Saturday, September 12, 2020

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from September 6th to 12th, 2020 - Update #20

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

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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


MOVIES - From THR:  Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx and his producing partner, Datari Turner, has signed an overall deal with Sony Pictures to produce films.

TORONTO - From Deadline:  At this year's virtual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Netflix is in final negotiations to buy the rights to Oscar-winner Halle Berry's directorial debut, the MMA drama, "Bruised."  The buying price is close to 20 million dollars.

From THR:  Halle Berry says that she was "scared shitless" on the set of her movie, "Bruisded," which she directed.

JAMES BOND - From Deadline:  Actor George Lazenby, who played James Bond in 1969's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," says that he was not in a feud with his co-star in the film, actress Diana Rigg, who died Thurs. morning, Sept. 10th.  Rumors of an alleged feud between the stars have long followed the film.

DISNEY - From BET:  Actress Halle Bailey has started recording the soundtrack for Disney's live-action "The Little Mermaid."

DISNEY - From Deadline:  Disney+ has ordered 10 episodes of female-led reboot of the ABC TV series, "Doogie Howser, M.D.," (1989-1993).

ANIMATION - From CartoonBrew:  Don Bluth, the legend behind such animated films as "The Secret of NIMH" and "The Land Before Time," is launching a new venture with the hope of ushering in a "renaissance of hand-drawn animation."

TELEVISION - From Deadline:  AMC's "The Walking Dead" will end in 2022 after a longer-than-usual season of 24 episodes.  Then, in 2023, there will be a spinoff series starring Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier).

BLM - From KenoshaNews:  In a guest commentary, Oscar-nominee, Mark Ruffalo, writes "Justice, unity, and community resilience in my hometown of Kenosha."

OSCARS - From Variety:  Academy Awards announces new inclusion requirements for "Best Picture" eligibility.

POLITICS - From TheAtlantic:  This link takes you, dear readers, to the infamous article about President Donald referring America's war dead as "suckers" and "losers."

DISNEY - From YahooFinance:  Disney's decision to release its blockbuster, "Mulan," straight to its streaming service, Disney+, has lead to a spike in downloads of the Disney+ app.

ANIMATION - From CBR:  Jackson Publick has confirmed that his long-running Cartoon Network animated series, "The Venture Bros.," has been cancelled.  That means that Season 7, which aired in 2018, was the series' final season.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  A crew member on the film, Geechee, was shot by the police in the Dominican Republic where the movie is being filmed.  The police apparently opened fire on a convoy of cars containing the crew.  Though reportedly shot several times, the crew member only suffered "minor issues" and has left the hospital and been flown home.

BOX OFFICE - From THR:  The winner of the 9/4 - 9/6/2020 weekend box office is "Tenet" with an estimated 20.2 million dollars.  Directed by Christopher Nolan, "Tenet" is the first Hollywood "tent pole" film released since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

MOVIES - From Deadline:  The cast of director Rob Reiner's beloved 1987 film, "The Princess Bride," will reunited for a virtual script reading that will benefit the Wisconsin Democratic Party.  The livestreamed event will begin at 4 pm Pacific Time on September 13.  Signup and donation required to view event.


From THR:  British actress, Diana Rigg, has died at the age of 82, Thursday, September 10, 2020.  She may be best known for playing the role of "Emma Peel" in 51 episodes of the British TV series, "The Avengers," from 1965 to 1968.  Her other well-known roles includes "Countess Teresa di Vicenzo," the wife of James Bond, in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969), and as "Olenna Tyrell" in HBO's "Game of Thrones" from 2013 to 2017.  She was a Primetime Emmy Award for her role in the 1997 TV miniseries, "Rebecca," and a Tony Award for her role in the play, "Medea."

From Variety:  The television actor, Kevin Dobson, has died at the age of 77, Sunday, September 6, 2020.  Dobson was best known for two roles on long-running TV series.  He was Detective Bobby Crocker on CBS' "Kojak" (1973-78) and M. Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie on CBS' "Knots Landing" (1982-93).

From SLPD:  Major League Baseball legend and Hall of Fame member (1985), Lou Brock, has died at the age of 81, Sunday, September 6, 2020.  An outfielder, Brock spent 15 and half years of his 19-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he won two World Series championships (1964 and 1967).  He was a six-time All-Star and led the National League in stolen bases eight times.  He was the career leader in stolen based from 1977 (when he passed Ty Cobb) to 1991 when Ricky Henderson surpassed him.

From Variety:  The American producer, editor, and writer of animated television series, Joe Ruby, has died at the age of 87, Wednesday, August 26, 2020.  Ruby co-founded the television animation production company, Ruby-Spears Productions, in 1977 with Ken Spears.  Ruby and Spears created the original "Scooby-Doo" TV series, "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" in 1969 for Hanna-Barbera.


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 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.

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 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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