Coronavirus—the entertainment industry’s worst nightmare

Adeta Chareunsab

From delayed movie releases to canceled concert tours, the coronavirus has taken over the entertainment industry.

The pandemic has swept across the U.S., becoming the biggest threat to cinephiles, music lovers and celebrities themselves.

Upcoming blockbusters like “Fast and Furious 9” and “A Quiet Place Part II” have been delayed, and movie theaters have shut down to help slow the spread of the virus.

On the musical side of the entertainment industry, tours and music festivals have been canceled left and right to limit the spread of the virus.

Singer Billie Eilish had to cancel the remaining tour dates of her “WHERE DO WE GO” North American tour due to the rising concerns of the coronavirus.

Shortly after canceling the tour, Eilish made a story highlight on her Instagram, emphasizing the importance of social distancing and quarantining oneself at home due to the risk of spreading the virus any further.

“You’ve got to take care of yourself, take care of your family and the people that surround you,” Eilish said in her video.

Even talk-show hosts have started to record their shows without a live audience.

A few hours after DeGeneres announced she would record with no audience, she said production of her show will be completely suspended until further notice.

“We just want to take every precaution to ensure that we do our part to keep everyone healthy,” DeGeneres tweeted. “I love you guys, and can’t wait to come back. I’m already bored.”

Although quarantining ourselves at home and physically distancing ourselves from the ones we love might not be the most ideal way to spend our sudden free time, there are a variety of entertaining ways to make our time alone seem less suffering.

For the film nerds wanting to get some popcorn and watch the newest films, Universal Studios announced it will be releasing their current films online.

You can now stream movies like “The Invisible Man” and “The Hunt” at the rental price of $19.99 for a 48-hour period.

And for the Disney fans out there, Disney+ has released “Frozen II” three months earlier than originally planned.

If you have any movie streaming service, there’s a good chance you have some binge-watching opportunities.

And for those of you who already have post-concert depression from the concert you get to go to, musical artists have started a new trend of performing virtual concerts.

Just like everyone else, celebrities also have to quarantine themselves at home and find a way to entertain themselves out of boredom. Artists have joined together in a movement called “#TogetherAtHome,” where they have their own in-home concerts live-streamed on various media platforms. Singer John Legend was one of the first few artists to hop on this trend.

“A lot of musicians and artists and entertainers are unable to go out and do the thing that we do best, which is perform live at venues with lots of people,” Legend told The Associated Press after his live stream. “So we’re trying to find ways to stay in touch with people and give them some love.”

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