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After Entertainment Venues Reopen, When Will the Public Feel Safe Enough to Return?

After Entertainment Venues Reopen, When Will the Public Feel Safe Enough to Return?
The Covid-19 pandemic is still ripping through the U.S.; the hardest-hit state, New York, is still weeks away from a projected peak of infections; and the prospect of widespread, comprehensive testing still remains agonizingly out of reach.

And yet entertainment businesses that depend on large public gatherings to survive — movie theaters, music venues, sports arenas, theme parks — are already confronting some daunting and frustratingly uncertain questions about what comes next: How long will it take for people to feel safe enough to return to communal venues once they reopen, and what will it take to convince them to do so?

“The impact of this pandemic on the world is going to be profound,” says Anthony R. Mawson, an epidemiologist and social scientist at Jackson State University in Mississippi. “We’re at the beginning of this horrible tragedy. It’s going to be a real mess. But I wouldn’t
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‘The Simpsons’: Maggie-Focused Short Film to Stream on Disney+ Friday

‘The Simpsons’: Maggie-Focused Short Film to Stream on Disney+ Friday
Disney+ subscribers, mark your calendars: It’s time to schedule a “Playdate with Destiny.” The House of Mouse’s streaming service will release “The Simpsons” Maggie-focused short film tomorrow, April 10.

Per Disney, the film begins on a day that seems like just another day at the park for Maggie Simpson. But when the pacifer-sucking baby faces playground peril, a heroic young boy whisks her from danger — and steals her heart. After a blissful first playdate, Maggie can’t wait to see her new baby beau again the following day, but things don’t go exactly as planned. Will fate (or Homer) get in her way?

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It’s clearly high-stakes stuff and should serve as a lighthearted way for “Simpsons” fans to unwind at home.

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Mark Duplass on Fighting Anxiety and Helping Other Filmmakers During Quarantine

Mark Duplass on Fighting Anxiety and Helping Other Filmmakers During Quarantine
Mark Duplass is keeping regular office hours while self-quarantining in his Los Angeles home.

“I’ve written a rewrite of a feature film that I have in development. That wasn’t too hefty. That was good. That broke the seal for me that was like, ‘Oh, you’re going to be able to write in this emotionally fragile, strange state,’” he tells Variety. “More importantly for me — I don’t make this a secret — I have dealt a lot with anxiety and depression throughout my life, so this is kind of a dangerous time for somebody like me. I have to be very careful about scheduling myself, and so I’ve made writing a part of my schedule. I get a three or four-hour block every day of it.”

Duplass makes sure to get in some exercise on a treadmill “to beat back the feelings of, ‘Oh my god. I
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‘Thor 4’: Taika Waititi Teases More Korg, Says His Script Is “So Over the Top”

‘Thor 4’: Taika Waititi Teases More Korg, Says His Script Is “So Over the Top”
Between the Skype meetings, the Zoom hangs, and the suddenly inundated menu of live on Instagram, live-streaming has become a bigger part of our daily lives than ever in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. But leave it to Taika Waititi to absolutely level up the game. The filmmaker took to Instagram this evening for a "live-watch of Thor: Ragnarok" and when I say that, know that I'm hitting the quote marks there's really hard because Waititi brought two hours of his signature chaotic energy to the live-stream and did just about everything but …
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‘The Lost Husband’: Film Review

‘The Lost Husband’: Film Review
There are worse things one could do than indulge in a cozy little romance these days, when we are all cooped up at home craving some meaningful human contact. If only writer-director Vicky Wight’s on-demand drama “The Lost Husband” could have filled that void by audaciously embracing some of the more syrupy, maybe even steamy elements of an often unfairly slighted genre.

Instead, Wight delivers a sedated Hallmark-y effort that just hints at heightened emotions — the very kind of rush underserved romance viewers come to this fare seeking — only to repeatedly interrupt and abandon them in puzzling ways. Equally confusing is that deceptive title. Suffice it to say that Wight’s predictable fish-out-of-water tale, adapted from bestselling author Katherine Center’s 2013 novel of the same name, isn’t about a husband at all, but the widowed wife he leaves behind in his wake.

She is Libby Moran (Leslie Bibb
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Superhero Bits: ‘Supergirl’ Return Pushed Back Another Week, ‘Superman & Lois’ Adds Lana Lang & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Supergirl’ Return Pushed Back Another Week, ‘Superman & Lois’ Adds Lana Lang & More
What’s the new return date for Supergirl? Why didn’t Kaley Cuoco use the signature Brooklyn accent for Harley Quinn? Did you know Superman once quarantined himself to save people from a virus? Who is playing Lana Lang on Superman & Lois? Is there a hidden Avengers Easter egg in Thor? Why did Black Widow co-star […]

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‘The Operative’: Craig T. Nelson Plans Return to TV as an International Spy

‘The Operative’: Craig T. Nelson Plans Return to TV as an International Spy
Landmark Studio Group has announced that it is developing “The Operative,” an international spy drama series that will star Craig T. Nelson.

Per Landmark, Nelson will play a retired intelligence operative named John Straw, who was mysteriously forced to end his career following The Cold War but re-emerges to warn of an upcoming attack on American soil. A young analyst named Emma, sent by the CIA to interview him about his claims, uncovers that John is full of stories, some pointing to a decades-old conspiracy with ties to the Kremlin. In her search for the truth, Emma and John soon become allies as they work together to try to stop a skilled, cunning, and formidable enemy before it’s too late.

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The Operative” is loosely
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Watching Under Quarantine: Movies Anywhere Screen Pass, Twitch Watch Parties, ‘Reno 911’ on Zoom, and More

Watching Under Quarantine: Movies Anywhere Screen Pass, Twitch Watch Parties, ‘Reno 911’ on Zoom, and More
I know different parts of the country adopted self-isolation and quarantine procedures at different times over the past several weeks, but many of us are coming up on a full month of being in quarantine due to Covid-19. And amid all of the Tiger King discourse, our daily streaming recommendations, and films like Parasite and […]

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New York State Film Tax Incentive Renewed But Trimmed; Many Lower-Budget NYC Independent Films No Longer Eligible

The New York State film tax credit was reduced from 30% to 25% and qualification requirements made tougher in budget legislation signed last week by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Alarmingly for filmmakers shooting low-budget in New York City, new rules make pictures budgeted in the six figures ineligible for any New York tax credit at all. Projects that shoot a majority of their days in the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, or Suffolk counties will be subject to a new minimum spend requirement of $1 million, and projects that shoot the majority of their days in any […]
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Patton Oswalt’s Newest Comedy Special ‘I Love Everything’ Hits Netflix in May

Patton Oswalt’s Newest Comedy Special ‘I Love Everything’ Hits Netflix in May
Patton Oswalt’s latest 1-hour comedy special I Love Everything will premiere on Netflix May 19. As reported by Variety, the veteran comic’s newest hour of stand-up will cover topics ranging from coping with being in his 50s to balancing being a responsible father with his love of Star Wars. [caption id="attachment_761578" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Netflix/caption] Initially announced this past November, I Love Everything will be Oswalt’s third Netflix special, and his first since 2017’s Annihilation, which dealt almost exclusively with the sudden passing of his wife Michelle McNamara in …
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‘The Half of It’ Trailer: Netflix’s Teen Rom-Com Has a Love Triangle With an Lgbtq Twist

‘The Half of It’ Trailer: Netflix’s Teen Rom-Com Has a Love Triangle With an Lgbtq Twist
Netflix has already tried its hand at the modern-day teen romantic-comedy take on Cyrano de Bergerac with the profoundly bad Sierra Burgess is a Loser. But its latest teen rom-com fare offers a seemingly more affecting and progressive take on the classic catfishing story. Directed by Alice Wu, The Half of It follows the bookish girl who is enlisted […]

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Afci launches global update platform amid coronavirus pandemic

Afci launches global update platform amid coronavirus pandemic
“We’re focused on helping the industry stay up-to-speed throughout each phase of the pandemic.”

The Association of Film Commissioners International (Afci) has launched the Afci Global Production Alert to provide updated information on coronavirus-related policies and restrictions impacting filming locales worldwide.

The Alert can be accessed on Afci’s website and includes entries from film offices on six continents. The organisation expects the number of participating film offices to continue to grow as more locales clarify their response to the pandemic.

Afci member film offices are using the Global Production Alert to communicate updated information on how their jurisdictions
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We Will Woke You: ‘Trolls World Tour’ Navigates Tricky Musical Terrain

We Will Woke You: ‘Trolls World Tour’ Navigates Tricky Musical Terrain
For the animated musical “Trolls World Tour,” DreamWorks producer Gina Shay racked up her share of frequent flyer miles over four years — traveling to New York City for reggaeton superstar J Balvin, South Korea for K-Pop girl group Red Velvet and Stockholm for star and music curator Justin Timberlake. “It felt like I was going around the world collecting people’s voices,” she says.

Singing voices, that is. Nearly 40 tunes are woven into the fabric of the film, which tells the tale of hard rock royals trying to overtake competing genres including pop, country, funk, classical and techno. “Different tribes of trolls celebrating different genres of music,” says Universal’s head of film music Mike Knobloch.

Adds Shay: “We wanted people to come together and telling that story through musical genres seemed like a clever way of doing it without feeling preachy.”

That’s no small feat when it comes to using popular songs.
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‘Kubrick By Kubrick’ Trailer: Hear Stanley Kubrick Discuss His Work in Unearthed Recordings

‘Kubrick By Kubrick’ Trailer: Hear Stanley Kubrick Discuss His Work in Unearthed Recordings
Stanley Kubrick is probably one of the most studied filmmakers in American history – you can find hundreds of books about the making of classics like The Shining, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Spartacus, and the rest of his filmography. But hearing what Kubrick thought about his movies, in his own words, […]

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Julianne Moore, Finn Wolfhard to Star in Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘When You Finish Saving the World’ Movie Based on His Audible Series

Julianne Moore, Finn Wolfhard to Star in Jesse Eisenberg’s ‘When You Finish Saving the World’ Movie Based on His Audible Series
Several naturally curly-haired actors are putting their heads together for a buzzy comedy-drama, When You Finish Saving the World. Based on the Audible drama series written by and starring Jesse Eisenberg, the feature film is set to star Oscar winner Julianne Moore and Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, with Eisenberg at the helm as writer and director. And in one […]

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Elizabeth Chomko to Direct Bess Kalb’s ‘Nobody Will Tell You This But Me’

Elizabeth Chomko to Direct Bess Kalb’s ‘Nobody Will Tell You This But Me’
In a competitive deal, Sight Unseen has acquired the film rights to Bess Kalb’s wildly imaginative memoir, “Nobody Will Tell You This But Me,” which was published by Knopf on March 17. Elizabeth Chomko will direct from a script adapted by Kalb.

Sight Unseen’s Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, and Oren Moverman will produce. Chomko will also produce alongside Justin Grey Stone for Entertainment 360, who brought her the source material, with Kalb exec producing. Rachel Jacobs will oversee for Sight Unseen.

The story is told by Kalb, who saved every voicemail her grandmother Bobby Bell ever left her before she died at 90.

Chomko most recently wrote and directed the family drama and her feature debut “What They Had,” starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon and Robert Forster. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was later released in theaters by Bleecker Street. Her script for the film earned
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‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Breakout Zack Gottsagen Eyed to Star in His Own TV Show

‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ Breakout Zack Gottsagen Eyed to Star in His Own TV Show
Here's a feel-good story out of Hollywood that's sure to put a smile on your face. Zack Gottsagen, the breakout star of The Peanut Butter Falcon, has signed a talent deal with Kapital Entertainment, which according to Deadline, intends to develop a TV series around the up-and-coming actor. Gottsagen, who recently became the first person with Down Syndrome to serve as a presenter at the Academy Awards, would also produce the series in the event one is made. Kapital doesn't typically make talent deals, but owner Aaron Kaplan saw something in Gottsagen, who he …
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Film News Roundup: Film Commissioners Launch Production Alert Service for Covid-19 Information

Film News Roundup: Film Commissioners Launch Production Alert Service for Covid-19 Information
In today’s film news roundup, film commissioners have teamed up to launch a production resource service with information related to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dave Franco’s “The Rental” finds a home, Saban Films will release “Most Wanted” in the summer and the Sun Valley Film Festival unveils its winners.

Initiative

The Association of Film Commissioners International is launching the Afci Global Production Alert service, providing updated information on coronavirus-related policies and restrictions worldwide.

The organization, which represents more than 300 film commissions on six continents, unveiled the initiative Thursday on its website. The goal is to ensure that film and TV production industry decision makers have the information they need to make informed decisions during and following the pandemic along with preventing misinformation, speculation and confusion about Covid-19’s impact. Information in the Global Production Alert is provided directly by Afci-member film offices

“Afci’s new Global Production Alert provides
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John Carpenter’s Unreleased ‘The Thing’ Musical Cues Coming to Vinyl

John Carpenter’s Unreleased ‘The Thing’ Musical Cues Coming to Vinyl
While John Carpenter provided the music for most of his films, he didn’t score one of his most iconic works: The Thing. Instead, legendary composer Ennio Morricone handled the soundtrack. However, Carpenter did create some additional cues to fill in some stretches of silence in the film, and now, that previously unreleased music is coming to vinyl […]

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Quibi vs. Quarantine: The Antithesis of the Streaming Wars — TV Podcast

Quibi vs. Quarantine: The Antithesis of the Streaming Wars — TV Podcast
Well, it’s finally here.

After months of queries and quibbles and confusing commercials, Quibi, the billion-dollar brainchild of Jeffrey Katzenberg, as overseen by Meg Whitman, is here and ready to stream its initial offering of celebrity-driven content.

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Quibi has built its distribution model around offering short-form content — episodes are limited to 10 minutes or less — optimized for a generation of viewers raised on viral videos and YouTube personalities. To that end, the talent Quibi has brought on board trends heavily toward the young and hip, with Chrissy Teigen hosting her own court show and Chance the Rapper resurrecting “Punk’d.” They even have a show where a mentalist breaks former NFL star Rob Gronkowski’s brain, though that seems less impressive than you’d think.

Beyond the name recognition involved,
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