by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
SIDNEY POITIER - From Deadline: Former President Barack Obama pays tribute to Oscar winner, the late Sidney Poitier, who died Thurs., Jan. 6th, 2022.
From Deadline: Star tributes continue to pour in for Sidney Poitier.
From Deadline: This is the site's Sidney Poitier (1927-2022) page.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Partners Damon Wayans, Jr. and Kameron Tarlow are developing a female-driven reboot of the seminal 1950s sitcom, "The Honeymooners," for CBS Studios.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Actor Chris Evans ("Captain America") is rumored to play legendary Hollywood star, Gene Kelly, in an untitled film.
FILM FESTIVALS - From Variety: The 2022 Sundance Film Festival has scrapped plans for an in-person event and will be exclusively virtual.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 12/31/2021 to 1/2/2022 weekend box office is Sony/Marvel's "Spider-Man: No Way Home" with an estimated take of 52.7 million dollars.
From Negromancer: My review of "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
From Deadline: At 654 million dollars in overseas box office, "Spider-Man: No Way Home" is now the top Hollywood film of 2021 at the international box office.
From Deadline: Bahamian-American actor, film director, and Black American activist, Sidney Poitier, has died at the age of 94, Thursday, January 6, 2022. He was the first Black male actor to be nominated for the "Best Actor" Oscar - for "The Defiant Ones" (1958) and the first to win it - for "Lilies of the Field" (1963). He received the "Honorary Academy Award" in 2001.
From Variety: Diector, screenwriter, and actor, Peter Bogdanovich, has died at the age of 82, Wednesday, January 6, 2022. One of the "New Hollywood" directors, Bogdanovich directed such films as "What's Up, Doc?" (1972) and "Paper Moon" (1973), and "Mask" (1985). His most famous work was "The Last Picture Show" (1971), one of the most acclaimed films of the 1970s. He earned Oscar nominations for directing the film and writing its screenplay.
From Variety: Actor, screenwriter, and producer, Max Julien, has died at the age of 88, Saturday, January 1, 2022. Julien was best remembered for his role as "Goldie" in the seminal blaxploitation film, "The Mack" (1973). He wrote and produced another seminal exploitation classic, "Cleopatra Jones" (1973). Julien was also a sculptor and clothes designer.
From APNews: Former NFL coach and player, Dan Reeves, has died at the age of 77, Saturday, January 1, 2022 from complications of dementia. Reeves a member of the Super Bowl VI (1972) champion Dallas Cowboys as a running back. He won another Super Bowl as an assistant coach of the Super Bowl XII (1978) winning Dallas Cowboys. Reeves was the head coach of the Denver Broncos from 1981 to 1992 and led them to three Super Bowls, all of which they lost. Reeves was coach of the New York Giants from 1993 to 1996. He coached the Atlanta Falcons from 1997 to 2003 and led them to Super Bowl XXXIII (1999), which they lost.
From Variety: 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 APNews: "Betty White, an ageless TV star, was America's sweetheart" by Frazier Moore.
From APNews: "Actors, comedians and President Joe Biden" react to death of Betty White"
From EOnline: Robert Redford offers his "crush," Betty White in a heartwarming tribute.
From Deadline: Don Cheadle shares a touching tribute to Betty White. White and Cheadle were co-stars on "The Golden Palace" (1992-93), which was a spinoff of NBC's "The Golden Girls."
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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