“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!