Friday, April 20, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 15th to 21st, 2018 - Update #20

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Universal planning a new movie based on the videogame, "Doom."  There was a 2005 "Doom" film that under performed at the box office.

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SCANDAL - From THR:  The actress Allison Mack in an alleged cult sex trafficking case.  A story that has been roiled for months, Mack is accused of recruiting women for the leader of the NIXVM cult.  The 35-year-old Mack is best known as an actress for her role as "Chloe Sullivan" on The WB's "Smallville."

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MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  Director Ridley Scott talks about "Alien," H.R. Giger, and "Thelma & Louise."

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MUSIC - From CBSNews:  The late music legend Prince may have thought he was taking "Vicodin" when he took the "fentanyl" that killed him.

From TheGuardian:  The secrets of Prince's hit "Nothing Compares 2 U," and no, he did not like Sinead O'Connor's version.

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MOVIES - From THR:  F. Gary Gray (a seriously underrated director) is set to direct a film based on Hasbro's toy line, "M.A.S.K."

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CULTURE - From NYTimes:  Myles E. Johnson drops revelations in this Times op-ed, "Beyonce and the End of Respectability Politics."

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MOVIES - From Variety:  Vin Diesel's One Race Films and H Collective have acquired the rights to the "xXx" film franchise Revolution Studios and plan a fourth film.  Revolution will retain ownership of the first three films in the franchise.

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BOOKS - From CNET:  August 30th, HarperCollins will publish "The Fall of Gondolin," an unpublished book by J.R.R. Tolkien, the later of author "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."

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AWARDS - From NPR:  The 2018 Pulitzer Prizes in "Journalism" and "Letters, Drama and Music" have been announced.  Kendrick Lamar becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to win a Pulitzer for music when he received the award for his 2017 LP, "DAMN."

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  John Oliver's HBO show bought Russell Crowe's leather jockstrap that was used in the film, "Cinderella Man."

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 4/13 to 4/15/2018 weekend box office is "Rampage" with an estimated take of $34.5 million.

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MUSIC - From YahooEntertainment:  The heirs to the estate of the late musician Prince are still squabbling over his estate and have received no money to date.

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MUSIC - From IndependentUK:  Beyonce makes history as the first Black woman to headline the Coachella music festival.

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TELEVISION - From THR:  Who's who and what's what as Season 4 of "Fear the Walking Dead" begins.

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MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment:  William H. Macy talks about his most memorable roles.

OBITS:

From Variety:  Recording artist, DJ, and music producer, Tim Bergling, has died at the age of 28, Friday, April 20, 2018.  Best known as "Avicii," he was one of the most successful electronic dance music (EDM) artists of all times.  His hits included "Levels" and "Wake Me Up."  He produced and remixed music for Daft Punk, Madonna, and Coldplay.

From WWE:  Professional wrestler Bruno Sammartino has died at the age of 82, Wednesday, April 18, 2018.  Born in Italy, he became a professional wrestler in 1959 and was best known for his work with the WWWF, now known as the WWE.

From ABC:  Former First Lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  She was the wife of the 41st President of the United States, George Herbert Walker Bush, and mother of the 43rd President, George Walker Bush.  Mrs. Bush was also the mother of the 43rd Governor of the State of Florida, John Ellis "Jeb" Bush, Sr.

From Deadline:  The actor and magician, Harry Anderson, has died at the age of 65, Monday, April 16, 2018.  Anderson was best known for his starring role in the long-running NBC sitcom, "Night Court" (1984 to 1992 - 9 seasons).  He later starred in the CBS sitcom, "Dave's World" (1993 to 1997 - 4 seasons).

From THR:  U.S. Marine,Vietnam veteran, and actor, R. Lee Ermey, has died at the age of 74, Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Ermey may be best remembered for his role as "Gunnery Sergeant Hartman" in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film, "Full Metal Jacket."  Kubrick allowed Ermey to improvise his performance, which Kubrick rarely did.  He was also a voice performer in Disney/Pixar's "Toy Story" films.

From Variety:  Italian film director, Vittorio Taviani, has died at the age of 88, Sunday, April 15, 2018.  Vittorio and his brother, Paolo (who is still living), directed their films together.  The brothers won the Cannes Film Festival's "Palme d'Or" in 1977 for the film, "Padre padrone."


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