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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’

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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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Palm Springs Review: ‘The Realm’

Palm Springs Review: ‘The Realm’
The notion that government is one big con directing money into already well-lined pockets is confirmed and then some in “The Realm.” Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “Michael Clayton”-like thriller has struck a chord in Spain, where the persistence of corruption in the post-Franco era is a popular topic bordering on obsession. But are examples of corruption just a matter of a few bad apples or the tip of a vast conspiratorial iceberg?

Sorogoyen (“Stockholm”) and co-writer Isabel Pena (also his collaborator on “May God Save Us”) definitely favor the second scenario, and that bleak verdict has resonated in Spain — “The Realm” is dominating this year’s Goya race, with 13 nominations. It’s unlikely the film will resonate as well offshore, as some viewers may be confused by a narrative that assumes familiarity with Spanish political and economic systems; moreover, the movie is not the “ripped from headlines” true story it often feels like.
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Mariah Carey Lawsuit: Ex-Assistant Says She Was Peed on While Working for Singer

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Mariah Carey Lawsuit: Ex-Assistant Says She Was Peed on While Working for Singer
Mariah Carey and her former assistant Lianna Shakhnazaryan are suing one another in separate lawsuits, with Carey accusing Shakhnazaryan of attempted extortion via something similar to a revenge porn scheme. Shakhnazaryan, meanwhile, accuses Carey of racist comments, physical abuse, and urinating on her.

In lawsuits filed Wednesday in Los Angeles and New York City courts, Carey says that Shakhnazaryan secretly recorded her in “intimate moments” and showed the footage to other people without her consent. Later, her suit says, Shakhnazaryan told an acquaintance if Carey fired her she would sell the video in retaliation, has consistently refused to return the ill-gotten footage, and tried to extort $8 million from Carey using the footage as leverage after Carey fired her. The singer also accuses Shakhnazaryan of stealing her credit cards to make personal purchases.

Carey is seeking the return and destruction of the footage, an injunction against Shakhnazaryan to prevent her from selling the footage,
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See Ariana Grande Indulge in Decadent Party in New ‘7 Rings’ Video

See Ariana Grande Indulge in Decadent Party in New ‘7 Rings’ Video
Ariana Grande and her female posse indulge in the good life in her new “7 Rings” video. The song will appear on her forthcoming Thank U, Next LP.

In the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip, Grande opens the song with a sing-song riff on the Sound of Music classic, “My Favorite Things.” In Grande’s rendition, her crew’s faves include diamonds, bubbly and breakfast at Tiffany’s. “Who woulda thought it’d turn me into a savage/Rather be tied up with calls and not strings,” she sings. “Write my
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Palm Springs Reviews: ‘Fig Tree’

Palm Springs Reviews: ‘Fig Tree’
It’s a question integral to much of the current international immigration debate: When war breaks out, who gets to flee and who’s left with nowhere to run? As a child, writer-director Aalam-Warqe Davidian was among a majority of Ethiopian Jews who emigrated to Israel. In her loosely autobiographical feature debut, a teenager facing similar circumstances — an escape to safety amid the nation’s civl war — becomes frantic with worry over loved ones who may not have the option of flight.

Like the deceptive calm before a gathering storm, and with elements of lyricism and typical adolescent coming-of-age intrigue, “Fig Tree” is a fine drama whose seemingly casual progress only heightens its ultimate impact. The universal appeal of this Israeli and European co-production figures to earn it the kind of arthouse exposure too seldom enjoyed by African features.

Judaism has existed in what is now Ethiopia perhaps as far back as the fourth century,
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Watch Ella Mai Issue Timed Ultimatum in New ‘Shot Clock’ Video

Watch Ella Mai Issue Timed Ultimatum in New ‘Shot Clock’ Video
Ella Mai won’t wait around long for her suitor to come around in her new video for “Shot Clock.” The song appears on her eponymous debut album, which was released last year. The Colin Tilley-directed visual emphasizes the pressing countdown with scenes shot on a basketball court.

In the clip, Mai strolls a neighborhood, hangs out on bleachers, lounges in a bathtub and takes center court to blithely issue an ultimatum that time is running out on the relationship and she has “about a hundred things I could
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‘The Good Place’ Recap: Cuts Like a Time-Knife

‘The Good Place’ Recap: Cuts Like a Time-Knife
A review of “Chidi Sees the Time-Knife,” this week’s The Good Place, coming up just as soon as I describe the plot of the Entourage movie to William Shakespeare

And so here we are, right back where it all started.

Sort of.

Other episodes this season (“Janet(s)” in particular) have offered us tastes of the supernatural craziness The Good Place specialized in before this season’s detour back to mortality. But none of them plunged quite as deep into the insanity as “Chidi Sees the Time-Knife,” which begins
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Film News Roundup: Jeff Bridges Wins American Society of Cinematographers Honor

Film News Roundup: Jeff Bridges Wins American Society of Cinematographers Honor
In today’s film news roundup, Jeff Bridges is honored by cinematographers, the “Arctic” filmmakers get a first-look deal and releases are set for “Vault,” the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy and “What Lies Ahead.”

Bridges Honored

The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Jeff Bridges as the recipient of the organizations’ 2019 Board of Governors Award.

Bridges will accept the award at the 33rd Annual Asc Awards for Outstanding Achievement on Feb. 9 at Hollywood & Highland’s Ray Dolby Ballroom.

“Jeff Bridges is an extraordinary talent on the screen, and also a remarkable person off screen,” said Asc President Kees van Oostrum. “He is beloved by many for his achievements as an outstanding Oscar-winning actor. We at the Asc feel like Jeff is one of us, because he shares our passion for creating artful imagery through his still photography. We are incredibly honored to present him with our Board of Governors Award.
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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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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Boss on Hitchcock and Scully’s ‘Flat Top and The Freak’ Origin Story

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Boss on Hitchcock and Scully’s ‘Flat Top and The Freak’ Origin Story
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Thursday’s episode of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” titled “Hitchcock & Scully”)

While the first episode of Season 6 of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was devoted to Jake and Amy (and weirdly also Holt), the second gives the show’s other fan-favorite couple its full attention. Yes, we’re talking about Hitchcock (Dirk Blocker) and Scully (Joel McKinnon Miller), whose backstory is finally addressed on Thursday’s episode, aptly titled, “Hitchcock & Scully.”

The installment centers around Jake (Andy Samberg) and Boyle (Joe Lo Truglio) trying to get to the bottom of what really happened when some money went missing on a drug case the now-bumbling Hitchcock and Scully worked back in 1986, for which they are currently under investigation by NYPD Internal Affairs.

Also Read: 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine': Andre Braugher Wants NBC to Start Selling Captain Holt's 'Pineapple Slut' Shirt

The episode gives us more than a few flashbacks showing
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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Recap: All-American Idiots

‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Recap: All-American Idiots
A review of “Hitchcock & Scully,” this week’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, coming up just as soon as I see the bucket of male body butter…

While Brooklyn Nine-Nine is pretty egalitarian about spotlighting different members of its deep ensemble, there’s still a pecking order. On one end of that, Jake is almost always involved in each episode’s A-story (and on the rare occasions he’s not, either Amy or Captain Holt is). On the other end, Hitchcock and Scully rarely even get a C-story to call their own. The
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Gladys Knight Comments on Colin Kaepernick and Super Bowl: ‘I Am Here to Give the Anthem Back Its Voice’

Gladys Knight Comments on Colin Kaepernick and Super Bowl: ‘I Am Here to Give the Anthem Back Its Voice’
Legendary soul singer, Atlanta native and longtime Civil Rights advocate Gladys Knight, who announced Thursday that she will be singing the National Anthem before the Super Bowl in her hometown on Feb. 3, has issued a statement in response Variety’s question about her stance on the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has essentially been banished from professional football for “taking a knee” during the performance of the National Anthem as a sign of protest. He has not played professionally since 2016.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,
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Gladys Knight Tapped to Perform National Anthem at Super Bowl Liii

Gladys Knight Tapped to Perform National Anthem at Super Bowl Liii
Update: Gladys Knight has released a statement addressing her “stance on the NFL’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick,” Variety reports.

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight said in her statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

She also tied in her longtime activism and called for unity: “I am here today and on Sunday,
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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Has 5 Main Endings – Here’s What They Are

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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ Has 5 Main Endings – Here’s What They Are
(Warning: While not necessarily a spoiler alert due to the multiple versions of the story, if you want to find all the different endings for yourself, we would not suggest reading the below. So go watch them and then Be Right Back).

We’ll get right to it (instead of making you choose the content of this post): “Bandersnatch” — the feature-length choose-your-own-adventure installment of Charlie Brooker’s anthology series, “Black Mirror” — landed on Netflix on Friday and since then TheWrap has gone through several viewings trying to figure it out.

As best as TheWrap can tell — after an unhealthy amount of viewings and backtracks — the interactive story about ’80s video game programmer Stefan (Fionn Whitehead) and his attempts to develop the fantasy novel “Bandersnatch” into a video game, has 5 “main” endings. By which we mean, endings that trigger the closing credits — or rather, the option to “exit to credits
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