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Songbird branded ‘distasteful’ as first look trailer for pandemic drama is released

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The first trailer for Songbird, a new drama inspired by COVID-19, was released on Thursday.

The Michael Bay-produced thriller saw Demi Moore and KJ Apa grapple to keep their loved ones safe after an outbreak of the virus COVID-23 in the US.

But despite the action-packed scenes, the film has been met with a barrage of criticism, with many branding it ‘distasteful’ in light of the current coronavirus pandemic. 

Outrage: The first trailer for Songbird, a new drama inspired by COVID-19, was released on Thursday, but the film has been slammed by many as 'distasteful' in light of current events

Outrage: The first trailer for Songbird, a new drama inspired by COVID-19, was released on Thursday, but the film has been slammed by many as ‘distasteful’ in light of current events 

Following the release of the first look trailer, people took to social media in their droves to slam the film’s release, with one remarking that those involved should be ‘f**king ashamed of themselves’ as millions of people continue to die and suffer because of the virus. 

‘In regards to this #songbird movie…..Michael Bay should’ve read the f**king room because why would we want to watch that?’ tweeted one outraged person.

While another fumed: ‘ Whoever created that new movie #Songbird is sick. Please don’t speak this stuff into existence please nobody wants a a covid-23 bruh.’

‘Everyone involved in this movie, from producers, to actors, to gaffers, and everyone in between, should be f**king ashamed of themselves. You know better. Or at least we thought you did’ ranted a third person.

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Backlash: Following the release of the first look trailer, people took to social media in their droves to slam the film's release

Backlash: Following the release of the first look trailer, people took to social media in their droves to slam the film’s release

‘Could they not of waited to release this until #COVID was just a distant memory? A bit distasteful & bizarre considering the whole world are still currently living through this’ came the response from a fourth.

‘I knew a shameless “let’s make a fear-mongering quarantine/covid movie” was inevitable but shout out to #Songbird and Michael Bay for not even waiting for the bodies to be cold from the real pandemic before releasing this trash’ a fift tweeted.

Another angry person shared their views, writing: ‘Uuuuuh…the movie we DIDN’t need right now?’

With another seething: ‘Releasing a film about this pandemic while we’re all still living in it is probably one of the most distasteful things I’ve seen in a while. It’s too close to home, too close to our present fears. Some are so incredibly detached from reality.’

Distanced: Bearing stark similarities to the current pandemic, KJ's Nico interacts with his girlfriend Sara (Sofia Carson) over the phone as she remains indoors to keep from getting the virus

Distanced: Bearing stark similarities to the current pandemic, KJ’s Nico interacts with his girlfriend Sara (Sofia Carson) over the phone as she remains indoors to keep from getting the virus

Bearing stark similarities to the current coronavirus pandemic, KJ’s character Nico interacts with his girlfriend Sara (Sofia Carson) over the phone in the trailer, as she remains indoors to keep from getting the virus while he can hang out outdoors as he’s immune.

The couple communicate via FaceTime on their phone, as Sara tells Nico ‘ I miss you. I could kiss you right now’ as he responds: ‘yea well, someday.’

In dramatic scenes, army vehicles and soldiers are seen taking over the city as an ominous voiceover tells those in LA: ‘Curfew is now in effect, all unauthorised citizens must stay indoors.’

The news is not any more cheerful, as a reporter says: ‘Tensions rise as we reach week 233 of lockdown’, while another says ‘a grim new reality emerges… COVID-23 has mutated.’

Apart: Bearing similarities to the current coronavirus pandemic, the couple communicate via FaceTime on their phone, as Sara tells Nico ' I miss you. I could kiss you right now'

Apart: Bearing similarities to the current coronavirus pandemic, the couple communicate via FaceTime on their phone, as Sara tells Nico ‘ I miss you. I could kiss you right now’

Drama: In dramatic scenes, army vehicles and soldiers are seen taking over the city as an ominous voiceover tells those in LA: 'Curfew is now in effect'

Drama: In dramatic scenes, army vehicles and soldiers are seen taking over the city as an ominous voiceover tells those in LA: ‘Curfew is now in effect’

Bradley Whitford’s unnamed character is seen exercising at home on a bike before he checks his temperature to make sure he’s ‘normal’ as the ‘virus attacks the brain tissue’ causing numerous issues.

The dangers of the virus are clearly being taken seriously, as armed soldiers are seen stopping KJ’s character in the streets, but before being taken into custody he informs them he’s immune from the virus.

Rather than being brought to hospital to be taken care of if they get the virus, the government are heard warning citizens: ‘All infected Americans are being forced into quarantine tanks.’

Scary: The news is not any more cheerful, as a reporter says: 'Tensions rise as we reach week 233 of lockdown', while another says 'COVID-23 has mutated'

Scary: The news is not any more cheerful, as a reporter says: ‘Tensions rise as we reach week 233 of lockdown’, while another says ‘COVID-23 has mutated’

Shock: Rather than being taken to hospital if they get the virus, the government are heard warning citizens: 'All infected Americans are being forced into quarantine tanks'

Shock: Rather than being taken to hospital if they get the virus, the government are heard warning citizens: ‘All infected Americans are being forced into quarantine tanks’

Tense: The dangers of the virus are clearly being taken seriously, as armed soldiers are seen stopping KJ's character in the streets before he tells them he's immune

Tense: The dangers of the virus are clearly being taken seriously, as armed soldiers are seen stopping KJ’s character in the streets before he tells them he’s immune

In an intense scene, Sara is seen watching from her door as men in hazmat suits try and storm down her neighbour’s door after she’s confirmed to have the virus, before the woman is dragged kicking and screaming to be quarantined.

The danger appears to come close to home, as her mother begins to have a temperature and she tells Nico that he can’t see her and should ‘say goodbye.’

But he refuses to do so, telling her: ‘I’m not letting you give up!’

Frightening: In an intense scene, Sara is seen watching from her door as men in hazmat suits try and storm down her neighbour's door

Frightening: In an intense scene, Sara is seen watching from her door as men in hazmat suits try and storm down her neighbour’s door

Bit much: The woman is dragged kicking and screaming by the people in hazmat suits to be forcefully quarantined

Bit much: The woman is dragged kicking and screaming by the people in hazmat suits to be forcefully quarantined

Virus: The danger appears to come close to home, as her mother begins to have a temperature and she tells Nico that he can't see her and should 'say goodbye'

Virus: The danger appears to come close to home, as her mother begins to have a temperature and she tells Nico that he can’t see her and should ‘say goodbye’

Demi is then seen confronting Bradley’s character with a gun in hand, as she says: ‘Sometimes we have to do things we don’t like in life.’

Seemingly in response, KJ’s Nico desperately claims: ‘I want to help the one person in my life that matters to me.’

The film’s trailer then ends on a grim note with a message that reflects recent calls to stay healthy amid the COVID-19 outbreak, as one character says: ‘Remember stay sane, safe, and sanitised.’

Earlier this week, director Adam Mason discussed the show’s inspiration with Entertainment Weekly, as he said: ‘It’s a dystopian, scary world, but it’s a romantic movie about two people who want to be together, but they can’t. 

Supportive: KJ refuses to do so, telling her: 'I'm not letting you give up!'

Supportive: KJ refuses to do so, telling her: ‘I’m not letting you give up!’

Doing what he can: KJ's Nico desperately claims: 'I want to help the one person in my life that matters to me'

Doing what he can: KJ’s Nico desperately claims: ‘I want to help the one person in my life that matters to me’

Tough decisions: Demi is then seen confronting Bradley's character with a gun in hand, as she says: 'Sometimes we have to do things we don't like in life'

Tough decisions: Demi is then seen confronting Bradley’s character with a gun in hand, as she says: ‘Sometimes we have to do things we don’t like in life’

‘It’s Romeo and Juliet, but they’re separated by her front door and by the virus. 

Having created the film with his script-writing partner Simon Boyes, with filming taking place over just 17 days, Adam went on: ‘We were kind of trepidatious, but still very much amped and excited to get to work.

‘It was really eerie, but the way we shot was every actor’s dream.’ 

A release date has yet to be revealed for Songbird, and it’s also not been confirmed whether the film will be released in cinemas or on-demand. 

Similarities: The film's trailer ends on a grim note with a message that reflects recent calls to stay healthy in the pandemic, as one character says: 'Remember stay sane, safe, and sanitised'

Similarities: The film’s trailer ends on a grim note with a message that reflects recent calls to stay healthy in the pandemic, as one character says: ‘Remember stay sane, safe, and sanitised’

Storyline: Earlier this week, director Adam Mason discussed the show's inspiration and said it was 'Romeo and Juliet, but they're separated by her front door and by the virus'

Storyline: Earlier this week, director Adam Mason discussed the show’s inspiration and said it was ‘Romeo and Juliet, but they’re separated by her front door and by the virus’

Coming soon: A release date has yet to be revealed for Songbird, and it's also not been confirmed whether the film will be released in cinemas or on-demand

Coming soon: A release date has yet to be revealed for Songbird, and it’s also not been confirmed whether the film will be released in cinemas or on-demand

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This is the moment a man brandishing a golf club allegedly chased schoolchildren along a London street in a frenzied attack that left a 13-year-old boy with a fractured skull.

Enraged and shouting, the man struck out at pupils and staff from the Dunraven secondary School in Streatham, south London.

The incident, shortly after 3pm on Wednesday when children were leaving the school, was captured by bewildered onlookers on their mobile phones.

Teachers herded students back into the school as reports of that a man targeting children a metal pole emerged.

Police were called to the scene and a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing GBH.

The 13-year-old boy was treated at the scene for a head injury before being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment. It is understood he suffered a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain.

This is the moment a man brandishing a golfclub allegedly chased schoolchildren along a London street in a frenzied attack that left a 13-year-old boy with a fractured skull

This is the moment a man brandishing a golfclub allegedly chased schoolchildren along a London street in a frenzied attack that left a 13-year-old boy with a fractured skull

This is the moment a man brandishing a golfclub allegedly chased schoolchildren along a London street in a frenzied attack that left a 13-year-old boy with a fractured skull

Other videos posted on social media earlier show a man involved in a row with several people in Streatham, south London, at 3.23pm on Wednesday

Other videos posted on social media earlier show a man involved in a row with several people in Streatham, south London, at 3.23pm on Wednesday

Other videos posted on social media earlier show a man involved in a row with several people in Streatham, south London, at 3.23pm on Wednesday

A resident who lives close to Dunraven School described seeing blood on the ground and a schoolboy lying unconscious following the assault.

They said: ‘There’s always a bit of commotion when the kids come out so when I heard shouting and screaming I didn’t pay any attention.

‘But I came out of my house shortly after and there were kids and teachers running around in panic.

‘There was blood on the ground, a golf club nearby and one of the kids out cold. It was a very ghastly scene.’

Today, the schoolboy victim was described as popular and ‘cheeky’ by parents with children in the same year as him.

One said: ‘He’s a well-known kid who has a lot of friends.

‘Like any 13-year-old he can be a bit mouthy but he’s not a troublemaker and is very likeable.’

Another added: ‘It’s very shocking because he’s a lovely boy. He’s a character, bit of a cheekie chappie who’s always smiling and joking around.

‘We’re all devastated by this because it was a very horrific attack.’

One pupil said: ‘He’s got a sister in year 10 but likes going home with his pals.

‘They like to hang around after school and have a laugh and are well known as a bunch of jokers.’

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH following an attack on a 13-year-old boy yesterday afternoon in Streatham, south London. The victim was rushed to hospital by London ambulance service where his injuries are described as 'life-threatening'

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH following an attack on a 13-year-old boy yesterday afternoon in Streatham, south London. The victim was rushed to hospital by London ambulance service where his injuries are described as 'life-threatening'

A 35-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of GBH following an attack on a 13-year-old boy yesterday afternoon in Streatham, south London. The victim was rushed to hospital by London ambulance service where his injuries are described as ‘life-threatening’

Today, the schoolboy victim (not pictured) was described as popular and ‘cheeky’ by parents with children in the same year as him. One said: ‘He’s a well-known kid who has a lot of friends'

Today, the schoolboy victim (not pictured) was described as popular and ‘cheeky’ by parents with children in the same year as him. One said: ‘He’s a well-known kid who has a lot of friends'

Today, the schoolboy victim (not pictured) was described as popular and ‘cheeky’ by parents with children in the same year as him. One said: ‘He’s a well-known kid who has a lot of friends’ 

The mother of one pupil has told how her daughter was locked into the school after a man began attacking students in the street.

One mother told MailOnline: ‘I was on my way home last night when my partner called me to say our daughter had told him there was an incident at the school

‘I rang her straight back. She told all of the children had been locked up in the school.

‘She said there was a man in the street hitting out at kids and teachers with a golf club.

‘He slapped a blonde woman and he was going for the male teachers who had surrounded him.

‘So the teachers pushed all the children back into the school and locked them in.

‘I was really worried about my daughter. We went down there and she was allowed out. She is alright. She doesn’t know who the boy is, only that he is in Year Nine.’

The mother claimed that the attacker was well known in the area.

She said: ‘The man is known to the school children.

‘He lives two doors away from the school. Some of the children make fun of him and call him names. It’s not right what he did but he is not all there.’

The 35-year-old man remains in custody.

Met Police Superintendent Ian Howells described the daylight attack as ‘shocking’.

He said: ‘This was a shocking incident and has caused alarm and distress among the local community.

‘We are supporting the family of the boy who was injured and have a number of officers in the area speaking with residents and also pupils from the school nearby who witnessed what happened.

‘We would like to reassure the public that this was an isolated and contained incident.’ 

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Russia has successfully tested a new missile capable of destroying Western satellites, followed by another weapon ‘to be used on US cities in the event of a nuclear war’.

The US warned that the first missile tested will be capable of destroying Western satellites in low earth orbit. 

Meanwhile, Russia today claimed a successful test launch of its new-age 6,000 mph hypersonic Zircon missile. 

The devastating weapon has been identified by Moscow’s state-controlled TV as Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s weapon of choice to wipe out American cities in the event of nuclear war.

He has called the Mach 8 Zircon – or Tsirkon – ‘truly unparalleled … in the world’.

Russia has said it successfully tested a new missile that the US has warned could destroy Western low-earth orbit satellites. Pictured: A photo shared by Russia's Ministry of Defence of the test launch

Russia has said it successfully tested a new missile that the US has warned could destroy Western low-earth orbit satellites. Pictured: A photo shared by Russia's Ministry of Defence of the test launch

Russia has said it successfully tested a new missile that the US has warned could destroy Western low-earth orbit satellites. Pictured: A photo shared by Russia’s Ministry of Defence of the test launch

Pictured: A Russian frigate launches a new-age 6,000 mph hypersonic Zircon missile, said to be Putin's weapon of choice in the event of a nuclear war against the US

Pictured: A Russian frigate launches a new-age 6,000 mph hypersonic Zircon missile, said to be Putin's weapon of choice in the event of a nuclear war against the US

Pictured: A Russian frigate launches a new-age 6,000 mph hypersonic Zircon missile, said to be Putin’s weapon of choice in the event of a nuclear war against the US

Of the first test, new video has been released of the potential satellite destroyer by the Russian Defence Ministry showing the first missile which ‘is designed to protect against air and space attacks’, according to state media.

The launch was conducted at the Sary-Shagan testing range in Kazakhstan.

‘The new missile … has reliably confirmed its characteristics in a series of tests,’ claimed Andrey Dyomin, commander of the 1st air and missile defence army of Russian aerospace forces.

However, no detail was given about the missile’s precise performance in the test, or the target, and the weapon remains shrouded in considerable secrecy.

Commander of the United States Space Command John Raymond said in April that such Russian extraterrestrial interceptor missiles pose a challenge to U.S. interests in near space.

Raymond claimed that this Russian system is capable of destroying satellites in low Earth orbit.

‘The threats to US space systems and [their] allies are real, serious and increasing,’ he warned. 

Russia is known to be developing a mobile long-range extraterrestrial interceptor missile named 14Ts033 Nudol (pictured being tested)

Russia is known to be developing a mobile long-range extraterrestrial interceptor missile named 14Ts033 Nudol (pictured being tested)

Russia is known to be developing a mobile long-range extraterrestrial interceptor missile named 14Ts033 Nudol (pictured being tested)

The two-stage 14Ts033 may be used on the new A-235 missile defence system, which is being developed to protect Moscow's airspace

The two-stage 14Ts033 may be used on the new A-235 missile defence system, which is being developed to protect Moscow's airspace

The two-stage 14Ts033 may be used on the new A-235 missile defence system, which is being developed to protect Moscow’s airspace

Pictured: The missile is lowered into a missile silo in preparation for the launch test

Pictured: The missile is lowered into a missile silo in preparation for the launch test

Pictured: The missile is lowered into a missile silo in preparation for the launch test 

Russia is known to be developing a mobile long-range extraterrestrial interceptor missile named 14Ts033 Nudol.

The two-stage 14Ts033 may be used on the new A-235 missile defence system, which is being developed to protect Moscow’s airspace.

The A-234 can reach Mach 12, with a 620 mile range, say experts.

The missile is intended to destroy the warheads of intercontinental ballistic missiles and spacecraft in low Earth orbits.

Speaking about the Nudol system, Gen. Raymond said: ‘The United States is ready and committed to deterring aggression and defending the nation, our allies, and US interests from hostile acts in space.’

Meanwhile, the Zircon missile was launched from the White Sea and ‘successfully’ hit a target in the Barents Sea after a 279 miles flight, said the Russian defence ministry.

Footage shows how the Zircon was fired from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in darkness.

The Zircon missile (pictured) was launched from the White Sea and 'successfully' hit a target in the Barents Sea after a 279 miles flight, said the Russian defence ministry

The Zircon missile (pictured) was launched from the White Sea and 'successfully' hit a target in the Barents Sea after a 279 miles flight, said the Russian defence ministry

The Zircon missile (pictured) was launched from the White Sea and ‘successfully’ hit a target in the Barents Sea after a 279 miles flight, said the Russian defence ministry

A previous test launch of the missile was staged in early October and seen as a 68th birthday present for Putin.

A radiation leak during a military accident which killed two and wounded six last year was seen as involving a testing on the missile .

Radiation levels temporarily soared 20 times above the normal level in Severodvinsk, a city lying some 18 miles from the weapons testing site at Nyonoksa (Nenoksa), according to Greenpeace citing the Russian Emergencies Ministry.

Putin was today visiting a plant in closed town Sarov where the victims were from.

The hypersonic cruise missile is designed to be used against ships or land-based targets, and to enter production in 2021, commencing service the following year.

Pictured: The The Admiral Gorshkov frigate, from which the Zircon test missile was launched

Pictured: The The Admiral Gorshkov frigate, from which the Zircon test missile was launched

Pictured: The The Admiral Gorshkov frigate, from which the Zircon test missile was launched

Last year, Dmitry Kiselyov (pictured) presenter of Russia's main weekly TV news show Vesti Nedeli, showed on screen a map of the US identifying targets he claimed Moscow would want to hit in a nuclear war

Last year, Dmitry Kiselyov (pictured) presenter of Russia's main weekly TV news show Vesti Nedeli, showed on screen a map of the US identifying targets he claimed Moscow would want to hit in a nuclear war

Last year, Dmitry Kiselyov (pictured) presenter of Russia’s main weekly TV news show Vesti Nedeli, showed on screen a map of the US identifying targets he claimed Moscow would want to hit in a nuclear war

Dmitry Kiselyov, presenter of Russia’s main weekly TV news show Vesti Nedeli, last year showed on screen a map of the US identifying targets he claimed Moscow would want to hit in a nuclear war.

Kiselyov, seen as a top Putin propagandist, said the Zircon missile could hit the targets in less than five minutes.

Putin warned this year that the West is seeking to steal secrets relating to Zircon and other state-of-the-art Russian weapons such as the Avangard.  

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Burkina Faso incumbent Kabore wins presidential election

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Burkina Faso’s President Roch Marc Christian Kabore has won a second term after gaining an outright majority in the first round of elections, the country’s electoral board announced Thursday.

“Mr Kabore… with 57.87 per cent of the vote, is provisionally elected president of (Burkina) Faso in the first round,” said Newton Ahmed Barry, head of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Eddie Komboigo, the candidate of a once-ruling party, came second in Sunday’s vote with 15.48 per cent of the ballot, followed by Zephirin Diabre, considered by pundits to be the best-placed opposition hopeful, with 12.46 per cent.

Kabore, 63, has been under fire for his response to a five-year-old jihadist insurgency that has rolled in from Mali.

But he was the favourite and by winning an overall majority in the first round he avoids a runoff vote in which he would have had to stand against a single candidate backed by a united opposition.

The elections on Sunday were for Burkina’s legislature as well as its presidency, where executive power in the former French colony is concentrated.

The paramount court, the Constitutional Council, has a week in which to confirm the outcome.

One of the poorest countries in the world, Burkina Faso is struggling with a jihadist campaign that has claimed at least 1,200 lives since 2015 and forced around a million people to flee their homes.

Opposition parties say the vote was marked by fraud and flawed procedures, threatening to reject “results stained by irregularities.”

Their complaints include polling stations that either did not open or opened late, insecure handling of ballot boxes and arbitrary changes to voting areas.

Because of the unrest, the election was not held across at least one-fifth of the territory, denying up to 350,000 people the right to vote, according to CENI’s figures.

Pro-Kabore parties on Tuesday argued that all candidates were equally affected by the problems and that in any case these were not on a scale to have any major impact on the result.

 

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