Leah Rem­ini

The Oakdale Leader - - ENTERTAINMENT - Photo credit: De­posit photos By Tony Rizzo

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.

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“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.

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