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.
It’s a great turn out for the 5:00 PM drive-in movie at Northern Cass tonight. pic.twitter.com/DuY2ucTqJA
— Cory Steiner (@CorySteiner10) April 15, 2020
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.
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.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Says There’s “No Difference” Between Him and Tupac
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.
Sony Offering Gamers Jobs To Play Video Games
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.
Kanye West Tweets About Divorce And Claims Movie “Get Out” Was About Him
After entering the race for the presidency extremely late, rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West appears to be in the midst of a mental breakdown, and is going through some difficult times with his family as a result.
During his first campaign rally in South Carolina, West became very emotional and started discussing some very private things about his personal life, including the fact that he considered having one of his children aborted. His family reportedly wanted to have him committed to a mental hospital because they were so concerned about his mental health as they were watching the rally. West says that this is not the first time something like this has happened, and later posted to Twitter that the movie “Get Out” is about him.
After getting home from the event, West posted a rant about his family on Twitter, but later deleted it. In the posts, he revealed that he and Kim had been considering getting a divorce for a while now. He also called his mother in law “Kris Jong-Un.”
Sources later confirmed to the media that Kim Kardashian, has begun contacting lawyers about a divorce. However, Kardashian later made a post on her Instagram page asking for privacy and compassion, and discussing her husband’s mental health issues.
In the post, Kardashian wrote:
“As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand. I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health. Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor. People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
In the days that followed, a long list of celebrities made appearances at West’s ranch in Wyoming to offer support and see how he was doing.
In an interview in 2018, Kanye admitted that he became addicted to opioids when they were prescribed to him after he got liposuction. The addiction may have contributed to his nervous breakdown in 2016. He has also said that he has been suicidal at times. In a 2019 interview with David Letterman, he said that he has bipolar disorder.
Kanye is also promoting a new album, and some people have suggested that his recent antics have been some sort of a publicity stunt, but anyone with a friend or family member who suffers from bipolar disorder can recognize the telltale signs of a mental breakdown, and West is clearly in the midst of one. Luckily, it appears that he may have recognized the error in his ways, because he later posted an apology.
I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter.
I did not cover her like she has covered https://t.co/A2FwdMu0YU Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.
— ye (@kanyewest) July 25, 2020
As for West’s presidential run, it seems that there is no chance of him qualifying in any of the 50 US states, but it is still possible for him to make outrageous statements on his Twitter account.
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