“REAL TIME” PRODUCTION SCHEDULE IN FLUX
LOS ANGELES (AP) – We should soon learn what the deal is for the next edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” Last week’s show was scrubbed when Maher tested COVID-positive. HBO says Maher had no symptoms and felt fine when he was tested. But the network didn’t say when he can return to the show. Nowadays, movie and TV shows have COVID protocols to determine when shooting stops – and can resume – if someone tests positive for exposure to the coronavirus.
THEME PARKS EASING MASK RULES
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – If friends of family members post pictures of their visits to Disney World or Universal Studios-Orlando online – you can now identify them by face. Thanks to new federal guidelines, Florida theme parks are easing their face mask policies. Disney and Universal say visitors can remove their masks outdoors – except when they’re on rides, waiting in line, or riding transportation like trams.
CHANCE THE RAPPER TO RELEASE CONCERT MOVIE
CHICAGO (AP) – It’s a concert film that’s more than three years in the making – and it stars Chance the Rapper. He filmed a concert in Chicago in 2017 – but didn’t release it because he wasn’t crazy about the editing. He gave the project another look during the pandemic – and decided to edit it himself, since he had gained experience editing the virtual concerts he did while on lockdown. The film project is titled “Magnificent Coloring World” – and is due in theaters this summer.
EX-CBS CHIEF MOONVES WON’T GET $120M SEVERANCE PACKAGE
NEW YORK (AP) – A long dispute over whether former CBS chief Les Moonves gets his severance money is over. And Moonves can’t be happy with the result. ViacomCBS says Moonves won’t get severance after his 2018 firing. He was cut loose after the company looked into allegations of sexual misconduct dating back three decades. The probe found Moonves violated CBS policy and didn’t cooperate in the investigation – but the fired exec appealed. On Friday, ViacomCBS said in a financial filing that the matter was resolved and Moonves gets nothing. It didn’t say why.