by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
AWARDS - From THR: Dwayne Johnson delivers an emotional tribute to his late father, pro wrestler Rocky Johnson, during the virtual Hollywood Association Awards.
DISNEY+ - From Deadline: Actress Emma Meisel joins "Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.," the Disney+ reboot of classic ABC sitcom, "Doogie Howser, M.D."
FILM/TV - From Deadline: Sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning have launched a film and television production company, Lewellen Pictures.
MOVIES - From Variety: Universal has moved the release date for its latest "Fast & Furious" installment, "F9," again. It's new release date is June 25, 2021. The "Minions" sequel, "Minions: The Rise of Gru," has been moved from July 2021 to July 2022.
AWARDS - From Deadline: AARP The Magazine on Thursday unveiled its winners for the annual Movies for Grownups Awards, handing Hulu’s "The United States vs. Billie Holiday" its top prize, Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups.
EMMYS - From Variety: The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will air on CBS and stream on Paramount+ Sunday, September 19th, 2021.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Hugh Grant will reportedly play the villain in Paramount Pictures and eOne's "Dungeons & Dragons" movie. Actress Sophia Lillis has also joined the cast.
AWARDS - From THR: Ahead of the start of Oscar nomination voting on Friday, the Producers Guild of America has determined that Stacey Abrams, who is one of the credited producers of the film, "All In: The Fight for Democracy," merits "the PGA mark" for her contributions to the project (as do directors/producers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés and producer Dan Cogan). That makes Abrams eligible to receive an Oscar nomination.
CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment: Television icon, Tim Allen, talks about being a young drug dealer and his laughably short federal prison sentence.
GOLDEN GLOBES - From Variety: Here is a complete list of winners at the 2021 / 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
From Variety: At the 78th Golden Globe Awards, "Nomadland" wins "Best Motion Picture-Drama"; "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" wins "Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy"; "The Crown" wins "Best Television Series - Drama"; and "Schitt's Creek" wins "Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy."
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: The winner of the 2/26 to 2/28/2021 weekend box office is the animated "Tom & Jerry" with an estimated take of 13.7 million.
CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment: Actress and recording artist Bella Thorne talks about breaking away from being a Disney child star ("Shake It Up," 2010-13).
From CNN: American Civil Rights activist and business executive, Vernon Jordan, has died at the age of 85, Monday, March 1, 2021. Jordan is best known for his work with the NAACP and for being a close advisor for the former President Bill Clinton.
From YahooSports: Former NFL player and sports broadcaster, Irv Cross, has died at the age of 81, Sunday, February 28, 2021. Cross was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1961 as a corner back, where he played from 1961 to 1965. He played for the Los Angeles Rams from 1966 to 1968, and returned to the Eagles for the 1969 season before retiring in 1970. In 1971, he joined CBS Sports as an NFL analyst and became an co-anchor on the network's "The NFL Today." That made Cross the first Black network sports show anchor. In 2009, Cross became the first African-American to receive the "Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award" from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.