Regal is closing all 536 movie theaters in the U.S. Blame the pandemic—and Bond

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“We are like a grocery shop that doesn’t have vegetables, fruit, meat. We cannot operate for a long time without a product.” Regal’s parent company, Cineworld, has announced it will temporarily close all 536 Regal movie theaters in the United States on Thursday, October 8. The closures come little more than two months after Regal began opening its theaters in August, and it puts the jobs of up to 40,000 employees at risk. Read Full Story

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Here are all the studio movies hitting streaming platforms early because of the coronavirus

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Our confinement viewing options just opened up a bit. We’ll be updating this list as more titles are announced. Unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions. Practicing social distancing for many Americans means staying indoors and figuring out how to stay sane and entertained. And with cinemas closed, enjoying a new movie means streaming. Some movie studios have responded to the coronavirus crisis by making several recent movies available for streaming on platforms like Amazon and iTunes much more quickly than the usual three-to-six month post-theatrical release window. Some films are still in theaters. Even Disney put Frozen II on Disney Plus three months earlier than expected. Read Full Story

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German movie lovers can now watch films out their windows

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Window Flicks supports social distancing as well as aiming to help prop up small, independent cinemas. Movie theaters, where you’re sitting right next to strangers and sharing the same air for several hours, will likely be one of the last social experiences to return after we emerge from lockdowns. And, while Netflix Party viewings were a fun novelty for a while, a German architect felt that online streaming didn’t come close to replicating the communal aspect of watching a film as a group. Read Full Story

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Here are all the major movies that are supposed to hit theaters this year, pandemic be damned

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Confused about all the delays for the year’s biggest movies? You’re not alone. Here’s what studios are planning to release in theaters through the end of the year. At this point in the pandemic—especially with clusters of COVID-19 spiking in certain regions, just as many states are grappling with reopening—it makes sense to assume that everything is canceled. But not everything is shut down amid reopenings. And with the virus still spreading, obviously, the safest thing to do is stay at home. However, there are still an optimistic few in the movie industry who are keeping hope alive that people will come to movie theaters in a matter of mere days. Read Full Story

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How to watch ‘Tenet’: Stream the Christopher Nolan movie and see what all the fuss was about

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No, it’s not on Netflix, but the movie that touched off a debate about cinema in the age of COVID-19 is finally available to stream online. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet touched off a fierce debate about the viability of movie theaters in the age of the coronavirus when it was finally released in early September after multiple delays. In terms of box office performance—the only yardstick that matters to studios—the gamble to release the movie despite a litany of health concerns did not seem to pay off. As the New York Times reported , the big-budget sci-fi movie took in just $29.5 million in its first two weeks, although it performed much better overseas. Americans, it turned out, were not ready to return to cinemas en masse. Read Full Story

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The science behind expressing gratitude will surprise you

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Two psychology researchers detail the connection between gratitude and well-being. The world is currently in the midst of a pandemic where the most useful thing many of us can do is stay at home and keep away from others . Schools , restaurants , office buildings, and movie theaters are closed. Many people are feeling disoriented, disconnected, and scared . Read Full Story

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