2016 independent spirit awards

The Independent Spirit Awards have always been Oscar’s younger, hipper cousin, casting a light on films that don’t always have a shot at the more prestigious end-of-the-year movie awards. This year’s nominations may be one of the strongest line-ups in a long time. There are the films everyone excepted to make a strong showing here, like Carol and Spotlight, but there are also plenty of pleasant surprises, including nominations for Tangerine, It Follows, and Bone Tomahawk. And that’s before you dive into the more niche awards, where gems like Son of Saul and Krisha snagged nominations.

Find the complete list of 2016 Independent Spirit Awards nominations after the jump.

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beasts of no nation viewership

Beasts of No Nation isn’t the failure it’s being written off as. Last weekend the film earned only $50,699, in 31 theaters, and the theater average for Beasts of No Nation was $1,635. For an average indie that cost a few million dollars, that’s a disastrous number. But writer/director Cary Fukanaga‘s (True Detective) film isn’t your average indie. And, make no mistake, the film has reached an audience.

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Beasts of No Nation final trailer

Netflix is getting one one last trailer for Beasts of No Nation, just days before the film’s online and theatrical debut. Idris Elba and Abraham Attah lead Cary Fukunaga‘s harrowing drama about a child soldier in west Africa, based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala. Watch the Beasts of No Nation final trailer after the jump. Read More »

Beasts of No Nation

Netflix’s first foray into prestige drama seems to be off to a good start. Beasts of No Nation premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this week, immediately attracting high praise for leads Idris Elba and Abraham Attah and director Cary Fukunaga.

Unfortunately, those of us not currently hobnobbing with movie stars on the Lido still have several weeks to go until we’ll get to see it. But in the meantime, Netflix has unleashed the first full-length Beasts of No Nation trailer to whet our appetites. Watch it after the jump. Read More »

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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Beasts of No Nation trailer

Cary Fukunaga‘s touch has been sorely missed on True Detective this season, but his fans can rest assured they’ll be seeing more from him in the not-too-distant future. Netflix has just debuted the first promo for Beasts of No Nation, Fukunaga’s intense new war drama.

Based on the novel by Uzodinma Iweala, Beasts of No Nation unfolds during a civil war in an unnamed West African country. A young boy named Agu (Abraham Attah) is torn from his family and forced to join a guerrilla fighter unit. Idris Elba plays the warlord who takes Agu under his wing, and molds him into a soldier. Watch the Beasts of No Nation teaser trailer — and get new theatrical release details — after the jump.  Read More »

Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation

Netflix recently began making inroads into distributing theatrical-quality films, and now they’re just about ready to show off the results. The company has announced scheduling for four upcoming movies: Cary Fukunaga‘s Beasts of No Nation, Adam Sandler‘s The Ridiculous Six, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, and Pee-wee’s Big Holiday.

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Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation

Netflix is rapidly pushing to move from streaming original movies and TV series to putting actual films in theaters, and has now hammered out a deal for a potential 2015 awards season contender.

Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, is the new film from Cary Fukunaga, who made Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre before taking HBO by storm when he directed the first season of True Detective. Now the company is closing a deal to acquire Fukunaga’s film. “Netflix buys Beasts of No Nation” may not seem like a huge headline, but it marks a decisive evolution in the company’s strategy. Read More »