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'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening

'Glass' Fills Up with $40.58M Debut While 'Dragon Ball' Delivers Top Five Opening
Universal and Blumhouse's Glass was unable to quite reach the lofty heights some had expected heading into the weekend, but the film still managed a solid #1 start, playing very similarly to its predecessor based on current estimates. Glass, however, might not be the biggest news of the weekend when you consider the monster debut of FUNimation's Dragon Ball Super: Broly, which is looking at a possible third place finish based on early estimates, but it's important to note current results are not from the film's domestic distributor, FUNimation. Elsewhere, Stx's The Upside delivered on expectations with a strong second weekend while WB's Aquaman topped $300 million domestically. With an estimated $40.58 million over the three-day weekend, Universal anticipates M. Night Shyamalan's Glass will reach $47 million for the four-day holiday weekend. The performance is a bit shy of the studio's $50 million expectations, but the three-day already more than doubles the film's reported $20 million budget.
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Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

Gillian Anderson Set To Join ‘The Crown’ Season Four As Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Gillian Anderson is set to star as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the fourth season of The Crown.

The X-Files star has been signed up to play the Iron Lady, although viewers will likely have to wait more than a year to see her on screens as the third season of the Left Bank drama has yet to air.

The third season of the Netflix drama, which will air this year, will see Olivia Colman replace Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip. Elsewhere, Ben Daniels will play Antony Armstrong-Jones, starring alongside Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret. It begins in 1963 and will cover events such as the rise of the Beatles and England winning the soccer World Cup in 1966. Characters such as Camilla Parker Bowles, Call the Midwife‘s Emerald Fennell, will also start to emerge in the next season.
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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74

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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74
Andy Vajna, executive producer of several “Rambo” films as well as “Total Recall” and several “Terminator” movies, has died at 74.

The Hungarian National Film Fund confirmed his death, calling him a “dominant figure in the Hungarian and international film industry” who was responsible for the development of the fund.

With partner Mario Kassar, Vajna founded the indie powerhouse Carolco, which produced blockbusters including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the first three “Rambo” films and “Basic Instinct.” Carolco was one of the most successful companies in the foreign pre-sales business, and a mainstay at the world’s film markets. He was a founder and president of the American Film Marketing Assn., which launched the American Film Market.

Vajna served as producer or executive producer on films including “Evita,” starring Madonna, Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” “Judge Dredd,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance” and “Angel Heart.”

He left Carolco in 1989 to form Cinergi Productions and InterCom
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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List

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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List
Green Book walked away with the marquee prize at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards, which were handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed up its Golden Globes win and beat out a tough field to snare the statuette for Animated Feature, and the Mister Rogers pic Won’t You Be My Neighbor? laced up the Documentary Feature prize, also topping a solid field..

On the TV side, the final season of FX’s The Americans won the drama series awards, following up its Globes win two weeks ago. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continued its remarkable awards run, up its Emmy and Golden Globes triumph with its second consecutive Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy at the PGAs. Its creator-ep Amy Sherman-Palladino was among tonight’s career award recipients – the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television.
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PGA Awards: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Animated Film Prize

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PGA Awards: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Wins Animated Film Prize
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” has won the animated movie award at the Producers Guild Awards.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” topped “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.” The last three PGA winners in animation – “Coco,” “Zootopia,” “Inside Out” – have also won the Oscar.

The fifth season of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” repeated as the winner of the Live Entertainment and Talk category. The second season of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” took the David L. Wolper Award for limited series television.

Fahrenheit 451” won the award for top streamed or televised motion picture. The 10th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” took the award for game and competiton television. “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” won the award for non-fiction television.

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won the first award at the awards show
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Netflix renews The Kominsky Method for season 2

Netflix renews The Kominsky Method for season 2
Fresh from its success at the Golden Globes where it was honoured with Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (Michael Douglas), Netflix has announced that it has renewed its comedy series The Kominsky Method for a second season. Here’s the announcement video…

Created by Chuck Lorre, The Kominsky Method stars Michael Douglas as Sandy Kominsky, an actor who had a brief fling with success years ago, before becoming a revered acting coach. Also featuring in the cast – and returning for the second season – are Alan Arkin as Sandy’s agent Norman Newlander, Sarah Baker as Sandy’s daughter Mindy, and Nancy Travis, as Lisa, a student in Sandy’s acting class.

The first season of The Kominsky Method is available to stream now on Netflix, with season two set to begin production later this month in Los Angeles.
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PGA Awards: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Repeats as Comedy Series Winner

PGA Awards: ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Repeats as Comedy Series Winner
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has won the first award at the Producers Guild of America’s awards show, underway at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The Amazon series topped “Atlanta,” “Barry,” “Glow,” and “The Good Place” in winning the Danny Thomas award. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” won the award last year.

BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” have been nominated for the Producers Guild’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award as the top feature film of 2018. The PGA, which has about 8,200 members, has matched the Oscar for best picture in 20 of its 29 years, including “The Shape of Water” last year.

Nominees for animated films are “The Grinch,” “Incredibles 2,” “Isle of Dogs,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.”

The PGA drama series nominees include the final season of “The Americans,” “Better Call Saul,”
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer Confirms Bryan Singer’s Reason for Leaving, Says ‘No One’ Was Attached to Play Mercury
Bohemian Rhapsody” producer Graham King provided insight into some of the events surrounding the Golden Globe-winning film Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards Nominees Breakfast, including director Bryan Singer’s departure from the film partway through production.

“It’s an unfortunate situation, with like 16, 17 days to go and Bryan Singer just had some issues, his mother was very sick, and he’s the kind of guy that he needs to have 100% focus,” King explained at the Skirball Cultural Center. “He just said, I want to hiatus the film, and deal with what he had going on in his life. And the studio wanted to finish the film. And of course, my job is to protect the film at any cost and that’s what I was there to do.”

Fox terminated Singer under the “pay or play” provision of his contract, sources indicated at the time, due to his repeated failures to show up on the set
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Riverdale Is Doing Another Musical Episode, and It's Based on an Iconic '80s Teen Movie

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Riverdale Is Doing Another Musical Episode, and It's Based on an Iconic '80s Teen Movie
Riverdale is setting the stage for another musical episode! After putting on a production of Carrie: The Musical during season two, the show will be taking on Heathers: The Musical, based on the 1989 teen film, this time around. The episode will air on March 20 and feature nine songs from the off-Broadway musical.

On Thursday, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa gave a glimpse of the cast list, which includes Veronica (Camila Mendes), Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), and Betty (Lili Reinhart) as the three Heathers. "Last year, we had a blast doing Carrie," Aguirre-Sacasa said in a statement. "This year, we wanted to honor another iconic teen movie. Heathers: The Musical is Big Fun, with great roles for the Riverdale kids."

And while Jughead (Cole Sprouse) didn't participate in any of the numbers last season, Aguirre-Sacasa added that "everyone is singing" this time around!

Here we go.....❤️
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‘American Gods’ at Long Last Gets a Trailer for Season 2 (Video)

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‘American Gods’ at Long Last Gets a Trailer for Season 2 (Video)
At long last, “American Gods” fans have a reason to celebrate as Starz has released an extended trailer for the show’s long awaited second season.

The first season of “American Gods” finished way back in June 2017, and since then the Neil Gaiman adaptation has suffered multiple setbacks and behind-the-scenes turbulence. After creators Michael Green and Bryan Fuller left the series at the end of season 1, Jesse Alexander was selected as the show’s new showrunner, only to leave the show last September.

The show’s cast has also seen significant turnover as Gillian Anderson and Kristen Chenoweth have departed, with Kahyun Kim, Dean Winters, and Devery Jacobs joining for season 2.

But now fans have something else to talk about besides behind-the-scenes drama, as the two-minute trailer shows the Old and New Gods preparing to go to war. While Mr. World (Crispin Glover) plots revenge for the attack against him last season,
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‘SNL’: Leslie Jones Parodies ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ With ‘Raunchiest Miss Rita’

‘SNL’: Leslie Jones Parodies ‘Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ With ‘Raunchiest Miss Rita’
With The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel‘s Rachel Brosnahan hosting this week’s Saturday Night Live, the series used it as an opportunity to parody the Amazon series with a spinoff called “The Raunchiest Miss Rita.”

The pre-taped digital short, which takes place at the familiar Gaslight Cafe, stars SNL comic Leslie Jones as the titular Miss Rita: a quiet employee-turned-foul-mouthed comedian who quickly garners an audience for her crass jokes. While she gets advice from Brosnahan’s Mrs. Maisel, her sets become more sexually explicit and expletive-filled.

Aidy Bryant makes
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Inside the Hunt for a Murderer Who Escaped from Prison 45 Years Ago

Deputy U.S. Marshal David Siler was only 20 days old when one of Ohio’s most notorious fugitives, Lester Eubanks, escaped from prison in December 1973. Still, the getaway and the original crime — the senseless murder of a child — keep him up nights. “It’s one of those cases that you can’t put down,” he tells Rolling Stone. “It’s so appalling that someone has to headhunt to catch this monster.”

Eubanks had originally been sentenced to the death penalty for the November 1965 murder and attempted rape of a 14-year-old girl,
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Davido’s ‘Fall’ Is Finally Catching On in the U.S., But It Should Be Bigger

The Nigerian style of music known as Afrobeats has quietly entranced a large swathe of the world’s population. “Pretty much every song on pop radio [in the U.K. now] is sort of a Mr. Eazi-style, chill, afrobeats [track],” the producer Riton told Rolling Stone last year. But Nigerian singers have not yet established a foothold Stateside, despite well-received, afrobeats-dusted singles from established stars like Drake and Janet Jackson.

So it’s unusual that “Fall,” a springy, 19-month-old track from the Nigerian singer DaVido, is currently gaining traction on the airwaves. The growth has been gradual: 482 plays to date,
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Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile Sing ‘Hunger Strike’ at Chris Cornell Tribute

Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile Sing ‘Hunger Strike’ at Chris Cornell Tribute
A diverse array of artists from Miley Cyrus to Metallica honored the memory of Chris Cornell at the I Am the Highway tribute concert in Los Angeles last week. While the show was appropriately heavy on rock artists, it also highlighted two of country and Americana’s most powerful vocalists: Chris Stapleton and Brandi Carlile.

The pair joined up for “Hunger Strike,” the surprise 1991 hit by Temple of the Dog. That ad hoc group, led by Cornell and featuring a cameo by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, was itself a tribute to a fallen singer,
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Cardi B Fires Back at Conservative Critics After Shutdown Slam

Cardi B Fires Back at Conservative Critics After Shutdown Slam
After slamming the government shutdown on social media, Cardi B took aim at her conservative critics who questioned whether the rapper should be politically involved.

Cardi B’s shutdown rant drew criticism from Trump supporters like Fox News host Tomi Lahren, who tweeted at the rapper, “Looks like @iamcardib is the latest genius political mind to endorse the Democrats. Ha! Keep it up, guys!”

Leave me alone I will dog walk you . https://t.co/FjqIzpUbvp

— iamcardib (@iamcardib) January 20, 2019

On Sunday morning, Cardi B responded to Lahren: “Leave me alone I will dog walk you.
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Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74

Andy Vajna, ‘Rambo’ Producer, Dies at 74
Andy Vajna, executive producer of several “Rambo” films as well as “Total Recall” and several “Terminator” movies, has died at 74.

The Hungarian National Film Fund confirmed his death, calling him a “dominant figure in the Hungarian and international film industry” who was responsible for the development of the fund.

With partner Mario Kassar, Vajna founded the indie powerhouse Carolco, which produced blockbusters including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” the first three “Rambo” films and “Basic Instinct.” Carolco was one of the most successful companies in the foreign pre-sales business, and a mainstay at the world’s film markets. He was a founder and president of the American Film Marketing Assn., which launched the American Film Market.

Vajna served as producer or executive producer on films including “Evita,” starring Madonna, Oliver Stone’s “Nixon,” “Judge Dredd,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance” and “Angel Heart.”

He left Carolco in 1989 to form Cinergi Productions and InterCom,
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SNL’s Elizabeth Warren Calls Herself America’s Prostate Exam: ‘You Need One or You’ll Die’

SNL’s Elizabeth Warren Calls Herself America’s Prostate Exam: ‘You Need One or You’ll Die’
Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), played by the brilliant Kate McKinnon, stopped by SNL’s Weekend Update as the show returned from a mid-season break.

“I haven’t been this excited since I found out my package from L.L. Bean had shipped,” McKinnon’s Warren told host Colin Jost.

McKinnon’s pitch perfect Warren went on to describe the candidate’s ethos: “I’m a fighter. I’m fighting for the middle class. I’m fighting for Medicare for All. I’m like if Monday Night Raw was hosted by NPR’s Terry Gross.
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Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates Mlk Weekend With $47 Million

Box Office: ‘Glass’ Dominates Mlk Weekend With $47 Million
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” topped box office charts during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, collecting $40 million over the weekend for a four-day sum of $47 million.

If estimates hold, “Glass” will come in behind “American Sniper” ($107 million) and “Ride Along” ($48 million) as the third-best showing for both January and Mlk holiday weekend.

The supernatural thriller, a sequel to 2000’s “Unbreakable” and 2016’s “Split,” arrived slightly behind Universal Pictures’ projections heading into the weekend. It’s still a solid showing, to be sure, since the movie was produced for just $20 million. But given the cult status of “Unbreakable” and the surprise box office success of “Split,” industry watchers were anticipating a stronger start for “Glass.” However, middling reviews and a so-so audience reception didn’t help momentum.

“Glass” saw James McAvoy reprise his role from “Split,” while Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson returned as their characters from “Unbreakable.” The
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The ‘Broad City’ Gals Say Goodbye

The ‘Broad City’ Gals Say Goodbye
Ciao, Broad City. After a brilliant and gut-busting run, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson are heading into the final season of their groundbreaking Comedy Central show about two twentysomething BFFs living large in NYC, helping each other explore the worlds of pegging, Fomo and going to Whole Foods on drugs. Before it kicks off on January 24, the co-creators and stars singled out a few of their personal favorite episodes for Rolling Stone. Asked for five of their greatest hits, the broads chose eight. As Glazer explains, “I hope I lot
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‘Glass’ Hunts Down $47 Million Box Office Opening on Mlk Weekend

Critical and audience reception for Universal’s “Glass” hasn’t been as high as it was for its 2017 predecessor “Split,” but M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film is still on pace for a $47 million 4-day opening, which would be the third-highest opening on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in industry history.

The Mlk opening record belongs to “American Sniper” with $107.2 million, while No. 2 is “Ride Along” with $48.6 million and “Cloverfield” sits at No. 3 with $46.1 million. On the 3-day side, “Glass” is seeing an opening weekend consistent with “Split,” earning $40.5 million from Friday-Sunday, compared to $40 million for Kevin Crumb’s debut.

Also Read: 'Glass' Film Review: M. Night Shyamalan Disappoints With His Super-Trio Sequel

While independent trackers had projected a much higher opening for “Glass” — some estimates reached as high as $68 million — this is still a positive result for Universal after a December in which two of its films,
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