Songbird, a pandemic thriller that’s beginning principal photography today (in the midst of a real pandemic), has added two new cast members. Bradley Whitford (Get Out) and Jenna Ortega (Jane the Virgin) have come on board the film, which also stars Demi Moore, Craig Robinson, Paul Walter Hauser, and Peter Stormare. The film is striving to be the first production to gear up in Los Angeles in the midst of the coronavirus, and recently ran into some trouble when SAG-AFTRA told its members to refuse to work on the film. The “do not work” order was lifted soon after.
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Michael Bay’s pandemic thriller Songbird may have trouble taking flight. The Songbird production has been hit by a “do not work” order from SAG-AFTRA, which is warning its members that they could be disciplined if they take an acting job on the film. The order comes a little more than a month after it was reported that Songbird filmmakers had screened their production plans by the guilds.
UPDATE: Since this story broke, SAG-AFTRA has rescinded the “do not work” order for Songbird. Union members are free to work on this production effective immediately. Our original story from July 3 follows below.
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Can movies start shooting in places like Los Angeles in five weeks? Michael Bay seems to think so. Bay and Adam Goodman are teaming to produce Songbird, a pandemic thriller that is said to “take an unusual approach to shooting a movie in Los Angeles during the lockdown.” It also starts to hope shooting in five weeks, which might make it the first post-coronavirus outbreak production in the city. But…how?
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Wow. So now that we’re all living in a post-Avengers: Infinity War world, it’s time to deal with the fallout of what was undoubtedly a world shaking entry in the MCU. Beware because from here on out there are going to be a lot of spoilers and some serious speculation about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Half of the universe is dead, let’s start off with that. It’s quite likely that Marvel won’t keep all of their biggest heroes dead, but even if they bring back the core characters and introduce new heroes like Captain Marvel, it’s likely that by the time we hit Phase Five, the MCU will really need some new blood.
So let’s think about who Marvel has left to bring in as the new generation of heroes after the seeming inevitability of a Secret Invasion plot in Phase Four, not to mention the strong possibility of the retirement of Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. as Captain America and Iron Man. It might seem silly to think about this when we don’t know what’s coming for sure in Phase 4, but the answers to this advance question hold the possibility of a very fun, fantastical future for the MCU. Read More »