Week in review: 11/5-11/9
With the end of the year fast approaching, news is starting to wind down a bit. But the last week has seen studios do some shifting in terms of release dates. Warner Bros.' Aquaman, starring Jason Momoa, has been dated for October 5, 2018, while that same studios' King Arthur: Legend of the Sword shifts from March 24, 2017 to May 12. TV adaptation CHiPS moves into King Arthur's old release date, while horror sequel Annabelle 2 moves up to replace CHiPS on August 11. Warner's YA adaptation Everything Everything, starring Amandla Stenberg, moves from August 18, 2017 to May 19. Jumping to a different studio, Universal moves DreamWorks Animation's How to Train Your Dragon 3 from May 18, 2018 to March 1, 2019. A January 6, 2017 release date had been confirmed for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in China; the film's ensemble cast features two of that country's biggest stars, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen. And finally, The Weinstein Company moved up The Founder's one-week Oscar qualifying run to, er, today. The film, starring Michael Keaton as the man who took McDonalds from a one-restaurant operation to a global franchise, will still open nationwide on January 20, as planned.
Speaking of the Oscars, they'll be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel this year.
The eighth Fast and Furious movie has a title, and it's a doozy: The Fate of the Furious.
The Academy has released its 15-film documentary shortlist. The docs still in the running for that coveted gold statuette include O.J.: Made in America, Gleason, Cameraperson, I Am Not Your Negro and Zero Days.
'90s Hot Topic goths, rejoice: Emily the Strange, a cult favorite comic series about a young goth girl and her cats, is getting a film adaptation courtesy of Amazon Studios.
Naomi Watts has signed on to star in Penguin Bloom, based on a best-selling Australian book about a woman paralyzed from the chest down who receives unlikely assistance in adjusting to her new life from a magpie named Penguin. Watts will also produce, along with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, who previously co-produced Wild, Gone Girl and Hot Pursuit.
There's a dark horse contender in the Oscar race for Best Animated Feature: Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, which blew past Studio Ghibli's Howl's Moving Castle this week to become the second highest-grossing Japanese film of all time. (Miyazaki's Spirited Away is still number one.)
Will Ferrell has signed on to play a competitive videogamer in a new esports comedy for Legendary.