In recent days, prominent pop culture figures — including Rock Hall inductee Jackson Browne, actor Daniel Dae Kim and late-night host Andy Cohen — announced that they tested positive for covid-19. Warner Bros. has delayed the anticipated “Wonder Woman” sequel by two months. AMC, Regal and Landmark closed all of their theater locations, and the Cannes Film Festival has been postponed indefinitely. Here is a closer look at how else the outbreak has hit the film, television and music industries. (Note that, while indicative of scope, the list below is not exhaustive.)
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“Look, we live in a divided world right now. We can all feel it,” Elba said in the video. “But now’s the time for solidarity. Now’s the time for thinking about each other.”
“Hawaii Five-0” star Daniel Dae Kim shared in an Instagram post on March 19 that he had tested positive for covid-19 after spending several weeks filming “New Amsterdam” in New York, “where ironically I play a doctor who gets recruited to a hospital to help patients during a flu pandemic.” He boarded a plane — while asymptomatic, he noted — to his home state of Hawaii, where he was eventually tested after exhibiting symptoms.
“Bachelor” alum Colton Underwood announced on Instagram the afternoon of March 20 that he had tested positive despite “following all of the social distancing rules since last week” and encouraged his followers to stay home. Less than two hours later, “Watch What Happens Live!” host Andy Cohen shared his own covid-19 diagnosis and wrote that he would be “putting a pin” in his plans to shoot the show from his home.
Singer-songwriter Jackson Browne told Rolling Stone he tested positive for covid-19 after experiencing “a small cough and a temperature.” Though he is unsure when he got coronavirus, he suspected it might have been from a trip he made to New York for the annual Love Rocks NYC benefit.
“So many people that have it aren’t going to be tested,” Browne said in the interview, published March 24. “They don’t have symptoms, but they might have it and might be able to pass it on. That’s what younger readers need to understand: They need to take part in the global response to stop the spread."
Meanwhile, the Metropolitan Museum of Art postponed its annual Met Gala. The event, held on the first Monday in May since 2005, is usually one of the year’s largest gatherings of celebrities. Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who hosts the gala, wrote the magazine’s website, “Due to the unavoidable and responsible decision by the Metropolitan Museum to close its doors, About Time, and the opening night gala, will be postponed to a later date.”
Productions: “Mission: Impossible 7″ was set to shoot in Venice for three weeks, a plan Paramount Pictures set on the back burner in February after local officials put a stop to public gatherings.
Disney also suspended several projects, including the live-action “Little Mermaid” film and Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley,” which falls under the Fox Searchlight banner. Marvel Studios, which Disney operates, paused its “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” production in Australia after director Destin Daniel Cretton decided to self-isolate per a doctor’s recommendation.
Warner Bros. put a temporary stop to “The Batman,” which features Robert Pattinson in the lead role, and placed the Will Smith tennis film “King Richard” and the third installment in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise on hiatus. The studio is also producing the Elvis Presley biopic that Hanks was in preproduction for when he tested positive for the coronavirus in Australia.
Theaters: AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas, the country’s largest theater chains, announced that they would be closing all their locations for the foreseeable future. Landmark Theatres, the smaller chain known for screening independent and foreign films, has also shut down.
Releases: One of the first major releases to be delayed over coronavirus concerns was that of “No Time to Die,” the latest film in the James Bond franchise. MGM, Universal and longtime Bond producers collectively decided to push the premiere from April to November.
Universal also made the bold decision to push the release of “Fast and Furious 9” by nearly a year, from this May to April 2021. The studio announced Monday that its current titles — “Trolls World Tour,” “The Hunt,” “Invisible Man” and Focus Features’s “Emma” — will be made available on-demand as well as in theaters that are still open.
Paramount delayed the Chinese release of “Sonic the Hedgehog” in February and, in March, indefinitely postponed “A Quiet Place Part II” and “The Lovebirds” worldwide.
Joining “Mulan” in Disney’s limbo zone are “New Mutants” and “Antlers,” which were both acquired by the media conglomerate when it bought out Fox last year. “Black Widow,” the stand-alone Marvel film set to hit theaters in May, was indefinitely postponed on March 17.
Warner Bros. became the latest studio to delay a tentpole film with “Wonder Woman 1984,” which it pushed from June to August. The company has indefinitely pulled dates for “In the Heights,” “Malignant” and “Scoob” as well, according to Variety.
Festivals: After much speculation, the Cannes Film Festival confirmed on March 19 that it would not be holding the two-week event in May. The temporary plan in place is to postpone the festival to the end of June and beginning of July, according to the organizers’s statement.
Talk shows: Numerous daytime and late-night talk shows announced last week that they would be taping future episodes without a live studio audience, including those hosted by James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Andy Cohen, Samantha Bee, Greg Gutfeld, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Ellen DeGeneres and more.
ABC eventually decided to suspend production on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” following similar decisions by NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” and CBS’s “Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” The syndicated “Wendy Williams Show” won’t tape, either. HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” are going on hiatus.
Colbert had a bit of fun the night of March 16, delivering a monologue from the comfort of his bathtub.
Reality shows: The game shows “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy!” have also halted production temporarily. Reality series such as CBS’s “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and ABC’s “The Bachelorette,” produced by Warner Bros. Television, have been suspended or postponed.
Productions: Deadline reported on March 12 that NBCUniversal has halted production on around 35 shows. This includes “Saturday Night Live,” which was scheduled to return on March 28, all the Dick Wolf shows, as well as series the company produces for other platforms, such as Netflix’s “Russian Doll” and Apple’s “Little America.” Shows on other broadcast networks, such as ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy,” have also taken breaks.
Warner Bros. Television suspended work on “Riverdale” in early March after someone who works on the Vancouver production tested positive for the coronavirus. It also shut down other CW series, such as “Batwoman,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl,” as well as CBS sitcoms such as “Young Sheldon.”
WarnerMedia Entertainment has stopped production on HBO’s “Righteous Gemstones” and TNT’s long-awaited adaptation of “Snowpiercer.” The second season of HBO’s “Euphoria” has been delayed, and it remains to be seen how the soon-to-film “Barry” and “Succession” will be affected.
Netflix hit pause on its scripted television shows in the United States and Canada, including “Stranger Things,” “Grace and Frankie” and “The Witcher,” among others. Marvel suspended its Disney Plus series, including “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Loki” and “WandaVision.” Apple shows, such as “The Morning Show,” and Hulu series, such as “The Handmaid’s Tale,” are taking a break. The third season of FX’s “Atlanta” and the fourth of “Fargo” have also been suspended.
AMC announced March 24 that the 10th season of “The Walking Dead” would end prematurely on April 5, as “current events have unfortunately made it impossible to complete post-production” on the season finale. It will air later in the year as a special episode.
Celebrities: Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge, whom Bloomberg News described as “music’s most powerful executive,” has been hospitalized after testing positive in Los Angeles.
Events: South by Southwest organizers canceled the March music, film and tech festival on the recommendation of Austin city officials just a week before it was set to begin — a tipping point for other gatherings of its kind. Soon enough, the entertainment company Goldenvoice, which produces the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival as well as its country music counterpart, Stagecoach, announced that both festivals would be postponed by several months, from April to October.
The announcements followed the Ultra Music Festival and Calle Ocho cancellations in Miami.
The Eurovision song contest, originally scheduled to be held in the Netherlands in May, was canceled on March 18: “This edition was an excellent opportunity to understand each other differently in a period of uncertainty in Europe, but above all an opportunity to really bring Europe together,” Shula Rijxman, chairwoman of the Dutch broadcaster NPO, said in a statement. “Music is universally binding and — I am sure — it will stay that way. Even after this corona crisis."
Concerts: Several artists have postponed legs of their upcoming or ongoing tours, including Billie Eilish, Green Day, Kenny Chesney, Khalid, Pearl Jam, Pixies, the Rolling Stones, and the Who. Live Nation and AEG, as well as several agencies, announced they would be postponing touring arena shows through the end of March, including those of Tame Impala, the Strokes, Cher and Chris Stapleton.
Some artists, such as BTS, Madonna and the National, canceled specific dates.
Residencies: Kelly Clarkson announced that, in addition to shutting down production on her talk show, she would be postponing the April opening of her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater. Caesars suspended all performances, including Shania Twain and Rod Stewart’s, through March 31. The Jonas Brothers axed their April residency at Park MGM.