by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From Deadline: Writer-director Michael Mann and novelist Meg Gardiner have written "Heat 2," a novel that will act as both a prequel and sequel to Mann's 1995 classic crime film, "Heat." The film follows the conflict between an LAPD detective, played by Al Pacino, and a career thief, played by Robert De Niro.
ANIMATION/NETFLIX - From Deadline: Beloved animated duo, "Wallace & Gromit," will return in 2024 for the first time since the 2008 Oscar-nominated short, "A Matter of Loaf and Death." Netflix will stream the film in all non-U.K. territories, which will be handled by the BBC.
DISNEY - From Deadline: Disney is apparently working on a live-action version of its 1970 animated feature film, "The Aristocats."
OSCARS - From Deadline: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the 276 feature films that are eligible for consideration in the "Best Picture" category at the 94th Oscars, which are set to air live March 27, 2022 on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
DISNEY+ - From Deadline: Disney+ has picked up a basketball-themed coming of age drama, "The Crossover." 20th Television is producing with LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Jamal Henderson of The SpringHill Company are executive producing.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Director Adam McKay ("Don't Look Up") and screenwriter Billy Ray ("Captain Phillips") have together for "J6," a film about the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
TECH - From Variety: Space Entertainment Enterprise (S.E.E), the company co-producing Tom Cruise’s upcoming space movie, plan to launch a sports arena and production studio in zero gravity by 2024.
MOVIES - From Variety: Robert Pattinson ("Twilight," "The Batman") is in talks to star in "Mickey7," the next film from Oscar-winning director, Bong Joon Ho ("Parasite").
STREAMING - From Variety: Amazon's "Lord of the Rings" series has a full title, "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power." It starts streaming on Amazon Prime Sept.2, 2022.
MOVIES - From ETCanada: "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe play Grammy Award-winning recording artist, actor, and music video director, "Weird Al" Yankovic in a biographical film.
MUSIC - From AZCentral: Rock and pop music icon, Debbie Harry, talks about her memoir, "Face It," with writer Ed Masley. The book traces her life from topping the music charts with seminal 1980s band, "Blondie," to beyond.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 1/14 to 1/16/2022 weekend box office is "Scream" with an estimated take of 30.6 million dollars.
From Negromancer: My review of "Scream" 2022.
SCANDAL - From Vulture: "The Undoing of Joss Whedon" is a feature and interview from New York Magazine's "Vulture" site that goes into great details about the scandals of writer-director Joss Whedon ("Marvel's Avengers," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer")
ANIMATION - From Deadline: "South Park" will begin its 25th season on Wed., Feb. 2nd on Comedy Central.
MOVIES/TV - From THR: The "Heat Vision" column looks at the coming year in genre films and television series, especially superhero and science fiction productions.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: NBC has given a pilot order to a reboot of its beloved former TV series, "Quantum Leap" (1989-93).
From THR: Stand-up comedian, actor, and game show host, Louie Anderson, has died at the age of 68, Friday, January 21, 2022. Although he was best known for his stand-up act, Anderson often appeared in television and film. He won a Primetime Emmy Award and was nominated twice more for his work on the FX series, "Baskets" (2016-19) He won two Daytime Emmys for his performance on his children's animated TV series, "Life with Louie" (1994-98). Anderson was also the first host of the third revival of the game show, "Family Feud," from 1999-2002.
From Deadline: Film and television producer, Mace Neufeld, has died at the age of 93, Thursday, January 20, 2022. Neufeld began as a talent agent, managing such stars as Don Knotts and Don Adams. After starting as a producer of TV series, Neufeld executive produced the legendary horror film, "The Omen" (1976). Neufeld is best known for producing several films based on novels by the late Tom Clancy: "The Hunt for Red October" (1990), "Patriot Games" (1992), "Clear and Present Danger" (1994), "The Sum of All Fears" (2002), and "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" (2014). Most recently he produced "The Equalizer" films starring Denzel Washington.
From Variety: The French actor, Gaspard Ulliel, has died at the age of 37, Wednesday, January 19, 2022. In 2004, Ulliel won the Cesar Award (French Oscars) for "Most Promising Actor" for the 2004 film, "A Very Long Engagement." He won the "Cesar Award for Best Actor" for his lead role in the 2016 film, "It's Only the End of the World." Ulliel was set to play the character "Anton Mogart / Midnight Man" in the Disney+/Marvel Studios series, "Moon Knight."
From Variety: American fashion journalist and creative director, Andre Leon Talley, has died at the age of 73, Tuesday, January 18, 2022. Talley is best known for his association with "Vogue" magazine. From 1988-95, he was the magazine's first African-American male creative director. He was also "Vogue's" editor-at-large from 1998 to 2013. Regarded as a "fashion icon," Talley championed diversity in the fashion industry. He also served on the judging panel of the TV series, "America's Next Top Model" for few cycles (seasons) in 2010 and 2011.
From Deadline: The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has named the Japanese film, "Drive My Car," the "Best Picture" of 2021.
From Deadline: The 2022 / 37th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have announced their nominations. "Zola" leads with six nominations. The winners will be announced Sun., March 6, 2022.
From THR: The 2022 / 79th Golden Globes Awards nominations have been announced. "Belfast" and "The Power of the Dog" lead with seven nominations each. Winners will be announced Jan. 9th, 2022.
From GoldDerby: The 2022 Critics Choice Awards nominations have been announced. "Belfast" and "West Side Story" leads with 11 nominations each. Winners will be announced Jan. 9th, 2022.
From Deadline: The American Film Institute announced the "2021 AFI Awards" Top 10 list, and the list includes "Dune," "The Tragedy of Macbeth," and "West Side Story."
From THR: Director Aleem Khan's "After Love" tops the 2021 British Independent Film Awards, winning six awards, including "Best Film of 2021."
From Variety: The New York Film Critics Circle has named the Japanese drama, "Drive My Car," as the "Best Film of 2021."
From Deadline: The National Board of Review hands director Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice Pizza" it "Best Film" and "Best Director" awards. Will Smith picks up the "Best Actor" award for "King Richard."
From THR: Netflix’s "The Lost Daughter," directed by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, dominated the 2021 Gotham Awards in New York on Monday night (Nov. 29th). The film won in four of the five categories in which it was nominated, including "Best Feature."