Warner Bros.’ HBO Max Move May Be ‘Nail in the Coffin’ for Struggling Movie Theaters

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Warner Bros. shocking decision to release all of its 2021 films on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously may have been prompted by unprecedented circumstances — the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down theaters worldwide, with full reopening postponed to some distant future. But what Warner Bros. CEO Ann Sarnoff called a “unique one-year plan” threatens permanent changes to movie theaters that have been under strain even before this year.

“It’s a nail in the coffin for theaters who have been vulnerable for a long time — you are witnessing the single biggest blow to cinema since COVID-19,” the Patriarch Organization CEO Eric Schiffer told TheWrap, noting that WarnerMedia parent AT&T “has made a business decision that the traditional movie experience is less important” than growing the company’s six-month-old streaming platform.

Warner’s announcement includes likely blockbusters such as DC Films’ “The Suicide Squad,” the

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Selena Gomez sends message to those struggling with mental health: ‘You are not alone’

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Selena Gomez wants people struggling with their mental health to know they’re “not alone”.

The 28-year-old singer has battled with depression and anxiety in the past and recently came forward to reveal she has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and has said she wants to use her platform to help others in a similar position by offering them someone to talk to.

Selena spoke as she admitted her makeup brand, Rare Beauty, would never have launched if she hadn’t gone through the process of learning to love herself.

She explained: “I don’t feel like Rare Beauty would have been [possible] three or four years ago. I understand now how it feels to be on the other side, comparing myself or thinking I need to look more like this or more like that to fit in.

“It can take a toll on you, for sure. We’re

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Utah woman records struggling delivery driver, takes to social media to help him

A woman in Utah became a good Samaritan by financially helping out her delivery man, a war veteran, and get back on his feet.

Captured on video, Jennifer Weiss saw Larry, who was only identified by his first name in reports, stumble up to her door while delivering groceries.

“It made me kind of feel guilty, to have someone else deliver stuff, just because I didn’t want to go to the store,” Weiss told ABC4 News.

The situation made her look within.

“Who he was and what his situation was, why he was doing deliveries, if he was going to continue doing deliveries when snow starts falling when stairs and driveways are icy,” Weiss said.

Larry took the job because he needed to pay for home repairs.


“I had a stroke in June, so I was just making some extra money because

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Struggling Movie Theaters See Glimmer of Hope Following Coronavirus Vaccine News

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News of a potential coronavirus vaccine sent shares of movie theater chains soaring on Monday. For the first time in a long time, it seems, cinema owners and investors see hope for a sector that has been decimated by the public health crisis.

“We have not heard good news for awhile, and this is unqualified good news,” says Rich Gelfond, CEO of Imax Entertainment. “This is potentially a game changer. It gives us greater clarity about when and how this pandemic may end.”

Buoyed by the announcement, AMC Theatres’ stock rose 51.4%, Cineworld shares jumped 40.25%, Cinemark stock climbed 45.17%, and Imax shares got an 18.61% boost. To be fair, the share prices were a fraction of what they were pre-pandemic. For instance, AMC closed the day at $3.77 a share, less than half of what shares were trading in February.

Despite Wall

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Joni Mitchell still ‘struggling to walk’ after 2015 aneurysm

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The star has says she is “showing slow improvement but moving forward”.

Joni Mitchell has discussed her ongoing recovery from a brain aneurysm in a new interview.

The singer-songwriter was taken to hospital in March 2015 after being found unconscious at her home in LA.

A statement on her website later said she was “resting comfortably” and making “good progress”.

But in a rare interview with The Guardian, Mitchell said she was still “struggling” to walk, and that her recovery was “inching along”.

“I haven’t been writing recently. I haven’t been playing my guitar or the piano or anything,” she said. “No, I’m just concentrating on getting my health back.”

The 76-year-old likened her current condition to the polio she suffered as a child, saying: “You know what? I came back from polio, so here I am again, and struggling back”.

“Once again I couldn’t walk. I had to learn

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Struggling Movie Chain AMC To Rent Theaters For $99

(CNN) — A crisp Benjamin Franklin can get you your own private AMC movie theater.


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AMC Theatres joins a handful of cinemas letting customers rent out auditoriums for private screenings — a growing trend due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

AMC allows rentals of up to 20 people. According to its website, rates start at $99, excluding tax, and increase to $349 depending on the movie, the theater’s location and any other add-ons like food and drink. AMC’s FAQ page lists renting a microphone to greet guests as an extra $100 charge, while more time to enter an auditorium, beyond the standard 15 minutes, will cost another $250.

It’s part of the theater chain’s effort to remain afloat this year as the Covid-19 pandemic contributes to record industry losses.

AMC’s revenues fell to $941.5 million, down roughly 22% compared with $1.2 billion in the same quarter last year, according

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Rural Midwest hospitals struggling to handle virus surge


Children scramble for candy during a homecoming parade on Friday Oct. 16, 2020, in Wessington Springs, S.D. The parade had to be postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak that killed five residents of the local nursing home.


Rural Jerauld County in South Dakota didn’t see a single case of the coronavirus for more than two months stretching from June to August. But over the last two weeks, its rate of new cases per person soared to one of the highest in the nation.

“All of a sudden it hit, and as it does, it just exploded,” said Dr. Tom Dean, one of just three doctors who work in the county.

As the brunt of the virus has blown into the Upper Midwest and northern Plains, the severity of outbreaks in rural communities has come into focus. Doctors and health officials in small towns worry

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