The entertainment industry is facing the devastation brought on by COVID-19 head-on. With concerts and music festivals being canceled, Broadway having its lights out until at least June, and a slew of film release dates being pushed back or canceled entirely, many are wondering when the industry will be able to recover whenever the dust begins to settle. To make matters worse, entertainers such as jazz musicians Ellis Marsalis and Manu Dibango died from complications stemming from the illness.
Hollywood is, of course, feeling this pandemic’s sting pretty hard, but those involved in the filmmaking industry are not in a rush to get people’s butts back into movie theater seats.
Vanity Fair asked a slew of film professionals for their thoughts about cities opening movie theaters and easing quarantine and social distancing restrictions, including Oscar winner Spike Lee, who is not about that life.
In an email sent to the publication, Lee said “Open Movie Theatres Now? Hell To Da Naw. I Got Alot More Movies To Make, Not Rollin’ Da Dice Wit’ Da Only Life I Got.” He also added, “TESTING. TESTING And Mo’ TESTING.”
Well, there you have it. If Spike Lee says don’t open movie theaters, make sure you Do The Right Thing and listen to him. According to the article, Lee’s next film is the Chadwick Boseman-led war drama Da 5 Bloods, which will be available for streaming on Netflix.
It appears that Hollywood is getting along without movie theaters just fine. Many production companies and film studios are either pushing film release dates back several months, or opting to partner with streaming services to drop their projects. For instance, the animated film Trolls World Tour became available for digital rental via Amazon Prime Video on April 10, while the Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani comedy The Lovebirds, which was originally scheduled for release in theaters on April 3, will premiere on Netflix May 22.
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As we read report after report of COVID-19 disproportionately affecting the black community, it only makes sense that we have our own special centered around the pandemic. In what looks to be an edu-tainment night, BET will be broadcasting Saving Our Selves: A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort.
In the weeks since we first reported on Saving Our Selves, the list of performers for the night has become pretty beefy, now including Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Fantasia, Jonathan McReynolds, Kelly Price, Tasha Cobbs, Le’Andria Johnson, Melvin Crispell III, John Legend, Usher, Jhene Aiko, Chloe X Halle, CeeLo Green, H.E.R., Ella Mai, Jermaine Dupri, Ludacris, Swae Lee, Tyrese Gibson, Buju Banton, DJ D-Nice, SiR, D Smoke and Charlie Wilson.
Plus, Tiffany Haddish, Idris Elba, Ciara, Don Cheadle, Mike Epps, Deon Cole, Angela Rye, Dr. Rheeda Walker, Charlamagne Tha God, Symone D. Sanders, DJ Khaled and Chance The Rapper will be making guest appearances.
BRING JOE BACK: Trey Songz’s Shaky “Power” Intro Returns For Episode 2, Gets Re-Dragged To Hell
Another week, another relentless wave of Trey Songz slander fueled by 50 Cent & Starz remixing the classic, Joe-performed “Big Rich Town” intro for the sixth and final season in a genuinely BAFFLING decision that has fans on edge.
It all started with medium spicy banter from fans thrown off by a less-than-amazing intro remix and quickly spilled onto Trey’s IG comments where he’s been bullied since last Sunday.
At one point, things got so spicy that 50 Cent promised to change the intro back to the original (which he clearly didn’t) in the latest hilariously petty chapter of our fave premium TV saga.
Peep the pettiest reactions to Trey Songz’s popping up on Episode 2 on the flip.