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Drive-in Movie Theaters May Be Making A Comeback As Cinemas Close For Pandemic

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In the United States, fewer and fewer citizens have been going out to the movies in recent years, but that part of the entertainment industry still brought in millions each week and was a beloved activity for many Americans. Now, with the lockdowns and stay at home orders imposed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, movie theaters across the country have been closed for over a month, and some of them are at risk of getting shut down for good.

Richard Greenfield, a media analyst at LightShed partners, said that the theater business was already set to see its worst year ever, and this was even before the coronavirus hit. Greenfield said that the pandemic is like “pouring lighter fluid on the fire.”

According to the New York Times, movie theater owners in the United States are now hoping for a bailout, but they are just one of many businesses that are depending on public funds for survival. As of right now, there is no indication as to whether or not there will be any help for movie theaters in future relief packages. However, many critics have argued that the movie theater format was already failing and would have already been on its way out in the next few years, even if the pandemic never happened.

In the midst of this disruption, the classic drive-in movie theater is starting to make a comeback, because the format allows moviegoers to socially distance from the safety and privacy of their vehicles.

There are currently about 320 drive-in theaters across the United States with only 25 open for business, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In other countries, drive-in theaters have become even more popular in the past few months, but going out to the movies is much more popular overseas as well. In Germany, where the fatality rate for the virus is incredibly low, drive-ins have become very popular, and in some cases, new makeshift drive-in theaters have been quickly built as well. For example, Loe Studios, an independent cinema in the German town of Marl, found an open lot behind a biker bar and put up a 640 square foot LED screen. In other parts of Germany, drive-in theaters have also been established in public parks and parking lots. Meanwhile, drive-in theaters have also caught on in South Korea, where free theaters were established in public to help the population manage the stress of the lockdown.

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With lockdowns around the world stretching into their second and third months, there are many people with cabin fever who are just looking to get out, and drive through theaters are giving people a safe option for a social outing.

Still, even in these settings, people should be careful to keep their windows up, otherwise, they could risk contracting the virus through particles in the air. Overall, most people, especially in the United States, have chosen to stay home and binge-watch shows and movies on streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, which have seen record months during the pandemic.

Mark Horowitz is a graduate of Brandeis University with a degree in political science. Horowitz could have had a job at one of the top media organizations in the United States, but when working as an intern, he found that the journalists in the newsroom were confined by the anxieties and sensibilities of their bosses. Horowitz loved journalism, but wanted more freedom to pursue more complex topics than you would find on the evening news. Around the same time, he began to notice that there was a growing number of independent journalists developing followings online by sharing their in-depth analysis of advanced or off-beat topics. It wasn't long before Horowitz quit his internship with a large New York network to begin publishing his own material online.

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Brittney Spears Compared Her Conservatorship To Sex Trafficking In Court Testimony

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For years, the pop star Brittney Spears has been held prisoner and forced to work a grueling schedule as her father and a group of lawyers have totally controlled her life and finances. Despite being a fully functional adult, Spears had most of her legal rights taken away at the height of her fame. When Brittney Spears was in her prime, she was followed everywhere by the media, and this eventually took a major toll on her mental health, a situation that many celebrities face.

She found the situation to become increasingly harmful when she became a mother and was constantly hounded by the press out in public. On several occasions, she lashed out at photographers and members of the press for following her around, but this is not unusual for celebrities.

It is a fairly regular occurrence in Hollywood for cameras to be broken, or for body guards to assault photographers. When her outbursts were making front page news, her father filed for a conservatorship, which gave him full control over her personal and financial life.

Spears has now spent the past 13 years, making music, touring, and doing advertisements, but she has not been able to manage her own money or choose her own schedule. At a hearing in court this week, Spears compared her condition to trafficking.

“I worked seven days a week, no days off, which in California, the only similar thing to this is called sex trafficking. Making anyone work against their will, taking all their possessions away — credit card, cash, phone, passport — and placing them in a home where they work with the people who live with them,” she said.

“If I didn’t do any of my meetings and work from eight to six at night, which is 10 hours a day, seven days a week, no days off, I wouldn’t be able to see my kids or my boyfriend. I never had a say in my schedule. They always told me I had to do this,” she added.

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Brittney Spears has been a source of wealth for her parents since she was a young girl. They took her to audition for Disney and have been benefiting from her success ever since.

In court, Spears also revealed that the conditions of her conservatorship prevent her from getting married or having children. These terms are taken so seriously that she has been forced to take birth control.

“I just want my life back. It’s been 13 years and it’s enough. It’s enough and it makes no sense at all … I’m done. I want to sue my family, to be totally honest with you,” she said.

“I’m not here to be anyone’s slave,” she added.

Spears has fought for years to end the conservatorship, despite telling friends and fans that she was OK. It was not until she walked off stage at the start of her Vegas residency that people began to suspect that something could be wrong. Shortly after, she began to make filings in court to have herself released, but her family continued to fight for control over her estate.

The ruling has not yet come in, but public opinion is strongly in favor of having Spears released from the conservatorship.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Says There’s “No Difference” Between Him and Tupac

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Tekashi 6ix9ine has claimed there’s “no difference” between him and the late Tupac Shakur.

In a recent interview with The New York Times, the controversial rapper discussed everything from his sentencing, whether he regrets being part of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, to pleading guilty to use of a child in a sexual performance. The latter when he compared himself to Tupac.

The interview came just days before the rapper released his first album “TattleTales,” since being released from prison.

In February of this year, Tekashi was facing years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of – firearms and racketeering; now, more than six months later, he has more than one billion views accumulated on YouTube in just four months.

Tekashi’s real name is Daniel Hernandez. Hernandez said he plans to “just keep dominating” and stay out of trouble.

Tupac came up when Hernandez was discussing his plea of guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance. He was seen in videos imitating graphic acts and touching a 13-year-old while she performed sex acts on other men around him.

Hernandez who was 18 years old at the time of the situation, expressed that he’s not a “40-year-old Jeffrey Epstein-type.” Adding that he’s now “a true inspiration to the kids.”

Tekashi was then asked, “Do you understand the view that you don’t need to be a public figure, that you don’t deserve to be famous, based on your real-world actions with real human victims?”

In which Hernandez replied:

No, I don’t. Tupac Shakur was convicted of rape. Is Tupac Shakur loved or hated? Loved! What’s the difference between me and Tupac Shakur?

For our younger readers, Tupac Shakur was convicted of first-degree sexual assault in 1994 and was sentenced to 18 months to four-and-a-half years in prison for the offense.

NYT interviewer Joe Coscarelli argued with 6ix9ine that Tupac “tried to give back with his work”. While Hernandez claimed his music was helping the world too. However, Coscarelli closed that discussion calling Hernandez’s songs “turn-up music, but it’s not introspective.”

Hernandez then played Tupac’s Troublesome ’96 to Coscarelli and told him.

“What’s the difference between that and Billy? “A born leader, never leave the crib without my heater!” You’re telling me he gave back through his art? You’re lying to me.”

Coscarelli responded to Hernandez and said he has only “one type of record” while Tupac was “multifaceted” with different types of songs. Tekashi answered, “I got to feed what, in 2020, is relevant. I got to feed the masses. There’s no difference between me and Tupac Shakur.”

Hernandez ended the interview with, “Keep hating me, because you’re going to keep tuning in.”

It’s very interesting to see Takashi compare himself to Tupac Shakur and make a mention of Jeffrey Epstein in the interview. Although, Hernandez seems to be one of the most hated in rap for his snitching and flaunting it. He has turned his life around somewhat and has managed to release a new album featuring big stars, including Nicki Minaj, Smilez, and Akon.

Maybe, Hernandez can learn from Akon (Aliaume Damala Badara Akon Thiam) who is using his influence to help and give back to the world, mainly Africa by building the world’s first crypto city, as Anewspost previously reported.

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Sony Offering Gamers Jobs To Play Video Games

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If you are not entertaining enough for using Twitch.tv, or one of its alternatives, fear not, Sony wants to hire gamers to test its video games for a living.

Sony PlayStation are on the lookout for gamers to test their games as they prepare to release the latest version of their flagship console the Playstation 5 (PS5.)

Job listings for ‘Localisation Testers’ has appeared on Indeed, with one of the requirements being: “Passionate games player.”

There’s just one catch, you will need to be able to speak Portuguese, Russian or Arabic as well as English, Okay, two catches, you need to be based in Liverpool, UK too.

The three positions listed are for a Brazilian, Russian, and Arabic tester to translate the games and make sure they have proper subtitles as well as menus in other languages, and audio.

A good level of knowledge for the required language (grammar, spelling, and punctuation) are all key skills, along with having good attention to detail according to the description of the job.

The candidate is also required to have knowledge of games across various platforms, and know-how to use MS Office, as well as a basic understanding of the development cycle and constraint.

Sony says they want to hear from anyone who has a passion for languages and games, enjoys finding linguistic mistakes in video games, and likes being part of an international team that impacts players around the world.

The role description reads:

As a Localisation Tester, you will be making sure the audio and text in a video game are correct. You will need to have native level knowledge for the required language (grammar, spelling, and punctuation) and good attention to detail to find and provide corrections for errors. Occasionally, you will translate text for a video game or marketing.

Do you have a passion for languages and games? Do you enjoy finding linguistic mistakes in video games? Would you like to be part of an international team whose work has impact on players around the world? Then we would love to hear from you!

Accepted candidates will be required to complete a mandatory translation test to see if they qualify for the job. If you do end up qualifying and getting the job, the hours are 37.5 hours per week, working 9 am to 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday.

If this sounds like you and you live in the UK, then get to applying soldier. If you’ve always wanted to play video games all day long for a living then what are you waiting for? Now is your opportunity and this might not happen again for a long time. Click here to apply.

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