James Corden says he almost played Brendan Fraser’s part in The Whale; Jeremy Renner is in critical but stable condition; Avatar: The Way of Water crosses the $1.4 billion mark at the global box office. All in today’s Movie News Rundown.
Golden Globes Presenters: Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Quentin Tarantino, and Tracy Morgan are among the first presenters announced for this year’s Golden Globes, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced this morning. Other presenters announced so far include Ana Gasteyer, Billy Porter, Colman Domingo, Michaela Jaé Rodriguez, Natasha Lyonne, Nicole Byer, and Niecy Nash-Betts. Jerrod Carmichael will serve as host for the 80th Golden Globes, which will air next Tuesday on NBC and Peacock.
Jeremy Renner: The Hawkeye actor is recovering from surgery after suffering “blunt chest trauma and orthopedic injuries” in his snow-plowing accident on New Year’s Day in Nevada, his publicist Sam Mast told CNN. As of Monday evening, Renner was in the intensive care unit in “critical but stable condition,” Mast said. He also said Renner, 51, “is receiving excellent care” and that his family is with him.
Support From Marvel Friends: Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn showed his support for Renner on Twitter, writing, “My heart is with @JeremyRenner.” The Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo also showed support for his fellow Marvel actor, writing on Instagram, “Prayers up for our brother @Jeremy Renner on a full and speedy recovery. Please send healing goodness his way.”
Avatar Box Office: Avatar: The Way of Water has reached $1.4 billion at the global box office as of Monday, according to Variety, and it’s only been a little over two weeks since it opened on Dec. 16. The James Cameron film generated $86.3 million in revenue this past past four-day weekend, and has grossed $444.4 million just in North America.
R.I.P. Catherine Cyran: The director of several TV Christmas movies including Christmas Do-Over and A Christmas Duet died on Christmas Eve, according to Deadline. She was 59. Cyran also directed The Prince & Me II: The Royal Wedding, A Cry in the Wild, and Slumber Party Massacre III. A graduate of both Harvard and Stanford Business School, Cyran broke through in 1993 with White Wolves: A Cry in the Wild II, which earned her a Daytime Emmy nomination. Her last movie was Our Italian Christmas Memories featuring Beau Bridges, which aired on Hallmark in November.
James Corden Was Almost in The Whale: That’s right. James Corden told Deadline’s Peter Hammond that he was originally attached to play Brendan Fraser’s role in The Whale when Tom Ford was attached as director. That all fell apart when Ford left, and there was a brief moment when George Clooney was involved, but ultimately the project landed with director Darren Aronofsky, who confirmed what Corden said. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I can’t imagine James Corden, or anyone else, playing Charlie except for Brendan Fraser.
White Noise‘s Supermarket: If you’ve seen Noah Baumbach’s White Noise on Netflix, you’ll most certainly remember the supermarket from the ’80s music video scene during the end credits. Production designer Jess Gonchor told IndieWire that he was inspired by a Rubik’s Cube. “It’s clearly the heartbeat and the nucleus of Blacksmith. It’s where everybody goes to shop. It’s where everybody goes to see what people are wearing, see what people are doing, get information about the town,” he said. “I knew it had to be big and bold and graphic and sort of like riffing on the Rubick’s Cube, which was like the biggest thing in the 1980s. [I even] overcranked it somewhat. The colors of the store and the products and all the advertising and everything hit the highest note of the movie.”
Main Image: Jeremy Renner