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‘Marvel Lady 1984’ stays atop US field workplace as ticket gross sales slip

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Warner Bros. blockbuster “Marvel Lady 1984” topped the home field workplace for the third weekend in a row, however ticket gross sales fell off dramatically amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The superhero motion flick starring Gal Gadot reeled in $three million between Friday and Sunday, bringing its complete within the US and Canada to just about $33 million, which marked a 47 p.c drop in gross sales, in accordance with ticket gross sales tracker Field Workplace Mojo. Abroad, the film nabbed virtually $5 million for a international tally of $99 million, bringing its total haul to $131 million globally.

Although the film has outperformed most pandemic-era rivals on the field workplace, specialists say it received’t make up for the movie’s hefty $200 million manufacturing price range, and it’ll lose cash for the studio.

Father or mother firm WarnerMedia made a controversial guess to make “Marvel Lady,” which premiered in cinemas on Christmas Day, concurrently obtainable on its streaming service, HBO Max. The corporate additionally stated it was placing its complete 2021 slate of movies on HBO Max, so as to bolster the nascent service and enchantment to housebound prospects.

The transfer was met with a blended response. Some felt it was the fitting determination given the pandemic, whereas others — together with “Tenet” director Christopher Nolan — criticized the transfer as damaging to the way forward for the film business.

Calling the transfer a “bait and change,” Nolan slammed the choice within the press, including: “A few of our business’s greatest filmmakers and most vital film stars went to mattress the night time earlier than pondering they have been working for the best film studio and woke as much as discover out they have been working for the worst streaming service.”

Late final summer season, Nolan’s personal big-budget spy thriller “Tenet, ” which was launched by Warner Bros. in theaters in the course of the pandemic, wound up grossing a disappointing $58 million domestically, and $305 million, internationally. For a lot of studios, it turned a cautionary story, displaying the fragility of the field workplace throughout COVID.

Though “Marvel Lady” director Patty Jenkins agreed broadly with Nolan, she additionally stated that the coronavirus left the studio with “no good possibility.”

“For those who had instructed me a 12 months in the past that we might ever go straight to streaming in any manner, form or type, I’d have flipped out,” Jenkins stated on SiriusXM final month. “It’s such a loopy 12 months. It’s like all of us try to determine with our lives, how one can do every part the perfect we are able to. And so I stored saying there is no such thing as a good possibility. Like after we would speak about it, there was no good possibility.”

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Michelle Pfeiffer forged as Betty Ford in Showtime’s ‘First Girl’

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Michelle Pfeiffer will star as Betty Ford in Showtime’s upcoming anthology sequence, “The First Girl.”

Set within the White Home, the political drama is a take a look at America by the eyes of varied first women. Season 1 will deal with Eleanor Roosevelt and Michelle Obama, along with Betty Ford. 

Pfeiffer, 62, is thought for a variety of roles in movies together with the basic “Scarface,” in addition to “Batman Returns,” “Harmful Liaisons” and up to date movies resembling “Homicide on the Orient Specific” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” Since she’s recognized for her signature blonde locks and Ford had a brief brunette coif, they’ll need to work some Hollywood magic for a resemblance.

Ford was the primary woman from 1974 to 1977 whereas her husband Gerald Ford was president, and her most well-known legacy is talking candidly about substance abuse — later founding the well-known Betty Ford Middle, post-White Home — and elevating consciousness to varied social causes resembling breast most cancers, abortion rights and equal pay. 

Pfeiffer will be part of Viola Davis, who will play Michelle Obama. Casting has not been introduced for Eleanor Roosevelt. 

“The First Girl” doesn’t but have a premiere date. 

Betty Ford and her husband, former President Gerald Ford, in 1981.
Betty Ford and her husband, former President Gerald Ford, in 1981.
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Billie Eilish sings in Spanish for brand spanking new track with Rosalía

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Billie Eilish is making good on her promise to launch new music after taking break day through the pandemic.

On Thursday, the 19-year-old icon together with Spanish artist Rosalía, 27, dropped a brand new video for his or her long-awaited collaboration “Lo Vas a Olvidar,” a Spanish-language track the 2 ladies wrote collectively — properly earlier than COVID-19 halted all the pieces.

Eilish talked to Apple Music host Zane Lowe concerning the two-year run-up to the discharge.

“That is just like the longest lead-up on Earth,” she mentioned throughout a digital interview on Thursday. “We wrote a lot of the track in January of 2019. I’m so excited.”

The “Dangerous Man” singer went on to handle the massive query: Does Los Angeles native communicate Spanish?

“I don’t actually know what I’m saying,” she admitted whereas discussing what it’s wish to sing in one other language. “I’m not enunciating in the identical means I’d with my very own stuff.”

Rosalía, who grew up in Barcelona, performed tutor to Eilish. “She was teaching me by means of it,” she mentioned, including that the expertise “opened up … an entire new world of considering.”

Respiration a sigh of aid, she instructed Lowe that Rosalía was impressed along with her uptake, telling Eilish she “sound[s] utterly pure.”

“Hopefully she’s not mendacity to me.”

Billie Eilish, 19, and Rosalía, 27, dropped a new video for their long-awaited collaboration "Lo Vas a Olvidar."
Billie Eilish, 19, and Rosalía, 27, dropped a brand new video for his or her long-awaited collaboration “Lo Vas a Olvidar.”
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COVID-19 scuttles Glastonbury Pageant for second straight yr

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LONDON — Britain’s Glastonbury music pageant has fallen sufferer to the coronavirus pandemic for the second yr in a row.

Organizers Michael Eavis and Emily Eavis mentioned Thursday that “Despite our efforts to maneuver heaven & earth, it has change into clear that we merely won’t be able to make the Pageant occur this yr.”

“We’re so sorry to allow you to all down,” they mentioned in a press release.

They mentioned everybody who had put down a deposit on tickets for the 2020 pageant, which additionally was canceled, would have the ability to attend in 2022.

The pageant has been held virtually yearly since 1970, drawing as much as 150,000 individuals to the Eavis’ Worthy Farm in southwest England.

Final yr’s 50th anniversary occasion, which had been as a result of characteristic Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, the Pet Store Boys and Paul McCartney, was canceled in March because the virus started to comb the U.Okay.

Father and daughter Michael and Emily Eavis thanked followers “in your unimaginable continued assist and let’s look ahead to higher instances forward.”

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