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New socially distanced movie theater in Paris looks like Star Wars prequels’ Galactic Senate

As people have been quick to point out, the resemblance between the new theater and the legislative chamber from the Star Wars prequels is uncanny.

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(TMU) – A cinema company in France has released concept images of its theaters, and many internet users are saying that the science-fiction-like design looks like something from “a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away.”

Oma Cinema is the latest company that is trying to revolutionize cinema and attract audiences to the most exciting and technologically advanced film-watching venues.

For years, companies have been seeking to outdo one another in rolling out new advancements – ranging from IMAX, D-Box, 4DX, and Luxe screens – in a bid to lure audiences away from their large 4K screens and streaming services and get them to plunk out cash to experience new films in luxurious, comfortable, and exciting ways.

Oma Cinema, however, is hoping to outdo its competition by basically seating you in the Galactic Senate.

“Whereas all the cinemas built for more than 50 years now are similar and reproduce the same seating arrangement of the audience, this concept of a movie theatre creates a cinematographic experience at the same time intimate,” cinema architecht and Oma founder and CEO Pierre Chican wrote on the company’s website.

“[It will be] spectacular and immersive, where every seat in the house is the best seat in the house,” he added.

In concept art released by the company, Oma Cinema has done away with traditional aisles and replaced them with circular pods filled with small clusters of seats.

As social media users have been quick to point out, the resemblance between the new theaters and the pre-Imperial legislative chamber from George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels is uncanny.

“I would very much like to watch the next Fast & Furious movie at the Galactic Senate,” one Twitter user wrote.

“The future of movie-going is sitting in a theater that looks like the Galactic Senate from Star Wars,” another user observed.

While a third user tweeted: “We are living a prequel to the Star Wars prequels. The pandemic will lead to the creation of the galactic senate apparently?”

However, Oma Cinema’s concept is likely to be far more interesting than the stodgy and staid affairs of the unicameral Galactic Senate. When it finally opens up next year, it will offer “VIP-Corporate hospitality boxes, table service on all or selected platforms and exclusive VIP access to lounge and bar.”

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The company explains: “Much more than just the spectacular nature of the architecture, the original configuration of the room has been designed to offer viewers an exceptional audio and visual experience, projecting an image free of any distortion. Oma is an experience that you will never forget.”

The coronavirus pandemic has forced many industries across the world to either reinvent themselves or simply make bold moves to adapt to the drastically changed world of 2020.

And for movie theater chains across the globe, the changes wrought by the public health emergency have created shockwaves. Countless theaters have been forced to shutdown, leading to the revival of socially-distanced alternatives like drive-in theaters.

Studios have also been forced to indefinitely delay or reevaluate the theatrical release of such such highly-anticipated films as Mulan, Tenet, Wonder Woman 1984, and James Bond’s No Time to Die. Some studios are simply choosing to release films through streaming platforms rather than on the silver screen.

However, Oma Cinema’s new concept could be a brilliant way to reopen theaters while still upholding physical distancing guidelines meant to keep the COVID-19 pandemic in check.

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son

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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter

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The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.

However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.

In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.

It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.

The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.

Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.

The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.

The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.

The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.

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