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Hollywood hits Russia with its own form of sanctions – banning concerts, film festivals and more


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As world leaders, including President Biden, have announced sanctions against Russia for its multi-frontal war against Ukraine, major Hollywood players are moving quickly to condemn President Vladimir Putin’s actions.

Over the past week, musicians, festival organizers and industry leaders have announced their decision to postpone events in Russia, severely limiting the entertainment offering in the country.

Musicians press pause

The group “Imagine Dragons” was due to perform in Russia and Ukraine next June, but revealed over the weekend its decision to stop the concerts.

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“In light of recent events, we are sad to announce that our concerts in Russia and Ukraine are canceled until further notice. Our hearts go out to Ukraine and all others who are suffering from this unnecessary war,” says a statement on the group’s social media accounts.

Wayne Sermon, Ben McKee and Daniel Platzman of Imagine Dragons perform live at the PPL Center on February 16, 2022. The band announced that they had canceled shows due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.
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Green Day posted a similar statement on their Instagram Story earlier this week.

“With heavy hearts, in light of current events, we believe it is necessary to cancel our upcoming show in Moscow at Spartak Stadium,” Green Day wrote.

“We are aware that this moment is not about rock concerts in stadiums, it is much more important than that. But we also know that rock and roll is eternal and we are convinced that there will be a moment and a place for us to come back to in the future,” the band continued. “Refunds available at point of purchase. Stay safe.”

Louis Tomlinson took to Twitter on Monday to share that the tour’s Moscow and Kyiv legs have been postponed.

“Due to recent events in Ukraine, I unfortunately have to announce that my tours in Moscow and Kyiv are canceled until further notice. The safety of my fans is my priority and my thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and all who are suffering. . of this useless war”, declared the former interpreter of One Direction.

Similarly, indie pop trio AJR said they were sad to report that their upcoming show in Russia had been canceled and hit by Russia’s “criminal behaviour”.

“Thank you to our Russian fans who stand against their country’s unprovoked and criminal behavior. Our hearts are with the people of Ukraine. At this point, the best thing you can do is share ACCURATE information.”

Eric Clapton’s shows in St. Petersburg as well as Moscow have also “been canceled and will not be rescheduled,” a representative for the musician told Fox News Digital.

Health, a rock band, also informed fans of their decision to no longer perform in two scheduled appearances in Russia.

“While we do not wish to penalize our fans for government decisions beyond their control, given the current situation, we will no longer be performing our previously scheduled shows in St. Petersburg and Moscow. Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine.” , says the statement posted on Instagram.

English musician Yungblud has announced that he is “heartbroken” to cancel his planned Russian concerts this summer.

“Heartbroken because I know that the vicious and brutal acts of the Russian regime in Ukraine over the past week do not reflect the attitudes and ideals of the beautiful people I have met in Russia in the past!”

Film releases, club festivals

The cultural backlash against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine intensified on Tuesday as France’s Cannes Film Festival said no Russian delegations would be welcome this year.

The Venice Film Festival, for its part, announced that it was organizing free screenings of the film “Reflection”, about the conflict in the Ukrainian region of Donbass, as a sign of solidarity with the Ukrainian people. Screenings are scheduled for next week in Rome, Milan and Venice.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, presents a medal to Valery Gergiev, then artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, during an award ceremony in Moscow.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, presents a medal to Valery Gergiev, then artistic director of the Mariinsky Theatre, during an award ceremony in Moscow.
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The announcements from Europe’s two major film festivals followed other high profile arts events, including Hollywood’s decision to pull films slated for release in Russia and the Philharmonic Orchestra’s decision to Munich to dismiss conductor Valery Gergiev. The orchestra, joined by other orchestras and festivals linked to Gergiev, cited its support for Russian President Vladimir Putin and his refusal to reject the invasion.

Cannes, which is scheduled for May, is the most global of film festivals and its international village of flag-waving pavilions welcomes more than 80 countries from around the world each year.

In a statement, festival organizers said the ban on any official Russian delegation or Kremlin-linked individuals would remain “unless the assault war ends on terms that will satisfy the Ukrainian people.”

The festival has not ruled out accepting Russian films. In recent years, Cannes has screened films by filmmakers like Kirill Serebrennikov, even though the director was unable to attend. Serebrennikov faces a three-year travel ban after being accused of embezzlement by the Russian government in a case that has been contested by the Russian arts community and in Europe.

A satellite image shows a fire in a warehouse and destroyed fields in Chernihiv, Ukraine, February 28, 2022. Inset: Disney logo.

A satellite image shows a fire in a warehouse and destroyed fields in Chernihiv, Ukraine, February 28, 2022. Inset: Disney logo.
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After disney, Warner Bros. and Sony have announced they will stop distributing films in Russia, including Warner’s highly anticipated “The Batman,” Paramount Pictures also announced Tuesday. This includes upcoming releases like “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” and “The Lost City.”

Last week, the European Broadcasting Union announced that Russia would not be allowed to enter this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Turin in May.

Maneskin from Italy performs Zitti E Buoni after winning the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Saturday May 22, 2021. Last week the European Broadcasting Union announced announced that Russia would not be allowed to enter an act for this year's Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Turin in May.

Maneskin from Italy performs Zitti E Buoni after winning the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Saturday May 22, 2021. Last week the European Broadcasting Union announced announced that Russia would not be allowed to enter an act for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Turin in May.
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Major Entertainment Companies

Live Nation Entertainment announced on Tuesday that it “strongly condemns Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

Live Nation announced on Tuesday that it would cease doing business with Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine.

Live Nation announced on Tuesday that it would cease doing business with Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine.
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“We will not promote shows in Russia and we will not do business with Russia. We are in the process of reviewing our suppliers so that we can stop working with all Russian-based suppliers,” the company said in a statement. communicated.

Several companies, including Google, TikTok, YouTube, DirecTV and Meta, have restricted access to RT America, a Russian state media outlet that the US State Department describes as a key part of “the ecosystem of disinformation and Russian propaganda”.

Apple announced that it will stop selling all of its products in Russia, including iPhone, iPad, Mac computer and other devices.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.  The technology company has announced that it will stop selling its products in Russia.

Apple CEO Tim Cook. The technology company has announced that it will stop selling its products in Russia.
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“We do everything we can for our teams [in Ukraine] and support local humanitarian efforts,” Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted last week.

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Netflix said it would not broadcast 20 Russian state TV channels that it is required to broadcast under Russian media laws.

Michael Ruiz of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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