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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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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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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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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

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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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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.
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RCA Drops R. Kelly: #MuteRKelly, Activist Organizations React

Now that RCA has dropped R&B singer R. Kelly, who has faced decades of allegations of sexual misconduct, the activists who have petitioned the labels to drop him are calling it a victory.

In the summer of 2017, around the time that Buzzfeed News reported that the R&B singer was supposedly holding women in his homes and other properties against their will, activists launched the #MuteRKelly campaign, seeking to quarantine him from the music industry at large. Online petitions and in-person protests have followed, all while the label stayed silent.
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Cody Johnson on Bridging Texas-Nashville Gap With Mainstream Country Debut

Cody Johnson is certain his time has come. The former prison guard and rodeo rider from Huntsville, Texas (pop. 38,000), has earned his chance at country music stardom the hard way, racking up streams and building a fan base as a true-blue independent for more than a decade. Now, with the release of Ain’t Nothing to It on Warner Music Nashville, Johnson is eager to show what he can accomplish with the weight of a major label behind him.

“I just know I’ve worked my whole life to be here.
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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Has a Secret Ending With a Crazy Easter Egg

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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Has a Secret Ending With a Crazy Easter Egg
(We’re going to be very spoiler-light here in this post, so if you haven’t explored all the many, many permutations of “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” yet and want to avoid any important details you should be safe reading this)

So if you’ve spent much time with “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch,” you might be stuck in a loop wondering if this thing will ever actually end. We, for example, had an initial runthrough that lasted over two hours as our choices caused the story to continuously fold back on itself as the Netflix Interactive Film kept funneling us down new paths.

But there are actual concrete endings to be discovered in this madness. And you’ll know them when you see them because you finally will stop getting options — the end credits will roll, and if you want to keep exploring you’ll have to start over from the very
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Does M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does M Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
With “Split” back in 2017, M. Night Shyamalan ventured into new territory as a director — he had stealthily made a sequel to his 2000 film “Unbreakable,” which these days is generally regarded as his best movie. Though “Split” was more of a sidequel than true sequel, akin to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the big reveal coming during the end credits. And now we have “Glass,” a sequel to both “Unbreakable” and “Split” that brings together the considerable talents of James McAvoy, Samual L. Jackson and Bruce Willis.

Shyamalan’s shared universe has finally come together a la the “Avengers” films, and we can’t help but wonder what’s next, if anything, for this surprising little franchise. After all, the pop culture landscape is littered with these types of series at this point — and franchises never truly die. “Avengers: Endgame” might be about to end the story of the first eleven years of the McU,
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All 10 M Night Shyamalan Movie Twists Ranked, From ‘Sixth Sense’ to ‘Glass’

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All 10 M Night Shyamalan Movie Twists Ranked, From ‘Sixth Sense’ to ‘Glass’
(Spoilers ahead for, well, pretty much everything. Including “Glass.”)

This weekend marks the release of “Glass,” filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to both “Unbreakable” and “Split.” And, yes, it does have a twist ending. But is it one of Shyamalan’s good ones?

Ever since “The Sixth Sense,” Shyamalan has been known for spooky, dramatic movies with giant, mind-blowing twists in their plots. Of course, they’re not all good — some of Shyamalan’s twists have left audiences laughing instead of gasping. Here’s the definitive list of which of his twists do their stories justice and which ones merely unravel them, from “The Sixth Sense” way back in 1999 to “Glass.”

10. “Glass” (2019)

The whole movie you can tell that Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price has some kind of grand plan for this small group of superpeople, like he’s doing some “Ocean’s Eleven” style sleight of hand behind the
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Sarah Sanders Calls BuzzFeed Michael Cohen Report ‘Categorically False’

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders took aim at BuzzFeed on Friday, calling their report Thursday night that said President Trump had directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a possible Trump Tower Moscow project “categorically false”

“Look, it’s ridiculous. As the president’s outside council put in a statement earlier today, and they said, and I think this sums it up perfectly – it’s categorically false,” Sanders told Fox News host Jesse Watters in an interview to air Saturday.

“I think BuzzFeed has about as much credibility as Michael Cohen, considering both of these individuals and outlets have put out and advocated for a fake dirty dossier. BuzzFeed, and Michael Cohen is a known and admitted liar. I don’t think these are any two people I’m going to look for in the credibility department.”

Also Read: Washington Post Media Analyst Says Ocasio-Cortez Criticism Rooted in
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Fyre Festival Documentaries: The 10 Most Outrageous Moments

Fyre Festival Documentaries: The 10 Most Outrageous Moments
It is perhaps only fitting that two documentaries about the disastrous Fyre Festival, one of the most high-profile fraudulent failures in history, would arrive during the same week — a fitting cap on a tragicomedy of errors that, as both films outline in excruciating detail, unfolded like a slow-motion plane crash in the spring of 2017. Far from the luxury accommodations and celebrity-chef-prepared meals promised by its chief producers — entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule — and the multiple “influencers” who were paid to promote it, concertgoers were met with flimsy tents, boxed lunches, near-total disorganization, a cancelled concert and long waits
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