Expresso Hollywood News Update at 6:30 p.m. May 19, 2022
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“Let’s start with today’s big news: The Oscars are back to normal, in terms of eligibility. After two years of pandemic-related adjustments, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has said Oscar nominees will again have to launch their films in cinemas.
Eligible films are allowed to be shown “day and date” in theaters and on a streaming service, but their theatrical run must last at least seven consecutive days with at least one screening per day in one of the six major metropolitan areas approved. Locations are still Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
“The 94th Academy Awards will be remembered for years because of Will Smith slapping Chris Rock onstage. Craig Erwich, who is president of Entertainment at ABC, the network that airs the Academy Awards, recently hinted that they were open to Rock hosting the ceremony in 2023. Rock has hosted the ceremony twice before – 2005 and 2016.
In a chat with Deadline, Erwich said it’s been “a really successful year for the show” despite the slap incident. He said: “My assessment of the Oscars was that it was truly a successful year for the show. Obviously, there was a lot of controversy, which overshadowed a lot of the positive things about the series”””
In other news: Tom Cruise arrived at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, greeted by cheers and shouts from a crowd gathered to catch a glimpse of the American star, who is attending the event in the south of France for the first time in three decades.
“To M! To M!” shouted fans standing outside the palm-lined festival venue as the actor got out of a car, dressed in a blue suit and sunglasses.
Some had been camping since breakfast, with stools and stepladders.
And now for some news for Marvel fans: actor Jeremy Renner is in India and has been posting updates from his trip on Instagram. The Hawkeye star shared a photo of himself playing cricket with children in Alwar in Rajasthan on Tuesday, and he followed up with photos of his fancy meal and a new video.
Renner wrote: “The food is so good in India. Different dishes, different regions,” alongside a photo of its spread. He also teased an upcoming announcement by sharing a photo of a lizard. He wrote: “Morning starting with good luck. Big reveal today, very exciting!!!”
“The purpose of Jeremy Renner’s trip to India is now clear as he was spotted filming a project with Bollywood’s Anil Kapoor in Rajasthan. Photos and videos of the shoot have surfaced online.
In the photos, Renner can be seen with Kapoor, the crew and some locals. Reports and people who shared the photos and videos on social media sites say he is filming the project in Alwar, which could be Rennervations. Earlier, Renner had shared a photo of him indulging in a game of cricket with some local kids. He captioned the photo, “What a blessing in life to discover, learn and be inspired by people and places across this planet! ❤️🙏😃.”
“Here’s the latest update on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation lawsuit: Johnny Depp’s lawyers on Tuesday questioned the veracity of Amber Heard’s accusation that Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle of alcohol.
Heard was cross-examined for most of the day following her testimony in Depp’s libel suit against her.
The actor took offense when Vasquez, Johnny Depp’s attorney, suggested that Heard only got the role in Aquaman with Depp’s help.
Heard said, “Excuse me? No, Ms. Vasquez, I got that role by auditioning. Depp is suing Heard in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post describing himself as “a public figure representing domestic violence”.
“Moving on: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to The Hunger Games, cast Tom Blyth, best known for Billy the Kid and The Gilded Age.
According to Variety, the actor will play young President Coriolanus Snow in the feature film Lionsgate. The character was originally played by Hollywood veteran Donald Sutherland in the four-part film franchise based on Suzanne Collins’ series of novels.
The names of other cast members will be announced at a later date.
The film is based on the 2020 book of the same name, which takes place decades before the adventures of Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games films. The original films also starred Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks.
In other news: The trailer for Netflix’s upcoming film, Spiderhead, starring Chris Hemsworth and Miles Teller, has been released, and it will remind viewers of Black Mirror. The trailer introduces us to a universe where Hemsworth’s character, Steve Abnesti, conducts drug trials on people, including Teller, and as soon as they are given the drug, they lose control of themselves.
The film is helmed by Top Gun: Maverick director Joseph Kosinski. The Netflix film, which will be released on June 17, is based on George Saunders’ short story Escape From Spiderhead, which was published in The New Yorker.
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