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Warner Bros. makes a major concession to pandemic viewing habits

It’s sobering, if not heartbreaking, to imagine enjoying such cinematic extravaganzas as “Wonder Woman 1984,” “The Matrix 4,” the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical “In the Heights” and Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated adaptation of “Dune” on anything but the biggest screens. But Warner Bros. realized that the better part of valor was to make them accessible to the widest number of people.

As my movie-obsessed colleague Omari Daniels noted when he heard the news, for movie studios these days, “there are no good or bad decisions — just decisions.” And Warner Bros. made an agonizing but understandable one.

“No one wants films back on the big screen more than we do,” WarnerMedia chair and CEO Ann Sarnoff said upon announcing the new policy. “We know that new content is the lifeblood of theatrical exhibition, but we have to balance this with the reality that most theaters in the U.S. will probably operate

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Billie Eilish Refunds Fans for ‘Where Do We Go?’ World Tour After Postponing Due to Pandemic

Billie Eilish is refunding fans who held tickets for her “WHERE DO WE GO?” World Tour nine months after postponing the concerts because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.



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In a statement shared on Twitter Thursday, the 18-year-old Grammy winner said that her team “tried as many different scenarios as possible for the tour but none are possible and, although i know so many of you want to hold onto your tickets and vip passes, the best thing we can do for everyone is to get the money back into your hands as soon as we can.”

Eillish, who is set to perform next week at iHeart Radio’s virtual Jingle Ball, added that she has missed performing and being on stage this year.

“i love you so much,” she added to fans, encouraging everyone to “stay safe, drink lots of water, wear

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Andalusian Industry Unites in the Face of Pandemic

For the Andalusian audiovisual industry, the positive side of the pandemic was a move without precedent: The coalescence of all its sectors under the umbrella Plataforma del Audiovisual Andaluz.

The PPA alliance brings together 27 industry entities from all the sectors, also taking in creative organizations.

“Suddenly, we have a unique voice with which to express ourselves and convey messages to the public administration. We are more united than ever,” said La Claqueta’s Olmo Figueredo, president of Ancine, Andalusia’s biggest film producers’ association.

While the Andalusian audiovisual industry grows, so do its infrastructures. And they do so at a critical moment, when film and TV financing models are rapidly changing, after the global irruption of TV platforms and the regulation of the sector.

Alongside Catalonia, Andalusia is the only Spanish region which boasts a specific film law -approved in 2018- currently in legal development.

“The law is a key change,

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What pandemic? Holiday TV movies stick with escapism over COVID-19

By Jill Serjeant



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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Grey’s Anatomy”‘s fictional surgeon Meredith Grey was stricken with COVID-19, while the “Superstore” staff hoarded toilet paper. But Christmas – complete with carol singers, family gatherings and romance – will be a largely coronavirus-free zone on television.

TV shows are adopting varying approaches to the pandemic in their regular-season storylines, with shows like “The Conners” embracing it, comedies like “Mom” ignoring it completely, and drama “This is Us” working it in, but not as a central theme.

But, when it comes to Christmas, escapism still rules.

The Hallmark Channel and sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries is putting out some 39 holiday TV movies this year – all of them made since the pandemic yet none of them mentioning the virus.

“The Hallmark

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The Undoing was the perfect pandemic TV

If you want to murder people for entertainment there are certain rules that really ought to be followed. Namely, you’ve got to give an attentive audience a chance to work out whodunit. The members of the Detection Club, a 1930s secret society of British mystery writers including Agatha Christie and GK Chesterton, were obsessed with this idea of “fair play”. Members of the club pledged not to conceal vital clues from the reader and make no use of “Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence, or Act of God.”

What, one wonders, would the Detection Club have made of The Undoing? The star-studded HBO drama on Sky Atlantic didn’t include any divine revelations but it had a hell of a lot of bizarre plot holes and red herrings. I won’t spoil the ending for those who haven’t seen it, but it left audiences feeling duped rather than out-smarted.

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How Film Festivals Have Thrived in a Year of Pandemic

“Necessity is the mother of invention, and I think we all in the industry are doing this in a way we never expected,” says Film at Lincoln Center director Lesli Klainberg

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Cardi B Apologizes For Thanksgiving Gathering Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic

After tweeting about hosting a total of 37 people for Thanksgiving amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Cardi B took to Twitter to apologize. According to the rapper, she never intended to offend anyone by revealing the size of the family celebration. “Sorry my bad, wasn’t trying to make nobody feel bad,” she tweeted on Sunday, Nov. 29.

The “WAP” rapper’s apology came after her initial tweet about having a full house for Thanksgiving. “Twelve kids and 25 adults over the holidays. It was lit,” she wrote. The reveal was met with immediate backlash from fans who noted that the CDC recommended against large gatherings due to COVID-19 — especially with cases rising across the United States.

After seeing the criticism, Cardi reassured her fans and followers that extra safety precautions were taken. “Just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good &

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Country singer Ryan Hurd reflects on becoming a father during the COVID-19 pandemic

Hurd says he will cherish spending 2020 with baby Hayes and wife, Maren Morris.

Ryan Hurd welcomed his son, Hayes, with with his wife — and fellow country singer — Maren Morris on March 23, just days after the country was plunged into a shutdown due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

In this essay for “Good Morning America,” the “Every Other Memory” singer reflects on the ups and downs of 2020, how he and Morris are adapting to parenthood and why he’ll always appreciate this downtime with Hayes.

Becoming a father in a year of so much uncertainty has certainly given me a lot to reflect on.

This is the first child for each of us and, though it’s only been about eight months, it’s so hard to remember the days when it was just the two of us.

At the

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North Korea puts further restrictions on seawater entry to fight pandemic: state media

North Korean state media announced on Sunday that the country would be tightening restrictions on entering its sea waters to help stop the coronavirus.



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North Korea puts further restrictions on seawater entry to fight pandemic: state media

According to the The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea is taking steps to “completely remove uncivilized and unhygienic elements that could help make room for the spread of an epidemic,” during the winter.

Despite these measures, North Korea maintains that no coronavirus cases have been reported in its territory, a claim many experts question. The country has closed its borders, flown out diplomats and isolated residents displaying symptoms, the Associated Press reports.

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North Korea has reportedly taken extreme measures in response

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Actor Matt Gibson Shifts Focus to Film During Pandemic

BWW Interview: Actor Matt Gibson Shifts Focus to Film During Pandemic

The last time Mainers got to enjoy the work of actor Matt Gibson was last summer when he starred in Maine State Music Theatre’s Hello, Dolly! as Cornelius Hackl. The New York based actor with a string of Broadway and off-Broadway credits has spent the last year, writing and acting in film and sweeping the Film Festival circuit awards for DOGMATE, a short that Gibson has written and in which he stars together with Ken Jennings, Cadden Jones, and Monica L. Jones. The short, produced by Patrick Bishop of Bishops Gate Entertainment and co-directed by Mollie Vogt-Welch and Amanda Thickpenny has received thirteen honors at nine festivals so far, including three wins and one nomination for “Best Comedic Short,” one win and two nominations for “Best Acting Ensemble,” two nominations for “Best Actor ” for Gibson and one win and two nominations for “Best Supporting Actress” for Cadden Jones. DOGMATE,

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