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How the Pandemic Has Wounded Hollywood

Events, festivals, and productions have all been pushed back.

As the entertainment industry gradually emerges from the shadow of COVID-19, it's time to assess the damage. Here's some of the most recent quarantine-induced postponements and cancellations.

Emmy Awards

The Emmy Magazine


Once again, the Governor's Ball events held after the Emmy Awards are being cancelled, and the event itself is going digital. Replacing the balls are "a series of enhanced Emmy Nominee Celebrations" which will occur at the NoHo Arts District campus.

As for the ceremonies, the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys will go ahead with a limited live audience of nominees and plus-ones during the weekend of September 11-12. On the 19th, the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will receive the same treatment. Cedric the Entertainer will host and the event will be broadcast on CBS and Paramount+.

Foo Fighters

The renowned rock band are silencing their zestful tunes for now. Their highly anticipated July 17th concert in Los Angeles has been postponed until late August. However, the Foo Fighters' US tour remains on track to begin in a week.

Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury Festival, 2015


For two years in a row, Britain's most iconic summer music festival has been cancelled altogether due to the pandemic. Organizers have allowed tickets for the 2020 event to roll over to 2022, but the event's popularity may have been irrevocably damaged. Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, and Taylor Swift were all signed on to headline the original festival, but it's unclear if they will return for the 2022 repeat. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in England due to Boris Johnson ending lockdown, even next year's event may be in jeopardy.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Filming on all of Marvel's films was postponed, as were releases once theaters began closing down. Due to the interspaced-nature of Disney's film releases, this meant that some debuts were pushed back by nearly a year. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was moved from from February 21st, 2021, to September 3rd, 2021. The Eternals was moved from November 6th, 2020 to November 5th, 2021. Spider-Man: No Way Home was moved from July 16th, 2021, to December 17th, 2021. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was moved from May 7th, 2021, to March 25th, 2022. Thor: Love and Thunder will now premiere on May 6th, 2022 instead of November 5th, 2021.

Mission: Impossible

The next two entries in the action-packed Mission: Impossible franchise have been pushed from July 23, 2021, to May 27, 2022 and August 5, 2022, to July 7, 2023, respectively. Even these dates are predicated entirely on avoiding pandemic-related production delays, so it's little surprise that the Scientologist actor Tom Cruise launched into a furious tirade against his production crew members when they were caught not following COVID-19 rules on set.

The Batman

Ben Affleck's solo Batman film was originally announced in 2014, before stalling in development. Now, nearly a decade later, the film is helmed instead by director Matt Reeves and actor Robert Pattinson, but even they have been forced to push the release date back. Filming was suspended indefinitely in early 2020, resumed nearly six months later, was postponed again after Pattinson contracted the disease, and finally concluded in March 2021. Accordingly, the release date was moved from June 25th, 2021, to October 1st, 2021, to March 4th, 2022.

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