Sunday, May 31, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from May 24th to 31st, 2020 - Update #29

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

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From CDC:   The Centers for Disease Control has a "COVID Data Tracker."

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 YahooLife:  What is "happy hypoxia?"  And do you have this COVID-19 symptom?

From JuanCole:  Remeber when President Donald went crazy and suggested that we ingest household cleaning supplies and UV light to fight COVID-19.  Here is the video and commentary from Juan Cole.

From TheIntercept:  The federal government has ramped up security and police-related spending in response to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, including issuing contracts for riot gear, disclosures show. The purchase orders include requests for disposable cuffs, gas masks, ballistic helmets, and riot gloves...

From NPR:  A sad milestone: over 100,000 American have died due to COVID-19.

From ESPN:  NBA legend and retired player, Patrick Ewing (the New York Knicks), recently battle COVID-19 and was hospitalized.


MOVIES - From Deadline:   Apple will be finance and will be the "creative studios" for "Killers of the Flower Moon," which will be directed by Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro.  The original studio, Paramount, will distribute the film worldwide.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Doug Liman will direct that secretive Tom Cruise/Elon Musk/NASA that is supposedly going to be shot in space!

STREAMING - From BI:  Warner Media content chief, Kevin Reilly, says "we're closing deals every week" for content and talks HBO Max

MOVIES - From IndieWire:  Christopher Nolan bought a 747 to blow up for his new film, "Tenet," instead of relying on CGI.

TELEVISION - From IndieWire:  Although the 13th season of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" has yet to debut, the series has been contracted for a 15th season, which would make it the longest running live-action comedy series in American television history.  That would put it past the 14 seaons of ABC's sitcom, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet."

CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment:  Woody Allen don't give a f**k!

MOVIES - From ComicBook:  Actor John David Washington said that he asked director Christopher Nolan questions about the plot of their film, "Tenet," every day of filming.

FILM FESTIVALS - From Deadline:  The governor of Italy's Veneto region said that the "Venice Film Festival," scheduled for September 2nd to the 12th, 2020, will go ahead as scheduled.

BLM-MUSIC - From YahooEntertainment:  A Louisiana man falsely imprisoned for 37 years stuns the judges of "America's Got Talent" with his audition.

DISNEY-NBA - From THRThe Walt Disney Company and the National Basketball Association (NBA) are in talks to resume the 2019-20 NBA season in late July.  Games would be played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

PIXAR - From Deadline:  "Out," an animated short that Pixar produced for Disney+, features Pixar's first gay main character.

MOVIES - From VarietyJon Stewart, former host of "The Daily Show," has an upcoming political comedy film that he has written and directed, entitled "Irresistible."  It will debut on demand on June 26th and forego a theatrical release.

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


From NBCNews:  (5/26) - A Minneapolis black man, George Floyd, dies after pleading with a police officer that he could not breathe.

From YahooLifestyle:  Should the police officer who killed George Floyd be forgiven so quickly, if at all.  Welcome to "toxic black forgiveness."

From CNN:  Demonstrators in Europe rally to support #GeorgeFloyd protestors in the United States.

From YahooSports:   It is a big frickin' deal when a white NFL quarterback speaks out about the murder of George Floyd and the African-American community, even if that QB is an incoming rookie - in this case, Joe Burrows of the Cincinnati Bengals.

From YahooUSAToday:  "Qualified immunity" allows police officers to act like laws don't apply to them... because they don't.

From YahooABC:  The wife of Minneapolis police office, Derek Michael Chauvin, who killed George Floyd, says she is filing for divorce.

From NBCNews:  The phrase, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts," that Trump has twice used on Twitter has its origins in one of the darkest periods of American history.

From YahooSports:  Prominent sports figures react to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and remind people of why former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick protested by taking a knee before his games.

From CBSNews:  Because COVID-19 isn't killing Black people fast enough to satisfy some... Video shows Minneapolis cop with knee on neck of motionless, moaning man who later died.

From CNN:  The four police officers involved in the death of George Floyd have been fired.  That includes Officer Derek Chauvin who kneeled on Floyd's neck.

From TheDailyBeast:  Ira Toles, a black man, recounts how Minneapolis police office, Derek Chauvin, who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck, tried to kill him in 2008.  He still bears the scars of Chauvin's violence.

CHRISTIAN COOPER - From YahooLifestyles:  New Yorker Amy Cooper becomes the latest white woman to go viral after making a false complaint against Christian Cooper, an African-American man via 911.

From YahooNewsAmy Cooper has been fired from her job at Franklin Templeton.


From THR:  A giant of a man, Larry Kramer, has died at the age of 84, Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  Kramer was a Tony Award-winning playwright, best known for the play, "The Normal Heart."  He received an Oscar-nomination for writing the screenplay for "Women in Love" (1969).   Many will remember him as a prominent and historically important LGBT rights activist and AIDS activist.  He was one of the founders of ACT UP, which led the charge in changing public policy regarding AIDS and with changing the perception of people living with it.

From THR:  Veteran character actor, Richard Herd, has died at the age of 87, Tuesday, May 26, 2020.  Herd is known for the numerous supporting, recurring, and guest roles he played in numerous TV series and films.  Herd was George Costanza's boss ("Mr. Wilhelm") in 11 episodes of "Seinfeld."  Herd appeared on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Voyager."  He also appeared in such notable films as "All the President's Men" and "The China Syndrome."

From Variety:  The Japanese pro wrestler, Hana Kimura, has died at the age of 22, Saturday, May 23, 2020.  Kimura was also a cast member of the most recent season of Netflix's "Terrace House."

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