by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
TELEVISION - From THR: CBS has given a full-season pickup to its supernatural comedy, "Ghosts."
AWARDS - From THR: The nominations for the 2021 Gotham Awards have been announced in both film and TV categories. The winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 29th.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Emily Blunt is in talks to join Christopher Nolan's film, "Oppenheimer."
TRAILER - From ETCanada: There is a new trailer for the film, "Being the Ricardos," starring Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz. The film, directed by Aaron Sorkin, focuses on a week in the production of the classic television series, "I Love Lucy." It will be released on "Amazon Prime" on Dec. 21st.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Netflix says that its hit, "Squid Game," the Korean sci-fi dystopian series, has been streamed by 142 million households in its first four weeks.
MOVIES - From THR: Steve McQueen has won the inaugural European Film Award for Innovative Storytelling for "Small Axe," an anthology of five films set between 1969 and 1982 that explore the experiences of London’s West Indian community.
STREAMING - From Variety: Hulu has ordered "History of the World, Part II," a TV variety series that will act as a sequel to Mel Brooks' classic film comedy, "History of the World, Part I" (1981). Brooks will be a writer and executive producer on the series.
MOVIES - From Variety: Rob Zombie has shared the first cast photo from his film, "The Munsters," which updates or reboots the old 1960s TV series of the same name. Universal Studios will release the film.
MOVIES - From Variety: Disney delays the release date of several upcoming films, including "Doctor Strange 2," "Thor 4," Black Panther 2," and "Indiana Jones 5."
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 10/15 to 10/17/2021 weekend box office is "Halloween Kills" with an estimated take of 50.35 million dollars.
LABOR - From Deadline: The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) have reached a new film and TV deal that averted the start of a strike by over 60,000 IATSE members on Monday. This article has the details.
From Variety: See all the hot trailers for upcoming DC Comics films and TV series from DC FanDome.
From Deadline: At DC FanDome, director Matt Reeves revealed a new trailer for his film, "The Batman," which is due May 4, 2022.
From Deadline: A preview of DC Film's "The Flash" gives us a peek at a cameo from a certain Batman...
From TMZ: Singer and musician, Tommy DeBarge, has died at the age of 64, Thursday, October 21, 2021. DeBarge was a vocalist and bass player for the R&B/funk band, "Switch," which had it best success in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Tommy and his brother, the late Bobby DeBarge, were founding members of Switch. Tommy and Bobby would later leave the group to mentor their younger siblings in the 1980s group, "DeBarge."
From THR: Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins as died at the age of 42, Thursday, October 21, 2021 after a prop gun incident on the set of the film, "Rust." Hutchins was known for her work on such indie films as "Archenemy," "Blindfire," and "The Mad Hatter."
From THR: Actor Peter Scolari has died at the age of 66, Friday, October 22, 2021 after a battle with cancer. Scolari first game to prominence on the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Bosom Buddies" (1980-82), with friend, Tom Hanks. Scolari joined the cast of CBS' "Newhart" as a recurring character during the series' second season (1983-84), and then, became a series regular from 1984 until the series' end in 1990. He won a "Guest Actor" Primetime Emmy for his role on HBO's "Girls."
From YahooNews: American four-star general, diplomat, and statesman, General Colin Powell, has died at the age of 84, from complications of COVID-19. He was the first African-American U.S. Secretary of State and a trailblazing figure both in the United States and around the world. He also served as the 16th United States National Security Advisor from 1987 to 1989 and as the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 1989 to 1993.
From Deadline: The actress, Betty Lynn, has died at the age of 95, Saturday, October 16, 2021. Her best known role was as "Betty Lou," the girlfriend of "Deputy Barney Fife" on "The Andy Griffith Show." Lynn appeared on the series 26 times from 1961 to 1966. In the 1950s, Lynn appeared in "Cheaper by the Dozen" (1950) and "Meet Me in Las Vegas" (1956). Lynn also appeared on four episodes of Andy Griffith's series "Matlock" (1986-92).