COVID-19 resurgence leaves movie studios, theaters mired in uncertainty
The Pines Theatre, a 450-seat venue with one screen in Houghton Lake, Michigan, opened in 1941 and has survived numerous up and downs of the movie business.Its latest challenge? The uncertainty caused by the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the United States.In mid-June, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer moved northern Michigan to Phase 5 of the state’s reopening plan, the Pines was able to screen movies for the first time since mid-March.Under reduced capacity and safety measures, it started running older hits like 1985’s “Goonies” and 1993’s “Jurassic Park.” But after screenings of the 2016 animate...
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Isaias now predicted to cross Bahamas as Category 2 hurricane
MIAMI — Hurricane Isaias is expected to strengthen from a Category 1 to a Category 2 hurricane as it crosses over the Bahamas Friday and Saturday, lashing the still-recovering islands with up to 100 mph sustained winds.According to the National Hurricane Center’s 8 a.m. update, Isaias is about 340 miles southeast of Nassau and maintaining 80 mph winds.Southeast Florida from Ocean Reef north to the Sebastian Inlet and Lake Okeechobee remain under tropical storm watches, and the hurricane center predicted South Florida could see several inches of rain and tropical-storm-force winds over the week...
Commentary: Grocery workers deserve hero pay
Supermarket cashiers, stockers, butchers and bakers all play a vital but long undervalued role in our food chain. During the pandemic, they have been on the front lines risking — and too often losing — their lives to make sure that our families and communities stay fed.In the United States alone, thousands of grocery workers have contracted COVID-19 and at least 70 have died. All over the world, food retail workers are being expected to work exceptional hours and at greater risk, for which they have in many cases received additional compensation.But, unlike the pandemic, this seems to be comin...
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Commentary: 'Tenet,' the movie America didn't deserve to see first, ushers in a nervous new multiplex era
Waiting for “Tenet” is starting to feel like “Waiting for Godot.” It’s a rumor, a hope, floating from delay to delay in the middle of the inept U.S. response to a global pandemic our grandkids will be studying decades from now.Now: We’re already losing whole slabs of our self-respect as a nation. Let’s not lose our sense of proportion along with it. The distribution problems of a single, $200 million Christopher Nolan thriller, which trafficks in “time inversion” and apocalyptic quantum physics for narrative sport, don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.But how does “Tenet” enters...
Norwegian Cruise Line cancels cruises until November, one month past CDC ban
MIAMI — Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is canceling cruises until November.The Miami-based company announced it is canceling cruises worldwide through Oct. 31, a full month after the ban on cruises put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expires.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings is the world’s third largest cruise company and owner of three cruise lines: Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The announcement comes as Florida is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths.The company and its largest competitors, Carnival Corp.,...
Secret trials threaten open justice in Australia
Protesters in Brisbane protesting Australia's claim on Timor Leste oil, May 2017- Photo by Andrew Mercer / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)A government illegally bugs the office of a foreign country’s Prime Minister during treaty negotiations. The spy in charge who turned whistleblower and his lawyer face secret trials. Connections are exposed between government politicians and a big oil company that gained financially from the treaty.A cold war spy novel or a modern scandal involving Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) or America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)? Think again!Spying on Timor L...
Fabiola Santiago: Florida, poster child for COVID-19 mismanagement, needs a statewide mask mandate
Leaders in Florida and the coronavirus epicenter of Miami-Dade have failed so badly at managing the response to the highly infectious disease that we’ve become the poster child for COVID-19 abroad.“Miami has more COVID-19 cases than all of Australia, and thousands more are still being diagnosed every day,” reports the Australia Broadcasting Corporation in a special segment on Florida.It’s true.Although Australia — with a population of 25 million somewhat comparable to Florida’s 23 million — is also seeing a resurgence of new cases, the total number of people infected with the coronavirus just ...
It's 'crazy and confusing' for Michigan football player David Ojabo, who is stuck in Scotland
When the University of Michigan shut down all on-campus activities, including sports, in mid-March because of the COVID-10 pandemic, Michigan defensive lineman David Ojabo packed his bags and headed home to his family in Aberdeen, Scotland.Ojabo, who is Nigerian-born and moved with his family to the northeast coastal city in Scotland in 2007, carries a passport from the United Kingdom. Because of the United States’ international travel ban, he’s been unable to return to Ann Arbor to join his teammates, who have been on campus going through voluntary workouts the last several weeks.He shared a ...
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Tahiti now open to tourism: Here's what to expect
While most of the world remains closed for nonessential travel to U.S. passport holders, there are a few exceptions.In French Polynesia, marketed as the Islands of Tahiti, quarantine measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 were exceptional, including a ban on all international and domestic passenger flights, with the exception of some special territorial continuity flights maintaining links between Tahiti and Paris.After a small number of cases in the spring months, the territory is now COVID-free, and eager to safely reopen its largest industry — tourism — upon which many resident livelihoods...
Movie review: 'Dirt Music' beautifully shot, but squanders meaningful potential
There’s so much potential in Gregor Jordan’s “Dirt Music.” First, there’s the source material, Tim Winton’s Booker Prize-shortlisted 2002 novel of the same name. (It was awarded the highest accolade for Australian literature, the Miles Franklin Award, and is here adapted by the experienced screenwriter Jack Thorne.) Then there’s the two vastly underrated and enormously talented stars, Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald and American star Garrett Hedlund. There’s the stunning setting, on the coast of Western Australia, near Perth, which is captured gorgeously by cinematographer Sam Chiplin (with u...
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