Monday, August 31, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from August 23rd to 31st, 2020 - Update #25

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

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From Slate:  Friends and Fans mourn "Black Panther" star, Chadwick Boseman, dead at 43

From YahooEntertainment:  Remembering Chadwick Boseman: A journalist’s cherished, complicated friendship with a superhero.

From Deadline:  The site has a page dedicated to the late actor, Chadwick Boseman.

From Variety:   Chadwick Boseman: A Virtuoso Actor Who Could Do Just About Anything

From Variety:  Chadwick Boseman’s Final Tweet Is Twitter’s Most-Liked Post of All Time

From YahooEntertainment:  Did Chadwick Boseman hint at his cancer battle in a 2017 interview?

From Newsweek:  Chadwick Boseman's final tweet was a picture of him with Vice-Presidential candidate, Senator Kamala Harris.


From CNN:  Full video of Vice-President Joe Biden's acceptance speech at the 2020 DNC.

From CNN:  Full video of Sen. Kamala Harris acceptance speech at the 2020 DNC


PORNO - From RollingStone:  Legendary star of pornographic movies, 67-year-old Ron Jeremy, faces an additional 20 charges related to sexual assault, in addition to the four announced back in June.  Jeremy's alleged victims range in age from 15 to 54, and the alleged assaults took place from 2004 to as recent as January 2020

BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficeGuru:  The winner of the 8/28 to 8/30/2020 weekend box office is "New Mutants" with an estimated take of 7 million dollars.

From Deadline:  Christopher Nolan's much-anticipated big-tent picture, "Tenet," launches with an estimated take of $53 million at the worldwide box office.

CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment:  Jamie Lynn Spears will become the trustee of her sister, Grammy-winning recording artist, Britney Spears' 57 million fortune.

STREAMING - From Deadline:  CBS All-Access' star-laden, limited series adaptation of "The Stand," Stephen King's beloved 1978 novel, will debut Dec. 17th, 2020.  The novel was previously adapted as a four-part TV miniseries which originally aired on ABC in May 1994.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Frank Grillo, Melissa Leo, and Josh Hartnett lead the cast of "Ida Red," an action film shot in Oklahoma during the pandemic.

OSCARS - From Deadline:  A Los Angeles Superior Court judge will not force the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to reinstate Oscar-winning director, Roman Polanski, who the Academy expelled in 2018.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  The 1982 novel, "The Color Purple," became a beloved 1985 film, and both were the source for 2005 Broadway musical.  The 2015 revival of the musical won a Tony Award.  Now, the musical will received a film adaptation.  Blitz Bazawule, who co-directed Beyonce's Disney+ visual album, "Black is King," is set to direct the film.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  There is a new "direct sequel" to the classic horror film, "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."  It is entitled "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Bloodbath," and a week into production in Bulgaria, and there has been a change of directors.

AWARDS - From THR:  The African-American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) held its second annual TV awards Saturday morning, Aug. 22nd, and they had fun with it.

BOX OFFICE - From Deadline:  Released last week, the Russell Crowe road-rage movie, "Unhinged," apparently leads the 8.21 to 8/23/20 weekend box office with an estimated take of $4 million dollars.

DC COMICS-MOVIES - From GameSpot:  The first trailer for director Matt Reeves "The Batman" has arrived.  Robert Pattinson ("Twilight" series) stars as Batman/Bruce Wayne.

From THR:  "Official main trailer" for "Wonder Woman 1984."  The film is due October 2, 2020.

From ScreenGeek:  The first trailer for "Justice League Snyder Cut" has arrives.

From DCFanDome:  DC FanDome is live.


From ESPN:  Iconic American college basketball coach, John Thompson, has died at the age of 78, Monday, August 31, 2020.  Thompson is best know for his tenure as head men's basketball coach at Georgetown University.  Thompson led the Hoyas to the 1984 NCAA Division I national championship.  The Hoyas also played in the 1982 and 1985 championship games.

From Variety:  The actor Chadwick Boseman has died at the age of 43, Friday, August 27, 2020, after a four-year battle with cancel.  Boseman was best known for playing T'Challa/Black Panther in Marvel Studios' 2018, Oscar-winning, recording-setting film, "Black Panther."  Boseman also appeared in a number of biopics:  Jackie Robinson in "42" (2013); James Brown in "Get on Up" (2014), and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in "Marshall" (2017).

From THR:  The American character actor, Allan Rich, has died at the age of 94, Saturday, August 22, 2020.  He appeared in such films as "Serpico" (1973) and "Frances" (1982).  In 2004, he appeared in Season 4 of "Curb Your Enthusiam."  He may be best known for surviving the "Hollywood blacklist" of suspected of being a communist.  After being fired by NBC in 1953, he did not work again until 1963 when he appeared on ABC's "Naked City."

From Spin:  American musician (guitarist) and songwriter, Jack Sherman, has died at the age of 64, Thursday, August 20, 2020.  Sherman is best known for being the second guitarist of the band, Red Hot Chili Peppers.  He wrote songs and performed on the band's first album, "Red Hot Chili Peppers" (1984), and played with the band on its first tour in 1984.  Sherman had contributed to most of the songwriting for the second album, "Freaky Styley" (1985), but was fired from the band before the album was completed.


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 TheAtlanticThe Coronavirus Was an Emergency Until Trump Found Out Who Was Dying. The pandemic has exposed the bitter terms of our racial contract, which deems certain lives of greater value than others.

From ProPublica:  Hospital's Secret COVID-19 Policy Separated Native American Mothers From Their Newborns

From TheGuardian:  More than 20 million Americans could have contracted COVID-19, experts say.

From RSN/WashPost:  The COVID-19 mutation that has taken over the world.

7/13 - From YahooSports:  Maybe a pandemic means that there will not be college football this fall.

7/13- From YahooNews:  The CDC adds four new symptoms (including nausea and purple or blue lesions on feet and toes) to the list of COVID-19 symptoms.

7/19 - From YahooFinance:  Harvard Public Health professor Dr. Howard Koh says the U.S. "needs to regroup" to find COVID-19.

7/22 - From YahooNews:  A public health employee predicted Florida's coronavirus catastrophe — then she was fired.

7/22 - From YahooLifestyle:  Florida mom loses son, 20, to coronavirus, and then days later, her daughter.

7/23 - From TheWrap:  The site has a list of movie and TV stars, entertainment and sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19

From YahooEntertainment:  Oscar-winning filmmaker Mel Gibson reveals that he was hospitalized with COVID-19 for a week in April.

From Bloomberg:  Will the COVID-19 pandemic turn Millennials into socialists?

7/27 - From CNN:   Chief of critical care at Baltimore's Mercy Medical Center, Dr. Joseph Costa, passes away due to Covid-19 complications... after treating the hospital's sickest COVID-19 patients.  He was 56 and leaves behind family, including a husband of 28 years.

7/29 - From YahooPolitico:  Rep. Louie Gohmert, the defiant Texas Republican U.S. congressman who refused to wear a mask, has tested positive for COVID-19.

7/30 - From Deadline:  Emmy-winning actor Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad") reveals that he had a bout with COVID-19.

7/31 - From YahooEntertainment:  Writer and actress, Lena Dunham, creator of HBO's "Girls, reveals that she contracted COVID-19 and the symptoms she experiences and still experience.

7/30 - From YahooGMA:  In their bid to crackdown on illegal gatherings amid COVID-19, New York authorities break up an alleged sex party.

7/31 - From Slate:  COVID-19 is airborne - for reals!

8/2 - From TheDailyBeast:  In Mississippi, COVID-19 has coroners terrified.

8/6 - From CNN:  Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (Republican) has tested positive for COVID19.

8/6 - From YahooNews:  Testing everyone constantly could stop the spread of COVID-19... according to this article.

8/8 - From YahooNYT:  The coronavirus is new, but your immune system might recognize it.

8/8 - From YahooNBC:  They thought COVID-19 was a hoax, and they almost died from it or are watching family and loved ones suffer with it or die from it.

8/9 - From YahooNews:  The rest of the world is incredulous at the pitiful U.S. response to COVID-19.

8/9 - From YahooAFP:  According to the real-time tally kept by John Hopkins University, the United States has hit 5 million cases of COVID-19.

8/15 - From NBA:  Bosnian NBA player Jusuf Nurkic of the Portland Trail Blazers says that his grandmother, 67-year-old Hana, has died of COVID-19.

8/16 - From Truthout: COVID Deaths Continue to Surge in Countries Led by Far Right Authoritarians

8/16 - From YahooEntertainment:  Sharon Stone reports that her sister, Kelly, is in the hospital with COVID-19.  She blames "non-mask wearers" for his sister's condition.


From RSN:   Judge's Blistering Opinion Says Courts Have Placed Police Beyond Accountability

From Billboard:  In an interview will the venerable music publication, legendary country music singer-songwriter and actress, Dolly Parton, expresses support for the "Black Lives Matter" movement.

From RSN:  Reader Supported News' "Sunday Song" for Aug. 8th, 2020 is "Chain Gang" by Sam Cooke.

From VICE:  One of the 2020 Republican National Convention's top speakers, Abby Johnson, says the police would be justified in profiling her adopted biracial son.

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