CBS canceled “The Great Indoors,” “The Odd Couple” and “2 Broke Girls.” It should have canceled “Kevin Can Wait” due to low ratings, but allegedly, Kevin James had a guarantee for three seasons and they had to either renew it or pay him anyway. So they hatched a plan; they brought Leah Remini, his co-star in “King of Queens” for nine seasons (1998-2006), to play retired undercover cop Vanessa Cellucci, his former partner, in the last show of season one. But in order to get them together, they had to fire James’ TV wife, played by Errin Hayes, who was wonderful in the role, telling her it wasn’t because of her, but the situation. While we’re happy to see James and Remini together again, because they have great chemistry, did it have to come at the expense of a really good actress?
*** Woody Allen is returning to his childhood with his next film, “Wonder Wheel,” starring Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake and Jim Belushi. The film takes place at a Coney Island amusement park of the 1950s. Ever authentic, Woody has been shooting in Brighton Beach, Vinegar Hill, Brooklyn and Coney Island for a Dec. 1 release.
Between takes, Justin Timberlake is already working on the score for “Trolls 2,” which he voiced with Anna Kendrick. “Trolls” earned $345 million and a best song Oscar nomination for “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” “Trolls 2” won’t open until April 2020.
His co-star Kate Winslet also has completed the romance/disaster film, “The Mountain Between Us,” opening Oct. 6, with Idris Elba. Elba, currently with Matthew McConaughey in “The Dark Tower,” also stars in “Thor: Ragnarok” (in theaters Nov. 3) and Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” with Kevin Costner, Jessica Chastain and Michael Cera (out Nov. 22).
Cate Blanchett, who won an Oscar for Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine” (2013), also lends her talent to “Thor: Ragnarok,” then “Where’d
You Go Bernadette,” with Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer and Laurence Fishburne (coming May 11); “Ocean’s Eight,” the all-girl reboot of “Ocean’s Eleven,” directed by George Clooney (due June 8); and “The Jungle Book: Origins” (October 2018).
Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey completed “White Boy Rick, with Bruce Dern, coming Jan. 12, and is currently shooting the noir-thriller “Serenity,” with Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Diane Lane.
“La La Land” Oscar-winner Emma Stone has completed “The Battle of the Sexes,” as Billy Jean King to Steve Carell’s Bobby Riggs, due Sept. 22, and is currently shooting “The Favourite,” with Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult. They used to joke that Billy Jean King should be spokesperson for Snap-On Tools; let’s see the very feminine Emma pull that one off, a real challenge. (c) 2017 King Features Synd., Inc.