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Universal Shifts Blumhouse’s ‘Halloween’ Sequel and ‘The Forever Purge’ to 2021

Universal Shifts Blumhouse’s ‘Halloween’ Sequel and ‘The Forever Purge’ to 2021
In the latest shuffle of release dates due to the coronavirus, Universal has shifted three of its Blumhouse titles to 2021 and beyond, including the “Halloween” sequels “Halloween Kills” and “Halloween Ends” to 2021 and 2022 respectively, and “The Forever Purge” to summer 2021.

Universal has also shifted “Candyman,” from director Nia DaCosta and writer Jordan Peele, back to October 16, 2020 from its previous release date on September 25. It was originally meant to open this summer.

Halloween Kills” will now open on Oct. 15, 2021, a full year from its original Oct. 16, 2020 release, and the third film in the rebooted franchise, “Halloween Ends,” will now open Oct. 14, 2022. It takes the place of a previously announced, untitled Blumhouse Productions project. Both films are released by Universal Pictures, Miramax, Blumhouse Productions and Trancas International Films.

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Some of Universal’s other major releases have already been
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Universal removes July release ‘The Forever Purge’ from calendar

Universal removes July release ‘The Forever Purge’ from calendar
Unhinged, Tenet, Mulan set to open in July.

Universal Pictures has removed Blumhouse horror title The Forever Purge from its July 10 theatrical release date.

At time of writing it remained unclear how the Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes horror film will reach audiences as studio executives continue to scrutinise the landscape amid the coronavius pandemic.

Solstice Studios’ Russell Crowe psychological thriller Unhinged remains the first new film of summer season on July 1, followed by Warner Bros’ Christopher Nolan thriller Tenet, and Disney’s live-action adventure Mulan on July 24.

Everything is subject to theatres reopening. The major chains have intimated they are targeting July,
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Blumhouse’s ‘The Forever Purge’ Pulled From July Release

Blumhouse’s ‘The Forever Purge’ Pulled From July Release
The Forever Purge,” the fifth film in “The Purge” horror franchise, has been pulled from the release calendar by Universal and Blumhouse Pictures.

It was originally scheduled to open on July 10, 2020. No new release date has been set.

The Forever Purge” is directed by Everardo Gout and written by the franchise creator James DeMonaco. It’s a follow-up to 2018’s prequel movie “The First Purge,” which grossed $137 million worldwide and was the highest-grossing film in the franchise.

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The film is produced by the series’ founding producers: Jason Blum for his Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller and Man in a Tree duo James DeMonaco and his longtime producing partner Sébastien K. Lemercier. The film’s executive producers are Marcei A. Brown, Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno.

With “The Forever Purge” shifted from the calendar,
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Universal-Blumhouse’s ‘The Forever Purge’ Steps Off Summer Calendar

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Universal-Blumhouse’s ‘The Forever Purge’ Steps Off Summer Calendar
Universal-Blumhouse’s The Forever Purge, which was dated for July 10 prior to Warner Bros.’ The Tenet, is now unset. Solstice Studios’ Russell Crowe road rage movie Unhinged on July 1 remains the first wide release back for those cinemas reopening.

We hear there is no determination yet as to whether Forever Purge goes to Pvod, which is where Universal released Trolls World Tour to a near $100M revenue and has the Judd Apatow movie The King of Staten Island scheduled to go on June 12. Given the uncertainty of the theatrical business right now, another date on the release calendar is being assessed for Forever Purge.

The last three Purge pics played the July month with the franchise’s four films grossing more than $456M worldwide.

Everardo Grout directed Forever Purge off a screenplay by franchise creator James DeMonaco. Pic is produced by the series’ founding producers: Jason Blum for his
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Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem Biopic ‘The Glorias’ Sells to Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions

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Julie Taymor’s Gloria Steinem Biopic ‘The Glorias’ Sells to Ld Entertainment, Roadside Attractions
Gloria Steinem’s biopic is officially hitting the road, securing domestic distribution from Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions.

Directed by Julie Taymor, “The Glorias” premiered in the official selection at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. It stars several generations of actresses taking on key phases in activist icon Steinem’s life, led by Julianne Moore and Alicia Vikander.

Ld and Roadside are planning on an early fall release ahead of the 2020 election, and promised a national promotional tour backed by Steinem. Endeavor Content represented filmmakers in the sale.

“With ‘The Glorias,’ Julie Taymor and her extraordinary cast​ paint a commanding portrait of an American leader, the remarkable Gloria Steinem, and also salute the millions of amazing women who have fought alongside Gloria for social change during the last half-century,” said Roadside Attractions co-heads Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff. “We are incredibly energized to bring this epic story to theaters this fall.
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‘The Glorias’ Acquired By ‘Judy’ Team Of Ld Entertainment And Roadside, Will Get Awards-Season Release Ahead Of Election

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‘The Glorias’ Acquired By ‘Judy’ Team Of Ld Entertainment And Roadside, Will Get Awards-Season Release Ahead Of Election
The Glorias, Julie Taymor’s movie about Gloria Steinem that spans five decades to tell the story of the feminist icon, has been acquired by Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The North American rights deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, reteams Ld and Roadside, whose last tie-up, the Judy Garland biopic Judy, just won Renee Zellweger the Best Actress Oscar.

A fall 2020 release date, which positions the pic both in awards season and ahead of the 2020 presidential election, is planned. A national promotional tour with significant support from Steinem is also in the works. The deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content.

“Telling my story in Julie Taymor’s genius movie carries my hope that we all have a right to tell our stories – I hope it encourages you to tell yours,” Steinem said in a release announcing the deal Thursday.
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Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions acquire ‘The Glorias’

Pre-election autumn theatrical release planned.

Ld Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have acquired North American rights to Julie Taymor’s The Glorias following its world premiere at Sundance.

The companies are reuniting after the release of Judy starring Oscar-winner Renée Zellweger and are back in business with another stellar performer playing an iconic role.

Julianne Moore portrays feminist figurehead Gloria Steinem over five decades of her life.

Based on Steinem’s book My Life On The Road, The Glorias also stars Alicia Vikander, Lulu Wilson, Ryan Keira Armstrong and Timothy Hutton

The partners plan an autumn release in advance of the 2020 election,
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Directors Guild Gives Their Top Prizes To Bo Burnham And Alfonso Cuaron

Last night, one of the last of the awards season dominos fell when the Directors Guild of America had their annual awards gala. With the DGA having chimed in, it’s just left to BAFTA and their forthcoming show, in terms of what can really factor in to an Academy Award voter’s mind. There were two frontrunners going into the evening in the two major categories, though an upset was speculated in one. Go figure then, a surprise winner was crowned somewhere, but not where we all expected… In an upset, the First Time Director category did not go to Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born. Instead, the Directors Guild gave that prize to Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade. Obviously, Burnham did strong work and is deserving, but this marks the first time that someone nominated in both categories did not win this one in a walk. Obviously,
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DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List

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DGA Awards: The Complete Winners List
Roma” filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won one of the top prizes at Saturday night’s 71st Directors Guild of America Awards, beating out Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book” for the feature film award.

Bo Burnham was also among the guild’s big winners, taking home the first-time feature film prize for his coming-of-age drama “Eighth Grade.” He was up against Cooper, Carlos Lopez Estrada for “Blindspotting,” Matthew Heineman for “A Private War,” and Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You.”

While Cooper lost out on both awards, two other actors-turned-directors were victorious: Ben Stiller and Bill Hader. Stiller won in the movies for television and limited series category for his prison-break drama “Escape at Dannemora,” while Hader won for comedy series for “Barry,” which he also toplines.

McKay didn’t take the top film award,
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Directors Guild Film Nominations Set: ‘A Star Is Born’, ‘Roma’, ‘Green Book’, ‘BlacKkKlansman’, ‘Vice’

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The Directors Guild has announced nominees for outstanding directing in a film for 2018, along with its annual first-time director noms. This year’s list includes a double mention for Bradley Cooper, who made his directorial debut with Warner Bros’ musical drama A Star Is Born, and Spike Lee, who gets his first DGA nom ever for Focus Features’ BlacKkKlansman. That may be a shocking statistic about Lee, but he has also never been nominated for the directing Oscar either. This year reps his best chance to break that curse.

The list, which also includes Alfonso Cuarón for Roma, Peter Farrelly for Green Book and Adam McKay for Vice, does not contain huge surprises but it is especially important as the guild has been a savvy prognosticator on who will be the eventual Oscar winner — in fact it has differed only seven times since the DGA started giving awards in 1949. Interestingly
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Directors Guild Film Nominations Show Oscar Leaders

In a year when the Oscar race is packed with popular films with flaws of one sort or another, the Directors Guild of America awards nominations provide a significant signpost of where things are headed. Golden Globe-winner “Bohemian Rhapsody” may be showing strong Guild support, but the DGA, which dictated that Bryan Singer get director credit for the film he left under fire (completed by Dexter Fletcher), did not go there.

The 2018 DGA nominations went to five lead auteur contenders for the Best Picture Oscar: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” his second nomination after DGA-winner “Gravity,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Peter Farrelly for “Green Book,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Adam McKay for “Vice.” McKay was also nominated for “The Big Short.”

Cooper also landed a second nomination for first-time director. This marks Lee’s first DGA nomination; he is the fourth African-American director to be nominated for Best Feature by the DGA,
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Directors Guild Film Nominations Show Oscar Leaders

In a year when the Oscar race is packed with popular films with flaws of one sort or another, the Directors Guild of America awards nominations provide a significant signpost of where things are headed. Golden Globe-winner “Bohemian Rhapsody” may be showing strong Guild support, but the DGA, which dictated that Bryan Singer get director credit for the film he left under fire (completed by Dexter Fletcher), did not go there.

The 2018 DGA nominations went to five lead contenders for the directing Oscar: Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” his second nomination after DGA-winner “Gravity,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star is Born,” Peter Farrelly for “Green Book,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” and Adam McKay for “Vice.” McKay was also nominated for “The Big Short.”

Cooper also landed a second nomination for first-time director. This marks Lee’s first DGA nomination; he is the fourth African-American director to be nominated for Best Feature by the DGA,
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Directors Guild Nominees Include Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón

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Directors Guild Nominees Include Bradley Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón
The Directors Guild of America has nominated Alfonso Cuaron for “Roma,” Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born,” Spike Lee for “BlacKkKlansman,” Adam McKay for “Vice,” and Peter Farrelly for “Green Book” for its top feature film award.

Cooper also received a DGA nomination for its first-time director award on Tuesday, along with Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade,” Carlos Lopez Estrada for “Blindspotting,” Matthew Heineman for “A Private War,” and Boots Riley for “Sorry to Bother You.”

Cuaron won the DGA and Academy Award for directing five years ago for “Gravity.” It’s the first DGA nomination for Cooper, Farrelly, and Lee. It’s McKay’s third DGA nom, three years after he received a nod for “The Big Short.” He also received a television nomination Monday for directing an episode of “Succession.”

There were no surprises in the DGA’s announcement, which came two days after Cuaron won the
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Guillermo del Toro takes the DGA prize while “Coco” runs away with the Annie Awards

Over the weekend, specifically on Saturday night, two big precursors went down. The Directors Guild of America Awards and the Annie Awards were held, help to solidify two Oscar categories. Yes, as you’ll see, there’s now no mystery left about what the Academy Awards will cite in the Best Director and Best Animated Feature races. Frankly, there hasn’t been for some time now, but the last pieces of the puzzle were put together on Saturday. Those two categories are coronations now, and rightly so, quality wise. With DGA being the final Guild, that also really does launch us firmly into Phase Two, where members of the Academy will be making their final decisions about who and what will receive Oscar gold. Below you’ll be able to see Annie and DGA results, which probably shouldn’t have surprised anyone. The former went for Coco across the board,
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Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut

Directors Guild of America 2018 Film Nominations: Jordan Peele and Greta Gerwig Make the Cut
The Directors Guild of America has announced its nominees for the 70th Annual DGA Awards in the feature film categories, including both feature film and first-film feature film. Heavy hitters like Guillermo del Toro (his first DGA nod) and Christopher Nolan (his fourth) made the cut, along with awards season favorites like Greta Gerwig for her “Lady Bird” and Jordan Peele for his “Get Out,” who pulled in nominations in both categories. Other first-timers of note include Aaron Sorkin and Taylor Sheridan, who both made the jump to directing with their newest features, along with “Lady Macbeth” helmer William Oldroyd and “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper.

Notable missing names include Steven Spielberg for his “The Post,” Denis Villeneuve for his “Blade Runner 2049,” and Ridley Scott for his “All the Money in the World,” all of whom have received best director nods during the season from various guilds and voting bodies.
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