WHO Chris Evans
THE MOVIE “Red Sea Diving Resort”
THE DEAL The actor best known as Captain America will play an Israeli spy in a new movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Red Sea Diving Resort” tells the story of a Mossad operation to rescue Ethiopian Jews trapped in Sudan during the late 1970s and early ’80s. The film is written and directed by Gideon Raff, creator of the Israel television show “Prisoners of War,” which became the basis for Showtime’s hit series “Homeland.”
THE MOVIE “Beauty and the Beast”
THE DEAL Disney’s live-action remake starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens will play in Malaysia despite its controversial “gay moment,” according to Deadline. In the film, the bumbling sidekick LeFou (Josh Gad) is briefly revealed to be gay. In Malaysia, where homosexuality is illegal, officials demanded that Disney edit the movie, but last week the studio refused. Monday, however, Malaysia’s largest cinema chain, Golden Screen Cinemas, tweeted that the film will be released March 30 with no cuts, though its PG rating will be upped to PG-13. “Beauty and the Beast” set the record for the biggest March opening ever last weekend with $170 million in ticket sales.
WHO Chris Messina
THE MOVIE “The Sweet Life”
THE DEAL The Northport native, recently seen in Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night,” stars in a new comedy-drama that will screen locally for one night next week. In “The Sweet Life,” Messina plays Kenny, a depressed ice-cream vendor who makes a pact with the equally morose Lolita (Abigail Spencer) to travel to San Francisco and jump off the Golden Gate Bridge. The film’s director and producer is Rob Spera. “The Sweet Life” will screen as part of a fundraiser for the Long Island Crisis Center. It will be available on demand April 11.
INFO Monday, March 27, at 6:30 p.m., Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, 1001 Broadhollow Rd. Tickets are $12; call 800-315-4000 or go to tugg.com