The sequel to the superhit superhero film Black Panther will begin filming in July next year, in Atlanta.
The sequel was temporarily put on hold after the sudden demise of Chadwick Boseman, who played the titular superhero, last year. Initially, the plan was to start production in March next year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Now, several sources state that Marvel is looking at readying the sequel for a shoot, which will start in Atlanta in July and last for six months.
Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta is in talks to play one of the antagonists. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Bassett are expected to return for the next chapter, with many hinting that Wright’s character Shuri may take on a more prominent role.
There has been no update yet on who might take over late Boseman’s central role and neither has the studio revealed its plans on how they will proceed without Boseman, although they have indicated that they will not use CGI to include the late star in the film.
Boseman shot to global superstardom playing Black Panther and his alter ego, T’Challa, in the 2018 film. He was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016. In August, the actor died at home in Los Angeles, with his wife and family members by his side.
Veteran actress Dimple Kapadia has announced that her much-awaited Hollywood film “Tenet”, helmed by Christopher Nolan, will release on December 4 in India.
“I’m extremely delighted to announce the release of Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ on December 4 all across cinemas in India. It has been an honour for me to be associated with this project. The film has some spectacular action sequences, turns and twists that you can best enjoy only on the big screen,” Dimple said.
The sci-fi action film also stars Robert Pattinson, John David Washington, Elizabeth Debicki, Martin Donovan, Michael Caine and Kenneth Branagh.
Nolan wrote and directed the film, which is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures in theatres.
“Tenet”, which was shot in India, the US, the UK, Denmark, Estonia, Italy and Norway, will be available to the Indian audience in English, Hindi, Tamil and Telugu languages.
While there is no clarity yet on the release of Wonder Woman 1984 in India, the Gal Gadot-starrer superhero film looks set to open in theatres and on OTT on the same day in the United States.
Gadot was happy to announce the decision, saying “we’ve all waited a long time”.
“It’s time. We’ve all waited a long time for this one to come. I can’t tell you how excited I am for all of you to see this movie. It wasn’t an easy decision and we never thought we’d have to hold onto the release for such a long time but COVID rocked all of our worlds,” she posted on Instagram.
“We feel the movie has never been so relevant and we hope that it’ll bring some joy, hope and love to your hearts.’Wonder Woman 1984′ is a special one for me and I can only hope it’ll be as special to you too. We’ve put our hearts and souls into it. So.. you can watch it IN THEATERS (they’re doing an amazing job keeping it safe) and you can also watch it on HBOMAX from your homes. Sending you my love. Please keep safe and wear a mask. Happy holidays to all of us! Let the light shine in,” she wrote.
After much speculation, Warner Bros. has announced that the superhero sequel will release on the streaming service HBO Max on December 25, the same day it opens in US movie theatres. The film will stream on HBO Max for a month at no additional cost to subscribers.
In countries where HBO Max is not available, the film will premiere in cinemas one week earlier, on December 16, reports variety.com.
The India release date has not been announced yet.
The $200 million-budgeted film was originally supposed to release earlier this year, but got delayed time and time again amid the coronavirus crisis.
Filmmaker Patty Jenkins, who directed “Wonder Woman” and this sequel, took to Twitter to talk about the new release plan.
“The time has come,” she wrote on Twitter, adding: “At some point you have to choose to share any love and joy you have to give, over everything else. We love our movie as we love our fans, so we truly hope that our film brings a little bit of joy and reprieve to all of you this holiday season.”
She urged fans to seek out the movie where they feel is safest.
“Watch it in theatres, where it is made safe to do so (check out the great work theatres have done to make it so!) And available in the safety of your home where it is not. Happy holidays to all of you. We hope you enjoy our film as much as we enjoyed making it,” she added.
The much-awaited Wonder Woman 1984 teases the beginning of a “new era of wonder” with a new battle, a new armour, new villains, edgier action and a reunion with her long-lost love.
Gadot is reprising her role as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, in the sequel of the megahit 2017 DC film. Other returning stars include Chris Pine as Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman’s love interest), Robin Wright as Antiope and Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta. It also stars Pedrol Pascal as Max Lord.
The world of the John Krasinski and Emily Blunt-starrer, A Quiet Place, is expanding.
Jeff Nichols, the maker of dramas as “Mud” and “Loving”, has been roped in to write and direct an untitled spinoff connected to the events in the 2018 hit horror movie, reports hollywoodreporter.com.
Krasinski, who directed and co-wrote the original film as well as its still-unreleased sequel, came up with the idea for the new story. He will also produce along with Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller.
“A Quiet Place” is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans are the prey of fast-moving creatures who track victims by sound. The 2018 film revolved around a family struggling to survive in a world where making the slightest sound draws the attention of the predators.
The film clicked with critics and audiences alike, doing business of over $340 million worldwide on a budget of less than $20 million.
“A Quiet Place Part II” was originally set to hit the big screen in late March, but was among numerous Hollywood films delayed owing to Covid. It is now scheduled on April 23, 2021.
The Korean zombie thriller, Peninsula, a sequel to the 2016 hit, Train To Busan, will release on the big screen in India on November 27.
An official Cannes Film Festival 2020 Selection, the film was set to make its world premiere at the festival. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho, who also directed the prequel, the movie stars Gang Dong-won and Lee Jung- hyun.
The sequel is set four years after the virus outbreak in Korea as shown in Train To Busan, and follows a former soldier who is sent along with his team to retrieve a truck full of money from the wastelands of the Korean peninsula, which is now inhabited by zombies.
“I imagined what Korea would look like after the outbreak depicted in ‘Train To Busan’ and what kind of scenarios would unfold. It is also the culmination of all the anticipation from fans all over the world. I wanted to tell the story of modern people who live in a rational society, and how they react to a new world enveloped in barbarism and contrasted humanism,” said the director while talking about creating his own Zombie universe.
The film is being released in India by Zee Studios and Kross Pictures.
“Korean films have a growing fanbase in India and going by the popularity of its predecessor ‘Peninsula’ promises to top that experience. We are confident that this film will be one of the best theatrical experiences our audiences will have this year,” said Shariq Patel from the Zee Studios.
To this, Hyunwoo Thomas Kim, CEO of Kross Pictures, added: “We hope the film will be a great cinema experience for Indian audiences coming out of the long lockdown.”
The popular music festival has been cancelled next year owing to the pandemic, it was announced On Monday. The organisers plan to bring back the music gala in 2022.
“Rather than present a diluted version of the festival we love, which would also put fans at risk, we feel we have no other option but to cancel the 2021 edition. However, ‘Be There, Be Free’ continues to embody the spirit of the festival and we will look to the future, knowing we have to make up for lost ground and create a larger than life fiesta next time around, at India’s most-loved multi-genre music festival,” said Nikhil Chinapa, festival curator.
Postponing th festival next year has become necessary. “As we were preparing to unite our SuperFam for an electrifying eighth edition of Vh1 Supersonic, we’ve had to stop and take stock of where the world stands with respect to Covid 19. Several countries are going into a second lockdown, international air travel is restricted and there is still no news of when a viable vaccine will be available to the public,” Chinapa explained.
“Our decision to cancel the festival in 2021 and push it to 2022 has come due to the global uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic. Our primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of our festival-goers and taking that into consideration, we have decided to cancel the 2021 edition. In the meantime, we are leaving you all with the promise that we will be back bigger and better in 2022,” said Mahesh Shetty of Viacom18.
The seventh edition was held in February this year before the spread of the virus crisis. The line-up included names like Prateek Kuhad, American DJ-record producer Diplo, American rapper Machine Gun Kelly, American musician Illenium and popular rock band Chon.
The news of the cancellation of the next edition comes after Sunburn Goa 2020 was called off last week.
Actress Elisabeth Moss says she has a ridiculous job but then makes a point by calling her chosen career path as “pretty great”.
“My job is pretty great. I have these scripts that are written and I get to pretend and I get to imagine. It’s a ridiculous job and I make money at it and I feel invigorated by it.
“I’ve just never felt that it was a dark place, I’ve always felt that it was a light place,” Moss told independent.co.uk, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
The actress says her characters can help people.
Citing an example of her role in “The Invisible Man”, where she essays a woman escaping an abusive partner, Moss said: “I would have friends who I didn’t know had gone through an experience like that say to me that it was cathartic to watch.
The actress added: “I think we all have experiences where we feel like we were gaslit or taken advantage of or told that we were crazy for thinking or feeling something. That story of abuse is not something that has arisen in the last five years. It’s not a bandwagon anyone can jump on – it’s a tale as old as time.”
Moss calls herself a loner.
“I’m very much a loner. Lockdown for me was kind of a breeze because I have no problem staying at home for long, long periods of time, and I have no problem not seeing anybody. And I also bury myself in my work,” she said.
The K-Pop boy band BTS walked away with four honours at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2020 including Best Song, while singer Armaan Malik won the Best India Act.
Armaan won for his pop single “Control”, beating competition from Kaam Bhaari, Siri x Sez On The Beat, Divine and Prabh Deep.
BTS won four of the five EMAs for which they were nominated. They won Best Group for the third year in a row.
“We’ll keep working hard to be a group that can touch the hearts of people and give them hope through music,” member RM said in their acceptance speech.
The South Korean pop group also won Best Song for “Dynamite”, Best Fans and Best Virtual Live for Bang Bang Con awards.
The girl band Little Mix hosted the event, which was filmed in various locations including London and Budapest. The group also performed their new single, “Sweet melody”. Other performers included Alicia Keys, Doja Cat, Sam Smith and Zara Larsson.
Lady Gaga won the Best Artist prize, Cardi B picked up the Best Hip Hop award, Coldplay won Best Rock, Haley Williams won for Best Alternative music and Little Mix was named for Best Pop award. The award for Best Latin music went to Karol G, who also won Best Collaboration for “Tusa” featuring Nicki Minaj.
David Guetta, who won in the Best Electronic category, also performed at the show from a stage in Budapest. Singer-songwriter YUNGBLUD won Best Push and Doja Cat took home the Best New Artist award.
The artistes and bands accepted their awards and spoke to fans around the world in pre-recorded videos.
Like most award shows this year, the event was a virtual one owing to the Covid pandemic. In India, it was streamed on Voot Select and aired on Vh1 India on November 9.
Dedicates Award to Indian kids
Singer Armaan Malik bagged his first MTV Europe Music Award, which he has dedicated to Indian kids who dare to dream and work hard to make it come true.
Armaan won the Best India Act award for his first English single “Control”, which had released in March.
“I’ve just had the most unreal year so far, and this win at the EMAs just made it better by a million notches! ‘Control’ is my debut English single and to have received this kind of love, support, and recognition at a global level so early on in my journey makes me really emotional,” said the 25-year-old.
“I want to thank all my ‘Armaanians’ across the world who voted for me without whom this would not have been possible. They just shower me with so much love and I feel like the luckiest guy on the planet! Last but not least, this win is dedicated to all those young Indian kids who dare to dream and work hard to make them come true, this is for you. Dream on,” he added.
Armaan was nominated alongside artistes like Divine, Prabh Deep and Kaam Bhaari.
The awards ceremony was streamed live on Voot Select and aired on Vh1 India on November 9.
Meanwhile, in 2020, Armaan released several songs including his second English single “Next 2 me”.
“I have two singles in the pipeline and will release by the end of the year. One is in Hindi and the other is in English. I also have some international collaborations planned for 2021,” Armaan informed.
Pop star Justin Bieber says lockdown strengthened his marriage with model Hailey.
In a preview of “Justin Bieber: Next Chapter”, his new YouTube Originals documentary, the 26-year-old pop star has admitted to having more “confidence” in his romance with Hailey, saying that the pandemic has allowed them to spend quality time together and to focus on their relationship, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
“Tour’s cancelled and I had to adapt to that. It allowed us to take a step back and focus on each other. That was a beautiful thing. And that turned into working on an album,” he said.
In the preview, the singer also discussed the ambitions he has for his music. “I want to make content that will inspire and make people happy. It’s growth and it’s hope,” he shared.
The upcoming YouTube documentary comes after “Justin Bieber: Seasons”, which followed the singer as he worked towards releasing his “Changes” album.
The new special documentary will give his fans a behind-the-scenes look into his life, as he discusses the impact of the lockdown and the pressures of fame.
“Connecting with fans and bringing them into my life is really important to me. I’m excited to catch up with them and to share the progress I’m making, the new music I’m working on, and what I’m excited about for the future,” he previously said.
Earlier this year, the singer described his model wife as the “best wife in the world”.
American percussionist-producer-activist Madame Gandhi says that during the last few months of lockdown, she focused on mental and physical health. Now, she feels empowered to begin 2021 on a strong note.
Talking about her quarantine time, the artiste, who has roots in India, told IANS: “I have been focusing on my mental and physical health. I have been boxing, running, doing yoga, and increasing my commitment to my meditation practice. These moments, to rehabilitate all aspects of my body and soul, have made me feel empowered to tee off a strong 2021 with the new music that is to come.”
On how different her upcoming album “Vibrations” will be from her previous ones — “Voices” and “Visions” — she shared: “This album is a lot more focused on love. It is introspective and more vulnerable. It is expansive and celebrates wellness. It still has the uplifting, percussive feelings of the past two albums, but definitely feels more produced and takes more risk.”
The artiste, born Kiran Gandhi, recently released a new collection of remixes of her 2019 “Visions” track, “Young Indian”.
“I love performing my song ‘Young Indian’ live, but the song in its original format does not lend itself as well to deejaying. Therefore, I knew that I wanted to host a competition where I could have producers help me re-purpose the song into genres that are more appropriate for the dance floor,” she said.
“As a result of this competition, we walked away with Bhangra, Salsa, Reggaeton and Afro beat remixes that now even the fitness community can work out to,” she added.
Earlier this year, she had joined media mogul Oprah Winfrey on her 2020 Vision Stadium tour. It was a learning experience for Gandhi.
“I learned that the world needs us to each truly shine at our brightest potential. When each of us are living in alignment with our path, not only do we feel a sense of contentment, but we are able to show up in service of others,” she said.
Gandhi is also an activist, who had run the London Marathon bleeding freely on her period in 2015. It had sparked a global conversation about how people treat menstruation in various cultures. Female empowerment is naturally important for her.
If one looks at social media, people will find female artistes being pitted against each other by fans. Asked if that bothers her, she said: “Yes. This is a toxic byproduct of the capitalist and patriarchal system that we globally operate within.”
“As a radical response, I believe sisterhood and mutual support is the most powerful way to combat that.”