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‘Dune,’ ‘Lord of the Rings’ films release delayed due to strike



Warner Bros movie studio has decided to postpone the anticipated “Dune” sequel’s original November release to March due to the ongoing Hollywood actors’ strike, preventing the film’s stars from promotional activities.

This move deals a setback to theatre chains like AMC Entertainment, Cineplex, and Cinemark, striving to recover from the pandemic’s impact. “Dune,” a highlight of the late 2023 lineup, is affected by this decision.

The sequel, “Dune: Part Two,” featuring Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet, will now premiere on March 15, displacing Warner Bros’ “Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire,” which is rescheduled for April 12.

Consequently, an animated “Lord of the Rings” film initially slated for April has been shifted to December.

The sci-fi follow-up, based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, portrays an intergalactic conflict over a valuable resource. The first instalment, released in 2021 amidst the pandemic, garnered $402 million worldwide.

High-profile actors are refraining from promoting their upcoming projects due to the SAG-AFTRA actors union’s participation in the Hollywood writers’ strike since July 14.

This strike has prompted studios to adjust release schedules, lacking celebrities for red carpets and talk shows that contribute to generating excitement.

Sony Pictures also adapted its strategy for “Dumb Money,” a film inspired by the GameStop stock situation, initially slated for a nationwide release on September 22.

The studio now opts for a gradual release approach, beginning with limited screenings in New York and Los Angeles on September 15, followed by a nationwide expansion on October 6.

Despite the mid-year surge from the “Barbenheimer” frenzy around “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer,” this year’s overall movie attendance remains below pre-pandemic levels.

Additional major films for 2023 include Walt Disney’s “The Marvels,” a Lionsgate prequel to “The Hunger Games,” and “Wonka,” another Warner Bros production featuring Chalamet.

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, initiated on May 2, continues to disrupt scripted TV shows’ production and certain movie shoots.

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Trump & Biden prepare for the earliest debate in modern U.S. history



The first debate of the year between President Joe Biden and former president Donald Trump will take place this week in Atlanta.

This debate marks a milestone as the earliest presidential debate in modern U.S. history, and will prove to be a critical event for both candidates.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump are neck-and-neck in national opinion polls, with a considerable slice of the electorate still undecided five months before the Nov. 5 vote. #featured #trending

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Ferrari’s debut high-performance electric vehicle will be priced above $500,000



Ferrari has unveiled details about its inaugural electric car, slated to be priced upwards of $500,000, as first reported by Reuters.

This announcement comes amidst growing global interest and competition in electric vehicles, with Ferrari aiming to blend its iconic design prowess with sustainable technology.

The Italian automaker, renowned for its high-performance sports cars, is expected to maintain its commitment to superior craftsmanship and engineering excellence in its electric offering.

Following the EV announcement, Ferrari also confirmed plans to establish a new manufacturing plant aimed at enhancing production flexibility and significantly reducing car development times.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss the latest in EVs. #featured #trending

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Commercial real estate targeted for producing 40% of global emissions



Commercial real estate contributes significantly to global emissions, with reports suggesting it makes up to 40% of the total – so is there a solution in sight?

Global strategies are setting out to transform this impact by promoting the development of sustainable buildings.

As climate change continues to be a pressing global issue, the commercial real estate sector must pivot towards more eco-friendly solutions.

One of the most impactful actions that can be taken to mitigate the environmental impact of commercial real estate is the implementation of building automation systems.

Louise Monger, Vice President, Digital Buildings of Schneider Electric, joins to share her key insights into the issue. #featured

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