Saturday, September 19, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from September 13th to 19th, 2020 - Update #28

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

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MOVIES - From Deadline:  John Boyega ("Star Wars") joins Payman Maadi in Gavin Hood's "The Test."

CELEBRITY - From Variety:  Former husband and wife, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, reunited for the "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" table reading.  The event was held for Sean Penn's non-profit, CORE.  Penn starred in the 1982 film.

EMMYS - From LATimes:  The behind the scene workers are the real losers at this year's virtual Primetime Emmy Awards.

TELEVISION - From THR:  WarnerMedia says it is "concerned and disappointed" about the culture in its TV division.  They're talking about controversy at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "TMZ on TV," and WarnerMedia's leaders are ready to end partnerships if they have to. 

From THR:  Speaking of which, "The Hollywood Reporter" has an investigative article on the "dark side" of WarnerMedia's Telepictures division.

CELEBRITY - From HuffPost:  Zendaya talks about intentionally auditioning for roles written for white actresses.

AWARDS - From ShadowandAct:  Kerry Washington finally wins an Emmy Awards... but it's not for acting.

BLM - From ShadowandAct:  Michael B. Jordan puts Hollywood's racist hiring practices on blast.

MOVIES - From Deadline:   Madonna will direct a biopic of herself that Oscar-winner Diablo Cody is co-writing.

MOVIES-COVID-19 - From YahooNYT:  Movie theaters have reopened after the five-month COVID-19 shutdown, but audiences have not.  Now what?

From IndieWire:  Well, Christopher Nolan and his wife and longtime producer, Emma Thomas, are doing their part and going to the movies.

TELEVISION - From TheDailyBeast:  NBC announced on Wednesday that actor Jim Carrey will be joining Saturday Night Live to play former Vice President Joe Biden when the show returns to 30 Rockefeller Center for its 46th season on Oct. 3rd, 2020.

CULTURE - From YahooLife:  Hot Halloween 2020 mask - the latex rubber "Karen" mask.

STREAMING - From EW:   Tom Holland (Marvel/Sony's Spider-Man) did not know that one of the producers of his Netflix period drama, "The Devil of All Time," was Jake Gyllenhaal, who played the villain, Mysterio, in his second Spider-Man film, "Spider-Man: Far from Home."

MOVIE TRAILER - From YouTube:  Don't forget to see the spectacular first trailer for "Dune."

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Actress Genevieve Padalecki will join her husband, Jared Padalecki ("Supernatural") in "Walker," the re-imagining of CBS's 1990s action series, "Walker, Texas Ranger."  Jared will play Cordell Walker, and Genevieve will play his late wife, Emily.

STREAMING - From Deadline:  "Paramount+" will be the new name of the streaming service, "CBS All Access," with this rebrand taking place early in 2021.

NETFLIX - From YahooFinance:  Once upon a time... Netflix co-founder and now co-CEO Reed Hastings tried to sell Netflix to Blockbuster, but the once-great video rental giant would not pay the $50 million asking price.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  Cable net MSNBC adds two new shows to its weekend line-up and movies Kasie Hunt of "Kasie DC" to a new weekeday mornings show.

BOX OFFICE - From Deadline:  The winner of the 9/11 to 9/13/2020 weekend box office is "Tenet" with an estimated gross of 6.7 million dollars.  The film has also crossed the $200 million mark in worldwide box office.

From Deadline:  Warner Bros. is hiding box office information on "Tenet" and Sony Pictures on "The Broken Hearts Gallery from rival studios.

STREAMING - From Deadline:  Netflix has payed $30 million dollars for "Malcolm & Marie," director Sam Levinson's drama that was quietly shot during the COVID lock down.  The romantic drama stars John David Washington and Zendaya.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  Pop star Harry Styles is reportedly replacing actor Shia LaBeouf in Olivia Wilde's thriller, "Don't Worry Darling."

VENICE - From THR:  Nomadland, diector ChloĆ© Zhao's look at America's van-dwelling community, starring Frances McDormand, has won the "Golden Lion" for best film at the 77th Venice International Film Festival.  This article includes the winners in the festival's many other categories.

MOVIES - From CNN:  Halle Berry says that her historic best actress Oscar win for "Monster's Ball" was "one of her biggest heartbreaks."


From NPR:  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has died at the age of 87, September 18, 2020.  She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court (after Justice Sandra Day O'Connor).  Nominated by President Bill Clinton, she served on the court from 1993 to her death.

From RollingStone:  Reggae music pioneer, Toots Hibbert, has died at the age of 77, Friday, September 11, 2020.  A singer and songwriter, Toots was best known for his association with the reggae and ska band, Toots and the Maytals.  Hibbert wrote the 1968 Maytals song, "Do the Reggay," which is widely credited as being the genesis word "reggae."


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:  Remember 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 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.

7/30 - 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 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.

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

9/1 - From YahooPeople:  Mark Mothersbaugh is the front man of the rock band, Devo," and the prolific composer of music for film and television, but he also had a near-fatal battle with COVID-19.  He recalls it in this article.

9/2 - From YahooNews:  The first COVID-19 death linked to the massive biker rally in Sturgis, South Dakota has been reported in Minnesota, several weeks after the event attracted over 400,000 vehicles.  Minnesota is also tracking 50 coronavirus cases related to the event.

9/8 - From YahooSports:  College football senior Jamain Stephens Jr. dies after contracting COVID-19.


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

From TheGuardian:  Yusef Salaam, one of the "Central Park Five," says in an interview, "Trump would have had me hanging from a tree in Central Park."

From NPR:  Prosecutors' plea deal required drug suspect to name Breonna Taylor a "co-defendant."

From ChicagoSunTimes:  Rev. Jesse Jackson: America has millions of people in poverty because Americans choose not to demand the policies that would lift them out of poverty.


From YahooAP:  Chadwick Boseman was laid to rest Sept. 3 at Welfare Baptist Church Cemetery in Belton, South Carolina, about 11 miles from Boseman's hometown of Anderson, the Los Angeles County Certificate showed. Anderson held a public memorial for Boseman a day later.

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

From YahooHuffPost:  Why Chadwick Boseman kept his cancer battle secret, according to his agent.

From Variety:  Chadwick Boseman's life and career in photos.

From CNN:  Denzel Washington offers a tribute to Chadwick Boseman, for whom he once paid school tuition.

From THR:  Co-star Harrison Ford remembers Chadwick Boseman as being "as much a hero as any he played.

From BuzzFeed:  Why Chadwick Boseman's death hurts so much.

From Variety:  Michael B. Jordan remembers his "Black Panther" co-star, Chadwick Boseman.

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 NPR:  Chadwick Boseman in his own words.

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