by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From WeGotThisCovered: Christina Ricci has been cast in a mystery role in "The Matrix 4."
AMAZON - From InTheseTimes: Bezos the Great and Powerful: Beyond the dangers of corporate consolidation, Amazon’s acquisition of MGM has exposed an American economy that’s mostly make-believe.
CULTURE/BLM - From THR: Tom Hanks penned a guest essay for The New York Times on Friday in which he called for the truth of the Tulsa race massacre to be taught in schools.
POLITICS - From Variety: Facebook says that it will suspend former president Donald Trump from its Facebook and Instagram social media platforms until at least January 2023. Further, Trump will only be reinstated "if conditions permit."
STREAMING - From Deadline: Emmy-winning actor, Billy Porter, and executive producer Greg Berlanti are developing a TV series, "Fruits of Thy Labor," for NBC's "Peacock" streaming service.
ANIMATION - From Deadline: Nickelodeon has released a teaser trailer and art form the "Spongebob Squarepants" spinoff, "The Patrick Star Show."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Hong Kong actor and filmmaker, Donnie Yen, is joining Keanu Reeves in "John Wick 4."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Despite all Tom Cruise's cussin' and hollarin', production on "Mission: Impossible 7" in the U.K. will shut down for 14 days because of a positive COVID-19 test.
FILM FESTIVALS - From Variety: The lineup for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival has been announced. This year's festival will be held from July 6th to 17th, 2021.
DISNEY - From Deadline: "Indiana Jones 5" will begin filming in the United Kingdom next week, according to sources.
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: Paramount Pictures brings resurrects movie-going with "A Quiet Place Part II" ... or do "Deadline" says.
STREAMING - From Deadline: Actor Sebastian Stan (Marvel's "Winter Soldier") has posted a new photo of himself as the rocker, Tommy Lee (of the band "Motley Crue") to promote Hulu's limited series, "Pam & Tommy."
From Deadline: The actress Romy Walthall has died at the age of 57, Wednesday, 19, 2021. Her first screen was in 1984 and her last in 2011. Walthall made appearances in some of the biggest television series of the 1980 and 90s. This included "T.J. Hooker," "Moonlight," "Matlock," "In the Heat of the Night," "L.A. Law," and "The X-Files," to name a few. Walthall also had small role in the director John Woo's hit movie, "Face/Off," starring Nicolas Cage and John Travolta.
From Deadline: American stunt coordinator and film director, Buddy Van Horn, has died at the age of 92, Tuesday, May 11, 2021. Van Horn was actor Clint Eastwood's stunt double and was credited as the stunt coordinator on Eastwood films from 1972 to 2011. Van Horn also directed three films in which Eastwood starred, "Any Which Way You Can" (1980), "The Dead Pool" (1988), and "Pink Cadillac" (1989).
From XXL: Dashawn Maurice Robertson, known as the rapper "Lil Loaded," has died at the age of 20, Monday, May 31, 2021. Lil Loaded came to fame in 2019 when his song, "Blocc Baby" went viral. He self-released his one studio album, "A Demon in Blue," October 2020, as a digital download/streaming.