Friday, April 19, 2024

Actors Strike Will Spell the End of New York “Oppenheimer” Premiere Next Monday with Stars and Writers on Picket Line


Universal Pictures is planning a big splashy premiere for Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer” next Monday in New York. Everyone is looking forward to this multiple Oscar contender.

The party after the screening is set for the Museum of Natural History. Everyone loves standing under the blue whale and having canapes.

But now that may be impossible. Last night in London. the “Oppenheimer” premiere was moved up by an hour because the studio worried a strike would be called before their red carpet was finished.

If the SAG AFTRA strike is called today, then the blue whale may be very lonely on Monday night. No one’s crossing a picket line even if the movie is considered “da bomb.”

Of course, the premiere could proceed. But none of its stars will show up– no Matt Damon or Robert Downey Jr or Emily Blunt or Oppenheimer himself, Cillian Murphy. Nolan could come, I suppose, but likely won’t as it wouldn’t be a good look.

So stay tuned…

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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