Latest Coronavirus Updates

Georgia issues “Best Practices” safety list for film and TV shoots post COVID-19

iStock/brightstars(GEORGIA) — With Georgia successfully becoming one of the first states to open for business following the COVID-19 lockdowns, Gov. Brian P. Kemp issued a “best practices” guide for film and TV crews working in the Peach State.  Georgia has become a massive hub for Hollywood productions, with everything from the Marvel movies to MacGyver and The Walking Dead shooting there — some 391 productions in all in …

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‘Mythic Quest’ COVID-19 episode is now live: raising money for charity and tweaking celebrities in quarantine

Apple TV+(LOS ANGELES) — A special episode of the Apple TV+ workplace comedy series Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, is now live — and has so far raised $600,000 for COVID-19-related charities. The cast donated half of that money, and show co-creator and star Rob McElhenney and his wife, Always Sunny in Philadelphia co-star Kaitlin Olsen, matched the sum. The remotely shot episode was quite the effort for its stars, McElhenney tells …

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Producer promises ‘Avatar’ sequels getting back on track after COVID-19 delays

Photo by Noel Vasquez/FilmMagic(NEW ZEALAND) — Like many movies, Oscar winning filmmaker James Cameron’s forthcoming Avatar sequels hit a major snag when the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered production.  But now his longtime producing partner insists work will resume next week.  In an Instagram post showing off some of the movie’s extensive physical sets, Jon Landau stated, “Our Avatar sets are ready…Couldn’t be more excited to be headed back to New Zealand …

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Action-packed trailer for Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ promises it’s “Coming to Theaters”

Melinda Sue Gordon/©2020 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved. (LOS ANGELES) — Warner Bros. and Dark Knight trilogy director Christopher Nolan seem to be banking on movie theaters being open following the COVID-19 shutdowns, based on the just-released trailer for his anticipated action film, Tenet.  The extended preview for the film promises that, unlike other movies have gone to streaming services to …

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COVID-19 concert cancellation? Apple’s got you covered this weekend

Cesare Ferrari/iStock(NEW YORK) — With COVID-19 dashing the world’s spring and summer concert plans, Apple Music is stepping up to ease that major concert FOMO over Memorial Day weekend.  Starting Saturday, May 23, the streaming service kicks off a three-day nonstop concert extravaganza where fans can relive some of the biggest performances in music history.   Missed U2’s 2009 performance at the Rose Bowl or Elton …

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25 states report mysterious COVID-19 related child illness

iStock/Gargonia (NEW YORK) — New York State on Thursday updated the amount of cases linked to a new COVID-related inflammatory illness in children, announcing the numbers have risen to 157.  That represents a 53 percent spike. Since New York reported the first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C,) as named by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 other states …

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Twenty-five states report mysterious COVID-19 related child illness

iStock/Gargonia (NEW YORK) — New York State on Thursday updated the amount of cases linked to a new COVID-related inflammatory illness in children, announcing the numbers have risen to 157.  That represents a 53 percent spike. Since New York reported the first case of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C,) as named by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25 other states …

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Rob McElhenney talks about the upcoming quarantine episode of ‘Mythic Quest’, reveals ‘Always Sunny’ will have one, too

Apple TV+(NEW YORK) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) The Apple TV+ workplace comedy series, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, will return on May 22 with a special COVID-19 inspired episode. Shot entirely on iPhones, the show finds the team behind the biggest multiplayer video game of all-time tasked with working from home. To achieve this, the cast rehearsed, then later lighted and shot themselves from their homes on iPhones, with …

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‘Star Wars’ loses two original “family members” due to COVID-19

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) — Star Wars superfans are mourning the losses of former sound engineer Ken Nightingall and publicist Charles Lippincott.  Nightingall, 90, passed away due to COVID-19, according to his son. Lippincott, 80, died in a Vermont hospital after suffering a heart attack, but while confirming his death, his wife listed him as among the “90,000 plus” who’d died from the virus. Nightingall’s name was relatively unknown to …

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Survey says two in three locked-down Americans can’t remember the last time they wore real pants

iStock/SeanShot(NEW YORK) — With millions of people working from home due to COVID-19, “workplace casual” has taken on a whole new meaning: A new survey says two in three Americans can’t remember the last time they actually wore real pants.  Four in five respondents said their nine-to-five uniform is now either PJs or other comfy clothes.   The non-scientific survey of 2,000 Americans commissioned …

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