Broadway star Nick Cordero has leg amputated due to coronavirus

Tony Award-nominated actor Nick Cordero has had his his right leg amputated after suffering complications from the coronavirus, his wife says.

Amanda Kloots on Instagram wrote late Saturday that Cordero “made it out of surgery alive and is headed to his room to rest and recover.”

Cordero had been treated with blood thinners to help with clotting in his leg, but his doctors had to stop the treatment because it was causing internal bleeding.

“We took him off blood thinners but that again was going to cause some clotting in the right leg, so the right leg will be amputated today,” she said earlier Saturday.

Cordero entered the intensive care unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 31 and has been on a ventilator and unconscious after contracting COVID-19.

His wife has been sending him daily videos of her and their 10-month-old son, Elvis, so he could see them when he woke up, and urging friends and fans to join a daily sing-a-long. A GoFundMe fundraiser has raised over $200,000.

Cordero played a mob soldier with a flair for the dramatic in 2014 in Broadway’s Woody Allen 1994 film adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway,” for which he received a Tony nomination for best featured actor in a musical. He moved to Los Angeles to star in “Rock of Ages.”

The lanky Cordero originated the menacing role of husband Earl opposite his estranged wife, played by Jessie Mueller, in “Waitress” on Broadway, as well as the role of Sonny in Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale.”

On the small screen, Cordero appeared in several episodes of “Blue Bloods” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” as well as “Lilyhammer” and he had a role in the film “Going in Style.”

The virus has sickened other Broadway veterans, including the actors Danny Burstein, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Gavin Creel, Aaron Tveit and Laura Bell Bundy as well as composer David Bryan. It has also claimed the life of Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally.

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Hilary Dwyer, British actress, dies of coronavirus

English actress, businessperson, and film producer, Hilary Dwyer, also known as Hilary Heath, has died after contracting the deadly coronavirus disease.

Heath’s godson, Alex Williams, confirmed her death in an emotional statement on Facebook stating the actress died last week after battling the virus, DailyMail reports.He said,” “We lost my wonderful Godmother Hilary Heath to Covid-19 last week.”

The 74-year-old had many careers, starting out as a screen and stage actress in the 1960s and 1970s, and then re-inventing herself as a producer in the 1990s.

The actress had her most remarkable re-invention in her mid-60s, when she won a master’s degree from Oxford in psychology and became an addiction counsellor, specialising in CBT.

Her first feature film was Witchfinder General in 1968, in which she played Sara Lowes, alongside actor Vincent Price.

In 1970, Hilary also starred as Isabella Linton in ‘Wuthering Heights’ and also produced films including Mike Newell’s ‘An Awfully Big Adventure’, Gary Oldman’s ‘Nil By Mouth’ in 1997, and a TV mini-series ‘Jamaica Inn’ in 2014.

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Emmerdale and Aliens actor Jay Benedict dies of coronavirus | Television & radio | The Guardian

Former Emmerdale and Foyle’s War star Jay Benedict has died at the age of 68. The American born actor’s agency announced that Benedict died on 4 April as a result of contracting Covid-19.

Benedict was born in Burbank, California, but moved to Europe in the 1960s and spent most of his working life in the UK. He appeared as Newt’s father in James Cameron’s Aliens and as “rich twit” in the final film of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. He is perhaps best known in the UK for playing Doug Hamilton in Emmerdale and John Kieffer in Foyle’s War.

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear client Jay Benedict, who this afternoon lost his battle with COVID-19. Our thoughts are with his family ❤️

Benedict was married to Allo Allo actor Phoebe Scholfield, with whom he had two sons, Leopold and Freddie, who are also actors. He had one other child, Alexis, from a previous marriage.

Shocked to hear one of our most brilliant actors and kind lovely man Jay Benedict has passed. Married to my lovely friend Phoebe Scholfield #AlloAllo My heart goes out to her and her family at this sad time #PhoebeScholfield @FreddieBenedict #LeoBenedict #SyncorSwim #COVID19

Allo Allo star Vicki Michelle paid tribute to her friend’s husband, calling him “one of our most brilliant actors and a kind lovely man”.

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Pink Recovers From Coronavirus, Donates $1 Million to Relief – DemotiX

One of the most famous and most widely recognizable singers, Pink, 40, has fully recovered after being infected with the coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, she and her 3-year-old son Jameson both showed COVID-19 symptoms, but luckily only she was positive. After resting and receiving treatment, she feels good and is not negative.


She revealed the happy news in an Instagram post in which she can be seen with her son. The post has more than 1.2 million likes and almost 50,000 comments. Pink has over 7.7 million followers on her official Instagram page.

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Following this scary experience, she learned a lot and has decided to become the newest celebrity to donate a large sum of money to the COVID-19 relief.

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Pink chose to give $500,000 to the Temple University Hospital Emergency Fund, and another $500,000 to the Los Angeles Mayor’s Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund.

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Derek Draper, the husband of Kate Garraway, is in intensive care battling coronavirus | Entertainment Daily

Kate Garraway has revealed her husband Derek Draper is in hospital battling coronavirus.

The Good Morning Britain favourite also has symptoms and she is self-isolating at home with the couple’s two children.

Earlier this week, Kate was checked in hospital for coronavirus.

She was tested after speaking to the show’s Dr Hilary Jones after suffering from bloodshot eyes – a symptom of the virus.

Kate Garraway’s husband is in intensive care with coronavirus (Credit: Splash News)

Kate tested negative and reassured worried fans it was just an eye infection.

However, she is now exhibiting “mild” symptoms.

A source told The Sun that Derek, however, has been in hospital since Monday (March 30).

Kate is said to be “sick with worry” about Derek, who is thought to be seriously ill.

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“This is a desperate situation for Kate who is sick with worry about Derek’s health. He is intensive care battling coronavirus and she is beside herself,” a source said.

“Kate has symptoms herself too but they are mild so she is self-isolating at home with the kids,”

The pair are parents to son William and daughter Darcey.

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“She is obviously off TV too. Everyone at GMB is so worried for her,” the source concluded.

Kate’s spokesperson confirmed the news and said Derek remains in intensive care.

“Kate’s husband, Derek Draper, has been taken to hospital and is being treated in intensive care with a confirmed case of COVID-19,” a statement said.

“He was admitted on Monday and has since tested positive for the virus,” it added.

Kate told Dr Hilary of her concerns (Credit: ITV)

“Kate hasn’t been tested, however, she has also been displaying mild symptoms, also since Monday,” it said.

As a result, Kate has been on “strict isolation with her children at home”.

Mixing with Prince Charles

Last month, Kate shared her fears that she had caught the virus from Prince Charles.

She met him at a Prince’s Trust event just days before he was diagnosed with the virus.

Kate said: “I actually saw him on the 11th of March. It was the first day he’d stopped shaking hands, and we did the namaste greeting at the Prince’s Trust.”

She added at the time: “I don’t have any symptoms, so I’m not blaming him for anything at all, but people are going to be concerned. He’s a man that meets a lot of people.”

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Andrew Jack, “Star Wars” actor, dies at age 76 of coronavirus in Britain – CBS News

“Star Wars” actor Andrew Jack has died in Britain as a result of the coronavirus, his agent said on Wednesday. He was 76.

The actor, who also worked as a dialect coach for actors such as Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth, died in a hospital in Surrey on Tuesday, Jack’s agent Jill McCullough said in a statement.

“Andrew lived on one of the oldest working houseboats on the Thames, he was fiercely independent but madly in love with his wife, also a dialect coach,” McCullough said.

Jack appeared in “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi” as General Ematt, as well as “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.”

His wife, Gabrielle Rogers, who is quarantined in Australia, posted on social media: “Andrew Jack was diagnosed with coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.”

We lost a man today. Andrew Jack was diagnosed with Coronavirus 2 days ago. He was in no pain, and he slipped away peacefully knowing that his family were all ‘with’ him.

Take care out there, lovers x@RealHughJackman @chrishemsworth @RobertDowneyJr

— Gabrielle Rogers (@GabrielleRoger1)

Passengers arriving in Australia must isolate in hotels for two weeks.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Greg Grunberg, who co-starred with Jack in Star Wars, wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. Please stay safe.  Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack.”  

Devastated to hear of the passing of the wonderful, talented, beloved gentleman #AndrewJack. He is one of the kindest people I’ve ever worked with. Please stay safe. Please stay home!!! #RIPAndrewJack

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Scarface Reveals Actor Faizon Love Has Coronavirus While Giving His Own Health Update

While the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the entire world, the world of sports and entertainment has been severely impacted, with two Houston Hip Hop artists becoming advocates for prevention and protection from the virus. Now, Scarface has come forth with some shocking news about the actor best known as “Big Worm.”

While giving an update about his own health during an Instagram Live with Ludacris, Scarface revealed that actor Faizon Love has also contracted COVID-19, but added that Love’s level of improvement is similar to that of his own.

Love, who is best known for his role as “Big Worm” in Ice Cube’s 1995 silver screen smash Friday, has yet to confirm to the public whether or not he has tested positive for the virus.

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CMA Fest in Nashville 2020 canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

CMA Fest 2020 canceled due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Matthew Leimkuehler Nashville Tennessean
Published 2:12 PM EDT Mar 31, 2020

For the first time in nearly half-a-century, CMA Fest won’t be bringing country music’s biggest stars together in Nashville.  

On Tuesday, Country Music Association officials canceled the annual event due to concerns regarding the novel coronavirus. Metro Nashville Public Health Department reported Tuesday at least 541 cases of COVID-19 in Davidson County, an increase from 443 cases reported Monday. 

CMA Fest, one of the largest country music events in the world and a summer staple in downtown Nashville, was scheduled for June 4-7.

The event returns June 10-13, 2021. 

“Whether you planned to attend CMA Fest for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the last 48 years, we know how special this festival is for country music fans around the globe and that many will be disappointed by this decision,” a statement from CMA read.

The statement continued, “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our fans, artists, staff and country music community.”

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Ticketholders can seek a refund at the point of purchase or hold passes for the 2021 event. Issuing refunds may take 30 to 45 business days, per the CMA website. 

Drawing around 80,000 festivalgoers annually, most CMA Fest acts perform for free in clubs or on outdoor stages. Ticketed events to see top country music entertainers take place at Nissan Stadium and Ascend Amphitheater.

The event, known for decades as Fan Fair, earned a reputation for one-of-a-kind fan experiences, with many artists holding meet-and-greet sessions or intimate listening parties. 

Funds from CMA Fest benefit music education programs, per the Country Music Association website.

Past years welcomed festivalgoers from all 50 U.S. states and more than 30 countries.

Self-described as the longest running country music festival in the world, CMA Fest generated an estimated $65 million in economic impact last year. 

In the coming weeks, CMA Fest organizers said they hope to announce future events and alternative ways to support individuals impacted by the coronavirus. 

“… we will continue to bring Country fans and artists together to celebrate the unique spirit and sense of unity that is at the heart of what CMA Fest stands for,” the statement said. 

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson return to Los Angeles after testing positive for coronavirus in Australia

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have returned home to the United States after testing positive for COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, in Australia.

The “Cast Away” actor took to his Twitter account to announce the good news after he and Wilson spent more than two weeks in Queensland self-isolating.

“Hey, Folks…We’re home now and, like the rest of America, we carry on with sheltering in place and social distancing. Many, many thanks to everyone in Australia who looked after us. Their care and guidance made possible our return to the USA. And many thanks to all of you who reached out with well wishes. Rita and I so appreciate it. Hanx,” the actor tweeted.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, kept their fans updated throughout their quarantine process since first revealing their positive diagnosis on March 11.

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” the 63-year-old actor first revealed in a statement on Twitter.

He continued, “Well, now. What to do next?  The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no? We’ll keep the world posted and updated. Take care of yourselves!”

The couple reportedly stayed in a hospital in Queensland for five days before being released. Hanks was in Australia filming an untitled Elvis Presley biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann when he and Wilson learned they contracted the coronavirus.

The film has since halted production.

One week following the couple’s diagnosis, Hanks took to his social media to update fans on their symptoms.

“Hey folks. Good News: One week after testing Positive, in self-isolation, the symptoms are much the same. No fever but the blahs,” Hanks revealed. “Folding the laundry and doing the dishes leads to a nap on the couch.”

Hanks then told fans that Wilson had beat him in six straight hands of gin rummy.

“But I have learned not to spread my Vegemite so thick,” he said referencing fans’ reactions to a previous post showing his generous helping of Vegemite on toast.

“I traveled here with a typewriter, one I used to love. We are all in this together. Flatten the curve,” Hanks concluded the post, which showed the typewriter he referenced.

The couple’s son, Chet Hanks, also kept fans updated through the process, taking to his social media after the Hollywood stars left the hospital to assure fans they were “feeling a lot better.”

Wilson turned to music during her time in isolation, prompting the creation of a playlist she shared on Spotify that she named “Quarantunes” following a survey she conducted with fans on her Instagram account.

Other celebrities who have since confirmed they tested positive for COVID-19 include Idris Elba, Debi Mazar and Daniel Dae Kim, among others.

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You and Desperately Seeking Susan star Mark Blum dies age 69 from coronavirus | Daily Mail Online

You and Desperately Seeking Susan star Mark Blum dies from coronavirus at age 69 prompting former castmate Madonna to warn about the dangers of the disease

You and Crocodile Dundee star Mark Blum has died aged 69 from coronavirus.

The New Jersey-born actor died this week, New York-based theater company Playwrights Horizons revealed via a tribute on social media.

They wrote: ‘With love and heavy hearts, Playwrights Horizons pays tribute to Mark Blum, a dear longtime friend and a consummate artist who passed this week.

‘Thank you, Mark, for all you brought to our theater, and to theaters and audiences across the world. We will miss you.’ 

Sad loss: You and Crocodile Dundee star Mark Blum has died from complications after being diagnosed with coronavirus; he is seen in December 2017

Hit show: He played Mr Mooney on Netflix’s You, which in January was renewed for a third season by the streaming service

Blum played Mr Mooney on Netflix’s hit show You, which in January was renewed for a third season by the streaming service.

He also had a role on HBO’s Succession and TV shows including Almost Family, The Good Fight and a major role in Amazon’s Mozart in the Jungle. Other TV credits included The Sopranos, Billions and Law & Order, among others.

His career on Broadway spanned nearly 40 years, and he won an Obie for his performance in Gus And Al.

Blum also had more than 80 film credits to his name, from worldwide 1986 megahit Crocodile Dundee to 2003’s Shattered Glass.

He played Rosanna Arquette’s husband in the 1985 romantic comedy Desperately Seeking Susan, which also starred a young Madonna.

Madge reacted to the actor’s death by sharing a shot of them together from the film along with a caption that began: ‘I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. 

‘This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and professional when we made Desperately Seeking Susan in 1985!! 

She also used the opportunity to stress the seriousness of the current health crisis, writing: ‘Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way. ♥️ we need to stay grateful -be hopeful- help each other-and follow the quarantine rules.’

Tribute: Madge reacted to the actor’s death by sharing a shot of them together from the film along with a caption that began: ‘I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus

Throwback: Blum is seen in 1985’s Desperately Seeking Susan alongside Rosanna Arquette

Worldwide hit: Blum is seen alongside Linda Kozlowski in 1986’s Crocodile Dundee

Arquette called the news ‘very very hard’ and tweeted: ‘I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans. he was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you.’

She was just one of many in the acting community to share her grief at the news.

Playwright Jack Canfora tweeted: ‘Found out a terrific actor and man whom I was lucky enough to be in one of my plays died this morning of #coronavirus. He wasn’t elderly. 

‘He was one of the most respected actors in New York: a beacon of fierce intelligence, dry wit & deep kindness on stage and off. A tragic loss.’

Actress Judith Light wrote: ‘Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble,so talented. Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC was a true joy.

‘May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them.’

‘So kind’: Actress Judith Light wrote: ‘Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble,so talented. Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC was a true joy’

‘Deeply sad’: Rosanna Arquette shared she found the news ‘very very hard’

Announcement: The death was confirmed by New York-based theater company Playwrights Horizons

Writer Christopher Shinn shared: ‘In 2011 Mark Blum starred in my play Picked @vineyardtheatre, in a tricky role – a narcissistic filmmaker whose more human instincts collide with the desire to protect himself from emotional risk Mark’s performance took huge risks. He was magnificent. And the kindest man. RIP.’

Blum also served as a SAG-AFTRA board member from 2007-2013. 

SAG-AFTRA executive vice president Rebecca Damon confirmed the death of her ‘friend’ on social media.

‘It is with such deep sorrow that I’m writing to share the news that our friend and former board member Mark Blum has passed away as a result of complications from the coronavirus. 

‘Mark was a dedicated Screen Actors Guild and SAG-AFTRA board member.’

Blum is survived by his wife, Broadway, film and soap actress Janet Zarish. 

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Prince Harry and Prince William in Touch Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Prince Charles revealed that he tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, and there’s understandably a concern amongst his family. The prince, who has “mild symptoms,” has reportedly been in touch with both of his sons, but it doesn’t look like Harry will be returning to England at this time. It makes sense—pretty much the entire world is social distancing right now, and flying to England would only put more people at risk.

According to a source who spoke with Daily Mail, Meghan Markle made it clear to Harry that “under no circumstances is she okay with him traveling anywhere right now,” which yeah, understandable. The source also confirmed that “Meghan said Harry’s been in touch with his dad….Of course, he’s frustrated. She said they both are frustrated because they are doers and want to do so much more to help.”

Meghan and Harry were able to spend time with the royal family before returning to Canada, and a source previously told Daily Mail that “Meghan told her inner circle of friends that Harry has been communicating with Prince William and the queen on a pretty consistent basis. She said this world crisis has actually brought them all closer together, especially Harry and his brother. Harry has made it very clear to them that he will do whatever he can to help from Canada. Meghan said they are grateful, especially Harry, that they could spend time with his family before all this insanity began.”

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Idris Elba’s wife tests positive for coronavirus, tells Oprah why she stayed with him

Sabrina Dwhore Elba revealed Sunday that she tested positive for coronavirus after choosing not to quarantine away from her husband, actor Idris Elba.

The couple explained their decision to stay together in an interview with Oprah Winfrey through FaceTime for an episode of “Oprah Talks: COVID-19” on Apple TV. The couple received criticism online after they posted a video explaining Idris Elba’s confirmed test results, with his wife sitting close by.

Sabrina Elba told Winfrey that it was her choice to stay with her husband, though medical experts have advised that those who test positive for coronavirus isolate away from others to slow the spread.

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“I could have made the decision to put myself maybe in a separate room or stay away, and I’m sure that people are making those decisions. And they’re tough decisions to make,” Sabrina Elba said. “But I made the decision to want to be with him, and you know, still touch him.”

Idris Elba explained that the couple had been together on the day of his probable exposure to the person who he was in contact with that tested positive, and had been together until he left to begin filming a new movie.

“If I had caught it, she had certainly caught it in that time period as well,” Idris Elba told Oprah. “People were right to have highlighted that spatial distancing is important. I think given the context of the video, which was telling the world what has happened to us, we weren’t thinking about that specifically.”

Both say they feel well and have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19, the disease associated with coronavirus. Sabrina Elba said that she feels the equivalent of seasonal allergies that might be symptoms, but she feels fine overall.

They both acknowledged that they could still fall ill at any point.

The “Luther” and “The Wire” actor first revealed he tested positive after being exposed on Monday and has posted updates on his social media for fans. Idris Elba has used his platform, which includes nearly 3 million Twitter followers, to inform people on the seriousness of the pandemic.

In a video Tuesday, he pointed out commenters who spread the false rumor that black people can’t catch the coronavirus. Idris Elba reiterated the message to stop misinformation to Winfrey on Sunday.

“I’d rather go out with a positive, knowing that other people benefitted from, you know, the messaging that we’re trying to put out,” Idris Elba said. “You know, stop trolling people, stop sending misinformation. Stop, you know, writing these incredible stories about, you know, conspiracy theories.”

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Daytime Emmys Cancelled Amid 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic | TVLine

The Daytime Emmy Awards will shine a lot less brighter this year, now that the 47th edition of the annual awards show has been officially cancelled.

In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, “There are just too many unknowns right now, not the least of which is whether we would actually be permitted to stage an event in June involving more than one thousand live participants,” National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences chairman Terry O’Reilly said on Thursday in a letter to NATAS members. “With deadlines to make significant financial commitments upon us, it seems irresponsible to move forward as we have in the past.”

In recent weeks, New York’s GLAAD Media Awards were cancelled while the Academy of Country Music Awards and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards were postponed.

“While we realize this is disappointing, this does not mean we will not be celebrating the work selected for recognition in our Awards judging processes,” Brent Stanton, Executive Director of the Daytime Emmy Awards, said in a statement. “Judging continues, and we look forward to announcing our incredibly talented nominees later this spring. We are working on some interesting alternative ideas for how to best recognize the honorees later this year and will share more details in the weeks ahead.”

The 2019 Daytime Emmys were held in May at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif., and live-streamed via YouTube and The last time the ceremony was broadcast on TV was in 2015, on Pop.

The cancellation of the Daytime Emmy Awards comes on the heels of NATAS already scuttling two other national events: the 2020 Technology Emmys Awards (which were to be held next month at the NAB in Las Vegas) and the National Sports Emmy Awards (which were scheduled for June in New York City).

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Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju tests positive for coronavirus | The Independent

Game of Thrones star Kristofer Hivju is the latest Hollywood actor to test positive for coronavirus

The 41-year-old, best-known for playing the loveable character Tormund on the hit HBO series, shared his diagnosis on Instagram and told fans he is currently self-quarantining in Norway with his family.

“Sorry to say that I, today, have tested positive for COVID19, Corona virus,” Hivju wrote. “My family and I are self-isolating at home for as long as it takes. 

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“We are in good health — I only have mild symptoms of a cold. There are people at higher risk for who this virus might be a devastating diagnosis, so I urge all of you to be extremely careful; wash your hands, keep 1.5 meters distance from others, go in quarantine; just do everything you can to stop the virus from spreading. 

“Together we can fight this virus and avert a crisis at our hospitals. Please take care of each other, keep your distance, and stay healthy!”

Hiviu’s diagnosis comes shortly after he was cast in the second season of Netflix’s fantasy show The Witcher

Other actors to have tested positive for coronavirus including Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, and former Bond star Olga Kurylenko

Hanks and Wilson have since left hospital after testing positive in Australia, where Hanks was filming Baz Luhrmann’s currently untitled Elvis Presley project. 

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Elba confirmed his diagnosis and also revealed he had not felt any symptoms prior to testing positive for Covid-19. The actor also urged his followers to “really think about social distancing [and] washing your hands”.

Ukraine-born actor and model Olga Kurylenko said she had been feeling ill for a week, and that “fever and fatigue” were her main symptoms. 

The coronavirus pandemic has also caused the global shutdown or postponement of a number of major film, TV and music projects, including Grey’s Anatomy, Jurassic World: Dominion, Fantastic Beasts 3, and the Avatar sequels.

Events including SXSW, the Met Gala, Coachella and the ACM Awards have also been postponed or cancelled. 

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Harry and Meghan take ‘appropriate measures’ after possible coronavirus exposure | UK news | The Guardian

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are understood to be taking “appropriate measures” over coronavirus after it emerged Prince Harry could have been exposed to it during his final UK engagements this month.

Harry hugged Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton as the two opened the Silverstone Experience Centre on 6 March.

Two days before, Hamilton was photographed at the WE Day UK charity events in London alongside actor Idris Elba and Sophie Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister – both of whom have since tested positive for Covid-19.

Trudeau announced last week that she had put herself in quarantine, having been tested after experiencing mild symptoms on her return from London.

Elba revealed on Monday he had tested positive via a video on Twitter, in which he said he felt OK and that he had no symptoms but had decided to self-isolate. The Luther actor said he only got tested after coming into contact with someone who later confirmed they had coronavirus, but did not give details of who that person was.

Hamilton has urged fans to take coronavirus seriously, and has posted a video showing how to hand-wash on his Twitter account. It is not known if he has been tested for the virus.

Buckingham Palace declined to comment on whether Harry and Meghan were self-isolating at their Vancouver Island retreat. One source said that that the couple would be taking “appropriate measures and following government advice”.

Harry flew back to Canada just before Justin Trudeau announced the closure of Canada’s borders to stop the spread. Trudeau has urged Canadians to stay at home “as much as possible”.

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Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Test Positive for Coronavirus – Variety

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have announced that they have tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), the first celebrities to go public with a diagnosis.

Hanks and Wilson, both 63, revealed the news with a statement on Wednesday. The married couple was in Australia for production of Baz Luhrmann’s untitled Elvis Presley movie, in which Hanks is playing Presley’s iconic manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Read the statement below:

“Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.

Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?

We’ll keep the world posted and updated.

Take care of yourselves!”

Hanks and Wilson were the only known individuals on the film to contract the disease, insiders said. The film is currently in pre-production stages, meaning cameras have yet to roll, and is still making preparations to shoot. Testing measures for filmmakers and crew are presently unknown.

Warner Bros., the distributor behind the film, issued a statement shortly after Hanks and Wilson went public.

“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus),” the statement reads. “We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”

The news broke just as President Donald Trump announced a 30-day suspension on travel from Europe to the United States due to the spread of coronavirus. Earlier on Wednesday, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a global pandemic.

There have been more than 115,000 cases of coronavirus confirmed worldwide, and the disease has killed more than 4,200 people.

Deadline Hollywood first broke the news.

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Coronavirus Could Decimate Touring Musicians’ Livelihoods – Rolling Stone

Two weeks ago, singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle was at Johnny Cash’s rustic cabin-turned-studio outside of Nashville, excitedly gearing up for the April 3rd release of his new album, Better Hurry Up. The North Carolina native recorded the record there during what he calls a “peaceful and joyous” time in his creative life. Now, the album’s success, his live show receipts, and the very livelihood of Caudle and his wife-manager are in jeopardy due to the coronavirus pandemic. His two shows at SXSW disappeared when that festival was canceled last week, and he’s full of uncertainty about the 16-week tour he’s about to begin. He’ll be there, guitar in hand — but will his audience? In his own words, Caudle tells us about how the coronavirus threat could impact independent artists and touring musicians.

If my tour goes away, it’s like a farmer losing their crops. Anyone who is not a huge superstar, the time right before you go on an album release tour — that’s famine right there. That’s when things are the tightest. All your funds are allocated to press, radio, and merch. We just placed a huge merch order for the album release tour. All that stuff is already paid for. You’ve got everything out there, and the tour is like the tide coming back in.

We’re completely reliant on merch sales and live shows. That’s how this career is set up. Without that, we wouldn’t be able to do this. But now there’s fear from a few different sides. For one, I’m scared of the actual virus, because of how contagious and quick-spreading it is. Two, I worry if I am being responsible for going through with these shows and having people gather together. That’s something that weighs on you. The third thing is, this is my album release tour, and I started planning this seven or eight months ago. I think of all the time we spent setting up to go on tour — you’re not getting paid for that. The payment comes afterwards, when you’re on tour. If you look at my calendar, clearly we set ourselves up to have that tide come back to us. We have 16 weeks straight of touring, half here and half overseas. To look at that and feel like it’s all in jeopardy, I don’t know what to think. I can tell you one thing: It’s not helping ticket sales.

Financially, an album release tour will carry you through the year. You’re using that tour to catapult the rest of your year and build the momentum. Routing our tour into SXSW, that’s by design. I had two really great bills I was on, an official showcase and the Yeti [outdoors-gear company] party. Now those are canceled and we have three days in Austin without a show.  We’re trying to put together a house show to offset costs. I’ve never been presented with this situation. It’d be really hard in an off-year, but the fact that everything is on the table in this moment in time for us is pretty crushing.

That said, we live here in Nashville, and our house wasn’t destroyed by the tornado. So there is some guilt at play when I feel like this is a woe-is-me situation, because there are people who have it way worse off.  But I haven’t had a day job for eight years. Neither does my wife. [Music] is our day job. We’re a single-income house, so to take away touring is like both of us getting laid off at the same time.

For me, the worst-case scenario is I go do the whole album release tour and no one shows up because they’re scared. It’s a better scenario for me to postpone it all and take a hit now, but I just can’t make that decision yet. There’s too much at stake and too much at play, and too much money to be lost.

I saw Pearl Jam moved their tour, and it’s great they did that, but unfortunately for independent artists such as myself, we can’t afford to make those calls at this point. I really only get a full team around me — a publicist, radio promo — about four months every two years, if I’m lucky, when an album comes out. Everything is working like a machine together. Three weeks away from the album release, we can’t say, “Actually, we’re going to change this.” The momentum has already been shifted to where it is now.

All I can hope is that fans understand that for a lot of their favorite artists, touring and selling merch is their means of survival. If you don’t have a record player, now is the time to get one and start buying up some records and buying up T-shirts, even if you don’t need them. I don’t want to be alarmist, but people are not going to be able to tour and pay the bills and they’ll lose the places they live.

I have no answers. Nobody does. The fear of the unknown is the driving force behind it all. Things are changing day to day, and I’m just trying to act in real time.

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