Saturday, March 20, 2021

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from March 14th to 20th, 2021 - Update #19

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

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CRIME - From YahooNews:   The "Atlanta spa shooting" - here is what is known about the victims.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:   The pressure mounts on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and the Golden Globes as broadcast partner, NBCUniversal, says that it plans to encourage to the HFPA to make whatever changes are necessary in regards to diversity.

TELEVISION - From Deadline:   A technical crew member on ABC's "The Conners," has died after a "fatal medical event."

TELEVISION - From Deadline: HBO is considering three new ideas for "Game of Thrones" spinoffs.

MOVIES - From Deadline:   Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, January Jones, Maika Monroe, and Andrew Dice Clay are set to star in action-thriller God Is A Bullet, from director Nick Cassavetes.

ANIMATION - From ShadowandAct:  CBS Studios is planning an animated reboot of the late UPN/The CW live-action sitcom, "Everybody Hates Chris" (2005-09).

NEWS - From YahooNews:   Ronald DeFeo, Jr., the man convicted of slaughtering his parents and four siblings in a home in Amityville, Long Island in 1974, has died at the age of 69.  The murders and the home later inspired author Jay Anson's 1977 book, “The Amityville Horror," and the movies spawned from the book, beginning with 1979's "The Amityville Horror."

GOLDEN GLOBES - From Deadline:   Facing a boycott, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), which awards the "Golden Globes" commits to "at least 13% black membership."

CAPITOL RIOT - From APNews:    Two men, George Tanios, 39, of Morgantown, West Virginia, and Julian Khater, 32, of Pennsylvania, were arrested Sunday, March 13th and charged with assaulting U.S. Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick with bear spray during the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.  Officer Sicknick later died.

OSCARS - From Deadline:  Here is the complete list of nominees for the 2021 / 93rd Academy Awards. 

From RollingStone:   Oscar 2021: The site lists its biggest Oscar snubs.

From THR:   Oscars 2021 is a year of historic firsts and notable nominations.

From YahooLATimes:   The record for oldest Oscar nominee is now a three-way tie

GRAMMYS - From YahooEntertainment:  Beyonce sets a few records at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.  She became the most honored singer, female or male, with her 28th Grammy win.  "Album of the Year" went to Taylor Swift's "Folklore."  Swift became the first woman and fourth person to win the award three times.

From Variety:   Variety is updating its nominee list with the winners, as the winners of the pre-show Grammy categories are already being announced.

BOX OFFICE - From Variety:   The winner of the 3/12 to 3/14/2021 weekend box office is Disney's "Raya and the Last Dragon" with an estimated take of 5.5 million dollars.

MOVIES - From THR:  Because of a re-release in China, James Cameron's legendary 2009 film, "Avatar," reclaims its place as the all-time highest grossing film in terms of global box office.  It's gross is 2.8 billion dollars vs. "Avengers: Endgame" at 2.797 billion.


From CBSBoston:   Triathlete and Boston Marathon icon, Dick Hoyt, has died at the age of 80, Wednesday, March 17, 2021.  Hoyt was best known as one-half of "Team Hoyt," with his son, Rick Hoyt.  Rick was born a "spastic quadriplegic."  Dick participated marathons and races by pushing Rick as he sat in front in a special seat of a bicycle.  The father and son were a fixture at the Boston Marathon from 1980 to 2014.

From THR:   The actor, Yaphet Kotto, has died at the age of 81, Monday, March 15, 2021.  He is best known for numerous roles.  He was the "Dr. Kananga"/"Mr. Big," the "Bond villain" in the 1973 James Bond film, "Live and Let Die" (the first to star the late actor Roger Moore in the lead role).  He played the role of "Parker" in the seminal science fiction film, "Alien" (1979).  He played "Lt. Al Giardello" in the long-running NBC police drama, "Homicide: Life on the Streets," and he wrote three episodes of the series.  Kotto was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 1977 for his role in the 1976 TV film, "Raid on Entebbe."  Kotto apparently turned down the roles of "Lando Calrissian" in "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Captain Jean-Luc Picard" on "Star Trek: The Next Generation."

From Deadline:  American professional boxer and actor, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, has died at the age of 66, Saturday, March 13, 2021.  Born Marvin Nathaniel Hagler, he had his name legally changed to "Marvelous Marvin Hagler" in in 1982.  He reigned as undisputed middleweight champion from 1980 to 1987, making twelve successful defenses of that title.  Hagler retired from boxing in 1987.  After retirement, he moved to Italy where he starred in a series of action films, including "Indio" and "Indio 2 - la rivolta."

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