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Marc Malkin Senior Film Awards, Events & Lifestyle Editor Jon M. Chu’s “Wicked” movies, starring Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo, were just 10 days away from wrapping principal photography when most of the production was shut down due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. Jonathan Bailey, who plays Fiyero in the big screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, was able to continue some shooting because he’s on an equity contract.
Even so, being notified that filming would be delayed was devastating, Bailey says. “It was savage,” the Brit actor told Variety at the GQ Men of the Year party in Los Angeles. “It’s the way that Cynthia and Ari and Jon Chu are bringing that story to life.
It’s so sort of psychologically rich that I think the idea that Cynthia has got to be held on ice before she manages to finish that huge [‘Defying Gravity]. It’s not just the emotional story, but the actual technique. So I think for her, it’s been really obviously frustrating.” But then, Bailey added with a smile.
“We’re all just very happy that experience can be stretched out for as long as we can.” He didn’t have an exact date, but Bailey said shooting should be resuming “really soon.” Shortly after Variety broke the news that Bailey was cast in the two “Wicked” films, Chu tweeted, “He’s perfect. They’re perfect. They’d be perfect together.
Born to be forever….. I am too excited to pretend this hasn’t been happening.” How many times did Jonathan Bailey see #Wicked before signing on to the film? https://t.co/OcPy5cjK1f pic.twitter.com/SdcQq884dc Bailey also revealed his dream musical project following “Wicked.” “I’ve always wanted to do an adult Zack Snyder version of ‘Bugsy Malone,’” he said. “Think about that.
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Marc Malkin Senior Film Awards, Events & Lifestyle Editor Zac Efron, Jeremy Allen White and Harris Dickson didn’t know each other well before shooting their new drama “The Iron Claw.” But then came their first wardrobe fitting and camera tests. “Our bodies had to be completely shaved,” White told me at a reception for the film at NeueHouse Hollywood on Monday in Los Angeles. “We were strangers at the time.
Marc Malkin Senior Film Awards, Events & Lifestyle Editor “Fellow Travelers” stars Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer will not be competing against each for a Golden Globe. Sources tell me that Bailey has decided to submit for supporting actor in a limited series for his work in the Showtime series, clearing the way for Bomer to go for lead. “Fellow Travelers,” written by Ron Nyswaner and based on the Thomas Mallon novel of the same name, tells the story of a decades-long romance between a Washington D.C.
Marc Malkin Senior Film Awards, Events & Lifestyle Editor SPOILER ALERT: This story contains descriptions of key scenes and storylines in “Saltburn.” Oscar-winning filmmaker Emerald Fennell’s new twisted thriller, “Saltburn,” includes several graphic scenes that have left moviegoers debating whether to be titillated or disturbed. “It gets under your skin,” Fennell told me Tuesday at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. “We just want to make something that makes people feel something.
Bridgerton season 3 is fast approaching, and Jonathan Bailey is teasing what’s in store for the Netflix series!
The release of Dune: Part Two has been changed yet again.
Issa Rae is opening up after the Hollywood strikes have come to an end.
Jonathan Bailey is opening up about the Wicked movies and an interesting thing that happened when the SAG-AFTRA strike began earlier this year.
CBS is revealing their new TV schedule!
John Oliver started off Last Week Tonight talking about the SAG-AFTRA strike ending but then questioning if movies were still needed.
James Gunn has some exciting news for fans of Superman following the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
Timothée Chalamet got another turn at hosting Saturday Night Live for the second time and acknowledged the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike during his monologue.
Fran Drescher, the union’s president, has not only secured tentatively a historic three-year deal with studios but also garnered praise from some of Hollywood’s biggest names. Among them, George Clooney who expressed sheer astonishment at the deal.
Sydney Sweeney is back on set just hours after the end of the SAG-AFTRA strike.
in the person of its president, Fran Drescher) and the major Hollywood studios (AMPTP). It’s a rinse-and-repeat following on the heels of the writers’ guild (WGA), which ended its strike in early October after five months as TV scribes headed back to their writers rooms to crank out late-night monologues or plan for new episodes of their series.“I’m thrilled it’s over,” former “Parks and Recreation” co-star Jim O’Heir told me from Kansas City, where he’s starring in a play (“Catch Me If You Can”) during his strike-enforced downtime from television.
The SAG-AFTRA strike is finally over after 118 days.
The six-month production shutdown due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes is officially over today, and TV studios are not wasting a minute, with TV series — mainly returning broadcast shows going into full prep immediately.
Adam B. Vary Senior Entertainment Writer The Merc With a Mouth can speak again.
President Joe Biden weighed in on the tentative agreement to resolve the SAG-AFTRA strike, pointing to it as an example of how “collective bargaining works.”
Media stocks popped Thursday, well outperforming the broader market, after news that the months longs SAG-AFTRA strike has been settled, with the actors’ guild and the AMPTP announcing a agreement last night. Halted productions can soon look to restart, the theatrical release calendar can stop shifting and the industry begin to get back to normal after a tough summer and fall.