by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: Disney/20th Century Studios "Free Guy," starring Ryan Reynolds, looks to lead the weekend box office.
TELEVISION - From IndieWire: In an interview, actor Jonathan Majors talks about the "jarring" end of HBO's "Lovecraft Country."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Oscar-winner Emma Stone signs a deal to star in a sequel to Disney's recent hit, "Cruella."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: FX chairman John Landgraf would like TV super-producer Ryan Murphy to return to 20th Century Television and Disney from his current perch at Netflix.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Gina Carano's first project since getting fired from the Disney+ series, "The Mandalorian," is an untitled revenge thriller. Eric Red ("The Hitcher") has written the script for the film, which is based on his novel "White Knuckle." Carano will star in the film and will be one of the film's producers.
MUSIC - From Afrotech: Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton has made millions of dollars in songwriting royalties from the late Whitney Houston's 1992 remake of Parton's 1974 song, "I Will Always Love You." Parton revealed that she has invested some of that money in the African-American community of Nashville, TN.
CELEBRITY - From YahooTelegraphy: Oscar-nominated actress, Debra Winger, talks about how the MeToo movement has gone too far and about why she really left Hollywood in the early 1990s.
TELEVISION - From Variety: There is a second teaser and a full trailer for FX's "Impeachment: American Crime Story," which debuts Sept 7th. The series focuses on the scandal involving President Bill Clinton and the intern Monica Lewinsky.
CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment: Oscar-winner Quentin Tarantino says that the has stuck to a childhood promise not to never give a "penny" to his mother.
From YahooEntertainment: His mother, Connie Zastoupil, has something else to say.
MOVIES - From IndieWire: Recent Oscar-winner Chloe Zhao has raved about director Denis Villeneuve's upcoming sci-fi epic, "Dune." But how many people will see it in movie theaters.
TELEVISION - From TVInsider: Seth McFarlane says the third season of his sci-fi comedy TV series, "The Orville," has wrapped and will debut on Hulu.
SPORTS/TELEVISION - From Deadline: According to early numbers, NBC suffered an all-time viewership low in its broadcast of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics (a.k.a. "the Games of the XXXII Olympiad"). Still, an average of 15.5 million in today's numbers is actually good. NBC has broadcast the Summer Olympics since 1988 Seoul Korea Olympics.
MOVIES - From IGN: Actor Idris Elba will provide the voice for the character, "Knuckles," in the sequel to the "Sonic the Hedgehog" movie.
NETFLIX - From Variety: Netflix is developing "Wednesday Addams," a TV series based on "The Addams Family" television series and on Charles Addams' series of cartoons in "The New Yorker" magazine. Actor Luis Guzman has been cast as "Gomez Addams."
From Variety: Oscar-winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Morticia Addams in Netflix's series, "Wednesday Addams." Jenny Ortega has been previously announced as Wednesday.
ANIMATION - From YahooEntertainment: Voice actor Jeff Bergman talks about the responsibility in voicing classic animated cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny and Yogi Bear.
SCANDAL - From Deadline: Actor Joel Kinnaman has obtained a restraining order against a former sex partner, Swedish model Gabriella Magnusson. According to Kinnaman, Magnusson has threatened to accuse him of raping her.
BOX OFFICE - From Variety: The winner of the 8/6 to 8/8/2021 weekend box office is "The Suicide Squad" with an estimated take of 26.5 million dollars.
MOVIE REVIEW - From Negromancer: Here is my review of "The Suicide Squad."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Actor Kapil Talwalkar ("Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist") will be a series regular on NBC's upcoming sequel to "Night Court" (1984-92), its long-running courtroom comedy.
From Deadline: Former child star, Jane Withers, has died at the age of 95, Saturday, August 7, 2021. She was one of the most popular child stars of the 1930s and early 1940s, and she was the only child star to complete a seven-year contract. Her breakthrough role came as a supporting actor next to Shirley Temple in the film, "Bright Eyes" (1934). Withers retired at 21 in 1947, but returned to screen and television work in 1955.
From Deadline: The actress, Markie Post, has died at the age of 70, Saturday, August 7, 2021, after a nearly four-year battle with cancer. Post was best known for playing the role of "Christine Sullivan" on NBC's former courtroom comedy, "Night Court," becoming a series regular in its third season. Post was also the star (with John Ritter) of CBS' late sitcom, "Hearts Afire" (1992-95). In recent years, Post had a recurring role on NBC's police drama, "Chicago P.D."
From Deadline: Former costars and colleagues remember Markie Post ("The Fall Guy," "Night Court,") who died on Saturday at the age of 70.
From THR: There is a trailer for Nicolas Cage's upcoming film, "Prisoners of the Ghostland," which arrives Sept. 17th at theaters, on digital, and video-on-demand.