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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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Apple Signs Deal With ‘Friday Night Lights’ Producer Jason Katims, Courts ‘X-Men’ Producer Simon Kinberg for New Sci-Fi Show

Apple is continuing to poach talent from all across Hollywood for their nascent film and television division, and they may have just added two names to their ever-growing list of collaborators. The tech company is “near a deal” for a new science fiction series that hails from Simon Kinberg, the writer/producer who’s been shepherding the X-Men […]

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‘Dogman’ Trailer: Cannes Award Winner From Director Of ‘Gomorrah’ Finally Hitting The Us In April

Dogman” debuted at last year’s Cannes Film Festival to great acclaim, but very little fanfare. While the thriller would go on to win the Best Actor award, the Italian film wasn’t able to capture the headlines of some of the festival’s other high-profile projects.

Read More: The 25 Best Films Of 2019 We’ve Already Seen

And in the first trailer for the film, we learn that film fans should definitely not sleep on “Dogman.” The film follows the titular man, Marcello, who runs a dog grooming salon.

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Writing Platform Open Screenplay Launches With Backing From Sandy Climan

With backing from longtime Hollywood player Sandy Climan, Khaled Sabawi has quietly launched Open Screenplay as a free online platform for aspiring screenwriters.

Open Screenplay is aimed at helping writers create better stories through its story-writing process and tools. It has launched a contest with a $2,000 prize and has more than 100 screenplays in various stages on the site, including “My Alien Fiance,” “Blood Safari,” and “Butterfly Blades.”

“I genuinely believe technology should be used to improve industries that inhibit the emergence of new artists,” Sabawi said. “For so many aspiring writers like myself, there are no next steps once their screenplay is written, simply because they don’t know the right people. My goal in creating Open Screenplay is to change that so the world we see depicted in television and film can be as diverse and amazing as the world we live in.”

Sabawi hopes to democratize the screenwriting process,
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Kevin Hart Starring in Paul Weitz’s ‘Fatherhood’

Kevin Hart Starring in Paul Weitz’s ‘Fatherhood’
Kevin Hart is ready to show off his serious side.

The comedian will star in Sony Pictures’ “Fatherhood,” a big screen adaptation of the Matt Logelin best-seller “Two Kisses For Maddy: A Memoir Of Loss & Love.” The film, which centers on a widower who must raise his daughter after his wife dies in child birth, is directed by Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”).

Hart just scored a box office hit with “The Upside,” another change-of-pace role. Its success came despite controversy surrounding Hart’s selection as Oscar host. He abandoned the emcee gig amidst blow-back over homophobic jokes he made earlier in his career. Hart had been alternately apologetic and defiant while promoting “The Upside,” a stance that further inflamed the controversy.

Hart will shoot “Fatherhood” after he wraps up the sequel to “Jumanji.” Hart’s other films include “Night School,” “Get Hard,” and “Central Intelligence.”

Dana Stevens adapted Logelin’s book,
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‘The Hummingbird Project’ Trailer: Jesse Eisenberg & A Balding Alexander Skarsgård Enter A War With An Evil Salma Hayek

Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård play some unlikely cousins attempting to outsmart the system and strike it rich in the new film “The Hummingbird Project.” And all that stands in their way is an evil Salma Hayek.

In the first trailer for “The Hummingbird Project,” we meet the duo of Eisenberg and Skarsgård, who are attempting to drill a hole directly from the New York Stock Exchange to their location hundreds of miles away.

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The Unpopular Opinion: ‘Glass’ is a Bold and Brilliant Climax to M. Night Shyamalan’s Superhero Trilogy

The Unpopular Opinion: ‘Glass’ is a Bold and Brilliant Climax to M. Night Shyamalan’s Superhero Trilogy
(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: M. Night Shyamalan‘s critically lambasted Glass is actually good!) Reactions from critics to the Unbreakable trilogy have grown increasingly divisive with each film – not […]

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‘Lost Holiday’ Exclusive Clip: Slamdance Film Features Friends Attempting To Solve A Kidnapping After A Long Night Of Partying

Christmas parties are almost always terrible. And what makes the average holiday party even worse is when it’s full of old high school friends. Therefore, it makes sense that Margaret and Henry are ready to ditch that terrible scene and enter into a night of debauchery in the new film “Lost Holiday,” which is set to premiere at the upcoming Slamdance Film Festival.

Read More: Steven Soderbergh’s ‘High Flying Bird’ Premiering At Slamdance Before Hitting Netflix In February

And to honor the film’s upcoming debut, we’re lucky enough to present an exclusive clip from the film, which shows that the evening of craziness begins to bleed into the daytime for these folks as they attempt to solve the kidnapping of a socialite, while pretty hungover.

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Yalitza Aparicio Overcomes Racism While Rising to Fame: ‘I’m Not the Face of Mexico’

Yalitza Aparicio Overcomes Racism While Rising to Fame: ‘I’m Not the Face of Mexico’
Yalitza Aparicio became a recognizable face almost overnight. As the lead actress of Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” the 25-year-old has been a shining star on the awards circuit ever since the Spanish-language drama got its start at the Venice Film Festival last August. Aparicio, a school teacher who Cuarón discovered during his search for a leading lady, hails from Oaxaca and is of Mixtec descent, which means her rise to fame has not been met without controversy.

Mexico’s indigenous population remains a minority group in the country, and therefore some believe a Mixtec woman such as Aparicio should not be trailblazing Oscar season or landing major fashion covers like Vogue and Vanity Fair. Photographs of Aparicio in Vanity Fair earned racist backlash, so much so that Karla Martinez de Salas, editor in chief of Vogue México, told The New York Times she worried putting Aparicio on the cover of
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Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae Will Fall in Love in Rom-Com ‘The Lovebirds’ From ‘The Big Sick’ Director Michael Showalter

Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae Will Fall in Love in Rom-Com ‘The Lovebirds’ From ‘The Big Sick’ Director Michael Showalter
There’s nothing insecure about this (big) sick casting. Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae are about to sweep each other off their feet in the upcoming romantic-comedy The Lovebirds, which will see Nanjiani reteaming with his The Big Sick director Michael Showalter. Read more about The Lovebirds cast below. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Nanjiani and Rae will star as […]

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Benedict Cumberbatch on ‘Brexit’ and Seeing Himself Without Hair

From director Toby Haynes and screenwriter James Graham, the biographical drama Brexit connects all of the dots to illustrate how Dominic Cummings (Benedict Cumberbatch), the lead strategist of the Vote Leave campaign, launched a micro-targeted social media campaign that played on emotion rather than facts to convince British voters to leave the European Union. The result and the consequences of this referendum campaign are still playing out in Britain today, and will have an effect long into the future. During this 1-on-1 phone …
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Netflix Reveals Ridiculously High Viewership Totals For ‘Bird Box’ & ‘Sex Education’

Netflix sure does like to play coy about numbers. But lately, when it serves the company’s best interests, the streaming service will throw out some viewing totals to show how popular some content is. This was made famous by those early numbers for the Sandra Bullock film “Bird Box,” which touted viewership in the tens of millions. And now, Netflix seems to be doing it again for a couple of the company’s newest series.

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‘Anywhere With You’ Trailer: A Young Couple Tries To Make A Life For Themselves In La

“Anywhere with You” is an upcoming indie drama about the trials of young adulthood and being on your own, together. Directed by Hanna Ladoul and Marco La Via, the film will be available on Digital and Video on Demand this February. Originally released under the name “We the Coyotes” at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, the movie is the first feature film of the two French directors.

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‘Lords of Chaos’ Trailer Chronicles a Norwegian Black Metal Band’s Descent into Darkness

It might be easy to assume that a Norwegian Black Metal band could be capable of heinous acts including gruesome murders and church burnings, but it wasn't what Mayhem started out as. Jonas Åkerlund's Lords of Chaos documents the birth, rise, and fall of the band, all based on a true story (which always makes it so much better). As we wrote in our poster debut, Lords of Chaos -- written by Dennis Magnusson and Jonas Åkerlund and based on the book of the same name -- chronicles the birth of the notorious Norwegian band Mayhem, who wore corpse paint, …
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‘Fyre’ Review: An Entertaining Yet Slight Overview of the Fyre Festival Debacle

On the surface, the Fyre Festival seems like a low-stakes disaster. It’s something horrible that happened to rich kids who spend too much time on Instagram, didn’t do their due diligence, and ended up chasing a fantasy to an awful time, but nobody died. Chris Smith’s documentary, Fyre, provides a solid overview of what happened and how it went so wrong. At the center of the controversy is entrepreneur/con artist Billy McFarland, whose desire to live the life of a mogul ended up dragging everybody else down. While the film glances at some interesting issues …
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‘The Punisher’ Season 2: Jon Bernthal and Giorgia Whigham on Brutal Fight Scenes and the Show’s Future

After the events of Season 1, former Marine turned vigilante Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), also known as The Punisher, has been keeping to himself and living a quiet life on the road. When he finds himself a witness to the attempted murder of a teenaged girl (Giorgia Whigham), stepping in sends him down a path that puts a target directly on him, forcing him to uncover the dangerous mystery that she’s caught up in while also facing an old enemy that could destroy him. At a press day to promote Season 2 of the Netflix series The Punisher, Collider
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