Dolly Parton’s Dollywood and Abramorama are teaming on a coronavirus lockdown-inspired initiative in which Parton will read a children’s book online at bedtime. The series, GoodNight with Dolly, launches Tuesday at 7 PM ET and will air once a week.
The project comes as Abramorama had been readying the April 2 release in 330 theaters nationwide of its documentary The Library That Dolly Built. Then came the coronavirus outbreak. The distributor is now shifting the bow to the week of September 21, a date that coincides with the library celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The docu, directed by Nick Geidner, focuses on Parton’s work to end illiteracy via her non-profit foundation Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Since inception in 1995, the library has gifted more than 135 million books to children and is currently gifting books to 1.5 million children around the world each month.
“Although it was the right thing to do, postponing the screening of our documentary was a disappointment,” she said Monday. “So many of our Imagination Library affiliates had organized events around the nationwide screenings, however things do have a way of working out so the documentary will still have its day.”
The books in the checkout bin for GoodNight with Dolly include among others Imagination Library books like There's a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake by Loren Long, Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney, The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and Parton’s own I Am a Rainbow and Coat of Many Colors.
“This is something I have been wanting to do for quite a while, but the timing never felt quite right,” she said. “I think it is pretty clear that now is the time to share a story and to share some love. It is an honor for me to share the incredible talent of these authors and illustrators. They make us smile, they make us laugh and they make us think.”
Here’s a video intro’ing the series, which will be available on the Imagination Library, Dolly Parton, World Choice Investments and Dollywood channels.
The British Academy says the television and craft ceremonies will now be held later in the year, without setting specific dates.
The British Academy has officially postponed both its television awards and television craft awards due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
BAFTA made the announcement Tuesday, saying that both ceremonies would now be held later in the year, without giving specific dates.
The TV craft awards were to be held April 26 and TV awards May 17. BAFTA also said it would be pushing the nominations, scheduled for March 26, to be closer to the ceremony.
"We are continually monitoring the situation to ensure we are prepared for the challenges we may face in the coming weeks and months," it said in a statement. "We are closely following the advice of the World Health Organisation, NHS and GOV UK/Public Health England, and the safety of our members, guests and staff remains our top priority."
The news landed less than a week after BAFTA revealed that its upcoming games awards ——due to be held April 2 — would scrap the red carpet and ceremony and become an online live stream. It also comes the same day that the three biggest U.K. cinema chains — Cineworld, Odeon and Vue — announced that they would be closing down until further notice, following government guidelines urging people to avoid unnecessary social activity.
Scores of events, awards and festivals have been postponed or canceled as the pandemic continues to cause havoc around the world.
Source: Hollywood Reporter