Friday, March 20, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from March 15th to 21st, 2020 - Update #21

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

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CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 and Hollywood and Beyond:

From Deadline:  The news site "Deadline" has a dedicated page for news about coronavirus and the film, TV, and entertainment industries.

From TheNewYorker:  The venerable magazine has a dedicate COVID-19 page free to all readers.

From Deadline:  Writing for "The Washington Post," director Christopher Nolan said movie theaters need our help due to losses via COVID-19.

From YahooSports:  Several more National Basketball Association (NBA) players have tested positive for COVID-19, including two unknown members of the Los Angeles Lakers and three members of the Philadelphia 76ers.  So the NBA league office is directed teams to close their practice facilities.

From YahooCelebrity:  Actor Daniel Dae Kim ("Lost," "Hawaii Five-O") announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19

From NBCNews:  Hollywood power couple, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, leave an Australian hospital and return to their Aussie home for home quarantine as they recover from COVID-19.

From Deadline:  NBA star Kevin Durant is one of four members of the Brooklyn Nets who has tested positive for COVID-19.

From Variety:  Disney has pulled Marvel Studios' "Black Widow" from its May 2020 release date due to COVID19 concerns.  The new release date is unknown.

From Variety:  Some North American movie theaters have closed or have reduced seating capacity because of COVID-19.  So Universal Pictures will make some of its movies available on-demand as soon as Friday, March 20th, including "The Hunt" and "The Invisible Man."  DreamWorks Animations's "Trolls World Tour" will arrive April 10th.

From THR:  Actor Idris Elba says he has tested positive for COVID-19.

From YahooEntertainment:  Actress and former "Bond girl," Olga Kurylenko, has tested positive for COVID-19.  Olga appeared in the 2008 James Bond film, "Quantum of Solace."

From Deadline:  Director Baz Lurhmann and his family head into quarantine after one of the actors in his Elvis Presley biopic, Tom Hanks, tests positive for COVID-19.

From RSN:  6 quick about poverty and COVID-19 in the United States.

From YouTube:  In this video announcement, Ben Mankiewicz of Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announces that the 2020 TCM Classic Film Festival has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeMojo:   The winner of the 3/13 to 3/15/20 weekend box office is Pixar's "Onward" with an estimated take of 10.5 million dollars.

From Variety:  The box office in North America craters due to COVID-19 fears.  Tickets sales are an estimated 55.3 million dollars for the weekend.  That is the lowest since a weekend in mid-September 2000 grossed 54.5 million dollars.


From Deadline:  Jamie Foxx has signed on to direct a faith-based film, entitled "When We Pray."

From YahooEntertainment:  Cast and crew of "The Hunt" talk about the time President Trump attacked their movie.

From WallStreetJournal:  Five tips to finding a good Adam Sandler movie.


From Deadline:  Quibi is reviving the Comedy Central series, "Reno 911!"


From THR:  The actor, Lyle Waggoner, has died at the age of 84, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  He is best known for playing "Steve Trevor" on ABC's "Wonder Woman" (1976-77).  When the series moved to CBS and became known as "The New Adventures of Wonder Woman" (1977-79), Waggoner portrayed Steve Trevor, Jr.  Waggoner was also a cast member on "The Carol Burnett Show" from 1976 to 1974.

From CBSSports:  Former world champion boxer, Roger Mayweather, has died at the age of 58, Wednesday, March 17, 2020.  Mayweather was also an accomplished boxing trainer and he was the uncle of boxing champion and superstar, Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

From THR:  The film and television actor, Stuart Whitman, has died at the age of 92, Monday, March 16, 2020.  His best known films include "The Comancheros" (1961), "The Longest Day" (1962), "Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines" (1965), and "The Mark" (1961), for which he received a best actor Oscar nomination.  His best known TV role was probably as "Marshal Jim Crown" in CBS's "Cimarron Strip" (1967-68).

From YahooEntertainment:  The actor Lorenzo Brino, a child star on the TV series, "7th Heaven" (1996 to 2007, TheWB, TheCW), died in a car accident last Monday, March 9th, 2020.  He was 21.  Brino played the character "Sam Camden," and was a series regular from Seasons 6 to 10, and was featured actor in Season 5.

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