A look back at some of our entertainment news headlines from the week –
The musical biopic has been in development for years, but now it seems THE GREATEST SHOWMAN ON EARTH is taking a LEAP forward. According to Variety, Zac Efron is now in talks to join the movie, which will tell the story of P.T. Barnum’s innovation in show business and his invention of the three-ring circus. Hugh Jackman will play Barnum in the film, but no word yet on a release date.
He’s a mild-mannered accountant who used to be a big man on campus back in high school. But when Calvin reunites with an old classmate, it turns out this pal from his glory days is now a super cool CIA agent…and the unlikely duo ENDS UP BEING thrust into the world of international espionage. Kevin Hart stars in the action comedy CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE.
Costarring Dwayne Johnson, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE opens today.
Emmy winner Anna Gunn, set to join NBC’s SHADES OF BLUE for the drama’s upcoming second season. The BREAKING BAD alum will play a city councilwoman and former NYPD officer on the show who shares a dark past with the characters portrayed by Jennifer Lopez and Ray Liotta. Production on the new episodes is already underway with plans for a mid-season return.
It’s a sequel to the 2003 hit FINDING NEMO, this time focusing on that friendly-yet-forgetful blue tang fish named Dory. When she overcomes her short-term memory loss AND remembers being separated from her parents as a child, she embarks on a quest to find them. Ellen DeGeneres returns for the animated adventure FINDING DORY.
Featuring the voices of Albert Brooks, Ed O’Neil and Diane Keaton, FINDING DORY splashes into theaters tomorrow.
Robert De Niro, in talks to star in the upcoming adaptation of the Robert Kimmel Smith novel THE WAR WITH GRANDPA. The story follows a young man who is forced to give up his bedroom when his grandfather moves in. So the boy engages in a series of pranks meant to drive grandpa out, only to find the old man pretty resourceful in returning the favor.
A birthday boy’s party is ruined when the clown who’s supposed to provide the entertainment cancels at the last minute. So, his loving father tracks down a costume to become the replacement act. The only problem is, the suit turns out to be cursed and the dad slowly becomes possessed by the outfit which he can’t remove. Andy Powers stars in the horror flick CLOWN.
CLOWN opens in limited release on Friday.
Director Ron Howard, teaming back up with his APOLLO 13 writer William Broyles for an adaptation of the sci-fi novel SEVENEVES (seven-eevs). Written by Neal Stephenson, the book begins with humanity being forced to leave their home after it’s become uninhabitable, then jumps 5,000 years into the future as the descendants of those pioneers journey back to Earth.
DVD Tuesday – a British underdog ski jumper charms the world at the ’88 Olympics. Based on a true story, Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman costar in EDDIE THE EAGLE, out today on BluRay and DVD. And a woman is kept in a shelter by a man who claims the outside world has been affected by a widespread chemical attack. Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in the mystery thriller 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE.
Also out today – Sally Field plays a woman who romantically pursues her much younger coworker in the comedy HELLO, MY NAME IS DORIS.
Things got off to a challenging start at last night’s Tony Awards when host James Corden OPENED THE BROADCAST BY addressING the horrific attack that had occurred in Orlando just hours earlier.
And with that the show went on.
Among the winners…Two-time Oscar recipient Jessica Lange took home her first Tony Award for leading actress in the revival of LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, and Frank Langella won his fourth Tony for playing a man suffering from dementia in the drama THE FATHER.
And of course winner for best musical…came as no surprise when Barbra Streisand opened the envelope
With A TOTAL OF sixteen nominations, the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander HAMILTON landed up (landed 11 honors altogether including awards for best score, direction, AND actor and actress).
Hamilton dominates the tony awards.