by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From Deadline: Star Channing Tatum and director Steven Soderbergh are returning for "Magic Mike's Last Dance," the third film in their "Magic Mike" series. When the film is ready, it will stream exclusively on HBO Max.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 11/26 to 11/28/2021 weekend box office is Disney's "Encanto" with an estimated take of 27 million dollars.
From Variety: The Thanksgiving holiday weekend (11/24 to 11/28/2020=1) box office begins with a Disney's "Encanto" victory as the animated film grossed 7.5 million dollars Wed., Nov. 24th.
From Deadline: Director Denis Villeneuve's "Dune: Part One" finally crosses the 100 million dollar mark at the domestic box office.
ANIMATION - From Deadline: Hayao Miyzazki, the legendary Japanese director of animated films, is coming out of retirement again to direct an animated feature film adaptation of the "How Do You Live," a 1937 novel by Genzaburo Yoshino.
DISNEY - From Deadline: Peter Jackson talks about his four-year obsession that resulted on his "Beatles" documentary, "The Beatles: Get Back," which airs on Disney+ from Nov. 25th to Nov. 27th.
COVID-19 - From Deadline: A new COVID-19 variant, "B.1.1.529," has been found in Africa. Potentially more transmissible, it has been called "a big jump in evolution."
SCANDAL - From Variety: An arbitrator has ordered Kevin Spacey and his companies to pay nearly $31 million to MRC, the production company behind Netflix's “House of Cards,” after finding that Spacey breached his contract by violating the company’s sexual harassment policy.
MOVIES - From Deadline: One of the producers behind the movie Western, "Rust," is co-financing "Sam & Kate," a new film starring Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spasek. Actor Alec Baldwin accidentally killed cinematography Halyna Hutchinson on the set of "Rust" after pointing a gun in her direction.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 11/19 to 11/21/2021 weekend box office is "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" with an estimated take of 44 million dollars.
From Negromancer: My review of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife."
From Deadline: The most recent James Bond movie, "No Time to Die," moves past the most recent "Fast & Furious" movie, "F9," to take the lead in worldwide box office.
From ESPN: American professional golfer, Lee Elder, has died at the age of 87, Sunday, November 28, 2021. In 1975, he became the first Black golfer to play The Masters Tournament. He won four tournaments on the PGA Tour, including the 1974 Monsanto Open, which is what got him invited to the 1974 Masters.
From Variety: American composer and lyricist and Broadway legend, Stephen Sondheim, has died at the age of 91, Friday, November 26, 2021. He is praised for having reinvented the American musical and for incorporating complex and dissonant themes and structures from 20th century classical music into his works. Sondheim is known for being the composer and lyricist for such musicals as "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (1979) and "Sunday in the Park with George" (1984). He wrote the lyrics for "West Side Story" (1957) and "Gypsy" (1959). Sondheim's accolades include nine Tony Awards, an Oscar, eight Grammy Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom.
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