by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From Variety: The new documentary film, "The Kids," examines Larry Clark's 1995 film, "Kids," and the lives of the young actors it shattered.
MUSIC - From Deadline: Gregory James, the rapper known as "Shock G" and MC Humpty Hump" of the rap group, "Digital Underground," died this past April. The initial case summary released by the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s office in Florida said Shock G died from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, ethanol and methamphetamine.
BLM - From Truthout: Darnella Frazier, the Minnesota teen whose cellphone video recording of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck last May was key piece of prosecution evidence in the trial the ended with the former Minneapolis police officer’s murder conviction, received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Friday, June 11th.
NETFLIX - From EW: "John Wick" actor, Lance Reddick, will play "Albert Wesker" in Netflix's planned "Resident Evil" TV series. Wesker is actually a character from the "Resident Evil" game franchise.
ANIMATION - From Deadline: The Lord of the Rings is getting the anime (Japanese animation) treatment with the animated film, "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim," from New Line Pictures and Warner Animation. The film will be directed by Japanese anime director, Kenji Kamiyama, and Japanese anime company, Sola Entertainment, will provide the animation.
STREAMING - From Deadline: Mario Cantone, Willie Garson, David Eigenberg and Evan Handler, who regulars on HBO's "Sex and the City," are returning for HBO Max's revival, "And Just Like That..."
EMMYS - From Variety: TNT (7 wins) and ESPN (6 wins) lead the 2021 / 42nd Annual Sports Emmys.
MOVIES - From Variety: Searchlight Pictures has released the first trailer for "The Eyes of Tammy Faye." It stars Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain as Tammy Faye Bakker, wife of infamous televangelist, Jim Bakker (played by Oscar-nominee Andrew Garfield), and is based on a grue story. You can watch the trailer in the article.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Tyler Perry his bring his signature character, Madea, out of retirement for a new Netflix film, "A Madea Homecoming," which will be released in 2022.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Horror movie super-producer Jason Blum and director Bryan Fuller are behind a new film version of Stephen King's 1983 novel, "Christine." John Carpenter directed the first film adaptation, which was also released in 1983.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Following her breakout role in the Netflix smash hit "Outer Banks," Madelyn Cline has joined the cast of the "Knives Out" sequel.
NETFLIX - From Polygon: Netflix has provided a first look at its live-action version of the anime classic, "Cowboy Bebop," which includes a look at John Cho's hairdo to play "Spike."
LGBTQ - From TheHill: Burger King has entered the chicken sandwich wars and has challenged anti-gay chicken fast food franchise, Chick-fil-A, with its own support of LGBTQ+.
MOVIES - From BloodyDisgusting: At one point, director Neill Blomkamp was going direct "Alien 5," which would have been a direct sequel to writer-director James Cameron's "Aliens" (1986), the second film in the series. But the film was killed off, but more concept art from the project has emerged.
MOVIES - From BloodyDisgusting: Writer-director Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses) has announced that he has landed his dream gig. He will write and direct a film update of the late CBS sitcom, "The Munsters" (1964-66), for Universal Pictures. The film may also end up being an exclusive release for NBCUniversal's "Peacock" streaming service.
MOVIES - From Variety: Recent Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan are attached to star in “She Said,” about "The New York Times" sexual harassment investigation against Harvey Weinstein that kicked off the #MeToo movement.
STREAMING - From Deadline: In addition to adding new programming to the streaming service, "Paramount+", ViacomCBS is created a low-cost tier to Paramount+ that will be ad-supported.
CELEBRITIES - From BET: Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced that their second child, a baby girl, was born on Friday, June 4, 2021. They’ve decided to name her Lilibet “Lili” Diana Mountbatten-Windsor, after both her grandmother, the late Princess Diana, and her great-grandmother, the Queen of England.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Executive producer Ryan Murphy has revealed the four actors who will appear in Hulu's "American Horror Stories," the spinoff of his hit FX series, "American Horror Story."
From YahooSports: Former NFL coach, Jim Fassel, has died at the age of 71, Monday, June 7, 2021. Fassel was the head coach of the National Football League's "New York Giants" (NFC) from 1997 to 2003. He led the Giants to Super Bowl XXXV (Jan. 28, 2001), where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens (AFC) 34 to 7. However, a decade earlier, Fassel was an assistant coach when the Giants won Super Bowl XXV under head coach Bill Parcells. Fassel was also named "NFL Coach of the Year" in 1997.
From THR: African-American film, stage and television actor, Clarence Williams III, has died at the age of 81, Friday, June 4, 2021. His breakout role was in the television series, "The Mod Squad" (1968-73), playing hippie cop, "Lincoln 'Linc' Hayes." Williams also became a memorable character actor, appearing in films such as "Purple Rain," "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka," "Tales from the Hood," and "Half Baked," to name a few. Other memorable TV roles included a recurring role on Season Two of the original "Twin Peaks" (1990-91), an episode of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," and a supporting role in 10 of the Hallmark Channel's "Mystery Woman" movies. In 1965, he earned a Tony Award nomination for "Best Featured Actor" in the play, "Slow Dance on the Killing Ground."