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US counts 21,000 new COVID-19 cases as protests erupt

iStock/ffikretow (NEW YORK) — COVID-19 cases in the U.S. jumped by 21,000 on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.  Every state in the country reported new cases, including Washington D.C. and all U.S. territories. Most states are reopening their economy by allowing certain stores to resume operation and permitting dining in restaurants that meet social distancing guidelines.   However, with …

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New survey shows Americans planning for post-COVID-19 life — with caution

Istock/Imgorthand(NEW YORK) — Even as medical experts say we should expect a new surge of COVID-19 infections in the fall, a new survey shows Americans have taken some lessons to heart from the ongoing pandemic.  The Harris Poll online survey of 2,067 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, taken on behalf of the University of Phoenix, revealed 76% admitted the …

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Survey says Americans are hungry for “pandemic-proof” jobs

iStock/Maryna Andriichenko(NEW YORK) — With many parts of the country reopening following closures from the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans are looking ahead to jobs that are pandemic proof. That’s the word from a report by the financial site WalletHub, which says 73.5 million people in this country are looking for a job that will still be around in case something like COVID-19 comes …

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Mission: Accepted — Simon Pegg says ‘Mission: Impossible 7’ will start shooting again in September

Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Production on Mission: Impossible 7 was moved from Venice, Italy to Rome to try to avoid the spreading COVID-19 pandemic, before it was shuttered altogether in February. But Tom Cruise has a plan to get production back on track — according to one of his co-stars. Simon Pegg, who plays agent and tech genius Benji …

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Jennifer Aniston’s nude portrait is being auctioned off for COVID-19 relief

Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Turner(LOS ANGELES) — One of Jennifer Aniston’s most famous portraits is heading to the auction block for COVID-19 relief.  So, if you’re a fan of her black and white nude portrait that she shot in 1995, you’re in luck. Aniston revealed on Instagram over the weekend that the man who shot the renowned photo, Mark Seliger, is the one who …

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Hollywood looks to start back up with post-COVID safety plan

iStock/oatjo(LOS ANGELES) — Hollywood on Monday submitted its plan for restarting in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down production in March.  A copy of the Industry-Wide Labor-Management Safety Committee Task Force guidelines, obtained by Deadline, include, among other things, limiting face-to-face contact with others and regular, periodic testing of the cast and crew.  Along with procedures of cleaning, protection and prevention …

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Fauci says COVID-meetings with Trump have “dramatically decreased”

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — While the nation is experiencing civil unrest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after police were filmed kneeling on his neck, Doctor Anthony Fauci says his daily meetings with President Donald Trump regarding COVID-19 “have been dramatically decreased” since the protests started. “As you probably noticed, that the task force meetings have not occurred …

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2020 box office could be cut in half by COVID-19

iStock/Darwin Brandis(LOS ANGELES) — It would come as no surprise to hear that the box office numbers for 2020 will be greatly impacted by theater shutdowns from the COVID-19 crisis. But now, the research company MoffettNathanson is detailing just how bad Hollywood’s bottom line will be bruised. According to numbers from the Wall Street analyst firm quoted by Variety, ticket sales …

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One Zoom to rule them all: Josh Gad reunites entire ‘Lord of the Rings’ cast in epic “Reunited Apart” charity eventsegment

Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As part of his ongoing Reunited Apart series, Josh Gad pulled off an epic reunion befitting an epic trilogy: the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings films.  The get-together was meant to help support No Kid Hungry, a national campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in America, particularly in the time of COVID-19.  While Gad has already brought together …

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One Zoom to rule them all: Josh Gad reunites entire ‘Lord of the Rings’ cast in epic “Reunited Apart” charity event

Photo by Junko Kimura/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — As part of his ongoing Reunited Apart series, Josh Gad pulled off an epic reunion befitting an epic trilogy: the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings films.  The get-together was meant to help support No Kid Hungry, a national campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in America, particularly in the time of COVID-19.  While Gad has already brought together …

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