by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
BLM - From VICE: Robert L. Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and America’s first Black billionaire, wants a reparations check. He wants it from the government. And he wants it to come with an apology for slavery, Jim Crow, and hundreds of years of racism.
SCANDAL - From Variety: "Smallville" actress Allison Mack was sentenced to three years in federal prison for her part in the NXIVM cult on Wednesday morning in federal court in Brooklyn, NY.
MOVIES - From IndieWire: "F9" star Sung Kang finds its validating that acclaimed director, Christopher Nolan, has a "soft spot" for, "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (2006), the third entry in the "Fast & Furious" saga and the one that introduced his Kang's character, "Han Lue."
MUSIC - From MJVibe: According to the site, recent streaming sales data has made the late Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Michael Jackson, the solo artist with the highest sales of recording music.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Rian Johnson has alerted us. "Knives Out 2" has started production, as filming begins in Greece.
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: The winner of the 6/25 to 6/27/2021 weekend box office is "F9" with an estimated total of 70 million dollars.
From Variety: "F9's" 70 million dollar weekend box office debut is the largest opening since the COVID-19 pandemic started affecting movie theaters in the North America.
From Variety: The stars of "F9" react to its record-breaking box office success.
CELEBRITY - From Deadline: On that HBO asshole show, writer-director Quentin Tarantino insists he will retire after he directs a tenth film (his next) and that he thought about doing a reboot of his first film, "Reservoir Dogs."
EMMYS - From Deadline: If you care, here is the full winners list from the 2021 / 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.
DISNEY - From WeGotThisCovered: Set photos from Disney's live-action "The Little Mermaid," reveals film's star, Halle Bailey, with reddish hair.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: "Supernatural" (2005-20) was one of the most important shows in the history of The CW. Now, one of its stars, Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester), is joining his wife, Danneel Ackles, are working on a prequel series, "The Winchesters."
From Deadline: Meanwhile, Jensen Ackles's "Supernatural" co-star, Jared Padalecki, is "bummed" about not being involved in the prequel series.
TELEVISION - From YahooEntertainment: Courtney Cox was hurt that she was the only one of the six stars of the former NBC sitcom, "Friends," who was never nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award during the series' original run.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Paramount Pictures revealed the title and details about its seventh "Transformers" film, "Transformers: Rise of the Beasts."
DISNEY - From Collider: Scarlett Johansson will star in and produce a film based on Disney's theme park attraction, "Tower of Terror."
DISNEY - From ABCNews: Actor Harrison Ford, the one and only Indiana Jones, takes a break from filming "Indiana Jones 5" after injuring his shoulder on set.
CELEBRITY - From Deadline: Tyler Perry and T.D. Jakes got the go-ahead from local authorities Thursday to purchase over 130 acres in Atlanta including a proposed expansion of Tyler Perry Studios for an entertainment district with theaters, retail shops and restaurants.
MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment: "Fast & Furious" actor, Vin Diesel, talks about his feud with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson."
DISNEY - From Variety: Rachel Zegler has been cast as Snow White in Disney’s upcoming remake of the classic fairytale. Zegler is making her feature film debut as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” which bows later in 2021, and will also appear in the superhero sequel to “Shazam.”
LGBTQ/SPORTS - From OutSports: Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib became the first active NFL player in history to announce that he is gay.
SCANDAL - From TheDailyEdge: A list of Republican and Trump-connected child rapists, sex traffickers, pedophile enablers and child porn offenders
OSCARS - From Deadline: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced its newly elected 2021–2022 Board of Governors.
From WeGotThisCovered: Warner Bros. reportedly wants Dwayne Johnson to joins its "Mortal Kombat" film franchise.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Mike Epps will play legendary comedian and actor Richard Pryor in Adam McKay's HBO drama series about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers. Three others actors have been cast, including Carina Conti as Paula Abdul.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Steven Spielberg has entered his Amblin Partners into a Netflix that will find the Amblin producing multiple films each year for Netflix. Spielberg and Amblin will continue to produce films for Universal Pictures.
BOX OFFICE - From Variety: The winner of the 6/18 to 6/20/2021 weekend box office is "The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard" with an estimated take of 11.6 million dollars.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Pacific Theatres Exhibition Corporation, which includes Arclight Cinemas, is really not set to reopen anytime soon. The exhibition company released a statement today that they’re filing Chapter 7 in order to liquidate their assets for creditors.
From YouTube: Netflix has released a trailer for its African-American cast Western film, "The Harder They Fall," from director Jeymes Samuel which arrives in Fall 2021.
From YouTube: Here is the trailer to Universal/Illumination's "Sing 2," the sequel to 2016's "Sing." The film is due December 22, 2021.
From YouTube: Here is the second trailer for Universal's "Candyman" reboot/re-imagining, which is due August 27th.
From YouTube: Here is the official trailer for "Halloween Kills," which is due October 15th.