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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Cracks $3.7 Million on Thursday Night

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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Cracks $3.7 Million on Thursday Night
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” cracked $3.7 million at 3,200 North American sites on Thursday night.

Universal’s “Glass” brings together the narratives of Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable,” which was released in 2000, and 2016’s “Split.” The supernatural thriller unites stars Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, and Sarah Paulson. The film is set to open in 3,841 locations on Friday, with the studio anticipating a $50 million launch over the first four days.

“Glass” is expected to deliver the second-largest debut for January and for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, behind only “American Sniper,” which grossed $89.2 million over the three-day weekend and $107.2 million during Friday-Monday in 2015. “Glass” could surpass “Ride Along” as the second-best bow during the four-day frame. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s buddy comedy took in $48 million during the same period in 2014.

Shyamalan wrote, directed, and financed “Glass,” which carries a $20 million budget. McAvoy is reprising his role from “Split,
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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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Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer: 130M Views In 24 Hours Breaks Studio Record

Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Trailer: 130M Views In 24 Hours Breaks Studio Record
This week’s online release of a teaser trailer for Spider-Man: Far From Home was an off-the-wall sensation for Sony’s Columbia Pictures racking up 130 million views in its first 24 frenetic hours.

The massive response made Tuesday’s trailer debut the biggest digital launch in the history of Sony Pictures, topping the mark set by Spider-Man: Homecoming (116 million views in 24 hours). That July 2017 release went on to gross $334.2 million domestically and $880.1 million worldwide.

The new trailer arrived at a moment when interest in Spider-Man is on the upswing thanks to the critical and commercial success of Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the landmark animated epic that appears poised for a major trophy run after its Golden Globes win.

Curiosity in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer was stoked even more by the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War, the Disney/Marvel Studios hit that finished 2018 as the year’s top-grossing global release.
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"The Terror": Season Two; Christopher Naoki Lee to Recur on AMC Series

The Terror has some new company. Deadline reports Christopher Naoki Lee has joined season two of the AMC TV show.

An anthology drama, season two of The Terror “centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a Japanese-American community, and a young man’s journey to understand and combat the malevolent entity responsible.” The cast includes George Takei, Derek Mio, Kiki Sukezane, and Miki Ishikawa.

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"The First" Canceled By Hulu After One Season

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There will be no second season for Beau Willimon’s Hulu series The First, starring Sean Penn. Hulu has opted not to renew the drama, which was picked up straight-to-series by the streaming network, Deadline has confirmed.

Written by Willimon and executive produced by Willimon and his producing partner Jordan Tappis, The First followed the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focused not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth. Natasha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Keiko Agena and Hannah Ware also starred.

“It’s a story about the human spirit,” said Willimon when the series order was announced. “About our indomitable need to reach for unknown horizons. About people working toward the greatest pioneering achievement in human history. And about the cost of that vision, the danger and sacrifice – emotional,
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2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category

2019 Oscar Nomination Predictions: Our Final Selections, Ranked for Each Category
The 2019 Oscar race is all about Best Popular Film. Not only does the Academy not need that new category after all this year, but more big-grossers than ever are vying for spots on the final Oscar ballot to be revealed on January 22. Which might mean more people will tune into an Oscar show, rooting for mainstream movies they actually care about.

But while more popular hits, led by Bradley Cooper’s blockbuster “A Star is Born,” (Warner Bros.) are in contention for multiple categories including Best Picture, bragging rights may still wind up with Netflix’s first bonafide Best Picture candidate, Alfonso Cuarón’s cinephile-dream “Roma,” which commanded a more robust arthouse release than any Netflix film to date, along with a lavish promotional campaign, and has been widely viewed on the global streaming platform.

The Golden Globe and Critics Choice winner and Mexico’s black-and-white foreign-language Oscar entry, “Roma
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Netflix Reboots True Crime & Paranormal Series "Unsolved Mysteries" With "Stranger Things" EP Shawn Levy

Netflix Reboots True Crime & Paranormal Series
Exclusive: Unsolved Mysteries is back after Netflix revived the long-running true crime and paranormal franchise.

The series, which was hosted by Robert Stack and ran for over 500 episodes between 1987 and 2010, is being refreshed by Stranger Things Ep Shawn Levy and his company 21 Laps Entertainment and Netflix.

I hear that Levy is overseeing the revamp in association with Cosgrove-Meurer Productions, the original production company run by the show’s creators John Cosgrove and Terry Dunn Meurer. The latter will show run the series with Cosgrove, Levy and Josh Barry as exec producers. Robert Wise is co-exec producer and showrunner with Dunn Meurer.

The 12-part show will use re-enactments in a documentary format to profile real-life mysteries and unsolved crimes, lost love, cases involving missing persons and unexplained paranormal events. Each episode will focus on one mystery. In the original series, actors played the victims, criminals and witnesses but family members and police were regularly interviewed.
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Netflix Original Movies: What to Look Forward To in 2019

Following the biggest fourth-quarter worldwide subscriber gain ever and some controversy around increased prices in the U.S., Netflix looks to keep its momentum going into 2019.

From Jan. 18 through March, the streaming site will release 10 original films, including action-packed thrillers, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi, quirky comedies, inspirational dramas, an artistic horror movie and a viral documentary.

Subscribers can watch the action flick “Close,” documentary “Fyre” and sci-fi movie “Io,” while “Polar” with Mads Mikkelsen drops next week. February kicks off with the horrific “Velvet Buzzsaw” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and Steven Soderbergh and Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “High Flying Bird” comes a week later. Comedies “The Breaker Upperers” and “Paddleton” round out the month. Finally, March brings two films based on true stories, “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” and “The Dirt.”

Close (Jan. 18)

Noomi Rapace stars as a counter-terrorist expert in this action thriller inspired by the real life of one
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Hulu Cancels Sean Penn Drama ‘The First’ After One Season

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Hulu will not be going back to Mars, at least with Sean Penn.

The streamer has canceled Penn’s space-exploration drama “The First” after one season. The high-profile project was Penn’s first-ever TV series starring role, but was met with lackluster reviews.

The series followed the first human mission to Mars in the not-too-distant future. The character drama focused on the astronauts who embark on the mission but also their families, loved ones and the people participating back on Earth. It explored the challenges that go into interplanetary colonization.

Also Read: Rival Fyre Festival Docs Ignite Fiery Words Between Filmmakers

Penn stared opposite Natascha McElhone, along with LisaGay Hamilton, Hannah Ware, Keiko Agena, Rey Lucas, James Ransone, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Brian Lee Franklin, and Oded Fehr. “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon created the drama for Hulu.

The series was initially set as a limited series, but Willimon had previously
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‘The First’ Canceled at Hulu After One Season

Hulu has grounded the space exploration drama “The First” after one season, Variety has confirmed.

The series hailed from Beau Willimon and starred Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone in Penn’s first regular television role. “The First” was set in the near future and followed the first human mission to Mars. Hulu gave the show a straight-to-series order in May 2017, with the show launching in September 2018. It also starred LisaGay Hamilton, Keiko Agena, Rey Lucas, Hannah Ware, and James Ransone.

Westward Productions, an independent film and television studio founded by Willimon and his producing partner Jordan Tappis, owned and produced “The First.
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Does ‘Aquaman’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Aquaman’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Aquaman” is the first DC Comics movie since the ill fated “Justice League” in 2017, and thus serves as sort of a soft reboot for the cinematic DC universe. It’s the polar opposite of the old Zack Snyder-driven DC Extended Universe, bringing an overwhelming color palette and fully embracing the weirdness of Aquaman’s world rather than trying to ground it or make it grim and gritty in any way.

Up until “Justice League,” the DC Snyderverse was conspicuous for bucking the superhero movie trope of including a bonus scene after the credits to tease future movies or just have some fun. None of “Man of Steel,” “Batman V Superman” or “Wonder Woman” included a post-credits scene, but “Justice League” did — teasing a direction for the DC movies that may or may not ever happen.

In any case, the James Wan-directed “Aquaman” represents a new day for DC on the big screen.
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Third ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Production Start Pushed Back Several Months

Warner Bros. is pushing back the production start date of its third “Fantastic Beasts” movie several months from July to the late fall, a spokesperson said Friday.

Actors have been notified about the change in dates. The untitled third “Fantastic Beasts” movie has not yet set a release date. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” was released on Nov. 18, 2016, and “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Gindelwald” came out on Nov. 16, 2018. It’s been assumed that the studio would release the next movie in November, 2020, but the delay in starting production may preclude that from happening.

David Yates is set to direct the third movie with David Heyman, Steve Kloves, Lionel Wigram, and J.K. Rowling producing. The two “Fantastic Beasts” have starred Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, who deals with secret wizard communities during the 1920s. Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, and Dan Fogler have also starred. Jude Law
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Lee Unkrich, Director of ‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3,’ to Leave Pixar After 25 Years

Lee Unkrich, Director of ‘Coco’ and ‘Toy Story 3,’ to Leave Pixar After 25 Years
Lee Unkrich, a two-time Oscar winner and director for Pixar, is leaving the animation studio after 25 years, he announced on Twitter Friday.

“After twenty-five incredible years, I’ve decided to leave Pixar,” the director tweeted. “The time has come for new adventures.”

Unkrich, who directed “Toy Story 3” and “Coco,” is a longtime editor at Pixar, dating back to its early days and to the first “Toy Story” film. He also served as a co-director “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Finding Nemo.”

Also Read: Oscar Short Film Finalists Include Pixar's 'Bao'

“I’m not leaving to make films at another studio; instead, I look forward to spending much-needed time with my family and pursuing interests that have long been back-burnered,” Unkrich said in a statement obtained by TheWrap.

Pixar’s Pete Docter, who directed “Monsters, Inc.,” “Up” and “Inside Out,” praised his colleague upon notice of his departure.

“Lee
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TV Roundup: ‘Supergirl’ Drops First Look at Nicole Maines as TV’s First Trans Superhero

In today’s TV News Roundup, The CW releases a first look at Nicole Maines on “Supergirl” and Variety unveils an exclusive look at Gabriel Iglesias’ new comedy special.

First Looks

truTV has released the first trailer for season 2 of Emmy-nominated series “At Home with Amy Sedaris.” The variety sketch comedy returns Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt.

The CW has released the first look at Nicole Maines, playing a superhero named Dreamer on the Jan. 27 episode of DC Comic’s “Supergirl.” Maines plays the first ever transgender superhero on television in an episode that explores the source of Dreamer’s powers.
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Apple Sets First-Look Deal With Imagine’s Documentary Arm

Apple Sets First-Look Deal With Imagine’s Documentary Arm
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries has signed a first-look deal with Apple.

The pact will see the company’s non-fiction arm develop projects for both film and TV.

The move continues Apple’s push into original content over the last 18 months, and signals that non-fiction programming could be an important part of that. In September, Apple acquired the global rights to the documentary feature film “The Elephant Queen,” directed by Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning wildlife documentarians Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble.

Also Read: Jason Katims Will Leave Universal TV for New Deal With Apple

Imagine has also been making a push into the documentary space in recent years, with the Howard-directed “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — the Touring Year,” in addition to “Jay Z’s Made in America,” “Katy Perry: Part of Me” and “Inside Deep Throat.” The company is currently producing the docuseries “She The People” with Sarah Jones,
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Lawsuit: Mariah Carey’s Former Assistant Says She Was Peed On, Called a ‘Whore’

Lawsuit: Mariah Carey’s Former Assistant Says She Was Peed On, Called a ‘Whore’
Mariah Carey’s former personal assistant, Lianna Shakhnazaryan (also known as Lianna Azarian), claimed she was subjected to sexual battery and harassment during her approximately two years of employment before being wrongfully terminated by the singer in 2017. That’s according to a new lawsuit filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday, January 16th, the same day that Carey sued Shakhnazaryan, accusing her former assistant of secretly filming embarrassing videos, in violation of a non-disclosure agreement, and trying to extort her out of $8 million.

According to a copy of Shakhnazaryan’s 32-page complaint,
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15 Buzziest Sundance Movies: From ‘Honey Boy’ to ‘Leaving Neverland’ (Photos)

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15 Buzziest Sundance Movies: From ‘Honey Boy’ to ‘Leaving Neverland’ (Photos)
Park City, Utah, is about to be flush with cash — and we’re not talking about buying apres ski gear. Here are the most buzzed-about titles of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. (Note: some already have distributors).

“After the Wedding”

Filmmaker Bart Freundlich has enlisted esteemed actresses Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams to lead this adaptation of Danish director Susanne Bier’s Oscar-winning film of the same name. After being invited to the wedding of Theresa’s (Moore) daughter, Isabel (Williams) discovers a connection to Theresa that takes her on an unexpected journey into her own past.

“Clemency”

Alfre Woodard stars as the warden of a maxim-security prison, who, after striking up a bond with an inmate, is confronted with the complex and often contradictory relationship between good intentions and unrequited desires.

“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

Almost two years in the making, Joe Berlinger’s take on the notorious
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When ‘Beale Street’ Hits Close to Home: ‘It Was Terrifying’ (Podcast)

When ‘Beale Street’ Hits Close to Home: ‘It Was Terrifying’ (Podcast)
Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk,” based on James Baldwin’s book, draws us in with a deliriously beautiful love story to show how the criminal justice system unjustly targets black men. On our new “Low Key” podcast, Aaron Lanton and Keith Dennie talk about how much the film hit home for them –and not just because they grew up in Memphis, the home of Beale Street. You can listen on Apple or right here:

On every episode of “Low Key,” Keith, Aaron and I talk about low-key pop culture moments we think others may have missed. We hope no one overlooks “If Beale Street Can Talk.” The film uses Memphis’ most-celebrated street as a metaphor for black life in America.

As black men who grew up in Memphis, Aaron and Keith related to the film on many levels — and some resonated painfully.

Also Read: 'If Beale Street Could Talk,
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Imagine’s Documentary Arm Sets First-Look Pact With Apple (Exclusive)

Imagine’s Documentary Arm Sets First-Look Pact With Apple (Exclusive)
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries has set a first-look pact with Apple to develop non-fiction features and series.

The deal comes as Imagine is investing heavily in the premium non-fiction arena. The company in June recruited RadicalMedia veteran Justin Wilkes to head Imagine Documentaries as president.

The deal suggests that Apple sees docu films and series as an important element of the video platform the tech giant has been working on for more than 18 months. In September, Apple acquired global rights to the feature doc “The Elephant Queen,” which will screen later this month at the Sundance Film Festival.

Imagine’s push into documentaries began a few years ago with such projects as “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — the Touring Years,” directed by Howard, and “Jay-z’s Made in America,” “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” and “Inside Deep Throat.”

Under Wilkes’ direction, Imagine at present
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Imagine’s Documentary Arm Sets First-Look Pact With Apple (Exclusive)

Imagine’s Documentary Arm Sets First-Look Pact With Apple (Exclusive)
Brian Grazer and Ron Howard’s Imagine Documentaries has set a first-look pact with Apple to develop non-fiction features and series.

The deal comes as Imagine is investing heavily in the premium non-fiction arena. The company in June recruited RadicalMedia veteran Justin Wilkes to head Imagine Documentaries as president.

The deal suggests that Apple sees docu films and series as an important element of the video platform the tech giant has been working on for more than 18 months. In September, Apple acquired global rights to the feature doc “The Elephant Queen,” which will screen later this month at the Sundance Film Festival.
See full article at Variety - TV News »
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