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I & B Ministry Recommends Reopening Of Theatres In August, Cinema Owners Not Happy With 25% Capacity



Cinema halls have been shuttered since the end of March after COVID-19 became a source of major health concern. Since then, there have been no shoots and no movie releases. That has obviously affected the businesses of many theatre owners. When the Government decided to ease lockdown slowly, theatres fell on the third phase of consideration. MHA released the Unlock guidelines on May 30 saying cinema halls, gymnasiums, swimming pools entertainment park  and others will open in phase III. But all that depended on how the government assessed the situation. August was anyway seen as the month which could see some activity at the cinema halls. Now we hear the I & B Ministry has recommended the reopening of the same next month during a closed-door industry interaction with CII Media Committee on Friday. West Bengal Extends Lockdown in Containment Zones Till July 31; Educational Institutes, Cinema Halls, Gyms & Swimming Pools to Remain Shut

As per an IANS report, Amit Khare, the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Secretary, hinted about the same in the meeting. He also informed that the final decision will be taken by Home Ministry Secretary Ajay Bhalla. Khare suggested the opening of halls all over India by as soon as August 1 or as late as by August 31. The seating arrangement suggested her is that every alternate seat in the first row and the next row be kept empty. The whole auditorium will follow the same arrangement. Khare also mentions that his ministry acknowledges the 2m social distancing norm and further tweaks it to 2 yards.

However, the owners of these cinema halls, who were present at this meeting, aren’t very happy about the 25% capacity arrangement. According to them, it is worse than keeping the facility shut. As per the report, the meeting was attended by Channel heads like CEO NP Singh of Sony, Sam Balsara (Madison), Megha Tata, (Discovery), Gaurav Gandhi (Amazon Prime), Manish Maheshwari (Twitter), S Sivakumar (Bennett Coleman and Co Ltd), and K Madhavan, Star and Disney, and also Chairman, CII Media Committee, among others.

The Home Ministry is yet to react to the same.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Jul 25, 2020 02:37 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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Star Wars, Hunger Games, The Big Bang Theory – Brie Larson Reveals 8 Major Projects She Auditioned For But Didn’t Get (Watch Video)



Brie Larson may be a famous actor today known for her performances in films such as Room and Captain Marvel but the actress has been through her share of tough phases and lost out on some really amazing films. Considering the Academy Award-winning actress’ acting talents, it almost seems impossible that Larson may have faced rejections in Hollywood but much to our surprise, it is true. The actress recently started her own YouTube channel and has been posting sme amazing stuff. In her latest video, Brie spoke about failure and rejections as an actor. Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel To Fight Tom Holland’s Spider-man In Upcoming Sequel?

If you have watched certain films and wondered what they would be like had Brie Larson been cast in them, well you’ll be delighted to know, the actress did audition for quite a bit of them. In her latest video, Brie Larson revealed some of the biggest projects that she auditioned for but lost out getting cast in them due to whatever reasons. Not only films, but the actress also reveals a few famous TV series that she auditioned for. Here’s a list of projects that could have starred Brie Larson but unfortunately didn’t! Captain Marvel 2 Hires Nia DaCosta as Director, Ryan Fleck Congratulates.

1. Hunger Games

Hunger Games (Photo Credits: Movie Still)

Hunger Games (Photo Credits: Movie Still)

2. Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys

Terminator Genisys (Photo Credits: Twitter)

3. Star Wars

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (Photo Credits: Twitter)

4. The Big Bang Theory

TBBT(Photo Credits: Instagram)

TBBT (Photo Credits: Instagram)

5. Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl (Photo Credits: Instagram)

6. Tomorrowland


Tomorrowland (Photo Credits: Twitter)

7. Spy Kid (As a child actor)

Spy Kids(Photo Credits: Twitter)

Spy Kids(Photo Credits: Twitter)

8. Hearts In Atlantis (As a child actor)

Hearts in Atlantis

Hearts in Atlantis (Photo Credits: Twitter)

Check Out Brie Larson’s YouTube Video Here:

We bet you’re surprised to find out how Brie Larson lost out on these amazing roles, knowing that she could have totally killed it. The last time we saw her on Jimmy Fallon’s show playing the lightsabre game was when we hoped to see her in the Star Wars series, wouldn’t she have truly rocked as a Jedi? Well, there’s always another time. It’s amazing how Larson has opened up about these big rejections and showed her fans acting isn’t really an easy job.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Aug 15, 2020 03:06 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website

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