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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After the jump:

  • Outlander‘s Tobias Menzies signs up for Underworld 5
  • Dave Franco is also moving back in for Neighbors 2
  • Jack Reacher 2 is gearing up for a fall shoot
  • Jurassic World returns to IMAX 3D for one week only
  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 reveals first images; John Stamos joins the cast
  • Mrs. Doubtfire 2 definitely won’t happen without Robin Williams
  • LeBron James is hoping for a Space Jam 2
  • Sinister 2 drops a new clip and a featurette
  • Lionsgate’s latest Hunger Games ad is accidentally NSFW
  • Simon Pegg talks about feeling “pressure” as the writer of Star Trek Beyond
  • Chris Pine and Idris Elba bicker (for charity) on the set of Star Trek Beyond

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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 »

Sinister 2

We’ve got a lot of ground to cover today, so let’s get right to it. After the jump:

  • Arnie is optimistic about Shane Black‘s Predator sequel.
  • Terminator 5 scribes talk James Cameron, time travel, and deleted scenes.
  • Samuel L. Jackson is totally up for another Unbreakable movie.
  • Quentin Tarantino wants to make a third Kill Bill someday.
  • The M:I5 plane stunt was inspired in part by Uncharted.
  • Pacific Rim 2 could help get Hellboy 3 made… if it’s a hit.
  • Sinister 2 distributes a series of creepy “collector’s cards.”
  • Patrick Wilson shares a photo from the Conjuring 2 set.
  • Milla Jovovich gets to work on Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.
  • Donate to charity for a chance to win a role in Star Trek Beyond.
  • LeBron James (jokingly) pitches an idea for Trainwreck 2.

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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.

Get the Netflix movie release dates after the jump. Read More »

Simon Pegg in Star Trek Into Darkness

Last week brought a major rumor that Idris Elba would be playing a Klingon villain in Star Trek 3. So inevitably, this week brings a stringent denial of said rumor. Star Trek 3 star and writer Simon Pegg says in no uncertain terms that the talk isn’t true — the Klingon part of it, anyway. The Idris Elba part might still be.

Read Pegg’s response to the Idris Elba Klingon talk after the jump.  Read More »

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Idris Elba star trek 3

In the rebooted Star Trek franchise, it’s all about the villains. Or at least pre-release, it is. Everyone knows who the main characters are but there’s always a question of who they’ll be tangling with. In the second film, the identity of Benedict Cumberbatch’s character was a particular spot of controversy. So that begs the question: will villain questions continue into part three?

The early answer to that question is “Yes.” Variety reports that Idris Elba is in early talks to play a villain in Star Trek 3. However, there are no details on who – or what – he could be playing. Directed by Justin Lin, the film is scheduled for release July 8, 2016. Read more about the Idris Elba Star Trek 3 news below. Read More »

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 »

The Gunman Sean Penn

It’ll be at least a couple years before Taken 4 comes out — if it ever does come out — but while we wait, The Gunman might be able to tide you over. Directed by Pierre Morel (of the first Taken), The Gunman stars Sean Penn as Jim Terrier, a former Special Forces soldier and military contractor suffering from PTSD.

All he wants is to reconnect with his love, but circumstances get in the way. He has information that has certain very dangerous people wanting him dead, and he goes on a globe-trotting mission to clear his name. Watch The Gunman international trailer after the jump. Read More »