This post will be updated daily with additional cancellations, postponements, and the other ways in which COVID-19 is affecting entertainment. Last updated: April 3, 9:12 a.m.

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COVID-19 — commonly referred to as the coronavirus — is leading to rapid changes all around us. The pop culture industry has been affected in unique ways, with major comic and entertainment conventions being canceled, productions being halted, and Tom Hanks spending some time in quarantine after he and his wife, Rita Wilson, tested positive for the virus while they were filming in Australia.

Basically, this year is canceled. See all of the pop culture goodness we cannot enjoy for the foreseeable future below!


Live Events

  • Yu-Gi-Oh Championship Series: The gathering of trading-card-game players in North Carolina has been postponed indefinitely. Konami says it continues to monitor the situation for other upcoming events.
  • Overwatch League: Esports is officially being affected, too. All events for March and April are canceled, according to a tweet from Overwatch League‘s official Twitter account.
  • Coachella: The annual gathering of influencers (and musicians) has been postponed until October, according to a tweet from Coachella.
  • SXSW: The Austin-based music and tech conference and festival known as South by Southwest was shut down by the city, the people behind the event wrote in a statement. They say they are currently looking into a digital alternative or new dates sometime in the future.
  • Broadway: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed Broadway to suspend all performances effective immediately, according to a press release from The Broadway League. The statement says that performances will begin again on April 13.
  • TCM Classic Film Festival: TCM host Ben Mankiewicz announced in a video that the festival would not go on and everyone who planned to attend will receive full refunds.
  • Tribeca Film Festival: The prestigious film festival slated for April 15-26 is canceled after New York-governor, Andrew Cuomo, banned gatherings in New York of more than 500 people, Jane Rosenthal co-founder and CEO of Tribeca Enterprises says in a statement.
  • Tours & residencies canceled: Every single one — okay almost. Some of the big artists postponing or canceling their shows are Billie Eilish, Elton John, and the Jonas Brothers — what a man gotta do … is stay indoors.
  • Record Store Day: You’ll have to wait two months longer to get your hands on some exclusive vinyl. Record Store Day will now take place on June 20 instead of April 18.
  • Pokémon Events: Check here to see if your local Pokémon Championship was canceled or postponed.
  • The Met Gala: The biggest fashion night of the year will not take place on May 4 as planned. There is no word yet on the new date.
  • Movie Theaters: After initially agreeing to reduce capacity, all Regal, AMC, and Alamo Drafthouse theaters across the U.S. are taking a (hopefully) brief intermission. Each closed its doors indefinitely to abide by the new government standards of no gatherings of 10 or more. UPDATE: Cinemark is closed as well.
  • WrestleMania 36 and the events surrounding it in Tampa Bay, Florida, will not go on. Fans can still catch the event on WWE Network on April 5 at 7 p.m. through pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be allowed in the building while they film because wrestling definitely can’t spread COVID-19 — right?
  • Las Vegas: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. So the governor of Nevada is making sure nothing happens at casinos for the until further notice..
  • Glastonbury Festival: The people behind the five-day British music festival have canceled its 50th-anniversary event planned for the end of June.
  • Edinburgh International Film Festival: Originally intended to go on at the end of June, the 74th Edinburgh International Film Festival is postponed indefinitely.
  • Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival is rescheduled to Sept. 24-27, the team behind it says.
  • Free Comic Book Day will not happen on May 2 as originally planned, Diamond Comic Distributors stated in a press release. The group is looking to move the annual comic event to some time in the summer.
  • Cannes Festival: Say “au revoir” to the Cannes Festival. According to an official statement, the international film festival will not take place from May 12-23 as planned. The team is exploring the option of rescheduling the festival, possibly to later this summer.
  • The Void: Even virtual reality is being impacted. All locations of The Void are closed indefinitely.
  • Fathom Events: Many of the special screenings are canceled or postponed, including Steven Universe: The Movie Sing-A-Long Event.
  • Firefly Music Festival is canceled.
  • Gov Ball: The NYC music festival due to take place in June is canceled. The Gov Ball team says in its statement that due to logistical issues it cannot be postponed to another date and all tickets will be refunded.

Movie Releases

  • No Time to Die: The James Bond flick was one of the first to be postponed in a statement from producers. Fans will have to wait until November for the latest 007-action film.
  • Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway: Originally set for an April 3 release, the CGI-film will now come out on Aug. 7, according to Variety.
  • A Quiet Place 2: John Krasinksi posted a statement on Instagram on Thursday morning that stated he will release the film when “we CAN all see it together.”
  • F9: The latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise will be delayed until next year, a tweet from the official account wrote.
  • Mulan: According to multiple media sources, the latest live-action Disney remake did not debut on March 27. So far, there are no updates on a new release date.
  • New Mutants: Disney also pushed back the release date for this Marvel Comics-inspired film, which was finally expected to land in theaters on April 3 via 20th Century Studios after many, many delays.
  • Black Widow: Our favorite Russian spy turned Avenger cannot catch a break — but before I get off on a tangent about EndgameHollywood Reporter says that the film will not premiere on May 1 as planned.
  • Spiral: From the Book of Saw: Chris Rock and Samuel L. Jackson star in the terrifying reboot of Saw, *but* Lionsgate has pulled the movie from its May 15 release date, Bloody Disgusting reports.
  • Minions: The Rise of Gru: The next installment in the Despicable Me universe is no longer set to hit theaters in July, Deadline reports. Illumination’s Paris Studio has closed temporarily due to COVID-19, which will prevent them from completing the movie in time.
  • Wonder Woman 1984 will premiere on Aug. 14 instead of it’s intended date of June 5, Deadline reports.
  • In the same article, Deadline stated that In the Heights, Scoob!, and Malignant will all also be postponed but future dates aren’t known at this time.
  • Every 2020 Sony Productions release: In an industry-shaking move, Sony pushed all of this year’s releases to next year, Variety reports. Films affected include Morbius, Ghostbusters: Afterlifeand an unnamed Marvel Project.

Entertainment Production

At this point, it would be easier to list what hasn’t been pulled than what has. Every day more and more movies and TV shows are shutting down filming in order to protect their workers. Check out some of the more notable films and series that have been impacted below.

  • Movies
    • The Batman: There’s a chance we might have to wait longer to see Battinson. The UK production of The Batman has paused production indefinitely, Variety reports.
    • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Marvel and Disney have chosen to suspend the first-unit production of the martial arts hero film after director Destin Daniel Cretton chose to go into isolation while awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
    • The Little Mermaid: The live-action film has halted production, along with several Disney films, such as Home Alone and Peter Pan & Wendy.
    • Jurassic World: Dominion: “Life will not be contained. Life breaks free,” says the OG Jurassic Park character Dr. Malcom. Trust Jeff Goldblum that life will continue despite Jurassic World: Dominion paused filming.
    • Fantastic Beasts 3: Variety reports that the Harry Potter prequel did not begin filming on March 16 as previously planned.
  • TV Shows
    • Loki, WandaVision: Marvel Studios is pausing production on the long-awaited Disney+ series, multiple outlets report.
    • Supernatural: The 15th and (finally) final season of Supernatural has suspended filming, which means it might not be able to wrap up in time for the planned date of the last episode, Deadline says. I am beginning to believe the Winchester brothers could have had something to do with this virus. I mean how many times did they release an apocalypse on the world?
    • The Walking Dead: Deadline reports that Fear the Walking Dead, as well as the 11th season of The Walking Dead, have both taken a three-week hiatus on filming. If you fear missing out on the apocalyptic themes, I suggest trying to buy toilet paper from your local target.
    • Stranger Things: Deadline reports that all Netflix scripted series have stopped production in the U.S. and Canada, including the fourth season of Stranger Things.
    • Riverdale: The teen-drama was one of the first to take a hiatus when a “team member” was confirmed to have COVID-19, Deadline reports. After Warner Bros. Media Group shut down all production, it was joined by the CW’s Batwoman, The Flash, and Supergirl, as well as shows for CBS, TNT, OWN, and HBO Max, the outlet says.
    • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: A shoot in Prague for the Disney+ series ended early after the city put restrictions on travel — find more info in our previous post.
    • Carnival Row: According to an Instagram stories video posted by actor Orlando Bloom, filming for the second season of the Amazon series shut down in Prague and the cast is headed home before the European travel ban took effect.
    • The Morning Show: All Apple series currently filming have been put on hold, according to Deadline.
    • Euphoria: WarnerMedia Entertainment (owner of HBO, HBO Max, TNT, TBS, and TruTV) suspended production on its series, Deadline says. This includes Euphoria, Snowpiercer, and The Righteous Gemstones.
    • CBS: Deadline reports that several CBS dramas have stopped filming, including NCIS, Dynasty, and The Good Fight.
    • Friends Reunion: The planned special for HBO Max is going on a break. It will not film until at least May, Variety confirmed. I am starting a petition to bring the whole series back to Netflix while we wait.
  • Off Air
      • Pretty much all late-night and daytime talk shows have paused indefinitely, after initially agreeing to put the show on without an audience. The list includes The Ellen Degeneres Show, Last Week Tonight, and The Late Late Show with James CameronUPDATE: Many late-night hosts are now filming some wholesome (and hilarious) content from their homes. Check out Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Samantha Bee, and Jimmy Kimmel for some much-needed laughs. UPDATE: A lot of these special at-home editions are premiering before reruns of the episodes, but Trevor Noah’s The Daily Social Distancing Show airs on Comedy Central during the normal timeslot for The Daily Show. 
      • Eurovision Song Contest 2020 has been canceled by the European Broadcasting Union in a video statement.
      • The Walking Dead: World Beyond is no longer premiering on April 12. Instead, AMC’s website says it will come “later this year.”
      • The Walking Dead season 10 finale will not air until late this year, due to post-production delays. Instead, this season will end after its 15th episode and the finale will premiere sometime in the future.

Award Ceremonies

  • 2020 Tony Awards: Broadway’s biggest night will not happen on June 7, according to Tony Award Productions. The company states it’s looking forward to celebrating Broadway at a later date.
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony: Originally scheduled for May 2, the induction ceremony will now take place on Nov. 7 the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced.
  • The Daytime Emmys will no longer take place this June. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is exploring alternative options for recognizing honorees later this year. The Sports Emmys and Tech Emmys are also postponed.
  • Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards: Deadline reports that the event scheduled for March 22 was postponed until a later time for the “well-being of every person involved with the show.”
  • The ACM Awards will now take place in September instead of on April 5, according to a statement from The Acadamy of Country Music.
  • Golden Globes: The 2021 event is *not* canceled! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will be switching things up though. Variety reports that films will no longer have to be screened at a third-party facility and deadlines have been opened to include movies that had planned theater dates during the specified time.

Theme Parks

Museums, Studio Tours, & Shops

  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour: The Burbank, California-based tour for all things Warner Bros. has temporarily closed out of an abundance of caution. There is currently no word on when it will reopen.
  • Smithsonian: All Smithsonian museums in New York City and Washington D.C., as well as the National Zoo in Washington D.C., closed on March 14 and will be reevaluated every two weeks, according to the Smithsonian’s website. In an emailed statement, the organization also said it will postpone or cancel all programming and gatherings through May 3 — including the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020.
  • Comic-Con Museum Events: The parent company of the Comic-Con Museum and Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) will reschedule all currently scheduled at the Comic-Con Museum, it said in an emailed statement. SDCC is still expected to go on in July.
  • Disney: All Disney shops in North America closed on March 17. The online store will remain open if your panic shopping involves anything Mickey Mouse themed.
  • Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is closed indefinitely.
  • BoxLunch, Hot Topic: Both fandom-fueled stores are closed until March 30, but each stressed that they will still be paying employees during this time. UPDATE: The stores are now closed until further notice. There’s no longer any word on their websites about employees.
  • Apple stores are closed indefinitely.
  • All 28 Newbury Comics comic book shops are closed through April 4, but its online store remains open.
  • Super7 collectible shops in San Fransisco and San Diego are closed. Despite some possible transit delays, its online shop is open.


  • MLB: The upcoming baseball season will have a delayed start, Minor League Baseball tweeted. Information on when it will begin will come at a later date.
  • NHL: The NHL tweeted from its official account that it paused its current season.
  • NCAA March Madness: Despite plans to continue the playoff games with only essential staff and limited family attending, the NCAA ultimately canceled all remaining winter and spring championship games via a tweeted statement.
  • Stern Pro Circuit 2019-20 Championships: The pinball championship is postponed until a later date, according to an email from Stern Pinball. Tickets will be transferable to the new date, the email says.
  • NBA: After a player on the Utah Jazz team tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA announced that it would suspend all games until further notice.
  • MLS: Major League Soccer will suspend all games for the next 30 days, according to Sports Illustrated.
  • Boston Marathon: The 124th Boston Marathon is rescheduling from April 20 until Sept. 14, the Boston Athletic Association wrote in a statement.
  • PGA: Golf championships the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals have all been postponed, according to a statement from Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club.
  • EURO 2020 has been postponed by one year, the UEFA states.
  • Olympics 2020: After countries began to pull out of the competition, officials made the decision to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, a member of the Veteran International Olympic Committee (IOC) told USA Today. This is, by far, the biggest impact on the sports world, and the IOC could take up to a month to decide the next steps, the outlet reports. UPDATE: It’s official: The Olympic Games will not take place this summer and will most likely take place next year, the IOC said in a statement on Tuesday. UPDATE: The games will be held from July 23-Aug. 8 next year, the IOC says.

The Good News

  • Frozen 2: “Some things stay the same. Though the future remains unknown.” The fact that we love Disney will never change. Learn more about the surprise release here.
  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker: Disney dropped the latest installment of the Star Wars saga in a surprise release a few days early.
  • Lin Manuel Miranda dropped a previously unheard song from Hamilton.
  • Lizzo took to Instagram to post a 30-minute meditation song “to promote healing during this global crisis.”
  • NBCUniversal will release Trolls World Tour digitally at the same time it hits theaters on April 10, The Hollywood Reporter saysIt will also release all Universal Pictures films currently in theaters (The Hunt, Emma, and The Invisible Man) digitally by Friday, the outlet reports.
  • Birds of Prey flew into our homes digitally in early April. This is extremely early, but everything Harley Quinn does is extreme.
  • Multiple celebrities are taking to Instagram Live to put on At-Home Concerts and Q&As. 
  • Bloodshot, the Vin Diesel superhero flick, will be available digitally on March 24.
  • Onward became available to buy digitally after March 20 *and* on Disney+ on April 3. Read more here!
  • Sonic the Hedgehog is also sped into homes early — find it digitally now.
  • Penguin Random House to host Virtual Con on April 24 at 9 a.m. EST. The event will have author AMAs, exclusive content, an interactive Geek Geek Revolution game show, contests, giveaways, and more (what else could there be?)!
  • Take more reading home with the British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition online. Fans can discover the history behind Hogwarts, dive into Defense Against the Dark Arts, and learn about dragon eggs! Check it out here.
  • The Call of The Wild and Downhill are available to purchase digitally!
  • Subscriptions to the print version of the Pop Insider (that’s us!) are free until June 1. Read more about it here!
  • John Krasinski interviewed Steve Carell in his new video series, titled Some Good News.
  • Humble Bundle is offering a Conquer COVID-19 package that features more than $1,000 worth of games and ebooks for $30 for a limited time. All proceeds of the bundle go to organizations that are fighting the coronavirus.
  • While GameStop hasn’t necessarily been in the good news during this pandemic, the company is turning things around — kind of. GameStop’s Twitch channel will host a three-day mini Dungeons and Dragons marathon with celebrity guests, such as Deborah Ann Woll and Jason Charles Miller. Donations will be accepted at the event to raise money for Treehouse for Kids, a charity that helps kids in foster care. Find more info here.
  • Culturefly is donating 20% of sales from certain subscription boxes to the United Way COVID-19 Relief Fund from April 1-10. The boxes that will be included are themed after The OfficeFriends, My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Z, L.O.L. Surpriseand Jojo Siwa.

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