by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
NETFLIX - From TheVerge: Netflix launches its "Tudum" livestream event that previews over 70 TV series and 28 movies.
MARVEL - From ComicBook: In a move that will have copyright lawyers at The Walt Disney Company sweating, the estate of late, great comic book artist, Steve Ditko, has filed two notice of copyright termination with Disney/Marvel with regard to the copyright for two classic Marvel Comics' characters, Spider-Man and Doctor Strange.
STAR TREK/CELEBRITY - From TheDailyBeast: At the age of 90, "Star Trek" actor William Shatner is set to become the oldest man shot into space. This will happen when he boards Amazon co-founder Jeff Bezo's Blue Origin New Shepard rocket.
POLITICS From WashPost: Oscar-nominated actress, Uma Thurman, calls the Texas abortion law (the "Texas Heartbeat Act") a human rights crisis for American women. She also recounts her experience with having an abortion in her late teens.
ANIMATION - From Variety: Chris Pratt and Anya Taylor-Joy will lead the cast of a new animated "Super Mario Bros." film.
BUSINESS - From Deadline: The IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) strike-authorization vote will begin October 1st. Talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) for a new film and TV contract broke down on Monday, Sept. 20th.
MOVIES - From ShadowandAct: Lashana Lynch is joing Viola Davis and Thuso Mbedu in "The Woman King," a film on the "Dahomey Amazons" of 18th century Africa.
From TimeOutLondon: Speaking of Lashana Lynch, meet the new "007" of "No Time to Die," the upcoming James Bond film.
LGBTQ - From TheAdvocate: Actress Cassandra Peterson, best known as as "Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark," has released her new memoir, "Your Cruelly, Elvira." In the book, Peterson reveals her 19-year relationship with another woman.
SPORTS/NBA - From NBA: Veteran shooting guard, JJ Reddick, has announced his retirement from the NBA. The Orlando Magic drafted Reddick with the No. 11th pick in the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft. Reddick played college basketball with the Duke Blue Devils (2002-06). Reddick played for six teams over his 15-year NBA career, spending the the 2020-21 season first with the New Orleans Pelicans and then, the Dallas Mavericks.
EMMYS - From Deadline: If you care, here is a complete list of winners from the 2021 / 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony.
TRAILER - From THR: Michael Myers face briefly revealed in new trailer for "Halloween Kills."
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 9/17 to 9/19/2021 weekend box office is Marvel Studios' "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" with an estimated take of 21.7 million dollars.
From Negromancer: Here is my review of "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."
From Deadline: After two days in international release, Warner Bros.' film, "Dune" has grossed an estimated 8.4 million dollars.
CELEBRITY - From SundayTimesUK: "The Sunday Times" interviews notorious celebrity gossip blogger and parasite, Perez Hilton, who says he does not expect to be forgiven ... nor should he. In fact, he should get what he wished upon others, especially what he wished on Grammy-winning recording artist and pop star, Britney Spears.
FILM FESTIVAL - From Deadline: The winners of the 2021 TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) People's Choice Awards were announced Sat., Sept. 18th. Director Kenneth Branagh's black and white semi-autobiographical film, "Belfast," wins the top honor, also called the "People's Choice Award."
GUILDS - From Deadline: Lesli Linka Glatter has been elected as the new president of the Directors Guild of America. She is only the second woman to lead the DGA. Glatter is known for her work directing episodes of prestige television dramas such as "Homeland," "The Walking Dead," "Mad Men," and "The West Wing," to name a few. Glatter is also a three-time winner of a DGA Award and is an eight-time Emmy Award nominee.
ANIMATION - From PopCulture: Cult animated TV series, "Family Guy," is leaving Cartoon Network and TBS. Starting Monday, Sept. 20th, FXX and Freeform will be the exclusive cable homes of the long running series.
From THR: Actor and filmmaker and novelist and painter, Melvin Van Peeples, has died at the age of 89, Wednesday, September 22, 2021. He was a pioneering black film director and is best known for his seminal blaxploitation film, "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" (1971). He also directed the 1970 comedy, "Watermelon Man," his only studio film. Van Peeples was also the father of actor and director, Mario Van Peeples.
From Deadline: Actor David Alan Grier and directors Barry Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, and Spike Lee are among the film and TV industry people paying tribute to pioneering Black filmmaker, Melvin Van Peeples, who died Sept. 22nd.
From Variety: The television and film actor, Willie Garson, has died at the age of 57, Wednesday, September 21, 2021. Garson appeared in over 75 films and in over 300 TV episodes. He is best known for the roles of "Stanford Blatch" on HBO's "Sex in the City" and "Mozzie" on USA Network's "White Collar" (2009-2014).
From Deadline: Actress and singer, Sarah Dash, has died at the age of 76, Monday, September 20, 2021. Dash was a founding member of the all-female singing group, "Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles." In 1967, the group changed its name to "Labelle," but they did not find big success until their 1974 smash hit single, "Lady Marmalade," which reached #1 on the "Billboard 100." Dash sang backing vocals on The Rolling Stones' 1989 album, "Steel Wheels." She also sang vocals and backing vocals on the three studio albums released by Keith Richards of "The Rolling Stones."
From TMZ: Actor and comedian, Anthony Johnson, has died at the age of 55, apparently sometime earlier this month. He had his breakout role in the film "House Party" (1990), but was also known for his roles in film like "Menace II Society" (1993) and "Friday" (1995).