MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK
THE UPSIDE (Drama)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A wealthy quadriplegic befriends an unemployed man with a criminal record hired to help him.
WHO'S IN IT? Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, Julianna Margulies
- According to the IMDb, Chris Tucker, Jamie Foxx, Chris Rock and Idris Elba were all considered for the role that eventually went to Kevin Hart.
- Malia Obama, the daughter of Barack Obama, worked as an intern for The Weinstein Company during filming.
- Bryan Cranston was criticized for playing a quadriplegic. (Page Six)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident.
WHO'S IN IT? Alice Eve, Keanu Reeves, Thomas Middleditch
- Thomas Middleditch stars in the HBO series Silicon Valley.
- Director Jeffrey Nachmanoff helmed the pilot episode of Chicago Fire.
- The budget was $30 million.
A DOG'S WAY (Drama)
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A dog travels 400 miles in search of her owner.
WHO'S IN IT? Bryce Dallas Howard, Ashley Judd, Alexandra Shipp, Edward James Olmos
- The budget was $18 million.
- Based on a book by W. Bruce Cameron, who also wrote A Dog's Purpose.
- Universal Pictures plans to release A Dog's Purpose later this year.
WHOOPI GOLDBERG: “I Will Host The Oscars”
Kevin Hart is definitely out as Oscar host and Whoopi Goldberg is definitely in – if only they’d ask her.
The View co-host has made it clear to the Motion Picture Academy that she’s willing to host next month’s Oscars. She’s done it four-times before. A source said, (quote) “Whoopi really is game to do it though.”
Last month, Whoopi expressed her opinion that it was “dumb” to go without a formal host. Behind the scenes, the Academy plans to forego a host and recruit as many A-listers as possible to present awards. (New York Post)
Talk About It:
- ABC hosts the Academy Awards and The View is on ABC. Synergy, not unlike when they had previous years with Jimmy Kimmel.
- Whoopi could be just as problematic as Kevin Hart, but for different reasons.
- Whoopi hosted the Academy Awards in 1994, 1996, 1999 and 2002.
- She won an Oscar in 1990 for her supporting role in Ghost, starting Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords star (45)
Evan Handler, actor (58)
Pat Benatar, singer (66)
George Foreman, former boxer (70)
Rod Stewart, singer (74)
Amanda Peet, actress (47)
Mary J. Blige, singer (48)
Kyle Richards, Real Housewife (50)
Yolanda Foster, Real Housewife (55)
Kim Coles, actress (57)
Naomi Judd, singer (73)
*Jeff Bezos is one of the richest men in the world. News came out yesterday that Jeff and his wife were getting divorced. THEN news came out that Jeff was cheating on his wife WITH his friend's wife...who is also married! This married lady is also a bit famous. She's a New Anchor named Lauren Sanchez she used to be on the Entertainment news show "Extra". She is married to a Hollywood agent named Patrick (he's one of Hollywood's most powerful agents), they were married for 13 years but one source says they were off and on and were separated at the time.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” Gets Wider Release And Adds Sing-A-Long -
A new sing-along version of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” is set to screen in theaters this weekend.
The Golden Globe-winning movie is going to expand to over one-thousand-300 theaters tomorrow. As many as 750 of those will show a sing-along edition, with lyrics appearing on screen.
Meanwhile, the film will be released on digital home video January 22nd, and on DVD and Blu-ray February 12th.