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"Molly's Game" and "Insidious: The Last Key" top this week's new releases

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By Stephen Iervolino

Photo Credit: Michael Gibson- Motion Picture Artwork © 2017 STX Financing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.(LOS ANGELES) — Opening in wide release on Friday:

* Molly’s Game — Aaron Sorkin’s biopic, currently out in limited release and opening nationwide on Friday, tells the true story of Molly Bloom — played by Jessica Chastain — an Olympic-class skier who ran an exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade and became an FBI target. Idris Elba, Kevin Costner and Michael Cera also star. Rated R.

* Insidious: The Last Key — The fourth installment of the Insidious franchise forces parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier — played by Lin Shaye — to investigate a haunting in her childhood home — by a demon she accidentally released years earlier. Also starring Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Josh Stewart, and Caitlin Gerard. Rated PG-13.


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Runnin' down a dream: Why LANCO's "Greatest Love Story" gives Brandon Lancaster hope

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ABC/Image Group LA Thursday evening in Nashville, LANCO celebrated their first number one with “Greatest Love Story,” a song written solely by the band’s lead singer, Brandon Lancaster.

The chart-topping tune puts Brandon in the same class as Taylor Swift, Zac Brown and Jennifer Nettles — artists who’ve reached the pinnacle of the country chart singing songs they wrote by themselves, namely “Our Song,” “Free” and “Stay,” respectively.

What you may not realize is that’s a rarity these days. In fact, it’s been a decade since anyone accomplished that feat. Brandon admits he had no idea he was setting a new record.

“It’s definitely crazy,” he says. “I think that honestly when I was writing it, I didn’t know how crazy it was… When you get into songwriting, you don’t think, ‘I want to write a song so I can co-write…’ You just have something to say, you have a story to tell and you try to tell it.”

Brandon says lately, it’s occurred to him it’s a phenomenon that could happen to anyone.

“I did write this song before we had a record deal, before we really had anything going for us,” he explains. “And to me, that just kinda proves that anybody — no matter where you are out there — if you have a song, if you have a dream, there could be someone… right now working a job that’s about to get off work and go home tonight and write a song in their apartment and has nothing going for them. And one day, it could be a number one song. So that’s a really incredible and inspiring thing that we’re a part of that.”

LANCO’s debut album, Hallelujah Nights, comes out January 19.

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Nashville notes

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Eighties icon Mickey Gilley is cancelling his January 6 show in Greenville, Texas, after being involved in a car accident January 3. The 81-year-old suffered a fractured ankle and fractured right shoulder, but plans to resume touring January 20 in Weirsdale, Florida.

Chris Janson plays his new single “Drunk Girl” Friday morning on Megyn Kelly Today on NBC.

Tegan Marie‘s debut single for Warner Music Nashville, “Keep It Lit,” comes out January 19.

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"Nashville" recap: "New Strings"

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CMTOn the season six premiere of Nashville on CMT, a frenetic Juliette Barnes was poised to embark on her comeback tour, until a heckler in the crowd prompted her to stop her song. What followed was a rambling emotional breakdown that set the stage for Juliette to call off the trek.

Though Avery Barkley tried to help her recharge with the couple’s first getaway without their toddler Cadence, it didn’t prove to be enough. A chance meeting with the charismatic self-help guru Darius seemed to set Juliette on a dangerous path.

Meanwhile, Maddie Jaymes booked an impressive end-of-the-year gig at L.A.’s Staples Center, playing with teen sensation Jonah Ford. Romance blossomed between the two, as Jonah invited Maddie to fly back to Nashville on his private plane.

Though Scarlett O’Connor accompanied her niece on her trip to Los Angeles, Scarlett’s thoughts were preoccupied by both the end of her relationship with Gunnar Scott and the dissolution of their musical partnership as The Exes. Gunnar himself struggled with the prospect of performing without Scarlett, with his friend Will Lexington eventually joining him on stage for support.

Will himself was still having plenty of problems in his personal life, bumping into his ex, Zach Welles, who was already accompanied by a new boyfriend. While Zach appeared to have moved on, Will still couldn’t understand why Zach wouldn’t forgive him for siding with his friends, when Zach had threatened to destroy Highway 65.

Months after the death of Rayna Jaymes, everyone seemed ready for Deacon Claybourne to find love again — except Deacon himself. While Scarlett, Maddie and her sister Daphne encouraged him to find a date for New Year’s Eve, Deacon remained a hold-out.

Find out what happens next on the final season of Nashville, Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on CMT.

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Alex Trebek on medical leave from "Jeopardy!" following brain surgery

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ABC/Nicole Wilder(LOS ANGELES) — Jeopardy! is going on a brief hiatus while host Alex Trebek recovers from brain surgery he underwent over the holidays.

In a video released on Tuesday, Trebek — who has hosted the syndicated show for more than 30 years — explained that he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma — blood clots on the brain — which he suffered as a result of a fall he experienced a couple of months ago.

“Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery,” he said. “The prognosis is excellent and I expect to be back in the studio taping more Jeopardy! programs very, very soon.”

He ended the clip by thanking fans for their concern.

This isn’t the first medical emergency the 77-year-has suffered while hosting the show. He suffered a mild heart attack in 2012 and underwent knee surgery in 2015.

Jeopardy! debuted as a daytime show in 1964, and ran until 1975. A weekly nighttime syndicated edition aired from 1974-75, and a revival — The All-New Jeopardy! — ran on NBC from 1978-1979. The current version premiered in 1984.

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