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As it faces up to the huge coronavirus challenge, exhibition giant Cineworld has suspended payment of its 2019 fourth quarter dividend of 4.25c per share and upcoming 2020 quarterly dividends in a bid to “conserve cash wherever possible”. The Regal-owner also announced today that executive directors will defer payment of their salaries and bonuses. Non-executive
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Middle East distributor Front Row Filmed Entertainment is shifting a raft of theatrical releases online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has shuttered cinemas across the region. It’s rare for MENA distributors to forego theatrical releases on decent-sized movies given strict windowing rules. But the current climate will see Front Row kick off ‘Premium VOD’
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Paramount just made some release date changes given the unpredictable coronavirus climate. The long-awaited Tom Cruise Skydance sequel Top Gun Maverick is now going on Wednesday December 23, 2020, instead of June 24. This will push the Chris Pratt sci-fi Skydance movie The Tomorrow War to an unset date. The new date for Top Gun Maverick gives the
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There are more than enough streaming and VOD titles of all genres in the specialty arena making their debut this weekend as they shift from theatrical to streaming for your quarantine entertainment. For those who need to quench their thirst for a rom-com, Mike Doyle’s Almost Love is set to premiere. The Vertical Entertainment film made
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More betting by the major studios that moviegoing occurs later this season in the coronavirus climate, than earlier this summer as Universal/MGM’s Candyman reboot moves from June 12 to Sept. 25. In the wake of Paramount, Warner Bros. and Sony shifting their movies out of the earlier part of summer as questions hang over when exhibition
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The mother studio of franchise pics, Disney, made some release date changes today which further underscores studios’ planning that the summer box office season starts later than sooner. With Artemis Fowl, originally on Memorial Day weekend, heading to Disney+, and Universal’s Candyman now on Sept. 25, Disney/Pixar’s Soul is left standing at the expected first pic of summer. First off, despite
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France’s National Film Center, the CNC, has taken measures to relax the country’s notoriously strict windows policy during the coronavirus pandemic. A reduction from the traditional four-month delay between theatrical release and DVD or TVOD was earlier granted for all titles that were already in cinemas on March 14, while movies whose release was set
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In what is considered an anomaly in the industry for an on-demand rental title (not sellthrough): Dreamworks Animation/Universal’s Trolls World Tour is now available for pre-order on FandangoNOW in advance of the pic’s April 10 availability date. While pre-orders for sell-through titles like Bad Boys for Life are quite common, that’s not the case with VOD rental titles. In
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Support measures for exhibitors in Korea were unveiled this week which include seeing them exempted from paying into the national movie development fund, as one of the world’s biggest markets suffers cinema closures and all-time box office lows amid the coronavirus crisis. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Hong Nam-ki announced the moves on Wednesday,
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EXCLUSIVE: A majority of moviegoers definitely plan to head back to movie theaters once COVID-19 quells, however, 56% will take their time. The results were unveiled this morning in analytics corp EDO’s “Social Distancing Moviegoing and TV Habits” report which polled 6,8k respondents nationwide last week (March 24-28), largely moviegoers, on their at-home viewing habits
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AMC Theatres CEO Adam Aron sat down for an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Alley today, telling the show’s hosts that the chain’s possible re-opening between May to mid-June is still “more of the right timing, but nobody knows.” Aron shut down the biggest exhibition chain out of coronavirus safety on March 17, and believes a three-month window
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It might appear that Sony just gutted their 2020 schedule. WTF just happened? Did the studio suddenly abandon all hope in its slate? That’s hardly the case: it’s just insurance for the future. And, yes, by and large, all the schedule changes that occurred tonight were in response to the current coronavirus climate. With various
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Editors’ Note: With full acknowledgment of the big-picture implications of a pandemic that has already claimed thousands of lives, cratered global economies and closed international borders, Deadline’s Coping With COVID-19 Crisis series is a forum for those in the entertainment space grappling with myriad consequences of seeing a great industry screech to a halt. The
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What an amazing weekend this would have been at the box office, that is if all was well in the world. Disney originally had their live-action version of Mulan fired up to go before the worldwide exhibition shutdown occurred, plus it would have been sharing the marquee with the second-weekend of Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part
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Kino Lorber’s Kino Marquee initiative, which looks to help arthouses at a time when they’ve been shuttered in the coronavirus climate, has mushroomed from 12 theaters last week to 150 including Alamo Drafthouse and Laemmle Theaters. For the price of $12, Kino Marquee is streaming last year’s Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner, Bacurau, on arthouses’
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The specialty box office space has quickly adapted to the changing film landscape as many are shifting to virtual theatrical openings. Many indie and arthouse titles do day and date releases and are VOD-only so the transition, for the most part, is familiar territory for many distributors and production companies. Written and directed by Jonathan
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Focus Features’ latest title Never Rarely Sometimes Always, will be available at home on-demand for $19.99 48-hour viewing period starting Friday, April 3. The Eliza Hittman directed and written teenage drama, which has 99% certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, faced the unfortunate circumstance of opening in New York and Los Angeles during the weekend when
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From Saturday, a first batch of 205 cinemas will re-open for business in Shanghai. This follows last weekend’s opening of 500+ theaters in other China provinces, though Shanghai becomes the first tier one city to turn the lights back on as the coronavirus reportedly abates in the Middle Kingdom. The Shanghai municipal government made the
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Today Scott Cooper issued an open letter, applauding the Senate’s passage of the $2.2 trillion relief bill as a “much-need positive news to an industry I cherish”, particularly in regards to how it’s primed to help movie theaters during this time when they have fixed costs to maintain over several months, and zero revenue coming
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