by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From Deadline: Recent "Superman" actor, Henry Cavill, is in talks to play the lead in the Lionsgate's reboot of the 1986 film, "Highlander." Chad Stahelski ("John Wick") is scheduled to direct.
STREAMING - From THR: Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. has joined the cast of "Knives Out 2."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Alice Englert ("Ratched") and Nicholas Denton ("Glitch") have been cast as the notorious lovers "Merteuil" and "Valmont" in Starz’s original series, "Dangerous Liaisons," a reimagining of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ classic 18th century novel, from Lionsgate TV, Colin Callender’s Playground Entertainment and Tony Krantz’ Flame Ventures.
COVID-19 - From YahooEntertainment: Oscar-nominated actress Salma Hayek has revealed her secret and near-fatal battle with COVID-19.
HEALTH - From YahooWashPost: Nineteen percent of adults with high blood pressure take drugs that worsen the condition.
STREAMING - From Deadline: Reports indicate that Amazon is in talks to buy movie studio, MGM.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Writer-director Joe Cornish is reuniting with actor John Boyega for a sequel to their cult sci-fi film, "Attack the Block," the film that launched Boyega's career. Cornish and Boyega are also among the four producers of "Attack the Block 2."
BOX OFFICE - From Variety: The winner of the 5/14 to 5/16/2021 weekend box office is "Spiral: From the Bok of Saw" with an estimated take of 8.7 million dollars.
AT&T/DISCOVER - From YahooFinance: AT&T admits it made a terrible mistake getting into media business with Discovery deal as it spins off WarnerMedia and merges it with Discovery.
From Variety: WarnerMedia and Discover are officially merged, and Discovery Inc. President and CEO David Zaslav will lead the combined companies.
BROADCAST TELEVISION - From Deadline: The site presents a photo gallery of broadcast network TV series that were cancelled during the 2020-21 television season.
From Deadline: CBS has cancelled its courtroom drama, "All Rise," after two seasons.
CABLE TELEVISION - From Variety: CNN personality Don Lemon is getting a new show. "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" has been replaced with "Don Lemon Tonight."
MOVIES - From YahooTelegraph: Irish actor Liam Cunningham talks about "Game of Thrones" and wealth and privilege and the working class.
From Deadline: Comedian, writer, actor, and social critic, Paul Mooney, has died at the age of 79, May 19, 2021. Mooney may be best known as Richard Pryor's writing partner, writing for and with the legendary Pryor. Mooney was the head writer on Pryor's groundbreaking show, "The Richard Pryor Show," which ran for four episodes in September and October of 1977. He co-wrote material for three of Pryor's comedy albums, including "Live on Sunset Strip" (1982). Mooney is also well-known for his appearances on Comedy Central's late sketch comedy series, "Chappelle's Show."
From Deadline: Actor, talk show host, comedian, and author, Charles Grodin, has died at the age of 86, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. Grodin was best known as a supporting actor in many high profile comedies in the 1970s and 1980s, including "Heaven Can Wait" (1978), "Real Life" (1979), and "Seems Like Old Times" (1980). He co-starred with Robert De Niro in the 1988 action-comedy "Midnight Run." Grodin made numerous TV appearances, and in 1978, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for his work on "The Paul Simon Special." Lesser known about Grodin is his work for fair sentencing for non-violent drug offenders.