Friday, November 30, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from November 25th to 30th, 2018 - Update #18

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ECONOMY - From Bloomberg:  "American is poorer than it thinks."

PIXAR - From SlashFilm: Domee Shi became the first woman to direct a animated short for Pixar when her wonderful and poignant short, "Bao," debuted at the head of "Incredibles 2."  In an interview, Shi revealed that she is working on a 90-minute film.

STREAMING - From TheWrap:  Netflix has cancelled its Marvel TV series, "Daredevil," after three seasons.  This follows the cancellations of "Luke Cage" and "Iron Fist" by Netflix.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Eiza Gonzalez is joining Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in the "Fast and Furious" spinoff, "Hobbs and Shaw."

ANIMATION - From BleedingCool:  There will be an anime based on the film, "Blade Runner 2049," which will appear on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" block and on Crunchyroll.

MOVIES - From IndieWire:  Rita Moreno will play in Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" in a new role.  Moreno appeared in the original 1961 film version of the 1957 Broadway play and won a best supporting actress Oscar for her role as Anita.

AWARDS - From IndieWire:  The National Board of Review 2018 awards have been announced.  "Green Book" named "Best Film of 2018."

From IndieWire:  The Gotham Awards 2018 name "The Rider" the "Best Film of 2018."

DISNEY - From Variety:  Amy Sedaris joins Disney's live-action, "The Lion King," in an original voice role that was not in the 1994 animated original.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo: The winner of the 11/23 to 11/25/2018 weekend box office is "Ralph Breaks the Internet" with an estimated take of $55.7 million.  It's five-day Thanksgiving holiday box office total is an estimated $84.5, the second largest for that five-day period.

From Variety:  "The Favourite" leads the indie box office with a per-screen average of $105,200.

From Forbes:  The $55 million debut of "Creed II" is the largest debut for a live-action film during the five-day Thanksgiving holiday period.  It is also the seventh largest overall for the period.

TECH - From FastCompany:  The untold and true story of Ed Smith, the African-American  video game pioneer.

STREAMING - From TVSeriesFinale:  Hulu is developing a TV series follow-up to the beloved 1994 film, "Four Weddings and a Funeral."  Andie MacDowell, who starred in the film, will return for the TV series.


From Variety:  Famed Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor, Gloria Katz, died at the age of 76, Sunday, November 25, 2018.  She and her husband, Willard Huyck, wrote the film "American Graffiti" with George Lucas, which earned the three an Academy Award nomination.  Katz and Huyck were secretly script doctors on the original "Star Wars" film for Lucas, who was friends with the couple.

From VarietyStephen Hillenburg, the creator of "SpongeBob SquarePants," has died at the age of 57, Monday, November 26, 2018.  A cartoonist and illustrator, Hillenburg was also a marine biologist.  Hillenburg died of ALS, after announcing in March of 2017 that he had the disease.

From Variety:  Italian filmmaker, Bernardo Bertolucci, has died at the age of 77, Monday, November 26, 2018.  Bertolucci won an Oscar for directing 1987's "The Last Emperor," one of the film's nine Oscar wins.  Bertolucci's influenced generations of filmmakers with his politically charged film, "The Conformist," and his sexually charged and controversial film, "Last Tango in Paris."

From THR:  The film director, Nicolas Roeg, has died at the age of 90, Friday, November 23, 2018.  Roeg was probably best known for directing David Bowie in the film, "The Man Who Fell to Earth" (1976).  He also directed Mick Jagger in "Performance" (1970), and he directed the influential horror film, "Don't Look Now" (1973).

From Variety:  Master magician and actor, Ricky Jay, has died at the age of 72, Saturday, November 24, 2018.  A profile of him by the "The New Yorker" called him the most gifted sleight of hand artist alive.  Jay appeared in such films as "Boogie Nights" and "Tomorrow Never Dies and in the TV series, "Deadwood."

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