by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
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ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: Disney's "Jungle Cruise" looking to lead the weekend box office with an estimated 30+ million dollars grossed in its debut weekend.
DISNEY - From Deadline: Bryan Lourd, Scarlett Johansson's agent, harshly responds to The Walt Disney Company's response to Scarlett Johansson's breach of contract lawsuit against Disney over her compensation for "Black Widow."
From Deadline: Women in Film, ReFrame and Time’s Up have weighed in, call out Disney for its response to Scarlett Johansson and her "Black Widow" lawsuit.
MOVIES - From Gizmodo: The acclaimed science fiction novel, "Parable of the Sower," by the late Octavia Butler will be a film. A24 has won the film rights.
DISNEY - From Deadline: The Walt Disney Co. has fired back at Scarlett Johansson over her "Black Widow" lawsuit, which concerns her compensation and the streaming of "Black Widow" on Disney+. Disney says that Johansson has already made 20 million dollars off the film...
TELEVISION - From Variety: After 25 seasons, PBS is cancelling "Arthur." It is the longest-running children's animated series in the history of American television. The show will wrap up its last season in Winter 2022.
MOVIES - From THR: The site has an extensive interview with screenwriter, David S. Goyer ("Blade" and "Batman" films).
JAN. 6 RIOT - From YahooEntertainment: This voice mail message left on the phone of a Washington D.C. police officer who testified yesterday (July 27th) at the House committee hearings investigating the Jan. 6th insurrection epitomizes much of "Trump base."
TELEVISION - From Variety: With ratings for the 2021 Olympics on the decline, NBCUniversal and its advertisers are feeling anxious about "make goods" and other forms of reimbursement.
MOVIES - From Variety: Universal is spending 400 million dollars on a new trilogy of films based on the legendary horror film, "The Exorcist." Oscar-winning actress, Ellen Burstyn, will reprise her role as "Chris MacNeil" from the 1973 original film. The first film in the trilogy will arrive in theaters in 2023, while the second and third films likely will debut on Universal's "Peacock" streaming platform.
TELEVISION - From Variety: Actor Bob Odenkirk has been hospitalized after collapsing on the set of the AMC series, "Better Call Saul," which is currently filming its sixth and final season.
From YahooEntertainment: Former "Batwoman" actress, Ruby Rose, had to return to the hospital recently due to surgical complications ... but she had trouble finding an ER that would take her.
CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment: Actress Lucy Liu talks about her infamous clash with actor Bill Murray on the set of "Charlie's Angels" (2000).
STAR TREK - From Space: The first official trailer for the much-anticipated Nickelodeon and Paramount+ animated series, "Star Trek: Prodigy," arrives. We hear Capt. Janeway's voice and get a release date, Fall 2021.
TELEVISION - From Variety: LeVar Burton begins his stint as a “Jeopardy!” guest host today, Monday, July 26th.
BOX OFFICE - Variety: The winner of the 7/23 to 7/25/2021 weekend box office is "Old" with an estimated gross of 16.5 million dollars.
From Deadline: "Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdaine" tops the specialty box office.
MUSIC - From Deadline: The estate of the late singer, Grammy-winner James Brown, has been settled after nearly 15 years of legal battles. The estate had been in dispute since Brown died Christmas Day 2006.
NETFLIX - From Variety: The site has a huge piece on Kevin Smith, the development of Netflix's "Master of the Universe" animated series, and about online fan backlash against the series.
CELEBRITY - From YahooPeople: Judge John Ouderkirk, the judge involved in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's ongoing custody case, will be disqualified after he was found to have "violated his ethical obligations," according to an opinion submitted by three appellate judges on Friday.
From NPR: Civil rights activist, Robert Parris "Bob" Moses, has died at the age of 86, Sunday, July 25, 2021. Moses was known for his work as a leader of the "Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee" (SNCC) on voter education and registration in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. He was also known for co-founding of the "Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party." Moses was shot at and endured beatings and jail while leading Black voter registration drives in the American South during the 1960s. He later helped improve minority education in math.
From Deadline: The actor Mike Mitchell has died at the age of 65, Friday, July 23, 2021. Mitchell was a former "Mr. Universe" and won several "World Fitness Federation World Championships." He appeared in such films as "Braveheart" (1995) and "Gladiator" (2000).
From THR: "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" drops a new trailer (July 27th) and has a release date, November 11th, 2021.