Wilde for “Tron”
Olivia Wilde is on board for a “Tron” sequel, alongside co-star Garrett Hedlund, says The Hollywood Reporter. When last we saw them in 2010’s “Tron: Legacy,” her character, Quorra, an algorithm in the flesh (yeah, we don’t get how that works either), joined hero Sam in escaping the Grid and entering our reality. The sequel is rumored to be titled “Tron: Ascension,” and shooting should begin this fall in Vancouver. Before all of that, though, Wilde and fiance Jason Sudeikis will celebrate the first birthday of their son, Otis, on April 20.
So maybe you didn’t like Oscar’s big nominees this year. Would you prefer “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Neighbors”? Those are the movies with the most nominations (seven each) for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. Comedian Amy Schumer will host the live broadcast at 7 p.m. Sunday. In addition to your typical picture/actor/actress categories, MTV also serves up best shirtless performance (our prediction: Zac Efron), best kiss and best fight. Vote for your favorites at mtv.com. We already know three of the winners: Shailene Woodley gets the Trailblazer Award, Kevin Hart the Comedic Genius Award and Robert Downey Jr. the Generation Award.
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“Grace of Monaco” seemed to have a royal pedigree: Nicole Kidman playing the starlet-turned-princess Grace Kelly, plus a premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. But then critics skewered it (9 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), and the royal family called it “a farce.” The biopic was never released in U.S. theaters. But now, says Variety, the movie is finally getting an unlikely home: on the Lifetime channel, airing at 7 p.m. May 25. Appropriately, that’s Memorial Day.
Here are two opportunities for butt-numbing, nerd-tastic glory:
▪ All six of the “Star Wars” movies will be available for digital HD download for the first time starting Friday from iTunes, Amazon and other sources. Bonus material includes never-before-released conversations among the movies’ artists, deleted scenes and featurettes. It’s all to feed the hype for No. 7, “The Force Awakens,” coming Dec. 18.
▪ All 11 Marvel Entertainment movies, from “Iron Man” to “Guardians of the Galaxy,” will be shown back-to-back in a marathon leading up to the May 1 opening of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” It starts at 6 p.m. April 29 at AMC Studio 30 in Olathe and ends with an early screening of “Ultron” at 7 the next night. See amctheatres.com.
Meet the filmmaker
The documentary “The Wrecking Crew” takes its name from the legendary studio musicians behind some of the biggest hits of the 1960s and ’70s: “Up, Up and Away,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Mrs. Robinson,” etc.
Filmmaker Denny Tedesco, son of the late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco, will introduce a special screening of the film at 7:15 p.m. Friday at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport, with a Q&A after the show. His movie includes interviews with the likes of Glen Campbell, Brian Wilson, Cher and Nancy Sinatra. Tickets are available at tivolikc.com and at the box office. The film will open for a regular run on April 24.
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