MILLIONS RAISED FOR NYC CORONAVIRUS RELIEF
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert De Niro says events like 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy have shown that the spirit of New York City can’t be broken. And he says the Big Apple will rise above being one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic, too. The actor was one of those who spoke at virtual telethon for New York City last night. The event raised more than $115 million to help city residents who have been hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has put a pause on Hollywood hit releases. But it hasn’t stopped the release of toys and merchandise related to those movies. That means you will see toys and other licensed merchandise for movies like “Black Widow” and “Minions: The Rise of Gru” in stores before those movies hit theaters. Cinemas nationwide have been closed since mid-March — resulting in many movies being postponed and others pushed directly to fans through digital outlets.
TRUMP ABRUPTLY LEAVES NEWS CONFERENCE
NEW YORK (AP) — It isn’t the first time a U.S. president cut short a news conference. But it’s hard to remember a more contentious end to one as the one yesterday. Donald Trump abruptly ended the Q&A shortly after CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang challenged him for asking her why she didn’t “ask China” instead of him about coronavirus testing levels. Jiang was born in China and came to the U.S. with her family when she was 2. Trump denied his demand had ethnic overtones, saying he’d have said that to anyone who asked such a “nasty question.”
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BROADWAY SHUTDOWN EXTENDED AT LEAST TO LABOR DAY
NEW YORK (AP) — The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early September. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through Sept. 6. Broadway theaters abruptly closed on March 12, knocking out all shows — including 16 that were still scheduled to open — and postponing indefinitely the Tony Award schedule. Broadway grossed $1.8 billion last season and attracted a record 15 million people. Producers and labor unions are discussing ways theaters can reopen safely.
“HAMILTON” TO BE SHOWN ON DISNEY TV PLUS
NEW YORK (AP) — Missed seeing “Hamilton” on Broadway? During the July Fourth weekend, you can have the hit musical come to you — with the original cast, no less. Disney TV Plus will air the live capture of the Lin-Manuel Miranda show on July 3. The filmed version of the production had originally been set to be in movie theaters in October of next year.
by Oscar Wells Gabriel II