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Police in Crowley, Louisiana have issued an apology for using the siren heard in “The Purge” to signal the 9pm local time curfew that has been put into effect in the city because of the coronavirus outbreak via NME. The curfew prohibits citizens from leaving their homes between the local hours of 9pm and 6am. The police department said the curfew went into place because the city is located in the state’s Acadia Parish, which has “received the worst rating for the rapid spread of the virus. It has been put into place in order to try and slow the spread.” Police are giving citations to people who violate the curfew. People traveling to or from work must have documentation from their employer.
An alarm used by police at the beginning of the month was the same alarm heard in “The Purge,” James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror thriller about a fictional America where for one night it becomes legal to commit any crimes, including murder, for a 12-hour period. The alarm in “The Purge” is heard to signal that the killing and crime sprees can begin. The first “Purge” film starred Ethan Hawke and launched a franchise that includes three follow-up movies and a series on USA Network.
Crowley Police chief Jimmy Broussard said in a statement to the local ABC news affiliate KATC that he was unaware the signal being used for the coronavirus curfew was the same signal heard in “The Purge.” The chief assured citizens that the “Purge” siren would not be used again. The siren caused enough of a stir that an additional statement was released by Acadia Parish sheriff K.P. Gibson.
“Last night a ‘Purge Siren’ was utilized by the Crowley Police Department as part of their starting curfew,” the statement said. “We have received numerous complaints with the belief that our agency was involved in this process. We were not involved in the use of the ‘Purge Siren’ and will not utilize any type of siren for this purpose. Calls regarding this matter should be directed to the Crowley Police and Chief Broussard and not the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office.”
Universal Pictures is scheduled to release the next “Purge” movie in theaters this summer, but the film is likely to be delayed because of the coronavirus. The studio was not involved in the Crowley police department’s use of “The Purge” siren.
Television in the time of coronavirus is going to start to look drastically different. While many TV and film productions across the world have shut down out of abundance of caution for the spreading coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, some shows have forged ahead. Most of those ongoing productions are animated shows, with most of the moving parts of animated series voice acting, animation, etc. allowing staff and actors to complete their work virtually.
But live-action TV and movies are a different story, with actors and crew only able to shoot in close quarters for extended periods of time. However, the CBS drama All Rise is finding a way to navigate around that, with a virtually produced episode that will be shot entirely from home. The episode will, fittingly, be about coronavirus.
Deadline reports that the CBS legal drama All Rise, which is produced by Warner Bros. TV and CBS TV Studios, is returning to production with an episode that is being written and filmed extensively over FaceTime, Zoom, and other virtual technologies. The episode will be influenced by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and will focus on the effects of social distancing on the criminal justice system, as well as the characters’ personal lives.
The episode is currently written and will be shot by the cast and crew over FaceTime, Zoom, WebEx, and available social media and online technology. Virtual footage will be shot in each of the series regular’s homes, with producers planning to use VFX to create the backgrounds. A cinematographer operating solo from a vehicle will also capture exterior footage of the empty streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic. Executive producer Michael Robin will direct the episode.
“It’s a unique chance for our All Rise family to band together – in our different homes, even cities – to tell a story about resilience, justice and the power of community,” executive producer Greg Spottiswood said.
Here is the synopsis of the episode:
In the episode, after debating the merits of continuing their work during this time, Judge Benner Marg Helgenberger authorizes Lola to preside over a virtual trial that involves a dispute between brothers and a stolen car. Emily Jessica Camacho represents the defendant, a graffiti artist, and Mark Wilson Bethel prosecutes for the D.A.’s office, marking the first time he tries a case in Lola’s “court.” Also, Mark and Quinn Lindsey Gort continue to explore their romantic and sexual relationship while quarantined in separate homes; Judge Benner oversees court from afar and struggles to learn how to cook; and Sara Lindsay Mendez has to balance her day job with a new side hustle as a food delivery driver. Luke J. Alex Brinson and Emily’s relationship is taxed by separation, and germaphobe...