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Over the Weekend: Spider-man Becomes First Movie to Hit $1B During Pandemic, Filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée Dies

This being my last “Over the Weekend” and it being a weekend where most of the industry is on holiday break, I thought this would be a far more compact version where I just focused on the news that Sony Pictures‘ Spider-Man: No Way Home became the first movie to hit a billion worldwide since the pandemic struck. Unfortunately, we got the news late Sunday night that filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, probably best-known for […]

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Over the Weekend 12/20/21: Spider-Man Blows Up Box Office, COVID Curtails SNL, and More News

Welcome back from what turned out to be a crazy weekend in many ways, although we’re just five days away from Christmas, so anyone in the industry still working today probably won’t be doing so for very long. There was some great news from the weekend about the future of theatrical moviegoing, but maybe not so much for an ongoing pandemic that is heading quickly into its third or fourth wave […]

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Over the Weekend 12/13/21: Anne Rice & Mike Nesmith Die, Golden Globe Nominations, and More News

It’s another Monday, and sadly, we have to once again start off with some sadder news with some significant deaths in our industry. Over the weekend, New Orleans-based author Anne Rice died at the age of 80, announced by her author son Christopher Rice on the Interview with a Vampire writer’s public Facebook page. The cause of death was reported as complications from having a stroke. Rice’s Interview with a Vampire was released in […]

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Over the Weekend 12/06/21: Animation Guild Ends Contract Talks until ’22, New York Film Critics Vote, and More News

You’re going to hear this a lot over the next month, but we’ve reached the holiday portion of the year where things inevitably slow down in Hollywood. This year will likely see more of that than last year when people were still trying to catch up on production due to COVID shutdowns earlier in the year. Although the long negotiations between IATSE and AMPTP were resolved in order to generate […]

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Over the Weekend 11/29/21: Stephen Sondheim Dies, Disney’s Encanto Wins Box Office, and More News

Happy Monday and welcome back from hopefully a great long Thanksgiving weekend for those who celebrate. Unfortunately, we need to start today’s news wrap-up with a number of tragic passings. Probably saddest and the most significant news from the weekend was the death of Broadway icon, Stephen Sondheim, at the age of 91, in his Roxbury, Connecticut home on Friday morning. Apparently, his death was quite sudden to those who knew […]

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Over the Weekend 11/22/21: Delroy Lindo joins Marvel’s Blade, Costume Designer Emi Wada Dies, and More News

We hope everyone had a good weekend and are looking forward to the shorter work week with Thursday being Thanksgiving. We have a shorter news column this week as well, and presumably, things will continue to slow down as we get closer to the winter holidays in late December. The big casting news of the weekend, coming from The Hollywood Reporter, was that Delroy Lindo from Spike Lee’s Da Five Bloods and the recent Western, The […]

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Over the Weekend 11/15/21: More Marvel Disney+ Shows Announced, Summer of Soul Sweeps CCDAs, and More News

Welcome back from hopefully a great weekend! Friday’s Disney+ Day continued until well after our deadline for the “End of Week Production Notes,” so there was more new Disney+ Marvel shows announced, including Echo, a spin-off of the Hawkeye series that will debut on Nov. 24 — Echo will feature the character played by Alaqua Cox on the upcoming Marvel limited series. Kathryn Hahn‘s popular character, Agatha Harkness, from the Emmy-winning WandaVision, will also be getting her own spin-off series […]

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Over the Weekend 11/8/21: Black Panther Sequel Shuts Production Til 2022, Diesel wants The Rock Back for Fast X, and More News

Happy Monday! Welcome back to one of the few industry news columns that gives you ALL the news in just one place for you hard-working individuals on set who just don’t have the time to read 400 posts from all the other trades. In late August, actress Letitia Wright had an accident-related injury on the set of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, while it was shooting a stunt rig on-location in Boston, but […]

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Over the Weekend 11/1/21: Ice Cube Says Oh Hell No to Vax, 2021 AFM Launches, and More News

It’s officially November and besides kicking off the second-to-last month of November, it’s also the first day of the virtual American Film Market (AFM), which we’ll discuss more below. Meanwhile, the political arguments about the COVID vaccination continue, and they’ve started to drift into the movie biz with a number of actors refusing to get vaccinated despite the demands by COVID protocols on film and television production… and the science proving that […]

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Over the Weekend 10/25/21: Peter Scolari Dies, Gosling Plays Barbie Beau Ken, Dune Does… Okay, and More News

Unfortunately, we have to start today’s news column with a number of sad and tragic deaths. The investigation is still ongoing in regards to the death of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the indie Western, Rust, over the weekend, which Mark London Williams should be covering in his “Strike Alert” column tomorrow, so we don’t have much to add there. On the other hand, as we went to “press” with Friday’s “Over […]