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'Glass' Ready to Crack Open a $50+ Million Holiday Debut

'Glass' Ready to Crack Open a $50+ Million Holiday Debut
After just two weeks, 2019 has already had some notable highlights, including the surprise $20 million debut of The Upside last weekend while WB's Aquaman became the first film in the DC Extended Universe to top $1 billion at the global box office. Now, this weekend is looking to M. Night Shyamalan's Glass to deliver the second largest January and Martin Luther King Jr. openings ever behind only American Sniper. Universal's release of Glass is the highly anticipated third film in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable franchise, following the runaway success of 2017's Split, which opened with a massive $40 million en route to a $138.3 million domestic run and nearly $280 million globally. The film brings together stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy, and is set to open in 3,841 locations with the studio anticipating a $50 million opening over the film's first four days. Based on the information we're looking at
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J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic With Nicholas Hoult Gets Summer 2019 Release Date

J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic With Nicholas Hoult Gets Summer 2019 Release Date
Fox Searchlight has set a summer release date for “Tolkien,” the biopic on “The Lord of the Rings” author J.R.R. Tolkien.

The film starring Nicholas Hoult as the fantasy author will open on May 10, 2019.

Directed by Dome Karukoski, “Tolkien” explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “Fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novel.

Also Read: New Jrr Tolkien Story Hits Shelves a Century After It Was Written

The full cast has also been revealed, including Lily Collins, Colm Meaney, Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson, Tom Glynn-Carney, Craig Roberts, Laura Donnelly, Genevieve O’Reilly, Pam Ferris and Derek Jacobi.

David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford wrote the screenplay. Peter Chernin is producing on
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Director Paul King Has Departed Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio,’ Leaving The Future Of The Film In Doubt

Director Paul King Has Departed Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio,’ Leaving The Future Of The Film In Doubt
Yesterday, we reported that Disney is moving forward with yet another live-action remake of a classic animated film. This time, the studio is tackling “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” However, it doesn’t appear that the Mouse House is as much of a remake-machine as we first thought. According to a person working on the live-action “Pinocchio,” that live-action adaptation seems to have hit a major, major speed bump.

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Neil Burger to Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ at AGC Studios

Neil Burger to Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ at AGC Studios
Neil Burger, the director of this month’s “The Upside” and “Divergent,” will move back to young adult sci-fi for his next feature film.

AGC Studios will fully finance and co-produce the thriller “Voyagers” for Burger to direct, the company’s chairman and CEO Stuart Ford announced Thursday.

Burger will direct from his own original screenplay, and he’ll also produce under his Nota Bene Productions banner. Basil Iwanyk and Brendon Boyea will produce via Thunder Road Films. Ford and Agc’s Head of Film Greg Shapiro are onboard as executive producers. “Voyagers” begins production this spring and is actively casting its key roles.

“Voyagers” focuses on 30 children sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. After the adult captain of the mission is mysteriously killed,
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Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Monopoly’ Movie for Lionsgate, Hasbro
Kevin Hart isn’t hosting the Oscars, but he will be putting on a top hat and tuxedo very soon.

Hart is in final negotiations to star in Lionsgate’s and Hasbro’s movie based on the board game “Monopoly,” and Tim Story, Hart’s longtime collaborator on “Ride Along” and other stand-up specials, is in final negotiations to direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Hart will also produce through his HartBeat Productions label. HartBeat’s John Cheng will also produce and HartBeat’s Carli Haney will oversee with John Cheng. Story will produce as well through his The Story Company banner. Sharla Sumpter Bridgett, President of The Story Company, will also produce.

The logline is under wraps, but the film is inspired by Hasbro’s popular board game franchise. Hasbro
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Film Review: ‘Pledge’

“Privilege comes with sacrifice” says one character to another in “Pledge” — exactly the kind of noble sentiment authority figures always voice to hush the protests of those about to be sacrificed. This third feature for director Daniel Robbins is no delicate flower of cinematic art, but a lean and mean shocker that tells its tale of collegiate hazing run amuck with brute efficiency. IFC Midnight gave the quasi-horror meller a limited theatrical run simultaneous with its VOD launch on Jan. 11.

It’s Rush Week, and freshmen David (screenwriter Zachary Weiner), Ethan (Philip Andre Botello), and Justin (Zachary Byrd) are hot to pledge up and party down. Well, really it’s just one of them who’s dead set on both activities: Black, bespectacled nerd Ethan and plus-sized nerd Justin understand they are probably not at the top of any fraternity’s wish list. They’d be happy to get drunk in peaceful social isolation,
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John Lithgow-Blythe Danner’s ‘Tomorrow Man’ Bought Ahead of Sundance Premiere

John Lithgow-Blythe Danner’s ‘Tomorrow Man’ Bought Ahead of Sundance Premiere
In one of the first deals for the upcoming Sundance Film Festival, Bleecker Street has acquired North American rights to the John Lithgow-Blythe Danner romance “The Tomorrow Man.”

The movie will hold its world premiere at the fest, which opens on Jan. 24 in Park City, Utah. The distributor is planning a May 17 release.

The Tomorrow Man” is written and directed by Noble Jones and produced by Luke Rivett, Nicolaas Bertelsen, James Schamus, and Tony Lipp. It also stars Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher, and Eve Harlow.

Lithgow will portray a man in a small town who dedicates his life to preparing for a disaster that may never come, while Danner’s character spends her time shopping for things she may never use.

“Noble Jones has created a uniquely charming love story between master actors John Lithgow and Blythe Danner,” Bleecker Street CEO Andrew Karpen said. “I’m
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Critically-Acclaimed ‘The Kominsky Method’ Gets Season 2 Renewal at Netflix

If you’ve been paying attention to the awards circuit over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed that one Netflix show keeps popping up again and again: The Kominsky Method, which stars Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin. The series hails from creator Chuck Lorre, the guy behind Two and a Half Men and The Big […]

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Netflix Claims 40 Million Households Watched ‘You,’ Is Still Vague on What That Actually Means

As a great Greek thinker once mused, “If I hover my mouse over an icon for a Netflix show and it starts auto-playing in my browser, have I really watched it?” As part of its quarterly earnings report, the streaming giant declared that 40 million households had viewed “You,” the Penn Badgley-led series that premiered on Lifetime last summer before finding a new home at Netflix. With Season 2 of the series still on the way, those numbers represent the total from the series’ first four weeks of availability on the platform.

That figure is similar to the one provided for “Bird Box,” the film that in addition to spawning a rash of blindfolded antics across the globe, also drew eyeballs from 45 million subscribers. That number, first sent out in a tweet, was eventually clarified to Variety by a Netflix spokesperson to mean that 45 million accounts had watched at least “70% of the total running time including credits.
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Isabela Moner, Odeya Rush and ‘Spider-Man’ Stars Join Ya Movie ‘Let It Snow’

Netflix has lined up an impressive cast of up-and-coming young talent for its Ya movie Let It Snow, based on the bestselling book by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. Isabela Moner (Instant Family) will star alongside Shameik Moore (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse), Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Odeya Rush (Dumplin'), Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Miles Robbins (Halloween), Mitchell Hope (Descendants), Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet) and Anna Akana (You Get Me), as well as beloved character actress Joan Cusack (Shameless). Let It Snow is set on Christmas Eve as a massive snowstorm …
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‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot’ Trailer: With a Title Like That, What More Do You Need?

‘The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot’ Trailer: With a Title Like That, What More Do You Need?
Sam Elliott is The Man Who Killed Hitler and then The Bigfoot, because of course he is. In this strange saga, Elliott plays a man who secretly killed Adolf Hitler, and now, decades later, has been hired by the Us government to track down and kill Bigfoot. This sounds like the makings of a wacky comedy, […]

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First Look at ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Unveiled in Livestream Event and Intense Trailers

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed the first look at Mortal Kombat 11 with a showcase of crushing new gameplay, original and returning fighters, immersive story elements and innovative features that offer a more personalized experience than ever before. Livestreamed to a global audience, the experiential, community celebration featured multiple reveals, including an appearance by Ufc champion, Olympic medalist and WWE superstar, Ronda Rousey, who was announced as the voice of Sonya Blade. “I’ve been a lifelong Mortal Kombat fan, and Sonya Blade was the first kick-ass, female video game character that I related to,” said Rousey. “Now …
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Bleecker Street snaps up Sundance premiere 'The Tomorrow Man'

Drama set for May 17 theatrical release.

Bleecker Street has acquired North American rights to The Tomorrow Man starring John Lithgow and Blythe Danner ahead of its world premiere in Sundance on January 30.

Noble Jones’ debut feature stars Lithgow as a man who spends his life preparing for a disaster that may never come, and Danner as a woman who spends her life shopping for things she may never use.

In a small town somewhere in America, the pair try to find love and not get lost in each other’s stuff. Derek Cecil, Katie Aselton, Sophie Thatcher and Eve Harlow round out the key cast.
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Universal Pulls ‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Release in Parkland, Florida as It Coincides With Shooting Anniversary

Universal Pictures will not open its upcoming horror movie “Happy Death Day 2U” in theaters in and around Parkland, Florida as the February release coincides with the first anniversary of the Parkland school shooting tragedy. The studio is also moving up the movie’s release nationwide from February 14 to February 13 as to entirely avoid the Parkland anniversary.

The Blumhouse-backed “Happy Death Day 2U” is the sequel to the 2017 surprise horror hit “Happy Death Day,” written and directed by Christopher Landon and starring Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard. Prior to Universal changing its release plans, the sequel’s theatrical date was called into question by Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was one of 17 students killed when a gunman opened fire at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018.

“My daughter and 16 others were killed on February 14th,” Guttenberg wrote on Twitter. “Universal Studios is releasing a movie called ‘Happy Death Day 2U
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‘Rust Creek’ Review: Enthralling Kidnapping Thriller Is Like a Feminist ‘Breaking Bad’

‘Rust Creek’ Review: Enthralling Kidnapping Thriller Is Like a Feminist ‘Breaking Bad’
It’s hard to choose a single moment that best exemplifies the hard-edged feminist lens at work in director Jen McGowan’s chilling “Rust Creek,” but the image of the teenage Sawyer (Hermione Corfield) gruffly ripping off her acrylic nails to scale a ditch is a top contender. It’s a move that might be perceived as funny in a more commercial genre film, but is entirely believable in McGowan’s understated and plausible nightmare — making it all the more chilling.

Intimate in scope to its great advantage, “Rust Creek” begins and ends with Sawyer’s journey, with a stable of male friends and foes providing color and intrigue. When she receives word of a job interview in Washington D.C., the soon-to-be college graduate hops in her red SUV and hits the road. Following her navigation app, Sawyer turns off the highway to avoid traffic, and quickly finds herself
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Harvey Weinstein lead criminal case attorney withdraws

Disgraced former mogul plans to introduce new legal team by early next week.

Benjamin Brafman, the combative lead attorney on Harvey Weinstein’s defence team who argued that the indictment against his client was flawed, has withdrawn from the case.

Brafman and Weinstein issued a statement on Thursday (17) that confirmed reports earlier this week that the pair were parting ways due to a disagreement over strategy.

The statement said the split was amicable and added that Brafman would “cooperate fully” with whomever Weinstein appoints as his new counsel, which according to the statement is expected to happen by early next week.
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‘The Lego Movie 2’ TV Spots: Batman is No Longer a Bat-chelor, More Awesome New Footage

Warner Bros. has released a slew of new The Lego Movie 2 TV spots that tease some awesome new footage from the highly anticipated The Lego Movie sequel. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where the residents of Bricksburg (now Apocalypseburg) must defend their home from alien invaders and deal with […]

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Simulation Training: Action Director Lawrence Ribeiro on Exercises That Help Prepare for Stunts

The following is an excerpt from action director Lawrence Ribeiro’s new book Action Realism. Due to the speed and the nature of stunts and my overall point of view (shooting with the intent of making the images visceral or dynamic), I have come up with some exercises. Scenarios, locales, speeds and context of the story will dictate how I train. Sometimes you need a supply of guts, sometimes you need to overcome your fears, but the truth of the matter is that my feet rarely touch the ground when shooting. It’s more mental than physical, as a few close calls can […]
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‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ Scores Big First Day With $7 Million

Funimation Films’ Japanese anime movie “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” has opened impressively with a dominant first-day total of $7 million at 1,260 North American locations on Wednesday.

The English-language version of “Dragon Ball Super: Broly,” which screened at 180 Imax and Cinemark Xd premium large format screens, generated by far the best per-screen average among the top 10 movies with $5,695. The first-day total nearly matched the entire two-week run of the 2015 release of Funimation’s “Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F.”

Dragon Ball Super: Broly” has already grossed $53 million internationally, including $29 million in Japan. Funimation is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television.

“Both anime and mainstream audience response to ‘Dragon Ball Super: Broly’ has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Gen Fukunaga, CEO and president of Funimation. “We anticipated a strong opening, but we’re thrilled that the box office exceeded even the high end of our estimate. We’re thrilled to hear that countless fans have
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Jackie Chan & Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch Each Have Two Films Coming To The Criterion Collection In April

Jackie Chan finally joins the Criterion Collection in April with two of his most legendary films, and he’s joined by some of the greatest filmmakers of all time, with yet another solid group of films getting the special treatment.

Chan’s famous films “Police Story” and “Police Story 2” are getting the double-bill Criterion treatment. As you might expect, both films are getting brand-new 4K restorations and alternate 5.1 surround soundtracks, but there’s way more on the special-feature side of things that will be sure to excite any fan of Hong Kong cinema.

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