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Movie theaters implore studios: Release the blockbusters

NEW YORK (AP) — A long time ago in a pre-COVID universe far, far away, blockbusters opened around the globe simultaneously or nearly so. In 1975, “Jaws” set the blueprint. Concentrate marketing. Open wide. Pack them in. Since then, Hollywood has turned opening weekends into an all-out assault. Staggered rollouts still happen, of course, but […]

Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from virus complications

Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero, who specialized in playing tough guys on Broadway in such shows as “Waitress,” “A Bronx Tale” and “Bullets Over Broadway,” has died in Los Angeles after suffering severe medical complications after contracting the coronavirus. He was 41.

Fabled ‘Snyder Cut’ of ‘Justice League’ to be released

NEW YORK (AP) — For several years, the slogan “Release the Snyder cut” has reverberated online as a rallying cry both genuine and ironic — a “Vive la revolution” for comic book movie fans. On Wednesday, they finally got their wish. Warner Bros. Pictures announced that a director’s cut of Zack Snyder’s 2017’s DC Comics […]

Stuntmen are increasingly Hollywood’s go-to action directors

Some of today’s top action directors were first doubles for Brad Pitt, Neo and Wolverine. Increasingly, filmmakers are coming from the ranks of stuntmen and stunt coordinators, whose years of accomplishing complicated shots, managing the risks of cast and crew and working intimately with stars have given them a foundation for the task of directing […]

Volunteer + tutor = learning and fun for isolated students

NEW YORK (AP) — “Tell us about Vikings; tell us about shipwrecks; tells us about pirates and ancient myths.” Sara Herlevsen nods, smiles and answers these questions from students via video conferencing. Or this 31-year-old massage therapist and tutor from Calgary helps them with their math homework, a science quiz or an art project. Sometimes, […]

Honor Blackman, who played Bond’s Pussy Galore, dies at 94

NEW YORK (AP) — Honor Blackman, the potent British actress who took James Bond’s breath away as Pussy Galore in “Goldfinger” and who starred as the leather-clad, judo-flipping Cathy Gale in “The Avengers,” has died. She was 94. Blackman’s family said in a statement Monday that she died peacefully of natural causes at her home […]

‘Star Wars’ actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack dies from coronavirus

SURREY, England (NEXSTAR) – “Star Wars” actor and dialect coach Andrew Jack died at 76 after contracting COVID-19, multiple reports say. Jack died Tuesday at a hospital in Surrey, England, the BBC reports. Jack’s agent, Jill McCullough, said he hadn’t been able to see his wife before he died because she was under quarantine in […]

PHOTOS: Famous people who have died from coronavirus

(NEXSTAR) — The number of coronavirus infections around the world has reached more than 700 thousand as the virus continues to spread. As of March 29, the pandemic has resulted in more than 33,000 deaths globally, with celebrities and other well-known names among them. Here are some of the famous people lost to the virus: […]

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