by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Director Rawson Marshall Thurber will "creatively oversee" eOne's "Dungeons & Dragons" TV series, which thus far, is not tied to a particular network or streamer.
BOX OFFICE - BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 1/28 to 1/30/2022 weekend box office is Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" with an estimated take of 11 million dollars.
DISNEY - From Deadline: "Hocus Pocus 2," the sequel to the popular 1993 Disney film, "Hocus Pocus," is set to debut Halloween 2022 on Disney+.
CULTURE - From Vox: "The New Orleans funeral reminds us that grief is a burden that can be shared" by Nicole Young. This is an article about the New Orleans tradition of a funeral "second line."
NETFLIX - From Deadline: The live-action "Masters of the Universe" film has moved from Sony Pictures to Netflix. Kyle Allen ("West Side Story") will play Prince Adam/He-Man.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Sources say that Jason Momoa is joining the tenth "Fast & Furious" film, "F10."
MOVIES - TheNewYorker: "The Damage Done by a Hollywood Stereotype" is an interview with actor Robert Capron who was "Rowley Jefferson," the best friend/jolly fat kid in the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" film series.
MOVIES - From THR: New Line is moving forward with the development of a sequel to its 2021 hit and reboot, "Mortal Kombat," The film's screenwriter will be Jeremy Slater, the head writer of Marvel Studios' "Moon Knight" series.
DISNEY - From THR: Disney will use cultural consultants, including form the dwarfism community, while in production of its live-action version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarves." This is in response to criticism from Emmy-winning actor, Peter Dinklage.
NETFLIX/ANIMATION - From ETCanada: Netflix has dropped a teaser trailer for "Pinocchio," a stop-motion animated film from director Guillermo del Toro that will debut in the fall.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Actor Dylan McDermott will replace actor Julian McMahon on the CBS series, "FBI: Most Wanted." McMahon's is slated to make his last appearance on the series on March 8th, with McDermott debuting in April.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Netflix has reportedly paid near 65 million dollars for director Lee Daniels' star-studded exorcism movie package. Stars in the cast include Octavia Spencer and Glenn Close.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 1/21 to 1/23/2022 weekend box office is Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" with an estimated take 14.13 million dollars.
From Negromancer: My review of "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
OSCARS - From Variety: Jennifer Hudson and her film, "Respect," could set a record for Black women at the Academy Awards.
MOVIES - From THR: The "Scream" filmmakers found actor Mason Gooding so charming that the decided not to kill off his character, "Chad Meeks-Martin."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Actor Julian McMahon is leaving CBS' "FBI: Most Wanted" after three seasons. He character, "Agent Jess LaCroix," leaves the series in an episode airing March 8th, 2022.
STREAMING - From Deadline: Legendary and Warner Bros. are developing a sequel to the classic 1983 film, "A Christmas Story." Entitled "A Christmas Story Christmas" it will debut on HBO Max and actor Peter Billingsley will reprise his role as "Ralphie Parker."
From THR: American actor, Howard Hesseman, has died at the age of 82, Saturday, January 29, 2022. Hesseman was best known for his work on television. He memorably portrayed rock DJ "Dr. Johnny Fever" on the late CBS sitcom, "WKRP in Cincinnati" (1978-82). He was twice nominated for the "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series" Primetime Emmy for his performance as Fever. He later portrayed high school history teacher, "Charlie Moore," on the first four seasons of the former ABC series, "Head of the Class."
From Deadline: Actress and singer, Carol Speed, has died at the age of 76, Friday, January 14, 2022. Speed was best known for her role in the blaxploitation films, "The Big Bird Cage" (1972), "The Mack" (1973), and "Abby" (1974), a horror film in which she plays a minister's wife who is possessed by a demon.
From THR: American voice actor, Peter Robbins, has died at the age of 65, by suicide sometime during the third week of January 2022, according to a statement made by his family Tuesday, January 25, 2022. Robbins was the first actor to perform the voice of "Charlie Brown" in classic television specials based on the "Peanuts" newspaper comic strip. Robbins first voice Charlie Brown in the TV documentary film, "A Boy Named Charlie Brown" (1963), which was about "Peanuts" and its creator, Charles M. Schultz. He also voiced Charlie Brown in such beloved TV classics as "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965) and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (1966).
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."