WATCH: Award-winning filmmakers, local historian discuss Buffalo Soldiers, Black history at SAAACAM panel
The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM) hosted Kevin Willmott, director of "The 24th" and Academy-Award winning writer of "BlacKkKlansman;" Billy Gordon, Bexar Co. Buffalo Soldiers Association; and Cedric Thomas Smith, a San Antonio-based award-winning Writer and Director.
'Wonder Woman 1984' scores highest box office opening of the pandemic, Warner Bros. fast-tracks third film
"Wonder Woman 1984" soared into theaters on Christmas day and secured the highest box office opening of any film released domestically since the coronavirus pandemic crippled the entertainment industry in mid-March. "Wonder Woman 1984" was one of the first major Hollywood blockbusters to be released in theaters and on streaming on the same day. Warner Bros.-parent AT&T said Sunday that nearly half of its HBO Max retail subscribers viewed "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas day. For comparison, the first "Wonder Woman" film, released in 2017, earned a 93% score, the highest of any film in the DC Extended Universe. Correction: Warner Bros.-parent AT&T said Sunday that nearly half of its HBO Max retail subscribers viewed "Wonder Woman 1984" on Christmas day.cnbc.com
Film documents history of Underground Railroad in South Texas
EDINBURG, Texas – A little known chapter of Civil War history makes for a dramatic story told in “Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom,” a documentary produced by the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley. The film is based on the choice made by runaway slaves prior to the Civil War, to head south instead of north, to Mexico using another Underground Railroad. The route to freedom would be longer over treacherous terrain between the Nueces and Rio Grande Rivers. Instead, she relied on oral histories with the descendants of those who helped or decided to stay in South Texas, many of whom are now buried in the Rio Grande Valley. They helped other people.”Both he and Bacha-Garza said the people of the Rio Grande Valley should be proud of its history.
'The Croods: A New Age' tallies highest box office opening since the pandemic began
"The Croods: A New Age" stunned at the box office this weekend, hauling in the biggest opening of any film released during the pandemic. There was some skepticism about how well "The Croods: A New Age" could perform over the Thanksgiving weekend. Instead, the film drew the biggest box office opening since Disney's "Onward" was released in March prior to nationwide lockdowns. As it stands, despite a strong showing from "The Croods" sequel, it is very likely that the 2020 Thanksgiving box office will be the worst in decades. The furthest recorded Thanksgiving box office in Comscore's database is in 1984 when the five-day weekend garnered $46.8 million.cnbc.com
Sharkboy and Lavagirl become parents in new Netflix sequel, ‘We Can Be Heroes’
What better way to kick off 2021 than with a new Sharkboy and Lavagirl movie! In the new film, “We Can Be Heroes,” which debuts on Netflix on Jan. 1, Sharkboy and Lavagirl have become parents. Taylor Lautner will not be playing Sharkboy; instead, he will be played by J.J. Dashnaw, according to a report from Polygon. This sequel follows a group of children, including Sharkboy and Lavagirl’s daughter, that works to save their parents from an alien invasion. Their daughter is seen having similar powers as her parents, calling upon sharks and sea creatures to assist her in battling enemies.
Multi-day, drive-in EDM, comedy, music performances headed to Freeman Coliseum
Electric-Fiesta has planned for a variety of drive-in performances, including comedy and EDM, for the Freeman Coliseum for Halloween weekend. The multi-day series starts with an interactive sing-a-long edition of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and a “non-essential comedy” show on Oct. 29. On Oct. 30 and 31, the EDM Drive-In, Volume 2, will call Virtual Riot, Etc! To adhere to social distancing guidelines, venues and promoters have switched to the drive-in experience for movie showings, concerts and performances. This summer, the EDM Drive-In made its debut at the Freeman Coliseum, with towers set up so Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies could monitor at a safe distance and officers patrolling the grounds.
New James Bond movie pushed to April 2021 as coronavirus cases continue to rise
"No Time to Die," the James Bond film that was the first Hollywood feature to move on the theatrical calendar due to the coronavirus outbreak, is moving again. On Friday, MGM Studios announced that Daniel Craig's latest turn as British spy James Bond would no longer arrive in theaters on Nov. 20. Some had predicted that the James Bond film may stick around because of its reliance on international ticket sales. This delay is yet another blow to the movie theaters, which have struggled after being shuttered for months due to the pandemic. With "No Time to Die" pushed to 2021, Disney's "Soul," an animated Pixar film, is now the next big movie set for theatrical release.cnbc.com
Sen. Ted Cruz calls for DOJ investigation into Netflix film ‘Cuties’ for allegedly sexualizing young girls
The French coming-of-age film “Cuties” is trending on Netflix after it was released earlier this week, but it’s not for the reasons you might think. Since it’s debut on the streaming service’s website, many social media users and even some politicians are calling to #CancelNetflix or for further investigation into its production due to the film allegedly sexualizing young girls. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, sent a letter to the Department of Criminal Justice, calling for further investigation of the film’s production and distribution. #cancelNetflix pic.twitter.com/rj6Ne1Z4Zw — Flo Nightingale (@FloNigtngale) September 12, 2020A Netflix representative has reached out to KSAT 12, and has offered a statement on the film. They say “the film does not contain underage nudity.”RELATED: ‘The Lost Husband’ movie on Netflix was filmed in several Texas cities
Whats Up South Texas!: Local filmmaker makes it to the big screen
San Antonio One local filmmaker is hoping his latest project both entertains and starts a conversation about religious issues that negatively impact certain communities. It is ultimately an examination of extreme hatred.Tucker said it took him two and a half years to get the big production completed. The film has even played in local theaters and is now available on Video On Demand, DVD, and other platforms. I wanted to examine the extreme hatred going on. You will burn in the fiery pits of hell. Homophobic-type of things, Tucker said.
‘The Lost Husband’ movie on Netflix was filmed in several Texas cities
If you’ve been binging Netflix recently, you may have noticed a new romance movie, “The Lost Husband,” was just added. However, what you may not have known is that the movie was actually filmed in several Texas cities, including Austin, Houston, Elgin, Wimberley, Round Top, and a few others, according to a report from Distractify. The movie is ranked on Netflix as number 1 in the U.S., as of Friday, and stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Nora Dunn, and others. The film depicts the story of a widow that is looking to start anew after the unexpected death of her husband. To learn more about the film, you can watch the trailer below:RELATED: “The Secret Garden” 2020 film has South Texas connections
Oscars 2020: Pick your winners!
Awards season is in full swing as the 92nd annual Academy Awards take place this weekend. Leading with the most Oscar nominations is “Joker,” with 11 nominations in total. “The Irishman,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood” each received 10 nominations. What or who do you think will win? Let us know what you think in the comments or by voting in the polls below.
Time: A 23 city time-lapse short film
Remarkable time-lapse film shines a new light on 23 of the most famous cities in America. Video courtesy of professional videographer and timelapse photographer Mitchell Hadden. Contact Mitchell directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. See more of his work on Vimeo. And, be sure to follow him on Instagram and Twitter.cbsnews.com
Time Lapse: Desert Wildflowers
Incredible time-lapse film takes a look at beautiful wildflowers found on a journey through Joshua Tree National Park in southeastern California. Video courtesy of Casey Kiernan Photography. See more work on Vimeo. And, check out his time-lapse and astrophotography workshops.cbsnews.com
Latest Marvel film features the Avengers taking on super-villain Ultron
Iron Man, Captain America and the Avengers reunite on screen for the newest Marvel release "Avengers: Age of Ultron," opening Friday. The film's stars, including Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johnasson, sat down with Suzanne Marques for a preview of the blockbuster sequel.cbsnews.com
Script for new James Bond film stolen in Sony hack
Script for new James Bond film stolen in Sony hack A massive cyberattack on Sony Pictures may affect one of Hollywood’s most beloved franchises. Producers said the hackers got their hands on a script for the forthcoming James Bond film “Spectre.” Allen Pizzey reports.cbsnews.com