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25% of gym-goers say they will never return to a fitness club

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A survey of 2000 adults who exercise twice a week or more said they will never return to a gym. Only one-third said they will retain their gym membership, but said they will go less frequently than before the pandemic.

The covidiots among those surveyed were divided into two camps: 26% said that they will not go to any gym that requires face masks. Another 29% said they are against masks, but wear one if the gym requires it.

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Pop-up wearable tent for COVID-19 protection

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A few years back, my brother Rick Pescovitz came up with Under The Weather Pods, single-person pop-up shelters. (You may have caught Rick on Shark Tank.) Rick was sick of getting soaked at his kids' soccer games and was inspired by a portable toilet he saw by the field. Under The Weather Pods are designed for watching sports, fishing, and other outdoor events where it's raining, windy, or cold, but you are either obligated to watch or having so much fun you don't want to leave.

When the pandemic began, my brother quickly made two new designs for hospitals and healthcare workers: The IntubationPod is a pop-up shield for medical procedures involving the head and neck area. It's apparently much less expensive than the rigid plastic boxes that are commonly used during intubation. Meanwhile, the ShieldPod enhances protection for physicians and nurses as they move through medical facilities treating patients. Both devices are now in use at several hospitals around the country. I'm proud of my brother Rick and his wife Kelly who is president of Under the Weather!

Now schools and businesses are reaching out to Rick about the ShieldPod for use in classrooms and office settings. Stay safe everyone.

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Chase Adds Temporary Categories To Sapphire Reserve, Preferred Cards (Gas, Streaming, Instacart)

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Chase is adding gas, streaming, and Instacart as bonus categories to the Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cards for the time period of July 1 – September 30. Plus a credit toward Instacart membership.

The Offer

Gas Stations:

  • 5x on Sapphire Reserve
  • 3x on Sapphire Preferred

Limit $1,500 which is combined for the entire 3 month period.

Select Streaming Services:

  • 10x on Sapphire Reserve
  • 5x on Sapphire Preferred

Limit $1,500 which is combined for the entire 3 month period. Valid streaming services include: Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, Netflix, Sling, Vudu, Fubo TV, Apple Music, SiriusXM, Pandora, Spotify, YouTube TV.

Instacart Grocery Delivery and Pickup:

Direct Link to Instacart offer

  • 5x on Sapphire Reserve
  • 3x on Sapphire Preferred

Limit $3,000 which is combined for the entire 3 month period. You can also get one of these two from Instacart:

  • $50 statement credit for any new or renewing Annual Instacart Express membership; annual membership costs $99, so it’s like a $50 discount.
  • Three months free on the monthly Instacart plan: you’ll get a $9.99 credit to offset the $9.999 monthly cost, valid for 3 months.

The Fine Print

  • No activation required.
  • Valid July 1 – September 30, 2020

Our Verdict

The free 3 months on Instacart makes it a good opportunity to try them out, plus you’ll earn 3x/5x on the actual spend. The 3x/5x on gas is pretty nice, and the 5x/10x on streaming services is sweet as well (added that to our list of best cards for Streaming).

We saw Chase add groceries as a grocery bonus category on many cards, including the Sapphire cards. This time we’re only hearing about a bonus category on Sapphire cards, no news on other cards at this time.

Hat tip to CNN Underscored and TPG

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Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Has Been Delayed Again, This Time to Mid-August

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Perhaps it’s cruel fate that Christopher Nolan‘s new movie, Tenet, deals with the concept of time, because the release date for his highly-anticipated spy thriller is hopping all over the calendar. A new report says that after Warner Bros. recently delayed Tenet from its original July 14 release date to July 31, the film has now been pushed back yet again, this time to August 12, 2020.

WarnerBrosLatino, the studio’s official site for Mexico, recently updated the Tenet release date to August 14 in that country. We’d heard from one of our own sources that the same thing would be happening in the United States, and now that has been officially confirmed by Warner Bros.: Tenet will not arrive in U.S. theaters in July, and it has now been dated for August 12 instead. On top of that, the re-release of Inception to lead into the debut of Tenet has been pushed back to July 31.

Warner Bros. Pictures made an official statement with regards to the delayed release of Tenet, which also seems to indicate that if coronavirus hasn’t subsided enough by August 12, they might delay the movie again. The studio said (via Variety):

“Warner Bros. is committed to bringing ‘Tenet’ to audiences in theaters, on the big screen, when exhibitors are ready and public health officials say it’s time. In this moment what we need to be is flexible, and we are not treating this as a traditional movie release. We are choosing to open the movie mid-week to allow audiences to discover the film in their own time, and we plan to play longer, over an extended play period far beyond the norm, to develop a very different yet successful release strategy.”

The rise of coronavirus cases in some highly populated areas likely came into play here, which is why Disneyland delayed their July reopening too. But another major factor seems to be that the New York government recently stated that malls, gyms, and movie theaters will not be allowed to reopen as part of the state’s fourth phase of its careful reopening. New York City was one of the hardest-hit places on the globe, and it also happens to be one of this country’s largest movie markets. Without that state’s theaters open, Tenet would miss out on a significant percentage of its potential domestic box office take.

Previous reports have indicated that Warner Bros. needs 80% of movie theaters around the world to be open in order to make releasing Tenet a viable option, including theaters in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, which are the three largest markets in the United States. Tenet cost around $200 million to make, and writer/director Christopher Nolan is set to receive 20% of its first dollar gross. This shift into the August 14 slot has been part of the studio’s back-up plan since the middle of May, when that would have caused a domino effect which pushed Wonder Woman 1984 out of that date and into a December release. (WW1984 has since been shifted to an October 2, 2020 theatrical release.)

But now the question becomes: is this delay really going to be enough? I doubt very seriously that New York is going to be fully operational by August 12. Will Warner Bros. continue to skid Tenet across the release calendar in 15 day increments, hoping the film be there waiting to capitalize the moment the wind blows in its favor? Would Nolan blow a gasket if the studio decided to push this movie into 2021?

Plot details about Tenet are still relatively scarce, but here’s everything we know about it so far.

The post Christopher Nolan’s ‘Tenet’ Has Been Delayed Again, This Time to Mid-August appeared first on /Film.

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The rise and fall of Blockbuster, visualized

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Blockbuster opened its first store in 1986 and spread like wildfire across the country for the next 20 years. It peaked in 2004, then Netflix and streaming media came along and it was all over for the video rental chain.

Here are six reasons why Blockbuster failed:

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It Just Got Even Easier to Take Money from Your Retirement Account

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When the CARES Act was passed in March, it made it easier for people to access the money in their retirement accounts if they were facing financial difficulty due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last week, the IRS announced an expansion of the rules for who can make withdrawals from their tax-advantaged accounts without…

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