At the end of last week, studios shifted the release dates for the big movies that are intended to usher in the reopening of movie theaters around the United States (and around the globe). Originally slated for release in July, movies like Tenet, Mulan, Unhinged, Broken Hearts Gallery and Bill & Ted Face the Music have been delayed between two weeks and a month due to the fact that movie theaters in some of the biggest markets in the US would not yet be allowed to open. But studios aren’t even confident the new August dates will hold, and more changes are likely to come.
Thanks to the rising number of coronavirus cases keeping some major cities from reopening movie theaters in July, not to mention the constant shift in release dates, Warner Bros. Pictures is leaning towards delaying The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It from its September 11, 2020 release date and shifting it back to sometime in 2021. The major studios don’t think the new August release dates are a safe bet, and they’re anticipating the aforementioned titles will be pushed into September, shaking up the fall release calendar significantly. Read More »
Following in the footsteps of Warner Bros. Pictures’ recent decision to push back the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet by two weeks, Disney has delayed back the live-action remake of Mulan an entire month into August. But will that be enough time to allow theaters to safely reopen around the United States? Read More »
Disney is getting down to business about considering another Mulan release date delay. A new report suggests that the Walt Disney Company is seriously weighing postponing the July 24 release of Mulan, in the film’s second delay due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The report comes on the heels of Disneyland delaying its re-opening indefinitely as coronavirus cases rise in the U.S.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, learn about the backstory of Star Wars hero Chewbacca, who had a whole life before he became Han Solo’s co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon. Plus, watch an outstanding live-action recreation of some musical sequences from Beauty and the Beast done by one woman using her quarantine time wisely. Finally, listen as Mulan voice star Ming-Na Wen partakes in some storytime. Read More »
Disney announced wide, sweeping release date changes amid the industry-wide shutterings made out of abundance of caution for ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In an unprecedented move, Disney has pulled Artemis Fowl, from theaters entirely for an exclusive Disney+ debut. Artemis Fowl is the only theatrical release from Disney thus far to entirely forego theaters and go straight to streaming.
The entire Disney summer movie slate has been pushed back, with Mulan, which was originally set to hit theaters in March, set to kick the season off in late July. This has pushed back other films down the line, including Searchlight and 20th Century Studios films like The French Dispatch, Free Guy, and the untitled fifth Indiana Jones movie.
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Unfortunately, Disney has pushed back their live-action remake of Mulan to an unknown new release date now that movie theaters are closed all over the United States (as well as other countries around the world. But since certain corners of the internet were planning on it being released, we’re still getting the Mulan Honest Trailer for the original 1998 animated movie.
Mulan might be the only movie so far whose mere existence justifies a live-action remake. Not only did Disney smash together hundreds of years of unrelated Chinese history together for this movie, but they used a little too many Asian clichés. Plus, there’s a bit of a weird contrast between the comedy and musical moments and the grim death of war, especially when you realize just how many people Mulan kills with an avalanche. Read More »
Unfortunately, Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan was one of the movies pushed back amidst the growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic currently sweeping the United States. It’s not clear when the movie will get released in theaters, but we can bide our time with a new Mulan featurette and a couple clips from the movie. Check them out below. Read More »
The latest in the seemingly never-ending stream of coronavirus delay news: Disney is delaying the release dates of Mulan, The New Mutants, and Antlers all due to fears of the virus. These three titles join a growing list of films being pushed off their release dates, including No Time to Die, My Spy, A Quiet Place Part II, The Lovebirds, and F9.
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The release of Disney’s live-action remake of Mulan comes at a difficult time for the studio, with the coronavirus epidemic potentially taking its biggest international market, Chinese moveigoers, off the table.
But Mulan is facing more than one viral obstacle to its success. The film is also the target of a #BoycottMulan movement that has taken over Twitter, sparked by star Liu Yifei‘s comments on the ongoing Hong Kong protests last year. As with many films heavily associated with China, it’s about to get political, folks. Here is the #BoycottMulan movement, and its connection to the Hong Kong protests and police brutality, explained.
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Disney’s new version of Mulan features plenty of familiar beats from the 1998 animated film, but unlike the myriad of practically shot-for-shot remakes the studio has produced over the past few years, this one feels like it has an identity of its own. Eddie Murphy’s cute dragon Mushu is nowhere to be found this time, the movie is basically a full-on wuxia film, and the villain works with a witch who begins to find herself ideologically aligned with Mulan as the adventure unfolds. More than any of that, though, the biggest difference between the two versions is that in this iteration, Mulan’s journey is not about finding herself. Instead, it’s about shedding her disguise to embrace her power and become the warrior she’s always been.
This past Saturday, I attended a screening of the film at the Directors Guild of America in Hollywood, and afterward, Mulan director Niki Caro and star Liu Yifei participated in a Q&A, talking about how the film came to life, their biggest challenges with the project, and much more.
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