J.J. Hol­ly­wood

The Pilot News - The Review - - Local Agricultur­e - By Tony Rizzo

HOL­LY­WOOD -- Bradley Cooper, one of the pro­duc­ers of “Joker,” with Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro (due Oct. 4), has agreed to re­place Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Shape of Wa­ter” Os­car-win­ning di­rec­tor Guillermo del Toro’s up­com­ing re­make of the 1947 Tyrone Power/Joan Blon­dell film “Nightmare Al­ley.” Won­der­ing how hard will it be for Bradley to be di­rected af­ter he di­rected him­self in the epic “A Star Is Born”?

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Also get­ting the re­make treat­ment is Noel Cow­ard’s “Blithe Spirit,” which was made into a film in 1945 starring Rex Harrison and Mar­garet Ruther­ford, di­rected by David Lean. The play has of­ten been pro­duced on Broad­way, and even as a mu­si­cal, most re­cently with An­gela Lans­bury. This time it will fea­ture “Beauty and the Beast” star Dan Stevens, Dame Judi Dench, Isla Fisher and Les­lie Mann.

In ad­di­tion to the TV se­ries “Le­gion,” Dan Stevens has Jack London’s “Call of the Wild,” with Harrison Ford, due Feb. 21; “Lucy in the Sky,” with Natalie Port­man and Jon Hamm; and the hor­ror film “The Rental,” writ­ten/ pro­duced/di­rected by Dave Franco, and co-starring Ali­son Brie.

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CNN news­man Jake Tap­per’s 2012 novel, “The Out­post: An Un­told Story of Amer­i­can Valor,” about 53 U.S. sol­diers who bat­tled 400 en­emy in­sur­gents in Afghanista­n, is now a film called “The Out­post,” which stars Or­lando Bloom, Scott East­wood (son of Clint) and 28-year-old Milo Gib­son (son of Mel), and is set for a De­cem­ber re­lease.

We lost the great Ital­ian di­rec­tor Franco Zef­firelli June 15. He was 94. His clas­sic films in­cluded “The Tam­ing of the Shrew” (1967), with Liz Tay­lor and Richard Bur­ton, the Os­carnom­i­nated “Romeo and Juliet” (1968), “The Champ” (1979), “End­less Love” (1981) and “Tea with Mus­solini” (1999) with Cher, Judi Dench, Mag­gie Smith and Lily Tom­lin. Zef­firelli had flair and style.

Henry Gold­ing be­came an in­stant star due to “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A Simple Fa­vor,” with Anna Ken­drick and Blake Lively. His next two films are “Last Christ­mas,” with “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke and Emma Thomp­son (due Nov. 8), and the crime drama “The Gen­tle­men,” di­rected by Guy Ritchie and starring Matthew McConaughe­y, Char­lie Hun­nam, Colin Far­rell, Hugh Grant and “Down­ton Abbey’s” Michelle Dock­ery.

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“Leav­ing Las Ve­gas” Os­car-win­ner Ni­co­las Cage made six films this year, but we can tell you only about three: the sci-fi film “Color Out of Space,” with Joely Richard­son, the an­i­mated “The Croods 2” and the comic book-based mar­tial-arts ac­tion film “Jiu Jitsu.” The oth­ers are so ob­scure we can’t find out any­thing about them. Guess Cage, like Eric Roberts, is not very se­lec­tive, or is it they just want to work ... in any­thing?

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