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AMC Theatres, Regal Cinemas Restrict Capability by 50 % Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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AMC is the primary theater chain within the U.S. to handle the disaster.

Replace 3:45pm ET: Regal Cinemas has introduced it is going to even be decreasing capability by 50%.

Earlier: AMC Theatres is now the primary main movie show chain in the USA to step as much as announce a brand new coverage associated to the coronavirus outbreak. As introduced on Friday, the chain will scale back capability of their auditoriums by a minimum of 50% as of this Saturday, March 14, and persevering with by means of April 30 of this 12 months (per Deadline). The brand new course of implies that ticket gross sales shall be capped for every showtime; in auditoriums with greater than 500 seats, AMC will solely enable a most of 250 viewers members both manner. The transfer is available in compliance with federal, state, and authorities directives on massive gatherings — as “social distancing” turns into the norm amid the outbreak.

AMC additionally stated the corporate is stepping as much as enhance security and well being experiences for visitors, with cleansing groups dispatched a minimum of as soon as each hour to take care of often touched areas reminiscent of kiosks, concession stands, restrooms, handrails, and doorknobs. The corporate additionally stated that theater workers will clear each auditorium between every screening.

“The well being and security of our visitors and theatre groups are of the utmost significance to AMC,” Adam Aron, AMC Theatres CEO and president, stated. “Due to this fact, AMC is proactively taking motion to chop in half the variety of tickets that we’ll make accessible in any respect our U.S. theatres. With this motion, we’re facilitating the ‘social distance’ between visitors who nonetheless need to see films on a giant display.”

Aron continued, “These are uncharted instances in the USA. We’re very carefully monitoring the steering of the CDC. We’re complying with all directives from federal, state and native well being and authorities authorities, and with our unilateral transfer to cut back capability and improve social distancing we’re going past what governments are requiring of us.”

The information follows a wave of cancellations and postponements which have rocked each trade. As studios shift launch dates for main titles, from Disney’s “Mulan” to Paramount Photos’ “A Quiet Place II,” there’s more and more much less product for audiences to flock to in theaters anyway. Decreasing movie-theater availability appeared just like the logical subsequent step, particularly after the postponement of NBA and NHL video games, in addition to all productions on Broadway in New York.

Right here all of the movies, occasions, and festivals affected by the virus thus far.

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Release Date, The Plot, Cast including Rosa Salazar, Trailer and All the Other Recent Updates Here

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Alita: Battle Angel is an American action genre film with a cyberpunk story. It is based on a manga series Gunnm by Yukito Kishiro of 1990. It is directed by Robert Rodriguez and is produced by James Cameron and Jon Landau. The film released on January 31, 2019, in Odeon Leicester Square and again on February 14, 2019, in the United States.

Release Date:

The first film took near about 20 years for production. It was decided to be produced in 2003 but took a long chunk of time to release. The sequel has also not received the complete production tag as of now. There are speculations that the sequel can be expected to release by 2024. No release date has been finalized nor has been in discussion. Given the circumstances prevailing now due to the pandemic outbreak, a further delay is also possible.

The Plot:

The story is about a cyborg named Alita. She wakes up in a new body with no remembrance or recollection of her past life. She goes on further in her new life, endeavoring the unknowns reasons. She wishes to break free fro the Iron City and go to Zelma to defeat ad kill the antagonist.

The plot of the sequel is unknown, but when the outcome is something like the first movie or even near like Avatar, a wait is no problem.

Cast:

Most of the previous cast will return in the sequel, including:

  • Rosa Salazar as Alita
  • Christoph Waltz as Dr. Dyson Ido
  • Jennifer Connelly as Dr. Chiren
  • Mahershala Ali as Vector
  • Ed Skrein as Zapan
  • Jackie Earle Haley as Grewishka
  • Keean Johnson as Hugo
  • Lana Condor as Koyomi

Trailer:

No trailer nor teaser has been released yet. Even no rumors about there release are smelled. But by seeing the trailer of the previous film, the wait for the sequel’s trailer or announcement is tough. Have you not watched the trailer of the previous film till now? Watch it below.

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How Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Will Expand on the Original Anime, ‘Star Wars’-Style

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I love Cowboy Bebop. The 1998 26-episode anime series is a benchmark of television sci-fi, of style co-mingling equally with substance, of case-of-the-week storytelling co-mingling equally with serialized narratives, of various tone shifts handled beautifully, of a soundtrack that utterly slaps. How do I feel about the upcoming Netflix live-action take on this perfect object? Cautiously optimistic, to be sure. But after hearing writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach explain to io9 what the new show might look and feel like, my optimism levels just got up to “N.Y. Rush” levels of intensity.

Firstly: It’s not going to be a hard reboot of the show, nor a casual riff on elements of the original with newly assembled characters. You’re gonna get Spike Spiegel (John Cho), you’re gonna get Faye Valentine (Daniella Pineda), you’re gonna get Jet Black (Mustafa Shakir), you’re gonna get Vicious (Alex Hassell), you’re gonna get Julia (Elena Satine), you’re gonna get Ein (a sure-to-be adorable corgi). Grillo-Marxuach assured fans that this version of Cowboy Bebop will adhere to what fans love about the original Cowboy Bebop, name-checking another popular serialized sci-fi work in his comparison:

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You can’t look at Cowboy Bebop and say, “Well, it’s just a take-off point. We’re going to give them different hair and different clothing, and we’re gonna call it something different. And it’s just sort of gonna be a loose thing.” If you’re doing Cowboy Bebop, you’re doing Cowboy BebopYou know? It’s kind of like doing Star Wars.

Now, certain folks reading will likely have, um, let’s call them “a lot of different opinions” on recent Star Wars properties. Will Grillo-Marxuach and his team deliver a mythology-examining, fresh-and-fierce Last Jedi? Or will they fall into an overstuffed fan service-laden Rise of Skywalker? Time will tell, but one thing’s for certain: This Cowboy Bebop show will feel like a Cowboy Bebop show. Or, as Grillo-Marxuach succinctly phrased it, “We ain’t playing Bebop, Bebop is playing us.”

Even before the coronavirus quarantines went into effect, production on the new series was placed on hold, due to Cho’s accidental injuries (and we are all wishing for a speedy recovery). But Grillo-Marxuach has seen a cut of the first episode. And what did he think? He raved about it all, especially the performances of the cast and the production design of the live-action world. He also got into why this show has permission to be “weird.”

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Being a sci-fi nerd in the ‘90s meant you’d sit there and watch a show, and for the first act, you’re usually just getting information you already know. Flash forward to like almost 30 years later and TV is weird now, like TV is batshit crazy right now. It is hard to tell people how weird Game of Thrones is to me, having grown up in a world where the thing most like Game of Thrones was a show called Wizards and Warriors that was on CBS in the late ‘80s. We can be weird. We can look at anime and take design cues out of anime.

A live-action show that promises to be weird and take design cues from its anime source materials? Very, very exciting!

But for those fans who may want something new from a live-action Cowboy Bebop, rather than a retelling of the same 26 episodes with flesh-and-blood performers: Fear not. Some of the original, self-contained bounties will appear, yes. But the creative team also wants to expand out the lives of their main characters, exploring them with new stories, hopefully resulting in a best of both worlds final product:

We’re not going to go one-to-one on all of those stories because we’re also trying to tell the broader story of Spike Spiegel and the Syndicate, Spike Spiegel and Julia, Spike Spiegel and Vicious, and all that. But we are looking at the show and saying, “Who are some of the great villains in this show, and how can we put them into this into this broader narrative?” So that we are telling both of the big stories that Cowboy Bebop tells.

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Grillo-Marxuach also made sure to mention that the broader stories of his show will include broader, more inclusive cultures being represented, saying quite bluntly and rightly that “you can’t Scarlett Johansson this shit… We are making a show that takes place in a future that is multicultural, that is extraordinarily integrated and where those things are the norm.”

While we don’t know exactly when the show will be completed or aired (2021 is Netflix’s current plans), the network is excited enough that the writers have already started working on season two. And Grillo-Marxuach is excited enough, that he’s sure the fans will be too — because he is one.

Everybody has a different idea of what the best version of a show is, and a lot of Cowboy Bebop fans believe that the anime is the best version of that show. We hope that we can convert them to look at our version of it, and think that it’s a wonderful translation, a wonderful addition to the original canon. We’re deep enough in a world that where fandom is important to the existence of shows, that people like me don’t ever really lose sight of that. I think that there are always going to be tone-deaf reboots of things and all of that, but we’re fans. You know, we come at this as fans. We love genre, we love science fiction, and we love Cowboy Bebop.

For more on the wonderful world of anime, check out our very own Dave Trumbore’s starter guide to the form.

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George Floyd’s Funeral and Memorial Services Announced One Week After His Death

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George Floyd will be laid to rest after numerous memorials are held in his honor across the country.

According to NBC News, the 46-year-old is set to be memorialized in the three cities he resided in throughout his lifetime. 

The first of the three events will take place at the Trask Word and Worship Center at North Central University, located in Minneapolis, the same city where George Floyd died while under arrest by former police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is facing third-degree murder and manslaughter chargers. He and three officers were fired for their involvement in Floyd’s detainment. Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy for the services, as he announced on his Twitter on Monday. 

This service will be followed by a Saturday memorial in North Carolina, where Floyd was born.

Finally, Floyd will be laid to rest on Tuesday, June 9, following a viewing of his body on Monday. The viewing and service will be held at the Fountain of Grace Church in Houston, a church that has been attended by the Floyd family. 

Due to concerns over the coronavirus, attendance will be limited, NBC News reports. Further information is forthcoming.

According to TMZ, boxer Floyd Mayweather will be covering the costs of the funeral taking place in Houston. The outlet shared a photo of the $88,500 check that Mayweather sent to the Houston funeral home.

It is expected that former Vice President and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden will be in attendance at the Houston services on Tuesday, a lawyer for the Floyd family confirmed to NBC News. 

Biden is one of the many celebrity figures—including Ariana GrandeNick Cannon and Jamie Fox among others—who are participating in the protests and voicing their demands for justice. 

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