Movie Report: Film industry events canceled, delayed due to virus

Like other businesses, Hollywood isn’t immune to the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak.

More than 100,000 cases have been reported and over 3,800 people have died according to the World Health Organization. As a result, production work and events in the film industry has been impacted.

Deadline reports that “Mission: Impossible 7” production has been postponed by Paramount. The three-week shoot was expected to start in Venice, Italy.

One of the major festivals of film, music and technology, South By Southwest, was also cancelled. The annual festival, which takes place in Austin, Texas, was set to run from March 13-22 before it was nixed.

According to Deadline, South By Southwest wasn’t the only festival impacted, either. The Prague International Film Festival, set for March 19-27 has been moved to an undetermined time this year. The Bentonville Filom Festival in Arkansas, which had been set for April 29-May 2 has been pushed to Aug. 5-8.

In Saudi Arabia, Deadline reports that the Red Sea International Film Festival has been cancelled, while the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece has been postponed from this month to May or June.

The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights and the Think Cinema Lausanne events, both scheduled for this month, were also canceled, Deadline reports.
The Screen Actors Guild is also cancelling and postponing meetings. Sony Pictures has also closed its offices in London, Paris, and Gdynia, Poland.

Thousands of theaters China, close to 40 in France and all of them in Italy have been closed, too. Hong Kong Filmart, Asia’s premiere film market, also postponed its event from March to August, Deadline reports.


At the box office this weekend, it was the Pixar movie “Onward” taking the top spot with nearly $40 million. Coming in second was “The Invisible Man,” which earned $15 million.

The full top five was:

1. Onward – $39,119,861
2. The Invisible Man – $15,132,340
3. The Way Back – $8,170,315
4. Sonic the Hedgehog – $7,704,067
5. The Call of the Wild – $6,762,405

For the upcoming weekend, new releases include the action picture “Bloodshot” and the delayed thriller “The Hunt.”

On the small screen, meanwhile, movies available at home include:

  • Uncut Gems, my rating: 4 out of 5 (2019 Honorable Mention), Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.86 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 92%, MetaCritic rating: 90.
  • Bombshell, my rating: 3.5 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.1 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 70%, MetaCritic rating: 64.
  • Spies in Disguise, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 3.2 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 75%, MetaCritic rating: 54.
  • Charlie’s Angels, my rating: 2 out of 5, Large Association of Movie Blogs rating: 2.8 out of 5, Rotten Tomatoes rating: 52%, MetaCritic rating: 52.

Cover photo courtesy Variety.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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