New this week: John Legend, 'Serpent Queen' and 'Pinocchio'
This week’s new entertainment releases include fresh music from John Legend and Kane Brown, Samantha Morton stars as the 16th-century queen Catherine de Medici in an edgy Starz series and a race between two upcoming “Pinocchio” films begins with Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation.
Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ heads to HBO Max for Halloween
The Robert Zemeckis adaptation of “Roald Dahl’s The Witches” has found a new home on HBO Max this month just in time for Halloween. Warner Bros. said Friday that “The Witches” will debut on the subscription streaming service, owned by parent company WarnerMedia, on Oct. 22. Dahl’s 1983 novel about an orphaned boy who discovers a coven of witches that hate children was previously adapted for the big screen in 1990 by director Nicolas Roeg. It starred Angelica Huston, Mai Zetterling and Rowan Atkinson and was a box office flop, despite its critical acclaim. This new version has actor Jahzir Bruno playing the boy who must try to stop the witches from turning the world's children into mice.
Steve Bing, Film Producer and Philanthropist, Dead at 55
Steve Bing, a famed film financier, producer and philanthropist, died by suicide on Monday at the age of 55. Bing reportedly jumped from the 27th floor of a luxury apartment tower where he lived, TMZ reports. One of the first films he served on as a producer was the Sylvester Stallone thriller Get Carter in 2000. Along with his investments in film projects, Bing was also a large contributor to progressive political causes and used his resources to contribute to philanthropic organizations. RELATED CONTENT:Joel Schumacher, Director of 'Lost Boys' & 'Batman' Films, Dead at 80Ian Holm, Lord of the Rings and Alien Actor, Dead at 88Nanci Ryder, Beloved Publicist to the Stars, Dead at 67