by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
BUSINESS - From Deadline: We're not for sale, says Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav - with rumors that Comcast is eying them.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Matthew Broderick has joined Jennifer Lawrence in Sony's R-rated comedy, "No Hard Feelings."
HARRY POTTER - From HuffPost: The diaries of the late actor, Alan Rickman, who died in 2016 of pancreatic cancer, will be published in the upcoming cook, "Madly, Deeply: The Diaries of Alan Rickman." Excerpts from the book reveals his true feeling about the "Harry Potter" film franchise.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Nine-time Grammy winner Rihanna will be the headliner at the next Super Bowl Halftime Show for Super Bowl LVII, which is set for February 12, 2023 in Glendale, AZ. Fox will broadcast.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 9/23 to 9/25/2022 weekend box office is "Don't Worry Darling" with an estimated take of 19.2 million dollars.
NETFLIX - From BusinessInsider: Netflix insiders reveal to "Media Insider" the "contentious" debates over how data drives creative decisions, and why beloved series don't always get renewed.
From NYTimes: The rapper and actor, Coolio (born Artis Leon Ivey, Jr.), has died at the age of 59, Wed., September 28, 2022. He was best known for his hit song, "Gangsta's Paradise," which was featured on the soundtrack for the film, "Dangerous Minds" (1995), and on his second album, "Gangsta's Paradise" (1995). "Gangsta's Paradise" earned Coolio a Grammy Award for "Best Rap Solo Performance."
From Reuters: Russia says that it is ready to talk prisoner swamp for Brittney Griner and U.S. Marine veteran Paul Whelan, but also scolds the U.S. Embassy.
From TheDailyBeast: Legendary NBA bad boy and champion (Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls), Dennis Rodman claims that he has been given permission to go to Russia and help free imprisoned hostage, WNBA star, Brittney Griner.
From Vox: Vox's Jonathan Guyer talks the Brittney Griner case with Danielle Gilbert, a Dartmouth professor who is writing a book about states and rogue actors that take hostages.
From ESPN: A Russian court sentenced WNBA star Brittney Griner to nine years in prison Thursday, Aug. 4th. Griner was arrested Feb. 17 for bringing cannabis into the country and pleaded guilty July 7, though the case continued under Russian law.
From ESPN: The Biden administration has offered a deal to Russia aimed at bringing home WNBA star Brittney Griner and another jailed American, Paul Whelan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday.
From RSN: "Will Support From LeBron James, Joe Rogan, Kim Kardashian, and Other Celebrities Help Free Brittney Griner From a Russian Prison?" by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar via Substack
From ESPN: Detained WNBA star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty on Thursday to bringing hashish oil into Russia, telling a judge that she had done so "inadvertently" while asking the court for mercy.
From CBSSports: The Brittney Griner situation explained.
From RSN: According to The Washington Post Editorial Board: "Brittney Griner is a hostage, plain and simple."