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Mobile Drive-In Movies: The Ultimate Social Distancing Entertainment

Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment is helping cooped up communities and families find ways to entertain themselves outside while maintaining safe social distances during this difficult time. They are providing Drive-In Movies that come directly to customers’ locations nationwide.

“We were looking forward to releasing a full summer program of drive-in movies this year, but now UOE is more focused on the current issues at hand – helping communities find safe entertainment alternatives while helping our employees get work. We aim to continue supporting our office staff and dozens of audio-visual technicians across the country by providing a useful community activity during this crisis,” said Laura Landers, who is the owner of UOE and its drive-In division, Full Moon Drive-In®.

“UOE and Full Moon Drive-In offer the unique service of mobile drive-ins that can be setup anywhere. Neighborhoods, parking lots, community parks, sporting venues, colleges – anywhere that a customer wants to setup a drive-in movie night – we can make it happen. We also offer something that no stationary drive-in can offer, and that’s a daytime drive-in with our super-bright mobile LED screen,” Laura said. “Having the ability to start movies well before sunset is something that traditional projection screens simply can’t do, and it lets us start movies earlier, which is perfect for families with young children that don’t want to start a movie after 8 PM.”

UOE is also partnering with Blue Starlite Drive-In theater by providing them with UOE’s Mobile LED Screen so they can do special matinee viewings for screenings during the day, especially during the extended spring break students are experiencing. UOE also offers even larger LED Screens that can accommodate more vehicles, and all of their LED screens are completely weatherproof, so they can show movies rain or shine, day or night.


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Movie Lovers Express Demand for Return to Cinemas When Coronavirus Outbreak Ends

Maoyan Entertainment (“Maoyan” or “the Company”) (Hong Kong: 1896), a leading platform providing innovative Internet-empowered entertainment services in China, today released details of a survey revealing the pent-up demand among China’s movie lovers for the experience of a theatrical release after months of being cooped up in their own homes and apartments to stem the spread of the Coronavirus.

More than half of movie lovers in China expressed greater eagerness to go to the cinema when the virus outbreak ends than they had prior to the outbreak, according to the survey Maoyan Research Institute conducted among movie lovers in February. The survey sheds light on their entertainment behavior during the epidemic, as well as their willingness to return to movie theaters after the epidemic.

Key Findings:

About 97% of respondents watched movies at home through online streaming platforms from January 21 to February 20. On average, each respondent watched seven movies during the period.
Going back to cinemas was among top entertainment choices after the epidemic.
More than half of movie lovers were more inclined to go to cinemas after the epidemic than they were before it.
Comedy, sci-fi, action, and suspense movies were among the most-wanted movie genres after the pandemic ends.
Watching movies online was a major entertainment during the epidemic

According to the survey, 97% of respondents watched movies at home through online streaming platforms from January 21 to February 20. On average, each respondent watched seven movies during the period, which means each respondent watched one movie every four days.

About 81% of respondents watched movies through platforms operated by Baidu, Tencent, or Alibaba (iQiyi, Tencent Video and Youku), and 44% chose ByteDance platforms, including TikTok, Xigua Video, and Toutiao.

One of the most-watched movies during the epidemic was the Chinese comedy “Lost in Russia”, which became the first Chinese movie released online after its theatrical release was canceled. Disaster movies, such as “The Flu”, “Contagion” and “The Captain”, and Oscar-winning films including “Parasite”, “1917”, and “Joker”, were also widely searched and watched.


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Jimmy Fallon’s Kids Roast Him during his At-Home Monologue

On Thursday, March 18th, Jimmy Fallon proved how difficult working from home can be, especially if you’re Jimmy Fallon and have a show to do with two little kids who are your biggst critics.

Wife Nancy Juvonen worked the camera, while 6-year-old daughter Winnie took over for The Roots and the graphic department. 5-year-old Frances, however, was slightly less professional as uninvited cohost.

The show promoted the charity of the day, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

“I’m gonna tell some jokes. Want to stand there and laugh at daddy if they’re funny?” he then asked his family. “If you hear a joke you think is funny, laugh at it.” They laughed, but it wasn’t at what he was saying. Instead Frances kept crawling all over her dad, as Winnie repeatedly stepped in front of the camera lens.

When he asked whether she liked his jokes, Frances flat out told him, “No.”

The failed monologue was followed by an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who video conferenced his way into the show from his own home.

Watch the show here.


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Amanda Bynes Announces Pregnancy

It has been announced that former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes says she’s got a baby on board. The former actress took to social media to share the news, yet she quickly deleted the post.

Amanda’s boyfriend Paul’s relationship has been quite eventful these past few weeks. The two announced they were engaged shortly after Bynes posted about their relationship. The engagement was quickly called off. But as of late, it appears the two have been back together.

Bynes is currently under a conservatorship and family sources tell us they would not have allowed Amanda to get married in the first place. So we’ll just have to see how this all pans out.


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Regal to Close all Theatres

Regal announces closure of all theatre locations starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, as a precaution amid the current circumstances. All theatres will remain closed until further notice.

“Any time, at any Regal, it’s our goal to provide a safe and healthy environment for our employees and guests,” stated Mooky Greidinger, Cineworld CEO. “At this time, we have made the difficult decision to close our theatres. We value our movie-loving customers and have no doubt we will be serving them again as soon as possible with a full slate of Hollywood blockbusters. The Cineworld Group and Regal Theatres are strong, standing on solid ground and our continued goal is to be The Best Place to Watch a Movie!”

Regal will continue to update the status of all theatres on our mobile app and online at REGmovies.com.


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