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.
BookExpo, which already had been postponed from May to July, has been called off for this year, ReedPOP announced March 14.
The publishing industry's annual national convention was to have been held at New York's Jacob Javits Convention Center, which has been converted to a hospital to help with the city's caseload of coronavirus patients.
Disney made some major moves regarding its movie slate on April 3, parking the solo Marvel film "Black Widow" in the fall and slating a "Captain Marvel" sequel in 2022. The studio also gave the live-action remake of "Mulan" a new release date: July 24 instead of its original March 27 date.
The long-awaited Tom Cruise action sequel "Top Gun: Maverick" is moving from a June 24 release to Dec. 23, Paramount Pictures announced April 2. In addition, "The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run" is shifting from May 22 to July 31, the Chris Pratt sci-fi film "The Tomorrow War" is being delayed indefinitely from its Dec. 25 release, and the horror sequel "A Quiet Place Part II" – which was one of the first movies affected by the outbreak – is back on the schedule for Sept. 4.
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."
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Here are musicians, TV shows, movies, award shows and festivals that have canceled or postponed events over safety concerns.
Justin Bieber's The Changes Tour
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."
Journey 2020 Tour
The rock band was supposed to kick off their new tour on May 15 but announced Monday that they would no longer hit the road. Band members said they decided to cancel the tour, instead of postponing it, so that concertgoers would qualify for immediate refunds.
“Having seen what the world has endured during the last 45 days, and not knowing what the rest of this year or 2021 will bring, we knew the right thing to do was to make sure our fans’ health was not put in jeopardy and to provide immediate access to refund options given the unexpected events caused by this terrible virus,” Journey’s Neal Schon, Jonathan Cain and Arnel Pineda said in a joint statement Monday.
The five-month trek included 60-plus shows. The Pretenders were scheduled to also perform on the tour.
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."
New dates. All tickets remain valid. Refunds also available. Love y’all ❤️ pic.twitter.com/39uaKoLrhX— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) April 1, 2020
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.
"Black Widow," with Scarlett Johansson reprising her Avengers heroine, was originally set for May 1, then backburnered due to the outbreak and now it's rescheduled for Nov. 6.
'Thor: Love and Thunder'
"Thor: Love and Thunder," previously dated for Nov. 5, 2021, moves to Feb. 18, 2022.
The Dwayne Johnson/Emily Blunt action adventure "Jungle Cruise" shifts from July 24 to July 30.
Marvel's "The Eternals" shifts from Nov. 6 to Feb. 12, 2021.
'The French Dispatch'
Wes Anderson's "The French Dispatch" scoots from July 24 right into an Oscar-season date of Oct. 16.
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.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
Previously postponed until this fall, festival organizers have officially canceled this year's jazz fest. According to the festival's official website, the plan now is to hold the 2021 festival during its traditional time, the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May.
The publishing industry's annual national convention, which already had been postponed from May to July, has been called off for this year, ReedPOP announced March 14.
BookExpo was to have been held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, which has been converted to a hospital to help with the caseload of coronavirus patients in New York City. All of the so-called “Big Five” publishers — Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group and Macmillan — had said they would not be attending the event or the fan-based BookCon, which was to have immediately followed.
Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas
News broke April 3 that the dance music festival, originally scheduled for May 15 - 17, is being pushed until the fall. The three-day experience will now kick-off Oct. 2, as revealed on the festival's official Instagram account.
"The team and I took every single factor into consideration: weather, hotel rates, talent availability, coordination with the Speedway (the event's location) and local officials, and most importantly, a date that would give us enough time for things to get back to normal so we can all come back stronger than ever," read a note from the founder and CEO of festival organizer Insomniac, Pasquale Rotella, included in the post.
The Chainsmokers, Zedd and Tiësto were among the acts announced in February. People can visit edclasvegas.com/support for more information or to obtain a refund, according to the post.
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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