In wake of coronavirus, Hollywood should stream ‘Mulan,’ ‘Quiet Place 2,’ and new Fast and Furious

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As the big studios delay their big spring movies because of the pandemic, they need to commit to putting them on their new streaming services. On Thursday morning, John Krasinski, the writer-director-star of A Quiet Place Part II , announced that he and his studio, Paramount Pictures, would be holding the release of their highly anticipated sequel due to the global coronavirus pandemic. Read Full Story

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Bond is sidelined, Mulan’s on the fence: How COVID-19 coronavirus is upending entertainment

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Here’s the state of play as the pandemic starts to spread in the United States. The world’s top analysts have predicted that the global film industry faces a $5 billion loss due to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). China’s entertainment industry was the first to come to a halt in January amid the fallout, with over 70,000 movie theaters (plus the Hong Kong and Shanghai Disneyland theme parks) temporarily shut down. In Korea, which has also been hard hit and is the fifth-largest box office in the world, local films such as Call and Innocence have been delayed amid low attendance and fewer screenings, so that theater teams can sanitize auditoriums. Read Full Story

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Salone del Mobile, the world’s largest design fair, is postponed due to coronavirus

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The new trends are taking a backseat to global health concerns. As coronavirus spread through China, it halted production on all sorts of goods, as employees fell sick or under quarantine. Now that it’s found its way into Italy, coronavirus is impacting the world of design: Salone del Mobile in Milan is being delayed to June 16-21 from its original start date in April. The new dates are in big, bold lettering on the event’s website . Read Full Story

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NASA’s amazing space telescope will peer 13.5 billion years into the past

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After nearly a quarter-century and several delays, the $9.6 billion James Webb Space Telescope is in the home stretch for a 2021 launch. It’s a sight out of a science-fiction novel—a soaring tower of hexagonal gold mirrors atop a massive five-layered silver sunshield and a circular spacecraft bus. Polished to within nanometers of accuracy, the mirrors front a quartet of complex instruments sensitive enough to decipher alien atmospheres and peer back to the dawn of time. Read Full Story

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Yelp reveals America’s coronavirus cravings: More pizza, more fast food, more guns

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Today the company released a “Local Economy Coronavirus Impact Report,” which details how consumer interests have shifted due to coronavirus. Yelp, the public business locator and review hub, is in a prime position to gather insight on consumer behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic. Because when someone gets a craving for ice cream, or Chinese food, or brand-new guns, they’ll probably do a Yelp search to figure out where to get that fix. Read Full Story

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You can now add a real Van Gogh to your ‘Animal Crossing’ home thanks to the Getty Museum

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The Getty Museum created a generator that allows you to access its art collection for all your Animal Crossing needs. In a bit of grim serendipity, the sweeping stay-at-home mandates due to the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with the release of Nintendo’s life simulation game Animal Crossing: New Horizons , which has undoubtedly added to the game’s immense popularity. Read Full Story

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Macy’s will reopen another 80 stores for Memorial Day weekend, while warning of $1.1 billion loss

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Macy’s says sales could be down by as much as 45% due to temporary store closures, and the overall coronavirus-induced downturn to the economy. Macy’s has released the preliminary financial results for its fiscal Q1, and its forecast shows just how badly the iconic department store chain has been hit by the coronavirus crisis, reports CNBC. The company said it expects a first-quarter operating loss of between $905 million and $1.1 billion. That’s compared to $203 million in net income for the same quarter a year ago. Read Full Story

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