Friday, April 19, 2024

Hollywood Chaos as Studios Start Moving Oscar Releases Because of Strike Promotion Restrictions


Here it comes, the strike tornado.

The studios are starting to delay the openings of their big fall films – the Oscar hopefuls — because of strike restrictions regarding promotions.

If the actors can’t publicize the movies, plus there are late night shows on which they can appear — what choices do they have? (They see that Mission Impossible was definitely hurt by this.)

According to reports, Warner Bros is thinking of moving its big releases like “Dune Two” out of harm’s way. “The Color Purple,” “Aquaman 2,” and “Wonka” could join the list.

Now Matt Belloni of newsletter Puck says MGM/Amazon will move Luca Guadgnini’s “Challengers” — starring Zendaya and Josh O’Connor –away from its September 15th date. It was supposed to open the Venice Film Festival two weeks earlier. It’s not anymore.

Todd Haynes’s “May December” with Julianne Moore and Natalie Portman was supposed to open the New York Film Festival. That may be scuttled now as well.

I’m told that earlier this week no fewer than SEVENTY people were on a Zoom call from all the different film festivals including Telluride, TIFF, Venice, Hamptons, and New York plotting strategies. What will they do if no stars come? The economic ramifications are HUGE.

Keep refreshing…

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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