Idris Elba, Tom Hanks And Other Celebrities Hit By The Coronavirus

 

From the European Union’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier to Hollywood star Tom Hanks, the new coronavirus has also hit the rich and famous as it continues its march across the globe. 

Here is a roundup:
– Politics –
Barnier, who leads negotiations with Britain on Brexit, announced in a video on Twitter on Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus, and is strictly confined to his home.

“I’m fine, morale is good,” the 69-year-old former French foreign minister said, speaking from France.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been in isolation since March 13, after his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive.

At a news conference in front of his residence on March 17, he called on Canadians to hunker down for the long haul against the coronavirus.

Members of governments in several countries — Britain, France, Iran, Morocco, Norway, Poland, and Spain — have been infected.

– Royals –
The principality of Monaco said on Thursday that Prince Albert II had tested positive, although a statement said there were “no concerns for his health”.

The titular head of the Mediterranean enclave is continuing to work from his private apartments at the royal palace, the statement said.

– Arts –
On Wednesday Cameroonian jazz star Manu Dibango, 86 was admitted to a French hospital suffering from the virus, his official Facebook page said, adding he was “resting well and calmly recovering”.

Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress, and singer Rita Wilson, announced they had tested positive for the virus on March 12, while the couple were in Australia.

Five days later they were released from the hospital and have since quarantined themselves.

British actor Idris Elba said on March 16 that he had tested positive for the virus and gone into self-isolation.

‘Game of Thrones’ actor Kristofer Hivju, who played the role of Tormund, has tested positive for the new coronavirus and is doing well, the Norwegian said in an Instagram post. He said he and his family were in self-isolation at home.

Chilean author Luis Sepulveda, who lives in northern Spain, also has the virus and is in hospital. He felt the first symptoms on February 25, two days after returning from a literary festival in Portugal.

– Sport –
France’s 2018 World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi has been in self-isolation at his home since March 11 after testing positive. His club Juventus in Italy has announced their Italian defender Daniele Rugani has also tested positive.

As a precautionary measure, their teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has been in isolation for several days in Madeira, where he was born, though he has shown no symptoms. He has called on fans via social media to respect public health guidelines.

At Fiorentina, another top Italian club, 10 players are infected, including Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic, Argentinian defender German Pezzella and Italian striker Patrick Curone.

In Britain, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive.

Seven basketball players in the NBA have tested positive, most recently four from the Brooklyn Nets, including superstar Kevin Durant, who follows Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of Utah Jazz, and a Detroit Pistons player Christian Wood.

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From Tom Hanks To Trudeau’s Wife: Celebrities Hit By Coronavirus

Workers in protective clothes stand before passengers disembarkating off the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020. Hundreds of people have been allowed to leave the ship after testing negative for the disease and many have returned to their home countries to face further quarantine. Philip FONG / AFP

Hollywood star Tom Hanks has had it, and so has French World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi and Canadian premier Justin Trudeau’s wife — the new coronavirus has hit even the rich and famous as it continues its relentless march across the globe.

Here is a roundup of some well-known personalities who have tested positive for COVID-19 around the world.

– Artists –

Hollywood Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress and singer Rita Wilson, announced they had tested positive for the virus on March 12, while the couple were in Australia.

Five days later the pair was released from hospital and have since self-quarantined.

British actor Idris Elba said on March 16 he had tested positive for the virus and has gone into self-isolation.

Chilean author Luis Sepulveda, who lives in northern Spain, has the virus and is in hospital. He felt the first symptoms on February 25, two days after returning from a literary festival in Portugal.

– Sport –

France’s 2018 World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi has been in self-isolation at his home since March 11 after testing positive. His club Juventus in Italy have announced their Italian defender Daniele Rugani has also tested positive.

As a precautionary measure their teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has been in isolation for several days in Madeira, where he was born, though he has shown no symptoms. He has called on fans via social media to respect public health guidelines.

Five footballers with the Italian club Sampdoria have tested positive, along with the club’s doctor. Serbian striker Dusan Vlahovic at Fiorentina, another Serie A club, is also infected.

In Britain, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi have both tested positive.

A third basketball player in the NBA, Christian Wood, has tested positive. This follows the confirmed infections of Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell.

Colombian cyclist Fernando Gaviria and Russian cyclist Dmitry Strakhov, both at the UAE Tour, have been identified with the virus.

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– Politicians –

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been in isolation since March 13, after his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau tested positive.

At a news conference in front of his residence on March 17 he called on Canadians to hunker down for the long haul against the coronavirus.

Members of governments in several countries — Britain, France, Iran, Morocco, Norway, Poland and Spain — have been infected.

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is in hospital quarantine after being infected. He had recently met Ivanka Trump, the daughter and aide of US President Donald Trump.

The president himself, who finally agreed to be tested after coming into contact with several infected people, on March 14 announced that he was negative.

Brazilian far-right president Jair Bolsonaro said on March 13 he had tested negative, posting his test result to his Facebook page, along with a picture of himself flashing an obscene arm gesture.

AFP

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Released From Hospital After Virus Quarantine

In this file photo Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson pose on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of the film "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" in London on July 16, 2018. Anthony HARVEY / AFP
In this file photo Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson pose on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of the film “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” in London on July 16, 2018. Anthony HARVEY / AFP

 

Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have been released from the Australian hospital where they were in isolation since testing positive for the coronavirus last week, their son Chet said.

“A quick update on my folks: They’re out of the hospital,” Chet said in an Instagram video.

“They’re still self-quarantined obviously, but they’re feeling a lot better, so that’s a relief,” he said.

The multiple Oscar-winning actor was on the Gold Coast near Brisbane to film an Elvis Presley biopic directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann when he and Wilson, both 63, came down with the disease.

Wilson, a singer-songwriter, had given concerts in Sydney and Brisbane before testing positive for COVID-19 and Australian authorities have been tracking the couple’s contacts to identify any other people who may have been infected.

Chet Hanks urged people not to panic over the virus and wished anyone else infected “a swift and speedy recovery”.

Australia has so far confirmed nearly 400 cases of coronavirus, with five deaths from the disease.

Hanks was believed to have returned to the penthouse apartment in the Gold Coast where the couple had been staying while he worked on the Lurhmann film, in which he was due to portray Elvis’ long-time manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

The couple have posted to social media about their run-in with COVID-19, thanking their Australian carers and urging their fans to follow the advice of experts on avoiding the disease.

 

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Vibez: Tom Hanks Battles Covid-19, MI’s New Adventure And Toke Makinwa Slays

 

This week on Vibez, we report on how Hollywood star, Tom Hanks, and his wife announced they tested positive for Covid-19, why MI left Chocolate City and Toke Makinwa’s slaying prowess.

Find the latest, most-juicy entertainment news on this episode of The Vibez.

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Tom Hanks, Wife Test Positive For Coronavirus

In this file photo Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson pose on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of the film "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" in London on July 16, 2018. Anthony HARVEY / AFP
In this file photo Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson pose on the red carpet upon arrival for the world premiere of the film “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” in London on July 16, 2018. Anthony HARVEY / AFP

 

Hollywood megastar Tom Hanks and his singer-songwriter wife tested positive for the new coronavirus in Australia Thursday, forcing them into hospital isolation and leaving authorities to trace hundreds of contacts at their concerts and film sets.

Hanks and Rita Wilson, both 63, are being monitored at the Gold Coast University Hospital where they were “in a stable condition”, according to Queensland state health officials.

Hanks revealed the shock diagnoses in a message that informed fans they had felt slightly ill and wanted to get tested to “play things right.”

Hanks is the first major Hollywood star to publicly state that he has the virus that has sickened more than 125,000 people worldwide and killed more than 4,600.

The multi-Oscar-winner was on the Gold Coast for pre-production of an Elvis Presley biopic by Australian director Baz Luhrmann and Wilson had played gigs at the Sydney Opera House and in Brisbane.

Opera House staff told AFP they were helping authorities track “approximately 207 people” who “may have been in contact with the couple” at the concert on Saturday.

The famed building has received additional “on-site cleaning with hospital-grade disinfectant” a spokesperson said, adding that tours and performances would continue.

Production on Hank’s Elvis film — in which he was set to play the legendary singer’s longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker — has been suspended and actors and crew are also being tested.

Hanks had earlier posted on Instagram: “Hello folks, Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches.”

“To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the coronavirus, and were found to be positive,” the “Saving Private Ryan” star said.

“We Hanks will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires,” he added.

“We’ll keep the world posted and updated,” he added, along with a photo of a surgical glove placed inside a biohazard trash bag.

In a video message the Hanks’ son, Chet, said, “I just got off the phone with them, they both are fine, they’re not even that sick.”

“They’re not worried about it, they’re not tripping but they’re going through the necessary health precautions obviously,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s anything to be too worried about but I appreciate everyone’s concerns and well wishes, but I think it’s going to be alright.”

Elvis biopic

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said Hanks was “tested early this morning, very early, and once everyone was in the news was delivered by Baz and then everyone went home.”

“All the people who were on set have gone home and self-quarantined, which includes my daughter so I gave her a call… Being a dad that was the first thing I got onto,” Tate said.

“If the test comes back negative, they’ll be back to work that’s where they’re sitting.”

Warner Bros said it had “been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film… has tested positive for COVID-19.

“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.”

It is not known where the couple contracted the disease — there have so far been more than 140 coronavirus cases confirmed in Australia and three people have died.

Wilson — who is promoting her new album “Halfway to Home” — gave performances at a Brisbane hotel on March 5 and the Sydney Opera House on March 7. She also appeared on a popular Australian TV show whose hosts and crew are now in quarantine.

During the visit to Australia’s largest city, the couple also visited Bondi Beach. It is unknown whether they had contracted the virus by that point.

 

AFP

Oscars 2020: Tom Hanks, Al Pacino Among Best Supporting Actor Nominees

 

The following are the nominees for the best supporting actor Oscar, which will be handed out on February 9 in Hollywood:

Tom Hanks, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”

Al Pacino, “The Irishman”

Joe Pesci, “The Irishman”

Brad Pitt, “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”

Anthony Hopkins, “The Two Popes”

AFP

Lebanon Reverses Ban On Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’

Lebanon Reverses Ban On Steven Spielberg's 'The Post'
US film director Steven Spielberg (L), US actress Meryl Streep (C) and US actor Tom Hanks pose on the red carpet on arrival for the European Premiere of The Post in London on January 10, 2018.
Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

 

The Lebanese government has allowed the release of Steven Spielberg’s latest film, “The Post”, overturning a ban by the General Security authority, a ministry said Wednesday.

The security body had on Monday announced it was banning the Hollywood thriller to comply with an Arab League boycott targeting supporters of Israel.

In a rare move, the interior ministry chose not to sign off on the decision by General Security, which in addition to controlling Lebanon’s borders, is responsible for censoring films, plays, and books.

In a statement, it said Interior Minister Nohad Mashnouk “sees no objection to the broadcast of the film”, which “has no connection with Lebanon, or to the conflict with the Israeli enemy”.

The company distributing the film in Lebanon confirmed that the film, starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, would be released in cinemas in Beirut and elsewhere on Thursday.

The acclaimed production tells the behind-the-scenes story of the 1971 publication by The Washington Post of the Pentagon Papers, which exposed the lies behind US involvement in the Vietnam War.

Lebanon is divided on the boycott-driven bans, with some welcoming them as a bulwark against the “cultural normalisation” of Israel’s occupation.

Banned films can often be found in bootleg movie shops across the country for as little as one dollar, and even blacklisted books can sometimes be found in regular bookstores.

AFP

The Fate Of The Furious To Continue Box Office Dominance

 Vin Diesel and co. are expected to hold on to the top spot at the U.S. box office for a third week with their blockbuster “The Fate of the Furious” expected to take in another $19m, according to pro.boxoffice.com.

The latest installment of The Fast and the Furious movie franchise features the signature fast car chases, daring stunts and explosions of the previous seven films but this time it has the bonus of Oscar-winner Charlize Theron playing the principal villain.

By Sunday, the movie is expected to have taken over $192m in the U.S. alone since its release on April 14.

In second place is new release The Circle, starring Beauty and the Beasts’ Emma Watson and double-Oscar-winner Tom Hanks.

The film, which is an adaptation of the best-selling Dave Eggers novel is expected to bring in $10,500,000, according to pro.boxoffice.com.

The weekend’s projected top 5 is rounded off with Fox’s Boss Baby in fourth place and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast in 5th.

Reuters

Tom Hanks, Emma Watson’s New Movie Premiers At Tribeca

Tom Hanks and Emma Watson brought their new film “The Circle” to the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday.

The duo co-star in the film about a fictional company obsessed with getting people to share their daily activities publicly.

Reviewers have made comparisons to Alphabet Inc’s Google, Facebook Inc and Twitter.

Hanks, who plays a Silicon Valley tycoon in the new film “The Circle” about a powerful social media company, said the plot is not hard to imagine.

“There is nothing ridiculously fantastic about this. There is a substantial amount of bona fide reality behind the sort of like business philosophy of what the circle stands for. And I think it requires the active participation of everybody who is involved to make his schemes work.”

For Watson, who considers herself private with her personal life, the film forced her to look at her online habits.

“I actually deleted my email application off my phone and I really – I go through periods of time where I don’t use my phone at all. I take time away from it just because I, sometimes there are moments where you’re just like, this feels like it’s controlling me, I’m not controlling it. Like it just feels like it’s taking over my life in this crazy way.”

“The Circle,” which opens widely in the United States on April 28, is based on a Dave Eggers novel. The book sparked debate about the rise of social media when it was published in 2013.

Reuters

John Boyega To Play ‘TY’ In Movie Starring Hanks, Watson

JOHN BOYEGA webBritish actor of Nigerian origin, John Boyega is billed to play the lead character for the screen adaptation of Dave Eggers‘ 2013 novel, the circle.

Boyega who played the character ‘Ugwu’ in Half Of A Yellow Sun, will share the screen with top Hollywood acts including Tom Hanks and Emma Watson in the new movie.

Boyega will play TY – a young boy with special powers – in The Circle.

Matrix director changes sex to become a woman

“Hi, I’m Lana,” the director says with a broad smile and soft, breathy voice, her hair styled in pink dreadlocks.

The new Lana Wachowski (L) and former Larry Wachowski (R)

Lana Wachowski appears in a video introducing the trailer for her new movie, “Cloud Atlas,” a drama starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry  — a film on which Lana shares directing credit with her brother Andy Wachowski and “Run, Lola, Run” director Tim Tykwer. But Lana was also introducing herself — as a woman.

The filmmaker formerly known as Larry Wachowski, half of the sibling duo behind “The Matrix” series and “Speed Racer,” Lana has been quietly transitioning genders for the better part of a decade.

“Cloud Atlas,” which premiered a more than five-minute trailer and a brief, introductory video by its filmmakers on iTunes on Thursday, will be Lana’s first feature directing credit under her new name and identity.

Plenty of questions surround “Cloud Atlas,” chiefly, how will its makers have tackled author David Mitchell’s dense, centuries-spanning novel, which tells six separate but interlocking stories starting in the South Pacific in the 1800s and progressing to a dystopian future with genetic clones.

Like the book its based upon, the “Cloud Atlas” production has been sprawling. In addition to Hanks and Berry, the cast includes Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon and Jim Broadbent, some of them inhabiting multiple roles to bring to life the screenplay penned by Tykwer and the Wachowskis.

The unusually long trailer gives a peek into the ambitious Warner Bros. film with images from its wildly contrasting stories — an old sailing ship steaming across the sea, Berry in a slow-motion car crash, Korean actress Doona Bae as a clone waitress, Hanks with a ’70s-style shag haircut, a future with flying crafts and blue-lit architecture.

Mimicking the interlocking style of the movie in the directors’ video, the Wachsowskis and Tykwer finish one anothers’ sentences, promising a film that is “political, philiosophical, with lots of action,” and describing their difficulty raising the financing, and determining how to market “Cloud Atlas.”

Lana explained the quandary: “The experts all said it was too complicated.”