Screech, Dustin Diamond, from Saved By The Bell Has Stage 4 Cancer

When Peacock rebooted Saved By The Bell (the original show Kara was much more into than I) it was without the funny outcast, Screech, joining the gang.

Sadly, for Screech fans, it’s real life bad news for actor Dustin Diamond who played the goofy character, as various sources are reporting that he has stage 4 cancer and receiving treatment.

Reportedly, he had been in negotiation to appear in a season 2 of the reboot, should it have been greenlit. He’s going to need the money for treatment, according to the article linked below, because cancer treatments can cost upwards of $150,000/year.

With only a few hundred dollars left from his Saved by the Bell salary, Diamond threw himself into any projects he could score. That meant even doing a sex tape in 2006 and selling his t-shirt collection to save his home from foreclosure. He appeared in Celebrity Fit Club as the “bad guy” because it paid more. Diamond also published a book, “Behind the Bell,” in 2009 which drove a wedge between former cast members when they were painted in a negative light.

‘Saved by the Bell’: Does Dustin Diamond Have the Net Worth To Support Him During His New Health Crisis?

It’s both a blessing and a curse to be a young actor, playing an iconic TV role, getting typed, and then struggling to find acting work afterwards. On one hand, the fact that you ever are remembered for any part as an actor is a rare thing, but then to have it prevent you from being casted in future work is a bummer.

Whatever happened with Dustin Diamond’s acting career, cancer is the ultimate bummer. Someday maybe we’ll find a cure. I believe we will. In the meantime, here’s hoping Dustin Diamond survives this and maybe we’ll see him acting somewhere again.

A curious cancer-related sidenote is in the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai in season two Johnny revisits one of his old Cobra Kai pals who has cancer and they go out riding their motorcycles one last time. That actor really did have cancer and this was his last role before passing on. Sometimes real life and fantasy converge.

To end on a more positive note, and for fans of the reboot of Saved By The Bell? Season 2 has been greenlit.

We’ll Get To Watch Godzilla vs. Kong two Months Earlier … Maybe

New release date as of this writing: March 26, 2021

This is a bit surprising.

Godzilla vs. Kong was originally planned for March 13, 2020 and soon joined a long list of movies delayed. Eventually it was pushed back to 2021 and then Warner Bros. announced they were going to release 17 movies in 2021 in both theaters (that were open) and on HBO Max for 31 days, including Godzilla.

This announcement rattled financial partner for the film Legendary, because they could have gotten $200 million for a direct sale to Netflix, so Warner Bros. sprang into damage control.

The story has a new twist.

Warner Bros, in the wake of making good with Legendary on the simultaneous release of Godzilla vs. Kong in theaters and on HBO Max, will be releasing the movie on March 26 instead of May 21.

‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Jumps Up To March In HBO Max & Theatrical Debut – Deadline

Yeah, that’s right, they aren’t going to wait until May, we’re going to get to see this the end of March. Maybe.

Have to add the maybe part because these movie dates are moving around at a crazy pace. I think this one might be pretty safe because HBO Max isn’t going anywhere because of the pandemic. The only part open to great change is how many domestic theaters will be open on March 26.

Hulu offers Student Discount: $1.99/month to both new and existing subscribers

Here’s a cool deal to share that you might not be aware of and it works for either new or existing Hulu subscribers.

Students: Get Hulu For Just $1.99/Month Stream tons of shows and movies with our ad-supported plan for just $1.99/month (regularly $5.99/month). 65% discount valid as long as you’re a college student.

Student Discount: $1.99/month | Hulu.com

We just saved $4/month because Kara is currently a college student. If you or your significant other are currently enrolled in a college course at a Tier IV college, then Hulu has partnered with SheerID to verify your status and then you can save $4/month off the Hulu monthly subscription.

Quite the deal!

Deja Vu All Over Again – Another Wave of Theatrical Release Delays Could Be Coming Soon

Comedic catcher Yogi Berra was famous for Yogi-isms like, “It’s deja vu all over again” — totally fits the situation with theatrical release dates since March 2020.

To be fair, there have always been film postponements and release dates moving around, but it’s been a month by month, at times week by week changefest. Studios are frantically trying to figure out just when to screen their movies in reopened theaters with receptive audiences.

We’re no help in Washington State, with all our theaters closed as of this writing and not reopening for at least another week, but probably longer. Over 65% of domestic theaters are closed as of this writing.

With that said, we could be approaching another batch of delays, including some high profile movies like Bond #25, No Time To Die, which with so many delays already might as well be retitled, No Time To Screen.

Even in traditional times, the stretch between January and March is kind of a cinematic dumping ground. So it’s not entirely unexpected that the current release calendar doesn’t pick up in a meaningful way until May, with the debuts of Disney and Marvel’s “Black Widow” (May 7), Warner Bros. and Legendary’s “Godzilla vs Kong” (May 21), Ryan Reynolds’ “Free Guy” from 20th Century Studios (May 21), Paramount’s “Infinite” starring Mark Wahlberg (May 28), Disney’s “Cruella” with Emma Stone (May 28) and Universal’s “F9” (May 28). But many of these titles are expected to shift as well if conditions don’t drastically improve in the next month or so.

Hollywood Prepares to Delay Another Slew of Blockbusters – Variety

Looking into the first quarter crystal ball, six movies were supposed to be released in January, with 19 more over the next two months (9 in February and 10 in March 2021). Just a guess, but we’ll be lucky to see half of these movies released as currently scheduled. Maybe only a quarter of them stay the course.

The silver lining, if there is any, would be that streaming is alive and kicking more than ever before offering plenty of new movies to view across the various streaming channels. When we do come out of this pandemic, hopefully with everybody reading right now safe and secure, we’ll be ready to see new movies in theaters again. Will be somewhat like we’ve missed a long lost friend.

Back to what we started with: Yogi-isms. Here’s a few more just … because:

It ain’t over ’til it’s over.
You can observe a lot by watching.
Nobody goes there any more. It’s too crowded.
Never answer an anonymous letter.
It gets late early out here.
When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
I never said most of the things I said.

‘It’s deja vu all over again’: 27 of Yogi Berra’s most memorable ‘Yogi-isms’

Which is your favorite?

Disgruntled Customer Alert? Man Charged With Cutting Comcast Cable Lines

Harley Quinn about to go full blown vigilante mode — among her many talents

Innocent until proven guilty, but in addition to those storming the Capital this past week, here’s an equally bad idea: cutting Comcast cable lines and interrupting service for other people.

The Comcast worker discovered several fiber optic lines running from an overhead railroad bridge to a buried junction had been cut. Several splicing junctions had also been cut, police said. The Comcast employee questioned the man about the cables and the man left, police said.

Man Accused Of Cutting Comcast Lines, Causing Outages – LevittownNow.com

Hey, if you’re mad at Comcast, then just do the sane, simple thing: cancel your service. Vote with your feet. Don’t cut services — allegedly — for other people. What did the other Comcast customers do to you, anyway? Innocent bystanders.

The reality is these companies can dispatch trucks and workers for service outages. It’s their business. We get falling lines due to trees and wind in our area every year it seems. These workers are excellent about restoring services quickly. Idiots cutting lines isn’t going to do anything long term, this is short term irritating.

Definitely not sticking up for Comcast, despite us having their high speed internet for many years now, but don’t think the solution is vandalism. They are rightfully facing heat for enforcing a data cap during the pandemic, which is at best extremely poor timing.

How do you deal with companies that take actions and/or have service policies you don’t like? Our home insurance premium just went up a ton (we have made no claims or anything else that would warrant an increase), and now we’re out shopping for new insurance company. Vote with your feet, seriously, it’s the best way we know to send a message. Grind an axe on your blog, social media, etc, that’s fine, too. Sever ties not cable lines.

Streaming in Seattle: Over 1/3rd of Seattle Market Household Have Neither Cable or Satellite

Just north of us, Seattle is leaving cable TV and satellite in big numbers. In fact, a study quoted by The Seattle Times finds over 1/3rd have cut the cord. My guess is when the Seahawks play is among the only times that people watch live TV.

TV-streaming services have taken a big bite out of network television viewership, and a sizable number of households rely solely on streaming. According to Nielsen, more than one out of three households (37%) in the Seattle market have neither cable nor satellite television.

Netflix and other streaming services boomed in Seattle amid COVID-19 lockdowns | The Seattle Times

Hmm, Not Sure About Nicole Kidman Playing Lucille Ball in Aaron Sorkin Penned Biopic

Lucy & Desi: A Home Movie ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Boy, it’s a major acting challenge playing Lucille Ball. We all love Lucy and it seems almost sacrilegious for anybody attempting to portray the legendary actress.

Has to happen sooner or later, though.

Was thinking almost the same thing about Judy Garland and Renee Zellweger nailed that portrayal — even if the script was a bit suspect.

I mean this is like epic, near impossible tough acting gig. Nicole Kidman is talented, but I didn’t care much for her portrayal of a lesser actress (Elizabeth Montgomery) in the Bewitched remake with Will Ferrell. Also, that was scripted by Nora Ephron!

(This project is scripted by Aaron Sorkin, and I enjoyed what he did on The West Wing, so there is worthy writing firepower here)

Kidman playing Lucy in a biopic? Don’t know. Prosthetics are amazing these days, so they probably can make her look very, very much like Lucy. They made Charlize Theron look almost identical to Megyn Kelly — so much that it confused Kelly’s child — but there’s much more to acting than physical appearance (see: 20+ Bombshell Reviews – Charlize Theron Portrayal of Megyn Kelly Not Award-worthy)

Who else might be able to play the famous comedian? Margot Robbie? She played Harley Quinn, Tonya Harding, why not Lucy? She’s younger though, and maybe they wanted somebody a little older for the part. Casting is hard when you’re talking about really famous people like Lucille Ball.

Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in negotiations to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in Amazon and Aaron Sorkin’s Being the Ricardos, the film about the relationship between the I Love Lucy stars. Having penned the screenplay, Academy Award winner Sorkin also will direct the film from Amazon Studios and Escape Artists. The film is set during one production week of I Love Lucy — Monday table read through Friday audience filmin g— when Lucy and Desi face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.

Nicole Kidman To Play Lucille Ball, Javier Bardem As Desi Arnaz In Biopic – Deadline

Don’t know much about Javier Bardem, but I believe casting Desi Arnaz will be significantly easier than Lucy, especially if he doesn’t have to sing and do the conga.

Anyway, I’m intrigued with the project, especially after seeing Lucy’s daughter’s excellent documentary that is linked at the top of this post. Lucy and Desi had a very explosive relationship that is ripe for a biopic.

I wonder what Lucy and Desi’s children think about this project? Am sure we’ll hear more if this actually makes it into production without revised casting. The article does state that both actors are merely negotiating, contracts have not been signed as of this writing.

Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes’ Extravagant Lifestyle Disputed Subject of Fraud Trial

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Have you heard that characteristic, monotone voice of defunct company Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes? She is scheduled to go on trial for fraud in July 2021. You can watch Alex Gibney’s documentary on Holmes and her business partner Sunny Balwani on HBO Max.

“Although Defendant’s assistant was an employee of the company, she handled a range of non-business tasks for Defendant, including personal clothes and jewelry shopping, home decorating, food and grocery buying, and other items,” the government said in a filing. The government’s motion was a response to efforts by Holmes’ attorneys to block the jury from hearing details about her jet-setting lifestyle.

Prosecutors allege Theranos fraud fueled Elizabeth Holmes’ lifestyle

Holmes legal defense team wants to keep out the stories about her lavish lifestyle because they feel it will bias the jury in her trial. The documentary focuses on Holmes passion to do something impossible. Her idol was Steve Jobs but Holmes doesn’t have the technology to match the marketing drive. Jobs knew another Steve, his last name was Wozniak, and he could make things that actually worked.

Theranos didn’t have a completely functional product with their Edison nano blood testing tech and investors believed they did, pumping hundreds of millions into a concept. Whether or not this is fraud will sit at the center of this upcoming summer trial.

What’s fascinating is this documentary never shows Holmes spending excessively. She dresses like Steve Jobs, all in black and isn’t shown having assistants running around buying things for her. She appears in the documentary as being consumed with her work and she doesn’t even even have much in her fridge in one scene. This is in stark contrast to what the prosecution is alleging with her spending.

Warner Bros. Keeps Working Backend Deals For Day and Date 2021 Movies

Who let the dogs out? Harley! WarnerMedia still under fire for their 2021 day and date releases

For those crying foul over Warner Bros. going day and date to HBO Max on all 17 theatrical releases in 2021 (see: Goodbye Theatrical Window – Warner Bros. Goes Day and Date on All 17+ Movie Releases in 2021: HBO Max and Theaters Simultaneously), the wheeling and dealing continues behind the scenes.

Warner Bros. has spent the past few weeks speaking to its partners, like LeBron James’s SpringHill Entertainment and director Jon Chu, to further explain its strategy, and lay out the argument that they will make more money this way. Though Warner Bros. believed it had the rights to release its movies to HBO Max without the consent of its partners, it has since adjusted their contracts to offer more favorable terms.

Warner Bros. Guarantees Filmmakers a Payday for HBO Max Movies – Bloomberg

Even the cast and crew of these movies will be getting touched up, according to the Bloomberg article. Normally they don’t receive spiffs from the theatrical release, so this is a bonus.

Strangely, Warner Bros. chose the route of announce first, deal with the fallout later. They wanted their announcement to go out without leaks, to be a bit of a holiday surprise perhaps. They are also planning on returning to normal terms once these 2021 releases are done.

We support day and date releases, just as we support reducing the theatrical window, so obviously we weren’t in the crowd dissing WarnerMedia for their controversial decision. If companies want to save money, our position is to do it with lowering film budgets and reduce the process of remaking successful films.

The one thing we do agree with is WarnerMedia should have negotiated with their business partners before they announced their plans. They contend they didn’t have to, which seems murky both ethically and legally, but we’ll see how this impacts them.

Parent company AT&T is trying to manage their debt load and this seems ill-timed on that front, but for subscriber growth, retention and future of HBO Max, this seems like a clever marketing move (see: Don’t Count Out HBO Max in 2021). Also, the pandemic is keeping a bunch of theaters shuttered more than open, so what is a studio supposed to do? Just keep delaying movies for years?

Despite Lukewarm Reception for Wonder Woman 1984, Warner Bros. Greenlights Third Movie

Regardless your feelings for Wonder Woman: 1984, Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot are booked to return for a third film. Or at least, that is the plan after perhaps after Jenkins finishes Rogue Squadron for Disney.

Jenkins is saying Rogue Squadron — which has a scheduled release date of December 22, 2023 — is pretty far along in the treatment process and she’ll have to work on the third Wonder Woman at the same time. Multi-tasking alert. My guess is Wonder Woman 3 will be out in 2024 or 2025, assuming the creative process doesn’t hit some kind of snag or key people — IE. Jenkins, as she did previously pull out of Thor — pull out of the project. I don’t see Jenkins bailing on Wonder Woman 3, but it wouldn’t be totally shocking if she doesn’t feel like she can do the story she wants to do.

Early speculation on what the third film will be about have Jenkins saying it won’t be another period piece.

“I’m not pining to put it in the past again, because where are you going to go? I think it would be weird,” she said in a Hollywood Reporter interview last year. “You have to go forward. It’s definitely a contemporary story. That’s all I can say. And so where we put it and how that gets figured out, I haven’t totally nailed down.” 

Here’s Everything We Know About ‘Wonder Woman 3’ | HuffPost

So, will Wonder Woman be battling something contempary like, er, a virus? That would be about as timely as anything could be in current times. There are rumors that Chris Pine might return as well, but nothing confirmed yet. I think Steve Trevor was largely wasted in WW1984, so if that’s how he’s coming back, maybe that should be cut. Another possibility is he might be flashbacks only, which is almost as bad. Time travel? Please, no.

Must admit that at this very early and much premature stage, I’m not that interested in seeing a third Wonder Woman movie. That could easily change once the story details and a teaser trailer emerge. After seeing a sequel that wasn’t great, it reduces our enthusiasm for another sequel.

It was somewhat inevitable that the trilogy would be made. And I am glad that Jenkins will get a chance to finish her vision of Wonder Woman. Maybe instead of Geoff Johns, she should spend more story writing time collaborating with Zack Snyder like was done in the first? My faith in Patty’s screenwriting skill is shaken after seeing her most recent effort.

Are you looking forward to a third Wonder Woman movie? Or are you feeling less excited, too, after seeing the current film? There were just too many delays, too many edits, too much fooling around with the film. I wonder how much that negatively impacted the finished product. We might never know.