As the novel coronavirus continues to spread, a new kind of cancel culture has taken hold in the entertainment industry. But over the weekend the hammer came down, with state, county and local governments in California and beyond closing most entertainment venues. On March 15, the state, Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles ordered the shutdown of movie theaters, nightclubs, bars, arcades, bowling alleys and more through at least March 31. Other cities have done the same, with many following or exceeding L.A.’s example. Takeout and drive-through orders at restaurants are still allowed. In recent weeks, before those closures, movie releases, film festivals, concerts and other entertainment events involving crowds and international travel had already taken a hit from the spread of the COVID-19 respiratory illness. Universal Pictures took the extraordinary step March 16 of collapsing the theatrical window on its films, announcing that current movies including “The Invisible Man,” “The Hunt” and “Emma” will be available on-demand sooner than 90 days after the movies’ theatrical release. Disney had done the same with the streaming release of “Frozen 2″ on Disney+, which happened March 15. Advertisement The venerable South by Southwest multimedia conference in Austin, Texas, was… Read full this story
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