Friday, April 12, 2024

Movie Release News: “Tenet” Gets International Release, Frances McDormand in “Nomadland” Gets Oscar Push at 4 Major Festivals


Some updates on the crazy world of movie releasing:

Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” is still without a release date in the US. But Warners will unveil it around the world in about 70 countries at the end of August, on the 26th. Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United Kingdom are on the list. China, so far, is not. No word on whether they’ll be an “Inception” screening in those places a week or two before.

The word is some theaters in North America will get “Tenet” on September 2nd. Toronto? They’re in North America. But if Warners can’t open the movie in New York or Los Angeles, the whole thing could backfire. And we don’t want that!

Two time Oscar winner Frances McDormand stars in Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” for Fox, er, Disney Searchlight. The studio will show it at Venice, Toronto, and New York Film Festivals, somehow. And Telluride will have a drive in screening in Los Angeles. McDormand just won an Oscar two seasons ago with Fox Searchlight’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Sounds like she’ll be in the running for another one!

Zhao adapted “Nomadland” from journalist Jessica Bruder’s 2017 non-fiction book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.”  McDormand and producer Peter Spears’ acqured the literary adaptation rights shortly after publication. The film follows Fern (McDormand), a woman who, after the economic collapse of a company town in rural Nevada, packs her van and sets off on the road exploring a life outside of conventional society as a modern-day nomad. The film features real nomads Linda May, Swankie, and Bob Wells as Fern’s mentors and comrades in her exploration through the vast landscape of the American West.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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