TOM HANKS AND RITA WILSON TEST POSITIVE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS – (03/12/2020)
Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have both tested positive for the coronavirus. According to TMZ, the couple is currently in Australia shooting an Elvis Presley movie. The actor’s rep said that Tom and Rita felt like they had a cold and then felt extra tired and had body aches. They got tested for the virus and it came back positive.
Tom took to Instagram to inform fans and said that he and Rita plan to follow protocol put in place by medical officials. He also revealed that he rest of his family will be tested for the virus and that he will be observed and isolated for as long as required.
Tom and Rita are not the only celebrities who tested positive for the coronavirus. International soccer star Daniele Rugani has also tested positive.
MAKING THE BAND FINAL LIVE AUDITIONS CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS – (03/12/2020)
The final live auditions for the upcoming Making the Band reboot has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to TMZ, sources close to production said that the final two open casting calls, which was going to be Friday (March 13th) in Charlotte, with judges like DaBaby and March 21st in NYC, with Diddy himself as a judge, have been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MTV said in a statement, “As a precautionary measure to ensure the health of our production crew, talent and aspiring artists, all public auditions for MTV’s ‘Making the Band’ in Charlotte, NC on March 13-14 and New York City on March 21-22 have been canceled. Safety remains our utmost priority, and we’re continuing to defer to health officials and the CDC for guidance.”
However, MTB hopefuls can still submit their auditions online.
Diddy said in a statement, “We want to make sure everyone is safe during these times, so we had to make the decision to cancel the in person casting events. But at the same time, I want to provide opportunity to everyone to audition from their homes. So I’ve put together a team of A&Rs that will be checking #MTBcasting on all social platforms 24/7 to find gems. Everyone be safe!”
CELINE DION COMES DOWN WITH A COLD & POSTPONES TWO CONCERTS: Celine Dion has canceled a few of her upcoming concerts due to illness. The 51-year-old singer made the announcement on her Facebook that she has been coming down with a few symptoms, and out of concern, was tested for COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Those tests are negative, but Celine is still postponing a few of her concerts as she recovers. The two upcoming performances that were postponed are at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. on March 11th, and at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 13th. The shows have been rescheduled, November 16th and November 18th, respectively.
NEW SELENA GOMEZ MAKEUP LINE RARE BEAUTY CANCELS PHOTOSHOOT DUE TO COVID-19: Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty line is pausing its planned community campaign due to fears over novel coronavirus. Rare Beauty announced its #WeAreRare campaign two weeks ago and asked people to submit their personal stories for a chance to be featured in a special photo shoot. But the shoot has been called off. Rare Beauty is now “exploring some creative new ways to recognize your individual stories and have each of you contribute to the building of this community.” Rare Beauty will be sold exclusively at Sephora starting summer 2020.
RIVERDALE SHUTS DOWN: Riverdale is the latest Hollywood production to shut down over the coronavirus. The CW network has pulled the plug on the fourth season after a member of the team got exposed. “We have been made aware that a team member from Riverdale, which is produced in Vancouver, was recently in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19,” a statement from Warner Bros. Television read. “The team member is currently receiving medical evaluation.” (E!)
MATTHEW BRODERICK’S SISTER HOSPITALIZED: Matthew Broderick’s sister Janet Broderick is in the hospital with coronavirus, a statement from her parish said. The 64-year-old fell ill after going to the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes conference in Louisville, Kentucky. “She is receiving the best medical care available and her doctors’ prognosis is for a complete and full recovery,” their statement read. “It will take some time, but Janet is resting comfortably at Cedars until the time she is released and can return home to complete her recovery.” As of now, there are now at least 121,545 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus worldwide and 4,373 deaths reported. (People)
YOUTUBE ON STAGE CANCELED: Several hours before it was scheduled to take place in London Wednesday, YouTube on Stage canceled its show amid growing fears of coronavirus contagion in the U.K. Trevor Noah, inventor Colin Furze, dancers from the Royal Ballet and others were scheduled to perform.
BOB IGER TALKS CORONAVIRUS: The Walt Disney Co. executive chairman Bob Iger is attempting to reassure investors, while still admitting that the coronavirus fears are valid and serious. “We’re all sobered by the concern we all feel for everyone affected by this global crisis,” Iger said in a webcast. “Disney has been through a lot, including wars and economic downturns and disasters. We are incredibly resilient. Our future has always been bright and it remains so for good reason.” And while Disney is taking measures to ensure safety at theme parks, they are still open and in operation.
CANNES PRESIDENT ‘OPTIMISTIC’ ABOUT FESTIVAL: The Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure says that the festival will be canceled if the coronavirus situation doesn’t improve, but is “reasonably optimistic in the hope that the peak of the epidemic will be reached at the end of March and that we will breathe a little better in April.” France has more than 1,600 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
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