Movie theaters across the United States and Canada were forced to close their doors last month because of the coronavirus pandemic and it's left a $600 million deficit in the box office, according to a new report. The steep deficit equates to a 25 percent decline in 2020's first quarter when comparing it to 2019's statistics, The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday. The drop is likely the result of a decline in sales specifically in March when the coronavirus pandemic shifted dramatically. Comscore stopped reporting theater grosses on March 19, according to the outlet.
Nicole Kidman is set to star in and produce a series adaptation of Janelle Brown’s upcoming novel “Pretty Things,” which is now in development at Amazon Studios. Kidman will produce for her Blossom Films banner along with Per Saari. Brown will adapt her novel and executive produce. Reed Morano (“Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Power”) will serve as director and executive producer. “Pretty Things” follows “two brilliant, damaged women try to survive the greatest game of deceit and destruction they will ever play,” according to Amazon. “When a reluctant grifter befriends a wealthy ‘influencer’ on the shores of Lake Tahoe, her ultimate con devolves into a raw, treacherous game of long-awaited payback.” Brown’s novel will have its Random House debut on April 21.
Here are the top 10 movie rentals and streaming, according to RottenTomatoes.com.
Bad Boys for Life
The Current War: Director’s Cut
Sonic the Hedgehog
Impractical Jokers: The Movie
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
A San Francisco doctor featured in the Netflix documentary “Pandemic” announced that he and his team have discovered a potential coronavirus cure — which will now be tested by the US military. Jacob Glanville, who runs the biotech company Distributed Bio, tweeted that the new antibody therapy, which works by “blocking the novel coronavirus from infecting human cells,” is a “candidate cure” for the deadly bug that has swept 180 countries and territories. “I’m happy to report that my team has successfully taken five antibodies that back in 2002 were determined to bind and neutralize, block and stop the SARS virus,” Glanville told the Radio New Zealand program Checkpoint. “We’ve evolved them in our laboratory, so now they very vigorously block and stop the SARS-CoV-2 [COVID-19] virus as well.” The antibodies will be sent to the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, which will use them directly against the virus to demonstrate whether they work as intended. Human trials will come later.
Drake, The Weeknd and J. Cole granted a terminally ill 11-year-old boy his dying wish. The boy, Elijah Williams, passed away on Friday, following a three-year battle with cancer, but not before getting to chat with the superstar trio on Face Time. "Over the past 3 years, my 11 y.o. cousin, Elijah, has battled cancer with the utmost resilience. Elijah's physical fight is now complete, as he transitioned to heaven on Friday,” Elijah’s cousin, Michael Watson II, revealed Sunday on Instagram. “He didn't leave this world without knowing how much he was loved though," Michael continued. "Last weekend, Elijah got to 'meet' 3 of his favorite artists—The Weeknd, J. Cole, & Drake. Incredibly grateful for these 3 super-humans being so caring for my family during this time." The post included a video of the conversation, which opens with J. Cole telling Elijah, "It's a pleasure to meet you man. I love you, bro." "I'm so honored that I'm one of your favorite artists, buddy," adds The Weeknd. Elijah's mother shared the same clip, with the caption, "I just want to say a huge Thank you to @realcoleworld @theweeknd @champagnepapi & @joeylogano for showing my baby some love these last difficult days of his life. I truly appreciate you all." Watkins later told E! Online, "My family finds comfort in being able to share Elijah's story and last experience with the world. With Elijah being lifted up all over the globe as we speak, this private moment of love + light is now a bittersweet silver lining for everyone."
If you're familiar with Larry David from Seinfeld or Curb Your Enthusiasm, you'll know he's been advocating social distancing even before it became potentially lifesaving defense against the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, he took to social media from an easy chair to admonish "idiots" who were violating the rules that can keep everyone safe. "Obviously, somebody put me up to this because it's generally not the kind of thing I do," David said in a video posted on the Office of the California Governor's official twitter feed. "I basically want to address the idiots out there, and you know who you are...You're going out, I don't know what you're doing, you're socializing too close," David griped. "You’re hurting old people like me. Well, not me, I have nothing to do with you, I’ll never see you. But other, let’s say, other old people who might be your relatives, who the hell knows?" David said those who aren't social distancing are missing out on "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stay in the house, sit on the couch, and watch TV. I don't know how you're passing that up. I guess you’re not that bright." Larry says, "Go home and watch TV, that's my advice to you. If you've seen my show, nothing good ever happens going out of the house, you know that. It's just trouble out there. It's not a good place to be. Stay home and don’t see anyone." David adds the caveat, "Unless maybe if you have a plumbing emergency. You can let the plumber in, and then, you know, wipe everything down when he leaves."
Chris Cuomo, the TV-host brother of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, has the coronavirus, he said yesterday. “Soooo in these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for corona virus,” Chris tweeted. “I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath. I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina,” he added of his family. “That would make me feel worse than this illness! I am quarantined in the basement (which actually makes the rest of the family seem pleased!) I will do my shows from there,” he continued.
As New York grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and area hospitals struggle to safely treat patients due to dwindling supplies of personal protective equipment, Ryan Reynolds and wife Blake Lively extended a much-needed hand on Monday. The couple personally reached out to the state's four hardest-hit hospitals: Elmhurst, Mount Sinai, Northern Westchester and NYU Hospital and gifted each with $100,000.
Don Cheadle is in talks to play the villain in the Space Jam sequel. He is slated to join LeBron James in the follow-up to Michael Jordan’s 1996 sports comedy. Cheadle’s Black Monday castmate Paul Scheer broke the casting news in a new interview with CinemaBlend, explaining, “He’s the bad guy in Space Jam, and he said LeBron’s really great…” Danny DeVito played bad guy, Mr. Swackhammer, in the original movie. Meanwhile, James insists the Space Jam sequel is still on track for a summer 2021 release, despite the coronavirus pandemic. “We’re kind of (OK),” he told the Road Trippin’ podcast. “A lot of it right now is animation, so being indoors is actually great for us. So we’re still on. Just like everything in the world, everything is slowed down a little bit, but we’re still on target. I’m looking forward to it.”
The Weeknd had a great weekend: His new album After Hours posted some impressive sales records, and debuted at number one on the Billboard album chart. After Hours, released March 20, is The Weeknd's fourth number-one album, and it scores the biggest sales week of the year, with 444,000 units sold. That beats the previous record-holder, BTS' Map of the Soul: 7, which sold 422,000 units earlier this month. After Hours has already spun off two huge hits: "Blinding Lights" and "Heartless." After Hours also set a couple of other records: It scored the biggest streaming week ever for an R&B album, with an impressive 220.7 million on-demand streams, and racked up the biggest sales week for an R&B album in nearly four years. The last R&B album to sell more units than that in a week was Beyoncé's 2016 album, Lemonade.
In a new cover story for British Vogue, Rihanna opened up about her 10-year-plan, which includes multiple children, she predicted, whether she has a partner or not. "I know I will want to live differently," said Rihanna, who is working tirelessly on her multibillion-dollar businesses Fenty Beauty, the Fenty fashion house and Savage X Fenty, in addition to her highly-anticipated ninth album. "I’ll have kids — three or four of ’em." When asked if she would still have kids if she hasn't found the right person, she replied, "Hell yeah." "I feel like society makes me want to feel like, 'Oh, you got it wrong…' They diminish you as a mother if there’s not a dad in your kids’ lives," she said. "But the only thing that matters is happiness, that’s the only healthy relationship between a parent and a child. That’s the only thing that can raise a child truly, is love."
TMZ reports that Post Malone is teaming with his friend, rapper MIKE, to stage a celebrity beer pong tournament on Instagram Live. Dubbed the "Ballina Cup," the event will feature 16 teams, and all those participating will pony up cash to help those battling the coronavirus pandemic. According TMZ, the tournament will take place starting this week and will last eight days, with two battles per night. Of course, each participant will compete from home, following social-distancing guidelines. The winning team will get a trophy, championship belts and chains to mark their victory, says the website. According to TMZ, among those participating will be former football stars Johnny Manziel and Rob Gronkowski, Kansas City Chiefs player Travis Kelce, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly, country star Kane Brown, and baseball stars Trevor Bauer and Mike Clevinger.
Jon Bon Jovi believes his teenage son had a mild version of coronavirus. The singer claimed his 17-year-old son Jacob recently came down with a form of COVID-19, and while he took measures to quarantine himself, his symptoms were not serious. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight via video chat, Jon said: “The whole family is together, all the kids are here with us. We've been here 15 days now, not that I'm counting. Everyone here, Jake had a mild version of it just the intestinal kind.” Jon and his son quarantined with Jacob's siblings Stephanie, 26, Jesse, 25, and Romeo, 15, as well as his mother Dorothea. Jon and his family took quarantine seriously, and after visiting with a doctor, Jacob has begun to feel much better. Jon explained: “Dorothea created the quarantine zone, you know, with the laundry room being triaged and no one could go in there unless they had gloves and a mask and she had a bathrobe on backwards and different slippers. But we kept him in there until all of the symptoms had cleared and now he's a hundred percent.”
While most shows have been delayed by the COVID-19 situation, AMC and BBC America have just given you some new binging to look forward to: they're launching Season 3 of their Emmy winning Killing Eve 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Season 3 kicks off Sunday, April 12 at 9 p.m. Eastern on both AMC and BBC America. The announcement also came with a new trailer for the brand new season. The trailer hints that a death threat is putting Oh's spy Eve and Comer's assassin Villanelle on a collision course yet again -- once Villanelle learns that Eve is still alive, that is.
TV chef Bobby Flay, who is worth $60 million, set up a GoFundMe and asked his fans to donate their money to him so he can pay his restaurant employees without taking the cash out of his own pocket. Flay has since deleted the tweet after the onslaught of backlash he received, but the GoFundMe page is still active.
Stranger Things star David Harbour has revealed season four's release date, although he predicts it will be pushed back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Taking part in an Instagram Live Q&A, the star - who plays Hawkins police chief Jim Hopper in the series - admitted that the next instalment was due to start early next year. He shared: “[Season four was] supposed to come out early next year, I think, although I don't have authority on this.” He added that much like many other TV and film productions, the show's season four premier will probably be pushed back due to the current health crisis.
NBC has pulled its April 7 episode of hospital drama “New Amsterdam,” about a flu epidemic in New York City, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that’s strafing the city. “Being sensitive to the current climate, the producers, network and studio have decided that the episode will not air on NBC on April 7 as previously scheduled,” the network said in a statement, adding that the episode “was written some time ago … Another episode of ‘New Amsterdam’ will air on April 14 at 9 p.m. as the season finale.”
Movie theaters across the United States have reported absolutely no income whatsoever for the first time in the motion picture industry's 100-year history. Almost all the cinemas in the US were closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, as well as in much of the rest of the world. As a result, movie studios Walt Disney and Universal Pictures suspended the release of box office data. Hollywood's two other main movie studios - Sony Pictures and Warner Bros - also decided not to release any data this weekend. The decision follows the worst weekend in more than two decades at the North American box office last week.
Idris Elba recently announced that he had tested positive for coronavirus, and is now slamming the conspiracy theory claiming that celebrities have been paid to say they've been infected by the virus. Elba took to Instagram Live to shut down such rumors. "I think the debate about rich and poor and who's getting it and who's not, I think, is not a healthy debate," the actor said. "It's like, I got a test but I also got COVID. Does that make me preferential? I don't understand that." Elba said that people are engaging in "test-shaming," which he called "counterproductive." He continued: "And also this idea that someone like myself is gonna be paid to say 'I've got coronavirus,' that's absolute bulls--t. Such s-----dness." "People wanna spread that as if it's news. That's s----d," Elba continued. "It's the quickest way to get people sick because there's no benefit to me and [wife] Sabrina sitting here saying we've got it or we ain't got it. I don't even understand the logic of that."
The release of “Wonder Woman 1984” has been delayed and the debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda's “In the Heights” adaptation has been postponed by Warner Bros. due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Wonder Woman 1984,” the sequel to 2017's “Wonder Woman,” will now hit theaters on Aug. 14 instead of June 5, and “In the Heights" -- directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu -- had been slated for June 26 but now isn't dated for release.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has requested temporary custody of Harvey Weinstein from the New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision so that he can face charges of rape and sexual assault in L.A. The request comes a day after reports that Weinstein tested positive for the novel coronavirus while in prison. “As for any concerns given the coronavirus pandemic, our office expects that each agency responsible for processing, transporting and housing defendant Weinstein will follow its protocols and public health guidelines,” a spokesperson from the D.A.’s office said. An arraignment date has not been set, since the D.A.’s office said it cannot determine when Weinstein will “physically be in Los Angeles,” according to the statement. But once he arrives in the county, he will be “arraigned on the criminal complaint.”
Bad Boys for Life will be getting an early video on demand release on March 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The movie stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence reprising their roles as Miami detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, respectively. It will be released on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD on April 21. Bad Boys for Life originally came to theaters on Jan. 17, topping the North American box office for three weekends on its way to grossing $204 million domestically. Films are normally made available for home viewing 90 days after they premiere in theaters. The coronavirus pandemic has led to theaters closing around the world, causing studios to release new films early for digital platforms as viewers stay home.
Coronavirus victim Tom Hanks has revealed that he and wife Rita Wilson are feeling better. Taking to Twitter he revealed that the two were improving, a week and a half after they were diagnosed, while also urging everyone to stay inside to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “Hey, folks. Two weeks after our first symptoms and we feel better,” he wrote. Rather than a more detailed update, the rest of his short post was reserved for advocating for stronger social isolation. “Sheltering in place works like this: You don't give it to anyone — you don't get it from anyone. Common sense, no? Going to take a while, but if we take care of each other, help where we can, and give up some comforts...this, too, shall pass. We can figure this out,” he concluded.
Former employees and fans of Ellen DeGeneres have taken to Twitter to blast the star for her alleged mean behavior. Comedian Kevin T. Porter kicked the entire social media movement off on Friday, when he sent out a tweet urging people to message him “the most insane stories [they've] heard” about DeGeneres in an effort to raise money for the Los Angeles Food Bank. Shortly after posting, Porter was flooded with written accounts by various Twitter users who claimed to have had less than savory interactions with Ellen - who he labeled as “notoriously one of the meanest people alive” - over the years. According to one user, former head writer for The Ellen DeGeneres show Karen Kilgariff was fired because she wouldn't cross the picket line” during a writer's strike. “When Karen wouldn't cross the picket line she was fired and Ellen never spoke to her again,” they wrote. Alleged hostility and mistreatment of writers proved to be a reigning theme in the thread, with one user claiming that her “friend” who had written for Ellen for two years was never acknowledged by her. “[She] told me Ellen didn't greet her once. In fact, upon employment, staff were told they weren't allowed to talk to her.” TV writer Benjamin Siemon decided to provide the thread with some stories of his own, that included DeGeneres having an irrationally sensitive nose and often picking “someone different to really hate” each day on set. “Everyone must chew gum from a bowl outside her office before talking to her and if she thinks you smell that day you have to go home and shower,” he alleged. “A new staff member was told “every day she picks someone different to really hate. It's not your fault, just suck it up for the day and she'll be mean to someone else the next day. They didn't believe it but it ended up being entirely true.” Another user, who had waited on Ellen at the Los Angeles vegan eatery Real Food Daily, claimed that Ellen “wrote a letter to the owner & complained about [the waitress'] chipped nail polish (not that it was on her plate but just that it was on my hand).” She continued: “I had worked till closing the night before & this was next morning, almost got me fired.” Another terrible restaurant experience included a story which she “threw a plate of salmon” in a waiter's face “bc it wasn't what she ordered.” Comedian Josh Levesque wrote to Porter explaining that a friend of his had worked as a production assistant for The Ellen Show during a time when actor Russell Brand was set to appear as a guest. Brand allegedly “came into the employee break area to chat with the crew and hangout,” but then “Ellen came in and got mad at him.” Apparently, Ellen told Brand that he “didn't have to interact with these people” and “that's why guests have their own area backstage.”
During her Instagram Live on Saturday night, Cardi B clearly wanted more answers regarding what the government is doing while much of the population remains in quarantine. “Are y'all spraying s**t in the street, are y'all gonna one by one take our temperature to see if we got it? How am I supposed to know that I have the Coronavirus?” ranted Cardi to her 60.8 million followers. She revealed that her intense inquisition came about viewing a documentary style YouTube video that explained the action taken by Wuhan, China, “When they put Wuhan, China in quarantine… they were spraying s*** in the streets. They were knocking on each door taking people's temperature.” Wuhan is considered the origin point of the coronavirus, but cases in China have steadily resolved since the initial outbreak. Cardi expressed her frustration towards the uncertainty surrounding the virus' initial asymptomatic nature. “Let's say that I have the coronavirus right now, ok? How am I supposed to know I got it!? Because sometimes I be like "if you have a cough you have it." “But then I be seeing these basketball players who say, like, ‘Yeah, I have the coronavirus, but I don't got no symptoms.’ So, how the f*** am I supposed to know when I am supposed to, like, get tested for it?,” she questioned. She concluded: “That's my problem right there. Y'all ain't really saying what it is! Tell me what it IS and what it AIN'T!”