Check Out Halle Berry In First Trailer For MMA Sports Drama ‘Bruised’

Halle Berry is directing herself in the upcoming MMA drama film, Bruised. The 55-year-old actress will be making her feature directorial debut, so it’s a pretty big deal.

In addition to directing, she’s also starring as Jackie Justice, a MMA fighter who has left the sport in disgrace.

Years later, we find her down on her luck and simmering with rage and regret, watching as she’s coaxed into a brutal underground fight by her manager and boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto) and grabs the attention of a fight league promoter (Shamier Anderson) who promises her a life back in the octagon. But the road to redemption becomes unexpectedly personal when Manny (Danny Boyd, Jr.) — the son she gave up as an infant— shows up at her doorstep, following the death of his father.

Sounds like there’s a lot going on there, but the trailer looks interesting, so I’m excited to check it out. It’ll be released inside select theaters on November 17 before being released nationwide on Netflix on November 24.

While speaking with The New York Times in September, Berry had this to say about the movie:

We haven’t seen an African American woman in this way in a movie. I’m from Cleveland, Ohio. I am salt of the earth, it’s a world I know and is intrinsic to who I am. If I’m going to get to tell a story, I’m going to make it from a point of view that I know. I thought that was a very good way for me to start.

Check out the trailer below…

Netflix Boss Ted Sarandos Defends Dave Chappelle’s Controversial Special In Staff Memo

Some of you may have heard that several Netflix employees have criticized their own company for releasing Dave Chappelle’s latest stand up special ‘The Closer’

In the special, Chappelle talks about the trans community for what feels like an hour. Personally, I don’t feel like he hates the community. I feel like he’s a bit behind on the subject and comes across as ignorant, but I don’t believe he has hate in his heart.

That being said, a lot of people are upset and some creators have come out to say they will not be working with Netflix until they remove the special.

But Netflix, or at least the head of Netflix, doesn’t seem too concerned. Co-CEO Ted Sarandos addressed staff members in a memo that was sent out on Friday. In the memo, he offered guidance on how managers should handle upset employees and angry talent speaking out against the special.

Chappelle is one of the most popular stand-up comedians today, and we have a long standing deal with him. His last special ‘Sticks & Stones,’ also controversial, is our most watched, stickiest and most award winning stand-up special to date. As with our other talent, we work hard to support their creative freedom — even though this means there will always be content on Netflix some people believe is harmful.

He then referenced other content they’ve released like ’13 Reasons Why’ which received lots of hate for what some felt like glorifying teen suicide.

Particularly in stand-up comedy, artistic freedom is obviously a very different standard of speech than we allow internally as the goals are different: entertaining people versus maintaining a respectful, productive workplace.

Basically, he’s saying, “Get the f**k over it, Chappelle brings in money,” and that’s how the world works. If no one was watching Chappelle’s special, Sarandos would drop him so damn quick.

But Chappelle is the most popular comedian in the game right now, so he’s got the power.

Check Out The New Trailer For Netflix Western ‘The Harder They Fall’

Back in June, a teaser trailer for Netflix’s upcoming western ‘The Harder They Fall’ was released. It sparked lots of joy online with many people talking about how incredible the film looked.

Now, we’re being blessed with a full trailer. The movie, which was directed by Jeymes Samuel, stars Jonathan Majors, Idris Elba and Zazie Beetz.

In the film, Majors’s outlaw Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) learns that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison. He then rounds up his gang to exact revenge against the man who long ago killed his parents.

In the trailer, Jay-Z and Kid Cudi’s collab track plays in the background. Jay-Z is also a producer on this movie.

The Harder They Fall is set to have its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on October 6. It’ll then hit select theaters before being released on Netflix on November 3, 2021.

Check out the brand new trailer below…

TikTok Star Addison Rae Just Signed A Movie Deal With Netflix…Yay?

For all you writers/directors/actors out there who have been working on your craft for years, still struggling to get noticed, you might want to skip this story.

Addison Rae, the girl who became famous on TikTok for copying other people’s dances, has just signed an exclusive deal with Netflix.

She recently made her feature acting debut in Netflix’s ‘He’s All That’ which was a gender-swapped remake of the 1999 high school comedy, She’s All That. This remake was trashed by critics, but Rae’s huge fanbase loved it, which is why Netflix is offering her this deal. She has over 80 million followers on TikTok. That’s currency in Hollywood.

According to Variety, it’s a multi-picture deal, so Netflix is committed. Rae released the following statement…

Getting the opportunity to work with Netflix was such a pinch me moment and now to be able to continue the relationship is beyond my wildest dreams. I’m thrilled to be able to collaborate with this incredible team and am excited to develop projects while continuing to strengthen my skills as an actress.

Netflix estimates that over 50 million households will watch ‘He’s All That’ before the month ends. It has already reached #1 on the site in 78 countries, including Brazil and France.

According to the 20-year-old star, she wanted to become an actress before she found fame on TikTok, so this is a dream come true.

Some people have all the luck, huh?

Watch Trailer For Netflix Thriller ‘Intrusion’ Starring Freida Pinto

Netflix has been coming in hot with the trailers all year long. They’re pumping out new content like nobody’s business, well, except for the new season of Stranger Things, but whatever.

Their latest trailer release? A thriller titled Intrusion. The home invasion drama stars Freida Pinto and Logan Marshall-Green.

Pinto plays a young woman named Meera who moves into a new, remote home designed by her architect husband, Henry. Not long after the couple moves in, their home gets broken into, leaving Meera traumatized and increasingly suspicious of everyone around her.

The trailer doesn’t exactly spoil anything, but it does make you question her husband a bit. Can she even trust him? Of course, we have to imagine there are several twists and turns.

This flick was directed by Adam Salky, who previously directed the 2015 drama I Smile Back starring Josh Charles.

Intrusion will hit Netflix on September 22, and it should be a fun Friday night popcorn flick. Check out the trailer below…

Watch The Lovely Krysten Ritter In First Trailer For Horror Fantasy Film ‘Nightbooks’

Netflix has decided to bless us with the first trailer for Nightbooks, a horror-fantasy film about a young boy who becomes the prisoner of a witch. To prevent a terrible fate, the boy makes a deal with the witch to let him tell her a scary story every night.

Sounds like an interesting premise, right? Perhaps even a familiar one? The film is actually based on J.A. White’s children’s book of the same name.

This flick is being directed by David Yarovesky and was written by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Krysten Ritter, Winslow Fegley and Lidya Jewett star in the movie.

Gotta be honest, the trailer looks a little scary for kids, but maybe I’m just a little baby. I feel like I’d definitely have nightmares after watching it.

Anyway, you can check out the official synopsis and trailer below. It’s scheduled to be released on Netflix on September 15.

Alex (Winslow Fegley) is a creative boy with a strong passion for writing scary stories. But when he’s labeled weird and rejected for what he likes, he swears he’ll never write again. That’s when an evil witch (Krysten Ritter), captures him in her magical apartment in New York City and demands that he tell her a new tale every night if he wants to stay alive. Trapped inside with Lenore, the witch’s spiteful cat watching his every move, Alex meets Yasmin (Lidya Jewett), another young prisoner who has learned how to survive the witch’s wicked whims. With Yasmin’s help, Alex must learn to embrace what makes him unique — his love for scary stories — and rewrite his own destiny to break them free.

Nia Long Set To Join Lili Reinhart In Upcoming Netflix Rom-Com ‘Plus/ Minus’

Nia Long continues to get steady work in Hollywood. She most recently starred in ‘Fatal Affair’The Banker‘ and the horror-thriller ’47 Meters Down: Uncaged’

And now, she’ll be returning to the romantic comedy genre. It was reported this week that the 50-year-old actress will co-star alongside Lili Reinhart and Luke Wilson in the upcoming Netflix film, Plus/ Minus.

The story centers on Natalie (Reinhart), whose life diverges into two parallel realities on the eve of her college graduation. One version sees her become pregnant and navigate motherhood as a young adult in her Texas hometown, and the other journey takes place as she moves to Los Angeles to pursue her career. Per the logline of the movie, the contrary paths lead the 20something Natalie to experience life-changing love, devastating heartbreak and rediscover herself.

Sounds kinda trippy for a romantic comedy, but I’m down. April Prosser wrote the screenplay, and it looks like it’ll be her first feature writing credit after years of being a writers assistant.

The film is being directed by Wanuri Kahiu, the director/co-writer behind the 2018 film, Rafiki.

No word on when this film is expected to be released, but we’ll keep you posted.

Netflix Lands Rights To Upcoming Action-Thriller Film ‘Fast & Loose’ Starring Will Smith

We all know Netflix is not afraid to spend money. They have dropped plenty of cash the past few years, and they show no signs of slowing down.

Their latest acquisition? A big action-thriller flick titled ‘Fast & Loose‘ which will star Will Smith. Filmmaker David Leitch is set to direct. He’s previously directed Atomic Blonde, Deadpool 2, and John Wick.

Deadline first reported in February that the package was hitting the market with every major player involved in the bidding war. Netflix would eventually win rights and has taken its time in negotiating the deals.

The film follows a man who wakes up in Tijuana with no memories. As he pieces together his past, he learns he’s been living two lives, one as a crime kingpin and the other as an undercover CIA agent.

Sounds like a solid role for Smith. It’s easy to see how much fun he could have with this character.

It’ll be interesting to see the release strategy for this film. Will Smith still has a name that’s big enough to attract box office heat, so you’d think they’d want to give it a theatrical release.

But at the same time, they’ve spent lots of $$$ on big action flicks before and were firm in their streaming only release. They clearly make enough money without box office sales.

No word on when filming is set to begin.

Anthony Mackie And David Harbour Set To Star In Family Adventure Film ‘We Have A Ghost’

David Harbour is used to working in the family-friendly space. He’s played the lovable Jim Hopper on the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things‘ for years now. And while that show primarily deals with lab-created monsters, Harbour is preparing to deal with another type of monster.

He’s set to star in the upcoming family adventure film, We Have A Ghost. Joining him will be Anthony Mackie, Tig Notaro, Jennifer Coolidge and Jahi Di’Allo Winston.

Christopher Landon will write/direct the film for Netflix. He previously worked on Happy Death Day and Freaky.

The film centers on Kevin, who finds a ghost named Ernest haunting his new home. Kevin subsequently becomes an overnight social media sensation, along with his family. But when he and Ernest go rogue to investigate the mystery of the latter’s past, they become targets of the CIA.

Sounds like a fun little premise. The script is reportedly based on a short story written by Geoff Manaugh, so congrats to him. Getting a feature film made out of your short story. That’s not a bad life.

The report makes it sound like Landon is still working on the script, so filming probably won’t begin until later this year, which means you’re probably looking at a release date in mid-to-late 2022.

But of course, we’ll keep you posted.

Watch The Emotional Trailer For Gay Conversion Therapy Documentary ‘Pray Away’

Netflix has released the first trailer for the upcoming documentary, Pray Away, which features survivors of conversion therapy and their journeys since the experience. It also features former leaders of the anti-gay conversion therapy movement.

The documentary was directed by Kristine Stolakis and was produced by Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy.

Pray Away chronicles the rise and fall of Exodus International, a group founded in the 1970s by five members of an evangelical church that claimed gay people could become straight if they ‘pray away’ their homosexuality. Since then, many of the group’s most well-known and outspoken members have come out as LGTBQ and have gone public with how harmful conversion therapy is.

The film made its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival back in June. it’s set to be released on Netflix on August 3, 2021.

The 2:35-minute trailer shows Exodus members disavowing the practice after touting they’d been converted on various talk shows and news programs.

Check out the trailer below…