by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Actress Ellen Pompeo will depart ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" as a full-time cast member on the episode that airs Feb. 23rd, 2023.
SCANDAL - From Deadline: A New York jury today found Oscar-winning filmmaker, Paul Haggis ("Crash"), liable on all three counts of rape and sexual abuse in his treatment of Haleigh Breest, who left a party in Manhattan with him in 2013 and then, sued him in 2017, claiming he repeatedly forced sex on her in his apartment that night.
TELEVISION - From Deadline: Nexstar, new owner of The CW television networks, says that The CW will shed most content from Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global, the former owners, after the 2023-24 broadcast season. Some things may remain, but Nexstar is looking for better financial deals going forward.
CELEBRITY - From YahooLife: In the last weeks of her life, the late Queen Elizabeth reportedly became close to movie star/icon, Tom Cruise.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 11/4 to 11/6/2022 weekend box office is Warner Bros. Pictures' "Black Adam" with an estimated take of 18.5 million dollars.
From Here: Leroy Douresseaux's review of "Black Adam."
SCANDAL - From Deadline: I'm not a rapist says Oscar-winner Paul Haggis.
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."