Dune is definitely coming out on HBO Max: Release date, price, part 2?

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Is dune on HBO Max?

Dune will be in theaters and on HBO Max, only on the Ad-Free plan streaming in the US for 31 days from its theatrical release. CNETDune is definitely coming out on HBO Max: Release date, price, part 2?

Novak Djokovic looks to fend off the surging Jenson Brooksby as a slew of crowd favorites clash in the round of 16.

How to watch: From 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN2; and streaming on the ESPN app. In Canada on TSN from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and streaming on TSN.ca and the TSN app.

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Belinda Bencic, who won gold in women’s singles at the Tokyo Olympics, reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open in 2019 and is two wins away from returning this year. Bencic, a hardcourt specialist seeded 11th, has lost only 18 games across three rounds of play as her flat baseline shots have caused difficulties for her opponents.

Iga Swiatek, the seventh seed, is the only woman to reach the second week of each Grand Slam event in 2021, but she did not make it past the quarterfinals at any of the first three. Against Bencic, Swiatek will have to use crafty shots to try to unsettle Bencic’s rhythm on longer rallies.

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Bianca Andreescu won the 2019 U.S. Open but sustained a knee injury at the end of that year, stymying her development as she took 15 months off, returning at the 2021 Australian Open. After losing in the first round on both the French Open’s clay and Wimbledon’s grass, Andreescu, the sixth seed, has looked more at home on the hard courts of Flushing Meadows.

Maria Sakkari, the 17th seed, reached her first major semifinal at this year’s French Open and has moved into the round of 16 at the U.S. Open without dropping a set. After this run, she will move into the top 15 in the world rankings for the first time and with a few more wins, she could even reach the top 10, a first for a Greek woman.

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Novak Djokovic, the first seed, has not looked as indefatigable as usual during the U.S. Open. Although he has won each of his three matches in four sets, there have been moments of lethargy that point to some issues with Djokovic’s form as he chases a calendar Grand Slam.

Jenson Brooksby, a 20-year-old American who entered the main draw through a wild card, upset the 21st-seeded Aslan Karatsev in five sets on Saturday. Brooksby has a strangely stylized game, with a shortened service motion and a massive backswing on the forehand that beguiles opponents. He’ll test that style against the best returner in modern tennis.

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Oscar Otte, a qualifier, had never moved past the second round of a major tournament until this week, starting his run in the main draw by upsetting the 20th-seeded Lorenzo Sonego in the first round. He will come up against a much stronger opponent, the sixth-seeded Matteo Berrettini of Italy. Berrettini’s breakout performance came at the U.S. Open in 2019, and he seems most at home among the raucous crowds of New York City. His strong serve and brutalist style of play is well suited to faster surfaces, and Otte will be pushed to play more defensively.

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Shelby Rogers had lost to Ashleigh Barty, the world No. 1, all four times they’d played in 2021. On Saturday night, she fought from two breaks down in the third set to win in the tiebreaker, motivated by a crowd that swelled in anticipation after any mistake that Barty made. She will face Emma Raducanu, an 18-year-old Briton, in an attempt to reach her second consecutive U.S. Open quarterfinal. Raducanu blitzed past Sara Sorribes Tormo in the third round, losing only one game in 70 minutes. Raducanu’s second appearance in a major tournament has resulted in yet another visit to the round of 16, and she is in good form to attempt to make a deeper push.

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Dune Part 2: Denis Villeneuve Ready To Shoot Sequel in 2022 if Given the Greenlight - IGN

Vogue 06 September, 2021 - 11:10am

IGN's Jim Vejvoda recently attended a roundtable interview with Villeneuve, in which the director expressed confidence in bringing Dune Part 2 to the screen "as soon as possible" if the project is given the approval it needs to move out of the starting blocks, though he stressed that he wouldn't compromise on quality in order to get Part 2 made quickly.

"I would be very ready to go quite quickly," Villeneuve confirmed before setting out plans for production. "To go quickly in a movie of that size, you still need to make sets, costumes, so we are talking about months. But if ever there's enthusiasm and the movie is greenlit sooner than later, I will say that I will be ready to shoot in 2022 for sure.

Villeneuve previously discussed his plans to split the first novel in Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi series into two movies, and then adapt Herbert's 1969 sequel novel Dune Messiah for a potential third movie. During the roundtable, the filmmaker teased the possible expansion of Dune's world for Part 2, now that the groundwork has been laid in the first installment.

"I will say, listen, the tough task here was to introduce you guys to the world, the audience to this world, to the codes, to the culture, the different families, the different planets," Villeneuve explained, touching on Dune's complex narrative. "Once this is done, it becomes an insane playground. It will allow me to go berserk."

Villeneuve called Part 1 an "appetizer," served to establish the story and increase anticipation for what could potentially follow in Part 2, which he referred to as the "main meal" that will add so much more to the proverbial plate. He said he felt "even more excited" at the prospect of getting to work on the sequel despite the first movie being his most personal project so far.

Although Part 2 hasn't been officially greenlit, Villeneuve has already expressed heaps of optimism for the second part of his Dune duology. He's also revealed that Zendaya's Chani would emerge as the female protagonist of the adaptation's next installment alongside Timothée Chalamet's Paul Atreides who would remain the central focus of the follow-up.

As it currently stands, however, Dune Part 1 is set to simultaneously release in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22. The movie had its world premiere at the 78th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, and the first reviews for the star-studded sci-fi epic have started to emerge. Read IGN's thoughts on Dune by clicking here.

Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

Why Dune Was Always Destined To Be A Divisive Movie

Screen Rant 06 September, 2021 - 10:20am

Dune has occupied an interesting place as one of the most anticipated films in 2021 for a variety of reasons. The cast and crew are all at the top of their game and the property promises the kind of big epic sci-fi storytelling audiences love, but the delays due to COVID-19 and divisive comments of director Denis Villeneuve about streaming vs the theatrical experience have overshadowed what may have otherwise been a much more positive marketing cycle in the final stretch to for the movie's release.

After the first batch of reviews, they're almost all positive, with an 85% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and the handful of negative reviews all mention things that should have been expected hangups from a portion of the audience all along. The combination of Denis Villeneuve and Frank Herbert's original source material are a pretty big indicator of the type of movie Dune is, and that's a movie that doesn't necessarily resonate with everyone.

This isn't inherently a problem, as movies don't all have to appeal to everyone, but as seen with Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049, this artistic approach to big-budget movies doesn't always yield massive box office hauls, which is especially an issue in the post-pandemic box office landscape, especially when Dune is only half the story and a sequel rides on the performance of this first installment. Ultimately, a few bad reviews aren't going to hurt Dune, but the movie still needs a box office miracle when it arrives in theaters.

Dune remake receives divisive first reviews

digitalspy.com 06 September, 2021 - 09:21am

It'll finally worm its way into cinemas next month.

Dune crash-landed at the Venice Film Festival last week, which means we now have a stack of first reviews to digest.

Arguably 2021's most mouthwatering cinematic release, this sci-fi remake is directed by Arrival and Prisoners genius Denis Villeneuve, who's managed to lasso the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård and Dave Bautista for his journey to Arrakis.

That's the planet Arrakis, by the way, which becomes the new home of House Atreides in the story – a scorching desert landscape known for its 'spice melange', the natural resource mined specifically in aid of interstellar travel and guarded by monolithic sandworms.

"There's a lot to admire in Dune: Part One, especially in terms of the impressive world-building and the excellent cast. However, you're left thinking about how good the second part will be, rather than being totally fulfilled with this movie. Let's hope this isn't our only visit to Arrakis."

"Good heavens, what a film. The drama is played out with relish by an ensemble cast (Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa) and Villeneuve is confident enough to let the temperature slowly build before the big operatic set-pieces eventually break cover. He has constructed an entire world for us here, thick with myth and mystery, stripped of narrative signposts or even much in the way of handy exposition.

"The spice melange is a psychotropic substance that floats across the surface of planet Arrakis like puffs of dandelions. This seems right since Denis Villeneuve's interpretation of that world in Dune is similarly all-enveloping for any who lay eyes on it.

"The film is, indeed, very heavy on atmosphere and self-importance. And with its ponderous amount of characters and plot threads, it will undoubtedly overwhelm more than a few viewers. Much like the source material, this desert is dripping in high-minded pretensions. Villeneuve attempts to offset that with a lot more expository handholding than his previous sci-fi epics, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, which bordered on tone poems. But that mostly makes the first act particularly top-heavy and perhaps clear to a fault. There’s a lot more prose here, yet I wonder if Villeneuve and his studio should’ve simply fully embraced the director’s abstract poetry."

"Villeneuve presents this tale as an unapologetically poker-faced futuristic parable. There are characters with names like Duncan Idaho (who happens to be played, charmingly, by Jason Momoa), and everyone is waiting for someone known as the Kwisatz Haderach to show up. Villeneuve lays it out before us without smirking or winking; his go-for-broke earnestness feels honest and clean. And the effects, while lavish, also have a tasteful, polished quality.

"The sandworm is the stuff of nightmares, but Villeneuve's vision of it has a shivery elegance. Dune is sluggish in places—my eyes glazed over during one or two or maybe three of the battle scenes—but Villeneuve's conviction counts for a lot."

"This is blockbuster filmmaking in the Christopher Nolan mould — smart, propulsive, and really big. But more than any one Nolan film in particular, Dune feels most reminiscent of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. Like Fellowship, it's merely the opening part of a story, but manages to feel like a masterwork in its own right.

"Dune is a complicated book. It's also a complicated film. There's a real question as to why the Fremen – whose language, dress, and culture are so directly inspired by the nomadic, Arabic Bedouin tribes – don't feature any Middle Eastern and North African (Mena) actors in speaking roles, their leader instead played by Javier Bardem in a shemagh-inspired headscarf.

Rebecca Ferguson Compares Mission Impossible 7 & Dune Fighting Scenes

Screen Rant 06 September, 2021 - 06:37am

Ferguson is perhaps best known for playing the fearsome British spy Ilsa Faust alongside Tom Cruise’s Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible films. In Dune, she plays another strong, action-savvy character, Lady Jessica, who is the mother of the protagonist Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet). In the novel, Lady Jessica is a supporting character, but Villeneuve has expanded Ferguson’s role into that of a warrior priestess. In the upcoming film, she is as much a mother as she is a trainer who molds Paul into a deadly weapon. However, while she is violent, Lady Jessica’s tactics are much different than those of Ilsa Faust.

In a recent interview with EW, Ferguson spoke about her experience filming Dune and the Mission: Impossible films. The actress discussed what is was like to be on the set of two high-budget action blockbusters and the differences between the "amazing" action sequences of both films. She compared fighting on Arrakis to fighting on Earth as a secret agent, saying they operate "at different levels." Read what she had to say below:

"I love the fighting we do in Mission ... It's hard, it's beautiful, it's amazing to do, but it's really choreographed. The fighting in Dune is for necessity. It's not an elongated fighting sequence; it's a quick disarm to prove your point or prove your power. So everything is at such different levels than what I'm used to."

After numerous COVID-19-related delays, Dune is set to release in theaters and on HBO Max in October. The film isn't the only action-packed blockbuster that Ferguson is involved in, however. She also recently wrapped filming on Mission: Impossible 7, which is scheduled to release next year, and she’ll also appear in Mission: Impossible 8 when it hits theaters in 2023. Right now, Ferguson can be seen playing a very different kind of femme fatale in Reminiscence opposite Hugh Jackman. This line-up of action flicks speaks to Ferguson's impressive acting range and choreography skills, which will no doubt be on full display when Dune finally hits screens on October 21.

Source: EW

'Dune' Receives Eight-Minute Standing Ovation at Venice Film Festival Premiere

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Amongst those who was in the audience was Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao who, according to The Hollywood Reporter, immediately sprung from her chair and rushed towards Villeneuve to give him a congratulatory hug during the standing ovation. In one impactful word, Zhao called the film “fantastic,” echoing the sentiments of most in the audience that night.

A cascade of bravos were directed at the cast and director as the crowd roared on for nearly ten minutes. The film became the talk of the town almost immediately as many praised how well the story was brought to life. Timothée Chalamet played the protagonist Paul Atreides and was accompanied by fellow stars, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Dave Bautista and many more. Villeneuve’s adaptation of the film splits Dune into two parts. There has yet to be a green light on the second Dune film, though being that the current one is so well-received, it is likely going to be a matter of time for the sequel film to be underway.

Dune arrives in theaters and on HBO Max on October 22.

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