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As Covid cases surge in California, Hollywood pauses TV production

As Covid cases surge in California, Hollywood pauses TV production

General view of the Hollywood Sign on November 17, 2020 in Hollywood, California. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin | GC Images | Getty Images After months of rising coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in California, several Hollywood guilds and labor unions are recommending that in-person production of television shows and independent films be temporarily …

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whisky tastings, castles and spa

whisky tastings, castles and spa

For fans of the popular television series “Outlander,” train travel is one of the easiest ways to soak up the sites of the Scottish Highlands. Since the show’s debut in 2014, the number of visitors to the mostly rural northern part of Scotland has increased so much that the rise …

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Sales plummeted 80%, the lowest haul in decades

Sales plummeted 80%, the lowest haul in decades

A Cinemark employee serves popcorn to a customer at a concession stand at Cinemark’s Century 16 at the South Point Hotel & Casino on August 14, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller | Getty Images News | Getty Images With just a few days before the end of the …

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Wonder Woman 1984 opening weekend leads to fast-tracked third film

Wonder Woman 1984 opening weekend leads to fast-tracked third film

Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in “Wonder Woman 1984.” Warner Bros. “Wonder Woman 1984” soared into theaters on Christmas day and secured the highest box office opening of any film released domestically since the coronavirus pandemic crippled the entertainment industry in mid-March. On Sunday, Warner Bros. revealed that the …

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What the superhero film can make

What the superhero film can make

Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in “Wonder Woman 1984.” Warner Bros. Can a nostalgia-packed superhero flick convince people to leave their couches and head to the cinemas? “Wonder Woman 1984” seeks to answer that question. Movie theater owners are hopeful that the “Wonder Woman” sequel, which arrives Christmas Day, …

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How to travel this Christmas through live virtual tours

How to travel this Christmas through live virtual tours

For people staying safely at home this holiday season, new virtual tours let anyone with an internet connection tour famous Christmas destinations around the world.    Homebound travelers can book live interactive tours with local guides to learn about everything from the religious sites of Jerusalem to the department store …

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What critics are saying about Pixar’s newest film

What critics are saying about Pixar's newest film

Jamie Foxx voices Joe Gardner in Disney Pixar’s “Soul.” Disney Pixar has done it again. Disney’s Academy Award-winning studio is set to release its latest triumph on the company’s streaming service on Christmas Day. “Soul,” the 23rd feature from Pixar, focuses on Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a music teacher with …

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‘The Mandalorian’ is ushering in new era of Star Wars on Disney+

'The Mandalorian' is ushering in new era of Star Wars on Disney+

The Child, popularly known as “Baby Yoda,” is a character in the new Disney+ series, “The Mandalorian” Episodic Photos, Disney *This post contains spoilers for “The Mandalorian” season two.*  When the final credits rolled on “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” fans who had eagerly awaited the final chapter in the Skywalker …

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ reviews: What critics are saying

'Wonder Woman 1984' reviews: What critics are saying

Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in “Wonder Woman 1984.” Warner Bros. “‘Wonder Woman 1984’ isn’t great and it isn’t terrible,” writes Stephanie Zacharek of Time Magazine. That seems to be the general consensus from critics as the sequel film arrives in international cinemas this weekend. The highly anticipated follow-up …

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Can you travel to Europe without quarantining? A new program allows it

Can you travel to Europe without quarantining? A new program allows it

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­New preflight testing programs are allowing a small number of Americans to have a European Christmas holiday this year after all. On Tuesday, Delta Air Lines launched a Covid-19 testing program for customers flying from Atlanta to Amsterdam, while a second program is scheduled to start on Saturday for Delta …

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AMC could benefit from bankruptcy, analysts say

AMC secures $100 million investment but bankruptcy concerns still loom

For the largest cinema chain in the world, bankruptcy could be the best option to survive the coronavirus pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has battered theaters since March, crunching their bottom lines, but no one has been hit harder than AMC. The cinema chain headed into the pandemic with nearly $5 billion in …

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Disney Investor Day 2020 announcements

Disney Investor Day 2020 announcements

Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company and former head of Walt Disney Parks and Experiences, speaks during a media preview of the D23 Expo 2019 in Anaheim, California, Aug. 22, 2019. Patrick T. Fallon | Bloomberg via Getty Images Disney’s streaming service Disney+ continues to gain subscribers. On …

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Jay-Z becomes latest cultural influencer to launch a cannabis brand

Jay-Z becomes latest cultural influencer to launch a cannabis brand

Jay-Z’s got 99 problems but launching a pot brand ain’t one. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter — the billionaire rapper and global business mogul behind a multitude of successful companies including D’Usse cognac, streaming service Tidal and entertainment firm Roc Nation — can now add premium cannabis brand Monogram to his portfolio. …

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Like Airbnb, but for rich people

Like Airbnb, but for rich people

From the marinas of Monaco to the slopes of Aspen, it’s no secret where the wealthy like to go on holiday. But where they stay is more of a mystery. Rental homes offer space and privacy, while luxury hotels come with “as you wish” service staff willing to bend over …

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How Spotify hopes to win the podcasting wars

How Spotify hopes to win the podcasting wars

The Spotify app on an iPhone. Fabian Sommer | picture alliance | Getty Images One big phenomenon during the pandemic of 2020 has been the rise in digital audio as millions of listeners of all ages turn to online music and podcasts to get them through their darkest times. Spotify …

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A wine region for the whole family

A wine region for the whole family

Wine touring has traditionally been for adults only, but that may be changing. Western Australia is at the forefront of a small but growing trend to turn wine touring into a travel activity the whole family can enjoy. Though international travelers aren’t allowed to enter Australia right now, the distribution …

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Historic airline photos from ‘Golden Age of Travel’

Historic airline photos from 'Golden Age of Travel'

Commercial air travel has come a long way since the “Golden Age of Travel” — an era marked by glamour, gourmet food and dapper passengers.   While complaints about smaller seats and expensive tickets are rife today, a look into the history of commercial aviation shows that today’s customer experience …

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Resorts set up social distancing for tourists

Resorts set up social distancing for tourists

From treetop dining to underwater villas, the Maldives is coming up imaginative ways to help travelers stay socially distanced while still enjoying a vacation. The island nation reopened to visitors on July 15, and more than 57,000 tourists have visited since. More airlines set to resume flights this month and …

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This will be the worst Thanksgiving box office in decades

This will be the worst Thanksgiving box office in decades

Clark Duke, Kailey Crawford and Cloris Leachman voice Thunk, Sandy and Gran in “The Croods: A New Age” Universal The week of Thanksgiving is typically a robust time at the box office, but this year the coronavirus pandemic has crippled the film industry, leaving little doubt that the November holiday …

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‘The Croods: A New Age’ reviews: What critics are saying

'The Croods: A New Age' reviews: What critics are saying

Clark Duke, Kailey Crawford and Cloris Leachman voice Thunk, Sandy and Gran in “The Croods: A New Age” Universal Remember “The Croods?” It wouldn’t be surprising if your answer was “no.” The Dreamworks Animation film seemed to blip on the radar in 2013 and disappear despite racking up $600 million …

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Fender sales boom as guitar playing surges during the pandemic

Fender sales boom as guitar playing surges during the pandemic

Fender Musical Instruments’ CEO Andy Mooney says a boom in guitar sales is happening during the coronavirus pandemic. Henry Diltz Business was looking pretty grim for Fender Musical Instruments Corp., the legendary guitar maker, when the coronavirus pandemic reached U.S. shores last March. Suddenly, 90% of its worldwide dealers’ physical …

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Will audiences return to the movies? They already have.

Will audiences return to the movies? They already have.

Hollywood has always captured the fascination of the American public. But, as Covid-19 takes aim at global businesses, it’s been for the wrong reasons. Even in spite of the encouraging news on vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna that have people finally believing that there may be an end in sight …

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Best new hotels in Bangkok, Bali, Bhutan and Japan

Best new hotels in Bangkok, Bali, Bhutan and Japan

Many hotels named among the “best new hotels of 2020” this year have yet to welcome a single guest. The global pandemic pushed plans to open highly anticipated new hotels near the wineries of California’s Napa Valley to the banks of Paris’s River Seine, with many rescheduling openings well into …

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Warner Bros. weighs ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ options

Warner Bros. weighs 'Wonder Woman 1984' options

Gal Gadot stars as Wonder Woman in “Wonder Woman 1984.” Warner Bros. With six weeks to go before “Wonder Woman 1984” is set to debut in theaters, Warner Bros. executives are still debating the film’s release strategy. According to multiple media reports, studio execs are torn between a strategy that …

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Coronavirus hurt theme parks, costing Disney $2.4 billion

Coronavirus hurt theme parks, costing Disney $2.4 billion

Views of the Disneyland theme park, still closed due to COVID-19 on July 11, 2020 in Anaheim, California. AaronP/Bauer-Griffin | GC Images | Getty Images While the majority of Disney’s theme parks were open during the company’s fiscal fourth quarter, the continued closure of Disneyland in the U.S. resulted in …

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Disneyland still closed in California, dragging on Disney earnings

Disneyland still closed in California, dragging on Disney earnings

Brittany Losey takes a picture with her daughter Madison Losey, 7, outside the entrance to Disneyland at the Disneyland Resort is closed in Anaheim, CA, on Thursday, October 22, 2020. MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images | MediaNews Group | Getty Images Before the pandemic Michael Afram’s transportation company …

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No shows, no health care — shutdown crushes actors

No shows, no health care — shutdown crushes actors

Isabelle McCalla, Caitlin Kinnunen, and the cast of “The Prom” perform during the 2019 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 9, 2019 in New York City. Theo Wargo | Getty Images Just over a year ago, Caitlin Kinnunen was sitting in Radio City Music Hall shoulder-to-shoulder with …

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How to travel safely and host travelers over the holidays

How to travel safely and host travelers over the holidays

Despite rising Covid-19 infections throughout the United States, Europe and beyond, people are preparing to travel in late 2020. According to a survey by travel booking app Hopper, 39% of Americans are expected to travel during the upcoming holiday season. By that estimate, nearly 130 million people will be hitting …

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Sylvester Stallone to auction some of his most prized watches

Sylvester Stallone to auction some of his most prized watches

  Sylvester Stallone attends the premiere of HBO Documentary Film “Very Ralph” at The Paley Center for Media on November 11, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. Rich Fury | Getty Images Sylvester Stallone is auctioning off some of his most prized watches, including two that became famous in his movies. …

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