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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

Hello, and welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news roundup. This time around we have a lot more news about the impact of the coronavirus on the entertainment industry. Also, Tina Fey has a new show coming to Netflix and there's another Dracula movie in the works. Let's get going.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson Have Tested Positive for the Coronavirus

Late last night, Tom Hanks shared some surprising news on Instagram and Twitter: He and his wife Rita Wilson have tested positive for the coronavirus. Currently, the couple is in Australia, where Hanks is filming Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis Presley movie, and both got tested after they began feeling slightly ill. "We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches," Hanks posted. "Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive." Hanks went on to say that he and Wilson "will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires."

As the news broke, Warner Bros., which is producing Luhrmann's film, also issued a statement, saying, "We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world."

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Coachella Is Postponed Due to Covid-19

OK, let’s just get this out of the way: Right now, Coachella is the biggest rescheduling everyone is talking about—but it is just the latest. That said, yes, concert promoter Goldenvoice announced this week that Coachella, the annual outdoor music festival in southern California that Beyoncé graced with her presence in 2018, has been postponed “due to Covid-19 concerns.” Originally, the festival was supposed to take place on the weekends of April 10 and April 17. Now, it will be held on the weekend of October 9 and October 16. Stagecoach, another Goldenvoice event held on the same grounds as Coachella, will now be held October 23-25, instead of April 24-26.

“While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously,” Goldenvoice said in a statement. “We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.”

In addition to Coachella, artists ranging from Madonna to Pearl Jam are calling off or postponing shows, RuPaul’s DragCon is canceled, and Broadway theaters are cutting prices. (Though, now that at least one Broadway usher has tested positive for Covid-19, it might be time to cancel or postpone some of those shows too.) Meanwhile, TV programs like The Tonight Show, The Late Show, Last Week Tonight, and The View are taping without live audiences and many sporting events are happening in empty arenas.

Read all of our coronavirus coverage here.

Tina Fey Will Make an Alien Attack Show for Netflix

Here’s something you probably didn’t know you needed: an animated alien attack comedy from Tina Fey. According to Deadline, Netflix has requested 20 episodes of a new series called Mulligan from Fey and her creative partner Robert Carlock (30 Rock) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt writer Sam Means. Per the report, the show will focus on what happens when the human race has to restart society after an alien attack. No word yet on when the show might hit Netflix.

There’s a New Dracula Movie Coming

Less than a week after word came out that James Wan was working on some kind of Frankenstein-type thing, there’s now news that another monster flick is in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blumhouse—which just scored big with The Invisible Man—will be producing a new Dracula flick to be directed by Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body). Technically, the Dracula character is in the public domain, so Blumhouse could take the movie anywhere, but since it has often partnered with Universal, and since Universal likely won’t want to lose one of the studio’s classic monsters, it’s likely that’s where the film will end up. Per THR’s report, the flick’s story will be a modern take on the legendary vampire.

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