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Movie Theater Owners Won’t Oppose Requiring Proof of Vaccination (Exclusive)

When New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced Aug. 3 that proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required for indoor activities — including movie theaters — cinema owners remained silent. Behind the scenes, the National Association of Theatre Owners began consulting with its members. An alarming surge in cases in many parts of […]

How ‘The Suicide Squad’ Villain Starro Helped Inspire the Marvel Universe

Movie audiences watching The Suicide Squad might be forgiven for thinking that the creature at the heart of Project Starfish is something so ridiculous that it had to come — in the words of the movie’s promotion — “from the horribly beautiful mind of James Gunn.” The reality is, however, that Starro has been part […]

Box Office: ‘The Suicide Squad’ Struggles in Opening With $12.2M Friday

Warner Bros. and DC’s The Suicide Squad opened to $12.2 million on Friday from 4,002 North American theaters amid challenges posed by the delta variant and a hybrid theatrical-home launch. That puts the tentpole on course to debut to a less-than-expected $27 million at the domestic box office. James Gunn directed the standalone sequel about […]

The Comics Behind ‘The Suicide Squad’ Post-Credits Scenes

[This story contains spoilers for The Suicide Squad.] It’s difficult to say just who the breakout character of James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad; for every fan who falls for Polka-Dot Man, there’ll be someone who just instinctively knows that King Shark is more their speed. (And that’s saying nothing of the creature behind Project Starfish, […]

‘The Suicide Squad’ Star Joel Kinnaman on Rick Flag and Peacemaker’s Key Scene

[The following interview contains spoilers for The Suicide Squad.] A lot has changed since Joel Kinnaman last played Rick Flag in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, but after five long years, the Swedish-American actor is truly savoring his second bite of the apple in James Gunn‘s The Suicide Squad. After all, there was a period of […]

‘The Suicide Squad’ Producer Charles Roven Recalls Pairing David Ayer with Christopher Nolan’s Editor

Charles Roven’s journey in the DC universe has had plenty of triumphs as well as some unexpected turns along the way. The veteran producer worked with Christopher Nolan on the acclaimed The Dark Knight trilogy and with Zack Snyder on his DC films, including Justice League, which presented some of the most unexpected challenges of […]

Hollywood Flashback: James Gunn’s ‘Slither’ Oozed Onto Screens in 2006

The journey to The Suicide Squad, the latest blockbuster from director James Gunn, out Aug. 6, can be traced to a much more modestly budgeted, and surely disgusting, film from 2006. An irreverent homage to gross-out sci-fi horror flicks, Slither was supposed to be a spec script for Gunn, who’d found success in Hollywood as […]

Box Office: ‘The Suicide Squad’ Starts Off With $4.1M in Thursday Previews

Warner Bros. and DC’s The Suicide Squad started off with $4.1 million in Thursday evening shows at the North American box office, a pandemic-era best preview number for an R-rated film. James Gunn directed the standalone sequel about DC’s team of antiheroes featuring a cast led by Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, […]

James Gunn on ‘The Suicide Squad,’ “Grounded” ‘Peacemaker’ and the Day Kevin Feige Came to Set

Three years ago, James Gunn thought his filmmaking career was over, but he very quickly began fielding offers all over town, including one from Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. Emmerich — who works out at the same gym as Gunn’s manager and producer, Peter Safran — would half-jokingly say to Safran, “James […]

Next Big Thing: ‘The Suicide Squad’ Star Daniela Melchior Goes From Regional Fame to Global Reach

In early 2019, Portuguese actress Daniela Melchior flew across the globe for the biggest meeting of her career. Filmmaker James Gunn and producer Peter Safran were in the midst of a global search to cast Ratcatcher II, a comic book character at the heart of The Suicide Squad (in theaters and on HBO Max on […]

Margot Robbie and ‘The Suicide Squad’ Team Reflect on Script “No One Could Pull” Off But James Gunn

After Margot Robbie read the script for The Suicide Squad, she was grateful to know James Gunn would be at the helm. Robbie, who plays Harley Quinn for the third time, has produced projects such as DC’s Birds of Prey and the Oscar-winning Promising Young Woman, so she knows how challenging it is to turn […]

Heat Vision Download: What to Watch, Play, Read in August

Welcome to Heat Vision Download, a monthly column from The Hollywood Reporter looking at upcoming movies, TV shows, books and games in the genre space. Summer is not slowing down with the action or thrills, starting with James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad hitting theaters in early August and Nia DaCosta’s supernatural slasher Candyman bringing the month to […]