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George Clooney Returns in First Images from His Upcoming Netflix Movie ‘The Midnight Sky’


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It’s been four years since George Clooney had a leading role in a movie (remember Money Monster?). He’s kept busy directing the misguided Suburbicon and directing/taking a supporting role in Hulu’s adaptation of Catch-22, but now he’s directing and stepping back out in front of the camera for the sci-fi drama The Midnight Sky, which will arrive on Netflix in December.

Vanity Fair reports that Clooney plays scientist Augustine Lofthouse at a remote arctic research station on a post-apocalyptic planet. He’s also dying of cancer while trying to take care of a child (Caoilinn Springall) who stowed away during the outpost’s evacuation. Now Lofthouse has an even harder task ahead of him as he tries to stop an exploratory vessel returning from one of Jupiter’s moons from coming back because there’s nothing left on Earth for them. It’s pretty bleak!

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However, Clooney says that even in this haunting setting, he was looking for hope. “I wanted it to be about redemption in a way,” Clooney said. “I wanted there to be some hopefulness in a fairly bleak story about the end of mankind.”

The Revenant screenwriter Mark L. Smith adapted the story from the book Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton, and Clooney sees the two plots as a mixture of Revenant as well as Gravity. “It’s a tricky thing,” Clooney said of the movie, “because half of it’s Gravity, and the other half of it’s The Revenant. And they’re not natural fits, so it was a constant balancing act.”

The “Gravity” portion consists of five astronauts played by Felicity Jones, David Oyelowo, Tiffany Boone, Kyle Chandler, and Demián Bichir. Each is trying to handle their various duties while Lofthouse is working to establish communication and tell them of Earth’s sad fate. Given everything we’ve been through in 2020, it should be an interesting story to tell.

Check out the first images below.

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Source: George Clooney Returns in First Images from His Upcoming Netflix Movie ‘The Midnight Sky’

Here's what you need to know about movie theaters reopening in the Bay Area


  • Cinemark West general manager Lindsey Hearn sprays disinfectant on seats in an auditorium the morning before the theater's June 19 reopening in Dallas, TX.

    Cinemark West general manager Lindsey Hearn sprays disinfectant on seats in an auditorium the morning before the theater's June 19 reopening in Dallas, TX.

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    Cinemark West general manager Lindsey Hearn sprays disinfectant on seats in an auditorium the morning before the theater's June 19 reopening in Dallas, TX.

    Cinemark West general manager Lindsey Hearn sprays disinfectant on seats in an auditorium the morning before the theater's June 19 reopening in Dallas, TX.

    Photo: Vernon Bryant, TNS

    Here's what you need to know about movie theaters reopening in the Bay Area

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    One of the Bay Area's largest movie theater chains will reopen its doors today.

    After months spent closed because of the coronavirus pandemic, seven Cinemark theatres in San Mateo, Novato, Redwood City, San Bruno, Daly City, Vallejo and San Rafael will screen would-be summer blockbusters like "Tenet" and "The New Mutants," as well as classics like "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" and a timely re-release of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary, "RGB."

    But, how will seeing a movie work during a pandemic?

    RELATED: The drive-in movie theater is the bastion of normalcy we all need right now

    According to Cinemark, it's working pretty well so far. In a survey of recent guests across the country, 97% expressed high satisfaction with health and safety precautions taken by the chain that, according to a company earnings call in early August, required an initial investment of $10 million to $12 million, plus an additional $4 million to $5 million in monthly operating costs going forward.

    Employees will disinfect theaters every morning, as well as between screenings, by using pressured sprayers with chemicals that the EPA has deemed effective in eliminating COVID-19. Although Cinemark did not offer specifics with regards to seating capacity, policies will follow local guidelines, which currently limit theatres to 25% capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer. It has also implemented a ticketing system that blocks out seats surrounding parties to ensure social distancing. Staggered showtimes will help decrease traffic at entrances and exits.

    Face masks will be mandatory when guests are in the theater, only to be removed while eating or drinking. Masks will be available on-site, and guests who refuse to wear them will be offered a refund, but Cinemark did not reply to a question of how they will enforce this rule, or what guests should do if they notice others not following the mask policy.

    Plexiglass barriers at the concessions stands, cashless payment systems, and a glove requirement for employees will decrease the risk when buying snacks (which will be sold at greatly reduced "welcome back" prices).

    Employees will receive temperature checks prior to every shift, but Cinemark would not comment on its employee testing policies. The infectious disease experts they consulted did not recommend that guests submit to temperature checks.

    For those who are more risk averse but still desperate to return to a movie-going experience, Cinemark will offer private watch parties for up to 19 guests, with pricing starting at $99 (the Century Regency in San Rafael will be open exclusively for private parties).

    RELATED: Rejoice, drive-in movies are coming to SF

    Theaters have also upgraded ventilation systems to increase outside airflow into the theatres. These systems will feature HEPA filters that trap at least 99.97% of microscopic particles.

    All "public and high-touch spaces" (i.e. bathrooms) will be sanitized every 30 minutes, and seat wipes and hand sanitizer will be available on-site.

    The rollout to the greater Bay Area follows the opening of Cinemark theaters in Napa on Sept. 11.

    Other cinematic options throughout the Bay Area include drive-in destinations like the West Wind theatre chain, Fort Mason Flix and the forthcoming Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema festival. Although Alamo Drafthouse has reopened theaters in much of the rest of the company, its Mission location still only offers on-demand films. The Roxie is also screening new releases and hosting special events through its virtual cinema. And the Balboa Theater has built a "popcorn parklet" where it is selling beers, snacks, and screening socially distanced films on the weekends.

    Dan Gentile is the culture editor at SFGATE. Email: Dan.Gentile@sfgate.com | Twitter: @Dannosphere


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    Movie Theaters Reopen Across Region: Murrieta's Reading Shows How


    MURRIETA, CA — Many movie theaters across Southwest Riverside County are reopening this weekend after the state announced Tuesday that some coronavirus restrictions were eased countywide.

    The moviegoing experience will be a bit different. The state allows movie theaters to open indoors with modifications, including a maximum 25 percent capacity or 100 people, whichever is fewer.

    For its part, Reading Cinemas located at Cal Oaks Plaza in Murrieta announced Friday it is welcoming back movie lovers.

    “Reading Cinemas has been working hard to enrich safety protocols and to train our team to abide by federal, state, local and industry guidelines,” said Reading's Division Manager Jennifer Deering. “We are delighted to welcome back the community and want to ensure the safest environment possible for our guests and staff.”

    Reading provided a list of policies and procedures in place at its theaters. Here's what guests can expect:

  • Only credit, debit, or gift cards will be accepted to limit monetary exchanges. A designated transactional space will be available onsite where cash amounts can be transferred onto a gift card.

  • To keep a safe distance from others, guests will be required to sit in their assigned seats and capacity will be limited in the auditoriums. Ticket purchases for each party will automatically account for six feet of social distancing between parties, by blocking off the seats surrounding each group. Reading Cinemas further encourages parties to be made up of immediate household members where possible.

  • Increased sanitization will take place regularly, with extra sanitization at high-touch point areas. Auditorium seating, personal tray tables and armrests will be disinfected after each use.

  • Reading's opening-day screenings include director Christopher Nolan’s "Tenet" in the Titan Luxe auditorium; "Akira," presented with remastered 4K visuals and remixed audio; and Sony’s "The Last Shift," starring Oscar-nominee Richard Jenkins. Other films include "Infidel," "Unhinged," and "The New Mutants."

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    Additionally, some family favorites will return to Reading's big screen at the special rate of $3 for children and $5 for adults. Films include "Shrek," "Despicable Me," "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban," and "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back."

    For more information, visit www.ReadingCinemasUS.com/CalOaks.

    To find out if the movie theater nearest you is open, visit https://www.fandango.com/movie...

    This article originally appeared on the Murrieta Patch


    Source: Movie Theaters Reopen Across Region: Murrieta's Reading Shows How



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