by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
CRIME - From THR: A recent string of high-profile retail robberies and home burglaries in upscale Los Angeles neighborhoods has caused a dramatic uptick in requests from wealthy clients for the services of private security contractors.
MOVIES - From THR: A look at the premiere of "The Matrix Resurrections" on Sat., Dec. 18th in San Francisco.
OSCAR - From Deadline: Oscar "short lists" have arrived for the following 10 categories: Documentary Feature; International Film; Animated, Live Action, and Documentary Shorts; Makeup and Hairstyling; Music Score; Original Song; Sound; and Visual Effects.
SCANDAL - From THR: Actor Chris Noth has been fired from the CBS television series, "The Equalizer," following sexual assault allegations against him.
BOX OFFICE - From THR: With final numbers in, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" has a 260 million dollar opening at the domestic box (the second largest of all time) and a 600.8 million dollar global debut (the third biggest).
From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 12/17 to 12/19/2021 weekend box office is Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" with an estimated take of 253 million dollars.
From Deadline: "Spider-Man: No Way Home" could slip by "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) to have the second highest opening weekend at the domestic box office. "Infinity War" is at 257.698 million dollars, and "No Way Home" could go as high as 260 million when final numbers are released Monday morning (Dec. 20th).
From Negromancer: My review of "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
SCANDAL - From Variety: The site offers "My Traumatizing Years with Bryan Singer," by Blake Stuerman. The article details Stuerman's troubled relationship with controversial film director, Bryan Singer ("X-Men").
MARVEL STUDIOS - From Deadline: Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, says that Disney and Sony are "actively beginning to develop" where Spider-Man's story goes next after the worldwide smash hit film, "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
COVID - From Variety: Brian May, the lead guitarist for the legendary rock band, "Queen," has tested positive for COVID-19.
From THR: American and screenwriter, Joan Didion, has died at the age of 87, Thursday, December 23, 2021. Didion won the the "National Book Award for Nonfiction" for her 2005 book, "The Year of Magical Thinking, which recounted the year after the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, in 2003. Didion and Dunne wrote several sceenplays, including for such films as "The Panic in Needle Park" and the 1976 version of "A Star is Born." In her essay, "Sentimental Journeys" (published in 1991 in The New York Review of Books), Didion wrote the first mainstream media article to suggest that the "Central Park Five" had been wrongfully convicted.
From Deadline: Rapper, record producer, and break dancer, Kangol Kid (born Shaun Shiller Fequiere), had died at the age of 55, Saturday, December 18, 2021, following a battle with colon cancer. Fequiere was best known for his association with the seminal 1980's hip-hop and break dance group, UTFO (Untouchable Force Organization). UTFO was best known for the 1984 song, "Roxanne, Roxanne," which was the B-side of their debut single, "Hangin' Out." Outside of UTFO, Fequiere was a songwriter and arranger for such recording acts as "Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force," "Whistle," Kurtis Blow," and Wyclef Jean, among others.
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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