HOL­LY­WOOD Chad­wiCk Bose­man in “BlaCk Pan­ther”

Escalon Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

“Black Pan­ther” has dis­placed “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” as the No. 9 top-gross­ing film of all time and has its sights set on No. 8 “Harry Pot­ter and the Deathly Hal­lows: Part 2” (2011) and No. 7 “Avengers: Age of Ul­tron” (2015). It’s in­ter­est­ing to note that “Black Pan­ther” star Chad­wick Bose­man also is one of the stars of “Avengers: In­fin­ity War,” which opened April 27 (sure to chal­lenge “Pan­ther”). “Pan­ther’s” Michael B. Jor­dan, cur­rently film­ing the se­quel “Creed II” for a Nov. 9 open­ing, again with Sly Stal­lone, also stars in the HBO re­boot of Ray Brad­bury’s sci-fi clas­sic “Fahren­heit 451” (1966), with Michael Shan­non and Keir Dul­lea, and “Rais­ing Dion” for Net­flix.

“Twelve Years a Slave” Os­car-win­ner Lupita Ny­ong’o has co-starred in three “Star Wars” films: “The Force Awak­ens” (2015), “The Last Jedi” (2017) and the up­com­ing “Episode IX,” due De­cem­ber 2019. She also stars in “Lit­tle Mon­sters” (a zom­bie film), with Josh Gad and Alexan­der Eng­land of “Alien: Covenant” (2017), and a new “Char­lie’s Angels” film, with “Twi­light” saga star Kris­ten Ste­wart, di­rected by “Hunger Games” star El­iz­a­beth Banks.

*** Five-time “Mike & Molly” Emmy-nom­i­nee Melissa McCarthy (she won in 2012) and a three-time Emmy nom­i­nee for host­ing “Satur­day Night Live” (she won in 2017) has made 26 films, was nom­i­nated for an Os­car for “Brides­maids” (2011) and has had two top-gross­ing films: “Tammy” (2014) and “The Boss” (2016), which she pro­duced and wrote with hus­band Ben Fal­cone (who di­rected). She’s up next in “Life of the Party,” writ­ten and pro­duced by them and star­ring her, with Maya Ru­dolph and Julie Bowen (out May 11).

McCarthy is in the com­edy “Pup­pet,” di­rected by Brian Hen­son -- which she, Fal­cone and Hen­son co-pro­duced -- with Maya Ru­dolph, Joel McHale and El­iz­a­beth Banks, open­ing Aug. 17. McCarthy also is tak­ing a se­ri­ous dra­matic plunge as cel­e­brated 1960s80s writer Lee Is­rael, fa­mous for pro­fil­ing Katharine Hep­burn, Tal­lu­lah Bankhead, Es­tee Lauder and Dorothy Kil­gallen, to name some, with Richard E. Grant and Jane Curtin, due out Oct. 19.

*** Twelve-time Emmy nom­i­nee Jon Hamm, who fi­nally won one for his last year in “Mad Men” (2015), is done with those of­ten funny, some­times an­noy­ing H&R Block ads now that tax sea­son is over. He’s re­ceiv­ing rave re­views for “Beirut,” with Rosamund Pike, and he also has two more films com­ing out: “Tag,” with Ed Helms, ar­riv­ing June 15, and “Bad Times at the El Royale,” with Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota John­son and Rus­sell Crowe, hit­ting screens Oct. 5. Sur­viv­ing tax ads and re­bound­ing with rave film re­views proves he’s not just a “Hamm” ac­tor ... ouch!

Photo credit: Mar­vel Stu­dios/Dis­ney

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