HOL­LY­WOOD Ryan Reynolds

Escalon Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

Ryan Reynolds didn’t fare well with “Life” (2017), co-star­ring Jake Gyl­len­haal, but had bet­ter luck with “The Hit­man’s Body­guard” (2017), with Sa­muel L. Jack­son, Os­car­win­ner Gary Old­man and Selma Hayek ($30 mil­lion cost/$176 mil­lion gross). He has struck gold by cowrit­ing, pro­duc­ing and star­ring as “Dead­pool” (2017), which grossed $731 mil­lion, and its se­quel, “Dead­pool 2,” which is ap­proach­ing the $500 mil­lion mark.

Next up is his pro­duc­tion of “The Lit­tle Stranger,” with Domh­nall Glea­son and Will Poul­ter, for an Aug. 31 re­lease. That’s fol­lowed by the Net­flix film “Six Un­der­ground,” with di­rec­tor Michael Bay and writ­ten by his “Dead­pool” co-writ­ers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. With a $150 mil­lion bud­get, it’s set for a 2019 re­lease.

*** “Monster” Os­car-win­ner (2004) Char­l­ize Theron -who pro­duced and starred in “Gringo,” which grossed $9.8 mil­lion ear­lier this year, and “Tully” (which she also pro­duced), re­leased in May, with a $9.3 mil­lion gross --will try pro­duc­ing again when she por­trays Megyn Kelly in a film about the women of Fox News and Roger Ailes.

*** Richard Gere, whose last film was “The Din­ner” (2017) with Laura Lin­ney, is await­ing the re­lease of “Three Christs,” with Ju­lianna Mar­gulies, Pe­ter Din­klage and Bradley Whit­field, which be­gan film­ing in Au­gust 2016. He’s now turn­ing to tele­vi­sion, which he’s rarely done, to star in the eight-part BBC Two mini-se­ries “MotherFatherSon,” writ­ten by

“Amer­i­can Crime Story’s” Tom Rob Smith, shoot­ing this sum­mer in London and Spain.

*** We’ll be see­ing lots of Sylvester Stal­lone. He has two films with Dave Bautista and Cur­tis “50 Cent” Jack­son: “Es­cape Plan 2: Hades” (due June 29) and its se­quel, “Plan 3: Devils Sta­tion” (al­ready completed), as well as “Creed II,” with Michael B. Jor­dan (out Nov. 21); “Back­trace,” with Matthew Mo­dine; and “The Ex­pend­ables 4” (no cast an­nounced yet). Stal­lone again has writ­ten and is pro­duc­ing “Creed II,” and you can be sure this time around he’ll mus­cle his way into enough big scenes to win the Os­car he was de­nied the last time out. Rocky’s back, can Rambo V be far be­hind?

Photo credit: De­posit pho­tos

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