by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MUSIC - From NYDailyNews: The rapper "Pop Smoke" (birth name: Bashar Barakah Jackson) was killed last year, Feb. 2020, in Los Angeles. The "New York Daily News" is reporting that the Brooklyn rapper was allegedly murdered by a 15-year-old who wanted Pop Smoke's diamond studded Rolex watch.
MOVIES - From THR: Legendary Entertainment is developing a remake of the 1978 fake documentary, "Faces of Death," which spawned a grisly franchise.
GOLDEN GLOBES - From THR: The membership of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), the organization that puts on the "Golden Globes" awards, have approved sweeping reforms in order to address the demographic and ethics questions that have riled Hollywood.
From THR: The Time’s Up organization and a coalition of more than 100 PR firms released separate letters on Friday afternoon indicating that they are not satisfied with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association plans to address demographic and ethics problems.
TELEVISION - From Variety: After 12 seasons as a cast member of ABC's long-running hospital drama, "Grey's Anatomy," actor Jessie Williams is leaving the series after this season, the series' 17th.
MOVIES - From VanityFair: In this "Vanity Fair" video, Sacha Baron Cohen breaks down the Oscar-nominated film, "The Trial of the Chicago 7" with writer-director Aaron Sorkin
STREAMING - From Deadline: Mark Wahlberg and director Antoine Fuqua's sci-fi film, "Infinite," will debut on Paramount+ and skip movie theaters.
MOVIES - From VogueUK: British "Vogue" gets you up to date about the early production of the film, "My Policeman," starring Harry Styles and Emma Corrin.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: HBO releases the first images (three of them) from its "Game of Thrones" prequel, "House of the Dragon."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Ben Mendelsohn joins Daisy Ridley in Neil Burger's psychological thriller, "The Marsh King's Daughter."
TELEVISION - From Truthout: Director Raoul Peck talks to Amy Goodman of "Democracy Now" about his epic new documentary series, "Exterminate All the Brutes," which exposes the worldwide brutality of European colonialism.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: TBS has set a date for the final episode of "Conan," comic Conan O'Brien's talk show for the cable network. The final episode will air June 24, 2021.
STREAMING - From Deadline: Apple Original Films has picked up "Finch," starring Tom Hanks. The film, from Amblin Entertainment, is a science fiction movie originally called "Bios" and originally was to be released by Universal Pictures.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: NBC has given a straight-to-series order for a new "Law & Order" series, "Law & Order: For the Defense."
BOX OFFICE - From Variety: The winner of the 4/30 to 5/2/21 weekend box office is "Demon Slayer" with an estimated 6.4 million at the box office.
SCANDAL - From Deadline: British film and TV actor, Noel Clarke, is in serious trouble. Multiple women are alleging sexual harassment, bullying, and now, sexual offenses against him.
MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment: A long-lost prototype for the "Xenomorph" from the director Ridley Scott's film, "Alien" (1979) has been found and will go on auction. It was created by the late artist H.R. Giger, who was part of the team that won an Oscar for the film's visual effects.
SCANDAL - From YahooEntertainment: Former reality TV star, Josh Duggar ("19 Kids and Counting"), was recently arrested by federal authorities. Now, disturbing details about Duggar's receiving and possessing material depicting the sexual abuse of children have emerged.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Actors Joana Ribeiro ("The Man Who Killed Don Quixote") and Annelle Olayele ("Doctors") are set as series regulars opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris in Showtime's "The Man Who Fell to Earth." The drama series is based on Walter Tevis' 1963 novel and the 1976 film adaptation starring the late David Bowie.
From Variety: Actress and media personality, Tawny Kitaen, has died at the age of 59, Friday, May 8, 2021. Kitaen was a "video vixen" in the 1980s. She was known for her association with the rock band, Whitesnake, appearing in several of the band's music videos, including "Here I Go Again" (1987 version) and "Is This Love" (1987). She also appeared as a cover model on the band, Ratt's EP, "Ratt" (1983), and on its debut studio LP, "Out of the Cellar" (1984). Her best known film role as actress was playing the bride-to-be of Tom Hank's character in "Bachelor Party" (1984).
From Deadline: Former NFL player and actor, Frank McRae, has died at the age of 77 , Thursday, April 29, 2021. McRae was a defensive tackle for the NFL's Chicago Bears and played one season for them, appearing in six games. After football, he became a character actor and appeared in in more than 40 movies, including a number of TV movies. His most memorable appearances includes roles in "Red Dawn," "Last Action Hero," "F.I.S.T." and a James Bond movie - 1989's "License to Kill."
From Deadline: The film, television, and stage actress, Olympia Dukakis, has died at the age of 89, Saturday, May 1, 2021. She won a "Best Supporting Actress" Oscar for her performance in the film, "Moonstruck" (1987). Dukakis was also a three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee. Her other films include "Look Who's Talking" (1989), "Steel Magnolias" (1989), and "Mr. Holland's Opus" (1995).
From Deadline: Co-stars Cher, Viola Davis, and Paul Reiser and others in Hollywood mourn the passing of Academy Award-winning actress, Olympia Dukakis.