Welcome to MovieMaker’s Movie News Roundup, which we assume you’re reading in search of a distraction. We’ll do our best. Today: Box office is way down, because of course it is; a list of inspirational films to watch now that aren’t hokey and lame; Westworld is back; and Tom Hanks: still cool. Also, you may want to do some social distancing from social media.
12 Inspirational Movies That Aren’t Fake and Annoying: From Dunkirk to Glory to All the President’s Men to Queen of Katwe, here are some movies that will remind you that there’s nothing we can’t get overcome, without being cloying and dopey about it.
Box Office Hits 20-Year-Low Because of Course It Has: Perhaps they just aren’t making movies like they used to? Maybe audiences are turned off by all the godlessness and crude profanity? What? You say it’s something else? Let’s see what Variety has to say.
Theaters Closing: Theaters are closed in 32 international markets and are shutting down in the U.S. as well, The Hollywood Reporter says. This is the only responsible step given the CDC’s call for us to halt gatherings of 50 people or more. For the layperson who doesn’t write for an impressive industry trade, “markets” are also sometimes known as “countries.”
Westworld‘s Big Prediction: You know things are weird when HBO’s robots-are-taking-over show Westworld feels optimistic. Westworld co-creator Jonathan Nolan tells THR one thing you can take to the bank: The future will have self-driving cars. Also, while you’re at the bank, see if they’ll let you exchange all your money for hand sanitizer. Just kidding: Don’t dare go to the bank.
Hanks Thanks: “Thanks to the Helpers. Let’s take care of ourselves and each other. Hanx,” Tom Hanks tweeted from his Australian quarantine with wife Rita Wilson. It’s a reference to Mister Rogers, who Hanks earned an Oscar nomination for playing in last year’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Rogers, who died in 2003, used to share some advice his mother gave him in scary times. “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping. To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
A Note About Sourcing: This Movie News Roundup is one of the less-important things on the internet, but you’ll notice that even when sharing mere movie news, we always include links so you can see the sources of everything we’re saying. If you’re seeing people on social media sharing “rumors,” texts from imaginary relatives, or whomever, with no citation and no link to a reputable source, practice some social distancing. Let’s band together and agree that if it doesn’t have a source, we ignore it. Maybe some terrible clickbait-driven, fear-monger hacks will be forced to change their ways. If not, they’ll be the first ones we turn into soylent green.