MACY’S HOLDS THANKSGIVING PARADE WITHOUT IN-PERSON FANS
NEW YORK (AP) – It’s fair to say the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade went off without a hitch. But that’s mainly because there were so few hitches to deal with. There were no worries about giant balloons diving into the crowds because of high winds – because there were no crowds. And the balloons were tethered not to Macy’s employees – but to vehicles. Many performances were recorded – and the acts that did perform live did so in front of the Macy’s flagship store in Manhattan. For those watching on TV, things didn’t look much different.
MOVIES IN THE CORONAVIRUS AGE
NEW YORK (AP) – It used to be a big part of American life: every weekend, people would stream into theaters to catch a movie. That experience abruptly went away earlier this year when the pandemic hit. And now, it’s unclear if things will return to “normal.” Some theaters are open again, but the flood of new movies has dried up. And while many new movies are released through video-on-demand or streaming services, few are the kind of blockbusters that would usually draw people to the mutliplex. As the pandemic continues, it’s clear Hollywood will have to change – but it isn’t clear how those changes will play out.
JOHNNY DEPP HAS ANOTHER SHOT AT AN APPEAL
LONDON (AP) – Johnny Depp has been denied a chance to appeal a British court ruling that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard. But that doesn’t completely close the door to his challenge of a ruling that came down earlier this month as part of a defamation lawsuit. The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star can still go to the British Court of Appeal in an effort to flip the judgment against him. But he only has until Dec. 7 to do so.
GERMAN MEDIA GIANT BUYS U.S. BOOK PUBLISHER SIMON & SCHUSTER
BERLIN (AP) – German media giant Bertelsmann says its Penguin Random House division is buying rival book publisher Simon & Schuster. And it’s a megadeal that will reshape the U.S. publishing industry. Random House is already the largest U.S. publisher. And by absorbing one of the so-called Big Five of American publishers, that number goes down to four. The deal is worth $2.17 billion in cash.