Saturday, August 8, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from August 1st to 8th, 2020 - Update #30

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

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STAR TREK - From Deadline:  Paramount Pictures new film chief, Emma Watts, is trying to figure out the direction of the "Star Trek" film franchise.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Lionsgate has announced a fifth installment of the "John Wick" film franchise.  It will be shot back-to-back with the previously announced "John Wick 4."

MOVIES - From Deadline:  A federal judge has given the U.S. Justice Department permission to terminate the "Paramount Consent Decrees."  This will allow movie studios once again to take significant ownership stakes in movie theater chains for the first time since the late 1940s.

ANIMATION - From BleedingCool:  Hulu's revival of the animated series, "Animaniacs," debuts November 20th.

SCANDAL-MUSIC - From YahooEntertainment:  Grammy-winning music producer and songwriter, "Detail" (Noel Fisher), has been charged will multiple accounts of rape by the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.  In 2015, he shared a Grammy Award win for "Best R&B Song" ("Drunk in Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z) with seven other artists.

ANIMATION - From EW:  The Disney+ reboot of the Disney Channel animated TV series, "The Proud Family" (2001-2005) will feature Keke Palmer who will play a new character.

SPORTS - From NFL:  University of Maryland head football coach, Michael Locksley, has formed a nonprofit support group for minority college and NFL head coaches, including future coaches of color.  It is called "the National Coalition of Minority Football Coaches."

ANIMATION - From THR:  The beloved 1990s Nickelodeon animated series, "Ren & Stimpy," is being rebooted for Comedy Central.  The new show will have a new creative team and series creator, John Kricfalusi, will apparently not be invovled.

TELEVISION - From LATimes:   TV networks pledged to improve diversity in 1999. Will this time be any different?

POLITICS - From Salon:   If Trump Wins, It Is the End of Democracy

DISNEY - From Variety:   Disney will finally forego a theatrical release for its event-film, "Mulan," a live-action remake of its classic 1990s animated film.  "Mulan" has seen its released delayed by COVID-19, and the film will instead debut on Disney+ on Sept. 4th, 2020.

MUSIC-POLITICS - From THR:  Legendary rock musician, Neil Young, is suing the campaign of President Trump for copyright infringement.  This involves the campaign playing Young's songs at campaign rallies.

NETFLIX - From CBR:  Netflix is apparently looking for their own "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" type franchises.

BOX OFFICE - From Deadline:  Director Dave Franco's "The Rental" is the top movie at the 7/31 to 8/2/2020 weekend office.  It repeats as the top movie at the box office having won its debut weekend.

SPORTS - From Variety:  Dwayne Johnson and his business partner, Dany Garcia, have teamed up with RedBird Capital to buy the failed sports league, the XFL.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Courteney Cox will reprise her role as "Gale Weathers" in the new "Scream" film from Paramount and Spyglass.

DISNEY - From Deadline:  Rhode Island Residents Receive State Checks Signed By "Mickey Mouse" And "Walt Disney."

AWARDS - From Deadline:  The 2020 BAFTA TV Awards were announced Fri., July 31st.  Surprise winners include "Stath Lets Flats" and "The End of the F***ing World."

CULTURE - From YahooNews:  The racist origins of some commonly used terms.

MOVIES-CULTURE - From IndieWire:  Idris Elba Says Racist Films and TV Shouldn’t Be Censored: Add Warning Labels Instead.


From RSN:  Civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis' final message to us.

From IReadsYou:  A review of "March: Book One," the first volume of Congressman John Lewis' graphic novel trilogy about his life and work.


From Variety:  Canadian stage, screen and television actor, Brent Carver, has died at the age of 68, Tuesday, August 4, 2020.  Carver won a Tony Award in 1993 for his performance in the 1993 Broadway musical, "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

From Deadline:  American film producer and studio executive, Tom Pollock, has died at the age of 77, Saturday, August 1, 2020.  He was the chairman of Universal Pictures from 1986 to 1995.  During his tenure, Universal released numerous box office hits and Academy Award winning and nominated films including "Jurassic Park" (1993) and "Schindler's List" (1993).  Pollock was also an entertainment lawyer and he negotiated the deal that gave George Lucas sequel and merchandising rights to Lucas' film, "Star Wars" (1977), rights that normally remained with the movie studio, in this case 20th Century Fox.

From Deadline:  The actor and television advertising pitchman, Wilford Brimley, has died at the age of 85, Saturday, August 1, 2020.  Brimley is best known for appearing in such film, as "The China Syndrome" (1979), "The Thing" (1982), "Tender Mercies" (1983), and "The Natural" (1984), and "The Firm" (1993).  He was also the longtime face of television ads the Quaker Oats Company.  He promoted diabetes education and appeared in diabetes related ads for the medical home-delivery service Liberty Mutual.


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.


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

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