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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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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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John Paul White Readies New Album ‘The Hurting Kind’

John Paul White Readies New Album ‘The Hurting Kind’
Three years after releasing his post-Civil Wars solo debut, John Paul White has announced details of his next solo album, The Hurting Kind, which will be released April 12th on White’s Single Lock Records.

Featuring vocal contributions from Lee Ann Womack, Erin Rae, and the Secret Sisters, White’s forthcoming album was co-produced alongside the Alabama Shakes’ Ben Tanner and recorded a variety of studios in White’s native Muscle Shoals region. The Hurting Kind also finds White co-writing with legendary Nashville songwriters like Bobby Braddock and Whisperin’ Bill Anderson.
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Netflix to Reboot ‘Unsolved Mysteries’ With Original Creators on Board

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Netflix is bringing back the true crime/paranormal series “Unsolved Mysteries.”

The revival is being led by the show’s original creators, alongside “Stranger Things” executive producer Shawn Levy. Terry Dunn Meurer is showrunning this new version that she co-created with John Cosgrove, who will executive produce. Levy and Josh Barry are executive producing for 21 Laps. Robert Wise will also serve as co-executive producer and showrunner.

Per Netflix, this modern take on the classic series will maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series. Each episode will focus on one mystery and once again will look to viewers to help aid investigators in closing the book on long outstanding cases. It will run for 12 episodes.

Also Read: 'Making a Murderer' Attorney Kathleen Zellner Challenges Andrew Colborn to Reenact Bookcase Theory From Trial

Originally hosted by Robert Stack,
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‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Roma,’ ‘Jack Ryan’ Among Golden Reel Nominees for Sound Editing

‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Roma,’ ‘Jack Ryan’ Among Golden Reel Nominees for Sound Editing
The Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) announced nominations for its 66th annual Golden Reel Awards Friday.

On the film side, “First Man,” Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “A Quiet Place” and “Roma” led the way with three nominations each. Musical dramas “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” received two, as did “The Favourite.”

Among broadcast entries, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “Vikings” and “Westworld” each landed three nominations.

Previously announced, director Antoine Fuqua will receive the Mpse’s Filmmaker Award, while sound editor Stephen H. Flick will receive the group’s Career Achievement Award.

Full list of nominees below.
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‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Roma,’ ‘Jack Ryan’ Among Golden Reel Nominees for Sound Editing

‘A Quiet Place,’ ‘Roma,’ ‘Jack Ryan’ Among Golden Reel Nominees for Sound Editing
The Motion Picture Sound Editors (Mpse) announced nominations for its 66th annual Golden Reel Awards Friday.

On the film side, “First Man,” Mission: Impossible – Fallout,” “A Quiet Place” and “Roma” led the way with three nominations each. Musical dramas “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “A Star Is Born” received two, as did “The Favourite.”

Among broadcast entries, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “Vikings” and “Westworld” each landed three nominations.

Previously announced, director Antoine Fuqua will receive the Mpse’s Filmmaker Award, while sound editor Stephen H. Flick will receive the group’s Career Achievement Award.

Full list of nominees below. Winners will be announced at the 66th Golden Reel Awards on Sunday, Feb. 17.

Short Form Animation

“Bilby”

“Bird Karma”

“Crow: The Legend”

“Lost Property Office”

“Overwatch: Reunion”

“Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” – “Mystic Mayhem”

Spy Kids: Mission Critical” – “The Vinyl Countdown”

“Star Wars: Rebels” – The World
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Nick Redman, Documentary Filmmaker and Soundtrack Producer, Dies at 63

Nick Redman, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, award-winning soundtrack producer and co-founder of the Twilight Time video label, died Thursday afternoon, Jan. 17, at a Santa Monica Hospital, after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 63.

He was nominated for an Academy Award as producer of the 1996 documentary “The Wild Bunch: An Album in Montage,” a look back at Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film. He also produced and directed the 1998 “A Turning of the Earth: John Ford, John Wayne and The Searchers,” about the making of the Western classic, a prizewinner at multiple film festivals.

In 2007 he produced and directed the feature documentary “Becoming John Ford,” which debuted at the Venice International Film Festival and detailed the long and complex relationship between the famous director and 20th Century-Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck.

He made numerous other short films including profiles of actress Stella Stevens and film composers Basil Poledouris and Jerry Fielding.
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Kate Nash Goes Grunge in New ‘Trash’ Video

Kate Nash Goes Grunge in New ‘Trash’ Video
Kate Nash goes grunge for the Nineties-inspired video for her single “Trash.” It’s her first new song since her 2018 LP Yesterday Was Forever.

Inspired by Nineties MTV, the Aidan Zamiri-directed video has gritty, grainy shots of Nash in baggy grunge fashion in front of green screen visuals of garbage, rubble and explosions. The song itself is a simple, fuzzy tune reminiscent of Liz Phair where she sings about being “trash for you.”

“‘Trash’ was written after I was asked to take part in an exhibition curated by Athena Pagington
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Local News Anchor Apologizes for ‘Martin Luther C—‘ Mistake (Video)

Local News Anchor Apologizes for ‘Martin Luther C—‘ Mistake (Video)
Local Missouri journalist, Kevin Steincross, apologized for mispronouncing Martin Luther King Jr.’s name in what came out as a racial slur during a broadcast, saying on Friday he was very sorry about the mistake and it was not his intention to be disrespectful.

“I want to take a moment to apologize,” the Ktvi-tv reporter said. “We have heard from a viewer about a mistake I made in our 5 a.m. newscast this morning. In our story about the tribute to Dr. King, I unfortunately mispronounced his name. Please know I have total respect for Dr. King, what he meant and continues to mean to our country. This was not intentional in any way, and I sincerely apologize.”

Although Steincross didn’t specify his error, around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, he accidentally substituted King’s last name with a racial slur used toward African-Americans.

Also Read: Al Roker Defends
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Hear Logic Take Aim at Fame on New Song ‘Keanu Reeves’

Hear Logic Take Aim at Fame on New Song ‘Keanu Reeves’
Logic pokes fun at his own fame and addresses his haters on the rapper’s latest cut “Keanu Reeves,” which hit digital streaming platforms Friday. “I’m the one, bitch, I am the one, like Keanu Reeves/Get it done, yeah I get it done, no blood on the leaves,” Logic touts on the chorus, emulating the actor’s cinematic assassin John Wick.

“Keanu Reeves,” co-produced by Logic’s go-to beatmaker 6ix, initially leaked in an unmastered for back in September 2018; the rapper finally unveiled the finished copy Friday. Logic
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