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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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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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Director Paul King Has Departed Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio,’ Leaving The Future Of The Film In Doubt

Director Paul King Has Departed Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio,’ Leaving The Future Of The Film In Doubt
Yesterday, we reported that Disney is moving forward with yet another live-action remake of a classic animated film. This time, the studio is tackling “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” However, it doesn’t appear that the Mouse House is as much of a remake-machine as we first thought. According to a person working on the live-action “Pinocchio,” that live-action adaptation seems to have hit a major, major speed bump.

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Neil Burger to Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ at AGC Studios

Neil Burger to Direct Young Adult Sci-Fi ‘Voyagers’ at AGC Studios
Neil Burger, the director of this month’s “The Upside” and “Divergent,” will move back to young adult sci-fi for his next feature film.

AGC Studios will fully finance and co-produce the thriller “Voyagers” for Burger to direct, the company’s chairman and CEO Stuart Ford announced Thursday.

Burger will direct from his own original screenplay, and he’ll also produce under his Nota Bene Productions banner. Basil Iwanyk and Brendon Boyea will produce via Thunder Road Films. Ford and Agc’s Head of Film Greg Shapiro are onboard as executive producers. “Voyagers” begins production this spring and is actively casting its key roles.

“Voyagers” focuses on 30 children sent into space on a multi-generational mission to reach and populate a newly discovered planet. After the adult captain of the mission is mysteriously killed,
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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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‘Invisibles’ Director Louis-Julien Petit on his Socially-Minded Smash

‘Invisibles’ Director Louis-Julien Petit on his Socially-Minded Smash
Paris — Far from a dumping ground, the months of January and February have become synonymous in France with the kinds of highly polished crowd-pleasing comedies that dominate the annual box-office.

This year is no exception, only nestled among the likely blockbusters “Serial Bad Weddings 2” and “City Hunter” is Louis-Julien Petit’s socially minded dramedy “Invisibles.” The story of a group of social workers fighting to keep a woman’s homeless shelter from closing, the film has opened to significant box-office numbers in these early weeks of year, and that’s no accident of timing.

Petit took inspiration from author-filmmaker Claire Lajeunie’s documentary and book about France’s invisible women and built a crowd-pleasing comedy around the subject. Produced by French shingle Elemiah and being sold by Charades, the film mixes well-known comedic stars like Audrey Lamy and Noémie Lvovsky with several non-professional actresses, a number of whom also appeared in the original doc.
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Alibaba Pictures Buys Into Chinese Director Han Han’s Film Studio

Alibaba Pictures has invested an undisclosed amount in Chinese celebrity blogger-turned film director Han Han’s Shanghai Tingdong Film, it confirmed to Variety Thursday. Han’s upcoming “Pegasus” is one of the most anticipated films of the year.

Alibaba Pictures, part of e-commerce giant Alibaba, is now the second-largest stakeholder in Tingdong. It has a 13.1% stake, according to Chinese finance publication Caixin.

The deal is a “long-term strategic partnership that covers content production, distribution and marketing, merchandise and artist management,” Alibaba told Variety. It falls under the umbrella of a new initiative launched in November called the “Jin Cheng Co-Production Plan” — with “jin cheng” roughly translating in English to “golden orange.”

Under this plan, Alibaba intends to co-produce 20 films over the next five years with various top production teams. The films will be released during at the four busiest movie-going times of each year: the Chinese Lunar New Year, summer,
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Nicolas Philibert: ‘A Director Driven To Make A Statement Cannot Make Cinema’

Nicolas Philibert: ‘A Director Driven To Make A Statement Cannot Make Cinema’
Paris — For over two decades, French documentarian Nicolas Philibert has examined his country’s various public institutions with a watchmaker’s calm and anthropologist’s curiosity.

In films like “To Be and To Have,” “La Maison de la Radio” and “Louvre City,” he’s taken his camera into schoolhouses, broadcast hubs and the world’s most famous museum. His latest film, “Each and Every Moment” takes a look at his country’s healthcare system, following a group of nursing students as they undertake their first on-the-job training.

With Doc & Film International handling worldwide sales, the film plays UniFrance’s Rendez-Vous With French Cinema on Friday Jan. 18.

How has the documentary landscape evolved throughout the course of your career?

The documentary landscape has greatly changed in recent years. In France, there are now more documentaries playing in theaters than ever before. There seems to be one or two every week, which
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Film Review: ‘Don’t Come Back from the Moon’

Cinematographer-turned-director Bruce Thierry Cheung offers an artful and affecting mix of harshly defined specifics and impressionistic storytelling in “Don’t Come Back from the Moon,” a cumulatively poignant drama about absent fathers and abandoned families in an economically devastated desert community. Structured more like a tone poem than a conventional narrative, it’s an elliptical memory play set in some fuzzily defined yesterday — judging from the appliances and automobiles, maybe 20 or so years ago. At the same time, it also evokes a sense of bleak devastation that suggests a futuristic tale of survival in a post-apocalyptic world.

Such stylization seems altogether appropriate for a film that, at heart, really is a story about the aftermath of a disaster.

“Don’t Come Back from the Moon” is based on a novel by Dean Bakopoulos (who collaborated in adapting the screenplay with Cheung) that was set in a declining Rust Belt town
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Palm Springs Review: ‘Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire’

Though he passed away three decades ago, Carlos Almaraz’s reputation as a major American painter — which was just getting started when he died of AIDS in 1989 — promises to continue to gain traction with the years. Documentary tribute “Playing With Fire” by his fellow-artist widow Elsa Flores and Richard Montoya mostly transcends standard artist-appreciation terrain by virtue of a diverse, colorful and energetic package that amplifies the subject’s own aesthetic. The film would seem a natural fit for artscasters and other programmers, particularly those in search of Latino cultural relevance. Input from surviving admirers and friends like Edward James Olmos and Cheech Marin lend a certain marquee value.

After a somewhat conventional introduction, the movie gears up to present Almaraz’s life story in terms that are as busy, antic and assimilative as his art. Born in 1941 in Mexico City, he moved with his family as a child to the industrial midwest,
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Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano’s ‘The Specials’ Already a Gaumont Sales Hit (Exclusive)

Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano’s ‘The Specials’ Already a Gaumont Sales Hit (Exclusive)
Following the widely successful “C’est La Vie,” Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache’s (“The Intouchables”) passion project “The Specials” (“Hors normes”) starring Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb, has already lured major buyers in key territories.

Gaumont, which delivered the largest number of French B.O. hits overseas in 2018, has pre-sold “The Specials” to Germany, Austria (Prokino), Greece (Seven), Italy (Videa), Belgium, Luxembourg, The Netherlands (Cineart), Portugal (Lusomundo), Spain (A Contracorriente), Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Israel (Lev), Canada, (MK2 Mile), Scandinavia (Scanbox), China (E Star), Taiwan (Moviecloud), Abania, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro (McF Megacom) Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania (Mauris Films) and Poland (Kino Swiat).

The Specials” is an uplifting drama about the true story of Stephane Benhamou and Daoud Tatou, two friends from different religious faiths who, 20 years ago, created a pair of non-profit organizations for children with severe autism.

Toledano and Nakache are best-known for directing “The Intouchables,” which scored $450 million worldwide.
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'Glass' to shatter the competition at global box office

'Glass' to shatter the competition at global box office
Bumblebee to cross $400m worldwide.

M Night Shyamalan is not a name one associates much with box office pyrotechnics these days, yet in the wake of the hit Split two years ago, the follow-up Glass is expected to sparkle this weekend.

The finale of Shyamalan’s so-called Eastrail 177 Trilogy that began with Unbreakable back in late 2000 launches day-and-date with Universal’s North American Martin Luther King Jr. holiday debut in most major markets this weekend via Buena Vista International.

Disney and Universal teamed up on Glass several years ago after having released the first two films (separately) to great success:
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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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Adam Curtis and Vice director Adam McKay on how Dick Cheney masterminded a rightwing revolution

We asked the British journalist and film-maker to talk to the director of Vice, the new biopic of the former vice-president, about the naked rightwing power grab that he orchestrated

Adam McKay’s Vice is a screwball biopic of Dick Cheney, the man widely reckoned to be the most powerful vice-president in Us history. It traces his rise from beer-brained dropout to an intern during the Nixon administration, then covers his tenure as secretary of defense during the Gulf war, and his time as George W Bush’s official deputy from 2001-2009.

McKay, after establishing his career with comedies such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Step Brothers, moved into freewheeling, lightly fictionalised accounts of real-life events. His previous film was the financial-crash comedy The Big Short.
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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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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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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Season 2, With Pike and Spock, Boldly Charts a New Course

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Season 2, With Pike and Spock, Boldly Charts a New Course
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 2, Episode 1, “Brother.”]

The Season 2 premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery” definitely feels like the beginning of something. “Brother,” launching Thursday on CBS All Access, is all about establishing a new status quo, a new chain of command, and most importantly a new mission focused on exploration over conflict. Where that mission will take this ambitious yet flawed series, however, is as yet a mystery.

Picking up moments after Season 1 ended, Captain Pike (Anson Mount) of the U.S.S. Enterprise (you may have heard of it) comes on board Discovery with news from Starfleet — the Enterprise has been disabled by massive systems failure, so he’s taking command of the good ship Discovery to investigate some odd signals that “have the Federation’s hackles up.” That quest leads the Discovery to a rescue mission on a crumbling asteroid, but no real answers as yet to what those signals might be,
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Superhero Bits: ‘New Gods’ Plot Rumors, Why M. Night Shyamalan Turned Down Marvel and DC & More

Superhero Bits: ‘New Gods’ Plot Rumors, Why M. Night Shyamalan Turned Down Marvel and DC & More
What was the best-selling comic book title of 2018? Why did M. Night Shyamalan turn down offers to direct Marvel and DC movies? How much did it cost to make the Shazam suit? Did you notice the deep cut comic book Easter eggs in the Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer? What will the New Gods […]

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Netflix global membership grows to 139m

International subscriber base climbs to 80.8m.

Netflix gained another 8.8m paid subscribers – 1.5m in the Us and 7.3m internationally – during the fourth quarter of 2018, boosting its global subscriber total to 139.26m, 25.9% up on the total at the end of 2017.

Announcing its fourth quarter financial results, the streaming giant forecast that it will add another 8.9m paid subscribers in the first quarter of 2019, 7.3m of them internationally and 1.6m in the Us.

Netflix said the fourth quarter gain, which was bigger than it had expected at the beginning of the quarter, brings international subscriptions to 80.77m and the Us tally to 58.49m.
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Writer’s Room: The Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2019, Part 1

Writer’s Room: The Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2019, Part 1
On the January 17, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall, weekend editor Brad Oman, senior writer Ben Pearson, and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista to decide the most anticipated new tv shows of 2019. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on […]

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