by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
UKRAINE - From TheAtlantic: From "The Atlantic": "I Have a Message for My Russian Friends" by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The piece includes a story about Arnold's friendship with his childhood idol, Russian weightlifter, Yuri Petrovich Vlasov.
PIXAR - From Variety: Disney reportedly removed a "same-sex" kiss from its upcoming film, "Lightyear," about the inspiration for "Buzz Lightyear" from "Toy Story." In the wake of its "Don't Say Gay" controversy, Disney has restored the kiss.
AVATAR - From IGN: Actress Zoe Saldana says that James Cameron has solved "the underwater motion capture problem" in Avatar 2, which is due in theaters Dec. 16th, 2022.
MOVIES - From IGN: On a recent podcast, actress Courteney Cox confirms that she is returning for 2023's "Scream 6."
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Netflix has released new art related to its live-action "Resident Evil" TV series. The series will debut July 14th.
AMAZON - From Deadline: Amazon and MGM announced that their $8.5 billion merger deal has closed, Thursday morning, March 17, 2022. There is no news on what the new management structure will be.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Mike Myers' new Netflix comedy series, "The Pentaverate," has a first-look trailer, first-look photos, and a premiere date, May 5th.
STAR TREK - From Deadline: Actor Paul Wesley has been cast in the role of "James T. Kirk" (first played by William Shatner) for the second season of the Paramount+ series, "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds." The first season premieres in May.
MOVIES - From Deadline: "Top Gun: Maverick" will reportedly screen at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from May 17th to May 28th.
From Deadline: Director Baz Luhrmann's splash Elvis Presley biopic, "Elvis," will also make its debut at Cannes. The film stars Austin Butler as Elvis and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker.
ANIMATION - From Deadline: Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek are returning for DreamWorks Animation's "The Last Wish," a sequel to its 2011 hit, "Puss in Boots."
MEDIA - From YahooIndependentUK: Donald Trump lashes out at Time Warner Cable for dumping his favorite network, the news network, OAN (One America News).
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 3/11 to 3/13/2022 weekend box office is "The Batman" with an estimated take of 66 million dollars.
From Here: Negromancer's review of "The Batman."
BAFTA - From Deadline: The 2022 / 75th EE British Academy Film Awards ceremony was held in Lond, Sun., March 13th. "The Power of the Dog" was named "Best Film" and Jane Campion won "Best Director" for the film. Will Smith was named "Best Actor." "Dune" won five awards, dominated the "craft categories."
AWARDS - From Variety: The Directors Guild of America's 2022 74th annual DGA Awards were held on Sat., March 12th. Jane Campion won the top prize "Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Film" for directing "The Power of the Dog." She is the third woman to win the award and the second to have been nominated twice.
AWARDS/ANIMATION - From Variety: The winners at the 2022 / 49th annual Annie Awards were announced, Sat. Mar. 12th. Netflix's "The Mitchells vs. the Machines" was named "Best Feature."
DISNEY - From Deadline: by Nellie Andreeva - Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s toughest test yet: Disney’s “Worst Week” over ‘Don’t Say Gay’ response could lead to “Profound Change”
From YahooSports: Print, television and radio sports reporter, John Clayton, has died at the age of 67, Friday, March 18, 2022. Clayton is best known for his stint as an NFL reporter for ESPN from 1995 to 2017.
From NBCNews: Stage, film, and television actor, William Hurt, has died at the age of 71, Sunday, March 13, 2022. His film career began with Ken Russell's 1980 flick, "Altered States." That began an extraordinary run of critical and box office success in the 1980s, including three consecutive "Best Actor" Oscar nominations. He won for "Kiss of the Spider-Woman" (1985") and was nominated for "Children of a Lesser God" (1986), and for "Broadcast News" (1987). Most recently, he was known for portraying "Thaddeus Ross" in Marvel Cinematic Universe in five films, beginning with 2008's "The Incredible Hulk.
From Deadline: Singer and reality television personality, Traci Braxton, has died at the age of 50, Saturday, March 12, 2022. She was best known for appearing on the We TV reality series, "Braxton Family Values" (2011-20). She was also a member of the girl-group, "The Braxtons," which initially featured Traci's sister, seven-time Grammy Award winner, Toni Braxton.
-----------------94TH ACADEMY AWARDS:
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 Variety: Here is a complete list of winners at 2022 / 53rd NAACP Image Awards in the film, television and music categories. Jennifer Hudson was named "Entertainer of the Year."
From Deadline: The 2022 / 9th annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards were announced. The Amazon film, "Coming 2 America" (the sequel to the 1988 film, "Coming to America"), led with three wins.
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."