by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
HARRY POTTER - From Deadline: HBO Max released the first image of Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint reunited for the "Harry Potter" 20th anniversary special, "Return to Hogwarts."
TELEVISION - From Variety: According to sources, HBO is developing a reboot of its acclaimed TV series, "Six Feet Under" (2001-05).
BLM - From HuffPost: "I'm Black But Look White. Here Are The Horrible Things White People Feel Safe Telling Me." by Miriam Zinter. “There is a strategic force dedicated to segregation and racism,” Zinter says.
SCANDAL - From THR: Former "Empire" actor, Jussie Smollett, has been convicted on five of the six charges he faced because of an alleged hoax he staged three years ago.
TYLER PERRY - From Deadline: BET is expanding its Tyler Perry originals slate with the greenlight of "Zatima," a spinoff series of "Sistas," on BET+. The 10-episode hour-long series will see Devale Ellis and Crystal Renee Hayslett reprise their roles as "Zac" and "Fatima," respectively.
CELEBRITY - From THR: Jennifer Aniston talks about the "Friends" reunion, her career, upcoming projects, and life.
AWARDS - From Deadline: Disney/Marvel Studios' "Black Widow" was chose "The Movie of 2021" at the "2021 People's Choice Awards." Halle Berry also accepted "The People's Icon" award.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Jordan Peele's screenplay for "Get Out" just topped the Writers Guild of America's list of "101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (So Far)."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: AMC has renewed "Fear the Walking Dead" for an eighth season. Actress Kim Dickens, a regular on Seasons 1 to 4," will return as a series regular in Season 8 after appearing in the current Season 7.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Dave Bautista ("Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3) is in negotiations to star in writer-director M. Night Shyamalan's secret project, "Knock at the Door."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Sylvester Stallone is in negotiations to star in and exec produce "Kansas City," a drama series from Taylor Sheridan and Terence Winter for Paramount+. It will be Stallone's first major foray into television.
MOVIE NEWS - From THR: Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" has been banned from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States, likely because the film has a transgender character.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 12/3 to 12/5/2021 weekend box office is Disney's "Encanto" with an estimated gross of 12.7 million dollars.
SPIDER-MAN - From Variety: CCXP Worlds 21 (Brazil Comic Con), Sony Pictures Animation debuts a two-minute "first look" teaser for "Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One)," which is due in theaters October 7, 2022. A sequel to the Oscar-winning hit, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," the teaser features eye-popping graphics.
BREAKING NEWS - From Deadline: CNN said today that anchor Chris Cuomo, host of the network's "Cuomo Prime Time" political talk show, has been “terminated” by the network, “effective immediately.” The move comes as an outside law firm was retained to discover how much Cuomo aided his brother, former New York state governor Andrew Cuomo, when he faced multiple allegations of sexual harassment.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry has signed a multi-picture deal with Netflix in the wake of her directorial debut, "Bruised," which is a massive hit on Netflix.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage will play "Dracula" in Universal Pictures film about the count's henchman, entitled "Renfield." Nicholas Hoult will play Renfield."
ANIMATION/NETFLIX - From IGN: The animated virtual band, Gorillaz, is getting a full-length animated film from Netflix, confirms the band's co-creator Damon Albarn.
MOVIES - From TheAVClub: The site has a list of movies coming out to theaters or streaming for the month of December 2021.
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."
From Deadline: American musician and songwriter, Michael Nesmith, has died at the age of 78, Friday, December 10, 2021. Nesmith was best known for being the wool-capped singer and guitarist of the pop-rock band, "The Monkees" and for also being one of the stars of "The Monkees" television series that ran from 1966 to 1968 on NBC. In 1981, Nesmith also won the first Grammy Award given for "Video of the Year," which he won for his hour-long television show, "Elephant Parts."
From Deadline: American film producer, Martha De Laurentiis, has died at the age of 67, Saturday, December 2012. She was the wife of the legendary Italian-born American film producer, the late Dino De Laurentiis. Until 1995, she was known by her birth name, Martha Schumacher. She produced such film as "Silver Bullet" (1995), "Breakdown" (1997), "U-571" (2000), and "Hannibal" (2001), to name a few.
From Deadline: Former U.S. Senator, Republican from Kansas (1969-96), Bob Dole, has died at the age of 98, Sunday, December 5, 2021. Dole ran for president in 1988, losing the nomination to eventual President George H.W. Bush, and in 1996, when he won the Republican nomination before losing to President Bill Clinton.
From Variety: American actor and stuntman, Tommy Lane, has died at the age of 83, Tuesday, November 30, 2021. He played the villain, "Adam," in the 1973 James Bond film, "Live and Let Die." he was both an actor and a stuntman in the 1971 film, "Shaft." Lane was also a jazz musician.
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