Thursday, April 30, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from April 26th to 30th, 2020 - Update #21

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

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BLACK AMERICA AND COVID-19 - Crisis or... :

From YahooGMA: (4/28) - Rana Zoe Mungin, a 30-year-old teacher from Brooklyn, died on Monday, April 27th for COVID-19.  She had twice been denied a test for the coronavirus after showing symptoms.  Her family and friends blame racial disparity in the health care system.

From RSNWashPost:  How COVID-19 is a perfect storm for Black Americans.

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 NEWS - Hollywood and Beyond:

From YahooNews:  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has added six possible new symptoms of COVID-19.

From YahooNews:  Why does COVID-19 kill some people and hardly affects others?

From YahooNews:  Yahoo has a dedicated page of links updating news about COVID-19.

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 YahooNews:  Re: the federal government's response to COVID-19: What if the most important election of our lifetime was the last one - 2016?

From YahooNews: (4/28) - A consumer group has launched a website to keep track of company and corporations that get those COVID-19 "Paycheck Protection Program" (PPP) small business loans.

From YahooNews: (4/28) - The United States has now has 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19.

From YahooFinance:  The COVID-19 pandemic may finally cut the cord to cable TV for Americans.

From YahooNews: (4/26) - COVID-19 is breaking the American food chain.

From YahooNews:  (4/26) - An ingredient in the popular heartburn medicine, "Pepcid," is being studied as a treatment for COVID-19.


MOVIES - From Variety:  Oscar-nominee Adam Driver joins director Jeff Nichols for "Yankee Comandante."

MOVIES - Deadline:  Universal's "Trolls World Tour" (DreamWorks Animation) has earned an estimated $95 million in rental fees during its first 19 days in release on PVOD (premium video on-demand).

From Deadline:  After comments that Universal made in a "Wall Street Journal," the theater chain, AMC, says that it will not carry Univeral's films in its venues.  This is the latest front in the "day-and-date theatrical-VOD" battle.

MOVIES - From BleedingCool:  The Grammy-winning recording duo, Daft Punk, will compose the musical score for Dario Argento's next film, "Black Glasses," his first film in eight years.

POLITICS - From TheDailyBeast:  Fox New has apparently cut ties with MAGA sambos, the vlogging and social media duo, "Diamond & Silk."

STAR TREK - From BleedingCool:  Director Jonathan Frakes, a veteran "Star Trek" actor and director, talks about Season 3 of CBS All Access' "Star Trek: Discovery."

TELEVISION - From DeadlineRyan Murphy teases the return of American Horror Story's "Rubber Man."

TELEVISION - From YahooEntertainmentDr. Anthony Fauci, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, gets his wish.  Brad Pitt played him on the April 25th 2020 broadcast of "Saturday Night Live."

From YahooEntertainmentDr. Anthony Fauci is pleased with Brad Pitt's portrayal of him on SNL.

MOVIES - From Variety:  Paramount Pictures is pushing back the release dates of the next two "Mission: Impossible" films.  "Mission: Impossible 7" movies from July 23, 2021 to November 19, 2021.  "Mission: Impossible 8" moves form August 5, 2022 to November 4, 2022.


From Deadline:  The Indian actor, Irrfan Khan, has died at the age of 53, Wednesday, April 29, 2020.  He is best known to American audiences for his appearances in the films, "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Life of Pi" (both in 2012) and "Jurassic World" (2015).

From Variety:  The actor Gene Dynarski died at the age of 86, February 27, 2020.  Dynarski is best known for appearing twice on "Seinfeld," as "Izzy Mandelbaum, Jr.," and twice on the original "Star Trek," most memorably in the episode, "Mudd's Women."

From Deadline:  Country music vocalist (bass singer,) Harold Reid, has died at the age of 80, April 24, 2020.  Reid was best known for his association with the country, gospel, and vocal group, "The Statler Brothers.

From Deadline:  The former president and longtime member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Jorge Camara, has died at the age of 84, Friday, April 24, 2020 of cancer.  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association hands out the "Golden Globes" awards.

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