Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Showbiz in Distress as Critics Choice, Grammys Go Up in the Air, Sundance Goes Into the Air, and Panic is In the Air


Showbiz is now in disarray thanks to COVID.

The Grammy Awards are postponed indefinitely. The Critics Choice Awards haven’t annonced a new date. The Sundance Film Festival is going on line and telling everyone to stay away from Park City.

In Los Angeles, “Hamilton” is down until at least January 23rd. In New York, on Broadway, shows keep closing and re-opening, actors are in and out, some shows like “Mrs. Doubtfire” are taking long — and I mean long, breaks. Tomorrow, fingers crossed, “The Music Man” returns after many days dark.

Even “Spider Man” is slowing down. Last night’s grosses were off by 25% from Monday, down to just $5.9 million, and down 72% from last Tuesday.

Still scheduled: The Oscars, for March 27th. I’m going, even if I have to wear a hazmat tuxedo made by Ralph Lauren. Whoopi Goldberg can host since she’s just had COVID.

The whole thing stinks, doesn’t it? What we need is a new album by The Weeknd– wait we get one this Friday. And next Friday, Elvis Costello. And “355” in movie theaters this Friday.

And soon, “Ozark” and “Billions” are back.

It’s the little things!



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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