by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
AMAZON - From Deadline: MGM (now owned by Amazon) is in final negotiations to acquire worldwide rights to the official sequel to George A. Romero;s "Night of the Living Dead," which is set to be directed by Nikyatu Jusu ("Nanny") and written by LaToya Morgan ("TheWalking Dead").
MOVIES - From Deadline: Lee Isaac Chung, the director of the Oscar-winning film, "Minari," will direct "Twisters," a sequel to the beloved, smash hit, 1996 film, "Twister."
MOVIES - From Deadline: Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment has optioned the film rights to Rachel Maddow's recent podcast, "Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra," which is from MSNBC and Maddow's Suprise Inside.
MOVIES - From Fangoria: There is a first trailer for Sony's upcoming sci-fi/thriller, "65." Starring Adam Driver, the film is about two humans from another world who crash land on Earth circa 65 million years ago. That means they will face dinosaurs.
MOVIES - From Deadline: The Library of Congress has unveiled its annual list of 25 movies to make the cut for the National Film Registry. The 2022 class includes Marvel Studios' "Iron Man" and the 1990 hip-hop comedy, "House Party."
MOVIES - From BloodyDisgusting: The official title of "Scream 6" is "Scream VI," and it is due in theaters March 10, 2023.
MOVIES - From GamesRadar: Christopher Nolan talks to "Total Film" magazine about his upcoming film, "Oppenheimer," an interview that includes a number of exclusive images. Nolan also talks about recreating a nuclear explosion with CGI.
MEDIA - From Deadline: Writer-producer Rodney Barnes, who executive produced and co-wrote HBO's "Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty," is prepping a horror podcast devoted to legends and myths stemming from Black folklore. Entitled "Run, Fool," the series will follow an anthology format similar to "The Twilight Zone."
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 12/9 to 12/11/2022 weekend box office is Disney/Marvel Studios' "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" with an estimated take of 11.1 million dollars.
From Here: Leroy Douresseaux's review of "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever."
MOVIES - From Variety: The great Jackie Chan has said that he is in talks for a fourth film in the "Rush Hour" franchise.
From THR: American composer, Angelo Badalamenti, has died at the age of 85, Sunday, December 11, 2022. Badalamenti is best known for his association with acclaimed film director, David Lynch, for whom Angelo scored six films. Angelo also composed the music for Lynch's cult television series, "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91; Showtime, 2017).
From NBA: Retired professional basketball player and coach and NBA champion, Paul Silas, has died at the age of 9, Sunday, December 11, 2022. Silas won two NBA championships with the Boston Celtics (1974, 1976) and one with the Seattle SuperSonics (1979). Over a 32-year period, 1980-2012, Silas was an assistant coach and head coach for several teams, including the Charlotte-New Orleans Hornets and the Charlotte Bobcats.
From Deadline: The winners of the 2022 Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA) Awards have been announced. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" and "Tar" tie for "Best Picture" award.
From Deadline: The nominations for the 2023 / 80th annual Golden Globes Awards were announced today (Mon., Dec. 12th). "The Banshees of Inisherin" led the film field with eight nominations. ABC's "Abbot Elementary" lead the TV side with five nominations. The winners will be announced January 10, 2023.
From Deadline: The American Film Institute (AFI) has named its "AFI Awards Film" list of "Top 10 Films of 2022." The list includes "Avatar: The Way of Water," "Top Gun: Maverick," and "The Woman King."
From THR: The African-American Film Critics Association name "The Woman King" the "Best Film of 2022."
From Deadline: The nominations for the "2023 Critics Choice Awards" in the television categories have been announced. ABC's sitcom, "Abbot Elementary" leads the nominations. The winners will be announced Sunday, January 15, 2023 and broadcast on The CW.
From Variety: The 2022 / 88th Annual New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Awards have been announced. Todd Field's "Tar" wins "Best Film" and "Best Actress" (Cate Blanchett). Keke Palmer wins "Best Supporting Actress" for her performance in "Nope."
From Deadline: "Everything Everywhere All at Once" wins the "Best Feature" award at the 2022 / 32nd Annual Gotham Awards, one of two wins for the film.
From IndieWire: The nominations for the 2023 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced. "Everything Everywhere All at Once" leads with eight nominations. The winners will be announced March 4th, 2023.
From Variety: The nominations for the 2022 / 32nd Annual Gotham Awards were announced a month ago. Todd Field's "Tar" leads with five nominations. The winners will be announced Monday, November 28th.
From CBSNews: WNBA star Brittney Griner has been released from her Russian imprisonment in a one-for-one prisoner swap for notorious international arms dealer, Viktor Bout.
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."