Breaking News January 18, 2024: ‘Oppenheimer’ Leads BAFTA Nominations; Reba McEntire, Post Malone, and Andra Day To Perform at Super Bowl LVIII

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Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer starring Cillian Murphy continues to blow up at awards time, picking up 13 nominations at the BAFTA Film Awards. Oppenheimer's nominations include Best Picture, Best Director, plus acting nominations for Murphy, Emily Blunt, and Robert Downey Jr.

The next most nominated movie after Oppenheimer is Poor Things with 11 nominations, including Best Film and Best Actress for Emma Stone. The film's disturbing depictions of children and childlike characters in sexual situations doesn't seem to deter guilds on both sides of the Atlantic from doling out awards to the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed “black comedy.”

Variety reports, “But for all the achievements of Oppenheimer and Poor Things, the biggest talking point is likely to be the snubbing of Greta Gerwig’s box office destroying cultural phenomenon Barbie across so many categories.” Barbie received five nominations, but none of them for Best Picture or Best Director.

Click here to read about all of the BAFTA 2024 nominees.

Reba McEntire, Post Malone, and Andra Day To Perform at Super Bowl LVIII Pregame

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Reba McEntire, Post Malone, and Andra Day will give pregame performances at Super Bowl LVIII. They join Usher, who will perform during the halftime show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The NFL and Roc Nation announced on Thursday that the country music legend [Reba McEntire] will perform ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' at the February 11 game, airing live on CBS from Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada. Post Malone, who has performed across various genres like rap, rock, pop, singer-songwriter and more, will perform ‘America the Beautiful,' while Grammy-winning R&B singer and Oscar-nominated actress Andra Day will sing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing.'”

Halftime performer Usher last made a Super Bowl appearance in 2011 when he joined the Black Eyed Peas onstage.

‘Oppenheimer' Star Cillian Murphy's ‘Small Things Like These’ To Open Berlin International Film Festival

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Oppenheimer actor Cillian Murphy hasn't met a historical drama he hasn't liked lately. The man currently earning accolades for playing J. Robert Oppenheimer stars in the period piece Small Things Like These, which will open the Berlin Film Festival on February 15.

Directed by Tim Mielants and written by Enda Walsh, Small Things Like These also stars Eileen Walsh, Michelle Fairley, and Emily Watson. According to the movie's description on the Berlin International Film Festival's website, Small Things Like These “takes place over Christmas in 1985, when devoted father and coal merchant Bill Furlong (Murphy) discovers startling secrets kept by the convent in his town, along with some shocking truths of his own.”

Berlinale’s Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement, “We are confident that this story that allies the kindness to be directed to the more fragile, and the willpower to stand up against injustice, will resonate with everyone. We are looking forward to launching this ‘quiet’ yet quite exceptional film at the start of Zeitgeist Irland 24, a year-long celebration of Irish culture in Germany.”

‘The Avengers’ Reboot Quietly in the Works at StudioCanal

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StudioCanal is reportedly quietly developing a remake of the 1960s TV series The Avengers. The espionage series that aired from 1961 to 1969 stars Patrick Macnee, Ian Hendry, Honor Blackman, Julie Stevens, and Diana Rigg.

According to Deadline, StudioCanal “has been quietly plotting a reboot for some time and a pilot has been written. Warner Bros. Discovery production outfit Wall to Wall is coproducing.” Cocreator Ben Taylor will direct the series and serve as executive producer. StudioCanal declined to comment to Deadline about a possible release time frame as negotiations continue.

Deadline continues, “Known for being glamorous, surreal, and often fanciful, the series became an escapist romp for millions of viewers, merging the spy tropes of James Bond with sci-fi elements of Doctor Who.”

1998's The Avengers starring Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman tanked at the box office, failing to recoup its $60 million budget. 

The Brat Pack Reunites for Hulu Documentary ‘Brats’

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Brat Pack alums Andrew McCarthy, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, and more will reunite for the Hulu documentary Brats. The Brat Pack are a group of actors who frequently starred together in coming-of-age movies such as The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo's Fire, and Less Than Zero in the 1980s.

According to Deadline, McCarthy — who penned the 2021 memoir Brat: An '80s Story — wrote and directed the documentary, now in postproduction. “The Brat Pack has cast a long shadow over my life and career,” said McCarthy in a statement. “After all these years, I was curious to see how it had affected my fellow Brat Pack members. What I found was surprising — and liberating.”

A description of Brats reads: “McCarthy crisscrosses the country to meet up with some of the stars of those beloved films, including, among others, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez, Jon Cryer, Lea Thompson, Timothy Hutton, and key members of production, including directors, casting directors, screenwriters and producers. [McCarthy] also sits down for a first-time conversation with writer David Blum, who fatefully coined the term Brat Pack in a 1985 New York magazine cover story. A potent mix of Hollywood fascination, movie history and deeply personal revelations, Brats reveals how the label caused a frenzy and impacted each of them, personally and professionally, in this entertaining, intimate and evocative film.”

Selena Gomez and David Henrie Reunite for ‘Wizards of Waverly Place' Revival

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Selena Gomez and David Henrie — who played siblings Alex and Justin Russo, respectively, on Wizards of Waverly Place — have reunited for a revival pilot. The Disney Channel fantastical teen sitcom aired from 2007 to 2012.

According to Deadline, Henrie — now 34 — will star as a regular in the new series while Gomez, 31, guest stars in the pilot. Both Henrie and Gomez will executive produce the sequel series starring Janice LeAnn Brown, Alkaio Thiele, and Mimi Gianopulos.

Deadline reports that the new Wizards of Waverly Place “picks up after a mysterious incident at WizTech, where an adult Justin Russo has left his wizard powers behind, opting for a normal, human life with his wife and two sons. But he gets a surprise when a powerful young wizard in need of training shows up at his door… and Justin must embrace his past to ensure the future of the Wizard World.”

‘Schmigadoon!' Canceled by Apple TV+ After Two Seasons

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Apple TV+ has canceled the musical-comedy series Schmigadoon! starring Keegan-Michael Key, Cecily Strong, and Fred Armisen after two seasons. Key and Strong play married doctors who learn important life lessons after becoming trapped in a magical (hellish?) musical-theater town.

Series cocreator Cinco Paul posted on Instagram, “I am sad to share that Apple will not be moving forward with season three of Schmigadoon! The season is written (including 25 new songs) but we unfortunately won’t be making it. Such is life. I want to thank everyone involved with the show, our incredible cast and crew and writers, our wonderful supporters at Broadway Video, Universal and Apple, for everything they did to make it happen. It’s a miracle we even got two seasons, honestly, and I’m so grateful we did.”

Fans of musicals got excited by the promising box office returns from Wonka and Mean Girls, the misleading trailers for both of which purposely hid the fact that they are musicals. The tactic helped juice the box office for both movies.

Divisive ‘And Just Like That…' Character Che Diaz Written Off Show

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A moment of silence for And Just Like That…‘s Che Diaz — the obnoxious, nonbinary comedian played by Sara Ramirez — who nearly wrecked the HBO series. A social media post by Ramirez suggests the character was written off.

Ramirez, who also uses they/them pronouns, posted on Instagram: “Our industry is so duplicitous. While they give awards away, casting directors and agents are making blacklists of actors and workers who post anything in support of Palestinians in Gaza to ensure they will not work again. While they lift up some of their own clients who have spoken up against this genocide, they are firing and letting others who have smaller platforms go. It’s wild how performative so many in Hollywood are. Even more performative than the last character I played.”

A source for The Daily Mail said, “Sara was not fired because they support Palestine and the cease-fire. Sara was fired because Che brought nothing to the show anymore. They were on the chopping block since last season. After Che split with Miranda, the character really held no value anymore and fans found them annoying. The storyline as a struggling comedian was a waste of airtime and Sara knew it.”

The third season of And Just Like That… premieres sometime in 2025.

Madonna Sued by Two NYC Fans for Late Concert Start Time

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Time is the most precious commodity in a material world… at least according to two New Yorkers who are suing Madonna for a late concert start time. 

As reported by Entertainment Weekly, “concert attendees Michael Fellows and Jonathan Hadden accuse Madonna, Live Nation, and Barclays Center of ‘unconscionable, unfair, and/or deceptive trade practices' for offering tickets to the December 13 Celebration Tour at Barclays marketed at an 8:30 p.m. start time, only for the pop star to take the stage sometime after 10:30 p.m.” As a result, the concert didn't end until after 1 a.m. the next morning, at which time Fellows and Hadden were “confronted with limited public transportation, limited ride-sharing, and/or increased public and private transportation costs.” In addition, concertgoers who attended the weeknight show “had to get up early to go to work and/or take care of their family responsibilities the next day.”

Nate Hollander filed a similar lawsuit in 2019 against the “Hung Up” singer. At a Las Vegas concert that year, Madonna poked fun at the lawsuit to an audience of diehards still buying whatever she's selling. “There’s something that you all need to understand,” said Madonna. “And that is, that a queen is never late.”

‘Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning' Gets Paramount+ Streaming Date, Drops ‘Part One' From Title

Paramount Pictures' Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning — the seventh installment of the Mission: Impossible series starring Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt — will finally stream on Paramount+ on January 25. 

Paramount dropped the “Part One” from the theatrical title, seeming to confirm that the studio will retitle the follow-up after Dead Reckoning‘s disappointing box office performance. Variety reported that due to Dead Reckoning‘s massive budget, it will “likely not turn a profit” during its theatrical run if it did not make more than $600 million. The movie formerly known as Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One ended its worldwide theatrical run with $567.5 million.

The official synopsis for Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning reads: “Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his IMF team embark on their most dangerous mission yet: to track down a terrifying new weapon that threatens all of humanity before it falls into the wrong hands. With the fate of the world at stake, a deadly race around the globe begins. Confronted by a mysterious, all-powerful enemy, Ethan is forced to consider that nothing can matter more than his mission – not even the lives of those he cares about most.”

Indy Returns for ‘Indiana Jones and the Great Circle' Video Game Trailer

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Everyone's favorite whip-cracking adventurer returns in the Indiana Jones and the Great Circle video game. Indy's theatrical adventures concluded with 2023's Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny starring Harrison Ford.

MachineGames developed the first-person action game Indiana Jones and the Great Circle for Xbox and PC. According to Entertainment Weekly, instead of Ford, The Last of Us actor Troy Baker voices Indy in the game. MachinesGames’ cofounder and lead game designer Jerk Gustafsson said of Baker, “He really brings forward that charm and sense of humor in such a good way. He's also a very big Indiana Jones fan, which is super cool. So he's also very invested in the game.”

On the Indiana Jones timeline, Indiana Jones and the Great Circle takes place one year after Raiders of the Lost Ark and before the events of The Last Crusade. In the new trailer for the game, Baker's Indy says, “Throughout history mankind has built sites of great spiritual significance. If you were to draw a line through these sites around the globe, you'd get a perfectly aligned circle.”

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