Cannes Film Festival Postponed
The Cannes Film Festival had to postpone its next event in May due to coronavirus concerns. As the world’s biggest film event, it draws thousands of filmmakers and celebrities to Cannes. “At this time of global health crisis, our thoughts go to the victims of the COVID-19 and we express our solidarity with all of those who are fighting the disease,” a statement from the organizers said.
“As soon as the development of the French and international health situation will allow us to assess the real possibility, we will make our decision known,” the Cannes Film Festival organizers said. Currently, France is on its third day of lockdown. There are almost 11,000 confirmed cases and just under 400 deaths.
Cirque du Soleil Temporarily Lays Off Staff
Cirque du Soleil announced that it temporarily laid off almost all of its staff amid coronavirus concerns. The pandemic has forced the contemporary circus to cancel most of its shows. The job cuts will affect 95% of its staff, almost 4,000 people.
“This was an incredibly difficult decision for the group, but a necessary measure to stabilize the company for the future,” Cirque du Soleil’s statement read. “The company was left with no other option but to call for an unprecedented halt in activity until the pandemic is controlled and its performers, employees and audience members are no longer at risk.”
Harvey Weinstein Moved To Maximum Security Prison
Police transferred former movie producer Harvey Weinstein to a maximum-security prison in upstate New York on Wednesday. There, he will serve a 23-year sentence for sexual assault and rape. Weinstein now serves at the Wende Correctional Facility, located in Alden, east of Buffalo. Once one of Hollywood’s most influential men, Weinstein’s conviction is a huge boost for the #MeToo movement.
More than 100 women accused Weinstein of sexually abusing them for decades prior to his arrest. However, he denied all accusations, saying that the encounters were consensual. He also faces separate charges in Los Angeles. His defense also plans to file an appeal in July.
Garth Brooks Plans Facebook Concert
Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood have announced a new concert, except that you can watch it from your home. On Monday at 7 pm ET, Brooks will host a live-streamed 30-minute set on Facebook. Plus, he will even be taking requests. The set will also be all-acoustic and feature his wife.
‘Cats’ Wins Six Razzie Awards
Movie musical Cats took home 6 Golden Raspberry awards, including Worst Film, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Director. The Razzies were created in 1980, as a tongue-in-cheek rip on the film industry awards. In addition, actors Rebel Wilson and James Corden took home Worst Supporting Actors.