Sunday, December 31, 2017

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from December 24th to 31st, 2017 - Update #27

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 12/29 to 12/31/2017 weekend box office is "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" with an estimated take of $52.4 million.

From THR:  At the "awards box office," Oscar-hopefuls, "The Darkest Hour" and "The Post" show strength.

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COMICS-FILM - From ComicBook:  Actor David Harbour, the star of the "Hellboy" film franchise reboot," says that the film is "a real monster movie."

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MOVIE - From Variety:  See Jude Law as young Dumbledore and Johnny Deep as Grindelwald in photos from the set of "Fantastic Beasts 2."

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MOVIES - From TheVillageVoice:  Ten Movies to Look Forward to in Early 2018.

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CELEBRITY - From BET:  A photo of Oscar-nominated actress Laura Dern (who recently appeared in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi") and former NBA player Baron Davis kissing is hitting up social media.

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STAR WARS - From HuffPost:  Mark Hamill shares his tribute to Carrie Fisher, a year after her death. #CarrieOnForever

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CELEBRITY - From Deadline:  Britain's Prince Harry interviews President Barack Obama.

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BLM - From TheRoot:  Are White Supremacists Infiltrating Law Enforcement?  Includes KRS-One video, "Sound of Da Police."

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TELEVISION - From ShadowandAct:  Viola Davis has produced and is narrating a docu-series about police officer-involved deaths, "Two Sides," that will premiere on TV One, Monday, January 22, 2018.

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CULTURE - From THR:  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How #MeToo Can Help Right America's Wrongs in 2018.

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TELEVISION - From THR:  The 1990s NBC TV series, "Mad About You" (1992 to 1999), is the latest to have a revival in the works.

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MOVIES- From THR:  Is "Die Hard" a Christmas movie?

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POLITICS - From TheSun:  Will President Trump be angry if President Obama and First Lady Michelle are invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding and he is snubbed?

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CULTURE - From TheRoot:  It's the first day of Kwanza, so here is an article that explains Kwanza.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 12/22 to 12/24/2017 weekend box office is "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" with an estimated take of $68 million.

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COMICS - From BleedingCool:  Screenwriter Max Landis ("Bright," "American Ultra") has been writing comics for the past few years.  Recently, however, DC Comics removed a story Landis has written from its "DC Holiday Special 2017."  Sexual misconduct allegations against Landis (son of director John Landis), have emerged.

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MOVIES - From YahooEntertaiment:  10 best movies of 2017 you probably never heard of.

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MOVIES - From ComicBook:  "Wonder Woman" director Patty Jenkins helped keep the recasting of Ridley Scott's "All the Money in the World" secret.  After Kevin Spacey was accused of multiple cases of sexual misconduct, Scott wanted to remove him in the role of "J. Paul Getty."  Spacey's scenes were eventually reshot with Christopher Plummer as Getty.

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MOVIES - From TheWrap:  Lionsgate has moved Tyler Perry's "Madea Family Funeral" from August 3, 2018 to an undetermined date in Fall 2018.

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OBITS:

From CNN:  Social justice and anti-police brutality activist, Erica Garner, has died at the age of 27, Saturday, December 30, 2017.  Garner was the eldest daughter of Eric Garner, who was attacked and killed by New York Police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed the 43-year-old Garner in a chokehold.

From THR:  Film editor Thomas Stanford has died at the age of 93, Saturday, December 23, 2017.  Stanford won an Oscar for editing "Best Picture" winner, "West Side Story" (1961).

From YahooNews:  Mystery novelist, Sue Grafton, has died at the age of 77, Thursday, December 28, 2017.  Grafton is best known for her "alphabet" mysteries, beginning with "A is for Alibi" and most recently "Y is for Yesterday."

From TheWrap:  The actress Rose Marie has died at the age of 94, Thursday, December 28, 2017.  She was best known for her role on the "The Dick Van Dyke Show," as the quick-witted comedy writer, "Sally Rogers."  She also appeared on "The Doris Day Show" and "Hollywood Squares."

From FOX:  The British actor Alfie Curtis died at the age of 87, Tuesday, December 26, 2017.  Star Wars fans will know him for playing the character "Dr. Evazan" in the original Star Wars, a character who loses his arm after threatening Luke Skywalker.

From THR:  The film editor, Jerry Greenberg, has died at the age of 81, Friday, December 22, 2017.  He won an Oscar for editing the 1971 crime thriller, "The French Connection."  He also earned Oscar nominations for editing "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Apocalypse Now."

From TheWrapJordan Feldstein, the manager of the band Maroon 5, died at the age of 40, Friday, December 22, 2017.  Feldstein is also the older brother of Oscar-nominated actor, Jonah Hill.

From THRKent Damon, the father of Oscar-winner, Matt Damon, has died at the age of 74, Thursday, December 14, 2017.


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