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Zoe Saldana (above) plays the legendary soul singer Nina Simone in decline.
Zoe Saldana (above) plays the legendary soul singer Nina Simone in decline.PHOTO: YOUTUBE

NINA

Is this really Zoe Saldana, the kickbutt chick from Guardians Of The Galaxy? Can it really be the same actress playing legendary American soul singer Nina Simone in decline? The make-up and physical transformation are so good, but that is partly why some folks in America are riled up over her casting.

She is Hispanic-African instead of African-American and, apparently, had to darken her skin for the role.

Anyway, this dramatic clip shows Nina is a right old mess as she hires a younger hospital orderly (Selma's David Oyelowo) to look after her and get her ready for her comeback.

Oyelowo, looking like a kid here, is older than Saldana in real life. "My mother used to listen to you," he tells her.

Incredible. My own mum just demanded I get that make-up person's number.



(Above, from left)  Kristen Wiig,Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and LeslieJones. PHOTO: YOUTUBE

GHOSTBUSTERS

Is it just me or does this Ghostbusters reboot look lame and same?

It just looks like they have exchanged four men (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson) for four women (above, from left, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Melissa McCarthy and Leslie Jones).

The scenes look the same, the goofy plot seems the same, the music's the same and even the green-slime spooks are recycled as though CGI has not progressed in the 32 years since 1984's beloved, original Ghostbusters.

I am all for the gender-reversal girl-power revolution, the way I would vote for Melania Trump over Donald.

But this trailer feels very Bizarro-world to me, especially when Chris Hemsworth shows up as the girls' receptionist, which seems way too predictable.

Tay Yek Keak

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2016, with the headline 'Hot Trailers'. Print Edition | Subscribe