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As the Golden Globes Make Rule Changes, Will Oscars Follow?

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association made the first move; now, we wait to see if the Academy will follow suit.

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The 90-member Hollywood Foreign Press Association is changing its Golden Globe Awards eligibility requirements in response to the widespread halt of business as usual due to the global pandemic. The temporary measures will adjust the requirements for Golden Globe Awards eligibility, and are subject to review and extension at any time.

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From March 15 until April 30, 2020, movies no longer have to be screened for Globe members ahead of or within one week of theatrical release. If a distributor had booked a movie into theaters, but moved it to cable, television, or streaming after theaters closed, the film will be deemed eligible for the Golden Globes, as long as the members receive a screening link or DVD to view at home ahead of another scheduled screening. The HFPA’s reminders list committee will review every submission.

According to the HFPA, the 90-member group of international critics “will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on motion picture and television distribution and exhibition and may extend these suspensions of the Golden Globe award rules and/or may make other temporary variations to those rules as it considers appropriate in the future.”

Meanwhile, distributors and filmmakers have been asking the Academy to meet and decide on rule changes for the Oscars as well. (The next Board of Governors meeting is scheduled for April 14.) Some are asking for similar flexibility for VOD releases under these changing conditions for films such as “Never Rarely Sometimes Always,” which failed to qualify for a one-week run before theaters closed. Focus Features is considering taking the film to VOD.

Others, like Sony Pictures Classics co-president Tom Bernard, given the expected logjam of titles at year’s end, are asking the Academy to push the Oscar timeline back from the scheduled ABC telecast on February 28 to late March to give films more time to play in theaters. “They need to figure out how to extend the season dictated by the Oscars,” he said.

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Bernard has committed to not sending SPC titles to VOD before their time. For example, he will wait to bring back to reopened theaters the Claes Bang mystery thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” which had a recent curtailed run, rather than send it to VOD. Other companies should wait release their films as well, he said.

“You can’t have a movie that has not been theatrical be eligible for Oscars,” he said. “Once theaters open, we should go back to the rules.”

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Okay, Meghan Markle always wanted to be a part of Hollywood, but it is the dream of Harry was to live surrounded by stars

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The march of Meghan Markle and the Prince Harry of London to stop being royals first line is called initial (and wrongly) Megxit. Yes, it seemed that the weight of the decision to move rested solely on her, and she him, crazy love, was limited to follow it. It was much more correct the term Sussexit because, as you saw, it was all consensual between the two. After a few months in Canada, the couple is already installed in Los Angeles, not only because the mother of Meghan, Doria Ragland, lives there and it is his home town but because I would like to relaunch her career in the acting world living in Los Angeles. Yes, his dream was always to be part of Hollywood -he had been raised there, his father worked in the world of cinema…- and certainly in London it was very difficult to fulfill those desires. Well, now you all might start doing sealidad how-to-coast-to remove Harry of his family and of his duties? It is not so exactly as that, as revealed by a source close to the couple at the Express, he always wanted a life of celebrity rather than a member of a royal family.

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So the Sussexit is the dream fulfilled of Meghan and, of course, Harry. “I don’t think that I had or to convince him,” says this person in the u.k. tabloid. “He was glad to lead a life of a star. We will, that not had to force to be installed in Hollywoodprecisely,” he says.

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“Top Gun” also will be delayed

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Los Angeles. The coronavirus continues to ruined the plans of Hollywood, which has had to defer or suspend numerous premieres by the pandemic, and today it was the turn to Paramount, who delayed his long-awaited sequel to Top Gun (1986) until December.

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Top Gun Maverickagain with Tom Cruise to the front, was scheduled to arrive to the meeting on the 26th of June, but the global pandemic unleashed by the COVID-19, which has closed the cinemas in much of the world, has caused the release date to change until the 23 of December.

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This movement has left without day release for now The Tomorrow War, a film starring Chris Pratt and that he was going to present at Christmas.

The terror of A Quiet Place, Part IIanother great bet Paramount and which was to be launched on the 20th of march, you will be able to finally see from the 4 of September. And the lively The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run also will come with delay: to be released on July 31, instead of may 22.

With the studies already in emergency mode before a situation that may stop the loss of millions and millions of dollars, one of the keys now is to analyze if Hollywood believes that the rooms will be reasonably operational for the summer, a few months very lucrative for the film and where they tend to concentrate the greater part of major productions or projects that aim to be blockbusters.

Sony, for example, is not especially optimistic, and this week announced that it will skip the summer and that does not launch during the vacation movies Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Morbius and Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.

Paramount retains some hope with the premiere at the end of July The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, the same as Warner Bros. with his highly anticipated Wonder Woman 1984that can be seen on August 14, after having been postponed its release of June 5.

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The huge list of premieres that are postponed or suspended without a confirmed date includes tapes such as No Time to Die (James Bond) F9 (Fast & Furious), Mulan and Black Widowand many , many others.

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Sunset Boulevard: The Hollywood Classic That’s Also a Guide to Quarantine

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To be clear, Sunset Boulevard is not really a guide for how to do anything. The story famously does not end particularly well for anyone, and though Gloria Swanson’s Norma Desmond does spend most of her time in a giant mansion, her life—built around fan fake mail, terrible screenplays, and the occasional chimp funeral—is probably not a good model for anyone’s self-quarantine.

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And yet, as the first installment in the new Little Gold Men Essentials miniseries, Sunset Boulevard does seem weirdly timely, whether because of Norma’s work-from-home lifestyle or for its glimpse at a Hollywood studio system facing down a massive change. It helps that a living link to the history embodied by the movie joined us for this episode: Wayne Lawson, the longtime executive literary editor for Vanity Fair and the former boss of Mike Hogan, also worked with Gloria Swanson on her 1980 autobiography Swanson on Swanson. He came armed with stories about Swanson’s silent movie career, her remarkable comeback in the wake of Sunset Boulevard’s success, and why people like Andy Warhol couldn’t get enough of her.

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The episode also includes discussion of how coronavirus continues to impact Hollywood, including the postponed voting schedule for this year’s Emmy Awards, as well as the indefinite postponement of the Tony Awards, with Broadway still shut down for the foreseeable future.

Take a listen to the episode above, and subscribe to Little Gold Men on Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you get your podcast. You can also stream Sunset Boulevard on Amazon Prime, free for Prime subscribers.

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