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The Year 2020

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The Year 2020
Event and Significance
Legendary actor, director and producer Kirk Douglas passed away at the age of 103. His film debut was in the film noirish The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) opposite Barbara Stanwyck. He went on to become a famous movie star after his breakthrough film as boxer Midge Kelly in Champion (1949) (with his first Academy Award Best Actor nomination), followed up by Billy Wilder's Ace in the Hole (1951), The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) (with his second Best Actor nomination) portraying a corrupt movie executive, Lust for Life (1956) (his third and final nomination) as troubled artist Van Gogh, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957), and two of his biggest hits, Stanley Kubrick's Paths of Glory (1957) and Spartacus (1960).
The corona-virus pandemic caused havoc for the film industry: (1) movie theatre closures went into effect throughout the world, and in the US, by the AMC and Regal chains, (2) Hollywood studios were forced to postpone the releases of blockbuster movies and to drastically alter production schedules around the world; for example, the new 25th Bond film, No Time to Die (2020), was postponed from an April release until November 2020, and many other of 2020's biggest releases were moved out of summer's most lucrative months and into the fall, including Disney's release of Mulan and Black Widow, (3) film shoots and productions were particularly susceptible to restrictions, including advisories against gatherings of groups, and a number of them were halted, altered, or shut down; a Mission-Impossible 7 film shoot in Venice, Italy by Paramount was ended, and Disney announced that production on its live-action movies (The Little Mermaid, a Home-Alone reboot, and Peter Pan) would suspend production, (4) after a number of media companies, including Netflix, Apple, Amazon, and WarnerMedia, pulled out of this year's SXSW film and TV festival, the city of Austin, Texas cancelled the festival altogether for the first time in its 32-year history, and (5) some Hollywood studios moved a number of their mid-budget movies out of theaters and onto their burgeoning streaming services; NBCUniversal announced that it would make some movies available digitally the same day they were released in movie theaters that remained open, including The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and Emma.

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