by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
TELEVISION - From Variety: FX has announced that its Emmy-winning comedy, "Atlanta" will end with Season 4, which debuts Fall 2022. Season 3 debuts March 24th.
From Variety: Netflix has renewed its hit "Stranger Things" for a fifth and final season.
STAR TREK - From Variety: Whatever happened to Quentin Tarantino's "Star Trek" pitch explained.
MOVIES - From GQ: Legendary filmmaker and Oscar-winning director, Francis Ford Coppola, talks about "Godfather" on its 50th anniversary; laments the state of modern cinema (Marvel Studios), and talks about self-financing his 120 million dollar dream project, "Megalopolis."
ANIMATION - From Deadline: Skydance Animation has acquired the rights to director Brad Bird's next animated film, "Ray Gunn." A multiple Oscar-winner, Bird is known for his animated films, "Iron Giant," and "The Incredibles" films.
TELEVISION - From THR: A guide to all the scripted TV shows that have been renewed, canceled and ordered to series for the 2021-22 season on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW.
FILM FESTIVALS - From Deadline: Director Carla Simon's film, "Alcarras," wins the top prize, the "Golden Bear," at the 72nd Berlin Film Festival.
MOVIES - From IGN: During Paramount Pictures' investor day, a third film in the "A Quiet Place" series was announced. A spinoff movie directed by Michael Sarnoski was also confirmed.
STAR TREK - From BleedingCool: J.J. Abrams said that a fourth "Star Trek" film in his series is happening and that they are currently trying to get the cast back together.
ANIME - From Variety: The magazine has a first look at “The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim,” an original anime feature from New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation. It is set for release on April 12, 2024 from Warner Bros. Pictures.
MOVIES - From TheRinger: "Death on the Disney Vine" by Miles Surrey. What is the fate of "Death on the Nile" and other 20th Century Fox films, post-Disney merger?
OSCARS - From Variety: Amy Schumer, Regina Hall, and Wanda Sykes are finalizing details to host this year’s 94th Academy Awards, multiple sources told "Variety."
MOVIES/TRAILERS - From Variety: Several high-profile film and streaming projects debuted a trailer during Super Bowl LVI. You can watch them all on this "Variety" page.
SPORTS/NFL - From YahooSports: The Los Angeles Rams defeat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to win Super Bowl LVI. It is the franchise's second Super Bowl championship in 5 appearances.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 2/11 to 2/13/2022 weekend box office is "Death on the Nile" with an estimated gross of 12.8 million dollars.
TRAILER - From Deadline: Universal Pictures has revealed the first official trailer for Jordan Peele's next film, "Nope." It is scheduled to arrive in theaters July 22, 2022 (according to Deadline) or August 4th (according to the trailer).
LGBTQ/MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment: On the film's 40th anniversary, actor Harry Hamlin talks about his role in the groundbreaking gay romance, "Making Love."
AMAZON - From Deadline: Ridley Scott is executive producing a TV series, "Blade Runner 2099" this is a follow-up to the 2017 film, "Blade Runner: 2049." Scott directed the original film, 1982's "Blade Runner."
From Vareity: Film writer, producer, and director, Ivan Reitman, has died at the age of 75, Saturday, February 12, 2022. Reitman was best known for directing successful film comedies from the late 1970s to the late 1990s. Those include "Meatballs" (1979), "Ghost Busters" (1984), "Ghostbusters II (1989), and "Dave" (1993), to name a few. He also produced "Animal House" (1978), "Heavy Metal" (1981), and the Oscar-nominated "Up in the Air" (2009), which was directed by his son, Jason Reitman.
From YahooEntertainment: This remembrance of the recently passed film director, Ivan Reitman, discusses the origins of his most famous film, 1984's "Ghost Busters" ("Ghostbusters").
From Deadline: Actor, Frank Pesce, has died at the age of 75, Sunday, February 6, 2022. Known as a colorful character, Pesce appeared in such films as "Beverly Hills Cop" (1984), "Top Gun" (1986), and "Midnight Run" (1988). He also appeared on such TV series as "Kojak," "Miami Vice," and "Matlock." There was also a film about Pesce's early life, "29th Street" (1991), which was directed by George Gallo.
94TH ACADEMY AWARDS:OSCARS - From Variety: The nominations for the 2022 / 94th Academy Awards have been announced. "The Power of the Dog" leads with 12 nominations. The winners will be revealed March 27th.
From Deadline: With his "Best Actor" nomination for "The Tragedy of Macbeth," Denzel Washington is the most nominated Black actor is Oscar history. He has been nominated in two acting categories a total of 10 times with two wins total.
From Variety: With her "Best Director" Oscar nomination for "The Power of the Dog," Jane Campion becomes the first woman nominated twice in that category. She was previously nominated in that category for "The Piano" (1993).
From Variety: With his three nominations today, Kenneth Branagh of "Belfast" becomes the first person to have been nominated in seven individual categories over his career.
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."