As the coronavirus pandemic shows no signs of slowing down any time soon, cancellations and postponements in the entertainment industry continue — from tours to awards shows and film productions, the virus is putting a halt to most, if not all, events.
Universal Pictures announced on April 1 that the animated sequel “Minions: The Rise of Gru” is being moved a year from its July 3 release to July 2, 2021. In addition, an in-the-works big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical “Wicked” has been delayed indefinitely off its Dec. 22, 2021 date – the animated sequel “Sing 2” is taking its place after being moved from its summer 2021 release by “Rise of Gru.”
The Miami hip-hop festival Rolling Loud, which was set for May 8-10, announced on April 1 its postponement to Feb. 12-14 of next year. All purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates, and purchasers will receive an email on April 8 about how to get a refund.
“We will get through this together,” the festival’s statement added. “Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all soon! If we all do our part to help suppress the virus, we’ll be moshing together again in no time.”
Also, Justin Bieber is holding off on touring, announcing he is postponing his upcoming The Changes Tour, which was set to kick off May 14 in Seattle.
On April 1, the “Yummy” artist announced his tour would be delayed and asked fans to hold on to their tickets as they’d be honored once the new dates are announced.
“In light of the current public health crisis, and with the deepest concern for all those being affected, Justin Bieber will be postponing all currently scheduled 2020 dates for The Changes Tour,” a statement provided by his rep, Kristen Foster, read. “While Justin – along with his band, dancers and crew – has been hard at work preparing an amazing show, he has always put the health and well-being of his fans first and foremost.”
Bieber’s postponement comes on the heels of another musical cancellation: the CMA Fest.
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On March 31, CMA Fest announced it would cancel this year’s music festival in downtown Nashville. The event, which has been taking place for nearly 50 years, is one of the largest country music events in the world. Organizers say CMA Fest will return June 10-13, 2021.
Sony Pictures’ entire summer-movie slate is the latest to join a slew of music, film and TV postponements, and major international events that have also had to adjust their schedules to the pandemic.
Here are musicians, TV shows, movies, award shows and festivals that have canceled or postponed events over safety concerns.
Sony announced on March 30 that the studio is moving “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” from a July 10 release to March 5, 2021, and the Jared Leto superhero horror film “Morbius” from July 31 to March 19, 2021.
The superhero horror film, part of Sony’s live-action Spider-Man universe and starring Jared Leto as a scientist-turned-vampire, had its release pushed from July 31 to March 19, 2021.
‘Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway’
Based on the Beatrix Potter stories and starring James Corden as the title bunny, the live-action/CGI hybrid sequel switched dates from Aug. 7 to Jan. 15. 2021.
The World War II drama, starring Tom Hanks as a battleship commander leading a group of Allied boats pursued by German submarines, was delayed indefinitely from its scheduled June 12 release.
On April 1, organizers of the Edinburgh festivals announced they are canceling the city’s collection of late summer festivals for the first time in history.
Every August, the Scottish capital plays host to some of the funniest and most talented — not to forget strangest — performers from the U.K. and the wider world. Now numbering five, including the wildly popular Fringe lineup of both obscure and mainstream acts, Edinburgh’s annual August festivals draw 4.4 million people to over 5,000 events involving over 25,000 artists, writers and performers from 70 countries, according to organizers.
“This is a heartbreaking decision, but absolutely the right one,” Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told lawmakers in Edinburgh.
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Contributing: Associated Press