Escalon Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

Casey Af­fleck, Os­car nom­i­nated for “Manch­ester by the Sea,” is neck and neck with Ryan Gosling, of “La La Land,” in the Os­car race. His lat­est film, “A Ghost Story,” with Rooney Mara, screened Jan. 22 at Sun­dance. “Manch­ester” cost $8.5 mil­lion and al­ready has grossed over $50 mil­lion. That will dou­ble af­ter the Oscars, which is a far cry from Casey’s last film, “Triple 9,” which opened last Fe­bru­ary, with Chi­we­tel Ejio­for, An­thony Mackie, Aaron Paul, “Won­der Woman” Gal Gadot, Woody Har­rel­son and Kate Mara. It cost $20 mil­lion to make and grossed only $23 mil­lion. Casey’s brother, Ben Af­fleck, would’ve been thrilled with those grosses for “Live by Night,” which he wrote, pro­duced, di­rected and starred in. It cost $65 mil­lion and grossed just $16 mil­lion ... ouch!

*** Ar­mie Hammer will have six films out this year. His last film, “Noc­tur­nal An­i­mals,” with Jake Gyl­len­haal, was a hit, with his next film, “Free Fire,” open­ing March 31 in Eng­land. June 16 brings the animated “Cars 3,” with Owen Wil­son and Cris­tela Alonso. “Call Me by Your Name,” Hammer’s “Broke­back Moun­tain,” screened Jan. 22 at Sun­dance. It’s a 1980s love story be­tween an Amer­i­can sum­mer guest (Hammer) in Italy and a lo­cal 17-year-old (Ti­mothee Cha­la­met), which con­tains ex­plicit sex scenes. You can be sure it’ll get a re­lease date soon.

Another Bri­tish film, “Fi­nal Por­trait,” di­rected by Stan­ley Tucci and co-star­ring Ge­of­frey Rush and Tony Shal­houb, is in post-pro­duc­tion. Hammer cur­rently is film­ing “Ho­tel Mumbai,” with “Lion” Os­car-nom­i­nee Dav Pa­tel, and is await­ing a re­lease date for “Mine,” co-star­ring “The Mummy’s” Annabelle Wal­lis. The Ital­ian-Amer­i­can psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller opened in Italy to luke­warm re­views in Oc­to­ber.

*** Are you ready for another award show hosted by another talk-show host? James Cor­den hosted the Grammy Awards Feb. 12 on CBS, and Jimmy Kim­mel hosts The Oscars Feb. 26 on ABC. He also hosted the Em­mys in 2012 and 2016 on ABC. Jimmy Fal­lon hosted in 2010, Seth Mey­ers hosted 2014 on NBC, and Stephen Col­bert now has been named to host the Emmy Awards on Sept. 17 on CBS. See a pat­tern here? At least Col­bert has won nine Em­mys (for “The Col­bert Re­port” on Com­edy Cen­tral), while Kim­mel has never even ap­peared in a movie!

*** The se­quel for “Juras­sic World” (which grossed $1.67 bil­lion) will be un­leashed June 22, 2018. Chris Pratt, Bryce Dal­las Howard and B.D. Wong are re­turn­ing, along with (re­port­edly) the rap­tors. A new ad­di­tion is Toby Jones. He’s the voice of Dobby in the “Harry Pot­ter” films, and also starred in the re­cent BBC “Sher­lock,” and the “Cap­tain Amer­ica” and “Hunger Games” fran­chise. It won’t be long be­fore they cre­ate one of th­ese parks for real ... hope­fully, I’ll be too old and tough to be eaten by a T-Rex!

Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos


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