Press: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’ Delays Release Date

VARIETY – Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have delayed the release of “Dune,” the big-budget sci-fi epic from director Denis Villeneuve. It will no longer premiere on Dec. 18 and is now slated to debut in theaters on Oct. 1, 2021.

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. declined to comment.

The move was expected after the studio pushed “Wonder Woman 1984” back from early October to Christmas Day, putting the comic book sequel’s big-screen debut one week ahead of “Dune.” In normal circumstances, but especially during the pandemic, Warner Bros. wouldn’t cannibalize ticket sales for a fellow studio release. “Dune” was originally scheduled for November, but its release date has been shuffled multiple times amid the coronavirus crisis. It is one of many anticipated films that was shelved as a result of movie theater closures in March.

Warner Bros.’ “The Batman” — starring Robert Pattinson and directed by Matt Reeves — is also currently dated for Oct. 1, 2021, so there’s a chance the Caped Crusader’s next big-screen adventure will be pushed back again.

News of “Dune’s” delay comes days after James Bond sequel “No Time to Die,” which was originally set to launch at the end of November, was pushed back to 2021. That decision prompted Regal, the second-biggest U.S. theater chain, to close down its venues after reopening in August. If high-profile movies continue to vacate their release dates, other circuits may be forced to shut down again as well. However Cinemark, another major theater operator, announced on Monday that it has no plans to close U.S. venues.

“Cinemark’s reopening plan was designed with multiple contingencies in place to ensure we are able to be nimble and react as needed to this ever-changing environment,” the company said in a statement. “We do not currently have plans to close our U.S. theatres and are continuing to align with demand, including reducing operating hours and days while we await new studio content to encourage theatrical moviegoing.

Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet,” also from Warner Bros., was hoping to spark a nationwide return to the movies and give rival studios the confidence to unveil tentpoles during the pandemic. But attendance has been slower than expected. “Tenet’s” lackluster U.S. ticket sales has forced studios to pump the brakes on releasing mega-budgeted movies in the midst of a global health crisis. Box office analysts don’t expect many new films to grace theaters until important moviegoing markets, such as New York City and Los Angeles, are granted permission to reopen. Given the reluctance to debut blockbusters, the holiday season — typically one of the busiest times of year for multiplexes — will likely be lighter than usual.

“Dune” is based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, and stars Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin and Zendaya.

Press: The Best Part of SNL’s “Enough Is Enough” Skit Was Jason Momoa’s Hilarious Cameo

POP SUGAR – Saturday Night Live included a very special guest star this week: Jason Momoa. During the Oct. 10 episode, the Aquaman actor made a quick cameo in the “Enough Is Enough” skit. In the video, Beck Bennett plays an actor who posts an Instagram video criticizing President Donald Trump, which quickly goes viral for the wrong reasons. We then see Bennett have multiple conversations with his friends who promptly tell him to take down the video. Of course, the funniest moment is at the end of the skit, when he receives a FaceTime from Momoa himself, who also tells him to take down the video and untag him from the post. Watch the full skit above for Momoa’s brief but funny cameo.

Photos: New Theme Plus Photoshoot Additions

Thanks to Sin21’s theme and Insomniac Wonderland’s amazing headers, we have a new theme! I used some exclusive photos I had gotten on the main page plus I also added 10 pictures of two photo shoots in the gallery. Enjoy!

 

Press: One Dune Scene Left Jason Momoa Weeping Like a Baby

Dune star Jason Momoa reveals that one particular scene in the sci-fi epic left him a broken man.

MOVIEWEB – Known for axe-throwing, beer-swilling, and generally being a giant, chiselled, chunk of masculinity, no one is going to accuse Game of Thrones star Jason Momoa of being soft. Not to his face, anyway. Of course, even a man built like Momoa is prone to an emotional outburst occasionally, and that is exactly what happened when the actor filmed a particular scene for the upcoming sci-fi epic, Dune.

There were moments where, you know, you don’t want to bitch. And it was funny because Denis — I’ve never run this much in my life, and Denis had me run across the desert, because the sun was setting and so we had to get the shot and I had to run through this windstorm. I had to run to Timothee [Chalamet]. I couldn’t see where I was going. All I wanted to, I just didn’t want to fall on my face and I didn’t want to disappoint [Denis Villeneuve]. I’m not the best runner, but I was like, ‘I’m not giving up.’ The amount of chaffing, and the sweat that had built up. But I was like, ‘I’m not gonna give up. I’m not going to give up!’ But inside, I was crying like a little baby.”

So, while his tears may have been on the inside, that does not make them any less real. It seems that it was not the emotional content of the scene that came close to breaking Momoa’s hard, outer shell, instead it was the sheer physicality. It is hard to imagine any kind of physical activity being a strain to Jason Momoa, but director Denis Villeneuve clearly found the behemoth actor’s breaking point.

Momoa’s is playing the superbly named, Duncan Idaho, the sword master of House Atreides and one of lead character Paul Atreides’ mentors. Momoa has previously revealed a few details about the role of Duncan Idaho, comparing him to a certain Scruffy-looking Nerfherder. “It’s a pretty massive film and I get to be this little-he’s kind of the Han Solo-esque of the group,” Momoa said of his character. “He’s kind of the rogue warrior who protects Timothée Chalamet and he serves Oscar Isaac.”

Dune has been described as a mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, and tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence-a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential-only those who can conquer their fear will survive.

Dune has amassed a hugely impressive cast alongside Jason Momoa that includes Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, David Dastmalchian, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, and Javier Bardem. Dune is directed by Blade Runner 2049 and [Arrival’s} Denis Villeneuve who is working from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Villeneuve, and Eric Roth.

Dune is currently scheduled for release on December 18, 2020, though this could reportedly be postponed due to the ongoing global circumstances. This comes to us from Cinemanblend.

Photos/Videos: “Dune” Trailer and Cast Q&A with Stephen Colbert Plus Empire Magazine Scans

This movie looks badass! The release date is December 18, 2020. Make sure you watch the cast Q&A too!

 
 

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