by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
MOVIES - From THR: New Line Cinema is developing "The Conjuring 4" with writer David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick ("Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom").
MOVIES - From Deadline: Director Jeymes Samuel will follow up his Netflix Western, "The Harder They Fall" with the film "The Book of Clarence" and has lined up LaKeith Stanfield and Omar Sy to star in the picture.
CELEBRITY - From Deadline: "Friends" star, Matthew Perry, reveals that he almost died from his opiod abuse in an upcoming memoir. [WTF!]
TRAILERS - From Variety: There is a trailer for "Creed III," with star and now director, Michael B. Jordan, returning to face Jonathan Majors as his opponent. The film is due in theaters March 3, 2023.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 10/14 to 10/16/2022 weekend box office is "Halloween Ends" with an estimated take of 41.2 million dollars.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: The revival of the video game cable TV network, G4 TV, has ended. Comcast had revived the network November 2021, but announced a shutdown Sun., Oct. 16th. The original version of the network ran from 2002 to 2014.
MOVIES - From THR: After helming his "Halloween" trilogy that ended with the recent "Halloween Ends," director David Gordon Green is moving on to "The Exorcist"...
AMAZON - From Deadline: Inside the finale of "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" Season One and a look ahead to Season Two.
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."