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Universal Unveils First Footage of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’

Universal Unveils First Footage of Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson in M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’
Universal impressed the nation’s exhibitors Wednesday with the first footage of M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller “Glass,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Sarah Paulson.

Shyamalan told the audience at CinemaCon at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that “Glass” is the “first truly grounded comic book movie.”

Jackson added, “It’s about time I got the title role in my own motherf—ing movie.”

All four stars appeared on the stage, and the footage set up Paulson as a psychologist dealing with the three other characters, who she notes all believe that they are superheroes. What followed was a series of scenes with the characters interacting with each other — with Willis’ character attempting to stop an apocalyptic outcome.

“Glass” brings together the narratives of Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” which was released in 2000 through Disney, and last year’s “Split,” from Universal. Shyamalan is self-financing. Universal, Blumhouse and
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Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana to Star in Laika’s New Animated Feature for Annapurna
Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis will star in an untitled new animated movie from stop-motion studio Laika for Annapurna Pictures, the companies announced Wednesday.

Chris Butler, who directed the studio’s Oscar-nominated 2012 movie “ParaNorman,” will direct the globe-trotting comedy-adventure.

The film will be the Oregon-based studio’s fifth feature, following successes like “Coraline,” “The Boxtrolls” and “Kubo and the Two Strings.”

“Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for Laika,” Laika president and CEO Travis Knight said in a statement. “It’s an exciting bridge to our future. Director Chris Butler and the wizards at Laika have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul. Plus it’s really, really funny. It’s a privilege to partner with Megan [Ellison] and her exceptional team at Annapurna to bring this beautiful original story to the world.”

Annapurna founder Megan Ellison added, “We’re excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Travis and the amazing team at Laika. We appreciate their trust and look forward to having some fun together.”

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George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Will Not Be Released in 2018

George R.R. Martin Says ‘Winds of Winter’ Will Not Be Released in 2018
As “Game of Thrones” fans eagerly wait for the seventh and final season the HBO drama to return in 2019, fans of George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novel series will have to keep waiting for the sixth installment.

The author wrote on his blog that “Winds of Winter” will not be released this year. “No, winter is not coming… not in 2018, at least. You’re going to have to keep waiting for ‘The Winds Of Winter,'” he wrote.

He did, however, reveal that he does have a book which will hit shelves this year, with
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‘Halloween’ Footage Terrifies CinemaCon, Confirms New Details About Laurie Strode and Michael Myers’ Showdown

‘Halloween’ Footage Terrifies CinemaCon, Confirms New Details About Laurie Strode and Michael Myers’ Showdown
Universal Pictures debuted the first trailer for David Gordon Green’s upcoming “Halloween” sequel at CinemaCon, and the debut footage did not disappoint when it comes to bloody horror. Jamie Lee Curtis returns to the franchise as Laurie Strode, the scream queen role that made her famous, and she was on hand at CinemaCon to debut the footage and tease the project.

“I heard what they were thinking and I immediately said yes,” Curtis said. “First of all, except for ‘Star Wars,’ I can’t think of another movie that the same actor playing the same character 40 years.”

Curtin went on to promise fans the sequel is “going to scare the living shit out of you.”

“This isn’t the piece of shit we made back in the 90s and I apologize for anyone who had to endure it,” she continued. “This movie is hella scary – and you guys please tweet that I said hella.
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Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy Share First Look at Neil Armstrong Biopic 'First Man'

Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy Share First Look at Neil Armstrong Biopic 'First Man'
Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy shared the first footage of Neil Armstrong biopic First Man with theater owners at CinemaCon on Wednesday.

The film, set for release on Oct. 12, 2018 — the heart of awards season — reunites Gosling with his La La Land director Damien Chazelle, who take the stage with his two actors at CinemaCon, where First Man was one of the centerpieces of Universal's CinemaCon presentation.

First Man is described as a visceral, first-person account of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on the years 1961-1969 and Armstrong, the astronaut...
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Amy Adams to Star in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’

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Amy Adams to Star in Joe Wright’s ‘Woman in the Window’
Amy Adams is set to star in the Fox 2000 film “The Woman in the Window” with Joe Wright directing.

Tracy Letts penned the screenplay with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush producing.

The pic is based on A.J. Finn’s best-selling novel, which debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and remains the biggest-selling adult fiction title of 2018. With more than one million copies sold in the United States, the novel has additionally topped the bestseller charts in multiple countries and is currently published in 38 languages.

Elizabeth Gabler and Marisa Paiva are overseeing the project for Fox 2000.

Adams will next be seen starring in “Sharp Objects” for HBO, where she serves as an executive producer as well. She will also star as Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s upcoming Dick Cheney film opposite Christian Bale. Adams is represented by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Wme, and Sloane, Offer, Weber and Dern.
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Hank Azaria Says He’s “Willing And Happy” To Step Aside As Voice Of Apu On ‘The Simpsons’

Hank Azaria Says He’s “Willing And Happy” To Step Aside As Voice Of Apu On ‘The Simpsons’
Over the past few weeks, there has been a lot of debate over the character of Apu on “The Simpsons.” After the character’s problematic nature was brought to light recently, with the help of the documentary “The Problem with Apu,” many fans have been waiting to see how the animated sitcom dealt with the issue. And when the sitcom kinda, sorta made light of the issue in a recent episode, people were less-than-pleased.
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Lauren Cohan to Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 9

Lauren Cohan to Return to ‘The Walking Dead’ for Season 9
Even after the final episode of AMC's The Walking Dead Season 8 aired, it was unclear if one of the top-rated drama's major characters would be returning for the next season. Maggie Greene, played by Lauren Cohan, has become an emotional, practical, and increasingly powerful player in the Walking Dead narrative, so it was understandable that fans were concerned for Cohan's well-being and Maggie's part to play in the story to come. The uncertainty, however, had nothing to do with plot points, Walkers, or the savage Saviors at all but rather the mundane complications …
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Disney’s Live-Action ‘Kim Possible': Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone to Lead TV Movie

Disney’s Live-Action ‘Kim Possible': Sadie Stanley, Sean Giambrone to Lead TV Movie
Disney Channel has cast “The Goldbergs” star Sean Giambrone and newcomer Sadie Stanley as the leads of its upcoming live-action “Kim Possible” movie, the network announced Wednesday.

An adaptation of the 2002 animated series, the movie follows a high school girl named Kim Possible (Stanley) who moonlights as a secret agent with the help of her friend/sidekick Ron Stoppable (Giambrone).

Written by original series creators Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley with Josh Cagan, the upcoming TV movie will be directed by Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky.
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‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu

‘Less Than Zero’ TV Adaptation in Development at Hulu
Hulu is picking up a piece of the ’80s with a TV series adaptation of “Less Than Zero,” an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

The premium streaming service has a drama in the early stages of development based on Bret Easton Ellis’ 1985 novel and the subsequent 1987 flick of the same name, starring Andrew McCarthy, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Gertz and James Spader.

Lost” writer and producer Craig Wright is set to pen the script and executive produce the adaptation alongside author Ellis.
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Heads to Monster $225+ Million Opening Weekend
In case you haven’t heard, “Avengers: Infinity War” is heading towards an opening weekend that could end all opening weekends.

The Marvel superhero adventure is eyeing a debut weekend of $225 million to $245 million, with a possibility of even crossing the $250 million mark. If numbers reach the end of that range, “Infinity War” could have one of the biggest debuts of all time. The hefty launch should go a long way to justify its wildly expensive price tag of somewhere from $300 million to $400 million.

As of now, the biggest opening weekend of all time belongs to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which bowed with $248 million in 2015 and went on to make over $936.6 million domestically. Only five films in history have hit the $200 million mark in their debuts.

“Infinity War” picks up two years after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” with the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy
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John DeLorean Estate Sues Over 'Back to the Future' Royalties

John DeLorean Estate Sues Over 'Back to the Future' Royalties
If ever there was an automobile associated with a film, it's the iconic DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future. It turns out that Universal Pictures has been paying money to use the image of the car, but in a new lawsuit, the widow of automaker John DeLorean alleges not receiving a "substantial payment" from Universal.

According to a complaint in New Jersey federal court, the payment went to the DeLorean Motor Company.

Sally DeLorean previously sued the DeLorean Motor Company over intellectual property rights and settled in 2015, a decade after her husband died at age 80. The...
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Tribeca Film Review: Mary Kay Place in ‘Diane’

When you’re young, people who are old — like, say, your grandparents or your elderly neighbors — can seem as if they were always that way. But in reality, there’s no neat and magical line that separates “old” and “young.” Old people are, quite simply, former young people. And now, more than ever, they may not see or experience themselves as “old,” even if the rest of the world does. The boomers, of course, are the ones who changed all this. They have not gone quaintly, or quietly, into senior-citizen status — on the contrary, they’ve reconfigured old age to mean nothing more (or less) than how often they’ve been around the block. The new vision of old age is that you’re still tied, physically and spiritually, in every way possible, to who you were when you weren’t old.

“Diane,” written and directed by Kent Jones (with
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How Felicity Jones Transformed Herself Into Ruth Bader Ginsburg for ‘On the Basis of Sex’

How Felicity Jones Transformed Herself Into Ruth Bader Ginsburg for ‘On the Basis of Sex’
Felicity Jones refused to break character while portraying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in “On the Basis of Sex.”

“I was a crazy person,” Jones said. In order to perfect Ginsburg’s distinctive Brooklyn-inflected accent, Jones, the English star behind “Theory of Everything” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” only spoke in the jurist’s voice while on the set.

“I was full Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” Jones said while presenting footage of the film at Focus Features CinemaCon presentation on Wednesday at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

“On the Basis of Sex” deals with on of Ginsburg’s earliest cases, Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld. It used the example of a widower denied his wife’s survivor benefits under Social Security to illustrate gender disparities under the law. The film went into the production in the midst of a sexual harassment crisis in Hollywood, as industry figures such as Harvey Weinstein,
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‘Kings’ Film Review: Halle Berry Drama Gives a Female Perspective to La Riots

‘Kings’ Film Review: Halle Berry Drama Gives a Female Perspective to La Riots
Kathryn Bigelow is no longer the only female, non-African-American director to make a new movie about a major black uprising in an inner city. Bigelow and “Detroit” have been joined by Turkish-French director Deniz Gamze Erguven, whose new film “Kings” deals with the 1992 Los Angeles riots that began when four Lapd officers were acquitted in the videotaped beating of Rodney King.

Like “Detroit,” “Kings” drops us in the middle of a conflagration caused by years of harsh treatment and growing anger — and like “Detroit,” it mixes in news footage from the time to tell the story of bystanders swept up into a maelstrom of violence.

But Erguven, whose film “Mustang” landed an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film two years ago, is not after the kind of visceral filmmaking in which Bigelow specializes. She focuses on the story of a single family: Millie, played by Halle Berry, and the large group of kids and foster kids whom she struggles to feed and clothe in her modest South Central house.

Also Read: Halle Berry Recalls Her Adrien Brody Oscars Kiss: 'What the F--'s Happening?!' (Video)

“Mustang,” which followed young Turkish sisters whose innocent play with neighborhood boys leads to their strict grandmother and uncle essentially locking them in the house until they’re ready for arranged marriages, showcased Erguven’s skill at bringing a light touch to heavy material. What rang true in “Mustang” was the relationship between the girls, a vibrant playfulness that shone through the restrictions and allowed the audience to accept and rejoice in what was essentially a fairy-tale ending.

In “Kings,” Erguven once again is at her best in sketching the bonds that tie a spirited, screeching, often joyous household together. We don’t quite know how Millie manages to wrangle this brood, but we see the love that allows her to do so — and when Ollie (Daniel Craig), a reclusive neighbor and the only white man in the ‘hood, quickly turns from a shotgun-toting crank to a kindly protector, we almost see why he does it.

It’s tricky, though, to maintain that light touch and to glory in this rambunctious household when the kids’ outings include a giddy shoplifting spree at the local market and then, when the riots hit, an even giddier foray to loot the local megastore. The older kids, meanwhile, find themselves in even darker situations, as the first night of rioting turns nightmarish on many different levels.

Still, it’s not so nightmarish that Millie and Ollie don’t find time to sneak a kiss while trying to escape from being handcuffed around a light pole, in a moment that that vies with Millie’s sex dream as the film’s least convincing.

Also Read: 'Mustang' Director Likens Movies From Female Perspective to 'Pioneer Territory'

Erguven remains skilled at portraying the joyous messiness of family ties, and an almost-de-glammed Berry is a heroine to root for. But while “Mustang” hit a sweet spot for the director, “Kings” feels like a stretch for the director, appealing at times and disappointing at others.

Although Erguven had the film in the works before she even made her last film, the subject of the L.A. riots is a tough nut to crack. That may be particularly true in this 25th anniversary year, which has already seen more than half a dozen impressive documentaries about the event.

“Kings” has a new take on the much-documented event, but it simply doesn’t feel as fresh or as essential as it should.

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Stagecraft Special Edition: Tom Hiddleston Talks Shakespeare, ‘Avengers’

Today we offer a special “Passion Projects” edition of “Stagecraft,” with Variety‘s deputy awards and features editor Jenelle Riley speaking to actor Tom Hiddleston about his recent production of “Hamlet,” directed by Kenneth Branagh.

Hiddleston, who rose to prominence playing the God of Mischief Loki in “Thor” and subsequent films like “The Avengers,” will be reprising the role in theaters with “Avengers: Infinity War,” opening this week. But he began his career in the theater, where he discovered early on the works of William Shakespeare, which have remained a constant throughout his professional life, having appeared in several adaptations, including “Cymbeline” and “Coriolanus” onstage and in the BBC’s “Hollow Crown” series.

Among other things, Hiddleston cites a 1997 production of “Othello” at the Royal National Theater directed by Sam Mendes for opening his eyes to what Shakespeare could be. “I was blown clean away. I just understood it, I connected with it,
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‘Westworld’s’ Shannon Woodward to Produce Series Based on Nxivm Sex Cult

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Annapurna Television is developing a scripted series inspired by the alleged sex cult Nxivm, with “Westworld” actress Shannon Woodward attached to executive produce.

The potential series is based on the New York Times report about the group published last year. The report, authored by Barry Meier, featured interviews with multiple women who said the purported self-help group, led by Keith Raniere, recruited women to serve as “slaves” and branded them with Raniere’s initials.

No writer is attached yet, but Woodward will executive produce along with Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle and Susan Goldberg of Annapurna.

Also Read: Allison Mack Out on Bail In Nxivm Case, Under House Arrest

The group has come under renewed interest in recent weeks, after Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month on charges of sex trafficking. “Smallville” star Allison Mack, who was identified as Raniere’s top lieutenant in the Times report, was arrested last week.

Nxivm will also be the subject of an upcoming documentary series from Brian Graden, as well as the first installment of Elizabeth Vargas’ new journalistic enterprise at A&E.

A Justice Department complaint filed against Raniere in March alleges that he created a secret society within Nxivm in 2015 called “Dos,” which “operated with levels of women ‘slaves’ headed by ‘masters.'”

Also Read: Allison Mack Pitched Emma Watson, Kelly Clarkson to Join Nxivm Group Accused of Sex Trafficking

The Department of Justice also alleged that some of the Dos slaves became masters who “directly or implicitly required the slaves to have sex with Raniere.” In addition, the DoJ said, many of the Dos slaves were “branded on their pelvic areas using a cauterizing pen with a symbol which, unbeknownst to them, incorporated Raniere’s initials. During the branding ceremonies, slaves were required to be fully naked, and a master would order one slave to film the branding while the others restrained the slave being branded.”

If convicted of the crimes charged, Raniere and Mack each face mandatory minimum sentences of 15 years’ imprisonment, and up to life imprisonment.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported news of the series.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Loves" Her Upcoming Biopic, Director Says

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Director Mimi Leder said today that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg "loves" the upcoming biopic On the Basis of Sex, in which Felicity Jones plays the justice.

"Madame Justice loves the movie. Her nephew wrote it and she approved the script. Her reviews of Ms. Jones were magnificent," Leder said during a Focus Features luncheon at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.

On the Basis of Sex will begin a limited run in theaters on Nov. 9, the heart of awards season, and will also be timed to Ginsburg's 25th anniversary on Supreme Court. Jones portrays Ginsburg as a crusading young...
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Will Arike Ogunbowale have the game-winning moves to win ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?

Will Arike Ogunbowale have the game-winning moves to win ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?
Arike Ogunbowale, a guard for the University of Notre Dame women’s basketball team, has become the it-girl in sports thanks to her two game-winning baskets in the Final Four and championship games during this year’s Ncaa women’s tournament. Ogunbowale’s dazzling performances received praised from stars like Gabrielle Union, Ice Cube and even her basketball idol Kobe Bryant. Now she continues to blaze a trail as the first Ncaa player and the first female basketball player ever to appear on “Dancing With the Stars.” Will she rise to the occasion and deliver another game-winning moment? Let’s consider the pros and cons.

Pros:

Ogunbowale has the advantage of being the most recent athlete to gain nationwide attention among the “DWTS” contestants this year. As mentioned above, her spectacular athleticism has helped her gain her a fan base even among other athletes and celebrities, which in turn could
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Jason Blum Says Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' Shows What "Bozos the Kkk Are"

Jason Blum Says Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' Shows What
Producer Jason Blum and actor John David Washington shared exclusive footage of Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman with theater owners at CinemaCon on Wednesday, with Blum saying that the film is dotted with humor designed to show what "bozos" members of the Kkk are.

The Focus Features movie, opening in theaters on Aug. 10, is based on the real-life story of Ron Stallworth, the first black police officer in Colorado Springs, Colo., who went undercover in 1978 to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan. BlacKkKlansman makes its world premiere in competition next month at the Cannes Film Festival.

The officer, played by Washington in...
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