The SNP's deputy leader in Westminster Kirsty Blackman said the suspected case demonstrates "just how ridiculous and irresponsible the Tory Government's decision to end virtual participation in Parliament was". … [Read more...] about Business Secretary Alok Sharma tests negative for coronavirus after fury that he made Commons speech while visibly ill
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He urged anyone who had been close to him in the past 10 days to get tested. The rest of the Bachchan family - actors Jaya Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and daughter Aaradhya - have returned negative coronavirus antigen test reports, local media reported. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan tests positive
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What, in practice, would that type of intervention look like? Publicly funded research and development is widely recognised to have a key role in bringing economies out of hibernation. Investing in research in the arts and humanities is already driving innovation in new digital technologies and the cultural content upon which they depend. There are big questions here. How to get digital to pay enough to allow artists to live? Can we get people past the idea that online is free? What global scale of business is required to make the necessary investments in online? … [Read more...] about Culture comforted us in lockdown, now we must join the fight for its survival
But perhaps the most significant decision in terms of the future film landscape was that of Universal, with Trolls World Tour. The second film in the popular animated gonk karaoke franchise bypassed cinemas and went straight to VOD, catering to a grateful audience of frazzled families grasping for entertainment options. It was the biggest digital debut ever and later surpassed the revenue total of the first Trolls. Add to that the fact that online distribution recoups the studio a greater percentage of the revenue – around 80% compared to 60% of cinema ticket sales, and the implications become clear. While the extent of the film’s success was called into question by US entertainment website The Wrap (a story quoted an executive who suggested Trolls’ figures were less impressive once you took into account the amount spent on marketing), it was still enough to ignite tensions between Universal and AMC Theatres, one of the UK’s “big three”, which owns … [Read more...] about The future of film: can cinema survive Covid-19?