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Can the superhero movie survive the Covid-era switch to streaming? | Film

Wonder Woman’s origin myth is well known: Princess Diana of Themyscira quits her beloved fantasy island of Amazonian warrior women and sets out into the human world to help save us from our worst instincts, like a sort of kick-ass female Jesus in red, blue and gold. You might think Gal Gadot’s battling goddess would be better off heading home, given we’re in the middle of a pandemic, otherwise it probably won’t be long until she needs a little saving herself, along with all the other superhero movies out there.

Covid 19’s ability to shutter cinemas worldwide could fundamentally alter the way these big-budget productions are put together in future. It was reported this week that forthcoming sequel Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first film screened in 4K Ultra HD on the new US streaming service HBO Max, from Christmas Day. It’s also heading to cinemas at the

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Chesapeake schools will stop funding its beloved radio station, WFOS. Will it survive?

Turn your radio dial to 88.7 FM and you’ll hear “stuff that nobody else will touch in the area.” Blues, beach, R&B, bluegrass, classical.



a man sitting at a desk: Jerry Carter with 'Blues Traffic Jam' at WFOS-FM in Chesapeake on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Chesapeake Public Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said the division will stop funding the station by Dec. 31.


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Jerry Carter with ‘Blues Traffic Jam’ at WFOS-FM in Chesapeake on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. Chesapeake Public Schools Superintendent Jared Cotton said the division will stop funding the station by Dec. 31.

That’s how Annalisa Roughton, the radio station’s longtime operations manager who at 9 years old was the youngest person to appear on air, puts it.

Her station, housed in the city school district’s Chesapeake Career Center, has a long history in Hampton Roads, helped along the way by students. Sixty-five years, to be exact. It’s been labeled the first public school FM station in Virginia and one of the nation’s oldest public school radio stations.

But its future come the new year is looking a bit fuzzy, like

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Movie Theaters Struggle to Survive Without Blockbusters

Movie theater executives don’t usually quote Winston Churchill on earnings calls.

But during his company’s most recent quarterly report to analysts, AMC chief Adam Aron dusted off one of the prime minister’s most famous speeches to describe the financial cataclysm engulfing the exhibition industry and the resilient spirit he hopes will rise up to meet the challenge.

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender,” Aron said.

A touch melodramatic? Perhaps, but Aron is correct in noting that cinemas have never faced a threat as grave as COVID-19. In 2020, theatrical box office revenue will plummet 65.6% to an estimated $15.5 billion, the worst result in decades.

But then, on Nov. 9, there was something of a deus ex machina. News broke that Pfizer had

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‘It’s Going Away’: A Small Movie Theater Struggles to Survive

On a rainy day last week, 72 moviegoers visited the Park Plaza Cinema in Hilton Head Island, S.C., to see Liam Neeson in “Honest Thief.” It was the largest single-day attendance the independently owned five-screen theater had seen since reopening in August after a five-month shutdown. The feeling of celebration was short-lived. The next day, only 22 people showed.

Park Plaza, like movie theaters big and small around the country, has been decimated by the pandemic. After its long closure, it has established social-distancing protocols and installed new air filtration systems. It has tried initiatives like curbside popcorn sales. But the efforts have not been enough to offset the larger trends upending moviegoing, namely that many people still don’t seem inclined to return to theaters in large numbers and that Hollywood, with no audience to speak of, has pushed off most major releases until next year.

“We are an industry

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