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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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Ratings: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Slips 25 Percent From NBC Debut

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Ratings: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Slips 25 Percent From NBC Debut
Week 2 of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on NBC was no Week 1, but it still was pretty good considering the series’ recent history and its current time slot averages.

On Thursday, CBS and ABC tied for first place among adults 18-49, with the “Big Bang Theory” home finishing No. 1 in terms of total viewers.

NBC earned bronze last night in primetime.

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CBS and ABC tied for first in ratings, both with a 1.2 rating/6 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. CBS was first in total viewers with an average of 7.9 million, according to preliminary numbers. ABC was second with 5 million viewers.

NBC was third in ratings with a 1.0/5 and in viewers with 3.9 million.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.7/3 and in viewers with 2.7 million.

Also Read: Ratings: The CW's 'Roswell, New Mexico' Premiere Is Pretty Deserted

Univision and Telemundo tied for fifth in ratings,
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The Evolution of Winnie the Pooh, from AA Milne to ‘Christopher Robin’ (Photos)

The Evolution of Winnie the Pooh, from AA Milne to ‘Christopher Robin’ (Photos)
Not every movie can play on the nostalgia factor for every generation, but no matter how old you are, there’s a good chance that you grew up with Winnie the Pooh in some form. The character created by A.A. Milne has endured for over 90 years as a beloved figure of children’s literature and television. And in that time, that silly old bear has been through a lot. Here, we look at the history of Pooh Bear across his many books and cartoons, all the way up to the live action “Christopher Robin.”

The first Winnie the Pooh story written by Alan Alexander Milne first appeared in the London Evening News in 1925 on Christmas Eve. The story, “The Wrong Sort of Bees,” would be the first chapter in the first volume of stories, “Winnie-the-Pooh,” published on October 14, 1926. Milne named the boy in the story after his son, Christopher Robin Milne,
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‘Mortal Engines’ Star Leila George Joins TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ Season 4 (Exclusive)

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‘Mortal Engines’ Star Leila George Joins TNT’s ‘Animal Kingdom’ Season 4 (Exclusive)
Leila George has been cast in TNT’s “Animal Kingdom” in a recurring role for the upcoming fourth season.

George will play Janine on the drama, the character is described as “a street savvy, scrappy survivor. Janine is a nihilist who doesn’t expect to live past 30. She runs with a small crew of men a few years older than her, vets and surfers who steal to support their vagabond life on the road. She realizes very quickly that they are the ones who should be proving themselves to her.”

George, daughter of actors Vincent D’Onofrio and Greta Scacchi, most recently starred in Universal’s “Mortal Engines” adaptation and previously starred in James Franco’s “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?” remake for Lifetime.

Also Read: Ridley Scott Sci-Fi Series 'Raised By Wolves' Gets Straight-to-Series Order at TNT

She is next set to appear alongside Ethan Hawke,
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CBS’ Scott Pelley Mistakenly Says He’s a Wanted Man in Egypt Over ’60 Minutes’ Interview

CBS News veteran Scott Pelley has egg on his face this week after falsely claiming on social media that the Egyptian government had issued a warrant for his arrest. The posts to both Twitter and Instagram were swiftly deleted Thursday morning.

“The post was made in error, it has been taken down,” a rep for Pelley told TheWrap on Friday. A person with additional knowledge said that Pelley had been tricked into making the claim by random Twitter trolls online misrepresenting themselves as agents of the Egyptian government.

In his original post, Pelley said the arrest warrant was a direct result of his recent hard-hitting interview with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on “60 Minutes.”

Also Read: '60 Minutes' to Air Interview With Egyptian President Despite Call From Ambassador to Block It

“I was disappointed last week when Egypt issued a warrant for my arrest. Apparently the president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi,
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Is This the Obstruction of Justice Smoking Gun We’ve Been Waiting For?

President Trump could be in trouble. For real this time.

On Thursday night, BuzzFeed News reported that the president personally directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about the nature of an aborted project for a proposed Trump Tower in Moscow. Frustrated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into his campaign’s relationship with Russia, Trump reportedly attempted to obscure his involvement in the deal by instructing Cohen to tell Congress that negotiations were called off in January 2016, according to two federal law enforcement officials who spoke to BuzzFeed.
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How Fox’s Live Version of ‘Rent’ Honors and ‘Enhances’ Jonathan Larson’s Vision

In the more than 20 years since Jonathan Larson’s “Rent” first debuted on Broadway, the conversation of adaptation has often come up: Film director Chris Columbus infamously brought the story to the big screen in 2005, Michael John Warren similarly shot one of the final performances of the original theater run in 2008, and talk about television wasn’t far behind. But in order for Larson’s family to feel ready to bring the project to a new medium, it had to be a combination of “the right timing [and] the right people,” says Julie Larson. Enter prolific producers such as Marc Platt,
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Jimmy Kimmel Hates YouTube’s New Anti-Prank Rules (Video)

Jimmy Kimmel Hates YouTube’s New Anti-Prank Rules (Video)
Jimmy Kimmel isn’t thrilled about YouTube’s crackdown on “dangerous challenges and pranks,” it turns out, after the video giant announced earlier this week that it’ll be removing clips that can “cause death and/or have caused death in some instances.”

“Basically YouTube has just banned YouTube videos,” Kimmel quipped on his show Thursday night. “As someone who loves a good prank and likes to do them, I think it’s sad that a few bad apples had to ruin the fun of eating poisonous detergent packets for everyone.”

He’s of course making a crack about the “Tide Pod” challenge, which swept social media at the beginning of 2018 and led to dozens of reported poisonings. Anyway, Kimmel — who was referenced in YouTube’s announcement earlier this week, with the company saying it’s long supported acceptable pranks like his “terrible Christmas gifts” bit — headed to YouTube’s
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TV Review: ‘Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’

TV Review: ‘Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes’
The title “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” Netflix’s new four-part documentary series launching Jan. 24, is slightly misleading. Not about its subject, Bundy, the infamous serial killer who finally confessed to some 30 murders before his 1989 death in the electric chair. The misnomer is “Conversations.” While we hear Bundy’s voice on tape, it’s narrating a looping mélange of hypothetical reality and fact, pseudo-philosophy and angry denial. His conversation partners can hardly get through to a man so lost inside his own mind. That fundamental fact — the degree to which Bundy is at best an unpleasant companion through four long episodes,
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‘Punisher’ Star Jon Bernthal on Season 2, Broken Bones and Frank’s ‘Self-Loathing’

‘Punisher’ Star Jon Bernthal on Season 2, Broken Bones and Frank’s ‘Self-Loathing’
The Punisher” returns for its second season today, opening on a Frank Castle in search of a more peaceful life.

“He’s dipping his toes in the potential waters of peace,” series star Jon Bernthal told Variety. “He’s flirting with human interaction and human connection. I think it goes awry pretty quickly. There’s a kernel of truth that comes right out of the comics, that Frank Castle ultimately blames himself for everything that’s gone wrong. He constantly questions who the true Frank Castle is and has he brought on all this death and destruction in his life.
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‘Lords of Chaos’: See Rory Culkin, Sky Ferreira in Trailer for Norwegian Black Metal Movie

‘Lords of Chaos’: See Rory Culkin, Sky Ferreira in Trailer for Norwegian Black Metal Movie
Rory Culkin and Sky Ferreira star in the disturbing, darkly comic new trailer for Lords of Chaos, director Jonas Åkerlund’s upcoming horror-dramedy film about the ill-fated Norwegian black-metal band Mayhem – and the series of crimes in the 1990s that define the band’s legacy. The movie, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, hits theaters on February 8th.

The clip, soundtracked by Sigur Rós, opens with young guitarist Euronymous (Culkin) narrating his innocent early days. “Here I am: an average teenager, may think,” he says. “But you couldn’t be more wrong.
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Box Office: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Cracks $3.7 Million on Thursday Night

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 2014’s “American Sniper,” which delivered $89.2 million over the three-day weekend and $107.2 million during Friday-Monday. “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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‘Glass’ Breaks Into Thursday Box Office by Grossing $3.7 Million

‘Glass’ Breaks Into Thursday Box Office by Grossing $3.7 Million
M. Night Shymalan’s “Glass,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Bruce Willis, earned $3.7 million in Thursday night previews on 3,200 screens. It will open on 3,841 North American locations over the four-day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend.

The follow-up to Shymalan’s “Split” is being released by Universal and is projected to make as much as $64 million over the four-day weekend, with the studio projecting a more conservative $50 million.

That would still put it ahead of the opening for “Split,” which surprised audiences during the same weekend in 2017. That film earned $2 million from its Thursday previews and opened to $40 million before grossing $278 million worldwide, all on a $9 million budget.

Also Read: Will 'Glass' Be Cracked at Box Office by Bad Reviews?

And while “Glass” has a heftier price tag than “Split,” roughly $20 million, the main difference between the two films is that “Glass” has significantly worse reviews, just
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Luke Bryan Plots 2019 Sunset Repeat Tour

Luke Bryan Plots 2019 Sunset Repeat Tour
As surely as the seasons will change, Luke Bryan can be counted upon to hit the road during the warm weather months. This year is certainly no exception, with Bryan launching his newly announced Sunset Repeat Tour in late spring.

Taking its name from the 2018 Number One hit “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” the trek will launch May 31st in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with Cole Swindell, newcomer Jon Langston and DJ Rock supporting. As of this announcement, dates are scheduled through October 12th, when Bryan is set to play Raleigh, North Carolina. Of note,
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