Hollywood Quick Hits

 

They’re doing a reboot of the "Naked Gun" franchise … and it’s going to star ED HELMS as Lieutenant Frank Drebin, who was BRILLIANTLY portrayed by LESLIE NIELSEN in the '80s and '90s. 

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” earned $73.7 million to easily top the weekend box office.  That's a lot for a movie with such a long run-time, but still less than the $85 million opening of the first movie.  Disney's animated “Frozen” drops a notch to second. “Tyler Perry's a Madea Christmas” was third this weekend.

Legendary actor PETER O'TOOLE died Saturday after a "long illness".  He was 81.  His films include "Lawrence of Arabia", "Becket""The Lion in Winter" and "My Favorite Year".  He held the record for most Oscar nominations without a win, with EIGHT.  He was given an HONORARY Oscar in 2003. 

Family and close friends attended a private memorial for PAUL WALKER at Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles on Saturday.  A second service is being planned for "Fast & Furious" cast and crew.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN filed for divorce Friday from LAMAR ODOM, citing irreconcilable differences.  A source says, quote, "Lamar expected this.  He's fine with it.  He just wants it over swiftly and smoothly now.  He's had time to come to terms with it . . . He just wants to move on with his life now."  

 "Saturday Night Live" boss LORNE MICHAELS says they're planning to add a black female cast member by NEXT MONTH.  There's no word yet on who it'll be.

CBS is developing a new "Odd Couple" TV show, starring MATTHEW PERRY.  He's playing Oscar Madison.  That's the role JACK KLUGMAN played on the '70s show, and WALTER MATTHAU played in the 1968 movie.

 

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