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Here’s your weekly Entertainment News Recap with the top five stories you might have missed this week!
Christopher Nolan Reveals Correct Answer to Inception Ending
(Variety) – Theories about the ending to the Christopher Nolan film Inception have been buzzing around for 13 years and now we finally have an answer. If you don’t remember the ending, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Cobb has completed his mission and he is back home with his children. He spins the totem top and it starts to wobble but it ends before we know the definite answer if he’s awake or dreaming.
Nolan said on the “Happy Sad Confused” podcast that Cobb’s emotional journey is complete and he doesn’t care if the top spins or falls. In an article by Wired, Nolan said “The ambiguity is not an emotional ambiguity. It’s an intellectual one for the audience.”
Challengers, Starring Zendaya, Delayed to 2024
(AP) – Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers, starring Zendaya, has been delayed to 2024. MGM said, “After thoughtful consideration with our partners, and given the parameters that SAG-AFTRA has outlined for its membership, we have made the difficult decision to withdraw Challengers from this year’s Venice International Film Festival.” The film was originally scheduled to release in theaters on September 15th.
SAG-AFTRA Approves 39 Indie Projects To Shoot During Strike
(Variety) – SAG-AFTRA has recently approved 39 independent productions to film during the strike. They agreed to follow the terms of the latest offer submitted by the union during contract negotiations. Film productions like A24 signed an Interim Agreement allowing them to resume filling. Here is the list of productions that got approval.
AMC Theatres Drops Plan to Charge More Money Based on Seat Location
(Variety) – AMC Theaters drops its plan to charge customers more money for better seats. The company said, “To ensure AMC’s ticket prices remain competitive, the Sightline at AMC pilot program will come to an end at participating locations in the coming weeks, and the initiative will not roll out nationwide.” AMC did say they will begin testing a new seating concept focusing on the front row.
Co-Financier Company Behind Joker and Licorice Pizza Filed for Bankruptcy
(THR) – The Canadian production and financing company Bron Studios has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy in the U.S. CEO Aaron L. Gilbert said “The last few years have been incredibly difficult for Bron, and things have only gotten more complicated over these past months. Covid and the many other issues affecting the media industry the last few years, most recently the strikes, have made Bron’s ability to continue its existing business impossible.” The company has co-fianced the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect, Joker, Licorice Pizza, Judas and the Black Messiah and more.