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Coronavirus Outbreak: Kerala Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran, Film Crew Stuck in Jordan, Seek Evacuation

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Thiruvananthapuram, April 1: Prime Kerala actor Prithviraj and award-winning director Blessy and 56 others are caught in Jordan after taking pictures of a film was stopped there following restrictions within the wake of coronavirus disaster and have sought assist to return dwelling.

Blessy emailed to the Kerala Movie Chamber, looking for assist to take up the case with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The media got here to know in regards to the e mail on Wednesday.

A Chamber official Anil Thomas stated the e-mail has been forwarded to varied lawmakers, together with Malayalam celebrity turned Rajya Sabha member Suresh Gopi.

Prithviraj’s mom Malika Sukumaran, a yesteryear’s actress, stated that she spoke to her son on Monday.

“He stated the taking pictures has been stopped following strict restrictions imposed on account of Covid-19 in Jordan. The taking pictures was on in a desert. Issues are superb with them, besides that the taking pictures just isn’t occurring. They had been alleged to wind up the Jordan a part of the shoot subsequent week and had been scheduled to fly out to Algeria as per their authentic schedule,” stated the actor’s mom.

Billed as one of many costliest Malayalam movie ‘Aadujeevitham’ is predicated on the award successful eponymous Malayalam novel by Benyamin.

It tells the story of the lifetime of a person ending up in shambles after reaching the Center East and finds himself tending goats in excessive desert temperatures.

Blessy’s previous movies together with his debut movie in 2004 ‘Kaazcha’, ‘Thanmathra’ (2005) ‘Pranayam’ (2011) to call just a few, all of which occupy a spot of pleasure within the Malayalam movie business.

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3 Amazing Series Set to Premiere on Streaming This Year

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There’s a war going on in the global media industry. Broadcast operators and streaming services are fighting for supremacy, and streaming services are fighting among each other for as big a slice of the cake as possible. To make things more complicated, tech companies and broadcasters are launching their own streaming services, and streaming services and Amazon (that’s a tech company, online retailer, and streaming service all in one) are buying movie theatres.

This “streaming war” has a very positive side effect for us, consumers: an onslaught of high-quality original programming. Each streaming service now tries to make the next Game of Thrones – not literally, of course – to attract as many subscribers as possible. Apple TV+ signed Aquaman star Jason Momoa for a new original series, Disney+ has already launched the first live-action Star Wars series, CBS All Access is going strong with Star Trek, and Netflix is striking it rich with its high-fantasy series “The Witcher”. And the stream of high-profile movies and series is far from stopping. There are new streaming services that have recently launched, and they all come with at least the promise of a couple of high-profile shows we can follow.

The Fugitive (Quibi)

The new streaming service called Quibi has big plans for its first year: it intends to spend more than $1 billion on content optimized to be viewed on mobile phones. One of its first series, set to be released this year, is the modern-day reimagining of the 1963 TV show “The Fugitive”, with “24” alum Stephen Hopkins.

Mike Ferro (Boyd Holbrook) is a blue-collar worker who happens to be at the site of a bombing in the Los Angeles subway. He is not involved in the bombing in any way but a combination of circumstantial evidence and a media frenzy puts him on the “most wanted” list – Clay Bryce (Kiefer Sutherland), a legendary cop is on his trail. He must evade apprehension and prove his innocence while the whole world is against him.

The show will have a yet unknown number of 10-minute episodes. It is expected to be released before the end of the year.

Brave New World (Peacock)

Aldous Huxley is remembered as a visionary for his dystopian novel “Brave New World”, a chilling view of a future dominated by homogeneity, predictability, mass consumption, and mass production – with no personality, a strict caste system, and people constantly taking drugs to eliminate the last bit of unhappiness from their lives.

The TV adaptation of the novel, starring Demi Moore, and Alden Ehrenreich, will premiere on Peacock, NBC’s own video streaming service (as well as Sky One in the UK). The series’ showrunner David Wiener may be familiar for his work on “Fear the Walking Dead”.

Raised by Wolves (HBO Max)

Legendary moviemaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he’s best at (science fiction) with the upcoming series “Raised by Wolves”. The show has talent like writer/showrunner Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners, The Red Road), and master Scott himself (and his son) in the directorial chair.

The series will tell the story of Mother and Father, a pair of androids raising a group of children on a distant planet in its early stages of colonization. The two find themselves between the rock and the hard place as the colonists’ religious differences threaten with tearing the planet apart.

The series is in post-production, and it will hopefully hit the screens this year.

 

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Tom Hanks donates more plasma after recovering from coronavirus

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Tom Hanks has been donating more plasma, after recovering from coronavirus.

The Hollywood star, 63, and his wife Rita Wilson both tested positive for Covid-19 back in March, while Tom was filming over in Australia for a new Elvis Presley biopic.

Tom had shared his diagnosis on social media with fans and kept his followers updated as he battled the virus.

He and Rita are have now both recovered and are back in the US, with the pair doing everything they can to helping with coronavirus research efforts.

Tom and Rita have donated blood to help with vaccine research, with Tom also donating his plasma (the liquid part of the blood) at the end of April, after being told he may carry coronavirus antibodies.

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And, continuing with his efforts, Tom revealed on Wednesday that he had been back to donate yet more plasma – in fact, two bags full.

Taking to Instagram, Tom shared a series of snaps (soz, if you’re a little squeamish) of him donating his fluids and added the caption: ‘Plasmatic on 3! 1,2,3 PLASMATIC! Hanx.’

He and Rita, also 63, were the first celebrities to reveal they had tested positive for coronavirus and have since shared their experience of the infection.

Speaking to Health magazine, Rita opened up about her ‘strange’ coronavirus diagnosis.

She said: ‘You always think that bad things happen to other people— until it happens to you, and you realise you’re not immune to it.

Tom and his wife Rita were the first celebrities to test positive for coronavirus (Picture: Getty)

‘It was similar with my breast cancer diagnosis. While all this was going on, I actually said to Tom, “Before breast cancer, it was a thing that was sort of in the distance or something that happens to other people.”

‘And then I said, “But I don’t feel that way anymore. I mean, who’s to say we won’t get [Covid-19]?” And then we got it. It was so strange.’

Rita, known for roles in Sleepless in Seattle, Jingle All The Way and TV series The Good Wife, was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2015.

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She underwent a double mastectomy one month after her diagnosis and announced her full recovery later that year.

Worldwide there are now more than 5.64million cases of coronavirus, with the US recording more than 1.7million confirmed cases.

Deaths in the US have now reached over 100,000, but it’s reported the country’s epicentre for the virus, New York state, has seen cases and deaths fall in recent weeks.

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HBO Max’s catalog is full of weird holes

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HBO Max has arrived, bringing with it a precious few new original shows and an absolutely stuffed back catalog of terrific TV and movies. In addition to HBO’s extremely good library, Max adds a mountain of content produced and / or licensed by parent company WarnerMedia, like Friends and the Harry Potter franchise. It’s enough to please someone of every taste, but the more you dig, the more you find strange holes in the library — and the more you realize it’s not really clear what HBO Max is supposed to offer.

These problems are clearest in the big, non-HBO umbrellas you find titles gathered under on HBO Max. DC, for example, is the place you’d expect to find, well, the movies in the DC Extended Universe. They’re mostly there! Except Birds of Prey, presumably because it’s too recent to join a streaming roster, and Man of Steel, the movie that kicked off the whole enterprise.

Man of Steel is the sort of small absence that will then clue you into a larger one: there isn’t a single Superman adaptation to be found. No Christopher Reeve films, no Superman Returns, no animated movie or show, no Smallville or Lois & Clark. Granted, DC shows and movies present a unique problem for HBO Max because DC Universe, a streaming platform exclusively for comic book-inspired content, exists under the WarnerMedia umbrella. But this further muddies the waters and doesn’t really make clear what you should expect from HBO Max.

This gets even more baffling in other, smaller instances. Peter Jackson’s Middle-Earth epics are all present… except the middle Hobbit film, The Desolation of Smaug. The entire Studio Ghibli library is finally in one place — but not Grave of the Fireflies. HBO Max’s spread of classic films is an admirable array of highlights, with musicals like Million Dollar Mermaid and screwball comedies like Bringing Up Baby, but outside of the broadest terms (like “The Legendary Charlie Chaplin” or “The Wild West”) there’s nothing that feels truly comprehensive.

It’s very likely that many of these gaps aren’t due to anything particularly nefarious. Some of them are more openly understandable than others — it’s hard to imagine that every Merrie Melodies short from the 1930s has a digital transfer ready to go, you know? There’s also the vagaries of streaming agreements, where WarnerMedia’s intellectual property isn’t necessarily available for its own platform until existing contracts expire. But collectively, failures of communication, curation, and plain-old neglect combine to form a new status quo in the streaming world. It’s not unique to HBO Max, but it makes it harder to understand what HBO Max is or what it’s supposed to be.

As a service, HBO Max offers you a lot but promises little. In its marketing, it tells you what you can expect (Batman Begins was in its promotional ads), but not when to expect it (none of Nolan’s Batman films are on the service). It’s nice to have selections from Cartoon Network and TCM right next to each other. But those collections are only samples because a streaming service must also have a revolving door: new titles coming, old ones going. The new normal in streaming entertainment is a litany of services with reasons for you to subscribe now, not whenever. Because you can’t really know what you’re getting or what you’re losing more than thirty days out — and you definitely can’t expect to have anything stick around.

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