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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.

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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 News Roundup: Jeff Bridges Wins American Society of Cinematographers Honor

Film News Roundup: Jeff Bridges Wins American Society of Cinematographers Honor
In today’s film news roundup, Jeff Bridges is honored by cinematographers, the “Arctic” filmmakers get a first-look deal and releases are set for “Vault,” the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy and “What Lies Ahead.”

Bridges Honored

The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Jeff Bridges as the recipient of the organizations’ 2019 Board of Governors Award.

Bridges will accept the award at the 33rd Annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 9 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

“Jeff Bridges is an extraordinary talent on the screen, and also a remarkable person off screen,” said Asc President Kees van Oostrum. “He is beloved by many for his achievements as an outstanding Oscar-winning actor. We at the Asc feel like Jeff is one of us, because he shares our passion for creating artful imagery through his still photography. We are incredibly honored to present him with our Board of Governors Award.
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Season 2, With Pike and Spock, Boldly Charts a New Course

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Season 2, With Pike and Spock, Boldly Charts a New Course
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 2, Episode 1, “Brother.”]

The Season 2 premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery” definitely feels like the beginning of something. “Brother,” launching Thursday on CBS All Access, is all about establishing a new status quo, a new chain of command, and most importantly a new mission focused on exploration over conflict. Where that mission will take this ambitious yet flawed series, however, is as yet a mystery.

Picking up moments after Season 1 ended, Captain Pike (Anson Mount) of the U.S.S. Enterprise (you may have heard of it) comes on board Discovery with news from Starfleet — the Enterprise has been disabled by massive systems failure, so he’s taking command of the good ship Discovery to investigate some odd signals that “have the Federation’s hackles up.” That quest leads the Discovery to a rescue mission on a crumbling asteroid, but no real answers as yet to what those signals might be,
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Superhero Bits: ‘New Gods’ Plot Rumors, Why M. Night Shyamalan Turned Down Marvel and DC & More

Superhero Bits: ‘New Gods’ Plot Rumors, Why M. Night Shyamalan Turned Down Marvel and DC & More
What was the best-selling comic book title of 2018? Why did M. Night Shyamalan turn down offers to direct Marvel and DC movies? How much did it cost to make the Shazam suit? Did you notice the deep cut comic book Easter eggs in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer? What will the New Gods […]

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Netflix global membership grows to 139m

International subscriber base climbs to 80.8m.

Netflix gained another 8.8m paid subscribers – 1.5m in the Us and 7.3m internationally – during the fourth quarter of 2018, boosting its global subscriber total to 139.26m, 25.9% up on the total at the end of 2017.

Announcing its fourth quarter financial results, the streaming giant forecast that it will add another 8.9m paid subscribers in the first quarter of 2019, 7.3m of them internationally and 1.6m in the Us.

Netflix said the fourth quarter gain, which was bigger than it had expected at the beginning of the quarter, brings international subscriptions to 80.77m and the Us tally to 58.49m.
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Writer’s Room: The Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2019, Part 1

Writer’s Room: The Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2019, Part 1
On the January 17, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to decide the most anticipated new tv shows of 2019. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on […]

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Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Moved Back to August

Annapurna Pictures has moved its Richard Linklater literary adaptation “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett back five months from March 22 to an Aug. 9 release.

A rep for Annapurna explained that August has served well as a launching pad for release of female-skewing films such as “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Julie and Julia.” Additionally, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” will offer a change of pace following a summer of sequels and action movies.

Blanchett stars in the title role along with Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoë Chao and Laurence Fishburne. Linklater co-wrote with Holly Gent, Vincent Palmo Jr., Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. Producers are Megan Ellison, Nina Jacobson, Bradford Simpson, and Ginger Sledge

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is based upon the 2012 novel by Maria Semple. It follows the architect Bernadette Fox who goes missing just
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‘Glass’ Ending Explained: Too Many Twists Further Sink Shyamalan’s Sequel

Spoilers ahead for Glass. M. Night Shyamalan has made twist endings the signature for most of his movies. He rocketed to acclaim with the twist for The Sixth Sense, and the majority of his movies have featured some kind of twist ending. His latest film, Glass, is no different as it includes three major reveals in the film’s final act, and each one fails to elevate the movie or solve its larger issues. The biggest problem with Glass is that it lacks character development or emotional arcs. It feels like an outside observer made the movie and so the …
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Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae to Star in ‘Lovebirds’ Romantic Comedy

Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae to Star in ‘Lovebirds’ Romantic Comedy
The Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani and “Insecure” star Issa Rae will topline Paramount’s romantic comedy “The Lovebirds.”

The project will reunite Nanjiani with “The Big Sick” helmer Michael Showalter, who’s on board to direct from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, and Martin Gero. The project goes into production at the end of this month.

The story focuses on a couple on the verge of a break-up who become involved in a murder mystery. Tom Lassally, Olly Obst, Todd Shulman, Jordana Mollick, and Gero are producing “The Lovebirds.” Media Rights Capital is co-producing and co-financing. Nanjiani, Rae and Showalter are executive producers.

Nanjiani starred in and co-wrote “The Big Sick” with his spouse Emily V. Gordon in an autobiographical comedy-drama that received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. He’s starred as programmer Dinesh Chugtai in the five seasons of HBO’s sitcom “Silicon Valley.
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‘Halloween’ FX Artist Christopher Nelson on Getting the Michael Myers Mask Right

Re-designing the Michael Myers mask is not something to be taken lightly. Not in the world of the Halloween legacy. While the original mask was something of a crude construct (famously an inverted Captain Kirk mask painted white) made on a shoe-string budget, the merits and failings of the redesigns in the sequels that followed have become a trusted talking point among franchise fans. (Was Halloween 5 the lowest low of the Myers mask legacy? Or was it the CGI shot in Halloween: H20? The debate rages on.) Obviously, when the folks at Blumhouse set out to resurrect …
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Movie Talk: ‘John Wick 3′ Trailer Teases Killer Halle Berry Fight Scene

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, John Rocha and Claire Lim discuss the following: Lionsgate released the first trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum that sees Keanu Reeves being hunted all over NYC and getting help from Halle Berry. Deadline reports that Kevin Hart and Tim Story are in final negotiations to re-team for a film based on the board game, Monopoly. Variety reports that Anne Hathaway is set to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of The Witches, taking over the role that Anjelica Huston played in the 1990 adaptation …
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‘The Little Mermaid’ 30th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray Release Brings All-New Bonus Features

‘The Little Mermaid’ 30th Anniversary 4K Blu-ray Release Brings All-New Bonus Features
The Little Mermaid is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the beloved Disney classic, the film is being released on 4K Ultra Blu-ray and Digital HD next month. Aside from getting the movie in the highest possible quality, fans will also be treated to some new special features, including a celebratory discussion […]

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Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations
Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the At&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25.

“The images and stories recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards over the past 30 years raised the bar for Lgbtq inclusion in the media industry and furthered acceptance among countless audience members,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “The 30th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards will celebrate outstanding new Lgbtq talent like Mj and Nico who break through industry glass ceilings while celebrating the lengths we have come in Lgbtq representation across media.”

GLAAD Media Award galas will be held in Los Angeles on Mar. 28 and in New York on May 4.

Rodriguez stars as Blanca on “Pose,” Ryan Murphy
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‘Glass’ Could Shatter $60 Million During Opening Weekend, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Tracking For $55 Million Opening

‘Glass’ Could Shatter $60 Million During Opening Weekend, ‘Lego Movie 2’ Tracking For $55 Million Opening
The box office tracking numbers have arrived, and M. Night Shyamalan‘s new superhero sequel Glass could end up having the highest-grossing opening weekend of any of his films thus far. Meanwhile, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part is currently on track for an opening somewhere between $45-$55 million in its first weekend, a significant drop […]

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‘Black Panther’ Could Dominate the Oscar Craft Nominations

Marvel’s “Black Panther” is being called the X-factor in the Oscar craft races, and could dominate on Tuesday, grabbing somewhere between four and eight nominations. That’s primarily because of the imaginative and opulent depiction of African culture and black identity through Wakanda.

It’s world building at its finest, thanks to director Ryan Coogler’s social consciousness and detailed collaboration with production designer Hannah Beachler, costume designer Ruth Carter, and cinematographer Rachel Morrison. Together, they created a powerful force of Afrofuturism that elevated the McU.

Read More: ‘Black Panther’: Building Wakanda on Ryan Coogler’s Vision of Identity and Unity

As a result, Beachler and Carter should definitely secure nominations. In fact, for Beachler it would mark the first in her craft for an African-American. However, Morrison (who made history last year as the first female Oscar nominee in cinematography for “Mudbound”) is more of a long
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‘They Live’ Vinyl Soundtrack Coming From Mondo

‘They Live’ Vinyl Soundtrack Coming From Mondo
The harmonic and electric keyboard-driven soundtrack from John Carpenter’s iconic They Live is receiving a new release from the folks at Mondo, and you don’t need special sunglasses to check it out. Featuring two different variants, package design by Alan Hynes, and re-mastering by score co-composer Alan Howarth, this is the perfect music to listen to while you […]

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