Jeff Goldblum

Riverbank News - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Tony Rizzo

Scarlett Jo­hans­son re­ceived so much back­lash for her de­ci­sion to play trans­gen­der mas­sage-par­lor owner Dante “Tex” Gill in the mob thriller “Rub and Tug” that she has with­drawn from the project. Scarlett is no stranger to con­tro­versy, af­ter play­ing a white-washed Asian char­ac­ter in “Ghost in the Shell” (2017), which didn’t do well at the box of­fice. Iron­i­cally, it would’ve been for the same direc­tor of “Ghost in the Shell,” Ru­pert San­ders.

John Krasin­ski, fresh off his suc­cess pro­duc­ing, di­rect­ing and star­ring in “A Quiet Place,” will co-pro­duce (and prob­a­bly di­rect and star) with Matt Da­mon in “The King of Oil,” based on the best­selling book “The King of Oil: The Se­cret Life of Mark Rich.” Rich was par­doned by Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton on Clin­ton’s fi­nal day in of­fice. Rich died in 2013 at 78. *** “So­pra­nos” fans re­joice! The pre­quel has found a direc­tor in Alan Tay­lor, who helmed mul­ti­ple episodes of the orig­i­nal se­ries as well as “Game of Thrones,” “Thor: The Dark World” and “Ter­mi­na­tor: Genisys.”

“It: Chap­ter Two” is in the works with Bill Hader play­ing the grown-up Richie Tozier (played by Finn Wolfhard) and James MacAvoy (as a grown-up Bill Den­brough (played by Jae­den Lieber­her). Bill Skars­gard returns as “It.”

Tim Allen’s se­ries “Last Man Stand­ing (which he pro­duced and starred in) ran for six sea­sons on ABC. Now it’s re­turn­ing, but to Fox, not ABC. Co­in­ci­den­tally, 20th Cen­tury Fox pro­duces the show. How­ever, they’ve lost two cast mem­bers: Molly Ephraim, who played mid­dle daugh­ter Mandy, and Flynn Mor­ri­son, who played grand­son Boyd. When the show was can­celed, they were re­leased from their con­tracts and opted not to re­turn. Their roles will be re­cast.

*** Jeff Goldblum is hav­ing no trou­ble find­ing film roles at age 65. In 2017 he ap­peared in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and “Thor: Rag­narok,” and in 2018 was busy with a plum voice role in Wes An­der­son’s an­i­mated film “Isle of Dogs,” with Bryan Cranston, Ed­ward Nor­ton and Bill Mur­ray. He also has star­ring roles in “Ho­tel Artemis,” with Jodie Foster, Ster­ling K. Brown and Zachary Quinto, who plays Spock in the new “Star Trek” movies. Jeff played op­po­site the orig­i­nal Mr. Spock, Leonard Ni­moy, in “In­va­sion of the Body Snatch­ers” (1978). He cur­rently can be seen in the $1 bil­lion won­der “Juras­sic World: Fallen King­dom.”

Goldblum was Os­car nom­i­nated in 1996 for “Lit­tle Sur­prises,” a short live ac­tion film he di­rected, with Julie Harris and Rod Steiger. He’s been mar­ried three times, once to Os­car-win­ner Geena Davis (1987-1990), but it’s his cur­rent mar­riage to Em­i­lie Liv­ingston that has pro­duced a son (in 2015 at 62) and a daugh­ter (at 64). Fa­ther­hood at 62 is pure Gold(blum).

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