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  1. I hate answering questions with a question, but in this case I feel it is warranted. Why would you not vaccinate children? I can't think of a single logical reason, assuming the results of trials look good (which they do up to this point) to not do it. Children receive flu shots, right? At a minimum the same exact reasons exist to give children COVID vaccines.
  2. 70% does seem high to me but I was just showing that I didn't pull it from thin air, I had read it. I'm not sure what percentage of people are going to "mask up" going forward, but I'm confident that there will be some who do. Instead of it being a really rare sight it'll become commonplace.
  3. Yeah, definitely. That is the vaccine I received. I got my shot the day before it was paused. It is much easier to arrange a one and done than to worry about getting people back, especially when transportation is an issue. There's also good news in the form of a lot of public awareness that vaccines are available and free. The state is doing what it can to get people covered.
  4. Meanwhile, in Michigan we are over triple that figure, clocking in at 12.2% positive rate. And that's down from where it was. The governor just set standards for reopening in stages based on vaccination rates, with everything going fully open once 70% of the eligible (age 16+) residents have been vaccinated. I hope we get there but I don't know if we will. Michigan is hovering just below 50% vaccinated which is good, but the vaccination rate is dropping like a rock. We're down 75% week to week in the number of new vaccinations. Vaccine resistance is a huge issue here.
  5. This is where I got the 70% number from, a poll conducted by Ohio State University. https://wexnermedical.osu.edu/mediaroom/pressreleaselisting/life-after-covid We'll see how people's views change over time, but I have to believe that such a major disruption to every day life is going to have a lasting impact on many who lived through it. I certainly won't be going back to pre-pandemic life as it was. For example, I will never work in an office again. If I have to take a job that requires me to be in an office daily then I will take it, but keep lo
  6. I would not count on that. Masking is going to be a thing for a while. I think it will be a semi permanent fixture to some extent. like we have seen masks used seasonally in some parts of the world for several years. That practice is going to be more widely adopted. I'll be using a mask during flu season going forward. Polling has confirmed this is a widely held view. I believe I saw as many as 70% claim they will continue to mask up in public in the results of one poll out of Ohio. In the short term, the issues are the lack of vaccinations for children and the number of people ref
  7. I second this. There is also the factor that box office is not recovering in the immediate future. The outlook for all or most of next year is not looking good. Will theaters rebound in the second half of 2021? Will they rebound to previous levels at any point in the next few years? We don't know. The only possible way WB was going to avoid losing money on WW84 was to delay it for an indefinite amount of time until it could make that 800M or more globally that the first film did. I don't think anyone really knows when that will become a realistic possibility. Plus, there are risks
  8. I have no direct knowledge and am just guessing based on my own experiences, but I'm assuming the UK has a nontrivial number of anti-maskers in their populace. That's the way it is here in the US. For various reasons, it is just not possible to get 100% mask compliance. If that's what Tom Cruise was facing then it would explain why the rant was made public and also why those individuals quit. This isn't an issue where there are 2 sides. People wear masks as instructed or they don't because... reasons.
  9. I think this is a case where people should put aside their preconceived views of Tom Cruise and evaluate the rant and the intent behind it on their own merit. Doing that, it is very easy to see he's got a point. This wasn't Tom Cruise the actor ranting, it was Tom Cruise the producer. His concern isn't artistic integrity, it is the safety of everyone working on set. A COVID outbreak among the cast and crew could easily shut down production, and that would have dire consequences beyond this one film. Maybe his tone and word choice weren't the best, but given the gravity of the situa
  10. Has to be COVID. I believe the principal photography is set for the UK, and I also believe lockdowns are expected there through March some time. This probably explains moving production to May.
  11. The only thing about this is the numbers won't just skyrocket in Florida. People from around the country have traveled and are traveling there for the usual holiday vacation getaways.
  12. It isn't exactly the same, sure. There's nothing like the shared experience of sitting in the dark with hundreds of strangers watching a film. However, viewing parties are a thing. Lots of Americans watch the Super Bowl that way and have for decades. PPV events like boxing and MMA also draw viewing parties where friends gather. These are a lot more fun that watching something alone. I don't see any reason that big film releases can't shift nicely to a streamed on TV events. GoT episodes were successful that way.
  13. Yeah, let's see how that works out. There is no way that after a year of getting "free" movies for $15 a month WB is going to be able to reverse that. This is permanent. The damage will be done. Theater count will be a fraction of what it was, and relying on box office for the primary revenue stream won't be viable. Even if it is safe and even if a larger percentage of theaters somehow manage to survive than I'm anticipating, people will be conditioned to no longer go to theaters.
  14. I think BW will either have a very short theatrical only window, like a couple weeks at most, or it will open simultaneously in theaters and on D+. The world has changed.
  15. There's still box office. It will just be peanuts compared to 2019 and earlier standards. WB isn't releasing films exclusively on HBO Max, it is just that many (perhaps most) of the domestic audience will consume them that way instead of in theaters. AT&T / WB is not going to backtrack on this. Theater count in the US is going to drop like a rock in 2021 and more content creators will go this route. The writing is on the wall. Disney has D+. I wonder what the other studios are going to do. Universal for example could sell their films (Amazon would be interested I be
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