by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
DISNEY - From Deadline: Disney+ has provided a first look at Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy in "Hocus Pocus 2," the sequel to their 1993 Halloween cult classic. "Hocus Pocus 2" is due Fall 2022.
BREAKING/CELEBRITY - From Variety: The conservatorship over Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Britney Spears, has been terminated after 13 years, a California court has determined.
TELEVISION - From THR: "And Just Like That," the sequel to the beloved series, "Sex in the City," has a premiere date (Dec. 9th on HBO Max) and a trailer.
MOVIES - From Deadline: MGM is developing a "Road House" reboot with actor Jake Gyllenhaal and director Doug Liman circling the project.
CELEBRITY - From THR: In a big feature interview, sexy actor Henry Cavill talks about "The Witcher," "Mission: Impossible," Superman, and James Bond...
COVID-19 - From THR: Hollywood projects get stricter about COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
TECH - From Variety: Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson is selling the VFX division of his company, Weta Digital, to Unity Software, a 3D game development platform. Eventually, the deal will make Weta's VFX tools and tech will be available to creators all over the world.
MOVIES - From Variety: Ariana Grande and Cynthia Erivo will portray Glinda and Elphaba, respectively, in Universal’s big-screen adaptation of the Tony-winning musical, "Wicked." The film will be directed by Jon M. Chu.
MOVIES - From THR: Leonardo DiCaprio is in final talks to play infamous cult leader, Jim Jones, in a film for MGM that he will also produce.
OSCARS - From THR: 30 hopeful films enter the race for "Best Picture" at the 2022 / 94th Academy Awards.
From THR: The Academy Awards promises 10 nominees in the "Best Picture" category at the 94th Oscars.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 11/5 to 11/7/2021 weekend box office is Disney/Marvel Studios' "Eternals" with an estimated take of 71 million dollars.
From Negromancer: My review of "Eternals."
MOVIES - From Insider: Director Jason Reitman talks about working on "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," a franchise he's avoided his whole life, and the connection to his father who directed the original films.
MOVIES - From THR: Regina Hall is teaming with Robert De Niro to make a sequel to De Niro's 1988 film, "Midnight Run." In the original, De Niro played a bounty hunter tracking a mob accountant played by the late, great Charles Grodin.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Vin Diesel has asked Dwayne Johnson to return to the "Fast & Furious" franchise for the series' final two films. Diesel and Johnson have been at odds since the making of "The Fate of the Furious."
TELEVISION - From THR: Tyler Perry, who does all the writing for his television series, said that his plan is to bring in other writers and directors for his TV shows sometime in the next three to four years.
TELEVISION - From ShadowandAct: Filmmaker Deon Taylor and rapper "Master P" are developing an scripted television series based on Master P's life.
MOVIES - From THR: Acclaimed director and Oscar-winning screenwriter, Jane Campion, talks about her new film, "The Power of the Dog" (with Benedict Cumberbatch) and why she won't do a "Marvel movie."
From THR: American producer, manager, and boxing promoter, Jeff Wald, has died at the age of 77, Friday, November 12, 2021. Wald had many celebrity clients, including his ex-wife, the late singer-songwriter, Helen Reddy. Wald was married to Reddy and managed her at the height of her career in the 1970s. He also managed legendary comedian George Carlin and box office superstar, actor Sylvester Stallone.
From Deadline: The former child performer and veteran actor, Dean Stockwell, has died at the age of 85, Sunday, November 7, 2021. Stockwell began his film career as a child actor in 1945, appearing a several films, including "Anchors Aweigh" with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Stockwell may be best known for the role of "Admiral Al Calavicci" in the former NBC sci-fi drama, "Quantum Leap" (1989-93), for which he received four Primetime Emmy nominations in the category of "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series." Stockwell also earned a "Best Supporting Actor" nomination for his role in Jonathan Demme's 1988 film, the crime comedy, "Married to the Mob."
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