by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
REVIEW - From Negromancer: My review of "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
MOVIES - From Variety: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has publicly declined Vin Diesel's invitation to rejoin the "Fast Saga" mainline franchise for the supposed finale, "Fast 10."
COVID-19 - From Deadline: On Tuesday (12/28/2021), the United States recorded 512,553 daily new COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University. That is, by far, the single highest daily case number recorded during the entire COVID-19 pandemic.
From RSN: According to the Associated Press, "FEMA Wants to Give Families Up to $9,000 for COVID Funerals, but Many Don't Apply"
MOVIES - From HotNewHipHop: Ice Cube reveals why actor Chris Tucker did not return for "Next Friday" (2000), the first of two sequels to the cult hit film, "Friday" (1995). It was for religious reasons.
BOX OFFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 12/24 to 12/26/2021 weekend box office is Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" with an estimated take of 81.5 million dollars.
From THR: "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is now Sony Pictures' all-time top-grossing film at the U.S. box office with a total to date of 405.5 million dollars. The previous champ was "Jumanji: Welcome to to the Jungle" (2017) with a domestic total of 404.5 million.
From THR: On Sunday, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" passed the billion-dollar mark in global box office. It is the first film to do so in the pandemic era.
MOVIES - From Variety: Actor Michael B. Jordan talks about getting directing advice from Denzel Washington as Jordan prepares to direct "Creed III."
From THR: American animal advocate and beloved television actress and comedienne, Betty White, has died at the age of 99, Friday, December 31, 2021. A five-time Emmy winner, White starred on CBS's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" from 1973 to 1977, NBC's "The Golden Girls" (1985-92), and TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland" (2010-15).
From Variety: Former NFL coach and retired sportscaster, John Madden, has died at the age of 85, Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Madden won Super Bowl XI (Jan. 1977) as head coach of the Oakland Raiders. He was the Raiders head coach from 1969 to 1978. Madden was a color commentator for CBS from 1979 to 1993, for Fox from 1994 to 2001, for ABC Sports from 2002 to 2005, and for NBC Sports from 2006 to 2008. In 1988, Madden lent his name, voice, and personality to EA Sports sports video game, "John Madden Football" (1988-94), which has been best known as "Madden NFL." Madden was "Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2006."
From Deadline: Canadian director and screenwriter, Jean-Marc Vallée, has died at the age of 58, Sunday, December 26, 2021. Among his best known directorial efforts are the Oscar-winning films, "Young Victoria" (2009) and "Dallas Buyers Club" (2013) and the Oscar-nominated "Wild" (2014). He also directed the first season of the HBO TV series, "Big Little Lies."
From TheNewYorkTimes: Archbishop Desmond Tutu has died at the age of 80, Sunday, December 26, 2021. A South African Anglican bishop, Tutu was known as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He was one of the most prominent opponents of South Africa's apartheid system of racial segregation and white minority rule. He was a key figure in apartheid's dismantling and in South Africa's transition away from it. Tutu appeared in over a hundred television, film, and video documentaries and TV specials and series to discuss his work and beliefs.
From Deadline: The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has named the Japanese film, "Drive My Car," the "Best Picture" of 2021.
From Deadline: The 2022 / 37th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have announced their nominations. "Zola" leads with six nominations. The winners will be announced Sun., March 6, 2022.
From THR: The 2022 / 79th Golden Globes Awards nominations have been announced. "Belfast" and "The Power of the Dog" lead with seven nominations each. Winners will be announced Jan. 9th, 2022.
From GoldDerby: The 2022 Critics Choice Awards nominations have been announced. "Belfast" and "West Side Story" leads with 11 nominations each. Winners will be announced Jan. 9th, 2022.
From Deadline: The American Film Institute announced the "2021 AFI Awards" Top 10 list, and the list includes "Dune," "The Tragedy of Macbeth," and "West Side Story."
From THR: Director Aleem Khan's "After Love" tops the 2021 British Independent Film Awards, winning six awards, including "Best Film of 2021."
From Variety: The New York Film Critics Circle has named the Japanese drama, "Drive My Car," as the "Best Film of 2021."
From Deadline: The National Board of Review hands director Paul Thomas Anderson's "Licorice Pizza" it "Best Film" and "Best Director" awards. Will Smith picks up the "Best Actor" award for "King Richard."
From THR: Netflix’s "The Lost Daughter," directed by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, dominated the 2021 Gotham Awards in New York on Monday night (Nov. 29th). The film won in four of the five categories in which it was nominated, including "Best Feature."
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