Henry Cavill at the 88th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, USA on February 28, 2016.
HOLLYWOOD — Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken two years and the pandemic to plan his next move. His last film, “Terminator: Dark Fate” (2019), cost $190 million and earned only $261 million. With no bids for his movie services, he’s chosen to finally accept Netflix’s offer to do a series for it. Arnold signed to star in an untitled, global spy adventure about a father and daughter who’ve secretly kept from each other that they work for the CIA, and they only learn this when they’re forced to team up to fight a common foe.
Also on the comeback trail is 29-year-old Taylor Lautner. At 13, he scored big as Sharkboy in “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl” (2005). In 2008, at age 16, he began starring as Jacob Black in “The Twilight” saga, which stretched into five films over five years. In 2013, he starred in Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups 2,” which grossed $247 million because of Sandler’s following. But when he top-lined “Tracers” (2015), it barely managed to gross $19 million. In 2015, at 22, he worked with Sandler again in the Western comedy “The Ridiculous 6,” which managed to gross $60 million (low for a Sandler film). In 2016, Lautner co-starred with Constance Zimmer in “Ride the Tide,” which did poorly.
Netflix is gambling he’ll do well paired with Kevin James, Rob Schneider and Gary Valentine in “Home Team,” in which Kevin James plays a football coach inspired by New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton.
Netflix feels “Enola Holmes” (seen in 76 million homes in the first month of release) deserves a sequel, but how can they make people stand up and take notice? They came up with the idea of Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill, aka “Superman”) coming out as being bisexual. That’s the word from insiders at Netflix. Millie Bobby Brown, 17, who plays Enola, Sherlock’s sister, scored big as the star of “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which grossed $427 million.
Cavill recently played Superman in “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” which pulled in $70 million (big during the pandemic). He also got the green light from Netflix to star again as “The Witcher,” which had eight episodes its first season and was renewed for another eight episodes for season two, available for streaming later this year.
Is Ellen DeGeneres’ withdrawal from her daily talk show after 19 seasons a signal that the face of daytime television is changing? The network says it isn’t looking for another talk show to replace hers and may go in a totally different direction. Also, rumors abound that Pat Sajak may well retire from “Wheel of Fortune” (after 40 years) at the end of this year. Stay tuned as the wheel of syndicated shows turns!
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