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Paramount Pictures has put on a leash Clifford the big red dogtheatrical release, originally planned for September 17. The reason, as reported by Deadline, is the concern about the delta variant of the coronavirus and “families feel less likely to go to theaters.” In the best show Clifford wins the unfortunate title of being the first major entertainment cancellation due to the latest round of the current public health crisis.

The film, based on a series of children’s books dating back to 1963, had an anticipated box office expectation, according to Deadline, and was scheduled to have a gala premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It is unknown how Paramount’s decision will affect that event now.

This first live-action big screen appearance by Clifford (which has had numerous iterations of television, cartoons, and even video games) was directed by Walt becker (of Old dogs other Boars fame) and co-stars Jack Whitehall, Camp Darby, Russell Wong, Sienna guillory, Tony hale, Kenan thompson, Y John cleese. It could be argued that his trailer debut in mid-June was over-indexed in the online hoopla (in a good way) when the first glimpses showed that Clifford’s historically ambiguous size was now firm at 10 feet, and that he lived. in Manhattan.

The questions now go from “how the hell do they clean up after him?” to the more serious problem of “Is Clifford a canine in a coal mine?” The film industry, not to mention the live music business, travel, tourism and society in general, has to make decisions regarding future closures.

The delta variant is “as contagious as chickenpox, ”According to a report from the New York Times in an internal document obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Bloomberg has reported 111,748 cases of vaccine advancements in 35 US states through the end of July. Data collected by NBC out of 38 states and found “at least 125,000” breakthrough incidents, 1,400 of which ended in death.

Before you lock yourself in the basement, NBC also analyzed numbers to show that “less than 0.08 percent” of people fully vaccinated since January have tested positive for Covid. A former adviser to the president Joe biden on Covid-related issues, he said that 98 to 99 percent of all Covid deaths remain among the unvaccinated, according to NBC. And on CBS Face the nation, former FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb He said that while the variant is “more transmissible,” “it is not more likely to be permeable through a mask,” and recommended the N95 and KN95 masks.

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