Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

“Beau­ti­ful Mind” Os­car­win­ner Rus­sell Crowe will play Roger Ailes, the late Fox TV ex­ec­u­tive who sin­gle­hand­edly in­spired the “me too” move­ment with his sex­ual ha­rass­ment of Fox TV em­ploy­ees, in a Show­time lim­ited se­ries. The script is based on the book “The Loud­est Voice In the Room” and in­cludes as least two U.S. pres­i­dents.

Mark Wahlberg is one busy dude. In ad­di­tion to “Mile 22,” with John Malkovich and Ronda Rousey (open­ing Aug. 17), and “In­stant Fam­ily,” with Rose Byrne and “The Help” Os­car­win­ner Oc­tavia Spencer (await­ing a re­lease date), he’s just com­mit­ted to the Net­flix film “Won­der­land.” It’s the re­boot of Robert Parker’s “Spencer,” which was a TV se­ries with Robert Urich from 1985-1988 and the ba­sis for most of Tom Sel­leck’s “Jessie Spencer” films. It will be Wahlberg’s fifth col­lab­o­ra­tion with di­rec­tor and for­mer ac­tor Peter Berg.

Tif­fany Haddish, whose work in “Girls Trip” (2017) led to the much-talked­about ap­pear­ance on the Os­cars when she pre­sented with Maya Ru­dolph, is on fire, film-wise. She re­cently starred with Magic John­son in “Un­cle Drew” and is up­com­ing with Melissa McCarthy and El­iz­a­beth Moss in “The Kitchen” (out Sept. 20); “Night School,” with Kevin Hart (Sept. 28); and “No­body’s Fool,” with Whoopi Gold­berg and Am­ber Riley (Nov. 2). It’s been a big year for the 38-year-old Haddish.

The suc­cess of “Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press” ($352 mil­lion gross) has prompted di­rec­tor Ken­neth Branaugh to do a re­make of “Death on the Nile,” which starred Os­car-win­ner Peter Ustinev as Her­cule Poirot, as well as Bette Davis, Mag­gie Smith, An­gela Lans­bury and David Niven. But first we’ll see Dis­ney’s “Ar­timus Fowl,” which he pro­duced and di­rected with Dame Judi Dench and Josh Gad, due in Au­gust 2019.

The Broad­way smash hit “Wicked,” which opened in 2003 and has be­come the sev­enth long­est-run­ning Broad­way mu­si­cal, will fi­nally reach movie screens in De­cem­ber 2019. The “Wizard of Oz” themed mu­si­cal is about Glinda and The Wicked Witch of the West, and Dorothy passes through for just a few min­utes.

Tom Hol­land re­turns in “Spi­der Man: Far From Home,” with Jack Gyl­len­haal as bad­die “Mys­te­rio,” along with Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton, out July 5, 2019.

Chris Pratt, who was an out-of-shape comedian in “Parks & Re­cre­ation,” will fol­low the $800 mil­lion-plus grosser “Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom,” with Dis­ney’s up­com­ing “Cow­boy Ninja,” based on the Im­age Comics comic book. Pratt be­came at­tached to the project in 2014 and di­rec­tor Michele MacLaren signed on in Jan­uary. Film­ing fi­nally be­gan this month. From di­nosaurs to ninja cow­boys ... Chris is mak­ing good use of his “Pratt” falls!

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