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Janelle Monae’s NASA biopic ‘Hidden Figures’ might be an Oscar contender

Monae blasts off

The love on social media skyrocketed this week when the trailer to “Hidden Figures” debuted during the Olympics. Then a test screening audience gave scores into the stratosphere. So now 20th Century Fox is preparing a big Oscar campaign for this Space Age biopic, starting with next month’s Toronto International Film Festival, says Deadline Hollywood. Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and KCK’s own Janelle Monae star as the black female number crunchers who were the unsung heroes behind the early NASA space launches. Kirsten Dunst, Kevin Costner and Jim Parsons co-star, and Theodore Melfi (“St. Vincent”) directs. The movie’s big launch is Jan. 13 — Martin Luther King Jr. weekend — but it will open in a handful of cities in December to be eligible for the Academy Awards.

“A Star” is Gaga

Lady Gaga sings about “Bad Romance” and “Applause.” Now she’ll get to act that out in a remake of “A Star Is Born,” with Bradley Cooper as her co-star and director.

The singer has already demonstrated her acting talents, winning a Golden Globe for her role as a bloodthirsty countess on TV’s “American Horror Story.” She’ll write and perform new songs for the movie, about a rising performer whose lover’s career is headed the other way. Really this should be called “A Star Is Born Again”: Previous versions starred Janet Gaynor and Fredric March (1937), Judy Garland and James Mason (1954) and Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson (1976).

Man in black

If you still haven’t seen “Batman v Superman” from March, spoiler ahead. OK, everyone knows there’s no way Superman will stay dead, even though he’s lying in a coffin at the end of that movie as well as in this month’s “Suicide Squad.” Now star Henry Cavill confirms as much with a close-up shot on Instagram. It’s just got to be something straight out of DC comics, an all-black Kryptonian suit, which fans are expecting a revived Superman to wear in “Justice League,” due in November 2017.



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