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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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'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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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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Flashback: The Eagles Perform a Mellow ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ in 1974

Flashback: The Eagles Perform a Mellow ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’ in 1974
The first time Glenn Frey heard “Peaceful Easy Feeling” was at Jackson Browne’s house in Echo Park. “He said he had a new band that had only been together for eight days,” songwriter Jack Tempchin recalled. “He wanted to know if I’d mind if they worked it up.”

The Eagles began as Linda Ronstadt’s backing band, but after a short tour in 1971 they splintered off to form their own group. “It was like people in love, it was the greatest thing to see that band when they first formed,
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Live+3 Ratings for Week of Jan. 7, 2019: ‘Manifest’ Winter Premiere Doubles

“Manifest” returned from its first winter hiatus by doubling in adults 18-49 in the delayed viewing numbers.

For the week of Jan. 7, “Manifest” went from a 1.1 rating in Live+Same Day to a 2.2 in Live+3. In total viewers, the show added 4.4 million viewers for 10.3 million total, an increase of 76%. NFL coverage once again dominated the week, with CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” dominating all of its scripted broadcast competition.

Read the full week’s rankings below.

Live+3 Adults 18-49

Telecast Network Broadcast Date L+Sd A18-49 L+3 A18-49 Actual Growth % Growth Fox Nfc Playoff-sun Fox 01/13/19 11.1 11.1 even +0% Fox Nfc
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‘Wayne’ Review: A Fast And Furious Road-Trip Story That Sometimes Skids Out

‘Wayne’ Review: A Fast And Furious Road-Trip Story That Sometimes Skids Out
The hero of Wayne, a 16-year-old with an angry streak (Mark McKenna), beats up a high school bully with a trumpet, bike-locks a stranger’s abusive boyfriend to a parking meter by the neck and crucifies an evil construction foreman with his own nail gun. Other weapons of destruction used by or on him include a chainsaw, a jar of acid and a television set. Wayne the character and Wayne the show don’t do anything by half-measures.

The YouTube Premium series, which premiered this week (the first episode is
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‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations

‘Roma,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ Poised to Lead Oscar Nominations
Things got ugly this awards season, enough to give you pause about what might still lie ahead once Oscar nominations are announced next week. “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride,” etc. But as the phase one dust finally begins to settle, what does the landscape look like?

On the heels of a December critics’ awards circuit that saw one film, Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma,” positively dominate the proceedings, the industry’s guilds and other professional organizations chimed in over the last several weeks with various nominations announcements. The clear stand-out in that frame? Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” which received recognition from every single group save the Annie Awards and the Visual Effects Society.

With all that in mind, it’s little wonder that both films lead the way with In Contention’s final assessment of the race going into next week’s announcement,
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Academy Awards: Final Oscar Predictions in All Categories

Academy Awards: Final Oscar Predictions in All Categories
Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Below are In Contention’s final predictions in all 24 categories. Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” and Alfonso Cuarón’s “Roma” lead the way with 10 expected nominations apiece, while we forecast eight for Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite” and seven each for Damien Chazelle’s ‘First Man” and Adam McKay’s “Vice.”

Best Picture

BlacKkKlansman

Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Shaun Redick, Jordan Peele, Spike LeeBlack Panther

Kevin FeigeBohemian Rhapsody

Graham King and Jim BeachThe Favourite

Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos, Lee MagidayGreen Book

Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga “Roma”

Nicolás Celis, Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela RodriguezA Star Is Born

Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper, Lynette Howell Taylor “Vice”

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick Directing

BlacKkKlansman” Spike Lee “Cold War
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Ronnie Milsap and Kacey Musgraves: In the Studio for Their Stunning Duet

“Call up Billy Sherrill and tell him, ‘I’m in!'” says Ronnie Milsap from behind the keyboard at Ronnie’s Place, the legendary Music Row studio once owned by the singer himself and now named in his honor. It’s a cold winter day in Nashville, and he and Kacey Musgraves have just run through a version of “No Getting Over Me,” the 1981 hit that’s now featured on Milsap’s new album, Ronnie Milsap: The Duets. And he’s clearly enthused by what he’s hearing, calling out
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Transgender Actor Zach Barack Joins Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’

Transgender Actor Zach Barack Joins Sony’s ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’
Newcomer and transgender actor Zach Barack appears in a ground-breaking supporting role in Sony/Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” sources confirm to Variety.

Barack can be seen in the new trailer, which was released on Tuesday.

Tom Holland is returning to play Peter Parker, with Zendaya and Marisa Tomei also coming back for the sequel. Jake Gyllenhaal is on board to play the villain, Mysterio. Jon Watts is back as director and Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley are penning the script.

Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing.

Far From Home” follows our friendly neighborhood superhero, who decides to join his best friends Ned, Mj, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent.
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‘Supergirl': See Nicole Maines in Costume as First Transgender Superhero Dreamer (Photo)

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The CW has released the first photo of “Supergirl” actress Nicole Maines in full costume as Dreamer, TV’s first-ever transgender superhero.

Set to make her debut in the Feb. 17 episode of “Supergirl,” Nia Nal, a.k.a. Dreamer, is described as “a soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others,” whose journey this season “means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer (much like Kara came into her own as Supergirl).”

Maines has already appeared on the show as her cub reporter alter ego, a mentee of Melissa Benoist’s Kara Danvers, but Friday’s image is fans’ first look at the hero fully suited up since the character was announced at Comic-Con last summer.

Also Read: 'Supergirl': Jon Cryer Cast as DC Comics Villain Lex Luthor

The CW

Supergirl” will return from its winter hiatus on Sunday, Jan 20. A midseason trailer for the
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Old Dominion Slow Things Down in New Song ‘One Man Band’

“Been flyin’ solo for so long/Nobody’s singin’ the harmony,” sings Matthew Ramsey at the top of Old Dominion’s new song “One Man Band.” In this case, he’s not singing about his own backing crew, but rather the search for a fulfilling and supportive partnership.

Guitarist Brad Tursi leads things off with an arpeggiated, ringing pattern that accompanies Ramsey’s verses, and the song mostly stays in this hushed territory for the duration — the drums never fully enter, ceding timekeeping duties to soft snaps and shaker. Ramsey
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Listen: Curt Menefee on ‘Fox NFL Sunday,’ Colin Kaepernick and Rising Football Ratings

Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety‘s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Daniel Holloway, talks with Curt Menefee, host of “Fox NFL Sunday,” the long-running pre-game show being inducted into the Nab Broadcasting Hall of Fame in April.

Menefee has a pretty packed week. Mondays are his weekend, he says, discussing the lead-up to the show — “That is the day I like to try to do stuff with the wife” — but reviewing what happened the day before or having to take interviews sometimes gets in the way of that.

Preparation for the weekly live show begins Tuesday,
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Reggie Young, Studio Guitarist for Elvis Presley, Waylon Jennings, Dead at 82

Reggie Young, whose guitar playing graced hundreds of rock, pop and country records by everyone from Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley to George Strait and Merle Haggard, died Thursday at his home in Leipers Fork, Tennessee, just outside Nashville. He was 82.

As lead guitarist for the Memphis Boys, the house band at American Studios, Young played on more than 100 of the most recognizable hits of late Sixties and early Seventies, including Presley’s “Suspicious Minds” and “In the Ghetto,” followed by a brief stint in Atlanta before relocating to Music City.
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El Chapo Trial: Ex-Mistress Describes Alleged Kingpin’s Naked Escape from Marines

El Chapo was naked.

Taking off like a bullet down the pitch-black tunnel, he left his girlfriend, his faithful bodyguard and his maid in the dust as a contingent of Mexican Marines tried to batter down the reinforced steel door to his safe house in Culiacán, in the heart of Guzmán’s empire.

Above ground, the Marines — members of an elite unit renowned for its resistance to the corruption that exists at nearly every level of Mexican law enforcement — frantically searched the safe house, until they came to the master bathroom,
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