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Last update 12/1/23
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Actress Jennifer Tilly
Q: My husband and I have been eagerly awaiting for our “Chicago” shows to return. Is there a definitive premiere date yet? — K.H.
A: Yes, now that the strikes in Hollywood have ended, cast members have returned to their sets for filming. NBC has even started airing commercials officially announcing that “Chicago Med,” “Chicago Fire” and Chicago P.D.” will begin airing new episodes, starting at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the above order.
Also on NBC, another popular trio of shows — “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Law & Order: Organized Crime” — will debut their new seasons on Thursday, Jan. 18, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Just because these long-running series are returning in January doesn’t mean that every TV network is ready. According to Variety, “the well-established machinery of the ‘One Chicago’ and ‘Law & Order’ franchises allows them to get back into the swing of things rather quickly.”
Q: Is it true that there’s going to be another “Frozen” movie? When is it coming out? — O.P.
A: A decade after Disney’s wildly successful musical movie “Frozen” premiered in theaters, a third one is in development — and possibly a fourth. It was initially conceived as a hand-drawn animated film back in 1937 based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” before it made its way to the big screen in the 21st century.
Stars Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell had originally auditioned for “Tangled” years earlier, both going for the role that Mandy Moore eventually lent her voice to. The wait was worth it, however, because “Frozen” would become the highest-grossing animated film of its time … that is, until its sequel, “Frozen II,” surpassed it.
As for the “Frozen III” premiere date, online publications are guessing anywhere from 2024 to 2027. What matters, though, is what Disney says, and so far, an official release date hasn’t been set. However, Jennifer Lee, Disney’s animation chief creative officer, has stated that a fourth film might be necessary because “they have a lot of story to tell.”
Two recent animated Disney movies — “Elemental” and “Strange World” — didn’t fare so well at the box office, and both were each based on original ideas. So, returning to a preexisting franchise like “Frozen” will be a guaranteed home run.
Q: I occasionally see actress Jennifer Tilly on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” because she’s friends with Sutton Stracke. Is she still acting? — K.J.
A: Yes, Jennifer Tilly is still acting, and she’s also best friends with “RHOBH” cast member Sutton Stracke. She’s currently starring in the “Chucky” series streaming on Peacock. She also voices the character of Bonnie on the long-running animated series “Family Guy.” Tilly can also add being Oscar-nominated to her list of achievements for her supporting role in 1994’s “Bullets Over Broadway.”
If she has any reality show career aspirations, she hasn’t made it known, but she occasionally appears on “RHOBH” due to her friendship with Stracke. On the show, the two ladies recently greeted Stracke’s beautiful horse, Santos, whom Stracke had purchased overseas.
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- Name the last song released by Patience and Prudence.
- Who released “The More I See You” in 1966?
- Which group released “Get Back”?
- Who were the Jordanaires?
- Name the song that contains this lyric: “You’re looking kinda lonely girl, Would you like someone new to talk to?”
- “Tonight You Belong to Me,” in 1964. The two sisters did well reviving a 1927 song that has since been widely used, including in a 2018 Google commercial and an episode of “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”
- Chris Montez. The song was originally released in 1945 and has been covered by several others over the years, including Ella Fitzgerald and Andy Williams.
- The Beatles with Billy Preston on electric piano, in 1969. An edited version was used in the concert film of the same name with Paul McCartney on his 1989-1990 tour.
- The vocal quartet served as backup to Elvis Presley from 1956 to 1970 as well as backup for Patsy Cline from 1960 to 1963.
- “Sharing the Night Together,” by Dr. Hook in 1976. The song was first released by Lenny LeBlanc and others, but it was Hook’s version that rose on the charts.
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Natalie Portman, left, and Julianne Moore star in “May December.”
“Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” (PG-13) — The fifth and final installment of the adventure film franchise starring Hollywood legend Harrison Ford is officially out now on streaming! An 81-year-old Ford adopted his token fedora and bullwhip once again to play his beloved character, while the rest of the cast included Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”), Antonio Banderas (“Puss in Boots”) and Mads Mikkelsen (“Fantastic Beasts”). In this film, Indy reunites with his goddaughter, Helena (Waller-Bridge), and the duo tries to locate the Dial of Destiny before a Nazi-turned-scientist gets his hands on it. But even de-aging software, huge special effects and help with the screenplay from Waller-Bridge couldn’t save this film from bombing in the box office. (Disney+)
“The Exorcist: Believer” (R) — Here’s yet another new film from a franchise that was expected to do well but didn’t exactly hit the mark. Out now, the sixth “Exorcist” horror film follows two girls, Angela (Lidya Jewett) and Katherine (Olivia O’Neill), who go missing one day after school. Fortunately, they are found three days later and are behaving seemingly normal, amid being shaken up. But their conditions begin to worsen as both girls start to suffer from terrifying convulsions and outbursts that can’t be explained. With possession at the forefront of everyone’s mind, an exorcism for Angela and Katherine is imminent. A sequel, “The Exorcist: Deceiver,” is slated to release sometime in 2025. (Peacock)
“A Good Person” (R) — In this emotional drama directed by Zach Braff (“A Little White Lie”), Florence Pugh (“Oppenheimer”) portrays aspiring musician Allison Johnson as she prepares to wed her boyfriend, Nathan. While driving with her future brother- and sister-in-law, Allison gets momentarily distracted, leading to a car accident that kills her passengers. A year later, the life she had before is unrecognizable to the one she has now, with her engagement having ended and an addiction to pain pills ruling her life. In an attempt to get help, Allison attends an AA meeting where Nathan’s father, Daniel (Morgan Freeman), is in attendance. Through this coincidental encounter, the two form an uncanny friendship that helps push Allison closer to the recovery finish line. Out now! (Amazon Prime Video)
“May December” (R) — Starring Natalie Portman and Julianne Moore, this drama film is loosely based on the true story of an American teacher who began an affair with one of her middle-school students and ended up marrying him after serving prison time for rape. Portman portrays Elizabeth Berry, an actress desperate to play roles that err on the morally gray side, so she jumps at the chance to play the disgraced teacher, named Gracie (Moore). For research, Elizabeth travels to Georgia to meet Gracie and her young husband, Joe (Charles Melton), at their home. As Elizabeth works to uncover every facet of their relationship for her role, the emotional toll it takes on Gracie and Joe starts creating cracks in the foundation of their perverse relationship. (Netflix)
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Actor Jacob Elordi (“Priscilla” and “Saltburn”)
Pedro Pascal is arguably one of the busiest actors in Hollywood today. The 48-year-old “overnight sensation” (which only took 30 years) scored with the Max series “The Last of Us,” which begins shooting their second season early next year. Awaiting release for Pascal is “Gladiator 2” with Denzel Washington, which is scheduled for Nov. 22, 2024. He has also signed on to play Reed Richards, aka Mr. Fantastic, in Marvel’s upcoming reboot of “Fantastic Four.” The 2005 “Fantastic Four” and its 2007 sequel “Rise of the Silver Surfer” barely broke even, yet plans are afoot for another try at it with Pascal at the helm.
Then there’s his horror film “Weapons,” described by the Hollywood Reporter as an “interrelated, multistory horror epic that tonally is in the vein of ‘Magnolia.'” On top of that, he has Ethan Coen’s “Drive-Away Dolls,” which Coen wrote, produced and directed. It co-stars Margaret Qualley, daughter of Andie MacDowell.
Also upcoming for Pascal is “Freaky Tales” with Ben Mendelsohn and Netflix’s “The Uninvited,” which follows a stranger who crashes a party and sparks a comedy of errors and a reordering of life. In addition, he’s set to star in “My Dentist’s Murder Trial,” an HBO true-crime series about a dentist charged with poisoning his close friend. Small wonder why he bowed out of the fourth season of “The Mandalorian.”
Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the Academy Awards in 2017, 2018 and 2023, has signed on to host his fourth Oscars, which will premiere on Sunday, March 10, 2024.
Christopher Nolan, director of the $951-million-grossing film “Oppenheimer,” revealed that he decided to make the film after being gifted with a copy of the Pulitzer-Prize-winning book “American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.” The gesture came from his “Tenet” star Robert Pattinson during the wrap party of their 2020 film.
Oscar-winning documentary director Jessica Yu, 57, is making a feature-length documentary exploring the origins of the 71-year-old Mad magazine. “What, me worry?”
In addition to “Priscilla” and the recently released “Saltburn,” with Rosamund Pike and Carey Mulligan, Jacob Elordi is currently shooting Paul Schrader’s “Oh, Canada” and will soon be shooting season three of “Euphoria.” But when asked to read for Superman, he said, “No, thank you! That’s too dark for me.” He wouldn’t even entertain becoming the next Superman. (The role went to David Corenwet.)
Elordi admitted, “I don’t see myself having any interest in that. I like to make what I would watch, and I get very restless watching those movies. And then I’m supposed to finish it with: ‘Never say never!'”
When asked about his highly rated Netflix trilogy, “The Kissing Booth,” he explains, “I didn’t want to make those movies. Those movies are ridiculous. They’re not universal. They’re an escape.” All I can say is call me ridiculous because I loved all three films!
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- Who succeeded Larry O’Brien as commissioner of the NBA in 1984?
- What LPGA Tour golfer, nicknamed “Bam-Bam” for her long tee shots, won majors at the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship and the 2015 ANA Inspiration?
- Manager Bob Lemon led the New York Yankees to a World Series title in 1978 after being fired in the middle of that season by what team?
- Name the race car driver, the 1986 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, who was convicted in the late 1980s for importing and distributing over 300 tons of marijuana?
- In a November 2007 game, what two quarterbacks had a combined age of 82, making them the oldest starting duo in NFL history?
- Italian boxer Primo “The Ambling Alp” Carnera holds the heavyweight record for career fights won by knockout with how many?
- What cast member of the TV sitcom “Friends” was a nationally ranked junior tennis player in Canada?
- David Stern.
- Brittany Lincicome.
- The Chicago White Sox.
- Randy Lanier.
- Vinny Testaverde (44) and Brett Favre (38).
- Matthew Perry.
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- Water itself does not conduct electricity well, but the impurities found in water do.
- When Ethiopian emperor Menelik II didn’t feel well, he would eat a few pages of the Bible. While this curious habit didn’t do him any harm as long as his consumption was limited, in 1913, feeling particularly ill after a stroke, he ordered an entire Old Testament book of Kings to be fed to him, a page at a time, but died before he could complete it.
- Humans can live unprotected in space for about 30 seconds if they don’t hold their breath.
- Two actors have died while playing Judas Iscariot in live productions of the biblical story by accidentally hanging themselves for real during his death scene.
- Ever find yourself getting a little sleepy during a virtual meeting? Contrary to popular belief, researchers have determined that the cause isn’t information overload, but mental underload and boredom. (Frankly, we’re not too surprised!)
- A 1999 study found that a single square kilometer (247 acres) of the Amazon rainforest can contain about 90,790 tons of living plants.
- As editors around the globe already know, hearing grammatical errors can cause physical stress.
- Following a nationwide legal battle (and graceful concession from Gregory’s Restaurant and Bar in New Jersey), Taco Bell successfully ensured that the term “Taco Tuesday” can be used freely throughout all 50 states.
- If Earth’s history was condensed into a 24-hour span, life would have appeared at 4 a.m., land plants at 10:24 p.m., dinosaur extinction at 11:41 p.m., and human history would have begun at 11:58:43 p.m.
Thought for the Day: “If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
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- MOVIES: Which Disney animated movie features the song “Whistle While You Work”?
- GEOGRAPHY: Which two oceans are on Russia’s shores?
- PSYCHOLOGY: What is the fear represented in the condition called euphobia?
- TELEVISION: What is “The Simpsons” home address?
- GAMES: How many dimples are on a golf ball?
- ASTRONOMY: Earth’s place in the solar system is how many planets from the Sun?
- LANGUAGE: What is the only country in South America whose official language is Dutch?
- FOOD & DRINK: What is a sweetbread?
- LITERATURE: In which century was “The Canterbury Tales” written?
- SCIENCE: Who is considered the father of modern astronomy?
- “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
- Arctic and Pacific.
- Fear of good news.
- 742 Evergreen Terrace.
- Generally between 300-500.
- Internal organs of a young animal.
- Late 14th century.
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