Disney’s 2021 films to debut exclusively in cinemas


The Guardian 11 September, 2021 - 06:44am

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Movies including Marvel’s Eternals, Sir Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel and Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story remake will all arrive in theatres for a 45-day window before being made available on digital platforms.

The move hands a boost to the beleaguered cinema industry, which has struggled to entice fans back inside amid fears over the more transmissible Delta variant of Covid-19.

And it comes on the heels of the success of Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings – the first Marvel film to launch exclusively in theatres in more than two years.

The superhero movie has so far grossed more than $166m (£120m) globally , one of the best pandemic-era performances at the box office.

In August, Disney CEO Bob Chapek described the 45-day cinema exclusive release of Shang-Chi as “an interesting experiment for us” – a comment criticised by Simu Liu, the film’s leading man.

The movie’s success appears to have influenced the studio’s theatrical strategy for the rest of the year.

While Eternals, The Last Duel and West Side Story will all have a 45-day window, animated musical Encanto will play in theatres for 30 days upon its release in November, before arriving on the Disney+ streaming service.

Disney had been experimenting with simultaneous theatre and streaming releases for some of its biggest films during the pandemic, notably Marvel’s Black Widow and origins story Cruella.

The Black Widow strategy prompted a lawsuit from star Scarlett Johansson, who alleged the move cost her earnings from decreased box office receipts.

Disney issued a fiery response and the legal action remains ongoing.

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Disney to Release Year's Remaining Films Exclusively in Theaters

TheStreet 12 September, 2021 - 04:22pm

During a press briefing Friday, Lewis County Health System CEO Gerald Cayer said 30 hospital workers quit total, including seven from the maternity unit, WWNY reported. Following their decision to leave, the ward will lack sufficient staffing to conduct operations and will therefore temporarily pause delivering babies after September 24, Cayer added.

He said he would consult the New York Department of Health to prevent the ward from permanently shutting its doors and would aim to replace the absent staff with vaccinated workers who meet the requirement.

“If we can pause the service and now focus on recruiting nurses who are vaccinated, we will be able to reengage in delivering babies here in Lewis County,” Cayer noted.

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Out of the employee pool at the hospital, 464 workers have received the vaccine while 165 have not. Seven maternity ward staffers are reportedly undecided about getting the shot.

The wave of departures comes after the state announced a COVID vaccine mandate for all health-care workers at hospitals and long-term care facilities with a September 27 deadline. While the update inspired 30 workers to get inoculated, it triggered the resignations of 30 others, Cayer said.

“Our hope is as we get closer (to the deadline), the numbers will increase of individuals who are vaccinated, fewer individuals will leave and maybe, with a little luck, some of those who have resigned will reconsider,” he said. “We are not alone. There are thousands of positions that are open north of the Thruway and now we have a challenge to work through, you know, with the vaccination mandate.”

In an executive declaration Friday that many legal scholars are calling a gross overstepping if not abuse of constitutional authority, President Biden mandated that all private businesses with 100 or more employees require their workers to be vaccinated. Many Republican lawmakers and governors have slammed the move as unlawful and invasive federal intervention in the private sector and have vowed to pursue legal action to stop its implementation.

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