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Opry cancels audiences through April 4; Will continue as a Saturday radio show in the meantime

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Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloYou can add one of Nashville’s most treasured traditions to the long list of performances that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Starting with the Friday show scheduled for tonight, the Grand Ole Opry will “pause performances that include a live audience through April 4,” according to a news release. Those with tickets to the shows can call 1-800-SEE-OPRY for help.

The Saturday night Opry will continue, however, in its original form: as a live radio show without spectators. You can tune in to listen at Opry.com.

It’s believed that only one Saturday Opry performance in history has ever been cancelled: That happened on April 6, 1968, after the city of Nashville imposed a curfew after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Memphis.

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Country Music Hall of Fame announces temporary closure in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus

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Raymond Boyd/Getty ImagesFollowing a string of cancelled country tours, shows and festival dates, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has announced plans to temporarily close its doors due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

The closure goes into effect at the end of the day on Friday, and lasts until March 31.

“The health and safety of our guests and staff is our top priority,” notes Hall of Fame CEO Kyle Young. “While there have not been any confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) connected to the museum at this time, we must do all that we can to help ensure a safe and healthy environment for our visitors, employees and community, which at this time calls for us to close temporarily.” 

In addition to the exhibits on display, the closure also applies to all upcoming shows at the CMA Theater, which is located in the same building as the Hall of Fame. Ticket holders will be notified of rescheduled dates, and any canceled performances will provide refunds at the point of purchase.

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'All Rise' star Simone Missick on moving from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the courtroom

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Monty Brinton/CBS ©2020 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.(NEW YORK) — Simone Missick, who co-starred in Marvel’s Luke Cage on Netflix for its two-season run, says she was shocked to learn she’d landed a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — because she wasn’t even aware she was auditioning.

“It was something I did not understand the full scope of,” Missick told ABC’s Popcorn with Peter Travers. “When I auditioned, her name was Missy and she was a cop. And that’s all I knew. I didn’t know that it was Misty Knight. I didn’t know she was a superhero. I knew nothing. I did not know that it was a Marvel show. That’s how secretive they were.”

Missick added, “I had no clue who she was, that she was the first black female ever drawn. It felt like it was meant to be. It felt like I was chosen to play this character and bring her to life in a way that had never been done.”

Missick’s portrayal of Knight has kept her very busy since.

“All of these wonderful characters and opportunities come to me and I can’t say no,” Missick told Travers. “I think it’s great to be able to play these strong female leads but that are multi-dimensional and that people can identify with.”

Missick’s now starring as a bounty hunter in Netflix’s Altered Carbon, opposite Anthony Mackie, and as a judge in the CBS courtroom drama All Rise. Missick says the two roles complement each other.

“I’m playing a woman who’s in the dystopian future and then I come back to L.A., and I’m in downtown L.A. playing a judge,” she said.

“[All Rise] is kind of a hybrid,” she continued. “Our cast is certainly a hybrid of multi-talented people. It is an embarrassment of riches.”

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Garth Brooks sells out Las Vegas stadium show in under two hours

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ABC RadioGarth Brooks is headed to Las Vegas for a stadium show this August, and he’ll be joined by over 65,000 enthusiastic fans. The singer’s concert, which will take place in the city’s Allegiant Stadium, sold out just 75 minutes after it was announced. 

Allegiant Stadium is currently under construction. When it opens this summer, it will be the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team. 

The show will be the first major concert at the venue, but Garth is no stranger to setting milestone firsts at the venues he plays. His February 2020 stadium stop at Detroit’s Ford Field, which was the first of his 2020 stadium tour dates, drew the biggest crowd in the venue’s history.

Before he heads to Vegas, Garth has a couple more stadiums to play.  He’ll hit a pair of stops in May, performing at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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AMC Theatres cutting capacity by at least 50% due to COVID-19

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iStock/Paleha(LOS ANGELES) — With many upcoming movie releases pushing back their release dates due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, movie theaters are beginning to take precautions for those who still want to see films on the big screen.

AMC Theatres, the largest theatrical exhibitor in the U.S., announced Friday that they’ll be reducing seat capacity by 50% in all U.S. theaters. The new “social distancing” measures will go into effect Saturday, March 14 and continue until April 30.

AMC will also be enhancing theater cleaning. At least once per hour within an AMC building, the theater team is cleaning high-touchpoint areas including kiosks, counter tops, restroom areas, glass, handrails and doorknobs. Every auditorium is also cleaned between every show time.

The company has also mandated that any theater workers who feel ill will be excused from work, and urges any potential guests to stay home if they’re feeling sick.

Also on Friday, Netflix announced it had shut down all scripted TV and film production and prep for two weeks in the U.S. and Canada, Disney TV Studios stopped production on 16 pilots, and Warner Bros. Television Group halted production on some of their 70+ series and pilots currently filming or about to begin.

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