A 24-year-old, Five-time Jeopardy! Champion, Brayden Smith, whose death was just confirmed by his family. According to a local CBS affiliate in his hometown of Las Vegas, Brayden Smith underwent surgery for an unidentified ailment in the days leading up to his death on February 5th.
KLAS quotes a Smith family source in its article on Brayden Smith’s latest operation. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the Jeopardy! contestant nicknamed “Billy Buzzsaw” by presenter Alex Trebek spent many days in a Southern Nevada hospital before dying. Any news organization did not disclose Brayden Smith’s sickness and operation.
On social media, Brayden Smith is referred to be Trebek’s “final great champion” since he filmed his episodes in October, just before Trebek died on November 8. Smith won more than $115,000 in the episodes, which aired in December. Smith featured in a Jeopardy! video tribute to Trebek the following month, claiming that spending time with the legendary game show host was his favorite part of the program.
Last Friday, Brayden Smith’s mother, Debbie Smith, revealed her son’s death. She afterward expressed her thanks for the numerous condolences she had received.
“The outpouring of love for Brayden is overwhelming,” she tweeted. “We can’t express how much your beautiful comments are comforting us during this painfully sad time. Thank you.”
The outpouring of love for Brayden is overwhelming. We can’t express how much your beautiful comments are comforting us during this painfully sad time. Thank you. ❤️
— Debbie Smith (@debbieinlv) February 13, 2021
‘Nick Cannon’ Syndicated Talk Show Season 2 Is Canceled
After just one season, Nick Cannon’s self-titled syndicated daytime talk program will terminate. The two episodes being filmed today will be the talker’s final ones, the show’s producer-distributor Debmar-Mercury of Lionsgate is anticipated to inform the cast.
The program was supposed to take a five-week sabbatical while Nick Cannon was busy filming Fox’s The Masked Singer and VH1’s Wild ‘N Out, with the crew receiving a week’s compensation. Instead, Nick Cannon will permanently halt production, with the staff receiving severance.
There are enough episodes in the can to last the program through the season, according to insiders, so it won’t immediately go off the air.
The Fox Television Stations serve as the anchor group for the New York-based weekday talker. Two spots on the Fox Stations are now available for the upcoming season thanks to this week’s cancellations of Nick Cannon and The Good Dish on Sony Pictures TV, which in January took over for the venerable The Dr. Oz Show. A chat show with Jennifer Hudson was just picked up by the station group for the upcoming season; the time slots have not yet been determined.
Nick Cannon’s The Real could be canceled
Multiple sources claim that The Real, a seasoned panel chat program that airs on Fox duopoly stations, is likewise in danger of being canceled. Producer-distributor Warner Bros. denies this information.
The following season of Debmar-Mercury on the Fox Stations will have Sherri Shepherd as the host. It will replace The Wendy Williams Show, which will conclude its run this season after its host Williams was forced to take a leave of absence due to health difficulties.
The season’s lowest-rated single-host daytime syndicated talk program in terms of household ratings is Nick Cannon, which has averaged a 0.4 rating.
Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury, said “It’s never easy to cancel a production with clear potential but, after a great deal of deliberation and examining various options, we have made the difficult business decision to end production on Nick Cannon. We plan to offer viewers original episodes of the daytime talk show through the remainder of this season. Our thanks go to the very talented Nick Cannon and our wonderful production team, and we wish Nick continued success with his many hit ventures.”
Initially scheduled for an autumn 2020 debut on the Fox stations, Nick Cannon’s cancellation was also revealed by The Sun. When it was suspended in July of that year due to backlash from the actor-anti-Semitic comedian’s comments on his podcast, it was already in production and had received 90% of the nation’s clearances. In the end, the program premiered on September 28, 2021.
Along with his longtime manager, Michael Goldman, and the show’s creators, Katy Murphy Davis and Matt Strauss, Cannon executive produces the chat show The Masked Singer, which he presents for Fox and which airs on the Fox stations.
Gina Carano Is Confirmed To Be In Hunter Biden Biopic ‘My Son Hunter’
Former The Mandalorian actor Gina Carano said today that she will be starring in the Robert Davi-helmed film My Son Hunter, which will chronicle the son of the American president and his scandalous business activities and lifestyle. The image shows the youngest son of Vice President Biden living a high life while accumulating millions of dollars from international companies controlled by Chinese, Ukrainian, and Russian billionaires.
In the film, which is presently in Serbian production, Gina Carano will portray a jaded secret service agent. She joins the previously revealed cast of John James (Dynasty), who plays President Joe Biden, and Laurence Fox (Lewis, Victoria), who plays Hunter Biden.
Producer Phelim McAleer: “She is a world-weary secret service agent present at most of the Biden family’s dodgy dealings. She provides a voice of truth and Sardonic comedy over the absurd dealings of the Biden family and various Chinese, Russian, and Ukrainian oligarchs. She is present throughout the film – commenting and sometimes narrating the absurd life and party lifestyle of Hunter Biden and the dodgy dealings of his father.”
Gina Carano said “The story, the cast, the crew, the people, this is what makes art great and this is what we’re doing. I feel excited to be working with incredible actors, a visionary director, and some newfound friends as producers. The script was instantly intriguing and side achingly hilarious to me, especially after being newly exposed to the political realm in 2020. Robert Davi is someone who reached out to me as soon as I was ‘canceled’ in Feb. 2021.
I signed on in support of him and one of my favorite humans Laurence Fox. They both have always been actors I adore watching and now they both have become my friends and mentors. The icing on the cake was getting to meet John James, a wildly funny charismatic, and lovable human. It is such a pleasure to be at the forefront of groundbreaking storytelling.”
Davi said “When we think of the modern female, we look to women that are intelligent, feminine, strong, nurturing and vulnerable and have a sense of humor. I have been blessed by knowing women who have served our nation … I wanted an actress who the audience would believe is capable of protecting such an iconic figure as Joe Biden.”
Following her contentious social media remarks, particularly on TikTok where she equated the political split in the U.S. to that of Nazi Germany, Disney announced earlier this year that Gina Carano wouldn’t be returning to further seasons of The Mandalorian. After her divorce from Disney, she was cast in Terror on the Prairie, a film she is also producing alongside The Daily Wire. The actress was also fired by her agency, UTA.
The producers of My Son Hunter are the Irish filmmaker and journalist duo Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney (Gosnell, FrackNation).
License to Kill, The Goonies, and Die Hard are just a few of Davi’s acting credentials. He also directed and produced the films The Dukes and Magic. Additionally, he has the EP “New York City Christmas” performed.
“We Don’t Talk About Bruno”, Oscars hit From Encanto, Is Selected For Prime Production Number; Cast From The Movie Will Feature
Another important movie song, “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from Encanto, which was not even submitted by Disney and songwriter Lin-Manuel Miranda for consideration in the category, will be performed on the big show as part of the Best Original Song performers announced Tuesday for the 94th annual Academy Awards. Miranda is up for a nomination for “Dos Oruguitas,” another song from the same movie.
The word is spreading that this is planned to be a major highlight of the show, promoted as the first live performance of the song, which has topped music charts for weeks, according to promos running on ABC, an official press release today, and confirmation from producer Will Packer at the recently concluded Oscars press conference.
As well as in advertisements airing on ABC, a press statement issued today, and confirmation from producer Will Packer at the Oscars press conference that just ended. The idea that this will be a significant feature of the concert is starting to spread. It was promoted as the song’s debut live performance after weeks at the top of the charts.
Adassa, Stephanie Beatriz, Mauro Castillo, Carolina Gaitan, and Diane Guerrero, from the film Encanto, as well as Becky G and Luis Fonsi, will sing “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” during the Oscars, according to Packer, who explained why at today’s press conference.
“If there is a song that unites people this year it is this one, and that is kind of the epitome to me of what movies can do, because people of all stripes, ethnicities, ages, colors, backgrounds, around the world, are singing it ad nauseum, and we are going to help them out so they sing it a little bit more. Our apologies to the parents,” Packer laughed.
Sebastian Yatra will also perform “Dos Oruguitas,” another Encanto song that was nominated for an Oscar, so it won’t be the only Encanto song to be played during the ceremony. For Best Original Score and Best Animated Feature, the Disney movie is also up for nominations.
The 94th Academy Awards will take place on Sunday at the Dolby Theatre and will be broadcast live on ABC at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT in more than 200 countries around the world. There will be live closed captioning and audio descriptions accessible during the live broadcast, as well as American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation given by certified deaf interpreters.
The Tomorrow War 2 Is Already In Planning With Chris Pratt, Director Chris McKay & More
The Tomorrow War 2 sequel sci-fi film with Chris Pratt is reportedly being discussed by Skydance and Amazon Studios in reaction to The Tomorrow War’s phenomenally successful worldwide streaming launch this past weekend.
There are plans to reunite the whole creative team, including Pratt, Yvonne Strahovski, Betty Gilpin, Sam Richardson, Edwin Hodge, and Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, both in front of and behind the camera. The studio that was initially assigned to theatrically release the first movie, Paramount, is also participating in the sequel.
Is the movie The Tomorrow War as bad as movie critics are saying it is?
According to Screen Engine’s PostVOD, the international sci-fi actioner debuted at No. 1 across streaming platforms during the holiday weekend after premiering on July 2nd in over 240 countries and territories exclusively on Prime Video. Since Screen Engine’s PostVOD summer reporting in May, the movie has been the most popular live-action streaming movie of the season.
The Pratt movie had 20,55K reviews on Amazon Prime, with a 4.5 out of the 5-star average. This is one of the greatest numbers and ratings for a recent release throughout the first week of the program.
Along with holding the top spot among streaming services in the US, Prime Video also had record-breaking viewership in countries across the world, including Brazil, India, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Australia, Mexico, Argentina, and Japan.
Streaming analytics corp. reports that in 3M Smart TV terrestrial homes Another successful weekend for Amazon followed Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse (2.3M U.S. households over three days, according to Samba TV) and Borat: The Next Movie, with 2.4 million U.S. households tuning in to Tomorrow War (1.6M).
According to analytics company ListenFirst, Tomorrow War ranked first for social conversation/interest (TV-I) on opening weekends across the entire entertainment business (film, TV, streaming, and theatrical).
Is The Tomorrow War coming to Amazon’s own Prime Video platform?
As previously informed, Skydance sold The Tomorrow War to Amazon for $200 million. In the aftermath of their acquisitions of Skydance, Paramount’s Tom Clancy’s Without Remorse, and Paramount’s Coming to 2 America, which is supposedly Prime’s most-viewed movie ever, Amazon is committed to building up an arsenal of streaming tentpole titles.
The news of the upcoming The Tomorrow War follows the previously revealed Netflix sequel for Skydance’s The Old Guard, making Skydance one of the few production companies to debut an original movie franchise on two distinct streaming services. The sixth most viewed movie on Netflix, The First Old Guard, starring Charlize Theron, attracted 78M WW homes in its first four weeks.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan is a series that is also available on Amazon from Skydance and Paramount Television Studios.
Chris Pratt’s standing as a prominent actor is further solidified by Tomorrow War’s widespread popularity. The Tomorrow War is entirely original IP, even though Pratt has seen enormous success with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World franchises.
The information concerning Tomorrow War 2 was not confirmed by Amazon or Skydance. Pratt is shown here reveling in the viewing data from earlier this week:
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Lovecraft Country Season 2 Has Been Canceled By HBO
Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, one of the most lauded and creative new shows of 2020, won’t be receiving a second season.
Lovecraft Country is canceled
HBO said in a statement “We will not be moving forward with the second season of Lovecraft Country. We are grateful for the dedication and artistry of the gifted cast and crew, and to Misha Green, who crafted this groundbreaking series. And to the fans, thank you for joining us on this journey.”
The uplifting Lovecraft Country swept pop culture by storm in August and advanced the social discourse sparked by the passing of George Floyd thanks to its distinctive fusion of horror, fictitious period drama, actual historical personalities, fantasy, sci-fi, and social criticism.
The Jurnee Smollett and Jonathan Majors series, which benefited from positive word-of-mouth, increased its fan base. The Season 1 finale attracted a series-high audience on HBO (1.5 million viewers), and it was the most-watched new episode of an original series on HBO Max on its first day of availability. The first episode had surpassed 10 million views by the time the finale was published in October.
Why did Lovecraft Country get canceled?
However, despite Lovecraft Country’s successful debut season, which was conceived, executive produced, and directed by Green and made by J.J. Abrams’s Bad Robot and Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions, a renewal was not a given.
This is because Season 1 was based on Matt Ruff’s novel, which served as the series’ route map. HBO sought a prospective second season of Lovecraft Country, much like it has done with other shows, most notably Big Little Lies, which produced an original second season following the first season based on Liane Moriarty’s novel.
Casey Bloys, Chief Content Officer of HBO and HBO Max said in February that “Misha is working with a small team of writers and they’re coming up with a take. She had a book to go on in the first season. She and the writers wanted to go off and take some time to go out and figure out without a book with these characters, what’s the journey we want to go on. We all want to be sure she’s got a story to tell. That’s where she is right now, working on those ideas. I’m very hopeful, as is Misha, so we’re giving them the time to work.”
In the end, it was decided not to move on with a second season after serious deliberation.
Green provided a plan at the time of the Lovecraft Country season finale broadcast in October. Green, who co-created another renowned series, WGN America’s Underground, before creating Lovecraft Country, stated, “I envision a second season that carries on the spirit of Matt Ruff’s novel by continuing to reclaim the genre storytelling space that people of color have typically been left out of”
Green teased Season 2 in response to the news on Twitter.
— Misha Green (@MishaGreen) July 3, 2021
Lovecraft Country’s plot
Lovecraft Country’s 10-episode first season featured Atticus Freeman (Majors) as he travels throughout 1950s Jim Crow America from Chicago with his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) and childhood friend Letitia (Smollett) in quest of his missing father Montrose (Michael Kenneth Williams). Their search-and-rescue mission evolves into a battle for survival against the racial terrors of white America and horrifying creatures straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft novel.
Green co-wrote and executive produced the film Lovecraft Country. Through his Monkeypaw Productions company, Peele served as executive producer. Through Bad Robot Production in collaboration with Warner Bros. Television, Abrams and Ben Stephenson served as executive producers. Executive producer Bill Carraro was also involved. Director Yann Demange of episode 1 and director Daniel Sackheim of episodes 2 and 3 were additional executive producers. Episode 1 of the series was executive produced by David Knoller.
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