Nobody in their wildest imaginations thought life would get this way. Sure, we knew a deadly virus might make its presence known, but it turning into a pandemic was still a harder pill to swallow. We’ve had the SARS outbreak and cases of Ebola, but it never got this bad. Now that it has though, there’s no going back. While some industries are worse hit than others, we feel the pain for all.
Entertainment is not an essential industry and we won’t miss it as bad as saying supermarkets closing down, but our eyes will still tear up over all the shows, movies, and events that have been canceled. It is a loss of culture and it’s priceless. So, let’s take stock of all the great productions coronavirus has taken away from us.
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There are so many events that have been postponed and rescheduled. One can only hope that they are held on the new dates. Given the lack of vaccination for the virus, we’re in for the long haul.
The sequel for the much loved Fast and Furious franchise has been pushed back a year and will be released in 2021. Mulan, on the other hand, has been postponed indefinitely as are Antlers and The New Mutants. The latest James Bond movie No Time to Die has also been postponed but we’ll hopefully be able to see it later in the year in November.
The Academy of Country Music Awards, originally set for April 5 in Las Vegas, will now be aired on CBS sometime in September.
The Indian Film Festival slated to take place from April 1 till 5 in LA to has been postponed for later this year. The Tribeca Film Festival to has been postponed indefinitely. The 22nd Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, on the other hand, has been canceled for the year and will occur in 2021 now.
The organizers for the Miami Film Festival too canceled all of the remaining screening and events and said that they would reach out to ticket holders of those shows. TCM Classic Film Festival that was to take place in LA too was canceled. The management promised to refund tickets.
As far as the Canadian Academy’s Canadian Screen Week activities are concerned, that take place in Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal, they too have been canceled. The same fate is shared by a number of comic cons across the country.
The American Film Institute also postponed the Life Achievement Award gala which was going to honor Julie Andrews this year in LA. It has been rescheduled sometime in early summer but given the situation, it’s anyone guesses if it will indeed take place on this date.
Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards has been postponed and no new date has been set as yet for it.
The Shows We’ll Miss
The premiere of HBO’s The Third Day has been postponed for this fall while the production of its Succession has been halted completely. In addition to this, the production of all of the Apple TV+ series has been suspended. On the other hand, the much loved Saturday Night Live has been postponed indefinitely. However, they are uploading remote episodes from time to time so you might want to catch them.
A lot of people in the US look forward to WonderCon each year. This year though it has been postponed. On the bright side, organizers have said that the San Diego Comic-Con, set for July 23-26 will take place on the same dates.
Theater and Comedy Clubs:
MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts had announced to close, albeit temporarily.
As such, the MGM Grand, Excalibur, Park MGM, The Mirage, CityCenter, Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and the Bellagio Hotel will be closed.
If you are a Hamilton fan, you’d be sad to learn that the performances of ‘Hamilton’ in LA were suspended through March 31. Music Festivals, Concert Tours
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After several major companies withdrew, which include Amazon, Netflix, and Apple, the festival celebrating entertainment, technology, and music, SXSW, was canceled.
As far as tours go, Billie Eilish, Avril Lavigne, Khalid, and Green Day have canceled their tour dates. Mariah Carey’s March 10 concert, on the other hand, has been rescheduled for November 28.
The annual CinemaCon, a trade show that brings together theater distributors, exhibitors, and partners, has been canceled in light of the recent public health crisis. AMC Networks and the A+E Networks canceled the live presentations that were scheduled for March. They instead opted to hold a ‘virtual’ discussion with the clients and the media-buying agencies.
Similarly, WarnerMedia, The CW, ViacomCBS, Discovery, Fox, and NBCUniversal also canceled their upfront presentations and opted to stream them.
The International Cinematography Summit, on the other hand, has been postponed.
There it is. Now you know exactly what you’ll be missing out on this year. Worry not though. There are so many good movies and shows having a rerun that you’ll definitely have entertainment. Spectrum Select channels offer a great channel lineup you’re sure to love so go ahead and check it out. Until then stay home, stay safe.