Saturday, January 18, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from January 12th to 18th, 2020 - Update #23

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

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AWARDS - From Deadline:   Bong Joon-Ho's "Parasite" tops the 70th annual ACE Eddie Awards, which are awarded b the American Cinema Editors

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DISNEY - From Deadline:  Disney is dumping the word "Fox" from the names 20th Century Fox (which will become 20th Century Studios) and Fox Search Pictures (which will be Searchlight Pictures).

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  HBO's "Game of Thrones" prequel, "House of the Dragons," will likely premiere in 2022.

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STREAMING - From Deadline:  Netflix has been accused of funneling its international profits to tax havens while also seeking tax relief in the United Kingdom.

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STREAMING - From Deadline:   Amazon sets the regular cast for its "Lord of the Rings" TV series.

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JAMES BOND - From YahooMusic:  Grammy-nominated teen recording sensation, Billie Eilish, has recorded the movie theme for the next James Bond film, "No Time to Die."  At 18-years-old, she is the youngest ever to do so.  The previous record holder was then 22-year-old Sheena Easton who recorded the theme for 1981's "For Your Eyes Only."

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TELEVISION - From Deadline:  The CW has given series pickups to two reboots of popular 1990s TV series, "Superman & Lois" and "Walker," a re-imagining of "Walker Texas Ranger" starring Jared Padalecki of "Supernatural."

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SPORTS - From ESPN:  The LSU Tigers won the2019 national college football championship Mon., Jan. 13th, 2020 by winning the "CFP National Championship " game 42-25 over the Clemson Tigers.

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OSCARS - From Variety:  The 2020 / 92nd Oscar nominations have been announced.  Winners will be announced Feb. 9, 2020.

From Deadline:  One of the "best documentary feature" nominees is "American Factory" which is presented by President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama.

From Variety:  Opinion: "5 Reasons Why Jennifer Lopez’s Oscar Snub Is Bad for the Academy Awards"

From YahooEntertainment:  A list of Oscar snubs (Lupita N'yongo for "Us") and surprises (Scarlett Johnasson becomes 12th actor nominated in both lead, for "Marriage Story," and supporting acting, for "JoJo Rabbit") categories.

From LATimes:  Tom Hanks earns his first Oscar nod since 2001 with his best supporting actor nomination for "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood."

From YahooEntertainment:  I was not one of those people who thought that Jennifer Lopez would really get an Oscar nomination for a role in the film, "Hustlers," which I have not yet seen.  I think Lopez herself had the feeling that it was not happening.

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CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment:  In an Sunday night (Jan. 12th) on CBS' "60 Minutes," Joaquin Phoenix talks about the intrusion of the media when he was grieving for his brother, the late River Phoenix, who died of a drug overdose in 1993.

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 1/10 to 1/12/2020 weekend box office is director Sam Mendes' "1917" with an estimated take 36.5 million dollars.

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  CBS has ordered a TV series that follows FBI agent, "Clarice Starling," after the events depicted in the film, "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991).  Entitled, "Clarice," the series will open in 1993.

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AWARDS - From Variety:   The winners of the 25th Critics Choice Awards were announced Sun., Jan. 12, 2020.  "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" was named best picture of 2019.

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TELEVISION - From THR:  Syfy has picked up a TV series starring horror movie icon and doll, "Chucky," from the character's creator, Don Mancini.

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DISNEY - From THR:  Megan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex and the wife of British royal, Prince Harry, has signed a voice-over deal with Disney for an unspecified project.

OBITS:

From TheMirror:  The British author, Christopher Tolkien, has died at the age of 95, Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  Tolkien was the third son of legendary author, J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings."  Christopher completed and/or edited most of his father's posthumous work.

From WWE:  WWE Hall of Fame professional wrestler, Rocky "Soul Man" Johnson, has died at the age of 75, Wednesday, January 15, 2020.  He wrestled for the "National Wrestling Alliance" and "World Wrestling Federation" from 1964 to 1985.  He is also known as the father of football player turned wrestler turned actor, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

From YahooEntertainment:  Actor, director, and acting coach, Stan Kirsch, died at the age of 51, Saturday, January 11, 2020.  He was best known for his role of the syndicated TV series, "Highlander."  The cause of Kirsch's death was suicide.

From Variety:  Noted British film ant TV producer, Tony Garnett, has died at the age of 83, Sunday, January 12, 2020.  He is best known for founding the production company, World Productions, and for his 13-year association with acclaimed filmmaker, Ken Loach.


"2020 Grammy Nominees" LP Now in Stores

Recording Academy® and Warner Records Reveal The 2020 GRAMMY® Nominees Album Track Listing Featuring 21 Songs That Defined the Year in Music

The 2020 GRAMMY® Nominees Album Hits Stores and Digital Retailers Jan. 17 and Is Available for Pre-order Now At 2020GRAMMYAlbum.com

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY Recordings® and Warner Records have revealed the powerful track listing for the 2020 GRAMMY® Nominees album. Set for release on Jan. 17, 2020 in stores and via digital retailers, the latest installment of the best-selling series — now in its 26th year — features a diverse collection of the year's most impactful GRAMMY-nominated music. A portion of album proceeds will benefit the year-round work of the GRAMMY Museum® and MusiCares® — two charitable organizations founded by the Recording Academy that focus on music education programs and critical assistance for music people in need.

    “We're thrilled to band together with Warner Records to release a powerful, unifying blend of music that contributed to the world's soundtrack to 2019”

"We're thrilled to band together with Warner Records to release a powerful, unifying blend of music that contributed to the world's soundtrack to 2019," said Deborah Dugan, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "The album puts forth the tremendous opportunity to support to the GRAMMY Museum and MusiCares, and we can't wait to share this remarkable compilation with music fans worldwide!"

"All of us at Warner Records are proud to join forces with the Recording Academy for the 2020 GRAMMY Nominees album," said Tom Corson, co-chairman & COO, Warner Records. "The groundbreaking and diverse range of artists and songs featured on this latest collection are further testament to the incredible year we've had in music."

Music fans can log on to 2020GRAMMYAlbum.com to pre-order the album and enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards® on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.

Music's Biggest Night® will be broadcast live on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

*No purchase necessary to enter or win. Visit 2020GRAMMYalbum.com or cbs.com/GRAMMYs for details and eligibility requirements.

"2020 GRAMMY Nominees" Album Track List:

1.        
BILLIE EILISH
"bad guy"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Best Pop Vocal Album

2.        
ARIANA GRANDE
"7 rings"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Best Pop Vocal Album

3.        
LIL NAS X FEAT. BILLY RAY CYRUS
"Old Town Road (Remix)"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

4.
LIZZO
"Truth Hurts"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

5.        
KHALID
"Talk"
Record Of The Year

6.        
H.E.R.
"Hard Place"
Record Of The Year
Album Of The Year

7.        
SHAWN MENDES & CAMILA CABELLO
"Señorita"
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

8.        
ARIANA GRANDE & SOCIAL HOUSE
"boyfriend"
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

9.        
ED SHEERAN & JUSTIN BIEBER
"I Don't Care"
Best Pop Vocal Album

10.        
POST MALONE & SWAE LEE
"Sunflower"
Record Of The Year
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

11.
TAYLOR SWIFT
"Lover"
Best Pop Vocal Album

12.        
JONAS BROTHERS
"Sucker"
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

13.        
VAMPIRE WEEKEND
"Harmony Hall"
Album Of The Year

14.        
BON IVER
"Hey, Ma"
Record Of the Year
Album Of the Year

15.        
BEYONCÉ
"SPIRIT" (From Disney's The Lion King)
Best Pop Vocal Album

16.        
LANA DEL REY
"Norman F***ing Rockwell"
Album Of The Year
       
17.        
LITTLE BIG TOWN
"The Daughters"
Best Country Duo/Group Performance

18.        
DAN + SHAY
"Speechless"
Best Country Duo/Group Performance

19.        
MAREN MORRIS FEAT. BRANDI CARLILE
"Common"
Best Country Duo/Group Performance

20.        
BROTHERS OSBORNE
"I Don't Remember Me (Before You)"
Best Country Duo/Group Performance

21.        
BROOKS & DUNN WITH LUKE COMBS
"Brand New Man"
Best Country Duo/Group Performance


ABOUT THE RECORDING ACADEMY:
The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards — music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.

For more information about the Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @RecordingAcad on Twitter, "like" Recording Academy on Facebook, and join the Recording Academy's social communities on Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

VIZ Media Announces "Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga"

Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga; Paperback – January 14, 2020 $14.99; By Akira Himekawa, Haruichi, Subaru, Akira Fukaya, Takashi Kisaki

STAR WARS MANGA IS A LITERARY FORCE

San Francisco, CA – 43 years after Star Wars: A New Hope hit theaters, the legendary space saga unfolds in the galaxy of manga thanks to the latest story in the Skywalker saga.

Packing in all the adventure that fans would expect from Star Wars, publishing and entertainment juggernaut VIZ Media, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, presents Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga.

Encounters with the elusive Jedi Luke Skywalker have mystified many in a galaxy far, far away. A cadre of renowned Japanese manga artists, Akira Himekawa, Haruichi, Subaru, Akira Fukaya, and Takashi Kisaki, brilliantly capture and bring him to life in this literary piece.

Star Wars and manga fans alike will delight in the storytelling and humor narrated in Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker: The Manga inspired by Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy award-winning author Ken Liu’s Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

About the artists:

AKIRA FUKAYA AND TAKASHI KISAKI
As an artist and writer team, Fukaya and Kisaki frequently collaborate on manga projects published in Japan. Fukaya has been enthralled with Star Wars since he was in elementary school. The starships and character designs, as well as the planets portrayed in the films, inspired him to create stories of his own. The Starship Graveyard is their English manga debut.

HARUICHI
A longtime fan of the Star Wars galaxy, Haruichi is also the creator behind the Star Wars Japanese webtoon, Leia Organa: Ordeal of the Princess. Haruichi has always admired characters like Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and especially Obi-Wan Kenobi, but lately she has a growing affection for the stormtroopers. I, Droid is Haruichi’s English manga debut.

SUBARU
Subaru currently lives in Tokyo and works in the animation industry as a background artist. Subaru loves that the characters in Star Wars always jump toward their destiny. The Tale of Lugubrious Mote is Subaru’s English manga debut.

AKIRA HIMEKAWA
Akira Himekawa are an artist duo from Japan with many fans all over the world. They have always wondered what may have happened to Luke Skywalker in between his galactic adventures and love exploring those possibilities.

KEN LIU
A winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards, Ken Liu is the author of The Legends of Luke Skywalker.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at viz.com.

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates.  © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

For information on anime, manga and other titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.


About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular SHONEN JUMP brand and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shogakukan Inc., Shueisha Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at viz.com.

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A "Star Wars" Link-o-Rama 2020 by Negromancer - Update #12

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."

FUTURE - From TheWrap:   Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Taika Waititi, is being eyed to develop a "Star Wars" film of some type.

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - From Variety:  "The Rise of Skywalker" crosses the one billion dollar mark in global box office, $1.001 billion.

EPISODE IX - From YahooEntertainment:  Before J.J. Abrams came back to direct what would become "The Rise of Skywalker," Colin Trevorrow was going to co-write and direct Episode IX.  Now, comes a leak of what is alleged to be Trevorrow and writing partner's Derek Connolly's Episode IX script, "Star Wars: Duel of the Fates."

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - From Space:  "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" earned two Oscar nominations as the 2020 / 92nd Academy Awards: "Music (Original Score)" and "Sound Editing and Visual Effects."

THE MANDALORIAN - From TheWrap:  Meet the actor who punched the "Baby Yoda" puppet that cost five million dollars to make.

PRINCESS LEIA - From YahooEntertainment:  Apparently, Billie Lourd played her mother, Carrie Fisher's character, Princess Leia, in "The Rise of Skywalker," for "a few seconds" with the help of VFX magic.

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - From GamesRader:  Apparenly, classic Star Wars character, Nien Nunb (Return of the Jedi), dies in "The Rise of Skywalker."

COMIC BOOKS - From Newsarama:  The site has a first-issue preview of Marvel Comics' new Darth Vader series, "Star Wars: Darth Vader."  The preview includes seven pages of interior art and also a look at the art for two covers.

THE MANDALORIAN - From CBR:  Director Taika Watiti says that he knows "The Child" a.k.a. "Baby Yoda's" real name, but he is waiting for "The Mandalorian's" creator and executive producer, Jon Favreau to reveal it.

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - From IGN:   "The Rise of Skywalker" apparently has deleted scenes that explain how Palpatine is still alive.

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - From BleedingCool:  Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner (1984-2005) took to Twitter to criticize "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" and actress Daisy Ridley's performance in it.

THE MANDALORIAN - From MovieWeb:  Actress Gina Garano says that she fainted twice while filming the "Baby Yoda choke scene" during a recent episode of Disney+/Lucasfilm's "The Mandalorian."

THE RISE OF SKYWALKER - From VanityFair:   Director J.J. Abrams explained how he convinced Harrison Ford to come back and play "Han Solo" one more time in "The Rise of Skywalker."


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STAR WARS Reviews:

From Negromancer:  "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"


Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Nominations for the 2020 / 92nd Academy Awards Announced

92ND OSCARS® NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

Actor-producer John Cho and producer-actress-writer Issa Rae announced the 92nd Oscars® nominations Monday, January 13, 2020, live from the David Geffen Theater at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, opening later this year, via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, an international satellite feed and broadcast media.

Cho and Rae announced the nominees in 8 categories at 5:18 a.m. PT, and the remaining 16 categories at 5:30 a.m. PT. For a complete list of nominees, visit the official Oscars website, www.oscar.com.

Academy members from each of the 17 branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, etc. In the Animated Feature Film and International Feature Film categories, nominees are selected by a vote of multi-branch screening committees. All voting members are eligible to select the Best Picture nominees.

Active members of the Academy are eligible to vote for the winners in all 24 categories beginning Thursday, January 30 through Tuesday, February 4, 2020.

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. "Oscars: Live on the Red Carpet" will air at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Nominations for the 2020 / 92nd Academy Awards:

Best motion picture of the year
  •     "Ford v Ferrari" Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold, Producers
  •     "The Irishman" Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
  •     "Jojo Rabbit" Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi, Producers
  •     "Joker" Todd Phillips, Bradley Cooper and Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Producers
  •     "Little Women" Amy Pascal, Producer
  •     "Marriage Story" Noah Baumbach and David Heyman, Producers
  •     "1917" Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne-Ann Tenggren and Callum McDougall, Producers
  •     "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh and Quentin Tarantino, Producers
  •     "Parasite" Kwak Sin Ae and Bong Joon Ho, Producers

Performance by an actor in a leading role
    Antonio Banderas in "Pain and Glory"
    Leonardo DiCaprio in "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood"
    Adam Driver in "Marriage Story"
    Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker"
    Jonathan Pryce in "The Two Popes"

Performance by an actor in a supporting role
    Tom Hanks in "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"
    Anthony Hopkins in "The Two Popes"
    Al Pacino in "The Irishman"
    Joe Pesci in "The Irishman"
    Brad Pitt in "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood"

Performance by an actress in a leading role
    Cynthia Erivo in "Harriet"
    Scarlett Johansson in "Marriage Story"
    Saoirse Ronan in "Little Women"
    Charlize Theron in "Bombshell"
    Renée Zellweger in "Judy"

Performance by an actress in a supporting role
    Kathy Bates in "Richard Jewell"
    Laura Dern in "Marriage Story"
    Scarlett Johansson in "Jojo Rabbit"
    Florence Pugh in "Little Women"
    Margot Robbie in "Bombshell"

Best animated feature film of the year
    "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" Dean DeBlois, Bradford Lewis and Bonnie Arnold
    "I Lost My Body" Jérémy Clapin and Marc du Pontavice
    "Klaus" Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh and Marisa Román
    "Missing Link" Chris Butler, Arianne Sutner and Travis Knight
    "Toy Story 4" Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera

Achievement in cinematography
    "The Irishman" Rodrigo Prieto
    "Joker" Lawrence Sher
    "The Lighthouse" Jarin Blaschke
    "1917" Roger Deakins
    "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" Robert Richardson

Achievement in costume design
    "The Irishman" Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson
    "Jojo Rabbit" Mayes C. Rubeo
    "Joker" Mark Bridges
    "Little Women" Jacqueline Durran
    "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" Arianne Phillips

Achievement in directing
    "The Irishman" Martin Scorsese
    "Joker" Todd Phillips
    "1917" Sam Mendes
    "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" Quentin Tarantino
    "Parasite" Bong Joon Ho

Best documentary feature
    "American Factory" Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and Jeff Reichert
    "The Cave" Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær
    "The Edge of Democracy" Petra Costa, Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan
    "For Sama" Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
    "Honeyland" Ljubo Stefanov, Tamara Kotevska and Atanas Georgiev

Best documentary short subject
    "In the Absence" Yi Seung-Jun and Gary Byung-Seok Kam
    "Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl)" Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva
    "Life Overtakes Me" John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson
    "St. Louis Superman" Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan
    "Walk Run Cha-Cha" Laura Nix and Colette Sandstedt

Achievement in film editing
    "Ford v Ferrari" Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
    "The Irishman" Thelma Schoonmaker
    "Jojo Rabbit" Tom Eagles
    "Joker" Jeff Groth
    "Parasite" Yang Jinmo

Best international feature film of the year
    "Corpus Christi" Poland
    "Honeyland" North Macedonia
    "Les Misérables" France
    "Pain and Glory" Spain
    "Parasite" South Korea

Achievement in makeup and hairstyling
    "Bombshell" Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker
    "Joker" Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou
    "Judy" Jeremy Woodhead
    "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil" Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White
    "1917" Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)
    "Joker" Hildur Guðnadóttir
    "Little Women" Alexandre Desplat
    "Marriage Story" Randy Newman
    "1917" Thomas Newman
    "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" John Williams

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)
  •     "I Can't Let You Throw Yourself Away" from "Toy Story 4" Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
  •     "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" from "Rocketman" Music by Elton John; Lyric by Bernie Taupin
  •     "I'm Standing With You" from "Breakthrough" Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
  •     "Into The Unknown" from "Frozen II" Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  •     "Stand Up" from "Harriet" Music and Lyric by Joshuah Brian Campbell and Cynthia Erivo
Achievement in production design
    "The Irishman" Production Design: Bob Shaw; Set Decoration: Regina Graves
    "Jojo Rabbit" Production Design: Ra Vincent; Set Decoration: Nora Sopková
    "1917" Production Design: Dennis Gassner; Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
    "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" Production Design: Barbara Ling; Set Decoration: Nancy Haigh
    "Parasite" Production Design: Lee Ha Jun; Set Decoration: Cho Won Woo

Best animated short film
    "Dcera (Daughter)" Daria Kashcheeva
    "Hair Love" Matthew A. Cherry and Karen Rupert Toliver
    "Kitbull" Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson
    "Memorable" Bruno Collet and Jean-François Le Corre
    "Sister" Siqi Song

Best live action short film
    "Brotherhood" Meryam Joobeur and Maria Gracia Turgeon
    "Nefta Football Club" Yves Piat and Damien Megherbi
    "The Neighbors' Window" Marshall Curry
    "Saria" Bryan Buckley and Matt Lefebvre
    "A Sister" Delphine Girard

Achievement in sound editing
    "Ford v Ferrari" Donald Sylvester
    "Joker" Alan Robert Murray
    "1917" Oliver Tarney and Rachael Tate
    "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" Wylie Stateman
    "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" Matthew Wood and David Acord

Achievement in sound mixing
    "Ad Astra" Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
    "Ford v Ferrari" Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow
    "Joker" Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic and Tod Maitland
    "1917" Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson
    "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" Michael Minkler, Christian P. Minkler and Mark Ulano

Achievement in visual effects
    "Avengers: Endgame" Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick
    "The Irishman" Pablo Helman, Leandro Estebecorena, Nelson Sepulveda-Fauser and Stephane Grabli
    "The Lion King" Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman
    "1917" Guillaume Rocheron, Greg Butler and Dominic Tuohy
    "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted screenplay
    "The Irishman" Screenplay by Steven Zaillian
    "Jojo Rabbit" Screenplay by Taika Waititi
    "Joker" Written by Todd Phillips & Scott Silver
    "Little Women" Written for the screen by Greta Gerwig
    "The Two Popes" Written by Anthony McCarten

Original screenplay
    "Knives Out" Written by Rian Johnson
    "Marriage Story" Written by Noah Baumbach
    "1917" Written by Sam Mendes & Krysty Wilson-Cairns
    "Once upon a Time...in Hollywood" Written by Quentin Tarantino
    "Parasite" Screenplay by Bong Joon Ho, Han Jin Won; Story by Bong Joon Ho

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Marvel Studios Negromancer Link-o-Rama - 2020 - Update #17

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

Support Leroy on Patreon:

TRAILERS :

From EW:  Here is the special look at "Black Widow" shown during the "College Football Playoff" Championship game between LSU (winner) and Clemson.

From Marvel:  See first official teaser trailer for Marvel Studios' "Black Widow" (Tues., Ded. 3, 2019).
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NEWS:

DOCTOR STRANGE 2 - From Newsarama:  The film industry site, "Backsgate," may have the synopsis for "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

BLACK WIDOW - From Newsarama:  There is a video "featurette" that delves into Black Widow's history.

ETERNALS - From Newsarama:  A new synopsis of Marvel's "The Eternals" reveals story details.  The film also ties into "Avengers: Endgame" and seems to borrow plot elements from Neil Gaiman's 2008 "Eternals" comic book series.

FALCON & WINTER SOLDIER - From Variety:  Production has been delayed on "Falcon & Winter Soldier" due to the Jan. 7th and Jan. 11th earthquakes in Puerto Rico.

KEVIN FEIGE - From ScreenRant:  Managing Marvel Comics may prove to be quite a challenge for Marvel Studios' boss, Kevin Feige.

SHANG-CHI - From Newsarama:  Who is Shang-Chi? And what are the "10 rings?"

NEW MUTANTS? - From Newsarama:  D23, the official Disney fan club, seems to think that, "The New Mutants," the X-Men film that Disney inherited after buying 20th Century Fox, is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The MCU is comprised of films produced by Marvel Studios.

FRANCHISE - From YahooMovies:  Why you'll never see James Dean (or any other dead actor) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

DOCTOR STRANGE - From Deadline:   Director Scott Derrickson has left "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" due to "creative differences."  Derrickson directed the 2016 original film.

ABC - From Deadline:  The ABC Network is in talks with Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige about Marvel developing a new TV series for the network.  The net's long-running "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." is coming to an end.

BLADE - From Newsarama:  Stephen Dorff played the villain, "Deacon Frost," in the original "Blade" film from 1998.  He said that he wouldn't mind reprising the role in the planned new Blade films starring his pal, Mahershala Ali."

THOR: LOVE & THUNDER - From THR:  Oscar-winner Christian Bale ("The Fighter) is in talks to join "Thor: Love & Thunder."

THOR: LOVE & THUNDER - From Gamespot:  Director Taika Watiti says that "Thor: Love & Thunder" is scheduled to begin shooting in Australia in August 2020.

SHANG-CHI - From THR:  Director Destin Daniel Cretton talks about moving from directing his current drama, "Just Mercy," to his next film, "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

THE ETERNALS - From YahooEntertainment:   Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has revealed that Marvel's first transgender character will appear in "The Eternals," which is due November 2020.

WANDAVISION - From Newsarama:  Disney has moved the release date for the Disney+/Marvel Studios' series, "WandaVision" to 2020 from 2021.

DOCTOR STRANGE 2 - From Collider:  Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says that "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" is not "exactly a horror movie," although it will have scary scenes.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Walt Disney Company Celebrates Its 2020 Oscar Nominations

The Walt Disney Company’s Films Receive 23 Oscar® Nominations

Nominations for the 92nd Oscars® were announced this morning and releases from The Walt Disney Company’s portfolio of brands earned a combined 23 nods in 15 categories. Fox Searchlight PicturesJojo Rabbit received six nominations, including Best Picture and best Actress in a Supporting Role for Scarlett Johansson; and 20th Century Fox’s Ford v Ferrari is nominated in four categories, including Best Picture. The three nods for Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker include a nomination for John Williams for his original score. Pixar’s Toy Story 4 is among this year’s nominees for best Animated Feature Film.

Here is the complete list of The Walt Disney Company’s 2020 Academy Award® nominees:

Best Picture
Ford v Ferrari—Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and James Mangold, Producers
Jojo Rabbit—Carthew Neal and Taika Waititi, Producers

Actress in a Supporting Role
Scarlett Johansson—Jojo Rabbit

Costume Design
Jojo Rabbit—Mayes C. Rubeo

Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 4—Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera

Film Editing
Ford v Ferrari—Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland
Jojo Rabbit—Tom Eagles

Original Score
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—John Williams

Animated Short Film
Kitbull—Rosana Sullivan and Kathryn Hendrickson

Sound Editing
Ford v Ferrari—Donald Sylvester
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—Matthew Wood and David Acord

Sound Mixing
Ad Astra—Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson and Mark Ulano
Ford v Ferrari—Paul Massey, David Giammarco and Steven A. Morrow

Documentary (Feature)
The Cave—Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfod and Sigrid Dyekjær

Makeup and Hairstyling
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil—Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White

Original Song
“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” from Toy Story 4—Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
“I’m Standing with You” from Breakthrough—Music and Lyric by Diane Warren
“Into the Unknown” from Frozen 2—Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

Production Design
Jojo Rabbit—Production Design: Ra Vincent, Set Decoration: Nora Sopková

Visual Effects
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame—Dan DeLeeuw, Russell Earl, Matt Aitken and Dan Sudick
The Lion King—Robert Legato, Adam Valdez, Andrew R. Jones and Elliot Newman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—Roger Guyett, Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy

Adapted Screenplay
Jojo Rabbit—Screenplay by Taika Waititi

“Thank you to the Academy for their recognition of our film Ford v Ferrari,” said producer James Mangold. “Jenno [Topping], Peter [Chernin] and I are thrilled to be nominated among such moving and unique films—and also grateful to our brilliant team of artists who brought our remarkable characters, and their adventures on and off the track, to life.”

Pixar’s Josh Cooley, director of Toy Story 4, and producers, Mark Nielsen and Jonas Rivera, shared their reaction to the film’s nominations for best Animated Feature and Original Song: “Working on Toy Story 4 has been an incredible journey and a tremendous honor. We love these characters so much—they are like family to us. Our goal was to tell a story that explored the idea that our purpose is a moving target. It’s humbling how that message resonated with audiences around the world. We hope people have found it not only to be entertaining, but thoughtful as well.

“Of course it’s also a film about toys, which hopefully helps imbue the experience with humor and fun, as well as emotional depth. But for us, and our entire crew, when we receive an honor like today’s two nominations, it’s clear our purpose is to strive to tell great stories. Thank you Academy for this recognition—to infinity and beyond!”

Disney Legend Randy Newman, who penned the song “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away,” said, “I’m very happy. I loved working with Josh Cooley on Toy Story 4. I’m proud of this song. I like it as well as any song I’ve written for a movie. I hope it wins.”

Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Academy Award®-winning songwriters for Frozen, had this to say about their nomination for Frozen 2’s “Into the Unknown,” recognized in the best Original Song category: “For us, ‘Into the Unknown’ is more than a song—it’s a culmination of a decade-long collaboration with the incredible artists at Walt Disney Animation Studios, led by our partners and friends Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck. We have been so lucky to work hand-in-hand almost daily for five years helping to craft the story and songs for Frozen 2. To be honored by the Academy once more means the world to us.”

Creature Effects Supervisor Neal Scanlan is nominated alongside Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach and Dominic Tuohy for the visual effects in Star Wars:The Rise of Skywalker, the Skywalker Saga’s epic conclusion. “Unbelievable, I feel incredibly lucky and honored to be nominated,” he said. “For the entire team, it is confirmation that all of their commitment and hard work has been noticed and acknowledged at the highest level. The Rise of Skywalker is the last film in the trilogy and with that comes some sadness, however this nomination is a perfect way to finish.”

The 92nd Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: "Gemini Man" Strong Start, Embarrassing Finish

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 2 (of 2020) by Leroy Douresseaux

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

Gemini Man (2019)
Running time:  117 minutes (1 hour, 57 minutes)
MPAA – PG-13 for violence and action throughout, and brief strong language.
DIRECTOR:  Ang Lee
WRITERS:  David Benioff, Billy Ray, and Darren Lemke (from a story by Darren Lemke and David Benioff)
PRODUCERS:  Jerry Bruckheimer, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Dion Beebe
EDITOR:  Tim Squyres
COMPOSER:  Lorne Balfe

SCI-FI/ACTION/THRILLER

Starring: Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong, Linda Emond, Douglas Hodge, Ralph Brown, Ilia Volok, and E.J. Bonilla

Gemini Man is a 2019 science fiction and action-thriller film from director Ang Lee and starring Will Smith.  The film focuses on an aging hit man who faces off against a younger version of himself.

Gemini Man introduces Henry Brogan (Will Smith), a government assassin who is considered the best assassin of his generation.  After completing an assassination mission in Europe that turns complicated, Henry decides to retire.  However, the government agency for which Henry kills, the Defense Intelligence Agency (D.I.A.), decides that it is time to permanently retire him, and sends an assassination squad to kill him.

Henry kills the team, and rescues a fellow D.I.A. agent, Danny Zakarweski (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who had been watching him.  Henry and Danny turn to a longtime associate of Henry's, Baron (Benedict Wong), who flies them to Bogata, Colombia.  There, Henry plots his next move, but what he doesn't know is that a D.I.A. supervisor, Clayton “Clay” Varris (Clive Owen), head of a top-secret black ops unit code-named “GEMINI,” has marked him for death.  And the assassin Clay has sent to kill Henry may be the most-perfect assassin to take down the world's best assassin.

While watching Gemini Man, I thought the film reminded me of one of those mid-1990s action movies that had science fiction elements.  I am thinking of director John Woo's Nicolas Cage vs. John Travolta film, Face/Off (1997), or director Chuck Russell's Eraser (1996), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.  Sure enough, I later learned that Gemini Man was originally meant to go into production back in 1997, but it ended up in “development hell” until producer David Ellison bought the rights.

They really don't make movies like Gemini Man anymore.  Our current movie action heroes are superhero action heroes like Black Panther, Captain America, and Iron Man, and, quite frankly, their films are better than Gemini Man is.

Actually, Gemini Man starts off pretty strongly, kind of like a slightly less polished version of a Jason Bourne film.  The first hour or so of Gemini Man is tense, thrilling, and filled with mystery.  However, once the mystery is solved and once the film reveals the identity and origin of the killer (code-named “Junior”) sent to kill Henry Brogan, the tension and drama of the film is let out like air out of a balloon.  There is an fierce “final battle” in the film's last act, and there is a feel-good, if not weird, happy ending, but the atmosphere of high-tech thrills that initially filled Gemini Man is gone.

The special effects in Gemini Man look like special effects – in a too obvious way.  The computer-generated 23-year-old Will Smith sometimes looks weird and plastic.  I don't want to use the word “awful,” but...  I think Marvel Studios did a much better job creating a younger face for Samuel L. Jackson/Nick Fury in this year's blockbuster, mega-smash hit film, Captain Marvel.

Anyway, the performances are good, but not great.  Will Smith's performance as Henry Brogan is practically the same he gave in his previous sci-fi action-thriller, I, Robot (2004).  It is good to see that Mary Elizabeth Winstead can play an adult, and Benedict Wong is proving to be a winning character actor in roles that provide both comic relief and wit.  As usual, Clive Own proves that he can do mean, but his Clay Farris is much more menacing early in Gemini Man.  By the end of the film, Farris is practically a cartoon villain.

Gemini Man is a good and entertaining film.  It could have been so much better though; in fact, (as I keep saying), the beginning is really good and holds the promise of being the start of an exceptional action film.  Alas, Gemini Man is not exceptional.  If you are a Will Smith fan, Gemini Man is not so good that you have to see it in a theater; you can certainly wait for the home media release.

6 of 10
B

Saturday, October 12, 2019


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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from January 1st to 11th, 2020 - Update #37

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

Support Leroy on Patreon:

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

DISNEY - From THR:  Disney+ is seeking to remake "Space Camp," the 1986 adventure movie from 20th Century Fox.

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STAR TREK - From THR:  Director Noah Hawley hints that his "Star Trek" movie might involve a new cast...

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SCANDAL - From Deadline:   Harvey Weinstein's defense team in his sexual assault trial in Manhattan want the media kept out of jury selection.

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TELEVISION - From THR:  Director Bong Joon Ho and Oscar-winner Adam McKay are teaming up to bring Joon's acclaimed film, "Parasite," to HBO as a limited series.

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TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Cable network, FX, has renewed "American Horror Story" for three more seasons, in addition to the already approved tenth season.  The ninth season, "American Horror Story: 1984," finished November 2019.

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CELEBRITY - From THR:  The British royals, Prince Harry and his wife Megan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have announced that they are stepping down as "senior royals."  They are reducing their royal duties and may split time living in the United Kingdom and North America.

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MOVIES - From THR:  Warner Bros. has signed a deal with Cinelytic to use its A.I. driven project management system.

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TELEVISION - From Variety:  Silvio Horta, the creator of ABC's "Ugly Betty," was found dead of an apparent suicide Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

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AWARDS - From Variety:  The 2020 / 31st Producers Guild Awards nominations have been announced.  The winners will be announced.  Winners will be announced January 18, 2020.

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AWARDS - From Deadline:  The 2020 / 72 Annual Directors Guild Awards nominations have been announced.  The winners will be announced January 25, 2020.

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AWARDS:  From GoldDerby:  The nominations for the 2020 / 73rd BAFTA Awards (the "British Academy Film Awards") have been announced.  The winners will be announced Sunday, February 9, 2020.

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SCANDAL - From Deadline:  Harvey Weinstein's rape trial began today (Mon., Jan. 6th, 2020) in a Manhattan courtroom.  Explosions begin...

From Deadline:  The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged Harvey Weinstein with four counts of sexual assault.  Weinstein and his attorneys may try to get a delay in the Manhattan trial to deal with the L.A. developments.

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AWARDS - From Deadline:  If you care (and I don't), the winners at the 2020 / 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced last night (Sun., Jan. 5th, 2020).  The best picture winners were "1917" (drama) and "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" (comedy).

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BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:  The winner of the 1/3 to 1/5/2020 weekend box office is "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" with an estimated take of 33.7 million dollars.

From Variety:  "Frozen II" is now the highest-grossing animated film ever, grossing 1.325 billion in global box office receipts.  The previous record holder was the original "Frozen" (2013) which grossed 1.281 billion.  "Incredibles 2" (2018) sits at 1.243 billion.

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MOVIES - From EW:  A new image from "Bill & Ted Face the Music" features the title characters with their daughters.

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MOVIES - From IndependentUK:   Terry Gilliam finally finished his aborted film, "The Man Who Killed Don Quixote."  Now, he has decided to finish his career with a rant-filled interview about wanting to be a "Black lesbian in transition" and being tired of white men being blamed for everything.

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POLITICS - From InformedConsent:  "Trump, Troll-in-Chief, Wags the Impeachment Dog by Going to War With Iran" by Juan Cole.

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AWARDS - From Deadline:  Bong Joon Ho and Quentin Tarantino top 9th AACTA International Awards.

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STREAMING - From TVLine:  Al Pacino's Nazi-hunting series, "Hunters," will arrive Feb. 21st on Amazon.  The series is executive produced by Jordan Peele.

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SCANDAL - From CNN:  Molly Fitzgerald, an actress who appeared in "Captain America: The First Avenger" has been charged with killing her mother, 68-year-old Patricia Fitzgerald, on December 20, 2019.  The 38-year-old Fitzgerald played a "Stark girl" in the first "Captain America" film.

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MOVIES - From TheWrap:  Actor Harry Hamlin says that he was close to winning the role of "Indiana Jones" in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."  He said he lost the role because he dissed director Steven Spielberg.  Hamlin did go on to star in the NBC TV series, "L.A. Law."

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TELEVISION - From TheWrap:  RuPaul Charles' talk show, entitled "RuPaul," will not continue past its three-week trial run which aired Summer 2019.

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MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment:  Apparently, nearly 23 years after its first release, "Men in Black," still has not made a profit and may be losing money...

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TRAILERS - From THR: The first trailer for "A Quiet Place II" arrives.

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DISNEY - From Quartz:  2019 was Disney's biggest year, but will 2020 be its most important?

OBITS:

From Deadline:  The site offers a photo gallery of  "Notable Hollywood & Entertainment Industry Deaths In 2019."

From RollingStone:  Rock musician and drummer, Neil Peart, has died at the age of 67, Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  Peart was best known as the acclaimed, accomplished and legendary drummer for the legendary rock band, "Rush."

From GuardianUK:  Author and journalist Elizabeth Wurtzel has died at the age of 52, Tuesday, January 7, 2020.  She is best known for the 1994 memoir, Prozac Nation.  The film was adapted into a 2001 film starring Christina Ricci.

From Deadline:  Director, screenwriter, and actor Buck Henry has died at the age of 89, Wednesday, January 8, 2020.  As a screenwriter, Henry is best known for co-writing the film, "The Graduate" (1967), for which he received an Oscar nomination.  As a director, he shared an Oscar nomination with Warren Beatty for directing "Heaven Can Wait" (1978), which he also co-wrote.  He hosted "Saturday Night Live" 10 times during the series first five seasons, and with Mel Brooks, he co-created the TV series, "Get Smart" (1965-1970).

From WCPO:  Former National Football League (NFL) coach, Sam Wyche, has died at the age of 74, Thursday, January 2, 2020.  Wyche is best known for his tenure coaching the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984 to 1991.  He took the Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers.  However, he was an assistant coach on the 49ers' Super Bowl XVI championship team.  As a NFL player, Wyche was a quarterback and played for the Bengals for three seasons.

From BuzzFeed:  The rapper and recording artist, Lexii Alijai, has died at the age of 21, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  An up-and-coming recording artist, Lexii had released one full-length studio album, "Growing Pains," in September of 2019.  Alijai was also the granddaughter of the late recording artist and producer, Roger Troutman, who founded the 1980s funk band, "Zapp."

From ESPN:  Former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and pitcher, Don Larsen, has died at the age of 90, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  Larsen was a member of two of the New York Yankees World Series champions (1956, 1958).  Larsen was the first and remains the only player to pitch a perfect game in the World Series, Game 5 of the 1956 World Series.

From ESPN:  Former National Basketball Association (NBA) commissioner, David Stern, has died at the age of 77, January 1, 2020.  Stern was the NBA commissioner from 1984 to 2014, replacing the late Larry O'Brien.   He oversaw the NBA during the most successful period in its history, as the league expanded its international fan base, become a global brand.

From THR:  Industrial designer and neo-futuristic and film concept artist, Syd Mead, has died at the age of 86, Monday, December 30, 2019.  He was best known for his conceptual design for films like "Blade Runner" (1982) and "Tron" (1982) among many.

From NPR:  The English songwriter, musician, writer, and comedian, Neil Innes, has died at the age of 75, Sunday, December 29, 2019.  Innes was known for his collaborations with "Monty Python," writing songs for two "Monty Python" albums, and he wrote and performed both sketches and songs for the final season of "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1974).  He was also the co-founder (with Python's Eric Idle) of the rock band, "The Rutles," a parody of "The Beatles."