by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From NYTArts: Director Robert Eggers says that filming his epic, "The Northman," was punishing, but that he wanted it that way.
MOVIES - From RollingStone: Former CIA operative Alfreda Scheuer (formerly Bikowsky) partially inspired Jessica Chastain's character, "Maya Harris," the CIA analyst in the 2021 film, "Zero Dark Thirty." Known as the "Queen of Torture," Alfreda is now a life coach hawking beauty products via her company YBeU Beautiful...
STREAMING - From Variety: Warner Bros. Discovery is shutting down the streaming service, CNN+, after it has been in existence for a month...
STREAMING - From Collider: Hulu will stream a black and white version of director Guillermo del Toro's Oscar-nominated film, "Nightmare Alley," beginning April 25th.
STREAMING - From THR: HBO Max and HBO added 3 million subscribers in the first quarter of the year (2022).
NETFLIX/ANIMATION - From YahooEntertainment: "Netflix Animation" is no more. It's creative director (Phil Rynda) and its staff was let go. Prestige projects, like the adaptation of the comic book, "Bone," have been discontinued.
DISNEY - From Deadline: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Republican-controlled legislature looks to strip Disney World of its "special district" privileges as payback for Disney's criticism of Florida's anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
MOVIES - From YahooEntertainment: The tenth installment of the "Fast & Furious" franchise, the first of the two-part finale, will be titled, "Fast X," says star Vin Diesel. The film is currently beginning production under director, Justin Lin.
TELEVISION - From LATimes: NBA legend and Los Angeles Lakers legend, Jerry West, is demanding that four entitles, including executive producer, Adam McKay, withdraw its portrayal of him in the hit HBO miniseries about the 1980s "Showtime era" Lakers, "Winning Time."
SCANDAL - From YahooEntertainment: The New Mexico Occupational Health and Safety Bureau has fined "Rust Movie Productions LLC, the company that produced the ill-fated Western film, "Rust," $136,793 for its "willful and serious" violation of workplace safety procedures. While handling a gun, actor Alec Baldwin accidentally killed the film's cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Screen Gems will release its romantic drama, "It's All Coming Back to Me," on Feb. 10th, 2023. The film centers of the music of Celine Dion helping a couple find love.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 4/15 to 4/17/2022 (Easter) weekend box office is "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" with an estimated take of 43 million dollars.
HAPPY EASTER - From THR: 22 of the funniest, coolest, cuddliest, and creepiest rabbits in pop Culture - from Bugs to "Donnie Darko."
MOVIES - From Variety: Actor Jamie Dornan ("50 Shades of Grey" trilogy, "Belfast") calls fan backlash over casting actors in certain roles "disturbing" and "a fucking disease." [And he is oh-so right. - Leroy]
CULTURE - From TheDailyBeast: "What Hollywood Can Learn From Porn About Sex Scenes" by Maitland War, porn actress.
MISC - From BackDoorSurvival: What to do if martial law is declared...
From NBCNews: A man wins $450,000 in a lawsuit because his employer celebrated his birthday...
DEPP V. HEARD:
From Variety: Johnny Depp says that Disney has wanted to cut ties with him regarding the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, even before Amber Heard wrote her infamous op-ed for "The Washington Post" that accused Depp of abusing her.
From YahooEntertainment: Johnny Depp says that his ex-wife Amber Heard once "severed" his finger.
From LATimes: The lawsuit explained: Johnny Depp (58) is suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard (35), over a 2018 Washington Post piece she wrote that Depp believes falsely portrayed him as a domestic abuser. Heard is counter-suing Depp accusing his lawyers of defaming her.
From Deadline: Oscar-nominee Johnny Depp's 50 million dollar defamation law suit against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, has begun in Fairfax County Circuit Court, Virginia.
From PerezHilton: Amber Heard lawyer says that Heard's ex, the Oscar-nominated actor, Johnny Depp, held her hostage in Australia for three days. This is one of many claims made in Depp's defamation law suit that has gone from 50 million dollars to 100 million.
From Deadline: James Franco, "WandaVision" star Paul Bettany, Elon Musk, and representatives of the Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, and the LAPD could end up in the court in Johnny Depp's defamation case against his former wife, Amber Heard.