by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
TELEVISION - From Deadline: "The Sugar Shack," the painting by artist Ernie Barnes that was displayed in the end credits of the late CBS sitcom, "Good Times," has sold at auction for $15.3 million.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Director Rob Reiner and stars: Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, and Christopher Guest are reuniting for "Spinal Tap II," a sequel to the cult classic "mockumentary" (mock documentary film), "This is Spinal Tap."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Actor Dan Stevens is set to be the lead in the sequel to "Godzilla vs. Kong," which will reunite Stevens with the film's director, Adam Wingard.
MOVIES - From THR: Oscar-winner Christopher Walken has joined the cast of "Dune: Part Two."
MOVIES - From THR: Adam Driver, Forest Whitaker, and Laurence Fishburne are among the cast of director Francis Ford Coppola's self-financed film, "Megalopolis."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Hayden Panettiere will return as "Kirby Reed" in "Scream 6." Kirby was the lone survivor of "Scream 4."
TELEVISION - From Deadline: NBC has put in a series order for the comedy, "Lopez Vs. Lopez," starring George Lopez and Maya Lopez.
DISNEY - From THR: Rick Riordan, author of the "Percy Jackson and the Olympians" books series, and his wife, Rebecca, condemn racists attacks against actress Leah Sava Jeffries. Jeffries will star in the Disney+ series version of "Percy Jackson," which the Riordans are executive producers on the upcoming series.
POLITICS/DISNEY - From THR: U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo) has proposed a federal legislation that would limit copyright protection to 56 years. The law would apply retroactively to existing copyrights. Hawley's legislation is apparently aimed at the Walt Disney Company, which would lose its copyright to certain iterations of Mickey Mouse, for instance. The legislation is unlikely to pass.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 5/6 to 5/8/2022 weekend box office is Disney/Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness" with an estimated gross of 185 million dollars.
From Deadline: "Doctor Strange 2's" $450 million global debut is the second largest for a Hollywood film during the pandemic era.
From Here: My review of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."
AWARDS - From Variety: The nominations for the 2022 / 75th Tony Awards were announced Mon., May 9th. The winners will be announced June 12th.
AMAZON - From Deadline: Amazon's "Jack Ryan" series (with John Krasinski in the lead) will end with Season 4. Amazon Studios is considering a spinoff with actor Michael Pena.
TELEVISION - From BBC: The 29-year-old Rwandan-born, Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa will take over the role of "The Doctor" on the BBC's "Doctor Who." Gatwa replaces Jodie Whittaker and is the 14th Doctor.
MOVIES - From LATimes: The paper takes a look at the French abortion drama, "Happening."
From Variety: Actor Fred Ward has died at the age of 79, Sunday, May 8, 2022. Ward was best known for numerous films, including "The Right Stuff," "Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins," "Henry & June," "Tremors," "The Player," and "Short Cuts," to name a few.
From THR: Country singer and songwriter and businessman, Mickey Gilley, has died at the age of 86, Saturday, May 7, 2022. Gilley may be best remembered as the owner of "Gilley's Club," what would later become known as "the world's largest honky tonk." The club inspired the nightclub, "Gilley's," that appeared in the 1980 John Travolta film, "Urban Cowboy," in which Mickey himself also appeared. Gilley received six Academy of County Music Awards. His "Gilley's Urban Cowboy Band" won a Grammy for "Best Country Instrumental Perfomance in 1981. He also had 17 No. 1 songs.
From Deadline: The film, television, and stage actor, James Olson, died at the age of 91, April 17, 2022. He was best known for his performances in such films as "Rachel, Rachel" (1968) and "The Andromeda Strain (1971). He appeared in numerous TV series, including "Bonanza," "Maude," "Wonder Woman," and "Murder, She Wrote," to name a few.