Out this week
- Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande: Fifth album by the American singer; follows last year’s Sweetener (2018); includes the singles ‘Thank U, Next’ and ‘7 Rings’.
- The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (with the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett, Tiffany Haddish) – animation,
sequel to The Lego Movie (2014); Duplo invaders from outer space wreak havoc, turning Bricksburg into a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
- What Men Want (starring Taraji P. Henson, Tracy Morgan, Max Greenfield, Aldis Hodge, Wendi McLendon-Covey) – comedy, loose remake of What Women Want (2000); a female sports agent (Henson) gains the ability to hear men’s inner thoughts.
- Cold Pursuit (starring Liam Neeson, Laura Dern, Emmy Rossum, Tom Bateman) – action, remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance; a snowplow driver (Neeson) seeks revenge against the drug dealers he thinks killed his son.
- The Prodigy (starring Taylor Schilling, Jackson Robert Scott, Colm Feore) – horror; a child’s (Scott) disturbing behaviour forces his parents to investigate whether supernatural forces are involved.
- Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan): There is such power in energy, in every word we speak, every action, every prayer. I wish I could remember that everyday, but since I’m feeling insanely grateful today - here is a flying kiss to the universe and to all of you x
- Humaima Malick (@HumaimaMalick): Rohi Bano - the one I always wanted to meet, watching her dramas and admiring her acting was all that I wanted. She will be missed. I wish I had met you. … Rohi Bano, you were a painful story.
Cecily Legler Strong
- Born on 8th February 1984 in Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
- Parents are divorced.
- Was a huge fan of Saturday Night Live as a child.
- Studied acting, graduating from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2006 with a BFA in theatre.
- Subsequently studied at the Second City Conservatory and iO Chicago.
- Performed at comedy festivals and with an improve group.
- Has been a regular on Saturday Night Live since joining the show in 2012.
- Has also appeared in films including The Boss (2016), Ghostbusters (2016), and The Female Brain (2018).
Cast: Kevin Hart, Bryan Cranston, Nicole Kidman, Golshifteh Farahani, Aja Naomi King, Julianna Margulies
Director: Neil Burger
Tagline: Based on a true story.
- Comedy drama; a paralyzed billionaire (Cranston) strikes up an unlikely friendship with a recently paroled convict (Hart) whom he hires to take care of him.
- Is a remake of the French film The Intouchables (2011), which was inspired by the life of Corsican French businessman Philippe Pozzo di Borgo
- Was first announced in 2011. Numerous actors – including Chris Rock, Idris Elba, Colin Firth, and Jessica Chastain – were rumoured to star.
- Was originally to be distributed by The Weinstein Company but was shelved and then sold off following the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse allegations.
- Had a budget of $37.5 million; has made around $82 million.
- Has received mixed reviews; Hart and Cranston’s acting and chemistry have been praised but the plot has been described as predictable and unoriginal.
- Score composed by Rob Simonsen.