by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
BOX OFFICE - From Negromancer: My review of "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
From Deadline: Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home rang up a massive 50 million dollars, the third-best preview night ever and the most money Sony has ever seen for a Thursday preview night. The previous pandemic high for a preview night was 13.2 million for Marvel's "Black Widow."
From Deadline: International box office for "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is at 114 million dollars after two days.
ANIMATION/SCANDAL - From TheDailyBeast: Actor and comedian Jay Johnston has voiced the popular recurring character, Jimmy Pesto, Sr., on FOX's animated series, "Bob's Burgers." He has been banned from voice the character again after it was discovered that he participated in the Jan. 6th Capitol riots, earlier this year.
SCANDAL - From EW: Jeff Garlin has left "The Goldbergs." Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the 59-year-old comedian and actor will not complete filming on the current ninth season of the ABC's sitcom after staffers approached human resources with reports of alleged verbal and physical conduct that made show staff uncomfortable.
From THR: Actor Chris Noth ("Sex in the City") has been accused of sexual assault by two women, a decade apart.
DISNEY - From Deadline: Disney Channel has renewed its series, "Bunk'd" for a sixth season ... with changes. The new installment: "Bunk'd: Learning the Ropes" will be set at a dude ranch in Dusty Tush, Wyoming.
MOVIES - From Variety: Denis Villeneuve ("Dune") is planning to direct a film adaptation of the 1973 science fiction novel, "Rendevous with Rama," which was written by the late Arthur C. Clarke.
DISNEY - From Deadline: Wilmer Valderrama is developing a TV series based on the Disney western Zorro for Disney Branded Television. Valderrama is set to executive produce and star as Don Diego de la Vega and his alter ego, the titular masked horseman, Zorro.
BOX OFFICE - BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 12/10 to 12/12/2021 weekend box office is director Steven Spielberg's "West Side Story" with an estimated take of 10.5 million dollars.
SCANDAL - From Deadline: Oscar-nominated actress, Naomie Harris, known for playing "Eve Moneypenny" in several James Bond films says that she was once groped by a very, very huge male star during an audition. Harris says no one who was also present in the room at the time said a word.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Chris Wallace is leaving the Faux News network and his long-time gig, "Fox News Sunday," and will be joining the new streaming service, CNN+.
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.
From Truthout: American author, feminist, and social activist, bell hooks, has died at the age 69, Wed., Dec. 15, 2021. An author of more than 30 books, hooks focused on "intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender." She appeared in a number of film and television documentary. A TV documentary short, "Happy to Be Nappy and Other Stories of Me," was based on her 1999 children's book, "Happy to Be Nappy" (illustrated by Chris Raschka) and won a Primetime Emmy.
From Deadline: American author and novelist, Anne Rice, has died at the age of 80, Saturday, December 11, 2021. Rice was best known for her 1976 novel, "Interview with a Vampire," which was the first in her series, "The Vampire Chronicles." Several of her works were adapted into film and television. Neil Jordan directed a 1994 film adaptation of "Interview with a Vampire," which starred Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. A second film, 2002's "Queen of the Damned," blended elements of the second and third novels in The Vampire Chronicles, "The Vampire Lestat" (1985) and "The Queen of the Damned" (1988).
From Deadline: American film and television actress, Cara Williams, has died at the age of 96, Thursday, December 9, 2021. She received a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her role in "The Defiant Ones" (1958) and she received a best actress Emmy Award nomination for her role in the former CBS comedy "Pete and Gladys" (1960-62), in which she co-starred with the late Harry Morgan ("M.A.S.H."). In 1964-65, CBS also aired her sitcom, "The Cara Williams Show."
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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