Weekly News Roundup: Updates on SXSW, Oscars, 'Black Widow' and More

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Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Scarlett Johansson in "Black Widow."

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Berlin and SXSW Unveil Their Lineups - With Sundance behind us, the next two major film festivals announced their lineups this week. Of note, Daniel Bruhl's directorial debut, the German drama "Nebenan (Next Door)" will debut in competition in Berlin. On the other side of the Atlantic, SXSW will host notable docs about late singer/songwriter Tom Petty, and actress Selma Blair. The Petty doc, "Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free," includes never before seen footage from his time recording the 1994 album "Wildflowers." Blair's profile, "Introducing Selma Blair," follows the actress as she undergoes treatment for MS. (Variety)

Oscars Will Still Be Live, But Will Air From Multiple Locations - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences remained firm on it's April 25th date for the 93rd Academy Awards, and the ceremony will still be live. However, like many awards shows before it, the Oscars will be remarkably different this year. To ensure the health and safety of all participants, the Oscars will be broadcast from multiple venues and locations, including the landmark Dolby Theater, which will serve as the main headquarters. No word yet on a host, or if the Oscars will go hostless again for a third year in a row. (Deadline)

Disney Commits to Theatrical for 'Black Widow' - Just as the company announced some strong figures for its streaming service Disney+, Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek made clear that for their blockbusters, like the upcoming Marvel adventure "Black Widow," they are 100% committed to a theatrical release. Like all things amid the pandemic, however, Chapek clarified that they will "be watching very carefully to see whether that strategy needs to be revisited." Disney's "Black Widow" and Universal's "F9" are prepped to kick-off the summer blockbuster season, but as to whether those movies actually stick to their May dates is still uncertain. Notably, the "F9" trailer that was featured during the Super Bowl did not have a date attached. (The Hollywood Reporter, Variety)

Tim Burton Praises Timothée Chalamet's 'Edgar Scissorhands'; Fans Want the Movie - One of the biggest hits from Super Bowl LV didn't come from Tom Brady or The Weeknd. Cadillac's Big Game Spot featured a pseudo-sequel to Tim Burton's 1990 hit "Edward Scissorhands." Winona Ryder reprised her role as Kim, now a mother to young adult Edgar, who like his father before him has to navigate life with scissors for hands. Timothée Chalamet perfectly embodied the young Scissorhands, who finds life with VR and Cadillac's new remote-steering car (this is a commercial, after all), more rewarding than trying to cut sandwiches at the local deli. "Edward Scissorhands" creator Tim Burton applauded Chalamet's performance, as did the rest of the Twitterverse, as fans called for a reboot featuring more of Chalamet's Edgar. (The Wrap, Movieweb)

Michael Gandolfini Talks Playing a Young Tony Soprano - One of the most anticipated films coming this year is the prequel movie to HBO's hit mob drama "The Sopranos." "The Many Saints of Newark," coming later in the year to theaters and HBO Max, follows Tony Soprano in his formative years, while also focusing on the rise of Richard 'Dickie' Moltisanti (that's Christopher's dad, if you're familiar with the show). How can anyone feel confident enough to step into the large shoes left by the late and great James Gandolfini? Well, who else, but his own son Michael Gandolfini? Looking to prove that this was not just a case of stunt casting, young Gandolfini talks to Vanity Fair about the difficult task of playing a younger version of his dad's famous character and just how deep a binge he had to make with "The Sopranos" to prepare for the role. (Vanity Fair)

Jack Black, Jamie Lee Curtis Join 'Borderlands' Movie - The star-studded video game adaptation from director Eli Roth is starting to add more to its main cast. Jack Black will be reuniting with his "The House with a Clock in Its Walls" director Roth and co-star, Cate Blanchett, taking on the role of sarcastic robot Claptrap. Jamie Lee Curtis is also on board to play archeologist Dr. Patricia Tannis, who might hold the key to the plot. Based on the popular video game series, space western "Borderlands" follows a team of treasure hunters looking for a long lost vault on the fictional planet Pandora. Blanchett will play main character Lilith, along with Kevin Hart, who stars as gruff merc Noland. No release date has been announced, but 2022 appears to be the earliest we can expect to see this film in theaters. (Deadline, Collider)

Judd Apatow Sets Cast for Pandemic-Themed Netflix Comedy 'The Bubble' - Judd Apatow's next comedy will hit a little closer to home, as Covid becomes the backdrop for his latest romp. Starring an ensemble cast, "The Bubble," follows a group of actors working on their next project who are then forced into lockdown amid the growing pandemic. "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" breakout Maria Balalova and man-of-the-moment Pedro Pascal ("The Mandalorian," "Wonder Woman 1984"), will star alongside Karen Gillan, Fred Armisen, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, and Peter Serafinowicz. Also in the cast are fellow Apatow family members, Iris Apatow and Leslie Mann. "The Bubble" will be Apatow's first feature for Netflix, though he had worked previously with the streamer, on the rom-com series "Love," which he co-created and executive produced. (Variety)

Keanu Reeves Rumored for Sony's 'Kraven the Hunter' Spider-Man Spin-Off - The "Keanussance" continues, as rumors of Keanu Reeves' casting in an upcoming comic book movie made the Internet rounds in the past week. With the release of "Venom" in 2018 and the upcoming "Morbius" next year, Sony has been looking to fill in its own live-action cinematic "Spider-Verse," focusing on the many villains in Spider-Man's rogues gallery. Next on the list is legendary Spider-Man villain Kraven the Hunter, with Reeves likely being tapped for the role. It's only a matter of time before the villain will make his cinematic appearance either in the MCU or Sony's MCU-adjacent. If the rumors hold true, this will be the second time Reeves has portrayed a comic book antihero, with the first being W.B. and DC's "Constantine" in 2005. J.C. Chandor ("A Most Violent Year," "Margin Call") has been tapped to direct. (Movieweb)

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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