Here’s All the Culture News You Missed This Week
Here’s why Grey’s Anatomy, Glastonbury and the Cannes Film Festival made headlines this week.
Grey’s Anatomy donated its medical gear to hospitals
Executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy’s, Krista Vernoff, is sending all of the medical drama’s unused gowns, gloves and masks to Los Angeles hospitals running low on essential supplies. Another show she works on, Station 19, is set in a fire station and equips its characters with N-95 masks, which are now being shipped off to healthcare workers who need them urgently. Fox’s The Resident has also reportedly sent a shipment of hospital gowns, face masks, gloves and other medical supplies to an Atlanta hospital.
Amy Adams joined Instagram
This week, Amy Adams finally joined Instagram, and her very first post on the platform is for a good cause. The Oscar-nominated actress has partnered with Jennifer Garner to launch #SaveWithStories, which provides “a spot to watch your favourite celebrities read your favourite children’s books.” Through this initiative, the stars hope to support a new fund for a combined effort between Save the Children and No Kid Hungry, which addresses the food shortage and educational needs of children impacted by the coronavirus. For her inaugural post, Adams read from Dinosaur Princess, a story written by her nine-year-old daughter Aviana, with illustrations by her husband Darren Le Gallo.
The Friends reunion was postponed
The eagerly awaited Friends reunion special for HBO Max was supposed to be filmed this month but has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “the unscripted special was set to be filmed next Monday and Tuesday on the show’s iconic and former home at Stage 24 of the Warner Bros. Studio lot in Burbank.” Production has been delayed until at least May, with no formal rescheduled date determined at this time. Other streaming platforms and channels have also suspended filming, including Netflix and Apple.
CBC announced a weekly Movie Night series
In response to the postponement of the NHL season due to the threat of the coronavirus, CBC is now hosting Movie Night in Canada, a celebration of acclaimed Canadian films back-to-back on Saturday evenings beginning at 7pm EST on CBC and CBC Gem. Movies on the lineup include Race, a Jesse Owens biopic starring If Beale Street Could Talk breakout star Stephan James, Mr Hockey: The Gordie Howe Story, and The Right Kind of Wrong, a rom-com featuring Catherine O’Hara in a supporting role.
More cultural events were postponed or cancelled
Following news of the Met Gala’s postponement, the Cannes Film Festival in France and Glastonbury music festival in the UK have also revised their plans. Cannes, previously scheduled to run between May 12 and 23, will likely be pushed to late summer, while Glastonbury, which was to run from June 24 to 28, has been cancelled altogether. According to the organizers, tickets for this year will roll over to next year. North America’s largest documentary film festival, Hot Docs, previously scheduled for an April 30-May 10 run in Toronto, has been pushed to a later date in 2020, while the Bonnaroo music festival has been rescheduled for September.