Coronavirus TV event

If you find yourselves mindlessly flipping through channels on April 18 and see the same exact content pop up on a dozen different channels, don’t worry – the quarantine isn’t affecting your vision. You’ll just be encountering a massive, cross-network coronavirus TV event called One World: Together at Home, which is set to be hosted by late night talk show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert and feature appearances of several high-profile musicians, including Billie Eilish, Elton John, Lizzo, and more. This event is going to be everywhere: not just major television networks, but streaming platforms as well. It sounds like it’ll be practically inescapable. Get the details below.
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Fleabag Live, Disney Broadway and David Harbour

With at least another month of self-quarantine in place as the United States attempts to slow the spread of coronavirus, entertainment companies are doing their part to help people stuck at home pass the time with a variety of content. HBO just opened up a bunch of their premium shows and movies for free, J.K. Rowling created a Harry Potter hub for kids and teachers at home, and a new batch of fun opportunities just became available for your home entertainment pleasure.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge‘s live theater performance of Fleabag, which inspired the Emmy-winning series of the same name, and Disney’s 25th anniversary Broadway benefit concert will both be streamed online to help support a number of charities helping people during the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, David Harbour is getting more personal with fans by offering up a phone number for fans to text in an attempt to connect with people when they need it most. Get the details on all of that below. Read More »

duplass brothers help filmmakers

While major studios have the resources to debut their theatrical releases early on digital and streaming platforms amid the nationwide shutdown of movie theaters due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, indie filmmakers are being left without an audience for their small films. Typically, film festivals give these indie films the exposure they need to build up an audience or critical acclaim.

But with film festivals cancelling left and right, indie films are the ones that suffer the most. However, Jay and Mark Duplass, who got their start in the indie filmmaking world, want to use their clout to support those indie filmmakers whose small films are left without a home.

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all rise coronavirus episode

Television in the time of coronavirus is going to start to look drastically different. While many TV and film productions across the world have shut down out of abundance of caution for the spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some shows have forged ahead. Most of those ongoing productions are animated shows, with most of the moving parts of animated series (voice acting, animation, etc.) allowing staff and actors to complete their work virtually.

But live-action TV and movies are a different story, with actors and crew only able to shoot in close quarters for extended periods of time. However, the CBS drama All Rise is finding a way to navigate around that, with a virtually produced episode that will be shot entirely from home. The episode will, fittingly, be about coronavirus.

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Knott's Berry Farm Annual Passes

Like all theme parks across the United States, Knott’s Berry Farm is currently closed due to the efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. It’s undoubtedly a necessary precaution, but it does short change those customers who purchased annual passes for 2020. Thankfully, Knott’s Berry Farm is going the extra mile to make sure their annual passholders don’t get screwed by what will likely be several months of closure. The 2020 Knott’s Berry Farm annual pass is being extended through 2021. Read More »

Movie Theaters Reopen

Movie theaters across the United States are shut down as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the country. Once we’re done battling this virus, some movie theaters may not be there to meet us on the other side. With an unclear window for when movie theaters will reopen, some of them simply can’t afford to be without a revenue stream for a few months. But the good news is, for those theaters who are able to survive, they’ll be met with open arms by moviegoers again.

A new poll conducted by analytics company EDO asked 6,800 participants whether or not they were likely to return to movie theaters whenever they’re back open for business. The good news is that 70% of those polled said they were likely to head back to movie theaters, and out of that group, 45% of them said they were “highly likely” to get back in front of the big screen. But for others, it won’t be such a quick turnaround. Read More »

adam sandler quarantine song

When he’s not getting snubbed for an Oscar, Adam Sandler can always be relied on to whip out a funny musical ditty that will lighten our moods during the most trying of times. And these are indeed trying times. During an appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s at-home edition of The Tonight Show, the actor and comedian debuted a quarantine song that paid tribute to the doctors and nurses on the frontlines of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and asked us listeners to appreciate the hard work they do. And when the Sandman tells you something, you listen.

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disneyland flex passport

With Walt Disney World and Disneyland indefinitely closed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Disney Parks Annual Passholders were left with the question of what would happen to their monthly payments. And now with the Walt Disney Company taking serious measures to combat the effects of the coronavirus crisis in the longterm, with its recent furlough of staffers, Disney Parks has finally given the answer by halting Disney Parks Annual Passholder payments for Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

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disney furlough

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brings the entertainment industry to a complete standstill, the Walt Disney Company will begin furloughing employees “whose jobs aren’t necessary at this time” this month. The affected staffers will still receive “full health care benefits, plus the cost of employee and company premiums will be paid by Disney,” the company said.

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arthouse relief fund

The federal government’s recently-passed $2 trillion economic stimulus includes a $454 billion loan guarantee fund for businesses struggling from the economic blowback of the coronavirus, including movie theaters, which are facing a challenge like never before in the history of Hollywood. But it’s still unclear to me exactly what the timing will be on how the distribution of those funds will play out, and which theaters might be left standing when this pandemic eventually ends.

Today, the Criterion Collection and Janus Films have teamed up to start an arthouse relief fund for independent cinemas in the hopes that more than 150 theaters across the country will be able to pay their essential bills, including “payroll, insurance, rent, non deferrable loans, utilities, fundraising, and mortgages,” until we get through this period. Get the details below. Read More »