This week in Hollywood, the spotlight falls on the resolution of a prolonged strike, the clash of cinematic universes as “The Marvels” faces off against Salman Khan’s “Tiger 3,” and the anticipation surrounding the announcement of Grammy Award nominees. From celeb gossip,
, music awards, and the glitzy clash of blockbuster sagas, here’s a look at Hollywood’s newsmakers of the week.
Hollywood Strike Called Off
After nearly four months of intense striking, Hollywood is breathing a sigh of relief as actors and studios, along with streaming services, reached a tentative agreement on Wednesday. While the deal won’t immediately restore full filming operations, it marks the close of over six months of labor strife in the film and television industries. This development paves the way for tens of thousands of entertainment sector workers to return to their roles, bringing popular franchises one step closer to gracing our screens. While a happy ending seems imminent, the possibility of strike sequels looms on the horizon.
The Marvels Release
“The Marvels,” Disney’s first all-female ensemble movie within the superhero franchise, hits screens this Friday with a storyline laden with both on and off-screen backstory. Positioned after the events of 32 previous Marvel films, the movie intricately weaves in the plot of two television series. Starring Brie Larson, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan, the film explores the challenges faced by the trio as they involuntarily swap bodies every time they harness their superpowers.
Hollywood Reshaping the Release Calendar
In response to the conclusion of the actors’ strike, several studios announced delays in the release of several highly anticipated films. Notably, “Deadpool 3” will now grace theaters on July 26, 2024, instead of the initially slated May 3 date. “Captain America: New World Order” sees a substantial nine-month shift to February 14, 2025. Both Marvel’s “Blade” and “Thunderbolts” face significant delays and are now set for a 2025 release. Alongside these Marvel changes, Disney has rescheduled the release of its “The Lion King” spin-off, “Mufasa: The Lion King,” to December 20, 2024.
Grammy Nominations Unveiled: Women Lead the Way
As the anticipation builds for the 66th annual Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024, the nominations have been unveiled, and women are taking center stage. SZA leads all contenders with nine nominations, joined by the likes of Taylor Swift,
, Olivia Rodrigo, Victoria Monet, and Phoebe Bridgers. Notably, the night’s most prestigious top album prize is set to be claimed by a woman, or potentially jazzman Jon Batiste, the sole male nominee in the category.
Zac Efron ‘Honoured’ to play Matthew Perry in biopic
On the red carpet for the world premiere of his new film “The Iron Claw” in Dallas, Texas, Hollywood actor Zac Efron paid a touching tribute to his late ’17 Again’ co-star, Matthew Perry. Expressing his honor at being considered for a future biopic role that Perry himself had envisioned, Efron reminisced about their time filming the 2009 comedy. Efron, devastated by Perry’s loss, highlighted the actor’s mentorship and the invaluable lessons learned during their collaboration.