of Physical Production, Kevin Tre, provided clarification over their anonymous hotline. Kevin emphasized that anonymous reports won’t be revealed after the coronavirus pandemic and that Warner Brother Executives were prompted into this decision after attending an industry-wide panel. This digital panel showed Warner Brothers that individual studios would approach COVID-19 enforcement at the minimum level, with their production sets not wanting to follow suit. Subsequently, Warner Brothers are abiding by suggestions make through the United Kingdom National Health Service.
The Batman revival film from DC Comics is receiving a prequel series produced by Terence Winter. Rumours & speculation didn’t surround this upcoming show, which is rare inside the genre of superheroes. The announcement was made by Director Matt Reeves, who hasn’t been able to continue production on “The Batman” following the COVID-19 global pandemic. That doesn’t mean Matt Reeves isn’t focusing on expanding this new iteration of Batman, which will be darker & more realistic to current life events than ever before. Similar themes will be implored with this prequel series, which will be named “Gotham” and stream through HBO Max.
Acquiring the directing & producing capabilities will upscale the quality of this show. Terence Winters is known for creating shows like Boardwalk Empire & The Sopranos. Both shows were critically acclaimed for their era-specific realism. Considering that Gotham is slated to focus on the criminal underground & brutality of law enforcement, it’s rumoured that this era of Batman will take place throughout the 70s.
Matt Reeves revealed through public statements that Terence Winter’s iteration of Gotham will take place years before the arrival of Batman, who’ll be played by Robert Pattinson. Reeves also guaranteed that there wouldn’t be the same undertones & themes seen throughout the recently cancelled version of “Gotham from Fox Broadcasting Company”. The cancellation was forced onto Gotham after Disney purchased Fox’s film & television properties, with the exclusion of DC Comics.
Comments from Matt Reeves
The primary concept will be corruption within the police force & how it builds the villainous characters known throughout “Batman’s Rogue of Villains”. Matt Reeves also mentioned that Terence Winters would create an iconic drama on an entirely different level than previously seen in this franchise.
Sentiments from “The Batman” director concluded with Reeves noting how Terence Winters shares the same vision for depth & detail in this franchise that working with his colleague has been an insightful experience not to seen be forgotten. The Batman will arrive in cinemas worldwide by October 1st, 2021. Details on the release for this prequel series wasn’t identified with Matt Reeves announcement.
COVID-19 has forced multiple changes onto the life of Tom Hanks, a notable A-List Actor that contracted the virus. Now the coronavirus is taking another minor toll onto the actors’ emotions, with his most recent film not being released to cinemas worldwide. Greyhound instead is releasing onto Apple TV+ after the production house determined financial burdens with postponing this movie would be extensive.
Most of Hollywood has determined that Video-on-Demand or Direct-to-Streaming platforms are best suited for the COVID-19 pandemic. Their assumptions are correct but disassociate audiences from experiences that come with film. Viewers are watching on smaller screens in lite environments, where often multiple people are around. This creates numerous distractions that often cause storylines to fade away into the background.
Tom Hanks worries that similar results will follow after releasing Greyhound to Apple TV+. Subscribers for Apple’s streaming service should be excited behind the concept of Greyhound. It’s a World War Two film centring around Commander Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks). This mean leads a convoy of Navy vessels through the Atlantic Ocean before being attacked by multiple U-Boats.
Sony produced this film with Tom Hanks, who wrote the script & assisted in directing the film. Greyhound was initially slated to release for March 2019 but was rescheduled for May 2020, with Sony hoping to avoid losing profits against other films like Captain Marvel & Disney’s Dumbo. Their decision would prove more costly than postponing until May 2020. Details on how much Apple TV+ paid to acquire this film isn’t known, but it would’ve been considerably less than the finances garnered from cinemagoers.
The Thoughts of Hanks
Tom Hanks provided insight into his thoughts behind the release of Greyhound. He indicated that Sony Pictures broke his art by refusing to postpone until cinemas reopened. Not caring about the concept of angering Tim Cook & other Apple Executives, Tom Hanks remarked that the quality in “Sound & Picture” are drastically worse with Apple TV+. His sentiments aren’t incorrect. The Apple Company would have their consumers believe that the quality of their services outweigh cinemas, which most have fallen for, even with it not being a reality. Tom Hanks is justified in his annoyance to Sony with Greyhound.
Another franchise from David Ayer could be arriving, with Shia LaBeouf leading the way. It’d mark the 1st time that Shia LaBeouf has acted in a franchise-role since Transformers Three. David Ayer is infamous for directing films that become Hollywood franchises. Notable films from his directing history include Training Day, Suicide Squad, and Bright. Ayer hasn’t notably returned for sequels to infamous films he’s directed. It’s often led towards the destruction of that brand, with film analysts anticipating that David’s latest film will fall under a similar territory.
David Ayer’s latest film is named “The Tax Collector” and shares significant similarities to other films made by the director. It shares identical markings that’ll inevitably lead towards multiple sequels. Focusing on storylines surrounding criminal underworlds on both sides, Blue Collar and White Collar. Shia LeBeouf stars alongside Bobby Soto, the Tax Collectors themselves. Their daily activities include collecting the drug debts from gangs across Los Angeles County, with their boss being George Lopez’s “Wizard”, the largest drug lord in LA.
Reviewing the trailer indicates that David Ayer is reinstalling classic premises seen throughout prior films under his repertoire. This includes End of Watch, Training Day, and Bright. It appears the Suicide Squad Director is taking another step forward with violence in his latest entry, which will be hard to overcome when comparing to the Jake Gyllenhaal Starred-End of Watch.
Should I Watch?
Those on the fence about watching this film shouldn’t divert themselves from an excellent cinema experience. David Ayer is infamous for creating a violent & realistic impersonation of gritty lifestyles amongst criminal underworlds. Shia LaBeouf has thrown his full talents into this role, becoming unrecognizable in five minutes. It shows that LaBeouf has grown tenfold with his craft & will surely become a more desirable dramatic actor after “The Tax Collector”. This will be the 1st film that Shia LaBeouf headlines since Transformer Three.
Cinemagoers that want to watch “The Tax Collect” can expect this film to release on August 7th with international theatres & Video-On-Demand Services. George Lopez, Shia LeBeouf, Lana Parilla, and Cinthya Carmona star in this upcoming film.
The reprisal of Star Wars from the Disney Corporation met failure on multiple occasions. Kathleen Kennedy helmed all operations regarding the Star Wars Franchise, with this woman believing the Science Fiction Series was a proper outlet for politician opinions. She’d learn that politics isn’t meant for every film, with Kathleen Kennedy potentially losing her job as LucasFilm President to Jon Favreau. Fans that heard this information praise the concept of Marvels Creator taking over LucasFilm.
Failure is seen throughout “The Force Awakens”, “The Last Jedi”, and “The Rise of Skywalker” has prompted LucasFilm to move from previous eras seen in the Star Wars Universe. Their next film series centres 200 Years before Anakin Skywalker is born. Named “Star Wars: The High Republic”, this period of history for the Jedi is peaceful. This is because the Galaxy isn’t plagued by Sith Lords & Criminal Underworlds that Jedi Knights are obliged to stop. The most damaging aspects to life in the High Republic are sicknesses & hyperspace accidents.
The Storyline Details
Things change for the High Republic Chancellor, Lina Soh, who requests the aid of Jedi Masters. The Chancellor suggests creating posts in the Outer Rim Territories, which hadn’t been explored 200 years before the Skywalker Family being born into the force. This information became available to Star Wars fans after Disney released “Light of the Jedi”, a new comic-book novel setting up the events for the High Republic.
It’s mentioned that Outer Rim World have opportunistic moments for civilian’s brave enough to travel these unmarked planets. The High Republic Chancellor refuses to send Military Forces meant to protect Coruscant, meaning the Jedi are tasked to locate new worlds for natural resources that could benefit civilian life back home. What happens next isn’t being revealed, with it being speculated that Jedi will unknowingly embark to the Sith homeworld. Star Wars fanatics familiar with this era know that Darth Revan is resting on Korban during the High Republic. Darth Revan is noted as the deadliest & darkest Sith Lord from lore, which follows after this corrupt Force-user was previously one of the Jedis greatest warriors.
Cinemas worldwide have begun announcing their operation losses for 2020, with collective estimates ranging between $20 – $31 Billion. This follows after the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen an economic downturn for most nations worldwide. Millions of companies have shut their doors amid the Stay-At-Home Orders, with closures extending to theatres like AMC and SilverCity.
Nobody anticipated that the film industry would be destroyed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. However, Hollywood Studios were forced to delay multiple films as Governments demanded that entertainment venues shutdown for social distancing. Entertainment & Sporting Venues are still closed today in North America, European Union, Australia, Asia, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. Some nations are allowing for cinemas to reopen, but reports suggest that civilians aren’t risking their safety in enclosed space.
Altering the mindset of moviegoers could become challenging for multiple brands. It’ll prove move challenging for AMC Theatres, who owns thousands of locations worldwide. Their considered the most significant property holder of cinemas & confirmed weeks ago that declined sales are forcing them into one of two options. The 1st option would see AMC Theatres enter bankruptcy, hoping that government aid would be provided over a prolonged period. The 2nd option would see this largescale brand sold to an unknown entity. Details of which option the AMC Board of Directors will initiate hasn’t been confirmed.
AMC Theatres isn’t the exclusive brand that’s been financially destroyed by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Omdia Cinemas announced that their operating profits have depleted by 70% in 2020, with those revenues being compared with the 2019 fiscal year. The CEO of Omdia Cinemas anticipated that industry losses could sustain anywhere from $20 – $31 Billion, with the lower valuation possible if governments begin reopening their cinemas. Challenges would still await Omdia Cinemas & AMC Theatres, with Hollywood Studios currently refusing to release their films if these entertainment venues open. It’s Hollywood’s way of assisting with stopping the COVID-19 Spread.
Films that are anticipated to return when cinemas are opened include Wonder Woman 1984, Black Window, and No Time to Die. The number of upcoming films would’ve been more significant if studios like Paramount didn’t release their movies for Video-On-Demand Services.
The 1st week of June marked the date when J.K. Rowling would express her Anti-Trans opinions, which prompted an outcry of backlash towards the infamous writer of Harry Potter. The statements mentioned by Rowling noted that men turning into a woman cannot reproduce, menstruate, experience menopause, or harvest breast milk. She remarked that these transgender civilians offend their mothers & all other women who had to experience those hardships.
Numerous individuals in Hollywood were quick to remark their disapproval, craving to a small majority of naysayers over the overwhelming majority of Rowling supporters. One such individual was Happy Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe. He apologized on behalf of J.K. Rowling & the overall franchise for her transphobic comments. It prompted for both Rupert Grint and Emma Watson to both empathize with this community as well. However, it should be mentioned that all three actors are avoiding potential backlash towards their respective careers by apologizing for Rowling.
The sentiments released by Daniel Radcliffe indicated his apologies to anybody offended, to those that’ve felt their experiences with the Harry Potter franchise was tarnished. He mentioned his woes for those that were caused pain by Rowling’s sentiments. Reviewing this post saw naysayers remaking that an older woman that has birthed three children, obtaining more money than the queen, and donated to countless charities are permitted to her respective opinions. Millennials & GenX’s are overwhelming sensitive, happy to destroy anyone’s career for merely upsetting their thought process. It’s this “Hate Culture” that’s creating systemic issues throughout North America and the European Union.
Statements from Daniel Radcliffe finished by the Harry Potter actor saying & believing that all transgender woman are genuine females, that by not recognizing their different bodies, it sets back the overall female movement. Subsequently, it appears that Daniel Radcliffe didn’t obtain a significant level of intelligence while learning his educational course on the HP Set. Radcliffe didn’t learn the differences between male & female anatomy, how they are two entirely different things that manufacture various products for the human species. Science cannot be changed by mentality.