News Nuggets: Will Hugh Jackman win another Tony Award for the new play ‘The River’?

Could Hugh Jackman be on his way to another Tony Award victory? His new play “The River” officially opened Sunday on Broadway at the Circle on the Square for a 13-week engagement. The show is a mysterious new drama from acclaimed “Jerusalem” playwright Jez Butterfield and is about a man bringing his girlfriend to a remote cabin in the woods. A new round-up of many reviews refers to the play as “mind-bending,” a “mood piece,” and “magnifies the seemingly ordinary to mythic proportions.” Jackman is praised for his “considerable charisma” and that he “ascends with assurance to a new level as a stage actor.” Playbill

Twenty years later, Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels rule the box office again with “Dumb and Dumber To” The comedy sequel makes $38.1 million for its debut weekend. It bumps the Disney animated hit “Big Hero 6” to second place with $36 million. The sci-fi epic “Interstellar” with Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway drops to third with $29.2 million. Hollywood Reporter

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Three decades after the massive success of Band Aid, Bob Geldof unites dozens of modern stars to remake “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” The original song raised millions to “feed the world,” but this time it is to raise money and awareness about the Ebola outbreak. Stars singing on the new single include Ed Sheeran, Chris Martin, Ellie Goulding, One Direction, Bono, Rita Ora, Emeli Sande, Sam Smith, Seal, Sinead O’Connor, and more. The Wrap

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Prolific television producer Glen A. Larson dies at age 77 in California. He had a string of TV hits starting in the 1970s and 1980s with “Battlestar Galactica,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “McCloud,” “Quincy, M.E.,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Fall Guy,” and “Knight Rider.” Variety

Networks do not often cancel shows so soon into a second season, but that is the fate of “The Millers.” CBS is stopping production on the comedy series starring Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, and Beau Bridges. Emmy winner Sean Hayes joined the program this season to try and improve ratings. TV Guide

One of the biggest films of 2015 will almost certainly be the adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Watch a new trailer, which gives a much more in-depth look at the mind and body of Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). Also starring Dakota Johnson, the movie will open on February 13. Entertainment Weekly

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