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Female-led ‘Ocean’s Eight’: Because you need fewer women to get the job done

Anne Hathaway (from left), Rihanna and Sandra Bullock are among the big-name stars teaming up for “Ocean’s Eight.”
Anne Hathaway (from left), Rihanna and Sandra Bullock are among the big-name stars teaming up for “Ocean’s Eight.”

8 is enough

It took 11 men to pull off the heist in “Ocean’s Eleven.” With all women, it will take only eight. Filming will start in October for a female-driven “Ocean’s Eight,” not a remake of the George Clooney capers (nor Frank Sinatra’s original), more of a spinoff. And the cast is first-class. Sandra Bullock will play Clooney’s ex-con sister, with Cate Blanchett as her able assistant. Deadline Hollywood reports that deals are close with Anne Hathaway, Rihanna, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling and rapper Awkwafina. Still waiting to hear who’s the eighth thief. They’ll team up for a jewel heist at New York’s glitzy Met Gala.

7 isn’t enough

Director Antoine Fuqua is already remaking “The Magnificent Seven,” opening Sept. 23 and starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, among others. Now he’s in talks to remake another Hollywood classic, “Scarface,” reports The Wrap. Al Pacino and his “little friend” famously starred in Brian De Palma’s 1983 version, set in Miami’s drug world. But don’t forget that that movie was a remake of Paul Muni’s 1932 “Scarface,” set in Chicago. The new one moves to Los Angeles.

The top 10

Audiences love animation and comic-book films, and it shows. Every movie in the top 10 for 2016 so far is either animated or almost entirely CGI, or a superhero flick, notes the Washington Post. They are (according to boxofficemojo.com):

1. “Finding Dory”

2. “Captain America: Civil War”

3. “Deadpool”

4. “The Jungle Book”

5. “Zootopia”

6. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”

7. “The Secret Life of Pets”

8. “X-Men: Apocalypse”

9. “Kung Fu Panda 3

10. “Suicide Squad”

How’d that happen? Well, most are franchises, an easier sell. There are plenty of lovable animals. And all got huge marketing blitzes from their studios. The only thing more powerful? Probably the next “Star Wars” entry, coming in December.

Sharon Hoffmann: 816-234-4457, @Sharonakc

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