Saturday, December 31, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from December 25th to 31st, 2016 - Update #40

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TELEVISION - From Reason:  Anthony Bourdain:  The rise of Authoritarianism across the world should concern everyone.

TELEVISION - From BleedingCool:  HBO is going to debut the documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on January 7th, 2016 at 8 PM ET/PT.  It is entitled "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds."

TELEVISION - From TVLine:   Leslie Jordan says that NBC is ordering 10 episodes of the Emmy-winning television series, "Will & Grace."  Jordan won an Emmy for playing recurring character, "Beverly Leslie."

SPORTS - From YahooSports: Corporate media talking heads swore that NFL QB Colin Kaepernick was hated by his San Francisco 49er teammates because of his "Pledge of Allegiance" protests.  Those same teammates just gave him the team's highest honor.

POLITICS - From AlterNet:  Carrie Fisher hated President "elect" Donald Trump and was not shy about it.

POLITICS - From AlterNet:  Conservative gun-nut columnist, M.D. Harmon, let a child play with his gun and the gun went off while junior was fondling it, killing Harmon.

OSCARS - From TheGuardianUK:  There is some truth to what Lee Daniels says about #OscarsSoWhite.

MUSIC - From Esquire:  Music legend David Crosby talks about Trump and Kanye.

MOVIES - From BleedingCool: "Kong: Skull Island" is connected to the Vietnam War.  The film's director thought that idea wouldn't go over well...

MUSIC - From YahooMusic:  Run-DMC sues Wal-Mart and Amazon for 50 million.

CELEBRITY - From YahooSports:  Tennis superstar Serena Williams is engaged to marry Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

COMICS-FILM - From TheWrap:  Ryan Reynolds apparently shot as scene as his character Deadpool for next year's X-Men/Wolverine movie, "Logan."

From THR:  Ryan Reynolds would like for there to be a Deadpool/Wolverine movie.


OBIT - From People:  Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60, Tuesday, December 27, 2016.  She was best known as "Princess Leia" in the "Star Wars" films.  I'm numb.

From THR:  The actress Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84, Wednesday, December 28, 2016.  Reynolds was the mother of actress Carrie Fisher who died at the age of 60, Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 2016.  A Hollywood legend, Reynolds appeared in such classic Hollywood musicals as "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

From YahooNews:  Todd Fisher talks about his mother, Debbie Reynolds, final moments.

From YahooNews:  Carrie Fisher could make us laugh through the pain.

From BleedingCool:  The comic book community reacts to the death of Carrie Fisher.

OBIT - From People:  The author Richard Adams has died at the age of 96, Saturday, December 24, 2016.  Adams is best known as the author of the beloved classic children's novel, "Watership Down," first published in 1972.

OBIT - From YahooStyle:  The actor and comedian, Ricky Harris, has died at the age of 54, Monday, December 26, 2016.  He was best known for his recurring roles on "Moesha" and "Everybody Hates Chris."

TELEVISION - From TheGuardianUK:  A&E has cancelled "Generation KKK," its eight-part doc about the hate group, after learning that producers paid nominal fees to members of the Ku Klux Klan to get them to participate.

STAR WARS - From BleedingCool: Rian Johnson, who is directing Star Wars Episode 8, defends the much-maligned Star Wars prequel films.

ECO - From BBCNews:  Save the cheetah!

BOX OFFICE - From Variety:  "Rogue One" is expected to win the four-day Christmas weekend, 12/23 to 12/26/2016, with an estimated take of $96.1 million.


OBIT - From YahooMusic:  British singer, songwriter, producer, and pop superstar, George Michael, has died at the age of 53, Sunday, December 25, 2016.

From YahooCelebrity:  George Michael had a difficult life of depression, drugs, and arrests.

From YahooMusic:  George Michael's best musical moments.

From YahooCelebrity:  Celebs react to Michael's death.

From YahooMusic:  George Michael - a life in photos.

From YahooMusic:  The evolution of the genius of George Michael.

From YahooMusic:  What George Michael had to say about Prince one time.

From RSN:  The frank and uncompromising LGBT icon, George Michael.

From YahooMusic:  George Michael reportedly left behind an estate worth $130 million U.S.

BOX OFFICE - From TheWrap:  Estimates have "Rogue One" on top of the Christmas weekend box office.

From Patreon:  My "Rogue One" review.

CHRISTMAS:  From YouTubeMerry Christmas!!! and Happy Holidays!!! -- A*O*A. offers "Afraid of Americans," an electro/industrial remake of David Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans," a single from his 1997 album, "Earthlings." [via Warren Ellis' "Orbital Operations"]  Visit them here.

BLACK LIVES MATTER - From ABC:  There is growing backlash over the arrest of a African-American mother in Fort Worth, Texas who called the police after her son was physically abused by a white neighbor.

COMICS - From BleedingCool:  DC Comics is apparently planning a summer comic book event that is centered on Batman.


From YouTube:   An extended look at "Riverdale," the CW's re-imagining of the world of Archie Comics. It debuts January 26th, 2017.

From YouTube:  First official trailer for Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant," which is due May 19, 2017.

From YouTube:  First trailer for "Despicable Me 3," due in theaters Summer 2017.

From YouTube:  First official teaser trailer for the long-awaited "The Lost City of Z."

From YouTube:  Official trailer for "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," due at the end of January 2017. [I think they will reboot or restart the series after this film, just going on what I read about two years ago.]

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