Saturday, November 17, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from November 11th to 17th, 2018 - Update #18

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ANIMATION - From ICv2:  See the characters posters for the film, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," which is due for release in December.

CELEBRITY - From YahooLifestyle:  Lee Child, the author of the "Jack Reacher" novels, explains why Tom Cruise won't reprise film roles as Reacher in a proposed TV reboot of the film franchise.

ANIMATION - From THR:  Director Ralph Bakshi, known for his cult animated films ("Wizards," "Fritz the Cat") talks about how the battle for "Lord of the Rings" almost broke him.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Oscar-winner Robert Zemeckis returning to science fiction with two film projects, ""Bios" and "Project Blue Book."

MOVIES - From Deadline:  James Cameron says that the "Avatar" sequels have wrapped production.

STREAMING - From Variety:  Netflix has obtained rights to Chiwetel Ejiofor's directorial debut, "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind."  The exceptions are China (where Netflix isn't) and the U.K. and Ireland where the BBC has the free TV rights.

SCANDAL - From Deadline:  2019 will see Bill Cosby face trial in civil court for an alleged assault of a minor at the Playboy mansion in 1974.

BOOKS - From TheRoot:  Forever First Lady Michlle Obama's new book, "Becoming," is poised to be the biggest selling book of 2018.

PIXAR - From Yahoo:  First teaser trailer for "Toy Story 4" introduces new character.

MOVIES - From Variety:  The German edition of "Playboy" is standing by its article that film composer Ennio Morricone called the films of Quentin Tarantino "trash."  Morricone won his only Oscar for composing music for Tarantino's 2015 film, "The Hateful Eight."  Morricone has been denying he said that.

CELEBRITY - From YahooSports:  NFL quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, Jared Goff, caught Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry's attention when he used her name for a play call.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 11/9 to 11/11/2018 weekend box office is Univeral and Illumination Entertainment's "Dr. Suess' The Grinch" with an estimated take of $66 million.

AWARDS - From Deadline:  "Won't You Be My Neighbor?," the Mr. Rogers documentary, won "Best Documentary" at the Critics Choice Documentary Awards.

MOVIES - From TheGuardian:  With the release of the J.J. Abrams-produced, "Overlord," here is a look at films that fuse the horror and war genres.


From Variety:  Legendary Hollywood screenwriter and author, William Goldman, has died at the age of 87, Friday, November 16, 2018.  Goldman won an Oscar for his original screenplay for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and another Oscar for his adapted screenplay for the film, "All the President's Men." A novelist, Goldman also adapted three of his novels, including the beloved "The Princess Bride," for the screen.  He was a chronicler of the film business, as seen in his book, "Adventures in the Screen Trade," and was also a noted "script doctor," doing uncredited rewrites and touch-ups on movies such as "The Right Stuff" and "Indecent Proposal."

From NPR:  Country music legend, Roy Clark, has died at the age of 85, Thursday, November 15, 2018.  An guitarist and singer, Clark may be best known the co-host of the long-running country music variety series, "Hee Haw."  Clark was also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and of Grand Ole Opry.

From Variety:  Actress and model, Kim Porter, died at the age of 47, Thursday, November 15, 2018.  Porter dated mogul, Sean "Diddy" Combs, and was the mother of three of his children.  She appeared on the cover of magazines such as "Essence" and "Runway."  She appeared in the film, "The Brothers," and on the TV series, "Law & Order."


From TheWrap:  Legendary comic book writer, editor, and creator, Stan Lee, has died at the age of 95, Monday, November 12, 2018.  Lee took Marvel Comics from a second-tier publisher to a global empire by co-creating comic book characters such as the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, X-Men, and the Hulk, to name just a fraction of many.  Lee also made a numerous cameo appearances in films based on the characters he helped to create.

From Variety:  "Stan Lee, Marvel Comicbook Legend, Dies at 95"

From YahooEntertainment:  An interview from 2015 that Yahoo did of Stan Lee on the eve of San Diego Comic-Con International 2015.

From THR:  How Stan Lee brought humanity to Superheroes.

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