Out this week
- The Center Won’t Hold by Sleater-Kinney: Ninth album by the American rock band; follows 2015’s No Cities to Love; includes the singles ‘Hurry On Home’ and ‘Can I Go On’.
- Where’d You Go, Bernadette (starring Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Emma Nelson, Kristen Wiig) - comedy drama, based on Maria Semple’s 2012 novel; when her agoraphobic mother (Blanchett) disappears, a daughter (Nelson) tries to find out what really happened to her.
- Good Boys (starring Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon) - comedy; three sixth-graders skip school and embark on an adventure.
- The Informer (starring Joel Kinnaman, Rosamund Pike, Clive Owen, Common) - action, based on the 2009 novel Three Seconds by Roslund/Hellstrom; a reformed criminal (Kinnaman) works for crooked FBI handlers to infiltrate the mob at a maximum security prison.
- 47 Meters Down: Uncaged (starring John Sophie Nelisse, Corinne Foxx, Brianne Tju, Sistine Stallone) - horror; four teenage girls scuba diving in a ruined underwater city enter the territory of the sharks.
- Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien): Netflix should change its description of Avengers: Infinity War to: “Jewelry-obsessed man stops at nothing to decorate his glove.”
- Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane): You will never regret not participating in a Twitter mob pile-on.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren
Director: David Leitch
- Action; lawman Luke Hobbs and outcast Deckard Shaw form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain threatens the future of humanity.
- Is the ninth film in The Fast and the Furious franchise.
- Had a budget of $200 million; made approximately $198 million in its worldwide opening weekend.
- Has received mixed to negative reviews; critics found the film “overcomplicated” and “cartoonishly silly” saved only by movie star charisma.
- Score composed by Tyler Bates.
Madonna Louise Ciccone
- Born on August 16, 1958 in Bay City, Michigan.
- Studied at University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance.
- In 1981, she went solo as a pop singer and achieved 21 Top 10 hits in the US by 1991.
- Named the world’s wealthiest female musician by Forbes magazine in January 2008.
- Has sold over 300 million albums across the world.
- True Blue (1986), I’m Breathless (1990), Ray of Light (1998) and Madame X (2019) are some of her popular albums.
- Also starred in her first mainstream feature film, Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). She went on to star in Shanghai Surprise (1986), Who’s That Girl (1987), Bloodhounds of Broadway (1989) and Dick Tracy (1990).
- Co-wrote and directed Filth and Wisdom (2008) and W.E. (2011).
- Received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for Evita (1997).
- Received Brit Awards for International Female Solo Artist (2006).
- Won seven Grammys (1992, 1999, 2000, 2007, 2008).
- Was married to actor Sean Penn (1985 - 1989). Her second husband was director Guy Ritchie (2000 - 2008).
- Is a vegetarian.