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Lights, camera, action! Movie and TV business is back in action after Covid lockdown


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After months of shutdowns and a pandemic that has devastated the movie and TV industries, Hollywood has vowed that the show must go on.

Blockbuster season may have been a washout this year with several movies delayed as Covid struck.

But audiences are set to benefit from some high-profile movies now back shooting at various locations.

It's goodbye to months of repeats for viewers as the cameras have started rolling on some major TV series, with several delayed or shut down productions now back in action.

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Tom Cruise is filming Mission Impossble in Norway, Venice and Rome

Tom Cruise is filming Mission Impossble in Norway, Venice and Rome

Tom Cruise is filming Mission Impossble in Norway, Venice and Rome

They include some big-name films and series that are currently filming on these shores.

Insurance

Film and TV sets faced the challenge of not only operating safety but getting the insurance that is always needed on a production.

But they have been very resourceful in getting back up and running.

Many cast and crew now go into quarantine for two weeks before production begins and undergo testing for Covid. Only necessary cast and crew are on set and mask wearing and social distancing is adhered to.

The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson and Colin Farrell, has resumed shooting in the UK after production was halted early in the spring.

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Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are in production in New Zealand

Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are in production in New Zealand

Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are in production in New Zealand

Farrell, who has completely altered his appearance and is unrecognisable as villain The Penguin, said he was "ecstatic" to be involved in the movie, which he will be working in on and off until early next year.

This week the Dubliner was filmed in character on a motorbike for an action/chase scene as part of the movie.

Original

"There are certain words that are part of my internal lexicon and those words are Gotham City, Penguin, Joker, Batman, Bruce Wayne, Harvey Dent - all of those things," he said earlier this week.

"I have been watching the Batman films with my kids, but this script is something that feels incredibly original. It leans into it but it doesn't borrow; it's born of the mythology of that character, Bruce Wayne, Batman and Gotham. But it feels like a treatment and a version that I hadn't seen before."

In New Zealand, successful efforts to virtually eliminate Covid meant that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 were among the first major movies to go back into production.

The films, sequels to the second-highest-grossing movie of all time, are being filmed back to back in New Zealand following a production shutdown of over four months.

"It hit us like it hit everybody, it hit us hard," director James Cameron said in an interview this week.

In recent weeks he and his crew returned to New Zealand to film and have now almost completed both movies.

"We're very lucky in that we chose this as our production site years ago. We made the first film here in New Zealand and it turns out to be ranking first or second best country in the world for its Covid response," Cameron added.

Tom Cruise has been spotted filming stunt sequences for the seventh movie in the Mission: Impossible series in Norway, Venice and Rome as production resumed following shutdown.

The movie, which sees Cruise reteam with action director Christopher McQuarrie, has been filming action-packed scenes in several locations and on the Orient Express.

Nurses

A crew of ten Covid employees supported nurses and medics employed to detect early infection and prevention on set.

This week Cruise was spotted leaping from boat to boat while filming an action sequence for the film.

Rebecca Ferguson also returns as the female lead Isla Faust.

In New York, Spider-Man is set to be back bouncing through the skies as the latest comic-book adventure starring Tom Holland prepares to film in the city.

The latest movie, called Serenity Now, started production in the Queens area of the city this week. Jamie Foxx is returning to join Holland's Spidey as Electro.

Irish stars Paul Mescal and Jessie Buckley have joined The Crown star Olivia Colman and 50 Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson in Greece, where they're filming on the island of Spetses.

They're working on an adaptation of hit novel The Lost Daughter, which marks actress Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut.

The movie tells the story of a college professor who leans on a young mother and her family after her own children decide to move abroad.

Tom Hanks was one of the very first stars to reveal he had contracted Covid early in the pandemic.

It led to the shut down of Elvis, his latest movie in Australia, just before filming was due to begin, but that has resumed in recent weeks.

It took six months to get back to filming. Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker in the movie, which stars Austin Butler as the young Elvis Presley.

Privilege

"We're back to, as Elvis liked to say, 'taking care of business!'" said director Baz Luhrmann.

"It is a real privilege in this unprecedented global moment that Tom Hanks has been able to return to Australia to join Austin Butler and all of our extraordinary cast and crew to commence production on Elvis."

Filming has resumed on these shores too, with one of the biggest ever TV shows made here, sci-fi series Foundation for Apple TV, resuming production in Troy Studios in Limerick.

Matt Damon, having spent most of spring on lockdown in Ireland, returned here from the US last month to complete The Last Duel.

The period epic, also starring Adam Driver, Ben Affleck and Jodie Comer, wrapped last weekend.

In Northern Ireland, Nicole Kidman and Willem Dafoe are filming the delayed movie The Northman, a historical thriller.

Ethan Hawke, and pop star Bjork are also among the cast.

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