Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation

Netflix’s first real Oscar campaign begins this week with the world premiere of Beasts of No Nation at the Venice Film Festival. On paper, it sounds strong: Directed by Cary Fukunaga and based on the book by Uzodinma Iweala, the harrowing drama follows the making of an African child soldier (played by newcomer Abraham Attah) in the hands of a charismatic yet monstrous warlord (played by Idris Elba). So how does it play out in practice? Get the Beasts of No Nation early buzz after the jump.  Read More »

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Concussion NFL controversy

Last week brought the first trailer for the professional football set drama Concussion starring Will Smith. The movie doesn’t arrive until Christmas Day when we’re well into the next season of football, but there’s already controversy surrounding the film due to some cuts that Sony Pictures reportedly made to the film in order to avoid clashing with the NFL.

For those who don’t know, Concussion follows Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease) in a pro football player. The doctor tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and has stopped his efforts to get the organization to address these problems at every turn.

The controversy that has surfaced comes from e-mails between Sony Pictures Entertainment, director Peter Landesman and Will Smith’s representatives where they discuss how to make the movie without antagonizing the NFL or “kicking the hornet’s nest” as one e-mail puts it. Find out more about the Concussion movie NFL controversy below! Read More »

Netflix Renews ‘Narcos’ for Season 2

Narcos renewal

No one loves Netflix’s original scripted drama slate more than Netflix itself. So far the service has renewed every drama it’s premiered, and as of today that includes Narcos. The drug trafficking saga just been confirmed to return for a second season, under Adam Fierro as the new showrunner. More details on the Narcos renewal after the jump. Read More »

Born to Be Blue clip

Ethan Hawke plays jazz trumpeter and famous addict Chet Baker in the film Born to Be Blue, which premieres soon at the Toronto International Film Festival. There’s no trailer for the film just yet, but you can see a clip of Hawke in action, playing a mournful version of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ in the studio as his producer, played by Callum Keith Rennie, looks on approvingly. Have a look at the Born to Be Blue clip below.  Read More »

The Gamechangers trailer

One of the most controversial video game franchises ever made is Rockstar Games’ super violent Grand Theft Auto. Few games have drawn the vitriol of various organizations against violence in video games in the name of just wanting to keep the kids safe. Now the story of how the game was created, and the protests that followed, will be told on the big screen.

The BBC is behind a TV movie called The Gamechangers starring Harry Potter franchise lead Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser, who found himself in a battle with Christian lawyer Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton) as Thompson tried to shut down the production of the Grand Theft Auto video games. Watch The Gamechangers trailer after the jump! Read More »

American Wolf

Last year, Warner Bros. got hold of a story called American Wolf. That’s the film concept based on a book proposal from a  Texas Monthly editor that tells the story of a hunter who accidentally kills an endangered wolf while on a trip in Yellowstone. Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way, with Langley Park, picked up the rights last year, and Warner Bros. will release the eventual film. And now Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, seen above, Black Mass) is in talks to direct.  Read More »

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Lucille Ball biopic

Cate Blanchett is attached to star in a Lucille Ball biopic, and that’s pretty interesting. It’s the sort of thing that could be easy Oscar bait, sure, but Blanchett could also deliver a performance that would elevate the film to something much more powerful. The project is being produced by Ball’s children. Perhaps most interesting, however, is the writer who is set up to script: Aaron Sorkin. Read More »

Byran Cranston as LBJ first look

Back in the summer of 2014, we learned that Emmy-winning Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston would be taking his Tony-winning performance as President Lyndon B. Johnson to HBO in an adaptation of the stage play All the Way.

Production is now underway on the HBO Films production, and we have a first look photo of Bryan Cranston as LBJ, in which the actor is completely unrecognizable. Read More »

Miss You Already Trailer

Toni Collette and Drew Barrymore star in the comedy Miss You Already, which will premiere soon at TIFF before opening in the US and UK later this fall. A film with Toni Collette in a lead role is something we’re always game to watch, and this one is particularly interesting as it is directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight, Plush).

Here, Collette and Barrymore play friends with a strong bond who are rocked when one is diagnosed with cancer. The pair ultimately faces the problem head-on, but not without a significant struggle. Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine, Tyson Ritter and Jacqueline Bisset also appear in the film; check out the Miss You Already trailer below.

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