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The movie news from September brings with it sad death of Chadwick Boseman and challenges from Covid-19 – but also some positive signs at the box-office with the release of TENET. Here’s our pick of the news from the last week…

  • The world was stunned this week by the death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who sadly died at the age of 43 after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. Best known for his role in BLACK PANTHER, playing the first black lead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was an iconic actor who will be missed by many and whose loss will be keenly felt. Ryan Coogler, who directed him in BLACK PANTHER, has penned a powerful tribute to him, which you can read here. – Hollywood Reporter
  • Just three days after it resumed filming, production has been halted on THE BATMAN after lead actor Robert Pattinson tested positive for Covid-19. Given how much he would have interacted with practically every department on the film, this is a major blow for the production and could lead to a lengthy delay – and we hope that Pattinson recovers soon. – Deadline
  • Christopher Nolan’s latest movie, TENET, is looking to revitalize the box office and has opened by taking $53m worldwide. This is a promising sign for the film industry, which has suffered badly as a result of the pandemic. – Deadline
  • The long delayed THE NEW MUTANTS, set in the X-MEN universe has also finally seen a release this week – although much less successfully. It took $7m in its opening weekend, but has been hit by poor reviews that will probably affect its staying power: Rotten Tomatoes reports a score of 34% from critics and 53% from audiences.Variety
  • Another sad loss for the entertainment industry this week was Joe Ruby, co-creator of SCOOBY-DOO., which was first launched in 1969. He died of natural causes at the age of 87. – Variety

We’ll be keeping a close eye on further movie news as September progresses, but the success of TENET at the box-office is a promising indicator that people are eager to get back to the cinema all across the world – although there are clearly still challenges that our industry will continue to face over the coming months.

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