A look back at some of our entertainment news headlines from the week –

Friday, 7.1

She’s been one of the most recognizable and controversial figures in primetime news for more than a decade, but now Nancy Grace is about to sign off.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the prosecutor-turned-pundit will depart her TV home HLN when her current contract expires in October.  Grace reportedly plans to continue on television, but no word yet on where she might land. NancyGrace2

Having acclimated to his life in London for a decade, Tarzan is summoned to his former home in Africa to investigate the activities at a mining encampment. Alexander Skarsgard plays the king of the jungle, and says he’s proud of the new take on the iconic character in THE LEGEND OF TARZAN.

Costarring Margot Robbie, Samuel L. Jackson, and Christoph Waltz, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN swings into theaters today.

Thursday, 6.30

Screen Shot 2016-06-30 at 12.39.58 AMLooks like Drew Barrymore may be on her way to hosting her own daytime talk show.  According to Deadline, the actress is in negotiations with Warner Brothers TV and Ellen DeGeneres’ production company about hosting her own syndicated chat show.  If finalized, the program could reportedly hit the air as soon as next year.

Set in a bleak future that allows one night a year where all crime is legal, a front-runner in the next Presidential election has made it her priority to eliminate the annual tradition.  But when she’s forced into the streets of D.C. with her chief of security on that lawless night, their biggest challenge is simply to stay alive. Elizabeth Mitchell stars in the horror sequel THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR


Costarring Frank Grillo, THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR opens tomorrow.

Wednesday, 6.29

It was the 1997 animated musical inspired by the youngest daughter of the last czar of Russia, and now ANASTASIA is headed to Broadway.  The stage adaptation will feature songs from the original film and will once again follow a brave young woman seeking to discover the mystery of her past.  The production now set to bow on the Great White Way in April of next year.

A ten-year-girl is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets a Big Friendly Giant.  Despite his intimidating appearance, the 24-foot behemoth is a kindhearted soul and considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.  Based on the book by Roald Dahl, Mark Rylance stars in the family adventure THE B-F-G.

Costarring Rebecca Hall, THE B-F-G opens on Friday.

Tuesday, 6.28

For years they were the hottest ticket on the Las Vegas strip and now Siegfried and Roy are getting a biopic.  The duo’s magic and entertainment act ran from 1990 to 2003 at the Mirage Resort and Casino until a tiger attacked Roy during a live performance and left him partially paralyzed. According to The Hollywood Reporter, German director Philipp Stolzl (stohl-shull) has is now attached to the project and Siegfried and Roy will serve as executive producers.

DVD Tuesday – Tina Fey plays a journalist recounting her wartime coverage in Afghanistan in the biographical dramedy WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, out today on BluRay and DVD.  And that fighting panda bear Po finds his long-lost family in a panda paradise.  Jack Black returns for the animated sequel KUNG FU PANDA 3.

Also out today – Helen Mirren stars in the drone warfare drama EYE IN THE SKY.

Monday, 6.27

Fresh off the opening of his sci-fi sequel INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE, Roland Emmerich now has his next disaster flick all lined up.  According the Variety, the director is heading up MOONFALL with Universal, which will follow an effort to save the planet after the moon falls out of orbit and hurdles towards Earth.  The film, now reportedly on a fast-track to production.

They’re an ordinary English couple vacationing in Morocco.  But then a former member of the Russian mob asks Perry and Gail to deliver SPMEclassified information to the British Secret Service, and soon the unsuspecting tourists find themselves caught in a dangerous world of espionage and dirty politics.  Ewan McGregor and Naomi Harris star in the thriller OUR KIND OF TRAITOR.

Costarring Stellan Skarsgard and Damian Lewis, OUR KIND OF TRAITOR opens on Friday.

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Showbiz Express: Rewind – Week of 6.27.16

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