Saturday, December 22, 2018

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from December 16th to 22nd, 2018 - Update #25

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TELEVISION - From Variety:   NBC has cancelled two series currently in their second seasons, the supernatural drama, "Midnight, Texas" and the Marlon Wayans domestic comedy, "Marlon."

MOVIES - From Variety:  Apparently, "Creed II" will be the first film from the "Rocky" franchise to appear in theaters in mainland China.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  A reboot of "Beverly Hill, 90210" with the original cast is being shopped to networks and streaming services and there is reportedly several interested parties.

COMICS-FILM - From YahooEntertainment:  Jason Momoa on being a biracial "Aquaman": "It's an honor to be a brown-skinned superhero,"

SPORTS - From NBA:  Los Angles Lakers wish us all "Happy Holidays."

From Steelers:  The Pittsburgh Steelers wish us all "Happy Holidays."

DISNEY - From EW:  "Entertainment Weekly" has some "first look" images from Disney's upcoming live-action remake of its animated classic, "Aladdin."  The new film is due May 24, 2019.  These first looks include a photo of Will Smith as "Genie," a role the late Robin Williams voiced in the animated original.

From EW:  And actor Marwan Kenzari as "Jafar" is a sexy beast.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  Idris Elba said that Neil Cross, the writer and creator of the British crime drama television series, "Luther," is planning a movie version of the series.  Elba has starred in Luther since its 2010 debut.

From Variety:  Bravo is planning a reboot of the Showtime series, "Queer as Folk" (2000-2005).

TELEVISION-SCANDAL - From Variety:  The CBS board of directors has denied former chairman-CEO Leslie "Les" Moonves any of the $120 million severance package that he was due.  Moonves stepped down because of sexual harassment allegations made against him.

TELEVISION - From Variety:  CBS is ending its long-running crime procedural/Sherlock Holmes pastiche, "Elementary," following its upcoming seventh season, which has not premiere date.  All 13 episodes of Season 7 have been shot.

SCANDAL - From THR:  Former model Babi Christina Englehardt says that in she in 1976, she began a secret affair with Woody Allen.  She was 16 year old when it began, and he was 41.

STREAMING-ANIMATED - From TheWrap:  Netflix has announced its voice cast for, "Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance," its animated prequel series to "The Dark Crystal."  The leads Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy and Nathalie Emmanuel.

SCANDAL - From YahooEntertainment: There is a new sexual harassment allegation against Oscar-winning actor, Geoffrey Rush.

CULTURE - From YahooNews:  Merriam-Webster, publisher of "Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary," has announced "justice" as its "word of the year" 2018.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 12/14 to 12/16/2018 weekend box office is "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" with an estimated take of $35.4 million.  That is the largest opening for an animated film in the month of December.

From Deadline:  "Aquaman" still leads the international weekend box office with an estimated take of $126.4 million; for a total box office of $261.3 million.  The film opens in the U.S. this Friday, Dec. 21st.

From Deadline:  The [ridiculous-looking] Peter Jackson-produced film, "Mortal Engines," had a $7.5 million dollar opening.  At a budget of $110+ million, the film made loose $100 million dollars.

From TIME:  The National Film Registry of the Library of Congress adds 25 films to the "National Film Registry."  Those include "Brokeback Mountain" (the most recent film on the list), "Eve's Bayou," Jurassic Park," Cinderella, and "Something Good - Negro Kiss" (from 1898, the oldest).


From YouTube:  See the second teaser trailer for Disney's live-action "Aladdin."

From YouTube:  Here is the first official trailer for the "Hellboy" reboot film.  Film is due April 2019.


From Deadline:  Audrey Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, died at the age of 97, Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  Geisel oversaw the literary estate of Dr. Seuss.

From TheWrap:  Veteran actor Donald Moffat has died at the age of 87, Thursday, December 20, 2018.  A prolific film, television, and Broadway actor, Moffat portrayed President Lyndon Johnson in the film "The Right Stuff" and a corrupt American president in "Clear and Present Danger."  I best remember him as the station master in John Carpenter's "The Thing" (1982).  On stage, Moffat was also a Tony Award-nominated actor.

From Variety:  The actress and groundbreaking film director and producer, Penny Marshall, has died at the age of 75, Monday, December 17, 2018.  Marshall came to fame, starring in the ABC sitcom, "Laverne & Shirley" (1976 to 1983), alongside actress, Cindy Williams.  Marshall went on to become a successful director, becoming the first woman to direct a film that grossed over $100 million ("Big" in 1988).  She was also the second woman to direct a film that received an Oscar nomination for "Best Picture" (1990s "Awakenings").

From THR:  The actor, director, producer, screenwriter, and playwright, Peter Masterson, has died at the age of 84, Wednesday, December 19, 2018.  With Larry L. King, Masterson wrote the book for the Broadway play, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (1978), and King and Masterson (with Colin Higgins) wrote the screenplay for the 1982 film adaptation.  Masterson also directed the 1985 film, "The Trip to Bountiful," for which Geraldine Page won a best actress Oscar.  The film was written by Masterson's cousin, the late Horton Foote.  Masterson and his wife, Carlin Glynn, had four children, including actress Mary Stuart Masterson.

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