“Grease” actor Eddie Deezen was arrested Thursday after refusing to leave a restaurant in LaVale, Maryland, TMZ reported.
Deezen, who is best known for playing Eugene Felsnic in the original “Grease” movies accused of “causing a scene” at the restaurant when cops were called, according to the outlet.
TMZ cited a police report, which said Deezen, 64, also apparently hid behind a woman in a booth and refused orders to leave the restaurant.
According to TMZ, he threw several items at officers – including plates, bowls, and food. Eventually, Deezen was forcibly removed from the restaurant, shirtless, and sent to jail, the outlet added.
Allegany County Sheriff Department did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
He has been charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct, and trespassing, TMZ reported.
Earlier this year, the actor was accused of harassing a waitress over her appearance, according to TMZ.
Following that accusation, Deezen claimed on social media that he was being cyberbullied by her. His lawyer reportedly later told the outlet that Deezen felt terrible that the waitress was offended by his comments.
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You can now watch Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” in theaters and on HBO Max.
To watch the movie at home, you need an ad-free HBO Max subscription ($15/month).
“Cry Macho” will remain on HBO Max through October 17.
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Clint Eastwood is back with a new western that you can watch at home and in theaters. Directed by and starring Eastwood, “Cry Macho” will remain available to stream on HBO Max through October 17.
Mike Milo, an injured rodeo rider played by Eastwood, goes on a journey through rural Mexico to help his old boss find his son. Searching for a fresh start, Milo encounters more than he anticipated, including Macho the rooster. The movie is based on N. Richard Nash’s novel that was released in 1975.
According to Variety, Eastwood first considered directing and starring in a “Cry Macho” movie in 1988. Instead, he decided to star in the final “Dirty Harry” film, “The Dead Pool.” “Cry Macho” is Eastwood’s first movie to receive a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release.
Where to watch ‘Cry Macho’
“Cry Macho” is now available to watch in theaters and on HBO Max with an ad-free subscription. The Clint Eastwood movie will remain part of the HBO Max streaming catalog until October 17.
A subscription to HBO Max‘s ad-free plan costs $15 a month. As part of a limited-time deal, new and returning members can get 50% off their first six months, bringing the cost down to $7.49 a month. The promotion is available through September 26. Although the streaming service has a less expensive ad-supported plan for $10 a month, only the ad-free HBO Max plan gives you access to same-day theatrical releases.
If you’re a Hulu subscriber and have not previously tried HBO Max, you can claim a free one-week trial of the add-on service.
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“Reminiscence” is available on HBO Max through September 19.
Starring Hugh Jackman, “Reminiscence” is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy.
To stream the movie on HBO Max, you need to subscribe to the ad-free plan ($15/month).
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On August 20, “Reminiscence” received a simultaneous release in theaters and on HBO Max. The movie is available to stream until September 19, but only subscribers to HBO Max’s ad-free plan are able to watch at home.
The sci-fi adventure stars Hugh Jackman as a private investigator who can access and relive memories. When a client (Rebecca Ferguson) disappears under peculiar circumstances, he’s determined to uncover the truth and find her.
The dystopian movie is written and directed by “Westworld” co-creator Lisa Joy. “Reminiscence” is Joy’s first feature film. “Westworld” will return for a fourth season on HBO in 2022. You can stream the first three seasons right now on HBO Max.
Where to watch ‘Reminiscence’
“Reminiscence” is available right now to watch in theaters and with HBO Max. The movie will remain on HBO Max through September 19. To stream “Reminiscence” and other theatrical premieres with HBO Max, you need a subscription to the ad-free plan ($15/month).
After September 19, “Reminiscence” will play exclusively in movie theaters until its official home video release later this year.
HBO Max offers a cheaper ad-supported plan for $10 a month, but this option does not include access to brand-new theatrical releases like “Reminiscence” and “Malignant.”
AMC CEO Adam Aron said on Wednesday that the movie theatre operator expects to accept ether, litecoin, and bitcoin cash as payment, in addition to bitcoin, by the end of the year.
Aron revealed the company’s plan to accept bitcoin at its US locations in August, and said AMC was exploring how else it could participate in the crypto economy.
“Cryptocurrency enthusiasts: you likely know @AMCTheatres has announced we will accept bitcoin for online ticket and concession payments by year-end 2021,” he said in a tweet Wednesday. “I can confirm today that when we do so, we also expect that we similarly will accept Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash.”
Many Twitter users responded by urging him to include dogecoin in the mix. One brought up the fake news release that said Walmart would allow shoppers to pay with litecoin, asking Aron whether he was really sure about the decision.
Bitcoin, the first token to be earmarked for acceptance by AMC, is the biggest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, while ether has shot up in popularity as its ethereum network is valued for its smart contract capabilities. Litecoin and bitcoin cash, by contrast, are less mainstream as they don’t get the same level of recognition from crypto enthusiasts.
Billionaire Mike Novogratz, one of the most vocal advocates for crypto, doesn’t seem to be a fan of litecoin. He said at the SALT Conference on Tuesday that news of the Walmart tie-up made no sense to him. “I scratched my head – like, who would buy litecoin and why?”
AMC’s shares are up more than 2,000% year-to-date since it became a Reddit darling on Wall Street Bets, the forum that entered the mainstream during January’s GameStop frenzy. The company has cashed in on the craze by selling more shares.
Bitcoin was last trading 0.6% higher at $47,800. Ether was up 4.9% at $3,600, litecoin rose 4.7% to $191, and bitcoin cash rose 0.6% to $640 on Thursday, according to data from CoinDesk.
A 37-year-old super-fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy has received the support of three cast members of the cinematic trilogy to raise funds for a real-world Shire in central Italy.
In a series of Cameo appearances, Elijah Wood, Billy Boyd, and Sean Astin, each praised Nicolas Gentile’s project to bring Bag End to life, which has been underway for the past three years and documented on Instagram as _myhobbitlife_.
“It is incredible what you’re doing. I love all of the costumes and all of the set photos you’ve done,” said Elijah Wood, who starred in the films as Frodo Baggins.
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“It is absolutely perfect from what I remember Bag End to be,” he added. “If I’m ever in your neck of the woods, in your Shire, I would love to visit.”
Gentile previously told Insider that he spent almost all of his life savings to design and build a little hobbit burrow from scratch on a plot of land outside the city of Chieti in Abruzzo, central Italy.
“I have always loved fantasy literature and movies, Dungeons and Dragons, and video games,” he said. “But at some point in my life, I felt like I was living the adventures of others and not my own. I decided that I, too, would live my life like a character in the movies and books I loved so much.”
Sean Astin, who played Frodo’s gardener and friend Samwise Gamgee in the films, was exuberant about the world Nicolas has built so far.
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“What an amazing thing you are doing! You are making it – the real Shire in Italia. It’s incredible,” he said.
The video appearances were part of a crowdfunding kickoff to raise $1.8 million for the next stage of the project: a full-size hobbit village called La Contea Gentile.
La Contea Gentile is expected to operate as a nonprofit and accommodate a large underground home and four smaller houses where other families could reside. Gentile says he doesn’t intend to make the area a tourist spot but rather a small community where people live off the land.
Formerly a pastry chef with a degree in geology, Gentile plans to replicas of the Green Dragon Inn and a large version of Bilbo Baggins’ house, all powered by solar energy.
“If I had wanted to get rich, I would have invested in bitcoin!” he said. “All I want is to meet people like me, who have the same magic in their eyes and a love for the simple things in life, who enjoy dinner with friends and an adventure in the woods now and then.”
The slate includes another Marvel movie, “Eternals,” and Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story” remake, which will receive 45-day theatrical windows – the same as “Shang-Chi.” The animated film “Encanto” will have a 30-day window before heading to Disney+.
Before the pandemic, exclusive theatrical windows would typically be between 75 days and 90 days. But most of the major studios have negotiated with exhibitors to shorten that time frame during the pandemic. Disney’s plans beyond “Shang-Chi,” though, were a mystery – until now.
The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO), the largest theater trade group, had been waiting for this moment.
After “Black Widow” declined a sharp 68% at the domestic box office in its second weekend, NATO released a critical statement calling simultaneous release a “pandemic-era artifact that should be left to history with the pandemic itself.” Disney released the movie simultaneously in theaters and on Disney+ for an extra $30 fee.
Movie theaters can probably thank “Shang-Chi” for Disney finally landing on a concrete strategy for the remainder of its 2021 movies. The movie earned $75 million in its opening three-day weekend and a record $94 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend. It’s since made $145 million domestically and $256 million worldwide. That doesn’t even include China, the world’s biggest theatrical market, where it hasn’t been approved for release.
In Fithian’s interview with Insider, he predicted that “Shang-Chi” wouldn’t have as big of a drop in its second domestic weekend as “Black Widow” because it wasn’t available to stream. He was right. “Shang-Chi” earned $34.7 million over the weekend, a 54% drop from its first three days in theaters and a smaller decline than most major blockbusters released this year.
While the “Shang-Chi” box office may have pushed Disney to go all in on exclusive theatrical windows for the rest of the year, it did find another source of revenue with the “Black Widow” release. Disney didn’t announce its total Disney+ haul, but did say it earned $60 million from streaming purchases in its first weekend.
But Scarlett Johansson is also suing Disney over the “Black Widow” release, claiming that the company breached her contract by not giving the movie an exclusive theatrical run, which could have contributed to Disney’s strategy shift.
“Shang-Chi’s” success came on the heels of another well-performing Disney release, “Free Guy,” which was also exclusive to theaters. The movie has made $101 million domestically so far and $276 million worldwide.
“Shang-Chi” has received heaps of praise from critics and audiences, which could have boosted word of mouth for its second weekend. It has a 92% Rotten Tomatoes critic score and a 98% audience score, as well as an A grade from CinemaScore, which surveys audiences on a movie’s opening night.
Disney’s “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is a box-office hit after opening with $94 million over the four-day Labor Day weekend.
But the movie, which is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe entry headlined by an Asian character, still doesn’t have a release date in the world’s largest theatrical market: China, where foreign releases must be approved by the local government.
Deadline reported on Friday that a date may be out of reach after 2017 comments made by star Simu Liu resurfaced this week on Chinese social media, in which Liu called China a “third world” country.
The movie had already faced controversy over the title character’s comic-book history. When first introduced in 1973, Shang-Chi’s father was Fu Manchu, a character now considered to have perpetuated racist Asian stereotypes. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has addressed Shang-Chi’s comic history, which has been rewritten multiple times over the years.
“Definitively, Fu Manchu is not in this movie, is not Shang-Chi’s father, and again, is not even a Marvel character, and hasn’t been for decades,” Feige told Variety last month.
But beyond any concerns about the movie itself, “Shang-Chi’s” China release, or lack thereof, reflects the country’s media crackdown and the changing nature of its relationship with Hollywood, which has relied on the China box office to boost big-budget tentpoles.
Disney did not return a request for comment for this story.
China’s crackdown is hurting Disney
Aynne Kokas, a media studies professor at the University of Virginia and the author of the book “Hollywood Made in China,” told Insider that the “Shang-Chi” controversy is happening “in parallel with widespread tightening” of China media and its film market.
The country’s regulations have particularly impacted Disney over the past year.
“Mulan” faced calls from outside China for a boycott because parts of the movie were filmed in Xinjiang, where officials have been implicated in human-rights violations against Muslim Uighurs. Following the foreign criticism, China ordered a media blackout of “Mulan” ahead of its release in the region. It ended up flopping with just $40 million over its entire theatrical run there.
A China release for Disney’s next Marvel movie, “Eternals,” is also uncertain. The movie’s director Chloé Zhao, who was born in China, has faced backlash from Chinese nationalists over a 2013 interview in which she said “there are lies everywhere” in China. Chinese censors blocked mentions of her Oscar win on social media earlier this year after she won best director and her film “Nomadland” won best picture.
“I would be surprised if ‘Eternals’ got released in China,” Kokas said. “The controversy has gotten a lot of attention and has been a rallying cry for Chinese netizens.”
It could be a major loss for Disney, as Marvel films have performed well in China. “Avengers: Endgame” is the country’s highest grossing foreign film with $614 million.
“‘Shang-Chi’s’ global performance would benefit immensely from a release in China, both because of the clear cultural appeal and the fact that Marvel movies are usually top tier box-office performers in the Middle Kingdom,” said Shawn Robbins, the Box Office Pro chief analyst.
Local movies are dominating China’s box office
Since the release of “Endgame,” China has passed the US as the biggest theatrical market in the world, due largely to how China’s cinemas have rebounded during the coronavirus pandemic while the US’s theatrical industry has struggled.
The rebound has been driven by Chinese films like “Hi, Mom” and “Detective Chinatown 3,” which were released this year and quickly cracked the top five of China’s biggest movies ever.
Only two Hollywood releases are currently in the top 10 highest grossing movies at the China box office this year: “F9” and “Godzilla vs. Kong.”
More and more local productions are accounting for China’s box office.
“There are Chinese blockbusters that Chinese filmmakers are making that people want to watch, and they feel less derivative than those made in Hollywood,” Kokas said.
China has a 34-film quota on the number of foreign films released in the country per year on a revenue-sharing basis.
But Kokas predicted that fewer Hollywood titles will be approved in China in the coming years. Those that are approved will face a “much tighter regulatory environment,” she said.
Robbins is more bullish about the future of Hollywood and China’s relationship, though.
“China has an excellent catalog of locally produced content to drive theatrical business, but there’s no doubt that Hollywood releases have also proven important to the market’s overall box office year in and year out,” he said.
I’m one of those people. At least, if my excursion to see “Shang-Chi” this past week is any indication.
I watched “Black Widow,” the Marvel character’s stunning standalone movie, just weeks before – in my sweatpants, on my couch, with my 40-inch TV via Disney+.
Being in a physical movie theater – where the hallways are lined with posters, the snack bar stocked with bottomless popcorn, surround sound blasting, and the wider aspect ratio of a gigantic movie screen – convinced me that the pandemic-era experiment of simultaneous dual movie releases might be convenient, but that will never live up to the magical theater experience.
Theaters are exhausted from being battered since March 2020
The industry has been fighting a confluence of factors, from local shutdown and safety protocols to what studios felt they needed to do to survive: debut movies directly on streaming platforms.
“Mulan,” “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Wonder Woman 1984,” and “Cruella” are just some of the films that have been released on sites like HBO Max and Disney+. Many of them have become the most pirated movies of the year as a result.
But for the most part, the world of traditional cinema is seeing signs of life.
There couldn’t have been a better movie than to welcome me back to the theater
I thoroughly enjoyed “Black Widow” when I saw it in early July on Disney+.
But “Shang-Chi” blew it and so many of its Marvel predecessors out of the water – and I don’t know if I could have felt the true breadth of the movie’s brilliance if I had paid the $30 fee and watched it on Disney+ at home.
I was also still living in San Francisco when “Shang-Chi” was being filmed. So seeing the action-packed scene on the city’s bus system – the same line and street I took to work – was cathartic. The last time I went to a movie theater was in San Francisco, after all.
There certainly will be some lasting symptoms of pandemic-era streaming releases, such as how many people have grown accustomed to enjoying new media at home as well as shortened theatrical release windows.
Disney said its animated musical fantasy “Encato” will be released in theatres before Thanksgiving, on November 24, and will play for 30 days. The movie, which includes music written by award-winning Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, tells the story of a family who lives in a magical house in the mountains of Colombia.
Another five releases will play in theatres for at least 45 days, the company said. Marvel’s “Eternals” is set for a November release, while Steven Spielberg’s live-action musical “West Side Story” will debut in December.
The other films include historical drama “The Last Duel,” science-fiction comedy “Ron’s Gone Wrong,” and period spy film “The King’s Man.”
Since the pandemic forced theatres across the country to close, Disney+ and other streaming services experimented by debuting movies at the same time online and in theaters.
The live-action Mulan remake had a dual release, as did “Wonder Woman 1984,” and “Black Widow.” The latter led to a lawsuit filed by its star, Scarlett Johansson, who claimed the move violated her contract.
“There is no merit whatsoever to this filing,” a Disney spokesperson said. “The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
After an impressive debut in theaters, “F9: The Fast Saga” is now available to buy for $20 through video-on-demand (VOD) services. The movie’s initial streaming debut happened only about a month after its theatrical premiere on June 25.
Directed by Justin Lin, “F9” is the ninth installment in the “Fast & Furious” series. The action movie features Vin Diesel and John Cena as feuding brothers. “F9” delivers a constant rush of adrenaline with all the wild car chases and extreme stunts the franchise is known for.
“F9” also honors the late Paul Walker who died in a car accident in 2013. Walker played Brian O’Conner in the first seven “Fast & Furious” movies. For more details about how the film pays tribute to Walker, read Insider’s interview with director Justin Lin.
After you purchase the movie, you can watch “F9” as many times as you want with no time limit for access. Purchase options range from standard definition (SD) to 4K UHD with high dynamic range (HDR), but the price is $20 no matter what quality you choose.
A rental option for “F9” will be available starting September 21. It’s not yet clear how much the movie will cost to rent. You can access VOD services on most smart TVs, mobile devices, streaming players, and web browsers.
In addition to VOD services, “F9” is likely to arrive on HBO Max or Peacock later this year, but an official release date has not been announced.
Where can I watch other ‘Fast & Furious’ movies?
HBO Max is the best streaming service for watching movies from the “Fast & Furious” franchise online. A few of the “Fast & Furious” movies were free to stream with ad-supported Peacock, but the films are not currently part of the Peacock catalog.
The HBO Max catalog includes access to the first two installments:
“The Fast and the Furious” (2001)
“2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)
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Additional movies from the “Fast & Furious” series are available to rent individually on VOD services like Prime Video and Vudu.