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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’

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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Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Moved Back to August

Annapurna Pictures has moved its Richard Linklater literary adaptation “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett back five months from March 22 to an Aug. 9 release.

A rep for Annapurna explained that August has served well as a launching pad for release of female-skewing films such as “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Julie and Julia.” Additionally, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” will offer a change of pace following a summer of sequels and action movies.

Blanchett stars in the title role along with Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoë Chao and Laurence Fishburne. Linklater co-wrote with Holly Gent, Vincent Palmo Jr., Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. Producers are Megan Ellison, Nina Jacobson, Bradford Simpson, and Ginger Sledge

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is based upon the 2012 novel by Maria Semple. It follows the architect Bernadette Fox who goes missing just
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Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae to Star in ‘Lovebirds’ Romantic Comedy

Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae to Star in ‘Lovebirds’ Romantic Comedy
The Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani and “Insecure” star Issa Rae will topline Paramount’s romantic comedy “Lovebirds.”

The project will reunite Nanjiani with “The Big Sick” helmer Michael Showalter, who’s on board to direct from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, and Martin Gero. The project goes into production at the end of this month.

The story focuses on a couple on the verge of a break-up who become involved in a murder mystery. Tom Lassally, Olly Obst, Todd Shulman, Jordana Mollick, and Gero are producing “Lovebirds.” Media Rights Capital is co-producing and co-financing. Nanjiani, Rae and Showalter are executive producers.

Nanjiani starred in and co-wrote “The Big Sick” with his spouse Emily V. Gordon in an autobiographical comedy-drama that received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. He’s starred as programmer Dinesh Chugtai in the five seasons of HBO’s sitcom “Silicon Valley.” Rae is the co-creator,
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How Much ‘Star Trek’ Is Too Much? CBS All Access Boldly Tests Limits of Viewers’ Fandom

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CBS All Access will boldly go as far as it can to mine viewers from “Star Trek.”

As the small-but-growing streamer tries to compete with Netflix and Hulu, executives are looking to Gene Roddenbury’s creation to take CBS All Access to the next frontier. The company will try to stretch the rabid fandom for “Star Trek” all the way into the outer reaches of space. But the streamer’s head of programming promises Vulcan-like logic and restraint.

“There’s no benefit to just pushing out into the marketplace tons of ‘Star Trek content. That’s not our intention,” Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content, CBS All Access, told TheWrap. “We’re looking to mine it wisely and effectively.”

Also Read: CBS All Access to Develop Michelle Yeoh-Led 'Star Trek' Standalone Series

Along with “Star Trek: Discovery,” which debuts its second season on Thursday,
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‘Bird Box’ Included Real Footage of a Quebec Tragedy That Killed 47 People

Netflix’s hit film “Bird Box” contains a scene which makes use of stock footage seen on TV matches that of news footage from a real-life tragedy, but there are no plans to replace it in the film, an individual with knowledge of the matter told TheWrap.

The footage shows the aftermath of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic rail disaster, in which an unattended freight train carrying crude oil derailed in the Quebec city’s downtown. Multiple tank cars exploded and sparked a fire, most of the city’s downtown was destroyed, and 47 people were killed.

The footage went unnoticed after the film’s Dec. 21 debut on Netflix, but became known this week after the mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Julie Morin, called on Netflix to remove the footage. Morin has since said in a statement that she’s spoken with Netflix about the footage and is satisfied that the situation will not happen again.
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‘Black Mirror’ Creator Explains Why There Are So Many ‘White Bear’ References in ‘Bandersnatch’

‘Black Mirror’ Creator Explains Why There Are So Many ‘White Bear’ References in ‘Bandersnatch’
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Black Mirror: Bandersnatch” that you may be exposed to even if you’ve watched it, due to its different versions.)

Of the many, many references to previous “Black Mirror” installments to be found in the anthology series’ new interactive film “Bandersnatch” (and we do mean many), the episode that gets the biggest direct shoutout is the Season 2 offering “White Bear.”

As with almost everything involving “Bandersnatch,” we couldn’t figure out exactly why this is ourselves — so we asked “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker and executive producer Annabel Jones to break it down for us. And apparently the answer is actually quite simple.

Also Read: 'Black Mirror' Creator Wants to Know How Many People Watched 'Bandersnatch' - but Only if it Beat 'Bird Box'

“Well, that was a happy accident, in that, in the early stages of discussing how we do this
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Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations
Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the At&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25.

“The images and stories recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards over the past 30 years raised the bar for Lgbtq inclusion in the media industry and furthered acceptance among countless audience members,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “The 30th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards will celebrate outstanding
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Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations
Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards.

The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the At&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25.

“The images and stories recognized by the GLAAD Media Awards over the past 30 years raised the bar for Lgbtq inclusion in the media industry and furthered acceptance among countless audience members,” GLAAD president and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “The 30th anniversary of the GLAAD Media Awards will celebrate outstanding new Lgbtq talent like Mj and Nico who break through industry glass ceilings while celebrating the lengths we have come in Lgbtq representation across media.”

GLAAD Media Award galas will be held in Los Angeles on Mar. 28 and in New York on May 4.

Rodriguez stars as Blanca on “Pose,” Ryan Murphy
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‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch Get Super-Serious in Behind-the-Scenes Look (Photo)

‘Big Bang Theory’ Stars Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch Get Super-Serious in Behind-the-Scenes Look (Photo)
Seriously, Kaley Cuoco and Melissa Rauch? Apparently so.

“Big Bang Theory” stars Cuoco and Rauch shared a behind-the-scenes look at this week’s episode of the CBS sitcom, and lest anyone have any doubt, the duo made it clear that they are very serious about what they were sharing with fans.

In the behind-the-scenes look, shared to both actress’ Instagram accounts Thursday, Cuoco and Rauch are seen with somber looks on their faces as they stand in the offices of Zangen, the pharmaceutical company where Penny (Cuoco) and Bernadette (Rauch) work, holding what appear to be briefing packets on a drug.

Also Read: 'Big Bang Theory' Stars Kaley Cuoco and Johnny Galecki Share a Titanic Goof in Behind-the-Scenes Look

“@themelissarauch and I are very serious women doing serious business in a serious conference room on an all new seriously funny @bigbangtheory_cbs Tonight ,” Cuoco wrote of the photo.

Rauch, meanwhile,
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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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Naomi Watts to Star in Jason Blum-Produced Quibi Series ‘Wolves and Villagers’ (Exclusive)

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.
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HBO’s ‘Breslin And Hamill’ Documentary Drops Trailer

HBO’s ‘Breslin And Hamill’ Documentary Drops Trailer
“Revolutionary,” “superstars,” “the voice of true New Yorkers” — that’s how Spike Lee and other influential figures describe journalists Jimmy Breslin and Pete Hamill in the trailer released for HBO’s “Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists” documentary.

The film, which premieres Jan. 28 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, follows the two newspaper columnists whose dedication and wit spoke for everyday people and transformed reporting about New York City and the country.

The doc also aims to take viewers back to the charm of the old New York, while delving into issues of race, class, and the practice of journalism that resonate powerfully in our own time.
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TV News Roundup: ‘Riverdale’ Sets ‘Heathers’ Musical Episode

TV News Roundup: ‘Riverdale’ Sets ‘Heathers’ Musical Episode
In Thursday’s roundup, “Riverdale” is set to tackle “Heathers: The Musical,” and Freeform has announced its second annual summit.

Dates

The musical episode of the CW’s “Riverdale,” featuring nine songs, will air Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt. On the show, Riverdale High School takes on “Heathers: The Musical,” with queen bees Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), and Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) channeling the three Heathers in the production.

Variety has exclusively learned that Zach Anner, a writer and actor from ABC’s “Speechless,” is launching the “Speechless Podcast” on Jan. 22. The 30-minute podcast,
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Oscars 2019: We Predict the Nominations in All 24 Categories (Photos)

Oscars 2019: We Predict the Nominations in All 24 Categories (Photos)
Maybe the Oscar nominations can restore some clarity and civility to a messy and nasty awards season.

But don’t count on it.

This has been a rocky year for most awards contenders, with skeletons unearthed and outrage nurtured and mud flung at a hefty cross-section of the films that could be in the running for the top prizes on Feb. 24. But now it’s time to narrow the field and identify the front runners and the also-rans.

On Tuesday morning, things will get real in a wild and weird season.

Also Read: The Oscar Race Is Still a Mess After the Globes and Guilds Have Spoken

So far, the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards and the guild nominations haven’t really told us much about what seems to be a wide-open race. Going into Tuesday morning’s Oscar nominations, there’s a lot at stake for “A Star Is Born” and “Roma,
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