by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 10/28 to 10/30/2022 weekend box office is Warner Bros.' "Black Adam" with an estimated take of 27.7 million dollars.
NETFLIX - From Deadline: Actor Liam Hemsworth will replace Henry Cavill as the star of Netflix's "The Witcher" when the series returns for its fourth season in 2023.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Quentin Tarantino debunks the notion that he stole the idea for his 2012 film, "Django Unchained," from disgraced recording artist Kanye West.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Village Roadshow Pictures has partnered with Chris Romero and the late George A. Romero’s Sanibel Films, Origin Story, Vertigo and Westbrook Studios on what all hope will create a new franchise from "Night of the Living Dead." The first sequel is being written by "The Walking Dead's" LaToya Morgan and directed by Nikyatu Jusu ("Nanny")
DC STUDIOS - From THR: James Gunn and Peter Safran to lead the newly formed "DC Studios," which will oversee almost all films, TV, and animation based on DC Comics characters.
From THR: Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige gives his blessing to James Gunn moving to DC Studios. Gunn has directed Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 10/21 to 10/23/2022 weekend box office is Warner Bros./DC Film's "Black Adam" with an estimated take of 67 million dollars.
From Here: Leroy Douresseaux's review of "Black Adam."
From Deadline: If new release, "Black Adam," has a $60-62 million dollar opening weekend, it would be Dwayne Johnson's largest opening weekend as a solo star/leading man.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Will "Beetlejuice" director Tim Burton be involved with "Beetlejuice 2?" Burton says "nothing is out of the question."
CELEBRITY - From Deadline: Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane, who played "Hagrid" in the "Harry Potter" films, died Fri., Oct. 14th at the age of 72. According to many reports coming out of the United Kingdom, he died following multiple organ failure. The death certificate also noted that Coltrane had been suffering from sepsis, lower respiratory tract infection. and heart block. He had also been diagnosed with obesity and Type 2 diabetes.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Grammy-winning recording artist, Kanye West, says that he pitched the idea for the Oscar-winning film, "Django Unchained" (2012), to the film's director, Quentin Tarantino, and its star, Jamie Foxx.
From Variety: Singer, songwriter, and piano player, Jerry Lee Lewis, has died at the age of 87, Friday, October 28, 2022. Lee was a pioneer in rock 'n' roll and rockabilly music, and the 1957 song, "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" shot him to worldwide fame. He was inducted into the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" in 1986.
From Variety: Film, television, and stage actor, Leslie Jordan, has died at the age of 67, Monday, October 24, 2022 in a car accident, which may have been the result of a medical emergency. He had a career in films and a prolific career in television. He may be best known for the role of "Beverley Leslie" in NBC's late sitcom, "Will & Grace," for which he won an Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series." He appeared three times in FX's horror anthology, "American Horror Story."
From NBCNews: Brittney Griner will enter a system of isolation, grueling labor and psychological torment when she is transferred to a penal colony, the successor to the infamous Russian gulag, to fulfill a nine-year sentence handed down Tuesday in Moscow, former prisoners and advocates said.
From NBCNews: A Russian court has rejected Brittney Griner's appeal of her nine-year prison sentence on (fake) drug charges.
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."