(TMZ) — The coronavirus is slowing just about every industry due to increased fears of a worldwide outbreak, but foreign moviemakers are pushing ahead in America … full steam.
TMZ spoke with multiple film commission offices, from coast-to-coast in the U.S., and all were on the same page about how they’re handling overseas productions/companies from countries like China and S. Korea. Despite hot zones in both places — and others in Europe and the Middle East — we were told it’s no problemo for any of them to shoot on American soil.
We asked the L.A., NYC and New Orleans offices if coronavirus is making ’em think twice about issuing permits to some of these companies and/or films, and they all said they haven’t changed policies. At least, not yet.
Worth noting, Georgia is home to countless film productions too — and we’ve reached out to its Department of Economic Development, but haven’t heard back.
Jennifer Hudson In Character For Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’
MANHATTAN (TMZ) — What you want? Baby, Jennifer Hudson ‘s got it … especially if you’re looking for someone to nail the role of Aretha Franklin !!!
Jennifer and Forest Whitaker were filming the upcoming biopic — aptly titled “Respect” — Friday in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park. Props to the wardrobe and hair department too … ’cause Jennifer’s got the Queen of Soul down pat.
Forest is playing the role of Aretha’s father, C.L. Franklin, a Baptist minister and civil rights activist also known as the man with the “Million-Dollar Voice.” As you know … Jennifer was reportedly hand-picked for this role by Aretha before she died in 2018. Seeing the Oscar winner on set … we gotta say, Franklin couldn’t have chosen better.
Bottom line … Jennifer ain’t gonna do you wrong when “Respect” hits theaters this summer.
Behind the Scenes With Ozzy Osbourne on Under The Graveyard Video Shoot
WEST HOLLYWOOD (Louder) –Ozzy chats to Jack Kilmer on the set of the Under The Graveyard video shoot Last week, Ozzy Osbourne released a video for his track Under The Graveyard.
The video is set in West Hollywood in 1979 and stars Jack Kilmer as Ozzy and Jessica Barden as the vocalist’s wife and manager Sharon and looked back the former Black Sabbath frontman’s past troubles with drink and drugs.
Now Ozzy has shared a behind-the-scenes video showing how the Jonas Akerlund-directed promo was created.
In the clip, Kilmer can be seen chatting with Ozzy, with the actor saying: “I’m here because of Jonas and because no one does rock’n’roll better than Ozzy.”Barden adds: “Sharon went on a talk show and said she wanted me to play her – and then Jonas said he […]
Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper Unite for a ‘Golden Girls’ Update for Netflix
LOS ANGELES (Queerty) — Jane Lynch has confirmed she has teamed up with singer Cyndi Lauper to develop a new comedy series for Netflix.
The former Glee star was speaking to press at the Creative Arts Emmys on Sunday. At the ceremony, Lynch won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series for her role in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Lynch said the forthcoming project would be a, “kind of a ‘ Golden Girls ’ for today.”
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