by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From Deadline: Deadline is confirming that actor Cillian Murphy will play J. Robert Oppenheimer in Christopher Nolan's biopic, "Oppenheimer." The film is due July 21, 2023.
MUSIC/CELEBRITY - From Variety: Dwayne Johnson enters the rap game via Tech N9ine's new single, "Face Off."
NETFLIX - From THR: Netflix has ordered a spinoff of Fox's late sitcom, "That 70's Show." Creators Bonnie and Terry Turner and original cast members, Kurtwood Smith (Red Forman) and Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Forman), are back for "That 90's Show."
POLITICS/TELEVISION - From Reuters: How AT&T helped build far-right One America News (OAN).
TELEVISION - From Variety: The cable net, Food Network, is reportedly parting ways with one of its most famous faces, superstar chef Bobby Flay, who has been with the network for 27 years.
SCANDAL - From YahooNews: Rachel Lindsay, the first black woman to star on ABC's "The Bachelorette," tells a crazy story about ESPN's tragic mulatto, Sage Steele.
STREAMING - From THR: Spyglass is rebooting the classic 1987 horror film, "Hellraiser," with "The L Word: Generation Q" actress," Jamie Clayton playing the iconic villian, "Pinhead." The movie will debut on Hulu in 2022. Clive Barker, the creator of Hellraiser and of its source material, the novella, "The Hellbound Heart," is one of the film's producers.
ANIMATION - From Deadline: FXX's long-running animated series, "Archer," said good-bye to one of its main characters, "Malory Archer," voiced by Jessica Walter, in the Season 12 finale. Walter died March 24th of this year at the age of 80.
AMAZON - From Variety: Amazon has licensed “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” from Sony Pictures Animation. The fourth (and final) installment in the blockbuster franchise will stream globally — excluding China — on Prime Video on Jan. 14, 2022.
COVID-19 - From THR: "Hollywood Battle Lines Emerge in Simmering Vaccine War." Without mandates to get a shot, some film and TV sets have been thrown into chaos as A-list holdouts have caused work stoppages while others say, “It’s not my place to police anyone.”
MOVIES - From THR: On a recent episode of her talk show, "The Drew Barrymore Show," Drew talked about the infamous clash between her co-stars, Lucy Liu and Bill Murray, on the set of the 2000 "Charlie's Angels" film.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Actor Robert Carlyle is set to reprise his role as "Francis Begbie," a character he made famous in the film, "Trainspotting" (1996). Begbie will return in a six-part series that is an adaptation of author Irvine Welsh's 2016 novel, "The Blade Artist," a sequel to "Trainspotting," Welsh's 1993 novel that became the beloved 1996 British film.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: The former NBC legal drama, "L.A. Law" (1984-86), has taken another step in making a comeback. ABC has ordered a pilot for a sequel series, and original series star, Blair Underwood, returns as his character, "Jonathan Rollins," in addition to being an executive producer.
ACADEMY AWARDS - From Deadline: Will Packer has been named Producer of the 94th Annual Academy Awards, set for March 27, 2022. Packer is a prolific producer of numerous films and TV projects including "Straight Outta Compton," "Ride Along," and "Girls Trip," to name a few. He also produced the 2016, four-episode, remake of the television miniseries "Roots."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: WarnerMedia has released the first teaser for "House of the Dragon," a spin-off from the Emmy-winning, "Game of Thrones."
COVID-19 - From YahooNews: Trying to Make Sense of COVID's Mysterious 2-Month Cycle
MOVIES - From Deadline: Universal has moved the Bluhouse horror flick, "The Black Phone," from Jan. 28th, 2021 to Feb. 4, 2022.
DISNEY - From Deadline: Disney and Scarlett Johansson have settled their legal issues, and her projects with the studio are back on, including "Tower of Terror." No terms of the settlement were made public, but Deadline estimates the multiple Oscar-nominated Johansson could get 40 million dollars.
DISNEY - From Deadline: The Disney Channel favorite, "Raven's Home," has been renewed for a fifth season. Actor Rondell Sheridan, who played Raven Baxter's father, "Victor Baxter," on the original series, "That's So Raven," will be one of the new series regulars. However, the storyline moves to San Francisco and that results in the departure of several series regulars, Navia Robinson (Nia), Jason Maybaum (Levi), Sky Katz (Tess) and Anneliese van der Pol (Chelsea).
AMAZON - From THR: Amazon is working on an update of the 1999 hit film, "Cruel Intentions," for its IMDb TV.
From THR: Speaking of IMDb TV, the streamer is also interested in a greenlighting a second season of the cancelled ABC legal drama, "Rebel." IMDb has the free streaming rights to the first season.
NFL - From Deadline: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige will perform during the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show (Sun., Feb. 13th, 2022) at SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles. The five artists have never before appeared together onstage, according to the official announcement of the show. Among them, they have 43 Grammys and 22 No. 1 albums on the Billboard charts.
TELEVISION - From GoodHousekeeping: The sister cable networks, "Hallmark Channel" and "Hallmark Movies & Mysteries" are debuting a combined 41 movies across both networks this holiday season. "Good Housekeeping" has posted Hallmark Channel's "Countdown to Christmas" 2021 movie schedule and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries' "Miracles of Christmas" 2021 movie schedule. Hallmark starts off with "You, Me & Christmas Tree" on Fri., Oct. 2nd. HMM starts off with "Christmas in My Heart" on Sat., Oct. 23rd.