Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from December 22nd to 31st, 2019 - Update #26

by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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REVIEW - From Patreon:  My review of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."

STAR TREK - From ThePlaylist:  Actor Simon Pegg, who plays Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, is not sure if he and the other cast of the current Star Trek film franchise will be in director Noah Hawley's planned "Star Trek 4" film project.

SPORTS - From NBA:  National Basketball Association (NBA) superstar, LeBron James, currently a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, has been named The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Decade.

MOVIES - From Variety:  President Barack Obama names his favorite films and TV shows of 2019.

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 12/27 to 12/29/2019 weekend box office is "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" with an estimated take of 72 million dollars.

From Variety:  It's official's Universal Pictures' film adaptation of the famous Broadway musical, "Cats," is a flop.  Directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper, the film may rack up 100 million dollars in theatrical losses.

SCANDAL - From Variety:  A New York court finds that rape is a "hate crime."  This ruling concerns a lawsuit against Oscar-winning filmmaker, Paul Haggis, brought by a woman who claims that Haggis raped her in his apartment in New York in 2013.

POLITICS - From RSN:  Robert Reich on "How American Oligarchy Works."  First essay: billionaire Paul Singer’s Elliott Management hedge fund

STREAMING - From LaurenceFuller:  Actor, writer, and producer Laurence Fuller is sharing his new short film, "Echoes of You."

SCANDAL - From Deadline:  One of the men who accused Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct has died by suicide.  Ari Behn was an author and the ex-husband of Norway's Princess Martha Louise and reportedly took his life Christmas Day.

STREAMING - From Variety:  The Rio de Janeiro headquarters of the Brazilian comedy troupe, "Porta dos Fundos," was hit by a Molotov cocktail.  Porta dos Fundo created "The First Temptation of Christ," a comedy Christmas special that suggests that Jesus Christ is gay.  Netflix has been streaming the special, although there has been a petition to have it removed.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  The site has a page where you can read movie scripts, including titles like "Knives Out" and "Honey Boy."

MOVIES - From Variety:  Gal Gadot and her husband, Jaron Varsano, are producing a film adaptation of the 2014 Hebrew novel, "Borderlife."  The novel has been banned from school reading lists by the Israeli government because it depicts an Israeli-Palestinian.

SCANDAL - From THR:   NBC Sports has indefinitely suspended its NHL (National Hockey League) analyst, Jeremy Roenick, for making inappropriate (but damn funny) comments about NBC colleagues.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Kobe Bryant is hosting a screening of director Destin Daniel Cretton's critically acclaimed death row drama, "Just Mercy," in Los Angeles on January 6, 2020.  The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson, and Jamie Foxx.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Stephen King's debut novel, "Carrie" (1974), is the subject of another adaptation, this time as a TV miniseries for FX.

BOX OFFICE - BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 12/20 to 12/22/2019 weekend box office is "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" with an estimated gross of 175.5 million dollars.

From Variety:  "The Rise of Skywalker" tops the international box office in its debut with an estimated take of 198 million dollars.From Patreon:  My review of "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker."

From Variety:  At the Chinese box office, "The Rise of Skywalker" is beaten by Chinese martial arts, historical, action movie, "Ip Man 4: The Finale."

MOVIES - From Deadline:  After the film adaptation of the legendary musical, "Cats," debuted, Universal Pictures sent out a "new version" of the film with "improved visual effects."

MOVIES - From Boston:  A look at 10 New England towns that are perfect settings for Christmas movies.


From Variety:  Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman died at the age of 88, Thursday, December 26, 2019.  A two-time Tony Award winner, Herman was the composer and lyricist "Hello, Dolly!" and "Mame," and the composer for "La Cage aux Folles."

From THR:  The television producer Lee Mendelson has died at the age of 86, Wednesday, December 25, 2019.  Mendelson produced more than 60 animated TV specials featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the "Peanuts" gang, winning six Emmy Awards.  For the legendary "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965), Mendelson wrote the lyrics for the song, "Christmastime is Here."  Mendelson died at Christmas day.

From Variety:  Former actress Sue Lyon has died at the age of 73, Thursday, December 26, 2019.  Her career ran from 1959 to 1980, but Lyon was best known for playing the title character in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 film, "Lolita," based on Vladimir Nabokov's novel of the same title.

From Deadline:  Radio talk show host and "shock jock" Don Imus has died at the age of 79, Friday, December 27, 2019.  Over a nearly 50-year period, Imus interviewed a number of important figures in American politics.  Imus' peak period ended in 2007 when CBS Radio and MSNBC fired him after he made derogatory and racist comments about the Rutgers University women's basketball team - calling them "nappy headed ho's."

From Variety:  The songwriter Allee Willis has died at the age of 72, Tuesday, December 24, 2019.  A member of the "Songwriters Hall of Fame," she is best known for writing songs for "Earth, Wind & Fire" like "September" and "Boogie Wonderland."  She also co-wrote the theme song, "I'll Be There for You," for the NBC series, "Friends," and the song score for the Broadway production of "The Color Purple."  Willis was also a two-time Grammy Awards winner.

From Variety:  ESPN reporter Ed Aschoff has died at the age of 34, Tuesday, December 24, 2019, after a battle with pneumonia.  Aschoff joined ESPN in 2011, where he covered college sports.


From SlashFilm:  Here is the first official trailer for Christopher Nolan's next mind-bending film, "Tenet," with a breakdown of the contents of the trailer by the article's writer.  "Tenet" opens July 17, 2020.

From EW:  Marvel Studios releases the first official teaser trailer and a poster for its next feature film, "Black Widow," which is set for release, May 1, 2020.

From THR:  The first official trailer for the next James Bond movie, "No Time to Die," makes it debut.

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