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Crew Member Tests Positive for COVID on Brad Pitt Thriller ‘Bullet Train’

Cast and crew members were sent home this week due to a coronavirus scare on the Los Angeles set of “Bullet Train,” the upcoming Brad Pitt action-thriller.

The move was made after an asymptomatic crew person tested positive for COVID-19. In accordance with union protocol and out of an abundance of caution, the handful of cast and crew who had contact with the crew member went home and continued to be tested. Pitt was one of the cast members who had been in contact with the crew member.

However, there have been no additional positive test results at this point, insiders say. A source confirmed that Pitt has tested negative multiple times and was one of the members of the group who was sent home. Production on the film is continuing uninterrupted.

A spokesperson for Pitt declined to comment.

“Bullet Train” is directed by David Leitch, who oversaw “John Wick” and “Atomic Blonde.” Its cast includes Joey King, Andrew Koji, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Zazie Beetz, Lady Gaga, Michael Shannon and Logan Lerman. The film centers on five assassins who find themselves on a Japanese bullet train.

Hollywood has spent a great deal of money developing safety protocols with an eye towards resuming shooting on movies and television shows during the pandemic. However, it has been difficult to keep sets entirely free from COVID-19. Major studio productions such as “The Batman” shut down after its star Robert Pattinson tested positive and lower budget movies such as Netflix’s “The Harder They Fall” with Idris Elba also had a COVID-19 related shutdown.

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Joey King reveals The Kissing Booth 3 is premiering summer 2021

Kissing Booth fans are winning big on Sunday — the franchise’s star, Joey King, nabbed Comedy Movie Star of 2020 at the 2020 People’s Choice Awards tonight, and during her acceptance speech, she revealed that The Kissing Booth 3 will be out in summer 2021.

The second film in the popular rom-com series, which also starred Jacob Elordi, premiered this July on Netflix. It was shot at the same time as its sequel in South Africa, which meant the cast and crew were mostly unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic that’s shut down or delayed much of Hollywood.

King previously revealed The Kissing Booth would be coming next year in a special fan event for the streamer, along with the fact that the entire cast would be returning for the third movie. The occasion was also attended by King’s costars Joel Courtney, Elordi, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Taylor Zakhar Perez, Meganne Young, and director Vince Marcello.

The Kissing Booth films are based on the self-published Beth Reekles novels that follow the life of high school student Elle Evans (King). In the first two installments, she meets, falls for, and dates high school jock Noah (Elordi). The third installment tackles Elle’s challenges in deciding where she will attend college. She’s been accepted to both Harvard — the same school Noah will attend — and Berkeley, where BFF Lee (Young) has matriculated. Where will she go?

In a sneak peek from the third movie that Netflix released in July, Elle hangs up a call from the Harvard Admissions Office (becoming probably the first person in history to do so) while lounging at the pool with Noah and her friends.

At the People’s Choice Awards on Sunday, Jennifer Lopez took home the People’s Icon Award, while other top honors went to Tiffany Haddish in Like A Boss for Female Movie Star of 2020 and Grey’s Anatomy for the Show of 2020.

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20th Century Studios & Hulu Land Joey King-Attached Spec ‘The Princess’

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Studios has acquired The Princess, a spec script By Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton that has The Kissing Booth‘s Joey King attached to star. They’ll make it for Hulu and while the logline is being kept under wraps, spec is described as Rapunzel meets The Raid.

Pic will be Produced by Original Film’s Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe and Derek Kolstad (John Wick). King will be exec producer with Lustig and Thornton co-producing.

If the allusion to The Raid throws you, consider that King is moving from star/exec producer of the Netflix phenomenon The Kissing Booth to being cast opposite Brad Pitt in the action-thriller Bullet Train for Sony Pictures. She was Emmy-nominated for playing Gypsy Rose Blanchard in Hulu limited series The Act, and recently became the youngest person to make a first look deal to produce series for the streaming service. King will be executive producer and star of Netflix’s film adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s best-selling-dystopian fantasy novel Uglies, and she’s attached to star in and produce the Paramount pitch The In Between, and the limited series A Spark Of Light for Sony Pictures TV based on the Jodi Picoult book. She is also set to star opposite Kaitlyn Dever in the live-action comedy series, The Wildest Animals In Griffith Park.

The scribe team broke out with their first spec Winter’s Knight which sold to Sony for 7-figures with director Joachim Ronning. They’ve adapted Night Knights for Sony, Escape Artists and Ian Bryce and on the small screen they adapted House Of The Scorpion for WBTV/CW and The Henson Company and Final Fantasy for Sony Pictures Television.

King is repped by UTA, Industry Entertainment’s Dan Spilo, and Hirsch Wallerstein; Lustig & Thornton are UTA, Circle of Confusion, and Behr Abramson Levy, and Kolstad is APA, Circle of Confusion, and Behr Abramson Levy.

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E! People’s Choice Awards Nominations

Hello everyone! Here’s the list for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards nominees. The annual awards show will broadcast live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, CA Nov. 15 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Jennifer Lopez is set to take home the award ceremony’s Icon of 2020 honor.

THE COMEDY MOVIE OF 2020
1. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
2. Like A Boss
3. The King of Staten Island
4. The Kissing Booth 2
5. The Lovebirds
6. The Wrong Missy
7. To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
8. Bill & Ted Face The Music

THE COMEDY MOVIE STAR OF 2020
1. David Spade – The Wrong Missy
2. Issa Rae – The Lovebirds
3. Joey King – The Kissing Booth 2
4. Keanu Reeves – Bill & Ted Face the Music
5. Noah Centineo – To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You
6. Pete Davidson – The King of Staten Island
7. Salma Hayek – Like A Boss
8. Will Ferrell – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

 

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Joey King To Star And Exec Produce Netflix’s Adaptation of ‘Uglies’ With McG Directing

EXCLUSIVE: Following the success of the romantic comedy The Kissing Booth, Netflix and Joey King have found their next project to collaborate on as King has signed to star in and exec produce an adaptation of Scott Westerfeld’s international bestseller dystopian fantasy novel Uglies. McG, whose recent films all have been for Netflix, has signed on to direct.

The story is set in a world in which a compulsory operation at 16 wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. Sources say King long has been a fan of the series and was aggressive in pursuing the lead role once Netflix acquired rights to the novel.

Krista Vernoff will adapt the script. John Davis and Jordan Davis will produce for Davis Entertainment Company along with Robyn Mesinger for Anonymous Content, Dan Spilo for Industry Entertainment and McG and Mary Viola for their Wonderland banner.

Jamie King and Westerfield will join Joey King as exec producers.

Joey King already has had a big summer after Netflix premiered the sequel to her smash hit romantic comedy, The Kissing Booth, as well as announcing a third film, which already is shot and King returning to star. She is also coming off her Emmy-nominated role of Gypsy in Hulu’s limited series The Act and also will produce series for Hulu after striking a first-look deal with the streaming service. She is the youngest person to strike a deal with a streaming network.

She also signed on to co-star with Brad Pitt in Sony’s Bullet Train.

She is attached to headline and executive produce the limited series, A Spark of Light, by Sony Pictures TV based on the bestselling book by Jodi Piccoult. She also will produce and star in The In Between, written by Marc Klein, for Paramount Players.

This will mark the fourth film McG has directed for the studio having previously helmed The Babysitter, Rim of the World and The Babysitter: Killer Queen.

Vernoff is showrunner and executive producer of ABC’s long-running hit series Grey’s Anatomy, along with its spinoff Station 19, and her new show, Rebel, inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich and starring Katey Sagal, was recently picked up straight to series at ABC.

She is repped by UTA, Coast to Coast Talent Group, Dan Spilo of Industry Entertainment and attorney Howard Fishman. McG is repped by WME, Management 360 and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern. Vernoff is repped by UTA. Westerfield is represented by CAA and Jill Grinberg of Jill Grinberg Literary Management

Source: deadline.com