future of theaters

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has gone on for nearly a year now, and movie theaters and exhibition chains have been closed for almost as long. And though everything has been spelling doom for theaters since Day 1 of the pandemic, many have managed to stick around — while the same discussion over their survival is made over and over again. The latest filmmakers to chime in on the future of theaters are Paul Greengrass and Ang Lee, both of whom have wildly differing perspectives on whether exhibition as we know it can survive.

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uk travel restrictions

The United Kingdom removed film and television workers from the country’s COVID-inspired travel exemption list today, meaning that anyone who travels to the UK from an outside nation will need to quarantine for 10 days or pay for a private test which could shorten that isolation period to five days. Either way, it sounds like it just got more expensive for Hollywood productions to send international employees into the UK to work. Read More »

los angeles productions

The show won’t go on in Los Angeles, where film and TV productions have come to a standstill amid a massive surge in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and deaths. Film and TV productions have been exempt from coronavirus restrictions since the stay-at-home order was instituted in early December, but as cases in Los Angeles County surpassed 800,000 this past weekend, Hollywood productions have come to a screeching halt.

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Movie and TV Productions Halted

Over the holiday weekend, the Los Angeles County Health Department requested that film, television, and music productions consider pausing work for a few weeks to avoid increasing the spread of COVID-19 as the pandemic surges again in California. In response, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) has confirmed that most film and television productions are extending their traditional holiday hiatus into mid-January or later. Read More »

Hollywood Pandemic Update

Thanks to the holidays and a disregard for proper quarantining, COVID-19 cases are still surging across the United States. One of the hardest-hit states during the coronavirus pandemic continues to be California, which officially became the first state to surpass 2 million COVID-19 cases on December 23. That’s why the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is urging film, television, and music productions to consider pausing their work for a few weeks in order to reduce risk and possible spread.

Meanwhile, despite the surging of cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, where there’s also a new fast-spreading strain of the virus, Mission: Impossible 7 is resuming production in a new studio location after a little holiday break. Read More »

covid relief bill

After weeks of negotiations on a stimulus bill, Congress announced a compromise on a COVID-19 relief bill which, if passed and signed by President Trump, will provide $15 billion in financial support to movie theaters and live event venues. It could be the boost that struggling movie theaters need as many markets remain closed nearly nine months into the coronavirus pandemic, and as industry-shattering decisions push theatrical releases to streaming.

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stimulus package for movie theaters

Movie theaters in the United States are in trouble right now. Many remain closed due to the coronavirus, and the theaters that are able to remain open don’t have much to offer. On top of that, the recent decision by Warner Bros. to drop all of their 2021 movies on HBO Max the same day as theaters is bound to cause more problems for exhibitors. But there could be a glimmer of hope on the horizon. Negotiations on a stimulus bill started up in Congress again this week, and part of that stimulus includes proposals for $15 billion for movie theaters.

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Judd Apatow pandemic comedy

The United States is in the midst of a massive third wave of the coronavirus pandemic just as the holiday season begins to ramp up, and even with some promising recent developments about potential vaccines, one thing remains certain: COVID will be with us for a while longer yet. Not only in our day-to-day existence, but also in the movies we consume.

Case in point: a new report says that Judd Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) has found his next directing project, and it will be a comedy film set during the pandemic. He’s making it at Netflix, which is the first time he’ll be directing a film for that streaming platform. Get some more details below.
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theater bankruptcy

2020 has been a rough year for a myriad number of reasons. But as a site that keeps our eyes on the realm of film and television, it’s been especially heartbreaking to see the theatrical moviegoing experience come to a screeching halt while our current government refuses to help out with further stimulus packages.

Now the head of the National Association of Theatre Owners says that as many as 70% of small and mid-sized cinemas could end up going bankrupt by January 2021, which is only two months away.
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production budgets

We’ve spent the last eight months writing about how the coronavirus pandemic has affected Hollywood, and how it will have lasting effects across the entire entertainment industry. Now Jason Blum, one of the town’s most successful producers, has applied a numeric value to the extra costs that are being added to making movies because of the ongoing pandemic. In his words, “it ain’t cheap.”
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