HOLLYWOOD ChadwiCk Boseman in “BlaCk Panther”
“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!