BURT REYNOLDS’ BOOTS HEAD TO THE BLOCK: More than 850 items from Burt Reynolds’ life and career, including a replica of his Smokey and the Bandit car, 50+ pairs of cowboy boots, his Cannonball Run belt buckle, and prints from his 1972 Cosmo centerfold, will hit the auction block on June 15 and 16. Culver City-based Julien’s is running the show. Reynolds died at age 82 in September.
STUDY SHOWS GENDER GAP IN ANIMATION: Animation companies are inching forward in gender inclusion, according to a new study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. In the past 12 years, 3% of directors of animated films were women. Only one, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, was a woman of color (Nelson directed Kung Fu Panda 2). On the small screen, 13% of episodes from popular animated shows had female directors last year, three of whom were women of color. Subjects lacked diversity as well, the study notes. Only 17% of the 120 top-grossing animated films between 2007 and 2018 had a female lead or co-lead, and just three starred women of color.
NICKELODEON SETS CAST FOR ARE YOU AFRAID? Nickelodeon’s reimagined Are You Afraid of the Dark? has recruited Sam Ashe Arnold (Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.), Miya Cech (Rim of the World), Tamara Smart (Artemis Fowl, The Worst Witch), Jeremy Taylor (It, Goosebumps 2:Haunted Halloween), Lyliana Wray (Top Gun: Maverick, Black-ish), and Rafael Casal (Blindspotting) to star in the limited series, which will bow in October.
HBO CANCELS VICE NEWS TONIGHT: HBO is severing its seven-year relationship with Vice Media. The cabler pulled the plug on Vice News Tonight, which was created by news chief Josh Tyrangiel, will shared the news that he will depart Vice this summer after nearly four years of, per a memo he sent to staff via THR, "harrowing challenges and huge highs" with the company. The former CEO of the New York Post, Jesse Angelo, is set to oversee news, TV and digital at Vice.