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AFM: COVID Costs Continue to Plague Indie Sector

Vaccinations are up, hospitalisations down and, as evidenced by the crowds of international buyers at the Lowes Hotel for AFM this week, global travel is back. But for the industry, COVD, and the complications it brings for financing, insuring and producing independent films, is here to stay.  “The financial impact of COVID, the logistics, COVID […]

Bill Murray Had to Drop Out of Wes Anderson’s ‘Asteroid City’ Due to COVID

Bill Murray had to drop out of Wes Anderson’s Asteroid City just before its shoot in Spain got underway due to COVID-19, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Murray, among Wes Anderson’s longtime collaborators, was attached early to the film now in postproduction. But Murray being absent from Focus Features’ star-studded cast list for Asteroid City […]

President Biden Tests Positive for COVID-19, Has “Mild Symptoms”

President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and is experiencing “very mild symptoms,” the White House said, as new variants of the highly contagious virus challenge the nation’s efforts to get back to normal after two and a half years of pandemic disruptions. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden has begun […]

Queen Elizabeth Meets With Justin Trudeau in First In-Person Engagement Since She Tested Positive for COVID-19

Queen Elizabeth II met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday, smiling and greeting him in front of a large bouquet of blue and yellow flowers, the colors of the Ukrainian flag. The audience was the queen’s first in-person engagement since she tested positive for COVID-19 on Feb. 20. Buckingham Palace declined to comment […]

New York City to Lift Vaccine Mandate for Entertainment Venues, Restaurants

New York City and Los Angeles are lifting some of their strictest COVID-19 prevention measures as officials in big cities around the U.S. push for a return to normalcy after two grueling years of the pandemic. New York City, which has long prided itself as having the nation’s toughest COVID-19 safety protocols, will do away […]

Biden Outlines New COVID-19 Plan to Not Allow “Virus to Dictate How We Live”

It’s time for America to stop letting the coronavirus “dictate how we live,” President Joe Biden’s White House declared Wednesday, outlining a strategy to allow people to return to many normal activities safely after two years of pandemic disruptions. One highlight is a new “test to treat” plan to provide free antiviral pills at pharmacies […]

CDC Says Many Healthy Americans Can Take a Break From Wearing Masks

Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the new set of measures for communities where COVID-19 is easing its grip, with less of a focus on positive test […]

Amanda Kloots Tests Positive for COVID, “Will Be Missing Some Days” at ‘The Talk’

Amanda Kloots will be missing from The Talk stage after testing positive for COVID-19. The CBS talk show co-host shared her diagnosis in an Instagram post on Thursday, noting that she is currently quarantining and as a result will not be appearing on the show for “some days.” “My @thetalkcbs family! Unfortunately, I tested positive […]

Berlin Shortens Film Festival, Requires Vaccination and Testing

The Berlin International Film Festival has cut three days off its official screening schedule for 2022 and introduced new coronavirus measures, requiring attendees to be both fully vaccinated or recently recovered from a COVID-19 infection, plus show a recent negative COVID test. Berlin 2022 will now run Feb. 10-16, with the festival’s Gold and Silver […]

Sweden’s Goteborg Festival to Experiment With Mass Hypnosis

After locking audience members in a coffin to test the limits of claustrophobia and taking social isolation to the extreme by stranding a single viewer for seven days on an island in the North Sea, Sweden’s Goteborg Film Festival will use its 2022 event to experiment with mass hypnosis. At gala screenings for three films […]

Omicron: Rotterdam Film Festival Goes Virtual Amid COVID Lockdown

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has canceled its in-person event in response to the coronavirus pandemic, announcing Thursday that the 2022 festival in January will be online-only. The move was expected after the Dutch government put the entire country on lockdown, citing concerns over rising COVID-19 infection rates driven by the Omicron variant. The lockdown, […]

Omicron: Belgium to Shut Cinemas, Following Denmark and Netherlands

Belgium has become the latest European country to shut down cinemas, as well as concert halls and other entertainment venues, in an effort to stop the spread of the highly-contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus. The Belgium government on Wednesday said it would close all movie theaters starting this weekend. Other measures, including banning sports […]