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.
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.
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.
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.
John David Washington is hot right now, probably even hotter than his father Denzel. He’s starring in a little bit of everything, small indie dramas, blockbuster action flicks, and now political thrillers.
Netflix has released the first trailer for ‘Beckett‘ which stars Washington and the super talented Alicia Vikander.
The official synopsis from Netflix:
While vacationing in Greece, American tourist Beckett (John David Washington) becomes the target of a manhunt after a devastating accident. Forced to run for his life and desperate to get across the country to the American embassy to clear his name, tensions escalate as the authorities close in, political unrest mounts, and Beckett falls even deeper into a dangerous web of conspiracy.
Sounds like it has the potential to be a little confusing, but we’re sure it’ll be a walk in the park compared to Washington’s last film, Tenet. I still don’t understand that sh*t, and I’m starting to wonder if Christopher Nolan himself even understood it.
Anyway, this Beckett movie was written/directed by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino. Ferdinando previously worked as second unit director on films like Call Me By Your Name and Suspiria.
Beckett is set to drop on Netflix on August 13, and sadly after watching the trailer, I’m not that excited about it.
Netflix has just released the first teaser trailer for the star-studded Western ‘The Harder They Fall’
The movie follows an outlaw named Nat Love (Jonathan Majors) who discovers that his enemy Rufus Buck (Idris Elba) is being released from prison after killing Love’s parents two decades ago.
Nat subsequently rounds up his gang to track Rufus down and seek revenge. Those joining him in his quest include his former love Stagecoach Mary (Zazie Beetz); the hot-tempered Bill Pickett (Edi Gathegi); the fast-drawing Jim Beckwourth (R.J. Cyler) and an additional ally who turns out to be an adversary.
As you can see, this movie stars some heavy hitters, including Elba, Majors, Beetz, Regina King and LaKeith Stanfield.
The Harder They Fall was directed by musician/filmmaker Jeymes Samuel from a screenplay he wrote with Boaz Yakin.
Netflix is hoping this movie picks up some awards because they’re releasing it in select theaters this fall before releasing it on their streaming service.
Jennifer Lopez, Netflix, and filmmaker Brad Peyton are joining forces to create a huge sci-fi thriller film titled Atlas.
And according to the premise, Lopez is humanity’s last hope.
Atlas unfolds in a bleak-sounding future where an AI soldier has determined the only way to end war is to end humanity. Obviously, this extremist approach to achieving a pacifist paradise doesn’t go down so well with Lopez, who finds herself teaming up with the one thing she fears most — another AI.
Gotta admit, that sounds a little confusing to me, but I think I’m here for it? I mean, maybe. Like, I definitely have a foot in the door.
Peyton was the director behind Rampage and San Andreas, so we know he can do end of the world action well.
He recently talked about partnering up with Lopez:
Having the chance to direct Jennifer in the title role of this movie is a dream come true, as I know she’ll bring the incredible strength, depth and authenticity we’ve all come to admire from her work.
This film will be the latest project to come out of Lopez’s first-look deal with Netflix.
No word on when filming is expected to begin, but we’ll keep you posted as more information comes out.
Lopez has two other movies she’s currently in development on as well. And you know, she’s having to find time to deepen her romance with Ben Affleck.
We knew Tyler Perry couldn’t quit Madea. If you remember, Perry previously claimed Madea would be making her final appearance in the 2019 film, A Madea Family Funeral.
But it looks like that promise only lasted two years, ’cause it was just announced that Madea is coming back for a new Netflix flick titled, A Madea Homecoming.
The movie is expected to drop on the streaming service in 2022. Perry will direct and write the movie. No plot details have been released.
We’re assuming Netflix paid Perry a lot of money for this project, which is probably why Perry went back on his promise to retire the character. And really, who can blame him? The character has grossed over $1 billion at the box office.
It’s difficult to just say goodbye to that money, plus, Perry does a lot of good sh*t with his money, so at least it’s going to a good dude.
We’ll keep you posted on this project. If they’re shooting for a 2022 release, we have to imagine filming might start up this fall/winter.
Honestly. I’m excited for it. These movies are pure entertainment, and sometimes that’s all you need from a film.
It looks like Netflix made a smart move by teaming up with Zack Snyder for his latest zombie flick, Army of the Dead.
The movie, which worked with a $90 million budget, premiered on the streaming giant a week ago, and it’s already set to break a bunch of records.
Army of the Dead, which repped the streamer’s widest theatrical release in 600 theaters prior to its drop on the service last Friday, May 21, ties with George Clooney’s The Midnight Sky as the 9th most watched feature on Netflix. The zombie ensemble movie was No. 1 overall in 70+ countries and the top film in 90+ countries.
Netflix projects it’ll be in the top-10 most watched movies list in just four weeks, which is pretty incredible.
For right now, Extraction holds the top spot with 99 million views, followed by Bird Box with 89 million.
If Army of the Dead has staying power, it could be the first film to top 100 million on the platform.
Critics are mixed on the film. It almost seems like one you either love or hate. Some people complain of the long runtime, while others claim it’s a secret masterpiece.
I suppose you’ll just have to watch it yourself. Check out the trailer below…
Another Netflix original film? You got it. The streaming giant continues to pump out project after project.
The latest trailer features Shailene Woodley and Felicity Jones in the time-jumping romance, The Last Letter From Your Lover.
The movie follows young and ambitious journalist Ellie Haworth (Felicity Jones) as she pieces together a romantic tale between Jennifer Stirling (Shailene Woodley) and Anthony O’Hare (Callum Turner) — a duo formerly engaged in a forbidden 1960s love affair. Via secret written exchanges, Ellie dives into the past, determined to tie a bow on a love story that never got its happy ending.
So the movie jumps between the ’60s and the present. And of course, Jones’ character has her own romance going on with a charming archivist (Nabhaan Rizwan) who is assisting with her research. We all know archivists are known for their charm, right?
Anyway, this movie looks painfully sweet, so I suppose it’ll be worth a stream. And if you couldn’t tell by the plot, yes, it’s based on a novel.
The film will hit Netflix on July 23, 2021. Check out the trailer below…