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Astroworld Festival: At least 8 dead, several more injured at concert in Texas

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Astroworld Festival: At least 8 dead, several more injured at concert in Texas

At least eight people were killed and numerous others were injured in a crowd surge at the Astroworld music festival in Houston while rapper Travis Scott was performing, according to officials.

Officials declared a “mass casualty incident” shortly after 9 p.m. Friday during the festival, which was attended by an estimated 50,000 people, according to Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pea.

“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, causing some panic and resulting in some injuries,” the fire chief explained. “People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic.”

Shortly after, the show was cancelled. “Scores of people” were injured, according to the fire chief.

According to Pea, 17 people were transported to hospitals, 11 of whom were in cardiac arrest. A field hospital had been set up at NRG Park, and many people were treated there. Throughout the day, about 300 people were examined at that location, he said.

Astroworld is a two-day music festival in Houston that was set to take place on Friday and Saturday. According to the Astroworld website, the event was completely sold out. The performances scheduled for Saturday have been cancelled.

Drake joined Travis Scott onstage at the concert, which was live-streamed by Apple Music, and shared photos from the performance on Instagram.

Medical units had been stationed at the festival by event organisers, but once the crowds arrived, those units were “quickly overwhelmed,” according to Pea.

Near the front of the crowd, Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said the surge “happened all at once.”

“Suddenly we had several people down on the ground, experiencing some type of cardiac arrest or some type of medical episode,” Satterwhite said. “And so we immediately started doing CPR, and moving people right then, and that’s when I went and met with the promoters, and Live Nation, and they agreed to end early in the interest of public safety.”

Officials did not know the causes of death for the eight people who died, according to Pea. A medical examiner would look into the matter. It was unclear whether all eight people who died were among the 17 people who were taken to hospitals. As of early Saturday, the deceased had not been identified.

Officials established a reunification centre at a hotel for family members who were unable to contact relatives who had attended the event. According to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, authorities were trying to connect families with festivalgoers who were taken to the hospital, “some as young as 10” years old.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner urged people to remain calm and avoid jumping to conclusions about what caused the surge.

“I think it’s very important that none of us speculate. Nobody has all the answers tonight,” Finner said. He added that there have been several rumors surrounding the event that authorities would look into.

“We’re going to do an investigation and find out because it’s not fair to the producers, to anybody else involved, until we determine what happened, what caused the surge,” he said. “We don’t know, but we will find out.”

The Associated Press attempted to contact Scott’s representative but did not receive a response.

Scott and the event promoters, according to Finner, cooperated with police.

The death toll was the highest at a U.S. concert since the Station nightclub fire in Rhode Island in 2003, which killed 100 people.

Thousands of fans tried to get into Cincinnati’s riverfront coliseum in 1979, and eleven people died and about two dozen were injured.

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Another trailer for James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad spinoff, Peacemaker, starring John Cena, has been released ahead of the show’s premiere on HBO Max next month.

“Peacemaker is an opportunity to delve into current world issues through the lens of this superhero/supervillain/and world’s biggest douchebag.” Gunn said when the series was announced. For a movie that also featured the kaiju alien starfish monster Starro the Conqueror, Peacemaker was hospitalised at the end of this year’s The Suicide Squad. There’s a sense in this trailer, however, that John Cena’s Peacemaker is having second thoughts about his vow to keep peace at all costs, even if it means slaughtering men, women, and children in the process. Perhaps Peacemaker isn’t ready to get all introspective right now, as the trailer suggests.

While Cena will reprise his role as Peacemaker, Steve Agee and Jennifer Holland from The Suicide Squad will also appear in the new series. Freddie Stroma and Chukwudi Iwuji star as Vigilante and Clemson Murn, respectively, on Gunn’s show Peacemaker, which also features Danielle Brooks as a co-lead.

All eight episodes of the series have been written by Gunn, and he will direct five of them. Jody Hill (The Righteous Gemstones) and Rosemary Rodriguez will also serve as co-directors (The Walking Dead).

In the near future, HBO Max will be home to numerous major DC projects, including Peacemaker. Batgirl, starring Leslie Grace as the titular character, is also scheduled for release next year. HBO Max is currently developing the films Black Canary, Blue Beetle, and Static Shock.

On January 13th, 2022, HBO Max will air the series Peacemaker. Take a look at the latest Peacemaker trailer and poster.

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Although the sequel to Avatar is still a long time away, returning actor Stephen Lang has assured fans that it will be worth the wait.

“Look, there are people who are going to just adore this world,” he said to EW in August 2021, adding that he can’t say anything about the sequel because they’ll “cut my balls off if I do.” 

“Look, there are people who are going to just adore this world,” he said to EW in August 2021, adding that he can’t say anything about the sequel because they’ll “cut my balls off if I do.”  So that’s good to know. While Lang isn’t talking, we’re not out of luck when it comes to learning more about Avatar 2.

Numerous postponements of the sequel’s release date have occurred, but the most recent one was brought on by events beyond its control. Due to the current global situation, the film’s release date has been pushed back to December 2022.

For the time being, we can hold out hope that Avatar 2 will finally arrive in theatres in December 2022, kicking off a succession of sequels every other year until Avatar 5 in December 2028.

But before we get too excited, let’s stick to Avatar 2 for the time being. All the details you need to know about James Cameron’s long-delayed sequel are here.

Release date of Avatar 2: When will Avatar 2 be released in theatres?

Due to the ongoing global health crisis, Avatar 2 will be released on December 16, 2022, instead of December, 2021, as previously announced.

Early in June, New Zealand production resumed (not without controversy though). According to Cameron’s announcement in September 2020, “100% complete” on Avatar 2 and around 95% finished on Avatar 3.

Aside from that, there’ll be a lot of virtual production and visual effects work involved in the sequel, just like the original film.

Why For so long  Avatar 2 has remained a mystery.

You can read about the sequel’s long and winding road to the big screen right here. Although it now seems almost absurd that Avatar 2 was supposed to be released in December 2014, Avatar 3 would be released the following year.

Filming on Avatar 2 was supposed to begin in April 2016, but the month passed without any action. Work on the motion-capture portion of the film was originally scheduled to begin in August 2017, but it actually began in September of the following year, in January 2017.

It took the announcement of a fourth Avatar film to move everything up and then again, with Avatar 2 set for December 2017 as the new target date (and the rest set for 2018 and 2019 presumably). According to James Cameron, the delays were caused by his “very involved” writing process.

According to the prevailing theory at the time, Avatar 2 was put on hold in January 2017 after Star Wars: The Last Jedi moved from May to December 2017.

Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox, the sequel was originally scheduled to arrive in theatres in December 2020. However, that date was pushed back to December 2021, which brings us to the most recent delay.

In spite of any setbacks, Cameron has remained calm and collected. “It was a seven-year gap between The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, seven-year gap between Alien and Aliens,

Titles for Avatar sequels: What is the name of Avatar 2?

We’ve been calling them Avatar 2, Avatar 3, and so on, but the titles have yet to be officially confirmed.

However, the BBC reported in November 2018 that the films could be titled Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider, and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa.

The titles have been confirmed by Cameron, but they could be subject to change.

Who will be returning to Avatar 2?

All of the core cast members of the original Avatar are on contract, so Cameron’s stars will be back in the movie when it comes out in theatres.

Both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are returning to reprise their roles as the human-turned-Na’vi, Jake Sully, in the sequel to Avatar.

Stephen Lang is back as the deceased Colonel Miles Quaritch, and he will be the main villain of the four films. The sequel will allow him to “really go to town and examine the character in detail,” he said (via The National).

“I’m not going to say exactly HOW we’re bringing him back, but it’s a science fiction story, after all” explained James Cameron.

After reading all four Avatar scripts, Sigourney Weaver says, “Having read all four, I think they’re absolutely extraordinary and worth the wait.”

Kate Winslet will reprise her role as Ronal in all of the Avatar sequels, her first collaboration with James Cameron since Titanic in 1997.

CCH Pounder will reprise her role as Neytiri’s mother, Mo’at, and Matt Gerald will return as Corporal Lyle Wainfleet in the upcoming season. In addition to Oona Chaplin and Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco (The Sopranos, Nurse Jackie) will join the sequels as General Ardmore, a new character introduced in the first film, as well.

Sully’s family and children from another Na’vi clan called Metkayina, led by Cliff Curtis, have been revealed by EW as supporting cast members. Britain Dalton, Filip Geljo, Jamie Flatters, Bailey Bass, Trinity Bliss, Jack Champion, and Duane Evans Jr. are just a few of the talented individuals on this list.

Dr. Karina Mogue, played by Marvel’s Michelle Yeoh, made her first appearance on set in March 2021. It’s possible, based on the photo’s caption, that she’ll appear in Avatar 3 as well.

With the addition of Vin Diesel and Jemaine Clement as marine biologist Dr. Ian Garvin, whom director James Cameron calls “one of my favourite characters,” to the sequel cast, the Fast & Furious star has expanded his resume yet again.

The inclusion of Harry Potter’s David Thewlis in the sequel was initially met with scepticism. According to the latest information, he won’t be appearing in Avatar 3 (or 4, or 5).

The Avatar 2 plot: What is the Avatar 2 storyline?

When it comes to plot details for Avatar 2, director James Cameron has teased that it will deal with “familial  and imprisonment” themes.

There will be four separate films if all four sequels are made, according to producer Jon Landau. Even if you haven’t seen Avatar, you’ll still enjoy the sequel.

While Sully and Neytiri have risen to positions of leadership in their tribe in the years following the events of Avatar, the focus of the story appears to be on their children.

We’ve heard that they’ll also be exploring Pandora’s oceans and volcanoes, which will make “you shit yourself with your mouth wide open.” According to our understanding, that’s a good thing…

Motion capture scenes for Avatar 2 will be shot underwater to emphasise the importance of water.

Landau said of the four sequels, though technological feats are clearly integral to the movie: “At the heart of any movie are the characters. One of the strengths of great scripts are always the universal and relatable themes… There’s no more relatable theme than family.”

Cameron has confirmed that Jake and Neytiri have an 8-year-old daughter together, so there will be a time jump between the first and second Avatar films. “Some dark places” had to be visited by Worthington for Avatar 2 and 3, he said.

A “new Na’vi sign language” has also been created for the film by Baby Driver’s CJ Jones, who is deaf and has been hired to create a “bespoke sign language” for the movie. Cameron promises that the films’ appearance will be so advanced that you “just won’t be able to imagine” what they’ll be like.

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There is “only one question to be resolved – where did the live round come from,” according to Alec Baldwin, who has stated that he feels no remorse for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set.

To George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America, Baldwin said he wants an answer to the mystery of how the bullet ended up on the set of Western Rust, where he was shot and killed by Ms Hutchins in October.

The 63-year-old actor and producer was asked if he felt remorse for the death of the cinematographer “No. No. I feel that… someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me. Honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible, I might’ve killed myself if I thought that I was responsible. And I don’t say that lightly.”

A criminal investigation and civil lawsuits surrounding the shooting in New Mexico are expected to take a long time, so Baldwin decided to speak out. He wanted to make his account known.

To avoid appearing like a victim, he stated that he would “I would go to any lengths to undo what happened” and that he did not want to appear like a victim.

According to a preview of the interview, Baldwin also said that he never pulled the trigger of the prop gun, but that it went off as soon as the hammer was released.

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