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The one-hour musical event airs March 29 from 6-7 p.m. on Fox, featuring additional performers including the Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey and Sam Smith.
In light of the canceled iHeartRadio Music Awards, Fox has teamed with iHeartMedia to present a "Living Room Concert for America," a music event that pays tribute to medical professionals fighting to stop the rapid spread of coronavirus COVID-19, the respiratory illness that has swept the world, upended the entertainment industry and put a stop to all non-essential business.
Hosted by Elton John, the one-hour benefit special features performances by Billie Eilish, Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Mariah Carey, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Camila Cabello, Tim McGraw, H.E.R., Green Day's Joe Armstrong and more.
Throughout the broadcast, there will be additional appearances from Lizzo, Demi Lovato and Ciara; as well as inspirational messages from guests and information on charities to support in this time of need, such as Feeding America and First Responder's Children's Foundation.
Since the coronavirus was declared by the World Health Organization to be a global pandemic, it has caused almost all major events in the music, film and television industries to be canceled or postponed, jeopardizing the entire entertainment industry and rendering most Americans housebound amid "Safer at Home" orders from government officials.
As of this writing, the John Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center indicates that there are 94, 238 confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States, with over 1,438 deaths.
Those interested in the iHeartMedia commercial-free concert may tune in when it airs March 29 from 6-7 p.m. PT on Fox. It will also be available via the iHeartMedia radio stations and through the associated app. More information can be found here.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Late night shows and concerts have been upended in recent weeks, but that isn't stopping James Corden and Elton John from providing fans with new entertainment in these quarantined times.
CBS announced that it will air a new primetime special from “Late Late Show” host Corden on Monday, March 30 at 10 p.m. ET, while John is gearing up to host a live concert special on Fox on March 29 at 9 p.m. ET.
The set of “Homefest: James Corden's Late Late Show Special” might be the comedian's garage, but the star-studded show will include musical performances from artists throughout the globe. South Korea's BTS will perform, as will Italy's Andrea Bocelli and London's Dua Lipa. Billie Eilish with FINNEAS and John Legend will also perform. All artists will stream their performances from their homes. David Blaine and Will Ferrell are among the other celebrities expected to appear in the special.
Music aside, Corden and his guests will urge viewers to follow government advice to socially isolate and stay healthy and will also provide details on how to donate money to The CDC Foundation and Feed the Children.
“Since 'The Late Last Show' came off the air, we have been thinking of different ways to try and make a show at this time,” executive producers Ben Winston and Rob Crabbe said in a statement. “With the help of some wonderful guests, we are going to try to put on the best show we can, to entertain, raise awareness, raise money and hopefully lift spirits. Shooting from James' garage may be far from perfect, but under the circumstances we hope it can help someone, somewhere, who needs some cheer right now.”
Like Corden's special, John's upcoming Fox show will feature an array of musical performances and will also encourage viewers to raise money for charitable organizations. Eilish also will perform during John's show, as will Alicia Keys, Backstreet Boys, Billie Joe Armstrong, Mariah Carey, Tim McGraw, and others. All artists will perform at home and additional performers will be announced soon.
John's special will air during the iHeartRadio Music Awards' original broadcast timeslot and will be commercial-free. The program will encourage viewers to support Feeding America and the First Responders Children's Foundation, which help the ongoing pandemic's victims and first responders, respectively. Fox will offer the event across all of its linear and digital platforms to extend the reach of the special's charitable component.
With most major releases indefinitely delayed, film festivals postponed, and studios dropping their theatrical releases on digital left and right due to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, awards season is going to look very different by the time it rolls around in the fall. And no, it won’t be Bloodshot and Sonic the Hedgehog gunning for best picture, as many online have joked.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is making significant changes to its long-standing rules for the Golden Globes awards eligibility that expands the formats where an eligible film can be first released, including subscription streaming services, subscription cable channels, and broadcast TV. With these changes to the Golden Globes eligibility rules, other awards bodies like the Academy Awards, will likely soon follow.
Deadline reports that the HFPA announced that it would be altering its rules for Golden Globe motion picture eligibility and screenings for this year, which would — for the first time in history — open up the films eligible for the top best picture prizes drama and musical/comedy to those that were first released on streaming services, cable, and broadcast TV. However, producers and studios must still prove they had a “bona fide theatrical release planned to begin in Los Angeles during the period from March 15 to April 30 2020.”
This is a change that would likely have come at some point anyway, with the rise of streaming platforms who have become awards heavy-hitters like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu, but has been expedited by the coronavirus epidemic, which has forced the shuttering of theaters across the country and delayed film releases and productions.
“The HFPA’s reminders list committee will consider application of this suspension of the rules on a case-by-case basis when compiling the annual Golden Globe reminders list in the fall,” the HFPA says. “The HFPA will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on motion picture and television distribution and exhibition and may extend these suspensions of the Golden Globe award rules and/or may make other temporary variations to those rules as it considers appropriate in the future.”
Exhibition requirements have been temporarily suspended, except for the rule that films must be released seven days prior to midnight on December 31 of the qualifying year. The HFPA has broadened eligible feature film release platforms — previously only pay-per-view services and theaters — to the alternate formats like streaming services, subscription cable channels, and broadcast TV. But this expansion opens up a whole host of questions: what does this mean for the Golden Globe categories dedicated to TV movies that are dominated by HBO? Could a film that premiered at a film festival but picked up by a cable channel now be...