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TELEVISION - From THR: A contestant on TBS' "Wipeout" died Wednesday, November 18th, after completing the competition reality show's course.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Disney's 20th Century Studios (formerly 20th Century Fox) is producing a fifth movie in the "Predator" film franchise. Dan Trachtenberg ("10 Cloverfield Lane") is currently scheduled to direct.
STREAMING - From Deadline: Six actors have been cast in Netflix's live-action version on the beloved, cult anime, "Cowboy Bebop."
STREAMING - From BloodyDisgusting: Horror movie icon, Robert Englund, the original "Freddy Krueger," will be a cast member on Netflix's "Stranger Things" Season Four.
DISNEY - From Deadline: Disney is considering pulling three of its live-action remakes of its classic animated feature films, "Peter Pan and Wendy" "Pinocchio," and "Cruella," from theatrical release for Disney+ premieres.
CELEBRITY - From People: Actor Michael B. Jordan has been named "People's Sexiest Man Alive 2020."
MOVIES - From Variety: Warner Bros. will release "Wonder Woman 1984" on HBO Max and to theaters on Dec. 25th and to international theaters Dec. 16th.
CELEBRITY - From LATimes: Emmy-winning actor Michael J. Fox is reportedly planning a retire again because of his decline health. Fox has been battling Parkinson's disease since 1991.
MOVIES - From BloodyDisgusting: The site offers a list of 10 recent great horror movies, plus one more.
TELEVISION - From BloodyDisgusting: TV god-king Ryan Murphy has shared the poster for "American Horror Stories," the spinoff of his long-running "American Horror Story." The new series will feature "one-hour contained episodes" and will be exclusive to "FX on Hulu."
MOVIES - From BloodyDisgusting: "Scream" creator Kevin Williamson has revealed that the official title of "Scream 5" is ... "Scream."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Spike Lee and eOne are prepping a film musical about the miracle drug, "Viagra."
CELEBRITY - From Deadline: Quentin Tarantino has signed a two-book deal with "Harper," the HarperCollins imprint. One of the books will be a novelization of Tarantino's Oscar-winning film, "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Universal and the Cinemark theater chain sign a "theatrical window"/"premium video on demand." Universal previously signed such a deal with AMC in July.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Steven Caple, Jr., who directed "Creed 2," will direct the next "Transformers" movie, which will be set in a re-invented universe.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: With its Barack Obama interview (Sun, Nov. 15th), "60 Minutes" ratings surge again.
CELEBRITY - From Deadline: Beloved stand-up comedian and actor, Sinbad, is recovering from a stroke. Sinbad is best remembered for starring in "The Cosby Show" spinoff, "A Different World" and for hosting "It's Showtime at the Apollo" from 1989 to 1991.
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: The winner of 11/13 to 11/15/2020 weekend box office is "Freaky" with an estimated take of 3.7 million dollars.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Terry McMillan's bestselling 1990 novel, "Waiting to Exhale," was adapted into a popular 1995 film. The author recently announced that a sequel television series is being developed.
MOVIES - From ShadowandAct: Zazie Beetz joins Brad Pitt and Brian Tyree in the action-thriller. "Bullet Train."
MOVIES - From THR: "Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey" is a Christmas that his getting acclaim and attention because of its Black cast. This article talks about the great lengths hair and make-up designer Sharon Martin went to reimagine Black hairstyles for Victorian England.
STREAMING - From Deadline: Will Smith has posted the first trailer for HBO Max's "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" reunion special. "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion" arrives Nov. 19th on HBO Max.
From THR: Noted television writer and producer, Charlie Hauck, has died at the age of 79, Saturday, November 14, 2020. Hauck wrote for such popular television series as "Maude," "Frasier," and, "Home Improvement." Oscar-nominated actor, Michael Keaton, credits Hauck with getting his career in Hollywood started. He was twice nominated for a Primetime Emmy, once as a producer on "Frasier" and once for co-writing an episode of "The Associates," a series he co-created.
From YahooSports: Former NFL player, Jake Scott, has died at the age of 75, Thursday, November 19, 2020. Scott was a defensive safety for the Miami Dolphins (1970-75). He was the MVP of Super Bowl VII, in which the Dolphins defeated the Washington Redskins and finished their 1972 undefeated season. Scott was also on the Super Bow VIII-winning Dolphins team.
From ComicBook: Noted Canadian voice actor and TV actor, Kirby Morrow, has died at the age of 47, Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Morrow was best known for his voice performances in English dubs of Japanese anime, such as the role of "Goku" in "Dragon Ball Z." He also acted in numerous TV series, such as "Stargate Atlantis," "The Flash," and most recently, ABC's "The Good Doctor."
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 TheAtlantic: The 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.
7/31 - From Slate: COVID-19 is airborne - for reals!
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
9/19 - From WashPost: U.S. coronavirus death toll reaches 200,000
9/23 - From CNBC: Mark Cuban, who owns the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and star of ABC's "Shark Tank," suggests that every household in American get a $1000 check every two weeks for the next two months.
9/28 - From Deadline: John Hopkins University's coronavirus tracker reports that over 1 million people have died of COVID-19 worldwide.
10/2 - From YahooNews: President Donald and the First Lady have tested positive for COVID-19.
10/26 - From YahooFinance: Walmart CEO detects a new wave a panic buying as consumers stock up for another surge in coronavirus cases.
11/5 - From CNN: The US set a grim new Covid-19 record Thursday -- following a week marked by high case numbers -- surpassing 120,000 infections in a single day.
11/7 - From YahooNews: "It's a slaughter," doctors say of new coronavirus wave.
11/13 - YahooNews: "We blew it": U.S. reaches 'explosive' COVID-19 spread as virus is nearly impossible to control, experts say
BLACK LIVES MATTER:
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 APNews: No one will be held accountable for the killing of Louisville African-American resident, Breonna Taylor.
From Channel4: Revealed: Trump campaign strategy to deter millions of Black Americans from voting in 2016
From GuardianUK: California is going to consider paying reparations to the descendants of African slaves after adopting a landmark law to study and to develop proposals around the issue.
From TheRoot: What to Do When Your Country Turns Into a Dumpster Fire
From Vox: It's True: 1 in 1,000 Black Americans Have Died in the Covid-19 Pandemic
From CBS: Breonna Taylor's boyfriend certain cops didn't identify themselves
From DonaldTrump: Well, because it has been in the news a lot lately (via Ice Cube and Li'l Wayne), here is "The Platinum Plan." It is impressive, but no Republican Congress would go along with even 10 percent of this plan which is basically a long list of promises to the Black Americans - individually and as a group.
From Truthout: Yes, 55 Percent of White Women Voted for Trump. No, I’m Not Surprised.