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Samuel L. Jackson Had A NSFW Way Of Bugging M. Night Shyamalan About The Unbreakable Sequel

It’s been 19 years since M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable, and just as the writer/director was plotting a trilogy including 2016’s Split and the upcoming release of Glass, Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson have been waiting to reprise their roles of David Dunn and Mr. Glass for all this time. I recently spoke with M. Night Shyamalan about what the long, impatient wait was like for him and the film’s stars, and he recalled his hilarious run-ins with Samuel L. Jackson over the years. In his words:

After that, I can imagine M. Night Shyamalan looking over his shoulder every time he found himself in L.A., awaiting another prod from the iconic actor about Glass. This amazing story no question sounds like how Samuel L. Jackson would approach confronting him.

It wasn’t just Snakes on a Plane with the iconic “These motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane” line. Pulp Fiction‘s Jules also famously added comedy to an intense scene with the line “English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?” I’m beginning to think the actor had something to do with crafting these lines and they turned out too good to be censored from these films.

M. Night Shyamalan also told me that when he was working on Unbreakable back in 2000, he told the stars of his bigger plans for three films, but chose to keep the specifics a secret due to the nature of Split.

The psychological thriller starring James McAvoy as a man with dissociative identity disorder who kidnaps three teenagers was a secret sequel to Unbreakable. It was not made clear to fans of its connection until the very end, when Bruce Willis’ David Dunn shows up and mentions Jackson’s “Mr. Glass” character to connect the two together.

The writer/director, who has also crafted the twists in The Sixth Sense and Signs, said Bruce Willis and David Dunn really connected with the “comic book heroes” being explored again in the trilogy closer, Glass. And considering Samuel L. Jackson’s exchanges with M. Night Shyamalan over the years, he’s been excited for some time to get back in Mr. Glass’ wheelchair.

Glass takes place just a couple weeks after the events of Split, with David Dunn attempting to hunt down the criminal introduced in the 2016 film. However, David, Mr. Glass and Kevin Wendell Crumb, plus the latter’s “Horde” of identities, find themselves in the same maximum security hospital, and it becomes a game of heroes versus villains. Glass hits theaters on January 18.

Kelsea Ballerini Adds A Silky Country Touch To Shawn Mendes’s ‘Lost In Japan’

Do you got plans tonight? Because Kelsea Ballerini covered Shawn Mendes‘s lovesick bop “Lost In Japan,” and it’s all you’re going to want to listen to for the rest of the day (or week or month or year).

Recorded in Nashville for Spotify Singles, Ballerini’s cover doesn’t stray too far from Mendes’s funky original, though there are a couple key differences. For one, she replaces that dramatic piano intro with some romantic strings that make the prospect of a casual international hang even more enticing. The whole thing has a subtle country vibe, though Ballerini makes a case for herself as a potential crossover queen by leaning into the breezy pop beat and flaunting her gorgeous falsetto on the “let’s get lost tonight” bridge. Mendes hasn’t publicly commented on the cover yet, but we’ve gotta think he’d approve.

Speaking about her cover choice, Ballerini gushed, “When Shawn’s record came out, ‘Lost In Japan’ immediately was my favorite. I love the soft, flirty nature of the lyrics and thought it would be fun to put a stripped, country feel to it.”

Along with that tune, Ballerini’s Spotify Singles session included a re-recorded version of “Miss You More,” from her Grammy-nominated second album, Unapologetically. Give that a listen here.

The Easiest Way to Eat More Healthy Fish

FIN ART Cooking the sardines whole preserves their succulence. Simply pull off pieces of fish to top the flatbread.
FIN ART Cooking the sardines whole preserves their succulence. Simply pull off pieces of fish to top the flatbread. Photo: Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh for The Wall Street Journal, Food Styling by Jamie Kimm, Prop Styling by Carla Gonzalez-Hart

The Chefs: Jeremy Wolfe and Colin Stringer

The Easiest Way to Eat More Healthy Fish

Their Restaurant: Nonesuch, in Oklahoma City

What They’re Known For: Tasting menus that draw diners from far and wide. Modernist dishes that spotlight meticulously sourced ingredients.

It’s hard to argue with a dish so simple its name is essentially the recipe. The third Slow Food Fast contribution from chefs Colin Stringer and Jeremy Wolfe of Nonesuch in Oklahoma City combines roasted sardines with freshly baked flatbread, creamy yogurt and a scattering of herbs and radishes.

At Nonesuch, the chefs use only ingredients they can source within the state, and that does not include sardines. This is more the sort of meal they would throw together at home, when they’re off the clock.

For the flatbread, balls of unbaked pizza dough can be found in the frozen-food and refrigerated sections of any supermarket. Many pizzerias, too, will sell portions of fresh dough to take away and bake at home. Simply stretch out the dough on a baking sheet, making sure it’s not too warm and sticky to work with. Don’t worry about forming a perfect circle, just do your best to pull the dough to a consistent thickness for even baking. You want to get the oven very hot, so the bread puffs quickly and turns a uniform golden color. The yeasty aroma that fills the kitchen as this happens is reason enough to make this dish.

If your fish counter doesn’t carry sardines, ask about an equally oily substitute suitable for roasting whole. Fresh mackerel or smelts would fit the bill, too.

This is a meal made to be eaten with your hands. Tear a hunk of flatbread, smear on some yogurt and pull off pieces of fish to layer on top. Garnish with mint, parsley and radishes for crunch. A squeeze of lime brings it all together.

Warm Flatbread With Sardines, Yogurt, Herbs and Radishes

Total Time: 20 minutes Serves: 4 2

1 (1½-pound ball) of unbaked pizza dough, at room temperature

3 tablespoons olive oil

Flaky sea salt

2 pounds fresh whole sardines, scaled and cleaned

1 lime, quartered and zest finely grated

12 radishes, quartered

1 cup fresh parsley leaves

1 cup fresh mint leaves

1 cup full-fat Greek yogurt

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Halve dough and stretch out each half so it forms a rough circle about ⅓ -inch thick. Brush dough with half the oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake until puffed and golden all over, about 13 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, season fish with salt. Arrange sardines on another parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Roast fish until cooked through and meat flakes at thickest point, 5-7 minutes.

3. Season radishes with salt. Brush hot flatbread with remaining oil and sprinkle with lime zest. Serve fish with flatbread, radishes, lime wedges, herbs and yogurt. Eat by tearing off pieces of bread and topping with yogurt, pieces of fish, herbs, radishes and a squeeze of lime juice.

The Best White Puffer Jackets to Get You Through Winter

A couple months ago Ariana Grande wore an oversized white puffer jacket after calling off her engagement, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. This is the first time I’ve ever thought about a puffer jacket multiple times and it’s the only time I’ve wished I owned one.

The reality is that I’ve always had a complicated relationship with puffer jackets, and by that I mean I’ve always hated them. They’re clunky, they can be too warm, and if you get one with shoddy construction, you end up with faux feathers all over you when you take off your coat. Not cute.

But here I am now, wishing I owned a oversized white puffer jacket because Ariana Grande looks so unbothered and badass in hers. Some might say that look had to do with her massive Chanel shopping bags, but I think it was all about the puff. While some go off the grid after a bad breakup, there was Ariana Grande wearing a jacket you couldn’t help but notice. She was combatting Pete Davidson’s big dick energy with her own big coat energy. Not only did the large white puffer jacket call attention to her but it also looked like the clothing equivalent of comfort food. I suddenly really wanted to have one and it wasn’t hard to rationalize why.

A white puffer jacket like Grande’s is obviously great for the cold, it’s basically a very expensive duvet you can wear out of bed. The color means it’ll match with everything in your closet and the size makes anything you’re wearing seem like a statement outfit (Ariana paired hers with sweatpants). Puffer jackets are notorious for being hard to navigate in but oversized white puffer coats aren’t ashamed to resemble the Michelin man. Instead they say, ‘I know you’re looking at me but I also don’t care.’ In other words, they’re perfect to keep the warmth in and the haters out. White puffer jackets also look like Ariana Grande’s favorite cloud emoji and just like that emoji, they work in every possible scenario whether that be calling off a celebrity engagement or ordering a breakfast sandwich from your local diner. The softness is also great for resting bags worth thousands of dollars on your arms, which is an issue I’ll admittedly never have but it’s nice to be prepared, just in case.

Even better, once I opened my heart to puffers, I found that 2019’s iterations have gotten a serious upgrade—whether that’s temperature control insulation or a variety of lengths so you can find your best fit. Shop the the best white puffer jackets ahead.

Brief, Foolproof Itineraries to Six European Cities

Producer Mike Todd and actress Evelyn Keyes in Venice on location for the 1956 film ‘Around the World in 80 Days.’
Producer Mike Todd and actress Evelyn Keyes in Venice on location for the 1956 film ‘Around the World in 80 Days.’ Photo: Everett Collection

After a week of road-tripping through the Alps that landed us in Verona, Italy, for a few days, a friend in our group announced he’d never been to Venice, an hour train ride away. The rest of us gasped, “Never been to Venice?” It was so close but—alas—too far to make us anything but day-trippers in one of the world’s most complex cities. “So what?” said the friend. “So what?” said we all.

The next morning, we boarded a gondola after arriving at Stazione Santa Lucia, headed for St. Mark’s Square to have coffee with the pigeons. We strolled past the Campanile, peeked into the plush Daniela hotel, and stared for a while at iconic Santa Maria della Salute. We even took time for a tour of St. Mark’s Basilica and also found our way to the Rialto Bridge, where we loaded up on sausage and cheese from the surrounding market for the return trip to Verona. Nothing felt rushed. It was an inspirational day for all of us. And now when asked, “Have you been to Venice?” our friend can say with confidence, “Yes, I was there for a while. Quite a while.”

You too can play this game: Visit a European bucket-list city in 18 hours or less. Overnights are not required. Perhaps your cruise ship is docked nearby. Or you’re staying in another city, but the high-speed trains make a day trip awfully tempting. The rules: 1. Make your destination a big, swoon-worthy city that notches up your travel cred. 2. Come back with bragging rights, but nothing so crass as a souvenir. Instead, pick up a Learned On Location (LOL) observation that shows you were paying attention. 3. Feel no guilt. The use of these bucket-list supplements in no way constitutes cheating.

Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities
Photo: Alamy

The Eurostar from Paris or Brussels arrives at St. Pancras, a beautifully restored Victorian station with little of interest immediately outside its doors. The solution is to grab a cab (or take the Tube) to Liverpool Street Station and climb onto a No. 11 bus. Sit in the front seat upstairs and watch London roll by like a movie, as you pass the Royal Exchange, Bank of England and St. Paul’s Cathedral; chug along Fleet Street; scoot around Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey—all the way to Chelsea and along the King’s Road. The trip might take an hour; never do it at rush hour. It’s the closest thing to a guided tour without the shame.

Quick Bite St. Pancras is such a showplace since its 2007 renovation, you’ll want an excuse to spend time there. Dining is easy at more than a dozen places: Prime Burger (with a kids menu); Betjeman Arms (upscale pub grub); or the Gilbert Scott, an elegant dining room from top-chef Marcus Wareing (,,

LOL Observation To return to St. Pancras, consider a spacious black cab. You’ll not only ride in high style but you’ll gain the right to crow about how much money you saved on these notoriously pricey taxis—the British pound is close to a 20-month low against the dollar.


The Spanish conveniently located the Museo del Prado—loaded with paintings by Velásquez, Goya and El Greco—just up the leafy Paseo del Prado from Atocha Station, where the high-speed trains from France pull in. More modern works are just across from road from the station, at the Reina Sofía and, farther along the Paseo, at the Thyssen-Bornemisza. If you feel like gorging on art, this is the city in which to do it.

Quick Bite Lunch at the Westin Palace (across from Thyssen-Bornemisza), under the stained-glass dome of La Rotonda. Alternately, grab sashimi and tapas in the hotel’s Green T Sushi Bar (7 Plaza de las Cortes,

LOL Observation Buy stamps at the main post office, a Baroque landmark, on the Paseo, and load up on postcards of your favorite works from some of the museums to reinforce your art-history lesson. Send them to friends. Postcards are the new Instagram; you heard it here first.

Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities
Photo: Alamy

Start at Karlsplatz, not far from the main rail station, and stroll the half-dozen pedestrian-only blocks through a wonderland of pastel houses, stepped gables and windows dripping with geraniums, on down to the Rathaus. Up in the tower of Munich’s City Hall, the Glockenspiel pops out carved historical figures. It’s a revolving rock-around-the-clock with jousting knights and a happy Medieval couple at their royal wedding. All along the route, the green onion domes of the Frauenkirche watch over Bavaria World like twin guardian angels who’ve never heard of Disney .

Quick Bite Halfway to the Rathaus, Zum Augustiner Restaurant und Bierhalle serves its own beer—originally brewed by the Augustine monks—and feeds you half-roasted chickens with mounds of nap-inducing potato salad (27 Neuhauserstrasse,

LOL Observation Only servers in beer halls and restaurants sport dirndls and lederhosen—which like any flight attendant’s garb, are uniforms for work.

Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities
Photo: Alamy

Never let the Seine out of your sight. Get yourself to the Île de La Cité, the historic heart of Paris, where you’re officially on the Right Bank but really between Left and Right. You can walk to Notre-Dame; the Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette was imprisoned; and lose yourself in the Place Dauphine, a secret courtyard halfway across the Pont Neuf that’s easy to miss. At the western tip of the island, a triangular park known as the Vert Galant juts into the Seine like the prow of a ship. There, you can stay put and let Paris flow by.

Quick Bites Pick a place on the Place Dauphine such as La Bar du Caveau and lunch with lawyers from the Palais de Justice; its dignified facade walls off one side of the square.

LOL Observation Ogle the books and literary knickknacks at the oft-photographed, weathered green stalls of the booksellers that line the stone walls along Île de La Cité. In Paris, you must break the no-tchotchke rule and buy a little something; after all, souvenir is a French word.


Michelangelo’s perfectly proportioned Piazza del Campidoglio, home to Rome’s City Hall, puts you at the top of history’s most remarkable junk heap—the glorious if crumbling marble arches and columns of the Roman Forum. From behind City Hall, the Colosseum is clearly in view, and you can survey the Seven Hills (you’re on Capitoline). Michelangelo built on the spot where the Emperors received the chariot-driving legions, back from battle with the good news that they went, they saw, they conquered. And what exactly is that enormous marble “wedding cake” devouring the cityscape in the other direction? A 20th-century monument to Victor Emmanuel II, the first king of a unified Italy, which speaks—loudly—for itself.

Quick Bite Grab a panini at the snack bar in the Capitoline Museum, next to City Hall, with 360-degree views from the terrace (Palazzo dei Conservatori,

LOL Observation The letters SPQR embedded in the manhole covers all over the city stand for Senatus Populusque Romanus, the emblem of the Roman Empire and still used today by the municipal authorities.

Brief, Breezy and Foolproof Itineraries to 6 European Cities
Photo: © Wiener Staatsballett / Ashley Taylor

Check into the Hotel Sacher, melodically located on Philharmonikerstrasse, where Graham Greene is said to have written “The Third Man,” the classic noir mystery set in postwar Vienna. The concierge will have tickets for whatever is playing at the famous opera house, across the street. Do not worry if performances are sold out; the Sacher will have tickets, very expensive ones. Window-shop down to St. Stephen’s Cathedral along car-free Kärtnerstrasse. (from about $500 a night,

Quick Bite A Sacher torte and kaffee mit schlag, coffee with whipped cream, at the Sacher.

LOL Observation The Wiener Staatsoper, one of the grandest of the world’s grand old opera houses, is enormous, but the actual theater is almost cozy—1,700 seats—for an opera house. In contrast, New York’s Metropolitan has 3,800 seats, which can make some performances feel more like well-sung soccer matches.

‘Black Monday’ Plays the Wall Street Crash for Laughs

Andrew Rannells, left, and Don Cheadle, center, star in Showtime’s new TV series ‘Black Monday.’
Andrew Rannells, left, and Don Cheadle, center, star in Showtime’s new TV series ‘Black Monday.’ Photo: SHOWTIME

Ever since the movie “Wall Street” fixed the world of cutthroat stockbrokers in the popular imagination more than 30 years ago, screenwriters have returned to that setting for stories about money and power.

That, plus scenes of excess and debauchery, which was the bigger selling point for the creators of Showtime’s new comedy “Black Monday.” Set to premiere on Sunday, the series conjures its own version of what led to the market crash of 1987, complete with a long con, piles of cocaine and jokes that would trigger human-resources investigations in today’s workplaces.

Don Cheadle stars as an impulsive trader who captains a misfit firm with his more levelheaded lieutenant, played by Regina Hall.Andrew Rannells plays a square who lands with the firm after he and his computerized trading program fall flat.

‘Black Monday’ creates its own version of what led to the market crash of 1987, with a cast that includes, from top left, Yassir Lester, Eugene Cordero and Paul Scheer; from bottom left, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall.
‘Black Monday’ creates its own version of what led to the market crash of 1987, with a cast that includes, from top left, Yassir Lester, Eugene Cordero and Paul Scheer; from bottom left, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall. Photo: SHOWTIME

“Black Monday” revels in period status symbols such as suspenders and double-breasted suits. Mr. Cheadle’s character is ferried around New York in a Lamborghini-limousine hybrid and boasts about hiring Don Henley to perform at his birthday party. Showtime, whose other high-finance series, “Billions,” is set in the 21st century, joined in the ’80s shtick for “Black Monday” by resurrecting a vintage logo and jingle (“It’s Showtime tonight!”) for the new show’s title credits.

The show’s producers say the stock-market setting gave them a way to make a comedy with high stakes. “At most jobs, getting fired would be the worst day ever. On Wall Street, you can lose everything and be penniless by the end of the day,” says executive producer Jordan Cahan, a creator of the series with writing partner David Caspe, whose father was a Chicago-based commodities trader in the ’80s.

Filmmakers and TV producers have often portrayed financiers as aggressive and reckless as a way to illustrate Wall Street’s flaws. As Gordon Gekko in Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street,” Michael Douglas made “greed is good” one of the memorable lines of the 1980s. More recently, Leonardo DiCaprio’s drugged-out pump-and-dump scammer in 2013’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” represented director Martin Scorsese’s reaction to the financial crisis.

In contrast, “Black Monday” seeks to lampoon the types of characters who typified Wall Street then and linger in the working world today. “We really tried to be careful to make it clear that we’re satirizing that culture, not celebrating it,” says Mr. Cahan.

In the first episode, for example, traders riff on the similar nicknames they have given the cocaine they buy and the prostitutes they hire. However, while “Black Monday” depicts drug use aplenty, producers of the pay-cable series say they chose not to depict any female nudity.

“That was a way to illustrate the problem without having to also be part of the problem as television producers,” Mr. Caspe says.

Mr. Cheadle, an Oscar nominee for “Hotel Rwanda,” was recruited for “Black Monday” by David Nevins, head of Showtime and chief creative officer of parent company CBS, along with “Black Monday” executive producers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The show’s creators, who had written the pilot script seven years ago, rewrote it around Mr. Cheadle and the angle of an African-American investment whiz taking on blue-blooded rivals, including fictional Lehman Brothers twins who are both played by Ken Marino.

“That’s an opportunity to talk about and deal with things we wouldn’t have if the casting goal was, ‘Get me Gordon Gekko 2.0,’ ” Mr. Cheadle says.

In the mid-’80s, he was starting his career with parts in films such as “Hamburger Hill” and “Colors,” when a booming and soon-to-bust stock market produced a new template for heroes and villains. “Black Monday” gets into the human flaws behind that, he says, though he’s not analyzing any of it too deeply.

“It’s not a polemic on greed,” Mr. Cheadle says. “It’s more like, ‘Watch these idiots try to navigate this insane time when people were wilding out.’ ”

Beyond ‘Wall Street’

  • “The Big Short”: Director Adam McKay’s 2015 film tackles complex instruments of finance as it follows a hedge fund manager (Christian Bale) and other players who discover a way to exploit the bursting of the housing bubble.
  • “Margin Call”: Singled out by Wall Street hands as one of Hollywood’s most realistic depictions of their environment, this 2011 thriller by writer and director J.C. Chandor captures 24 hours inside an investment firm facing disaster.
  • “Boiler Room”: Long before “The Wolf of Wall Street,” this 2000 movie starring Giovanni Ribisi and Ben Affleck explored the investment world’s underbelly of cold calls and pump-and-dump schemes.
  • “Working Girl”: Melanie Griffith led director Mike Nichols’s 1988 urban fairy tale and time capsule of yuppie fashion. She plays a secretary whose boss (Sigourney Weaver) steals her idea for a merger, so she pulls a ruse of her own to get ahead.
  • “Trading Places”: From “Animal House” director John Landis, this 1983 comedy starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd hinges on a social experiment and a surprisingly detailed plot involving orange-juice futures.

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Samuel L. Jackson’s 5 Favorite Characters May Surprise You

Over the years, we’ve put Samuel L. Jackson‘s face with more iconic names then we can count. The 70-year-old actor is arguably one of the most influential and prolific actors of our time. We certainly all have our favorite roles of Jackson’s, but what are his own career highlights?

When the actor recently dropped in to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Fallon asked Samuel L. Jackson to name the top five characters he’s played. Since he has well over 100 acting credits to date, he found narrowing it down to be tough, but his favorites are interesting!

At No. 5 is Nick Fury, a character Samuel L. Jackson has played since the MCU began with the Iron Man post-credit scene in 2008, teasing the formation of the Avengers. Fury doesn’t typically play a large role in the movies, but the upcoming Captain Marvel will delve into his past before the eye-patch and he’ll be teaming up with Spidey in Spider-Man: Far From Home too.

Then, Jackson decided to group together Quentin Tarantino characters Ordell from Jackie Brown, Jules from Pulp Fiction and Stephen from Django Unchained for the fourth spot because “he’d hate to pull them apart.” It looks like picking his favorite roles is like picking a favorite child, especially as far as it goes with his work with the film director who he’s collaborated with since the early ’90s.

Topping his favorite Quentin characters is Mace Windu from the Star Wars prequels because… well, he’s a Jedi! The trilogy of Star Wars films he was involved with may not be beloved by all, but few can argue with how cool it was that Jackson is part of the universe. The actor has also made it clear in the past that he’s interested to reprise his role in a future Star Wars movie, even though his character died. Maybe in the planned Obi Wan spinoff?

Then, Samuel L. Jackson just skipped a No. 2 spot-earner right to his favorite role of all time… Mitch Henessey in the 1996 film The Long Kiss Goodnight. He loved playing the wacky private detective “crazy dude” and had a blast working with Geena Davis on it.

Okay, so Mitch Henessey’s certainly not a role everyone knows Samuel L. Jackson for and it likely won’t go down in history as the other characters he named, but the fact that it’s his undisputed top pick 23 years later shows it was a memorable and fun experience that he treasures. So check it out!

You can see Samuel L. Jackson reprise his role as Mr. Glass, 19 years after Unbreakable, in the sequel Glass, coming to theaters on January 18, 2019, along with five other performances coming to the big screen this year alone from the impressive actor, including a Shaft sequel.

Nicole Kidman Was ‘Mortified’ By Awkward Golden Globes Moment

This year’s awards season has already kicked off, which means we’ve had plenty of fun, brilliant and even awkward moments to relish in or even poke fun at on the Internet. One of those moments happened during the Golden Globes when Rami Malek was seemingly ignored attempting to introduce himself to Nicole Kidman, only to have her seemingly rebuff the candid attempt. Now, she’s explained what really happened, noting in a recent interview:

Both Nicole Kidman and Rami Malek actually attended the Critics’ Choice Awards this weekend, where people on the red carpet were all over talking about what happened at the previous awards event. Kidman revealed to ET while talking about her movie Destroyer that she actually does already know Rami Malek and they even touched base after the news broke, even emailing about what happened.

The Bohemian Rhapsody actor also previously talked about the exchange, also mentioning that he and Nicole Kidman had been pals for a while and joking that he knows the whole thing is “probably haunting” him on the interwebs.

On the bright side, Rami Malek in particular had a heck of a Golden Globes. Not only did the actor win Best Performance (in a drama) for playing Freddie Mercury on the big screen and not only did Bohemian Rhapsody win for Best Picture in the drama category, but Malek himself went viral for several reasons.

First, if you haven’t caught him introducing himself to Lady Gaga, you should check it out. Secondly, he went viral for his moment with Nicole Kidman and if you missed that, it did seem pretty awkward at the time.

So, now you are all caught up on the goofy moment between the Bohemian Rhapsody actor and the Aquaman actress. Rami Malek may actually be a little awkward in person; however, if you think it’s weird for him to normally pal around with big names like Nicole Kidman, you’d be wrong. He’s known Kidman for a while and will likely be spending even more time with other a-listers as his own profile grows.

We’ll likely be seeing more from Rami Malek and Nicole Kidman in the weeks to come as the awards season continues rolling. For more on what’s coming up, including the Oscars, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

M. Night Shyamalan Has Been Funding His Own Movies, Including Glass

M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is not only the biggest movie in the generally barren month of January, it’s one of the most anticipated movies of 2019 period. Glass is the follow-up to the very successful 2016 film Split as well as a long-awaited sequel to a beloved 2000 hit Unbreakable. Considering those factors you’d think that Hollywood opened up the checkbook to make it, but M. Night Shyamalan actually funded it himself, as he has his past few films.

The director has been putting his money where his mouth is to stage his comeback over his past three films. Starting with 2015’s The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan took out a $5 million loan on his Pennsylvania estate to finance the film. The Visit went on to make almost $100 million worldwide. He then scratched together $9 million to make Split, which put the director back on the map in a big way with a $278.4 million worldwide haul.

Split also set up a sequel and a movie that would have far more eyes on it than the director’s previous two films and would also cost more. But he didn’t take any help and M. Night Shyamalan once again used his own money to finance the film. According to Forbes he used the proceeds from Split and The Visit as well as collateral from his property to put together the $20 million budget for Glass.

Independent filmmakers put their own money up all the time to fund their dream projects and first films but they usually don’t spend the millions M. Night Shyamalan has, nor do they have his name. But self-funding his own films actually makes sense if you consider the arc of M. Night Shyamalan’s career.

There was a time when M. Night Shyamalan could probably walk in to a studio with an idea and receive a practically blank checkbook in return. He was on a roll after The Sixth Sense with Unbreakable, Signs and The Village, but then he had a very public downfall with the quintet of Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth, at which point M. Night Shyamalan’s name became more warning than selling point.

Those critical and commercial failures changed the equation for a director once lauded as the next big thing. M. Night Shyamalan was no longer able to get his projects greenlit the way he once did. And that lack of clout meant that the director’s ideas would be more subject to the whims of a studio that was financing his projects, potentially impacting his vision.

So it seems that M. Night Shyamalan recognized the position he was in, and instead of sacrificing his creative vision, he put his own money on the line in order to rebuild his career— while still making the films he wanted to make. By using his own money he wasn’t reliant upon someone else’s funding, and thus could exert the control he wanted over his films.

It’s a laudable move on the director’s part, because he was risking his own money with no guarantee of reward. His career isn’t only on the line, but so is his financial well-being. And whether you ultimately like his movies or not, you’ve got to respect that as an artist he not only wants to work but is willing to go to such lengths to do so and maintain control over something with his name on it.

M. Night Shyamalan’s gamble appears to be paying off too. Despite negative to mixed reviews for the film so far, Glass is tracking at pulling in $100 million worldwide opening weekend. Time will tell whether he continues paying for his own films after that or if he takes some of Hollywood’s money as his comeback continues.

Glass opens in theaters on January 18. For all of this year’s biggest movies, check out our release schedule.

Migos’ First Move Of 2019 Is An Unfiltered Collaboration With Mustard

Never ones to sit for too long, Migos are back and reloaded for 2019. For their first move of the new year, the Atlanta superstars joined forces with Mustard (the super-producer formerly known as DJ Mustard) for a new banger called “Pure Water.”

The bouncy, upbeat track features a Quavo hook and verses from all three Migos, which is refreshing to hear after so many months of solo tracks from the trio. Offset in particular fires off some memorable bars, referencing Talladega Nights by boasting, “I’m Ricky Bobby with your bitch.”

“It sounds like a party,” Mustard said of the collab while premiering it on Beats 1 on Wednesday (January 16). “And I’m not saying like a down-south party or a trap party. It’s like Migos coming to L.A. and having a house party here.”

Speaking more about the track on Beats 1, Mustard explained that it was always intended for Migos. “At first it was just a song me and Quavo came up with, and then I was like, ‘Man, I gotta get the whole gang on here,'” he said. “With me and Quavo, it was just tag-teaming, getting everybody involved, but once it came together, it was like a match made in heaven type thing.”

“Pure Water” is the first new track from Migos since their album Culture II was released last January. Since then, they’ve made some serious solo moves — Offset’s album remains outstanding, while Quavo and Takeoff’s solo debuts dropped late last year.

As for Mustard, he said on Beats 1 that “Pure Water” is just the latest in a string of upcoming big-name features — he said he’s been in the studio with Future, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, and more. “We call them nuclear bombs, ’cause we gonna shake the whole world up. I got records, and I got a lot of them,” he said. You’ve been warned.