HOLLYWOOD — Keanu Reeves, 50, isn’t slowing down a bit. Despite “47 Ronin” (which cost $175 million and only made $151 million), his recent “John Wick” fared better (costing $25 million, taking in $40 million). He completed “The Whole Truth” with Renee Zellweger and Jim Belushi, due out in 2015, and the Belgium thriller “Knock, Knock,” which Eli Roth directed, for October release. Now he’s returning to the sci-fi genre in “Replicas,” about a man who will stop at nothing to bring his family back from the dead.
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The “Frozen” phenomenon continues. The film made $1.27 billion at the box office, the Blu-Ray combo sold 8 million copies worldwide and the CD sold 3 million copies. Now most major outlets are selling Elsa/Anna dresses, designed to look like those worn in the film, with prices ranging from $13 to $124. The demand has been so great, some are being sold on eBay for as much as $1,000.
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The holidays are upon us. To make your shopping easier we suggest some duets that are sure to please. First, Barbra Streisand’s new CD, “Partners,” by far the best she’s done in years. Barbra sings duets with 12 popular male singers. Among the favorites are “It had To Be You”(Michael Buble), “People” (Stevie Wonder), “New York State of Mind” (Billy Joel), “How Deep Is the Ocean” (with her son, Jason Gould), “Somewhere” (Josh Groban) and “Love Me Tender” (Elvis Presley). Next, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga take on “Anything Goes,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Nature Boy” and “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” among others. And finally, Barry Manilow’s “My Dream Duets,” for which Manilow took only the vocals and rearranged and re-orchestrated the songs to perfection. He duets on “The Songs Gotta Come from the Heart” (Jimmy Durante), “Dream a Little Dream of Me” (Mama Cass), “I Believe in You and Me” (Whitney Houston), “Sunshine on My Shoulders” (John Denver), “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” (Judy Garland), “Moon River” (Andy Williams), “The Look of Love” (Dusty Springfield), “The Candyman” (Sammy Davis, Jr.), “I Want to Be Loved by You” (Marilyn Monroe) and “What a Wonderful World” (Louis Armstrong).
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Steve Soifer, CEO of The International Paruresis Association, wants DirecTV to stop running the Rob Lowe ads where his meeker self professes to be a shy-bladder sufferer. DirecTV’s representative Darris Gringeri claims, “The ads will continue to run for the vast majority of viewers who told us they enjoy the spots and understand that like all our commercials, they take place in a fantasy world and are not based in reality.” Whoever thought “pee-shy” people would form an association with each other!
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