At this point, I think I’ve written approximately 700 stories about COVID-19/coronavirus, and I wish I could say I had some good news to offer on this subject for a change. But I don’t. Instead, I’m here to tell you that things that had already re-opened are now shutting down again. So it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut once said. As the coronavirus continues to spike across the globe (primarily because selfish jackasses refuse to wear masks), movie theaters in both California and Hong Kong are forced to shut down yet again.
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AMC Theatres has been the theater chain struggling the most with the closure of movie theaters due to the coronavirus pandemic. The chain suffered a roughly $2.2 billion quarterly loss, and there has been doubt that the company would be able to survive, even if theaters were allowed to open this summer. Since that’s seeming less likely as COVID-19 cases are on the rise again in many parts of the United States, how will the chain survive? Apparently they’ve reached yet another new debt agreement that will keep them afloat through 2021. Read More »
Everyone, please wear a mask when you go out into the world. I know it’s inconvenient. I know you’d rather not. But it’s just common sense. And more than that, it’s necessary. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Instead, listen to America’s dad, Tom Hanks. Hanks was one of the first prominent figures to catch the coronavirus, and he’s fed-up with people shunning masks. And if the guy who played Sully isn’t enough to convince you, maybe you’ll listen to Bill Nye. He’s a science guy, after all.
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Things aren’t looking too good for Quibi. The short-form streaming service launched back in April, right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. That wasn’t good for a content provider that was hoping to give commuters movies and shows to watch in bite-sized chunks, especially when the programming was made specifically for consumption on mobile devices and wasn’t able to be played on televisions. Now that that the three-month free trial period for Quibi users has ended, the service has reportedly lost over 90% of their initial subscriber base. Yikes. Read More »
Today in “We’re probably all doomed” news: movie theater giants AMC, Regal, and Cinemark are taking the state of New Jersey to court, claiming a First Amendment right to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. You know – that deadly pandemic that appears to be getting worse, and not better? Yeah, that one. Theater owners claim that if churches are now allowed to reopen in NJ again, movie theaters should be granted the same consideration.
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Even though the 2020 Cannes Film Festival had to be canceled earlier this year due to the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, some film festivals slated for later this year are still on track to happen, albeit with some changes. The 2020 Venice Film Festival will be joining the likes of the Toronto International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival by marching onward in early September, however, this year will have a reduced selection of films, shifts for certain sections, and new outdoor venues. Read More »
Over the weekend, it seemed like everybody and their mother was watching the Broadway sensation Hamilton on Disney+. Since getting tickets to the historical hip-hop musical was extremely hard even before stage shows were shut down due the coronavirus pandemic, millions of people were anxious to see the show for the first time. The result was Disney+ being downloaded 513,323 times around the world over the holiday weekend. Read More »
Blockbuster movies and TV shows are slowly resuming filming overseas. Major Hollywood productions in the United Kingdom and New Zealand are starting to grind back to life, with Mission: Impossible 7 and The Batman among several big productions that are restarting in the U.K., while Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings TV series and Netflix’s Cowboy Bebop are heading back to New Zealand.
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While many areas of the United States are dealing with a severe rise in COVID-19 cases, much of the rest of the world has squashed the spread of the coronavirus pandemic rather successfully. As they’ve reopened businesses, people around the world have been responsible about wearing masks and social distancing, and that means film and TV production is in the process of starting again. While Disney already has Avatar 2 back to work in New Zealand, Marvel Studios is looking to turn on the Hollywood machine again in Australia.
Disney and Marvel are looking at resuming production on Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings sometime later this month at Fox Studios in Sydney. But as with most plans Hollywood has right now, nothing is set in stone. Read More »
AMC Theatres and Regal both found themselves reversing course on face masks in recent weeks, following outcry about their initial lax reopening policies. Now Cinemark is following in the footsteps of its fellow big movie theater chains. Cinemark will now require all guests to wear face masks throughout its theaters when the exhibitor begins its phased reopening starting July 24.
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