Hot in Hollywood: Sinbad Recovering From A Stroke, Home Alone Director Not Happy About Disney+ Reboot, Joaquin Phoenix Wants Big Bucks for ‘Joker 2’

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  • Actor and comedian Sinbad is on the mend after suffering from a recent stroke. The actor is known for his role in the early ’90s Cosby Show spin-off series A Different World, where he played guest star-turned-permanent cast member Coach Walter Oakes alongside Lisa Bonet and Marisa Tomei, among others; as well as The Sinbad Show, where he portrayed a bachelor who takes in two orphaned children.
  • “The Good Doctor” star Richard Schiff, who tweeted last week that he and his wife had tested positive for coronavirus, followed up Monday by reporting that he’s in the hospital being treated for COVID-19. In a tweet thanking people for “love and support,” “The West Wing” alum said he’s taking remdesivir and steroids, both treatments for the viral illness, and is receiving oxygen. He offers a hopeful prognosis, saying that he’s “showing some improvement every day.” Schiff’s wife, actress and “Good Doctor” co-star Sheila Kelley, “Is home and doing better but still fairly ill,” wrote the actor, who revealed in his earlier tweet that he learned of his positive diagnosis on Election Day.

  • Earlier this month Taylor Swift fans celebrated the fact that she’s now legally free to re-record her old albums — something she said last year that she intended to do. Well, she might want to get to it. Variety reports music manager Scooter Braun has sold the master rights to Taylor’s first six albums to an investment fund. He first purchased the masters — as well as Taylor’s former record label, Big Machine — 17 months ago for a little more than $300 million. At the time, a furious Taylor said the sale took place without her knowledge and claimed she hadn’t been offered the chance to buy the masters herself outright. Taylor also said at the time that she planned to re-record her catalog in order to ensure that the new recordings — and not the old ones owned by Braun — would be the ones that are streamed by fans and used in ads, TV shows and movies.  In this way, Taylor hoped to rob Braun of any income he planned to make from her old songs. Taylor’s decision was partly driven by the fact that she considers Braun an enemy. Swift wrote on Monday that she was never even given a chance to buy her masters back: “I would have to sign a document that would silence me forever before I could even have a chance to bid on my own work. My legal team said that this is absolutely NOT normal, and they’ve never seen an NDA like this presented unless it was to silence an assault accuser by paying them off. He would never even quote my team a price. These master recordings were not for sale to me.” She said that she was only made aware of Braun selling her masters after she received a letter from a private equity company, Shamrock Holdings, letting her know they had purchased her music, videos and album art.
  • Chris Columbus, who directed the Christmas classics Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has some choice words for where Disney can leave the change, you filthy animal. The director is not happy about the Home Alone reboot in the works at Disney+, which is set to star Jojo Rabbit scene-stealer Archie Yates. While on the press circuit for his latest holiday movie, The Christmas Chronicles 2, the topic of Home Alone came up. But in his interview, Columbus had less than sweet things to say about the Disney+ reboot, which he revealed he wasn’t even consulted on. Columbus said: “What’s the point? I’m a firm believer that you don’t remake films that have had the longevity of Home Alone. You’re not going to create lightning in a bottle again. It’s just not going to happen. So why do it? It’s like doing a paint-by-numbers version of a Disney animated film — a live-action version of that. What’s the point? It’s been done. Do your own thing. Even if you fail miserably, at least you have come up with something original.”
  • While there have been constant rumors about a sequel to the blockbuster Joaquin Phoenix film Joker, nothing has been announced. However, a source claims Phoenix is willing to come back for at least $50 million for a part two and part three. Joker was released in early October of last year and made just over $1 billion globally.
  • Not content with being one of the most recognizable, popular and highest-paid movie stars in the world, Ryan Reynolds continues to grow his rapidly expanding business empire. The head honcho of the Maximum Effort ad agency, part owner of Mint Mobile and still co-owner of Aviation Gin has now completed his takeover of soccer team Wrexham A.F.C. Reynolds recently partnered up with It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creator and star Rob McElhenney to put together a pitch to convince shareholders to sell up to the star-studded duo. Wrexham, which is based in Wales, had been owned by fans since 2011, meaning that the decision to sell was entirely up to them — and they voted overwhelmingly in favor of handing control to the duo.