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Coronavirus: Theatres need bailout to survive, warns writer James Graham

Coronavirus: Theatres need bailout to survive, warns writer James Graham

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Playwright James Graham has said an "aggressive government bailout" is needed to save theatres from the impact of the coronavirus crisis.UK venues have been shut for four weeks, with all West End performances cancelled until at least 31 May.In several months' time, "all of the reserves will have dried up and there will be no money left", Graham warned."I don't even know if there will be a theatre or film industry that we can recognise when this is all over."Graham, one of the country's leading dramatists, has turned his hit West End play Quiz, about the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? coughing scandal, into an ITV mini-series.'No middle ground'While some theatres have started streaming online, he told the PA news agency it was "a ...
Coronavirus: After James Bond delay, what next for Hollywood’s new releases?

Coronavirus: After James Bond delay, what next for Hollywood’s new releases?

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Daniel Craig's swansong as James Bond has become the first major film to fall foul of the coronavirus outbreak, with the release of No Time To Die delayed by seven months until November.With growing health concerns around the world, what could it mean for the film industry?Why was this decision taken? Bond producers didn't directly mention coronavirus in their statement announcing the delay. Instead, MGM said it took the decision after "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace".Is that code for coronavirus?"Yes," says BBC arts correspondent David Sillito. "Just look at what's happening in the world. "This was going to be the first big global blockbuster o...
Release of James Bond film No Time To Die delayed amid coronavirus fears

Release of James Bond film No Time To Die delayed amid coronavirus fears

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The release of the new James Bond film has been put back by seven months as coronavirus continues to spread.The producers said they had moved the release of No Time To Die from April to November after "careful consideration and thorough evaluation of the global theatrical marketplace".The announcement comes days after the founders of two 007 fan sites called on the film studios to delay its release.It will now come out in the UK on 12 November, and in the US on 25 November.No Time To Die, which is due to be Daniel Craig's final appearance as the British secret service agent, had been due for release on 3 April. Skip Twitter post by @007 MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Mic...
Eurovision 2020: James Newman announced as United Kingdom’s entry

Eurovision 2020: James Newman announced as United Kingdom’s entry

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Singer-songwriter James Newman will represent the United Kingdom at this year's Eurovision Song Contest. He'll perform My Last Breath at the event's final in Rotterdam in The Netherlands on 16 May.Speaking to Radio 1 Newsbeat, James hopes his "simple, memorable and anthemic" song will help win votes. James is a successful pop songwriter and has written for acts including Ed Sheeran and Jess Glynne, and is the older brother of John Newman. The UK's looking to improve on 2019's contest, when Michael Rice's X-Factor style ballad Bigger Than Us finished in last place. It marked the fourth time the UK had come bottom of the table but James says he doesn't feel nervous at that prospect.He feels his song will "connect" with the...
No Time To Die: The verdict on Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

No Time To Die: The verdict on Billie Eilish’s James Bond theme

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Billie Eilish's theme for the new James Bond film is a dramatic, unsettling ballad that hints the plot will centre around the secret agent's betrayal.The lyrics to No Time To Die reference lies and deceit, as Eilish sings: "You were never on my side."The song was released at 00:00 GMT, at the same time as a new trailer for the film, starring Daniel Craig.Eilish, who turned 18 in December, is the youngest singer ever to record a theme for the franchise.Its release was highly anticipated at the end of a week that saw her performing to a worldwide TV audience at the Oscars.No Time To Die opens with a haunting piano motif, with the star's voice weary as she sings, "I should have known I'd leave alone".A familiar tremolo guitar ushers...