by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
DISNEY+ - From Deadline: Actor Tim Allen is returning to his popular "The Santa Clause" film franchise. He will star in and executive produce a Disney+ TV series that will act as a sequel to "The Santa Clause" trilogy.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Wes Anderson will write and direct a feature adaptation of Roald Dahl's short story, "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar," for Netflix. The story was published in Dahl's 1977 collection, "The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More."
CELEBRITY - From Deadline: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Westbrook Inc. has acquired full control of German film and TV firm Telepool, including the 50 percent stake previously owned by Swiss financier Elysian Invest.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Writer-director Robert Rodriguez is among a group developing a reboot of the classic masked vigilante character, "Zorro," with the hero now being female instead of male.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Paramount Pictures is remaking director Alfred Hitchcock's "To Catch a Thief" with Gal Gadot as the lead. Eileen Jones will write the script.
From Deadline: Michael Sarnoski, who directed last year's acclaimed drama, "Pig" (starring Nicolas Cage), is in negotiations to direct the next "A Quiet Place" film.
STREAMING - From Variety: "Spider-Man: No Way Home" director Jon Watts is one of the producers of a revival of the "Final Distination" horror franchise for HBO Max.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Michael Bay, Patrick Hughes, and Gareth Evans' are united to reboot Evan's cult 2011 film, "The Raid," for Netflix.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: The NAACP-CBS Studios venture has announced its first projects. One of them is a reboot of the 1991 cult comedy, "Soapdish," in which one of the film's star, Whoopi Goldberg, will reprise her role ("Rose Schwartz") from the film.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 1/7 to 1/9/2022 weekend box office is Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man: No Way Home" with an estimated take of 33.02 million dollars.
From Negromancer: My review of "Spider-Man: No Way Home."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: ABC has renewed "Grey's Anatomy" for a 19th season. Ellen Pompeo has signed a deal to return as the show's title character, Meredith Grey.
PIXAR/DISNEY+ - From Deadline: Pixar's "Turning Red" will be the third straight Pixar Animation Studio film to skip theaters and go straight to Disney+. The other two were "Soul" (2020) and "Luca" (2021).
From Variety: American television host, stand-up comedian, and actor, Bob Saget, has died at the age of 65, Sunday, January 9, 2022. Saget was best known for playing the role of widowed father, "Danny Tanner," in the ABC sitcom, "Full House" (1987-95).
From Deadline: Actor and television executive, Dwayne Hickman, has died at the age of 87, Sunday, January 9, 2022. Hickman was best remembered for starring as "Dobie Gillis," the eternally romantic teen in the former CBS TV series, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gills" (1959-62). Hickman was also a programming executive at CBS from 1977 to 1988, and from 1989 to 1996, he directed episodes of various television sitcoms.
From Deadline: American songwriter and lyricist, Marilyn Bergman, has died at the age of 93, Saturday, January 8, 2022. She was best known for her partnership with her husband, Alan Bergman. The duo won two “Best Song” Oscars: “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968) and the title song for “The Way We Were” (1973). They won an Oscar for “Best Original Song Score” for “Yentl” (1983). The two also won four Primetime Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award for “Song of the Year” for “The Way We Were.”
From Deadline: American television director, Dick Carson, died at the age of 92, Sunday, December 19, 2021. He was nominated for the Daytime Emmy 12 times and won five of them, mostly for his work on "The Merv Griffin Show" and "Wheel of Fortune." Dick was also the younger brother of television legend, the late Johnny Carson." Dick also directed several episode of "The Tonight Show," including episodes of the series before his brother became the host.
SIDNEY POITIER - From Variety: Oscar-winner Halle Berry pens tribute to Sidney Poitier, "An Angel Watching Over All of Us."
From Deadline: Former President Barack Obama pays tribute to Oscar winner, the late Sidney Poitier, who died Thurs., Jan. 6th, 2022.
From Variety: "Why Sidney Poitier Is the Most Important Actor in American History" by Steven Gaydos
From Deadline: Star tributes continue to pour in for Sidney Poitier.
From Deadline: This is the site's Sidney Poitier (1927-2022) page.
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."