Venice Film Festival
The Venice Film Festival got underway over the Labor Day weekend, and it looks like there are some good projects headed to the big screen. Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson's Banshees of Inisherin received a 13-minute standing ovation. The dramedy is slated for an October 21 theatrical release. Brendan Fraser also received an extended standing ovation for The Whale, which moved the actor to tears as he makes his Hollywood comeback. And there has been buzz circulating about Olivia Wilde's Don't Worry Darling film over rumored tensions on its set, but she told fans at the festival she wouldn't keep the narrative going and feed into "endless tabloid gossip."
'The Rings of Power' Shatters Viewing Records
Amazon Studios' The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power hit the Prime Video streaming platform last week, and it's already setting records. Amazon reported that 25 million viewers tuned into the premiere of its first two episodes on day one, marking the biggest premiere on the service. "It is the tens of millions of fans watching — clearly as passionate about Middle-Earth as we are — who are our true measure of success," Jennifer Salke, Amazon Studios chief, said. The series is also reportedly one of the most expensive television shows in history with an estimated cost of around $1 billion.
Weekend Box Office
Top Gun: Maverick continues to also break records. The film hit number one again at the weekend box office, raking in $7.9 million. That brings its gross total since Memorial Day to an astounding $1.44 billion, and the movie is now the fifth highest-grossing film of all time, surpassing Marvel's Black Panther. Brad Pitt's Bullet Train and an extended-cut version of Spider-Man: No Way Home rounded out the top three.
Adele is just one award away from becoming an EGOT. This past weekend she snagged an Emmy for her concert special Adele: One Night Only. She already has a Grammy and Oscar, but now she just needs to get her work on Broadway for a Tony award. She took to Instagram after the win and said, "Bloody hell I'm pleased as punch." As it stands, only 17 other people have achieved EGOT status.