Escalon Times - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

Cher­i­lyn Sark­isian be­gan her ca­reer in 1965 at the age of 19 with a No. 1 hit record, “I Got You Babe,” as part of the mu­si­cal duo Sonny and Cher. Fast-for­ward 53 years, and a 72-year-old Cher is hotter than ever. She’s head­lin­ing Las Ve­gas, at The Park Theater in The MGM Ho­tel (Oct. 31 to Nov. 17). Cher has added ABBA songs, in­clud­ing “Danc­ing Queen,” “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” “Mamma Mia,” “Fer­nando,” “The Win­ner Takes It All,” “Chiq­ui­tita,” “Water­loo,” “S.O.S.” and “One of Us,” into her live shows, and has a new al­bum drop­ping Sept. 28 with ABBA songs.

Cher has been nom­i­nated for two Os­cars -- for “Silk­wood” (1984) and “Moon­struck” (1988), for which she won -- seven Em­mys (one win), six Golden Globes (three wins), eight Gram­mys (one win), six Peo­ple’s Choice Awards (one win) and now she’ll re­ceive The Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­ors on Dec. 2 (broad­cast Dec. 26 on CBS). Since Cher has won an Emmy, an Os­car and a Grammy, she only needs a Tony Award to be­come a mem­ber of the elite EGOT club of en­ter­tain­ers who’ve won all four awards.

She’ll get the chance to earn her Tony Award with the open­ing of “The Cher Show” Sept. 3 on Broad­way. To re­cap, at 72, she’s got a hit movie, (“Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”), a Ve­gas res­i­dency, a new al­bum and a Broad­way show!

*** Get ready for two clas­sic hor­ror re­makes. Sept. 14 will bring the re­make of “Preda­tor,” star­ring Boyd Hol­brook (“Milk,” “Gone Girl,” “Lo­gan” and the TV hit, “The Hat­fields and the McCoys”), Kee­gan Michael Key, Olivia Munn and Ster­ling K. Brown, fol­lowed Oct. 19 by the 11th in­stall­ment of “Hal­loween,” with Jamie Lee Cur­tis, Will Pat­ton, Judy Greer and Nick Cas­tle.

*** While still on re­makes, ac­tion di­rec­tor Roland Em­merich, who helmed “In­de­pen­dence Day” (1996) and the se­quel “ID: Resur­gence” (2016), “Godzilla” (1998), “The Pa­triot” (2000), “The Day After To­mor­row” (2004) and “White House Down” (2013), among oth­ers, is re­mak­ing the 1976 epic war film “Mid­way,” which starred Henry Fonda, Charl­ton He­ston, Glenn Ford, Robert Mitchum, Cliff Robertson, James Coburn, Robert Wag­ner and Tom Sel­leck. Em­merich has cast Aaron Eck­hart, Den­nis Quaid, Nick Jonas, Luke Evans, Woody Har­rel­son, Mandy Moore and Pa­trick Wil­son. De­spite its $100 mil­lion bud­get, this sounds more like the cast of a TV movie than an epic war film!

Even though Nick Jonas was in the box-of­fice hit “Ju­manji: Wel­come to the Jun­gle” ($962 mil­lion gross) and the up­com­ing “Chaos Walk­ing,” with “Spi­der-Man” Tom Hol­land and “Star Wars’” Daisy Ri­d­ley, it doesn’t give him enough screen cred to be the young star of an epic war movie. After all, he’s not even “Mid­way” in his ca­reer!

Photo credit: De­posit­pho­tos

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