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‘STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER’ HOME VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: FILMING THE QUICKSAND SCENE

The epic Skywalker saga comes to a thrilling conclusion in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac ( Poe) lead the cast in director J.J. Abrams’ action spectacular, which also welcomes the return of legendary characters, including Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams).

Now the film is available home video. Our exclusive featurette goes behind the scenes about the making of a memorable scene. Set on the desert planet of Pasaana, the scene finds Rey, Finn, Poe and Chewbacca trapped in a sinking field, very similar to quicksand. How did the film capture the implicit, life-threatening menace of sinking into the ground? “You have to hold your breath,” says Oscar Isaac. “It was a little freaky sometimes.” Daisy Ridley admits: “I get a little claustrophobic. … People were joking about it, but … it was awful.” Still, she acknowledges with a smile: “It looks amazing.”

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NEW RELEASE DATES FOR MOVIES POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

Due to the worldwide threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus, several upcoming movie releases have had their theatrical releases postponed. Some of these films have new release dates for later this year or in 2021. Others are indefinitely on hold. We’ll be updating this list if more titles and new dates are announced.

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A Quiet Place Part II

Release Date: TBD 

The sequel to A Quiet Place was meant to open around the same time as the original successfully debuted back in 2018. With director John Krasinski directly stating that he wants fans to see this one with a crowd, Paramount has delayed the horror movie from its planned March 20 release date.

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China’s ‘Mulan’ Fans Welcome News Of Release Delay

“Mulan” fans in mainland China on Friday welcomed the news that Disney will postpone the global release of the new live-action blockbuster, happy that they’ll likely now get the chance to see the film in theaters in sync with the rest of the world. 

The new “Mulan” was scheduled to release worldwide outside of China, one of Disney’s most crucial overseas markets, on March 27. Chinese cinemas have been closed since late January due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Disney’s potentially costly decision to move ahead without China came despite the firm’s efforts to specifically cater to mainland audiences in its new retelling of the classic Chinese ballad, particularly in the decision to cast popular China-born starlet Liu Yifei as the titular heroine.

Chinese fans took to social media on Friday to express their relief that the film had been pulled — both for health reasons, and out of fears of piracy and spoilers as the last ones to get a theatrical release.

“Thank god!!!! Now I won’t be spoiled,” said one poster to China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform. Another enthused: “Finally they’ve pulled it! They should’ve done so long ago. Now everyone can watch it at the same time together.”

Most wrote of their support for the decision to prioritize health concerns. “Safety first! We’ll pull out the red carpet for the film at a better time,” wrote one commenter, adding: “Maybe now you can do the premiere in China?” The film had its initial U.S. debut in Hollywood on March 9.

By Friday evening, the Weibo hashtag “Mulan Global Release Cancelled” had been viewed 630 million times.

Disney released all four of its 2019 live action remakes in the mainland last year. China was the highest grossing overseas territory for October’s “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” ($48.8 million) and July’s “The Lion King” ($120 million), and the second largest foreign market for May’s “Aladdin” ($112 million) and March’s “Dumbo” ($21.9 million).

Directed by New Zealand’s Niki Caro, “Mulan” is most expensive live-action feature to ever be helmed by a woman, with a budget of at least $200 million. It will obviously be seeking to earn big in China, one of the world’s most censorious nations where these days, it’s hard for any cultural phenomenon to sidestep thorny politics.

Earlier, the film had come under fire after Liu publicly expressed support across all her social media channels for the Hong Kong police force accused of excessive violence in attempts to quell pro-democracy protests there, leading for some to call for a boycott of the title.

More recently, she’s come under fire on mainland social media from Chinese nationalist trolls who have criticized local fans for identifying with and taking pride in a star who technically gave up her Chinese nationality to gain a U.S. passport.

“Liu Yifei is too miserable — beyond the Great Firewall [of internet censorship] the pro-Hong Kongers smear her, and within the Great Firewall the nationalists smear her,” joked one Weibo commenter.

Some former detractors gave her credit, however, for openly saying on her promotional tour that she hails from Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic where the disease originated.

“She’s the only one who dares to say in front of the world media that she’s a Wuhan native, so I’m a fan of her. Domestically right now, how many from Wuhan would dare openly admit that’s where they’re from?” read one post. People from Wuhan have been subject to extreme stigma since the start of the virus. Particularly in the early, panic-striken days of the epidemic, many ended up outcasts shunned by their peers and neighbors, kept out of hotels and even specially tracked and registered by the authorities — even in other parts of the country.

Beyond “Mulan,” a growing list of other films have recently canceled their scheduled debuts due to coronavirus concerns, including Disney’s “New Mutants” and “Antlers,” Paramount’s “A Quiet Place 2” and “The Love Birds,” and Universal Studios’ “Fast & Furious 9.” 

“Mulan” marks the third film starring Chinese superstar Gong Li to be pulled in almost as many months, after Lou Ye’s “Saturday Fiction” — which debuted at Venice — was pulled from its expected Chinese theatrical release in December, presumably for censorship reasons, and Peter Chan’s highly anticipated volleyball film “Leap” cancelled its Chinese new year sortie just as the coronavirus situation was heating up.

But many Chinese fans say that neither the virus nor the delay will dampen their enthusiasm for Mulan. “A good meal won’t spoil just because it’s served a bit late. A good film will always catch the world’s attention, whenever it comes out,” one wrote online.

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THE WEEK IN MOVIE NEWS: KARYN KUSAMA TO DIRECT ‘DRACULA,’ DISNEY FINDS ITS ‘PETER PAN & WENDY’ AND MORE

Need a quick recap of the past week in movie news? Here are the highlights:

Dracula retold: Following the success of Leigh Whannell’s fresh take on The Invisible Man, another classic Universal monster is being trusted to Blumhouse Productions. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) has been tapped for a new version of the iconic vampire story Dracula, which will be set in modern times.

Disney finds its Peter Pan: Another fresh take on a familiar story, Disney’s live-action reimagining of Peter Pan has found its young leads. Variety reports Alexander Molony will play Peter in the upcoming movie, titled Peter Pan & Wendy, while Ever Anderson, the daughter of Milla Jovovich and Paul W.S. Anderson who can be seen soon in Black Widow, has been cast as Wendy

Woody Harrelson joins The Man from TorontoFollowing the departure of Jason Statham from the Patrick Hughes-helmed action-comedy, Woody Harrelson is filling the void for The Man from Toronto. Variety reports the Oscar-nominated actor will co-star opposite Kevin Hart in a story of mistaken identity involving the world’s greatest assassin

Florian Munteanu to fight Shang-Chi: Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings may have a secondary villain in the form of professional boxer Florian Munteanu, who played Viktor Drago in Creed II. Australian movie site Dark Horizons reports the heavyweight will face off against the titular superhero and kung-fu master, played by Simu Liu.

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KELLY REICHARDT DISCUSSES ‘FIRST COW,’ A WESTERN UNLIKE ANY OTHER

First Cow, which concerns the new economic opportunities that two men attempt to seize after the first milk cow arrives in the Oregon Territory in the early 1800s, does not sound like a heist movie as a synopsis, but that is what Kelly Reichardt was able to pull off.

The director, famous for “slow cinema” gems like Wendy & Lucy and Certain Women, has made a Western that you’ve never seen before and perhaps the most thoughtful deconstruction of the genre since Jim Jarmusch’s Dead ManJohn Magaro (CarolThe Big Short) and Orion Lee (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) star as friends who steal milk from the cow of the wealthiest land owner in their small Oregon town (Toby Jones) in order to sell baked goods at the market that the settlers have not tasted since being in London or San Francisco; the demand for their goods makes these Buttermilk Bandits a decent haul of money, but will they earn enough to leave town and make their dreams come true in California? Or will their stealing from the powerful homestead put them in their grave before they ever have the chance to leave?

Reichardt’s film would pair greatly with Parasite, as it’s very much about the early seeds of capitalism and the pecking order of society that’s established before towns even get a bakery of their own. Indeed, Bong Joon-ho himself is a huge fan of the film and Reichardt, herself. We recently had the chance to speak to the director about First Cow, how she adapted a much larger book (The Half-Life) into a smaller film with her co-writer Jonathan Raymond, and just how metaphorical the cow is.


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WATCH VIN DIESEL IN EXCLUSIVE ‘BLOODSHOT’ CLIP: HE’S HERE

As embodied by Vin Diesel in the action thriller Bloodshot, Ray Garrison is a fearsome figure. Thanks to his combination of raw power and perceptive intelligence, he’s a soldier who has elevated himself to elite status on the battlefield. When Ray is killed in action, he is brought back to life through advanced technology. He is also gifted with extraordinary strength and healing powers that defy belief.

Ray’s dazzling, frightening abilities are showcased in our exclusive clip. Pitted against a well-armed squad of enemy combatants, the super-soldier proves himself to be a mighty force, striking absolute fear into the heart of the hapless Martin Axe (Toby Kebbell), who makes a frantic call for help while trapped inside an automobile.

Eiza González, Sam Heughan, Talulah Riley and Guy Pearce also star. Watch the clip below, then get tickets now to see Bloodshot on the big screen. The thriller opens in theaters nationwide on Friday, March 13.

Check out a breakdown of the scene below: