by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From THR: Young actress, Storm Reid ("A Wrinkle in Time," HBO's "Euphoria"), has landed the lead role in the horror movie, "The Nun 2." The film is due in theaters Sept. 8th, 2023.
MOVIES - From THR: The duo of Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein ("Freaks") will direct "Final Destination 6," which will be a relaunch of the franchise.
SCANDAL - From Variety: In Canada, "Riverdale" and "Supernatural" actor Ryan Grantham has been sentenced to life in prison for March 2020 killing of his mother, Barbara Waite.
MOVIE - From Variety: Lead actor, Jon Hamm, gave back 60 percent of his salary and director Greg Mottola gave back some of his salary, so that they could get extra days of filming in for their new film, "Confess, Fletch." The film is a reboot of the 1980s Chevy Chase "Fletch" film series.
STREAMING - From Variety: Multiple Oscar-nominee Saoirse Ronan will lead director Steve McQueen's World War II film, "Epic." The film, which is being produced for Apple+, will focus on a group of Londoners during the Nazi aerial bombing campaign of WWII.
STREAMING - From Deadline: FX's "Reservation Dogs" gets a third season that will stream exclusively on "Hulu."
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Four cast members of the original "Beverly Hills Cop": Judge Reinhold, John Ashton, Paul Reiser, and Bronson Pinchot, are returning for the Netflix sequel, "Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley." The film is currently shooting in California.
DISNEY - From TheWrap: An oral history of how 1993's "Hocus Pocus" went from box office dud to holiday hit.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Multiple Oscar and Emmy winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will make her feature film debut with Paramount's "Brilliance." Will Smith is producing and may star in the film. Sharmeen directed several episodes of Disney+/Marvel Studios' "Ms. Marvel."
SCANDAL - From Deadline: The plaintiffs have dismissed their sex abuse civil suit against actress/comedian Tiffany Haddish and Aries Spears.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: The site has a list of television premiere dates for new and returning series on broadcast, cable and streaming for the 2022-23 television season.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 9/16 to 9/18/2022 weekend box office is Sony Pictures' "The Woman King" with an estimated take of 19 million dollars.
From Here: Leroy's review of "The Woman King."
From Deadline: In an interview with the site, "The Woman King" star Shelia Atim talks about triumph of the film's "dark-skinned" Black women stars.
MOVIES - From Variety: Woody Allen has officially announced his retirement from filmmaking. He will start shooting his final film in a "couple of weeks." The film will be shot in Paris and will be entirely in French.
FILM FESTIVAL - From Deadline: Steven Spielberg's semi-autobiographical film, "The Fablemans," wins "The People's Choice Award" at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has decided not to renew his deal with Starz. His G-Unit Film & Television is reportedly entertaining offers from several streamers and studios.
MOVIES - From Variety: Sony Pictures is developing a new "Karate Kid" film with a June 7, 2024 release date. It would be the first since the 2010 reboot starring Jaden Smith.
From Variety: Film and television actress, Louise Fletcher, has died at the age of 89, Friday, September 23, 2022. Fletcher is best known for the role of "Nurse Ratched" in the 1975 film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," for which she won the Academy Award for "Best Actress." She also had a recurring role on the TV series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1993-99) and was a two-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee.
From Deadline: Former Major League Baseball player and manager, Maury Wills, has died at the age off 89, Monday, September 19, 2022. Wills was a member of the 1959, 1963, and 1969 Los Angeles Dodgers World Series teams, and he was the 1962 National League MVP. Wills had the MLB's first 100-stolen base season and is considered to have revived base-stealing as a part of baseball strategy in the 1960s.
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."