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September 3, 2020

The Batman just recently restarted production, but it's already halting filming — reportedly after its star tested positive for COVID-19.

Warner Bros. on Thursday confirmed that filming on the superhero movie, which stars Robert Pattinson and is scheduled for release in 2021, has been "temporarily paused" after a member of the production tested positive for the coronavirus, per Variety. While the studio didn't disclose further information, Vanity Fair subsequently reported that it was Pattinson who tested positive.

Pattinson's reported coronavirus diagnosis was not confirmed by Warner Bros. or his representative. This, Vanity Fair notes, comes only a few days after The Batman resumed production in the United Kingdom. Work on the film was suspended in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Batman is one of a number of high-profile films to have resumed filming outside of the United States during the pandemic. Another is Universal's Jurassic World: Dominion, which previously restarted production in the United Kingdom with extensive coronavirus precautions. Last month, The New York Times reported that four crew members on Jurassic World tested positive for COVID-19 in Britain since early July, and "of the crew members who were sent to Malta" ahead of production moving there, "four tested positive."

The Batman had about "three months of material left to shoot" when filming was halted in March, Variety previously reported. The film is scheduled to hit theaters in Oct. 2021 after its release date was delayed four months earlier this year. Brendan Morrow

Update: This story and headline have been updated to reflect subsequent reporting that Pattinson was the member of The Batman's crew who tested positive for COVID-19.

August 14, 2020

Robert Trump, President Trump's younger brother, has been hospitalized in New York, ABC News reports.

The White House on Friday confirmed that Trump's 72-year-old brother is in the hospital, with press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also saying that the two "have a very good relationship."

Further details were not provided by the White House, though ABC cited sources as saying that Robert Trump is "very ill." He was previously hospitalized in June and spent more than a week in the intensive care unit. At the time, The Daily Beast reported that he was "being treated for a serious condition."

The president is reportedly expected to visit his brother in the hospital on Friday. Brendan Morrow

July 29, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a non-surgical procedure Wednesday at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and is now resting comfortably, the Supreme Court announced in a statement.

The procedure was "minimally invasive" and done to "revise a bile duct stent that was originally place at Sloan Kettering in August 2019," the court said. "According to her doctors, stent revisions are common occurrences and the procedure, performed using endoscopy and medical imaging guidance, was done to minimize the risk of future infection. The justice is resting comfortably and expects to be released from the hospital by the end of the week."


Ginsburg, 87, announced earlier this month that she is battling a recurrence of cancer, and undergoing chemotherapy. Catherine Garcia

July 6, 2020

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday afternoon revealed that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

On Twitter, Bottoms said that COVID-19 has "literally hit home. I have had NO symptoms and have tested positive." Later, she appeared on MSNBC, and told anchor Joy Reid that her husband has also tested positive for the virus, and she has "no idea when and where we were exposed."

Bottoms said her family has taken "all of the precautions you could possibly take," including wearing masks and frequently washing their hands. This was her third coronavirus test, with Bottoms telling Reid she has been routinely tested because of her public job. Catherine Garcia

July 2, 2020

Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.

A statement posted to Cain's Twitter account on Thursday confirmed the news, saying he tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday and that he "developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization" by Wednesday.

"He spent the past night in the hospital and as of Today, Thursday, July 2, he is resting comfortably in an Atlanta-area hospital," the statement said. "Mr. Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert."

Cain attended President Trump's recent rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 20, and he posted a photo of himself at the event not wearing a face mask. He was at the rally as a Trump campaign surrogate, but he didn't travel to Tulsa on the campaign's plane, CBS News' Nicole Sganga reports. The campaign said in a statement on Thursday that Cain "did not meet with the president."

"There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus," the statement released on Cain's Twitter account said. An editor of Cain's website wrote that "we honestly have no idea where he contracted it," adding, "I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking."

Trump received criticism for holding his rally amid the coronavirus pandemic, and prior to the event, six Trump campaign staffers tested positive for COVID-19. Another two campaign staffers later tested positive as well. Brendan Morrow

April 7, 2020

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in "good spirits" as he receives treatment for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a London hospital.

Johnson tested positive for COVID-19 last month, and was admitted to St. Thomas' Hospital on Sunday night after his symptoms worsened. He was moved to the intensive care unit on Monday, and Raab on Tuesday said the prime minister is receiving oxygen treatment, but is not on a ventilator. Later, Downing Street said Johnson's condition is "stable."

Raab has been deputized and said he is standing in for Johnson "whenever necessary." He expressed confidence that Johnson will "pull through because if there's one thing I know about this prime minister, he's a fighter. And he'll be back at the helm, leading us through this crisis in short order." Catherine Garcia

April 6, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit on Monday after his COVID-19 symptoms worsened.

Johnson was hospitalized on Sunday, 10 days after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. A spokesperson described this as a "precautionary step" after he continued to experience "persistent symptoms," and Johnson tweeted Monday that he went to the hospital for "some routine tests." Upon announcing he tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27, Johnson described his symptoms as "mild," saying they included a fever and a cough.

Downing Street announced on Monday afternoon that Johnson is now in intensive care at St. Thomas' Hospital, saying, "Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital." Johnson has also asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab "to deputise for him where necessary," Downing Street said.

A report from the Times of London had previously emerged suggesting Johnson had been treated with oxygen at the hospital, while The Guardian reported it was told last week "that Johnson was more seriously ill than either he or his officials were prepared to admit, and that he was being seen by doctors who were concerned about his breathing." Brendan Morrow

March 31, 2020

Adam Schlesinger, the award-winning songwriter who co-founded Fountains of Wayne, is in the hospital after testing positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Schlesinger's family on Tuesday confirmed his condition in a statement, saying he's on a ventilator in the hospital and has been sedated.

"He is receiving excellent care, his condition is improving and we are cautiously optimistic," his family said, per The Hollywood Reporter.

Outside of Fountains of Wayne, the band behind songs like "Stacy's Mom," Schlesinger's work includes songwriting for the CW musical-comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, for which he won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics in 2019. He also wrote songs for movie and TV projects such as That Thing You Do! and Stephen Colbert's A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All, the latter of which won him a Grammy for producing.

As fans sent Schlesinger their well wishes on social media, his family in their statement Tuesday expressed their appreciation for "all of the love and support." Brendan Morrow

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