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Stephen Colbert says he's going back before live audiences

CBS says Stephen Colbert’s late-night show will return on June 14 to episodes with a full studio audience.

NEW YORK — In one more step toward a reopened entertainment world, CBS said Monday that Stephen Colbert’s late-night show will return on June 14 to episodes with a full studio audience.
Audience members will have to provide proof that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 before attending shows at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater. Face masks will be optional.
Since the COVID shutdown in March 2020, Colbert has produced 205 episodes without a live audience, taping his first monologue from the bathtub of his South Carolina home. In August, he moved to a small studio at the Sullivan Theater offices, usually only with the show’s executive producer, stage manager and occasionally Colbert’s wife watching.
Watching NBA playoff games and “Saturday Night Live” before audiences this past weekend was a reminder that those in attendance aren’t just watching, they are participants in events that make a big difference for performers, said Bill Carter, executive producer of CNN’s current documentary series, “The Story of Late Night.”
Telling jokes into a void has been especially hard for late-night performers, who depend upon the rhythm of the audience’s response to their material, he said.
“Colbert bringing back a real live audience is a moment to be celebrated — not just for him and the other hosts who can now resume regular programming, but to the audience at home who can share a bit in the enthusiasm of those on the scene,” Carter said.
The return of entertainment audiences “is something the country needs deeply,” he said. “It’s a release that has been pent up in the nation’s long-abused psyche for song long. Of course it’s going to feel liberating.”
Despite Colbert’s announcement on Monday, he may not be the first late-night host back before a full house.
Jimmy Fallon has taped NBC’s “Tonight” show before a partial studio audience of about 40 percent capacity at Rockefeller Center since March 22. NBC said Monday that Fallon plans to have a full audience, fully vaccinated, in early June.
ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel has been doing shows back in his regular studio, and at least some people are watching him, but it isn’t clear how many and who they are.
Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah has been recording socially distant versions of “The Daily Show” from his home without an audience. Currently on hiatus, the show plans to keep operating from Noah’s home when it returns on June 7, a spokeswoman said.
Fox News Channel’s Greg Gutfeld started a late-night comedy show during the epidemic, with a small audience of about 15 people.
Colbert is the top-rated late-night performer, and his announcement Monday sends a clear message.
“I look forward to once again doing show for an audience I can smell and touch,” Colbert said.

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Audiences hold back, even as more movie theaters open

North American theatrical grosses stayed relatively muted, despite some major new releases.

Theaters reopening in New York City this weekend did not set the box office on fire. North American theatrical grosses stayed relatively muted, despite some major new releases like Disney’s “Raya and the Last Dragon” and Lionsgate’s Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley action flick “Chaos Walking,” according to studio estimates Sunday. 

Walt Disney Animation’s ” Raya and the Last Dragon ” earned an estimated $ 8.6 million from 2,045 locations in North America. The well-reviewed fantasy adventure, featuring the voices of Awkwafina and Kelly Marie Tran, is also available for Disney+ subscribers to rent and stream at home for $ 29.99. Streaming grosses were not reported. 
Warner Bros. “Tom & Jerry,” which is available to stream free for HBO Max subscribers, brought in $ 6.6 million from 2,563 North American theaters in its second available weekend. Last weekend the animated film scored the best domestic opening of the year  with $ 13.7 million. 
“Chaos Walking,” meanwhile, debuted with $ 3.8 million. The future set film from “Edge of Tomorrow” director Doug Liman cost around $ 100 million to make.
Approximately 80% of the domestic market is currently allowed to operate with limited capacity. Many areas in North America are not yet fully open, including Los Angeles, and most California counties, Washington D.C., and much of Canada. 
Disney is hoping to keep “Raya” in theaters throughout the spring. There are scant major family films on the schedule until early summer and the company is hoping for increased play during spring breaks and as more territories reopen. 
Internationally, “Raya and the Last Dragon” earned an estimated $ 17.6 million from 32 territories — the highest grossing of which was China with $ 8.4 million. 
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