Here’s a look at what our local stars are up to, a recap of the shows this weekend and a look ahead at who’s in town in the coming days.
▪ Jennifer Lawrence told Chelsea Handler last week that Kansas City’s Paul Rudd made her feel like she was part of Hollywood.
“When did you feel in your career you had achieved what you set out to do?” Handler asked.
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“When Paul Rudd told me that he thought we would always be friends,” she said. “Because I’ve always looked at Paul Rudd and thought that we would be friends.”
A clip of the show is below. The full episode is on Netflix.
▪ CBS will debut “Superior Donuts” on Feb. 2, according to the Wrap. Important locally because Tipton, Mo., native and Big Slick squad member David Koechner is in the cast. The series, based on the play by Tracy Letts ( “August: Osage County,” “Killer Joe”), stars Judd Hirsch as a grumpy old owner of a mom-and-pop donut shop in Chicago.
▪ KC’s Janelle Monae gave former astronaut John Glenn respect last week during the New York premiere of “Hidden Figures,” about three African-American mathematicians who worked for NASA during the 1960s.
“He’s a hero,” Monae said. “John Glenn was always on the right side of history. During a time when these women, because of their gender and the color of their skin, were often times treated like second-class citizens, he extended his hand out, and he trusted women, and women of color, with his life.”
Glenn, a former Democratic U.S. Senator, died earlier this month at the age of 95.
▪ “Empire” producer Sanaa Hamri told TVLine that Andre, played by Kansas City’s Trai Byers, will become by far the most dangerous character on the show in the second half of the season.
“He is going to kill his father -- that's his goal,” she said. “He wants to kill his father. That's what he's going to try to do for the second half of the season. Will he be able to do it? I don't know. He may, he may not.”
The full interview is here.
▪ Olivia Wilde, who’s engaged to KC’s Jason Sudeikis, Instagrammed a holiday photo out to followers last week with a stand-in for baby Olivia.
“Happy Holidays from our family to yours,” Wilde captioned the image. “Big thanks to Chance for standing in for baby Daisy, who just REFUSED to leave her dressing room for the photo.”
“Chance” being Chance the Rapper, naturally.
▪ It may have been the most random cameo of the weekend, but the Kansas State Wildcats football team, circa 2012, showed up in YouTube clips on Netflix’s new series “The OA.”
In the first episode of the series, Brit Marling plays a blind woman who has been missing for several years, but returns, perhaps from the dead, with her sight intact. She’s searching online for an acquainance named Homer, who was injured in a football game.
The footage they show is of Bill Snyder’s K-State football team from the time Heisman candidate Collin Klein was leading the team at QB. The series only gets weirder from there.
▪ The Star’s movie and theater correspondent Robert W. Butler says the New Theatre’s “The Fabulous Lipitones,” starring George Wendt of “Cheers” is “such a lightweight affair that it threatens to evaporate under the heat of the stage lights.” Read the full review here. through Feb. 12. See newtheatre.com or call 913-649-7469 for tickets.
▪ The Star’s music writer Timothy Finn said the Third Eye Blind that showed up Friday at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland was “a tight, well-oiled ensemble, one that stands back and with little flash or flair lets frtonman Stephan Jenkins soak up most of the spotlight.” The full review is here.
▪ Also over the weekend, we had a profile of Quality Hill Playhouse performer Cary Mock, who continues to fight back from cancer. His story is here.
On the way
▪ Singer/songwriter Danny McGaw performs at O’Dowds Little Dublin on Thursday. The show is free. More info at odowdslittledublin.com. McGaw performs “Sweet Carolina” in the clip above.
▪ Drowning Pool performs Thursday at Aftershock. Tickets are $24 in advance through aftershockshows.com.
▪ Lawrence funk band the Floozies performs Friday at the Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. Tickets are $20 in advance through midlandkc.com.
▪ Dusty Rust and Tyler Giles are among the artists performing a Gene Autry-style Christmas special at Westport Saloon on Friday. All proceeds wil benefit Midwest Music Foundation. The performance is free. More info at westportsaloon.com.
▪ Members of the Architects, the Get Up Kids and Hembree are among musicians in Summer Breeze’s “An Evening of the Early Music of Elton John,” Friday at Kanza Hall. Proceeds go to Steps of Faith, “a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing care and financial support to amputees in need.” Tickets are $20 in advance through oneblocksouthkc.com.
This week’s movies
▪ Opening Wednesday: “Passengers”; “Sing”; “Jackie”; “Assassins Creed.”
▪ Opening Friday: “Why Him?”
▪ Opening Christmas Day: “Fences”; “Lion.”
▪ On video: “The Magnificent Seven”; “Sully”; “Storks”; “Goat”; “31”; “Doctor Who: Series 8, Part 2.”