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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)

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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)
Naomi Watts has been cast in the lead role in the upcoming Quibi series “Wolves and Villagers,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The exact plot of the short-form series is being kept under wraps, but Quibi co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has previously described the show as “Fatal Attraction 2.0.” Jason Blum is executive producing the series, with Stuart Blumberg writing and executive producing.

This marks the latest TV project for Watts. She was recently cast in a major role in the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot at HBO, and signed on to play Gretchen Carlson in the Roger Ailes limited series currently in the works at Showtime. She previously appeared in Showtime’s revival of “Twin Peaks.”

Watts is also known for her roles in films like “Mulholland Drive,” “I Heart Huckabees,” “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance),” “St. Vincent,” “The Ring,” “King Kong, and “J. Edgar.” She earned Academy Award nominations
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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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‘Kominsky Method’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

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‘Kominsky Method’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix has picked up “The Kominsky Method” for a second season.

The comedy stars starring Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin recently won two Golden Globe Awards, one for best comedy series and the other for Douglas in the best actor in a comedy series category. Arkin was also nominated in the supporting actor category.

Season 2 will consist of eight half-hour episodes and is scheduled to begin production later this month in Los Angeles. Douglas and Arkin will return as series regulars along with Sarah Baker and Nancy Travis.

The show follows actor and acting coach Sandy Kominsky (Douglas) and his agent Norman Newlander (Arkin), two friends trying to navigate their later years in Los Angeles, a city that values youth and beauty.

Chuck Lorre created the series and serves as executive producer along with Al Higgins and Douglas. Chuck Lorre Productions produces in association with Warner Bros. Television.

“I wanted
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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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"Vikings" Alum Travis Fimmel Among 10 Cast in TNT Drama "Raised by Wolves"

TNT has set 10 cast members for the Ridley Scott-produced drama “Raised by Wolves.”

The show, which was ordered straight-to-series in October, centers on two androids tasked with raising human children on a mysterious virgin planet. As the burgeoning colony of humans threatens to be torn apart by religious differences, the androids learn that controlling the beliefs of humans is a treacherous and difficult task.

The cast includes:

Amanda Collin will play Mother, an android with a secret past who has been programmed to raise a brood of human children on a faraway planet. In addition to teaching her children to survive,
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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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Peter Sarsgaard to Star in CBS All Access True-Crime Drama ‘Interrogation’

Peter Sarsgaard to Star in CBS All Access True-Crime Drama ‘Interrogation’
Peter Sarsgaard will star in “Interrogation,” CBS All Access’s true-crime drama.

Co-created by Anders Weidemann and John Mankiewicz, “Interrogation” is based on a true story that spanned more than 30 years, in which a young man was charged and convicted of brutally murdering his mother. Each episode is structured around an interrogation taken directly from the real police case files. The first nine episodes of the series will be available to watch in any order, with the conclusive season finale to be released at a later date.
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‘My Brilliant Friend,’ ‘Gomorrah’ Show Different Sides of Naples

‘My Brilliant Friend,’ ‘Gomorrah’ Show Different Sides of Naples
When Saverio Costanzo, the director of HBO and Rai’s “My Brilliant Friend,” started to plan how he would depict the grand but gritty city of Naples — one that’s so vivid in the imaginations of millions of Elena Ferrante readers, he quickly decided that the working-class neighborhood at the core of her four Neapolitan novels had to be fictional.

“Our starting point was always the fake city,” he says, noting that precisely because no other city in Italy has such a strong identity, keeping the right distance from Naples was what enabled him to represent it so intensely.

The
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CBS Is Selling Stephen Colbert’s ‘Shutdown Mug’ With Proceeds to Feed Furloughed Federal Workers

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CBS Is Selling Stephen Colbert’s ‘Shutdown Mug’ With Proceeds to Feed Furloughed Federal Workers
Like that coffee mug that Stephen Colbert sported on Thursday’s episode of “The Late Show”? CBS hopes you did, enough that you’re willing to plop down $15 for it.

Colbert announced during the show that his coffee mug that commemorates the 28-day partial government shutdown — which is emblazoned with the words “Don’t Even Talk to Me Until I’ve Had My Paycheck” — is now available for viewers to buy.

But it’s not a simple cash grab for CBS.

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The network said that all of the profits from the mug sales will go directly to Chef José Andrés’ nonprofit organization, World Central Kitchen, which is providing free meals to federal workers and their families during the government shutdown. Many federal employees are currently furloughed or working without pay during the shutdown, which began on Saturday,
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Saving the Paris Agreement

During the United Nations climate negotiations in Katowice, Poland, in December, the cavernous modern convention center at the heart of this grim industrial city was like a spaceship in coal country. Outside, the air was so sulfurous and polluted it gave at least one negotiator a nosebleed as they walked from their hotel to the conference center.

Katowice is the coal capital of the European Union, where hills are hollowed out with mines and the livelihoods of some 90,000 workers are dependent on what the Polish prime minister has called “black gold.
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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 to Star in Paul Weitz’s ‘Fatherhood’

Kevin Hart to Star 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 bestseller “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 childbirth, 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 amid blowback 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.” His other movies include “Night School,” “Get Hard,” and “Central Intelligence.”

Dana Stevens adapted Logelin’s book, with Weitz providing his own draft.
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See Rubén Blades Rock Out With Making Movies in Fierce New Video for ‘No Te Calles’

See Rubén Blades Rock Out With Making Movies in Fierce New Video for ‘No Te Calles’
Best known for anthemic salsa songs like “Pedro Navaja” and “Plastico,” the prolific Panamanian singer, songwriter and bandleader Rubén Blades tries on a new hat as a protest rocker in “No Te Calles,” his new song with Kansas City psych-rock band Making Movies. “It is like nothing Rubén has ever done before,” bassist-vocalist Diego Chi told Rolling Stone over email. A rollicking ode to the right to resist, “No Te Calles” — which translates to “Don’t Be Silenced” — is the lead single off the supergroup’s upcoming mixtape due in May,
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Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Fatherhood’ Memoir Adaptation at Sony

Kevin Hart to Star in ‘Fatherhood’ Memoir Adaptation at Sony
Kevin Hart has signed on to star in “Fatherhood” at Sony Pictures, an adaptation of the memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Paul Weitz (“About a Boy”) is directing the film and wrote the current draft of the screenplay from Dana Stevens, who adapted the 2011 memoir “Two Kisses for Maddy.”

“Fatherhood” is based on a true story and the book by Matt Logelin, whose wife died shortly after childbirth, leaving him to raise their daughter, Maddy, on his own.

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“When I started reading this script, I was immediately touched and brought to tears,” Hart said in a statement. “At HartBeat, we seek to provide the audience with stories that evoke true emotions and this story does just that. Our hope is to bring honor to the Logelin family,
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See Brent Cobb’s Relaxed Cover of Tom Petty’s ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’

See Brent Cobb’s Relaxed Cover of Tom Petty’s ‘You Don’t Know How It Feels’
Country troubadour Brent Cobb got Rocky Mountain high for cover of Tom Petty’s “You Don’t Know How It Feels,” delivering a sun-dappled performance of the classic hit in Telluride, Colorado, in a newly posted installment of his ongoing “Meat and Potatoes Sessions” warm-up videos.

Playing back-porch style – if one’s back porch happens to include a breathtaking mountain vista – the gorgeous clip was filmed in August of 2018, a few months after Petty’s death. With Cobb’s Georgian drawl adding an extra layer to Petty’s deep-thinking slacker vibe,
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Wu-Tang Clan Docuseries ‘Of Mics and Men’ Heading to Showtime

Showtime announced Friday that it has acquired the television rights to Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, a four-part docuseries about the legendary hip-hop group. The first two episodes of Of Mics and Men, directed by Mass Appeal Sacha Jenkins, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 28th, with the docuseries scheduled to air on Showtime this spring.

Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men features interviews with the group’s nine surviving members as well as never-before-seen archival footage and concert video.

“The series follows the founding members – RZA,
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Showtime Acquires Sacha Jenkins’ Wu-Tang Clan Documentary Series

Showtime has acquired the North American rights to “Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men,” Sacha Jenkins’s documentary series on rap group Wu-Tang Clan.

The four-part series, which will debut the first two episodes during the Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 28, will air on Showtime this spring.

“The Wu-Tang Clan is a seminal group that deserves a seminal documentary,” said Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president, nonfiction programming, Showtime Networks Inc. “Sacha Jenkins delivers just that, not only reminding us of their powerful history through vintage footage, but also placing their impact in modern-day perspective that will be meaningful both to their diehard fans and music fans in general. I’m excited to be returning to Sundance with Sacha years after his directorial debut with what I believe to be his best work yet.”

Also Read: Gary Levine, Jana Winograde Named Showtime Co-Presidents

“Of Mics and Men” is tied to the
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Nineteen85 Proves He’s the King of Album Closers on Future’s ‘The Wizrd’

Nineteen85 Proves He’s the King of Album Closers on Future’s ‘The Wizrd’
Paul Jefferies, who produces as Nineteen85, is the guy you go to for The Big Hit. On tracks like Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and “One Dance” and Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter,” the beat-maker relies on a simple formula. First, find a golden sample from a song that may not be well-known, but is not obscure either — Jefferies found the Maya Jane Coles sample in “Truffle Butter,” for example, accidentally in the YouTube suggestions column. Second, program a propulsive drum pattern. Third, watch the stream-count climb.

But recently Jefferies has
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Ratings: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Slips 25 Percent From NBC Debut

Ratings: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Slips 25 Percent From NBC Debut
Week 2 of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on NBC was no Week 1, but it still was pretty good considering the series’ recent history and its current time slot averages.

On Thursday, CBS and ABC tied for first place among adults 18-49, with the “Big Bang Theory” home finishing No. 1 in terms of total viewers.

NBC earned the bronze last night in primetime.

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CBS and ABC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.2 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 7.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was second with 5 million viewers.

For CBS, “The Big Bang Theory” at 8 p.m. earned a 2.3/10 and 13.2 million viewers. At 8:30, “Young Sheldon” posted a 1.7/7 and 11.4 million viewers. “Mom” at 9 put up a 1.3/5 and 8.5 million viewers. At 9:30, “Fam” received a 1.0/4 and 6 million viewers.
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Review: Beach Boys Plumb Vaults for Post-‘Pet Sounds’ Gems

Review: Beach Boys Plumb Vaults for Post-‘Pet Sounds’ Gems
The Beach Boys

Wake the World: The Friends Sessions

Capitol

4 stars

I Can Hear Music: The 20/20 Sessions

Capitol

3.5 stars

Brian Wilson once conceded that while Pet Sounds may be his best album, Friends was his favorite. Released in 1968, shortly after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the supremely chill, transcendental-meditation-powered Friends LP was less beloved by record buyers. By Beach Boys standards, it tanked, peaking at Number 126 on the Billboard charts, the band’s lowest-ever LP rank. Perhaps, in the midst of so much cultural chaos,
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