by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
BOX OFFICE - From Deadline: "Free Guy" looks to repeat as weekend box office champ, while "Paw Patrol" looks to make a strong debut.
TELEVISION - From Variety: HBO's series about the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers loses actor Bo Burnham, who was to play NBA great Larry Bird, but gains five more cast members, including Sean Patrick Small as Burnham's replacement to play Bird.
STAR TREK - From Deadline: Roddenberry Entertainment is quietly working on a biographical film about the late Gene Roddenberry, the creator of "Star Trek" and a television writer-producer whose career spanned decades.
MARVEL STUDIOS - From Variety: Actor Anthony Mackie has reportedly signed a deal to star in "Captain America 4."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: The BBC and Miramax are developing a television series based on Michael Ondaatje's novel, "The English Patient." The novel was previously adapted by the late Anthony Minghella into a 1996 film that won nine Oscars, including "Best Picture" and "Best Director."
MEDIA - From Deadline: Jordan Peele's Monkeypaw Productions expands with multiple promotions across the company.
MOVIES - From Deadline: "Spencer," the film starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, will hit theaters November 5th.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: AMC Networks has set fall premiere dates for new and returning series across its AMC, AMC+, Acorn TV, AllBlk, BBC America, Shudder, Sundance Now, SundanceTV and WeTV. Newly revealed dates include the new seasons of "Doctor Who" and "Creepshow "and new series such as "Ragdoll," "Kin," and "Ultra City Smiths.
STAR TREK - From YahooLATimes: There is a three-battle to be the conservator of Nichelle Nichols, legendary "Star Trek" actress, and it is ugly.
STREAMING - From THR: In a brewing 100 million dollar deal, Sony Animation's "Hotel Transylvania: Transformania" could bypass its theatrical run and stream on Amazon Prime
BOX OFFICE - From Variety: The winner of the 8/13 to 8/15/2021 weekend box office is "Free Guy" (starring Ryan Reynolds) with an estimated take of 28.4 million dollars.
From Deadline: Sylvester Stallone has appeared in a movie that was #1 at the box office in six consecutive decades. Stallone is a voice actor in last weekend's number one film, "The Suicide Squad."
POLITICS - From YahooTheWeek: It turns out a minor actor participated in the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol building. Michael Aaron Carico, 33, was arrested Wed., August 11th in Burbank, California.
CELEBRITY - From YahooEntertainment: In his first interview since loosing his libel suit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, Johnny Depp speaks out about the "Hollywood boycott" of him.
DISNEY - From GiantFreakingRobot: The site is reporting that the Walt Disney Company has cut all ties and projects with actress Scarlet Johansson, who is suing Disney over profit sharing for the film, "Black Widow."
NETFLIX - From WeGotThisCovered: Director Leigh Janiak wants her "Fear Street" three-piece to develop into the Marvel Cinematic Universe of horror.
STREAMING - From Deadline: Apple is closing in on a mega-deal to obtain director Paolo Sorrentino's biopic about Sue Mengers, the legendary female Hollywood agent who broke barriers in what had largely been a boys' club. Oscar-winner, Jennifer Lawrence, is slated to play Mengers.
From Variety: The Japanese actor and martial artist, Sonny Chiba, has died at the age of 82, Thursday, August 19, 2021 from complications of COVID-19. American audiences will remember him for his roles in "Kill Bill Volume 1" (2003) and "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" (2006).
From MeTV: The English actress and producer, Patricia "Pat" Hitchcock, has died at the age of 93, Monday, August 9, 2021. Pat was the only child of famed director Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma Reville, the English screenwriter and film editor. Pat appeared in 10 episodes of the TV series, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents." She also appeared in several of her father's films, including "Stage Fright" (1950) and "Psycho" (1960). Her most substantial role in a Hitchcock film was playing "Barbara Morton" in "Strangers on a Train" (1951).