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ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
TELEVISION - From Deadline: HBO will not give "Westworld" a fifth season, but it will pay the "main cast" anyway.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Sony Pictures Television has let go (fired) seven executives across different divisions of the TV studio.
MOVIES - From THR: The magazine's feature story is on Steven Spielberg and his "origin story," his new movie, "The Fabelmans."
CRYSTAL LAKE - From EW: Pro basketball player turned actor Dane DiLiegro plays the "Predator" in Hulu's spinoff film, "Prey." Now, he wants to be Jason Voorhees in A24 and executive producer Bryan Fuller's "Friday the 13th" TV series, "Crystal Lake" for streamer Peacock.
From Fangoria: Showrunner Bryan Fuller says that the "Friday the 13th prequel, "Crystal Lake," can use everything from the film franchise.
MOVIES - From Deadline: Lupita Nyong'o will star in "A Quiet Place: Day One," the first spinoff movie from the "A Quiet Place" franchise.
MOVIES - From Variety: Streaming service, Peacock, for "Crystal Lake," a prequel to the "Friday the 13th" film service.
DISNEY - From THR: "Avatar: The Way of Water" will run three hours and 10 minutes long.
From Variety: The American rapper, recording artist, and songwriter, Takeoff, has died at the age of 28, Tuesday, November 1, 2022, shot and killed in Houston Texas. Takeoff was best known as a member of the hip hop trio, "Migos," with an uncle and first cousin as the other members. As a member of Migos, Takeoff was best known for his work on the trio's "Culture" trilogy of albums. He also received two Grammy Award nominations as a member of Migos.
From Deadline: The author and blogger, Julie Powell, has died at the age of 49, Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Her 2005 book, "Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen," was adapted into the 2009 film, "Julie & Julia."
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."
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