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FILM FOCUS NEWSROOM: WEEK 41

Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane dies aged 72; Blade director nightmare causes all sorts of push backs; Amsterdam bombs at the box office.

- Robbie Coltrane has passed at the age of 72. The actor was well known for his role as Hagrid in the Harry Potter franchise.


- Dame Angela Lansbury, the three-time Oscar nominee and five-time Tony Award winner who solved 12 seasons’ worth of crimes as Jessica Fletcher on CBS’ Murder, She Wrote, has died aged 96.


- David O. Russell’s star-studded Amsterdam opened to a terrible $6.4m over the Oct. 7-9 weekend, despite a wide release by New Regency and Disney in more than 3,000 theaters. Amsterdam ultimately stands to lose anywhere from $80m to $100m.


- Marvel Studios pause production on the Blade movie. The move comes two weeks after director Bassam Tariq left the project. The movie was to have started shooting in November, but all production has halted while it conducts a search for a filmmaker.


- Due to the Blade news, Disney is shaking up its release date calendar, pushing back multiple titles;

Blade has moved to Sept. 6, 2024, from Nov. 3, 2023

Deadpool 3 is moving to Nov. 8, 2024, from Sept. 6, 2024

Fantastic Four has been pushed back to Feb. 14, 2025, from Nov. 8, 2024

Avengers: Secret Wars, has moved to May 1, 2026, from Nov. 7, 2025


- Warner Bros. revealed it will now open Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part Two on Blade's old date of Nov. 3, 2023,


- House of the Dragon exec producer and writer Sara Hess has signed a new, two-year overall deal with HBO.


- Netflix’s Jeffrey Dahmer limited series is now the second most-watched English language title in the platform’s history.


- Netflix will launch its cheaper ad-supported tier next month, officially called “Basic With Ads,” at a price point that’s less than half the cost of its standard plan.


- Lonely Island member Akiva Schaffer is set to direct a reboot of the classic slapstick movie Naked Gun for Paramount, with Liam Neeson in early talks to star.


- Warner Bros. Discovery has backed off of a plan to shutter workshops for ascendant writers and directors after industry backlash.


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