- AMC announced that it will have 70% of its theaters open in time for people to see Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” this Labor Day weekend.
- The company’s stocks jumped to their highest point since February after the announcement was made.
- “Tenet” opened to international audiences last week ahead of its domestic debut. It brought in $53 million in its opening week, surpassing the expectations of many box office analysts.
- While other films are out in theaters, many have been looking to “Tenet” as the true measure of how successful a blockbuster can be during the coronavirus pandemic.
AMC Reopens More Theaters
AMC, the largest theater chain in the United States, will have 70% of its theaters open for Labor Day Weekend, in time for the release of Christopher Nolan’s highly anticipated blockbuster “Tenet.”
AMC has been reopening locations at limited capacity around the country for the past couple of weeks. On Thursday and Friday, 140 more will unlock their doors, bringing the movie theater giant’s grand total to 420 up and running locations.
Among the theaters reopening are seven spots in San Diego, marking the first AMC locations to open in the state of California. In the coming weeks, AMC anticipates it will open more in the state, and in New Jersey as well. These reopenings follow what AMC CEO and President Adam Aron have described as a successful few weeks back in business.
“The first two weekends of operations have exceeded our expectations in terms of guests returning to the movies and in terms of their feedback about our extensive AMC Safe & Clean policies and procedures,” he said in a statement.
After AMC announced it would expand its theater reopenings, its stocks jumped up 13%, reaching their highest peak since February.
In addition to “Tenet,” audiences will be able to see “The New Mutants,” “Unhinged,” “Words on Bathroom Walls,” and “The Personal History of David Copperfield.” Some AMC locations will also be screening “42” to celebrate the life and legacy of Chadwick Boseman, who passed away over the weekend.
Tenet’s International Box Office Success
All eyes will be on Nolan’s “Tenet” though, as the film has long been looked at as the first major summer blockbuster to hit the silver screen since the COVID-19 pandemic shut moviegoing down. The release date for the Robert Pattinson and John David Washington-led picture has been pushed back several times until Warner Bros. finally opted to release it overseas before domestic moviegoers got a chance to see it.
“Tenet” hit international screens last week, debuting with a box office haul of $53 million. Warner Bros. executives have stated that they could not be more pleased with this opening, and box office analysts are equally amazed. Many predicted that the film would bring in closer to $40 million.
“It’s a very impressive result, frankly,” Bruce Nash, a box office expert told the Washington Post. “You needed three players to come together in this dance to make it happen — Warner Bros., theaters and moviegoers. And you have to credit each of them for doing their part.”
Nolan’s films have reliably strong box office grosses. His last three films have collectively raked in over $2.3 billion. Other American films currently in theaters pale in comparison to his latest release.
Other Films Success
“The New Mutants” hit select open theaters last weekend, bringing in $10 million both domestically and internationally. The Russell Crowe-starring feature “Unhinged” has been doing a scattered roll out international since mid-July. It made its way to U.S. screens in mid-August and brought in a total of $21 million.
“Bill and Ted Face the Music” which came out both in theaters and on VOD this weekend, brought in a million dollars from theaters. It is sitting at the top of VOD charts, but it is unclear exactly how much money it has pulled from that format.
AMC’s choice to open more theaters could help these films. They will not be alone in providing a boost as Regal Cinemas is also opening locations in a few more states. A lot rides on their success, particularly in the case of “Tenet.”
If “Tenet” does well in its domestic release, it makes it all the more likely that blockbusters farther down the 2020 pipeline, including “Wonder Woman 1984” and “West Side Story” will keep their release dates instead of opting for a 2021 debut. If studios are not impressed by what “Tenet” brings in, many may go back to the drawing board and shuffle their release schedules.
Lil Nas X Starts Bail Project Fund After Releasing Prison-Set Video for “Industry Baby”
The singer said he is working to address “the disproportionate impact that cash bail has on the black community.“
Lil Nas X Starts Bail X Fund
Following the release of his latest single “Industry Baby,” Lil Nas X launched a partnership with The Bail Project that aims to cover bail funds for people across the country.
The music video for the song took place in the fictional “Montero State Prison,” a reference to the title of his upcoming album and the singer’s real name. While Lil Nas X spent much of his time online promoting the video with memes, he put a pause on the jokes Saturday to announce the Bail X Fund and bring attention to issues regarding incarceration in the United States.
“On a serious note, I know the pain that incarceration brings to a family,” Lil Nas X tweeted. “And the disproportionate impact that cash bail has on the black community. That’s why I teamed up with @bailproject to create the Bail X Fund.”
The Bail Project aims to eliminate cash bail in the U.S. It has posted over $47 million in free bail for over 17,000 low-income people across the country. It also provides post-release support and services to those who need them.
“Music is the way I fight for liberation. It’s my act of resistance,” Lil Nas X wrote in a statement on the fund’s website. “But I also know that true freedom requires real change in how the criminal justice system works. Starting with cash bail.”
The Fight to End Cash Bail
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, like many issues within the criminal justice system, cash bail disproportionately harms Black Americans. The group claims that Black and brown defendants are somewhere between 10% to 25% “more likely than white defendants to be detained pretrial or to have to pay money bail.” It also argues that Black men are 50% more likely to be detained pretrial than white defendants, and says Black and brown defendants generally “receive bail amounts that are twice as high as bail set for white defendants – and they are less likely to be able to afford it.”
Lil Nas X said he is “doing something” to address these issues and invited his fans to join him. He hopes that his efforts will encourage other artists to use their platforms to likewise speak about these injustices.
“Ending cash bail is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time,” he wrote. “Donate what you can to the Bail X Fund. Let’s bring people home & let’s fight for freedom and equality.”
A donation tab was attached to the song’s music video, where it says nearly $44,000 has been raised for the Bail X Fund. The video has blown up on YouTube, racking up over 31 million views. It remains the number one trending video in music as of Monday morning.
The song has likewise found success on Spotify, where it debuted at number two and eventually reached the number one spot.
Fire at Home Reportedly Owned by Beyoncé and Jay-Z Under Arson Investigation
Officials said there were no injuries or evacuations during the fire, which was put out in around two hours.
Fire Breaks Out at Famed Couple’s Reported Residence
A Wednesday fire at a historic home in New Orleans, Louisiana believed to be owned by music titans Beyoncé and Jay-Z is being investigated as a possible arson.
On Thursday, a New Orleans Police Department spokesperson confirmed to multiple outlets that it had received a tip about a suspicious person in the area. Further details about the suspicious person and the cause of the fire have not been revealed.
Neighbors told local media that there is an unlocked gate on the property that outsiders sometimes use to gain entry.
Officials told The New York Post that it took 22 firefighters over two hours to extinguish the blaze, with no reported injuries or evacuations. The extent of the damage currently remains unclear, but a spokesperson told The Post that given the age of the residence, the situation could have been far more severe.
“If [the firefighters] didn’t get there when they did, it could have been much worse,” the spokesperson said. “It’s a historic home.”
About the Home
The building was first built in the Garden District neighborhood of the city in the 1920s as a church. It was later used as a ballet school and then became a high-end residence in 2000. Realtor.com says it is currently valued at $3 million.
The home was purchased in 2015 by Sugarcane Parkin LLC. According to The Washington Post, this company has the same registered address as other entities owned by Beyoncé. Sugarcane Parkin is also allegedly managed by Beyoncé’s mother, Celestine Lawson, better known as Tina Knowles.
Representatives for the “Lemonade” singer and her husband have not issued any public statements about the incident, nor have they confirmed that the home is owned by the couple.
In March of this year, storage units in Los Angeles belonging to Beyonce were burglarized. According to TMZ, over a million dollars of goods were stolen, including expensive dresses and handbags.
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Cleveland’s Baseball Team Changes Name From Indians to Guardians
The move marks the team’s first name change since 1915, and it comes after decades of criticism from Native Americans.
Name Change Announced
Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team said Friday that it will change its name after the 2021 season from the Indians to the Guardians.
The team announced the name change with a just over two-minute video narrated by actor Tom Hanks.
“You see, there’s always been a Cleveland — that’s the best part of our name,” Hanks says in the clip. “And now it’s time to unite as one family, one community, to build the next era for this team and this city.”
This marks the team’s first name change since 1915, and it comes after decades of criticism from Native Americans.
Despite long-running calls to change racist and offensive team names — including the Washington Redskins — such campaigns did not gain significant momentum until the nationwide racial reckoning that followed the murder of George Floyd.
Officials behind the Cleveland team first pledged to change the name last year and previously removed the “Chief Wahoo” logo, a caricature of a Native American character, from its uniforms following the 2018 season.
It toyed with several options before ultimately landing on Guardians, which draws from Cleveland’s architectural history.
“We are excited to usher in the next era of the deep history of baseball in Cleveland,” team owner and chairman Paul Dolan said in a news release.
“Cleveland has and always will be the most important part of our identity. Therefore, we wanted a name that strongly represents the pride, resiliency and loyalty of Clevelanders.”
“‘Guardians’ reflects those attributes that define us while drawing on the iconic Guardians of Traffic just outside the ballpark on the Hope Memorial Bridge. It brings to life the pride Clevelanders take in our city and the way we fight together for all who choose to be part of the Cleveland baseball family. While ‘Indians’ will always be a part of our history, our new name will help unify our fans and city as we are all Cleveland Guardians.”
Guardians will be the fifth name in franchise history, joining Blues (1901), Bronchos (1902), Naps (1903-14), and Indians (1915-2021).