by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"
ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURE NEWS:
ACADEMY AWARDS - From Variety: Colman and Raul Domingo could become the first married same-sex couple to be nominated for an Academy Award if their animated short film, "New Moon," earns an Oscar nomination on January 24, 2023.
SCANDAL - From Variety: Convicted/not convicted and disgraced comedian-actor, Bill Cosby, is apparently considering going on a comedy tour in 2023.
BOX OFFICE - From BoxOfficePro: The winner of the 12/23 to 12/25/2022 weekend box office is "Avatar: The Way of Water" with an estimated gross of 56 million dollars.
From Deadline: "Avatar: The Way of Water" moves past the $300 million dollar mark at the domestic box office.
MUSIC - From Deadline: Walter Afanasieff, who co-wrote Mariah Carey's Christmas hit, "All I Want for Christmas is You," with Carey gives an asshole's version of the song's orgin.
From ABCNews: Broadcast journalist and television personality, Barbara Walters, has died at the age of 93, Friday, December 30, 2022. Walters became the first female anchor of a network evening news program when she became the co-anchor (with Harry Reasoner) of the ABC Evening News in 1973. Walters also created the long-running daytime talk show, "The View" in 1997. A three-time winner at the Daytime Emmy Awards, Walters retired in 2015.
From Deadline: Brazilian footballer/soccer player, Pelé, has died at the age of 82, Thursday, December 29, 2022. He is considered the greatest soccer player of all time and was one of the 20th century's most popular sports figures. During his career, Brazil won the World Cup in 1958, 1962, and 1970.
From TheSunUK: Italian director and screenwriter, Ruggero Deodato, has died at the age of 83, Thursday, December 29, 2022. Deodato was best known for the notorious horror film, "Cannibal Holocaust" (1980), which is seen as a precursor to such "found footage" films as "The Last Broadcast" (1998) and "The Blair Witch Project" (1999). His other famous or infamous films include ""Live Like a Cop, Die Like a Man" and "The Last Cannibal World."
From Deadline: The nominations for the 2023 / 23rd Annual Black Reel Awards have been announced. "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and "The Woman King" have tied for the lead in nominations with 14 apiece. The winners will be announced February 6, 2023.
From Deadline: The Black Film Critics Circle named "The Woman King" the "Best Film" of 2022.
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."