TRENDIN' WITH TRISTAN: Movies Opening This Weekend

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK

THE LEGO MOVIE 2: THE SECOND PART (Animated)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? Five years after everything was awesome in the LEGO universe, the Duplo invaders turn Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

WHO'S IN IT? Alison Brie , Margot Robbie , Chris Pratt , Elizabeth Banks , Tiffany Haddish , Jonah Hill , Stephanie Beatriz , Nick Offerman , Channing Tatum , Maya Rudolph , Charlie Day , Will Arnett

TRIVIA:

  • A sequel to The Lego Movie , which grossed $469 million worldwide in 2014.
  • It's the fourth film in the franchise, which includes the spin-offs  The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie .
  • The LEGO Movie 2  was originally set to open on May 26th 2017, but was delayed for the spin-off movies.
  • Stephanie Beatriz, who voices Sweet Mayhem, has a small scar on her right eyebrow after tripping on a LEGO when she was 10.

WHAT MEN WANT (Comedy)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? After being passed up for a promotion, a female sports agent gains the ability to hear men's thoughts.

WHO'S IN IT? Taraji P. Henson , Tracy Morgan , Wendi McLendon-Covey , Max Greenfield , Kellan Lutz , Shaquille O'Neal

TRIVIA:

  • A remake of the 2000 Mel Gibson movie What Women Want .
  • Directed by Adam Shankman ( Rock of Ages , Hairyspray ).
  • What Women Want was directed by a woman ( Nancy Meyers ) and What Men Want was directed by a man.

THE PRODIGY (Horror)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A mother suspects her genius son may be possessed by a supernatural force.

WHO'S IN IT? Taylor Schilling , Jackson Robert Scott

TRIVIA:

  • Taylor Schilling also stars in Orange Is the New Black .
  • The budget was $6 million.

COLD PURSUIT (Thriller)

WHAT'S IT ABOUT? A snowplow driver seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son.

WHO'S IN IT? Liam Neeson , Emmy Rossum , Laura Dern , William Forsythe

TRIVIA:

  • While promoting the movie, Liam Neeson came under fire for saying he wanted to kill a black man 40 years ago.
  • Neeson has said this will be his last action movie. He might not have a choice after his recent comments.
  • Based on the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of DisappearanceHans Petter Moland directed both movies.

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HOLLYWOOD BUZZ

* Netflix is finally attending the Oscars in a big way this year, with its critically acclaimed drama  Roma  a favorite to win the majority of its 10 nominations. A new Netflix Oscars sidebar has been rolled out on the streaming service, featuring all the Oscar-nominated movies available to stream. And that’s not just the 2019 nominees, but winners old and new, stretching back to 1942.

13th  (2016)

20 Feet From Stardom  (2013)

A War  (2015)

Amy  (2015)

Annie Hall  (1977)

As Good as It Gets  (1997)

Avengers: Infinity War  (2018)

Black Panther  (2018)

Boyhood  (2014)

Carol  (2015)

Coco  (2017)

Cool Hand Luke  (1967)

Cutie and the Boxer  (2013)

Dallas Buyers Club  (2013)

Dances with Wolves  (1990)

Doctor Zhivago  (1965)

East of Eden  (1955)

End Game  (2018)

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind  (2004)

Extremis  (2016)

Faces Places  (2017)

Finding Vivian Maier  (2013)

Fire at Sea  (2016)

Good Will Hunting  (1997)

Happy Feet  (2006)

Hell or High Water  (2016)

Her  (2013)

Heroin(e)  (2017)

Howards End  (1992)

Icarus  (2017)

Incredibles 2  (2018)

L.A. Confidential  (1997)

Last Men in Aleppo  (2017)

Lincoln  (2012)

Lion  (2016)

Milk  (2008)

Mudbound  (2017)

Mustang  (2015)

No Country for Old Men  (2007)

On Body and Soul  (2017)

Prelude to War  (1942)

Pulp Fiction  (1994)

Roma  (2018)

Room  (2015)

Schindler’s List  (1993)

Silence of the Lambs  (1991)

Silver Linings Playbook  (2012)

Solo: A Star Wars Story  (2018)

Strong Island  (2017)

The Aviator  (2004)

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs  (2018)

The Cider House Rules  (1999)

The Constant Gardener  (2005)

The Dark Knight  (2008)

The Departed  (2006)

The English Patient  (1996)

The Fighter  (2010)

The Graduate  (1967)

The King’s Speech  (2010)

The Look of Silence  (2014)

The Pianist  (2002)

The Square  (2013)

The Theory of Everything  (2014)

The White Helmets  (2016)

Undefeated  (2011)

Virunga  (2014)

West Side Story  (1961)

What Happened, Miss Simone?  (2015)

Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom  (2015)

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*FOX has renewed  The Simpsons  for a 31st and 32nd season. It's already the longest-running prime time scripted show in TV history.

*Nick Jonas will reprise his role as Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough for the sequel to  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle . Dwayne Johnson , Jack Black , Kevin Hart  and Karen Gillan are also returning.

*Edie Falco has joined the cast of James Cameron ’s upcoming Avatar sequels.says she'll play a general.

*Pre-production on the sequel to World War Z  has been shutdown after a budget for the Brad Pitt movie couldn't be reach

*In the wake of controversial comments about racial profiling, actor  Liam Neeson  scratched Friday night's appearance on  The Late Show  with  Stephen Colbert .

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MICHAEL B. JORDAN: Needed Therapy After Black Panther

Michael B. Jordan  needed therapy after making  Black Panther.

The actor says he prepared for his role as bad guy Erik Killmonger by keeping to himself. At the taping for Oprah Winfrey 's upcoming  SuperSoul Conversations special, Michael says, “I spent a lot of time alone. I figured Erik, his childhood growing up was pretty lonely. He didn’t have a lot of people he could talk to about this place called Wakanda that didn’t exist.”

He says he also tapped into the “pain and rage and all those emotions” the character represents from “being black and brown here in America.”

But after shooting ended, he had trouble reconnecting with people. He says, “Readjusting to people caring about me, getting that love that I shut out. I shut out love, I didn’t want love. I wanted to be in this lonely place as long as I could.” That's when he sought professional help.

He says the therapy sessions “helped me out a lot.”

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BRADLEY COOPER: "Embarrassed" by Best Director Oscars Snub

Many fans were angry when  Bradley Cooper didn't get a best director nomination for the Oscars -- but the star had a different reaction. 

At a taping for Oprah Winfrey 's Super Soul Conversations  TV special, Bradley says, “The first thing I felt was embarrassment, actually.”

Bradley, who made his directorial debut with A Star Is Born , did pick up a nomination for best actor. He says, "They said congratulations on these other things, but they didn't tell me the bad news. I felt embarrassed that I didn’t do my part."

The musical drama is up for eight awards, including best picture and best original song. 

Oprah's  SuperSoul Conversations  airs February 16th on OWN.

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SUSAN LUCCI: "Lucky to Be Alive" After Emergency Heart Surgery

Susan Lucci says she's "lucky to be alive" following emergency heart surgery.

The 72-year-old soap legend tells People magazine that she began feeling chest pains last fall. When she finally went to the hospital, a CT scan showed 90 percent blockage in the heart’s main artery and 70 percent blockage in another. She was rushed to the operating room and had two stents inserted into her arteries to "increase blood flow back to the heart."

Her cardiologist Holly Andersen says, “Had she gone home, that 90 percent blockage could have become 100 percent and she could have suffered a significant heart attack or even sudden death.”

Lucci is said to have no damage, and according to her surgeon, "her heart is pumping as good as when she was born.”

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