David Geffen shared with his 87,000 Instagram followers his escape to the Grenadines on his reported $590 million yacht to avoid the coronavirus pandemic — posts that created enough backlash among shocked onlookers that he has made his account private.Though the philanthropist and entertainment mogul regularly shares photos of his yacht, Rising Sun, on his social media accounts, many found Saturday’s posts particularly tone-deaf, as Americans are struggling with unemployment, healthcare workers are begging for support and small businesses are faced with the possibility of shutting down as they may face months of no customers and revenue.One of the captions included, “Sunset last night…isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus. I’m hoping everybody is staying safe.”Also Read: How Hollywood Benefits From $2 Trillion Stimulus PackageShortly after, several Twitter users expressed their discontent with the magnate’s photos, with some questioning why he wouldn’t offer to use his 138-meter yacht to help house patients.Thanks, David Geffen, for your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/5XTRhGX5OP— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) March 28, 2020David Geffen’s thought process: "Hey you know what, millions are losing their jobs, can’t pay their rent and they’re worried about a deadly pandemic, I bet they’d love to know how I’m doing. Fire up the copter so we can take some more pics of my yacht! They’ll love this!!!" ???? pic.twitter.com/yby7xOjb8C— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) March 28, 2020Vis a vis David Geffen…Here's a good rule: if you post a picture of your yacht during this time, you have to announce charitable contributions that equal or exceed the value of said yacht in the same post. Also if Congress could vote remote they could pass this into law.— Todd Schulte (@TheToddSchulte) March 28, 2020Also Read: Google Nixes Traditional April Fool's Day Pranks 'Out of Respect' for Coronavirus PatientsGeffen, who co-founded DreamWorks and Asylum Records, has an estimated net worth of $7.7 billion, according to Forbes.The yacht in question was a reported $590 million purchase that Geffen made from Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, that has become a party spot for Hollywood’s rich and famous.A publicist for Geffen could not immediately be reached by TheWrap for comment.Read original story David Geffen Takes Instagram Private After Tone-Deaf Post About Self-Isolating on His Yacht At TheWrap
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In his version of “Jaws,” where the threat isn’t a shark but rather the coronavirus and the deadly illness it causes, Jim Carrey has already figured out who’d make the perfect Mayor Larry Vaughn.In Carrey’s latest political cartoon, shared on Thursday, President Donald Trump is depicted wearing the seersucker suit of the “Jaws” mayor and asking two beachgoers, “Why aren’t you going in the water?!” as a bloody limb can be seen on the sandy shore.“Trump is willing to risk countless lives to save his economic record,” Carrey wrote. “He has fully become the mayor from Jaws.”Trump is willing to risk countless lives to save his economic record. He has fully become the mayor from Jaws. pic.twitter.com/ZggJClEaXG— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) March 27, 2020In the film, Mayor Larry Vaughn of Amity Island (played by Murray Hamilton) refuses to comply with local officials, who request that he close the beaches after a young woman is killed by a shark. Instead, the mayor says he wants to keep the beaches open — especially on the Fourth of July — for the sake of the economy.Also Read: Jim Carrey Resumes Anti-Trump Cartoons, With POTUS Asleep During Coronavirus Pandemic“We will be open for business. It’s going to be one of the best summers we’ve had,” the mayor says in the film.Trump, meanwhile, has said that he wants to reopen America’s businesses by Easter despite cautioning from health care officials that social distancing and self-quarantining protocols should still be in place to help stop the spread of the virus.Read original story Jim Carrey’s Latest Cartoon Takes a ‘Jaws’-Size Bite Out of Trump’s Coronavirus Response At TheWrap
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Stars of the screen and the stage like Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Bernadette Peters and many more paid their respects Thursday to veteran actor Mark Blum, who died Wednesday due to complications from the coronavirus.Blum’s “Desperately Seeking Susan” co-stars shared their memories of who they called a “remarkable human” and a “great actor.”“I want to acknowledge the passing of a remarkable human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones,” Madonna said in an Instagram post Thursday. “I remember him as funny warm, loving .and professional when we made ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ in 1985!! Another reminder that this virus is no joke, nothing to be casual about or pretend wont affect us in some way.”“I’m sad about this. He was really very kind, was always supportive and funny, a gentle man and a great actor who loved the work,” Arquette, who also shared a promotional wedding photo of herself and her onscreen husband, told TheWrap. “I’m so sad for his family and all the people who love him. This is a tragedy on so many levels. Rest in peace and power Mark Blum.”Also Read: Mark Blum, Star of 'Desperately Seeking Susan' and 'You,' Dies at 69 Due to Coronavirus ComplicationsIn addition to his onscreen roles, Blum was also a fixture in the New York theater community, and numerous luminaries of the stage such as Judith Light and Bernadette Peters also spoke glowingly of his contributions to Broadway.“I am so devastated by Mark Blum’s passing. His performances in the dozens of plays I saw him in were unfailingly deep, subtle, hilarious and moving in equal measure,” Cynthia Nixon said. “Seeing his name in the Playbill always meant you were in for a treat. Also just one of the loveliest humans ever.”“Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble, so talented. Our time together in the play ‘The Assembled Parties’ at MTC was a true joy,” Light said in a tweet. “May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them.”“Mark Blum RIP. So sad to lose you to this horrid crisis!” Peters wrote.Also Read: 'Law & Order: SVU' Crew Member Dies at 45 Due to Coronavirus ComplicationsJames Van Der Beek starred with Blum in a stage production, he said, the day after wrapping “Dawson’s Creek” in 1997 and learned from him about how to be an actor.“He was SO good… and generous and kind and I learned so much from him about how to be a professional – lessons that got me through the insanity that was to come. Prayers for his family,” Van Der Beek said.Even “Guardians of the Galaxy” director James Gunn had a story about Blum, saying that Blum was his brother’s first boss when they moved to New York City.“He was full of hilarious stories about this insane business and was always so kind to my brothers and me, back when we had nothing. Thank you, Mark. RIP,” Gunn said.Also Read: Evangeline Lilly Issues 'Sincere and Heartfelt Apology' for Refusing to Social-Distance Amid CoronavirusBlum appeared in the Amazon show “Mozart in the Jungle” with Peters and Malcolm McDowell, who also paid tribute Thursday. McDowell called him a “truly wonderful actor, but more importantly, was a funny sensitive, and beautiful man.”SAG-AFTRA and president Gabrielle Carteris also issued a statement remembering Blum’s career. Blum was a former member of the union’s national board and the New York branch’s board.SAG-AFTRA mourns the passing of New York actor Mark Blum, a former National Board member and New York Board member. Blum passed away at the age of 69 due to complications from COVID-19.Blum, who joined the union in 1978 and became known for roles in Crocodile Dundee and Desperately Seeking Susan, had a prolific career on screen and stage. The Obie Award-winning actor was also an ardent supporter of his union; he served as a Screen Actors Guild New York Board member from 2007 to 2013, was elected for a three-year term to the National Board in 2008, and served as an alternate member in 2007 and 2011. Additionally, he served on dozens of national committees over the years, including the SAGindie, Organizing, Agent Relations and various contract committees.“This is a painful loss to our SAG-AFTRA family,” SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said. “Mark Blum understood that all performers working in this industry share the same employers and that our strength depends on our unity. He was a visionary. Mark will be deeply missed, and our hearts go out to his wife, Janet Zarish, his friends and all of his loved ones.”SAG-AFTRA executive vice president and New York local president Rebecca Damon added, “Mark Blum was a passionate champion for merger and a tireless advocate for members. Those of us lucky enough to have known him will treasure our memories of a gifted actor, a master teacher, a loyal friend and a beautiful human. I always appreciated Mark’s clear perception of complex situations. Mark was smart, funny and a true actor’s actor.”Blum is survived by his wife, actress Janet Zarish.See some of the Twitter love for Blum below:I Want to Acknowledge the Passing of a remarkable Human, fellow actor and friend Mark Blum, who succumbed to Coronavirus. This is really tragic and my heart goes out to him, his family and his loved ones. I remember him as funny warm, loving and… https://t.co/ipPj0eChmI pic.twitter.com/k3BgKZRRa9— Madonna (@Madonna) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was a wonderful, stalwart actor–a familiar face to anyone who watches TV, and a mainstay, for decades, of dozens of New York stage productions. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/2wCSVZ7gDF— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) March 26, 2020My uncle, Mark Blum, has been known on stage by many names to many people over the years. But to me, he was just Uncle Mark. As you can imagine, my family is devastated. Reading tweets and seeing how many people loved & respected him is more special than you will ever know. pic.twitter.com/PaB5X401Vq— Awkward-ish (@awkward_ish) March 26, 2020Sharon Waxman informed me of this very very hard news today I’m so deeply sad for his family and for his fans. he was a wonderful actor and a very good and kind man. May you Rest In Peace and power mark. God bless you. https://t.co/r0QUGEYwVK— Rosanna Arquette????✌???? (@RoArquette) March 26, 2020I am so devastated by Mark Blum’s passing. His performances in the dozens of plays I saw him in were unfailingly deep, subtle, hilarious and moving in equal measure. Seeing his name in the Playbill always meant you were in for a treat. Also just one of the loveliest humans ever. pic.twitter.com/vC5rlpRJtq— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) March 26, 2020Mark Blum, so generous, so kind, so humble,so talented. Our time together in the play The Assembled Parties at MTC was a true joy May he rest in peace knowing that he transformed the lives of so many and was cherished by so many; me among them— JudithLight (@JudithLight) March 26, 2020When I was in drama school Mark Blum was exactly the kind of actor I aspired to be: constantly employed, deeply respected, total mensch. Gutted to hear of his passing. His wife Janet Zarish was my acting teacher at NYU. They were the loveliest couple. My heart breaks for her. https://t.co/J7MvHutdge— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) March 26, 2020Oh this is devastating. The brilliant and generous Mark Blum was such a life giving force in New York theater. We will miss you dearly. https://t.co/yrUkQ6rXOo— Heidi Schreck (@heidibschreck) March 26, 2020So sad to say goodbye to my dear friend, Mark Blum. Will miss him forever. A very good man.— Brent Spiner (@BrentSpiner) March 26, 2020One of our family of Mozart in the Jungle passed this morning from the corona virus. Mark Blum was a truly wonderful actor, but more importantly, was a funny sensitive, and beautiful man. RIP. – Malcolm pic.twitter.com/fapOBe6WYp— Malcolm McDowell (@McDowellMalc) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was a dear, kind man, a fiercely talented artist, a good pal. His loss is devastating to all who loved him. Condolences to his family. Our hearts are with them. This plague will pass, but the scars it leaves will be permanent. Stay safe, friends.— Terry Kinney (@RealTerryKinney) March 26, 2020I did a play with Mark Blum in ‘97 literally the day after wrapping the DawsonsCreek pilot. He was SO good… and generous and kind and I learned so much from him about how to be a professional – lessons that got me through the insanity that was to come. Prayers for his family. https://t.co/7r7dLyvOeK— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) March 26, 2020Mark Blum RIP. So sad to lose you to this horrid crisis!????????— Bernadette Peters (@OfficialBPeters) March 26, 2020The great theatre actor Mark Blum has passed away from coronavirus. I loved so many of his performances over the years, especially in The Assembled Parties. He was known as one of the nicest guys in the business. My heart goes out to his friends, family, students & colleagues. ???? pic.twitter.com/sp7tbVjlTh— Jennifer Tepper (@jenashtep) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was beloved by actors, writers, theater folk, tv and movie people. As a New York stalwart, he of course appeared on L&O, SVU, and Crim Intent. I was lucky to work with him several times, and luckier to know him. Sending love to all who mourn his loss. https://t.co/AbigByIye5— Warren(Flatten the Curve) Leight (@warrenleightTV) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was in my 1st TV pilot, Gloria Vane. In a gallery of Hollywood loons, he played the one sane, funny mensch, which was definitely typecasting. He was just as wonderful in Frasier & in DH Pierce's production of Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike. He has died of coronavirus.???? pic.twitter.com/Qr1Wxt99SD— Joe Keenan (@MrJoeKeenan) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was consistently a great actor and a finer man. We met when I moved to NY & were briefly TV married in 1987. Last Xmas we caught up for over an hour at a party and he was still kind and hilariously sardonic. I adored him. My heart breaks for his beautiful wife Janet. pic.twitter.com/uRT136B3Ma— Dana Delany (@DanaDelany) March 26, 2020Mark Blum was my brother’s first boss in NYC when we moved there. He was full of hilarious stories about this insane business & was always so kind to my brothers & me, back when we had nothing. Thank you, Mark. RIP. ❤️ https://t.co/5xkCbLmUdq— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) March 26, 2020There are actors whose names appear in the announcement of a play, and you instantly think, without knowing any details: This will be work worth seeing. Mark Blum was of that wonderful caliber. Made me believe, every time I saw him. It's terrible to read of his death.— Peter Marks (@petermarksdrama) March 26, 20208 years ago Mark Blum played my deadbeat dad in the play Lonely, I’m Not, but he was the complete opposite in real life – generous, patient, funny. I was terrified to do live theater for the first time and he was as much a great teacher (mostly by example)… pic.twitter.com/ZJYmmHkkYC— Topher Grace (@TopherGrace) March 26, 2020I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Mark Blum. He was a wonderful and gifted actor and a truly lovely human being. My friends and I will all miss him.— Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) March 26, 2020We will never stop missing him.— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 26, 2020Read original story Mark Blum Remembered by Co-Stars Madonna, Rosanna Arquette: ‘A Remarkable Human’ At TheWrap
Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto blasted Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for the “condescending” and “dumbass tone” of his comments regarding the news that broke Thursday about a record 3.3 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus continues to ravage the workforce and economy.“It’s one thing for economists to sort of take a look at this three and a quarter million Americans filing for jobless claims and call it an anomaly and that this will be maybe the usual pace of events in the next few weeks or months. That might very well be so, but for the Treasury Secretary, in an interview on CNBC, to say earlier that, ‘To be honest with you, I just think that these numbers right now are not relevant, whether they’re bigger or smaller, in the short term…’ Well, Mr. Secretary, they are relevant to those people. Those are three and a quarter million Americans that don’t have jobs anymore. You might look at them as an aberration or whatever, but they matter to those people because you know what? They don’t have jobs,” he said.Also Read: Fox News Coronavirus Town Hall Sets Record With 4.41 Million ViewersWhen bringing in senior correspondent Charles Gasparino, he said, “I don’t want to belabor the point but tone is everything and I think that’s a very dismissive, condescending, just a dumbass tone.”Gasparino, a frequent guest of Cavuto’s, agreed: “It is just horrible.”Watch above.Read original story Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto Calls Out Steve Mnuchin for ‘Condescending’ and ‘Dumbass’ Tone on Job Numbers At TheWrap
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With several states on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and much of rest of the country in self-isolation trying to stem the spread of COVID-19, Americans have kept busy by binge-watching new TV shows and rewatching old favorites. They’ve also kept busy by tweeting about their binge-watching and rewatching sessions. Over the past 10 days, there has been a 225% increase in tweets about rewatching and binge-viewing TV compared to the average amount Twitter saw last month, the social media platform told TheWrap on Wednesday. Among the TV series that users have been mentioning the most are currently airing shows like “The Walking Dead,” “Tiger King” and “Schitt’s Creek,” as well as concluded programs, like “Friends” and “Orange Is the New Black.” Also Read: Spring TV 2020: Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Photos) Here are the 10 most-tweeted-about TV shows over the last 10 days, according to Twitter. 1. “The Walking Dead” 2. “Tiger King” 3. “Schitt’s Creek” 4. “Westworld” 5. “Little Fires Everywhere” 6. “Orange Is the New Black” 7. “Grey’s Anatomy” 8. “Friends” 9. “100 Humans” 10. “Feel Good” You’ll notice that of those 10 shows, four are Netflix originals, with AMC, Pop TV, HBO,...Read original story Tweets About Rewatching, Binge-Viewing TV Soar 225% From Last Month as Americans Stay Home At TheWrap