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John Boyega Teams Up Robert De Niro For Netflix’s ‘The Formula’ Film

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According to the Deadline, Gerard McMurray has made his return to the studio and is set to write, direct, and produce new Netflix film; The Formula, starring John Boyega and Robert De Niro, via his recently formed production company Buppie Productions. McMurray is noted for is unprecedented pivotal directional role of Burning Sands, one of Netflix’s first original features for the streamer.

Boyega was recently lauded for his executing pleasant cast in a Steve McQueen’s acclaimed anthology film series Small Axe starring in the Red, White and Blue installment. His previous credits include the Star Wars sequel trilogy and Detroit. He is currently in production on They Cloned Tyrone with Jamie Foxx.

De Niro returns to Netflix following his work in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which also stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. He is about to start filming David O. Russell’s next untitled film with Christian Bale and Margot Robbie and also recently wrapped Wash Me In the River opposite John Malkovich. Besides Burning Sands, McMurray also recently directed The First Purge as well as a recent episode of the rebooted The Twilight Zone for CBS All Access.

The story will follow a Formula One racing prodigy who is forced to become a getaway driver to save the only family he has left. The project came together under Rosenthal and Welsh’s overall deal with Netflix. Jason Michael Berman is exec producer, with Sam Shaw and Buppie Productions’ Ephraim Walker on as co-producers.

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David Oyelowo’s Directorial Debut “The Water Man” Picked Up By Netflix & RLJE Films

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David Oyelowo’s feature directorial debut “The Water Man” has acquired worldwide distribution. RLJE Films will distribute the film in North America, with Netflix handling the rest of the worldwide rollout.

RLJE, a business unit of AMC Networks, plans to release the project day-and-date in theaters and on PVOD on May 7, 2021, with Netflix set to release the film internationally later in 2021.

“While in some ways this film is a father and son story, at its core it’s also a love letter to mothers everywhere and is dedicated to my own,” Oyelowo said in a statement announcing the acquisition. “To be able to share my directorial debut, ‘The Water Man,’ with the world through the hands of RLJE Films and Netflix is a dream come true for me.”

“The Water Man” follows a young boy named Gunner (“This Is Us” star Lonnie Chavis) as he sets out on a quest to save his ill mother (Rosario Dawson) with the help of a mysterious local girl (Amiah Miller). As the pair go in search of The Water Man, a mythic figure who possesses the secret to immortality, the more dangerous the journey becomes, and, eventually their only hope for rescue is Gunner’s father (Oyelowo). The film is based on a Black List script from Emma Needell, and Alfred Molina and Maria Bello round out the cast.

In addition to directing the family adventure film, Oyelowo also produced the project under his Yoruba/Saxon Productions banner. The film is also produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and ShivHans Pictures. Carla Gardini, Shivani Rawat and Monica Levinson produced the film, with Winfrey, Darren M. Demetre, Connor Flanagan and Needell serving as exec. producers.

Oyelowo’s film made its world premiere at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, where the first time director opened up to Variety about the project during a virtual conversation alongside his cast.

“The film is partly inspired by [the] films I grew up loving, like ‘E.T.’ A lot of them directed by the amazing Steven Spielberg,” he said. “But the truth of the matter is I didn’t see myself in those movies even though I related to those characters. So one of the amazing things for me is getting to make a film for a family that looks like mine, a boy who looks like I did and looks like my three sons get to be front and center.”

Explaining how important it is for people to see themselves represented on TV and in movies, Oyelowo added, “We all go to storytelling to see ourselves, to learn about ourselves or to learn about other people within whom we see ourselves.”

source: variety.com

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Rita Dominic’s New Movie ‘La Femme Anjola’ To Hit Cinemas Soon

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La Femme Anjola, the buzzy crime thriller, directed by Mildred Okwo and starring Rita Dominic and Nonso Bassey (in lead roles) will launch locally in theatres nationwide on March 19, 2021.

The film, which is from the stables of ‘The Audrey Silva Company Limited,’ will be distributed by, Silverbird Distribution, the company which distributed their earlier releases – ‘The Meeting’ and ‘Surulere’.

The film was shot in locations in Lagos, Nigeria, and Cape Town (South Africa).

In response to the prevalent realities of the film industry, the producers said ‘La Femme Anjola’ will also release digitally for the rest of the world on a paid platform using assets specifically created for this.

This movie is expected to be a landmark one. The producers said ‘La Femme Anjola’ will become the highest-profile Nollywood film to explore distribution and exhibition opportunities outside of the mainstream avenues currently existing.

The coronavirus pandemic has radically altered the way the film industry does business with lockdowns and social distancing measures preventing audiences from experiencing films communally.

In the United States, Warner Bros’ revolutionary new direction put its entire 2021 theatrical slate on their streaming platform HBO Max for the films’ respective first month of release, concurrent with a global cinema release.

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The long-awaited thriller, which borrows heavily from the film noir elements of Hollywood’s golden age, has been at least five years in the making.

The producers, Okwo and Dominic, said the bulk of this time was spent sourcing the big-budget funding that could deliver a film on the scale they both envisioned.

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‘Sex Education’ Renewed For Season 3

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Production for Sex Education season 3 started in September 2020 (behind schedule from April due to coronavirus), but sadly we don’t have a release date yet. However, we’ve achieved a few calculations to try and work out whilst we might be able to anticipate it.

Netflix introduced that Sex Education had been renewed for season 2 on February 1, 2019, and the season premiered on January 17, 2020. The assertion approximately season 3 also happened in February 2020 – obviously, a January 2021 release date isn’t at the playing cards as filming changed into delayed this time around.

If we take this five-month setback into consideration, we’re probably searching at Sex Education season three dropping in June 2021. As for when we are able to anticipate to discover (if our prediction is accurate), season 2’s release date turned into announced around months earlier than it aired, so maintain an eye out in April 2021.

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Good news – masses of familiar faces are returning to carry on wherein we left off at the end of season 2. Asa Butterfield can be back as Otis, with Gillian Anderson returning as his intercourse therapist mother Jean. Other returning Moordale students encompass Ncuti Gatwa as Otis’ best friend Eric, Emma Mackey as Maeve, Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee, Connor Swindells as Adam, Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson, Patricia Allison as Ola, and Tanya Reynolds as Lily. Alistair Petrie will reprise his position as Adam’s father and previous headmaster, Mr Groff, too.

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There are a few new faces inside the cast, too. Girls actor Jemima Kirke will play Moordale’s new headteacher, Hope, while musician Dua Saleh is non-binary pupil Cal. Jason Isaacs, of Harry Potter and Star Trek: Discovery repute, is also on board, gambling Peter Groff, Mr Groff’s “more a success/less modest” older brother

Sex Education season 3 plot

The new cast announcements provide us a touch perception into what can also manifest in Sex Education season 3 – for instance, we recognise that there’s a new headteacher on the town, in the form of newly member Jemima Kirke, so we will wager that there’ll be some adjustments at Moordale High. While we don’t understand any plot details for certain, there are pretty a few unfastened ends from the quit of season 2 to tie up, so we are able to risk a wager at what’s to come.

For one factor, Jean unearths out she’s pregnant within the season finale – after her dating with Jakob (Mikael Persbrandt) has already broken down. Plus, Jean and Otis aren’t talking to each other after she discovered out about the intercourse advice hospital he was jogging at school, so Otis has yet to find out.

Meanwhile, Adam overcomes his insecurities to publicly claim his feelings for Eric, so we’ll no question get to see how their relationship develops in season 3. Meanwhile, Otis attempts to do the same issue, leaving Maeve a voicemail apologising for his behaviour and telling her that he loves her. However, Maeve’s friend Isaac (George Robinson) deletes the message and sends Otis away while he comes to see her – will Maeve ever find out how he feels?

Elsewhere inside the season 2 finale, Maeve finds out that her mum (Anne-Marie Duff) is the use of capsules once more and calls social offerings on her. The authorities take away her little sister, leaving Maeve on her own again, that is bound to have emotional repercussions that can be explored in season 3.

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Netflix Announces A New Documentary About The Notorious B.I.G. [See Trailer Here]

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According to Pichfork, Netflix has announced a new documentary about the Notorious B.I.G. Biggie: I Got a Story to Tell, out March 1, was executive-produced by the rap legend’s mother Violetta Wallace and Sean “Diddy” Combs. The new film is set to cover Biggie Smalls’ early life and his ascendance to rap superstardom, with appearances by Faith Evans, Lil Cease, and others. Watch the trailer below.

Biggie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year. “Nobody has come close to the way Biggie sounds, to the way he raps, to the frequency that he hits,” Diddy said of his late friend during the remote induction ceremony. In 2019, the corner of Fulton Street and St. James Place in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, was renamed Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Way.

Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names the Notorious B.I.G., Biggie Smalls, or simply Biggie, was an American rapper and songwriter. Rooted in the New York rap scene and gangsta rap traditions, he is considered one of the greatest rappers of all time. Wallace became known for his distinctive laidback lyrical delivery, offsetting the lyrics’ often grim content. His music was often semi-autobiographical, telling of hardship and criminality, but also of debauchery and celebration.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York City, Wallace signed to Sean “Puffy” Combs’ label Bad Boy Records as it launched in 1993, and gained exposure through features on several other artists’ singles that year. His debut album Ready to Die (1994) was met with widespread critical acclaim, and included his signature songs “Juicy” and “Big Poppa”. The album made him the central figure in East Coast hip hop, and restored New York’s visibility at a time when the West Coast hip hop scene was dominating hip hop music. Wallace was awarded the 1995 Billboard Music Awards’ Rapper of the Year. The following year, he led his protégé group Junior M.A.F.I.A., a team of himself and longtime friends, including Lil’ Kim, to chart success.

During 1996, while recording his second album, Wallace became ensnarled in the escalating East Coast–West Coast hip hop feud. Following Tupac Shakur’s death in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in September 1996, speculations of involvement by criminal elements orbiting the Bad Boy circle circulated. On March 9, 1997, while visiting Los Angeles, Wallace was murdered in a drive-by shooting. The assailant remains unidentified. Wallace’s second album Life After Death, a double album, was released two weeks later. It reached number one on the Billboard 200, and eventually achieved a Diamond certification in the US.

With two more posthumous albums released, Wallace has certified sales of over 28 million copies in the United States, including 21 million albums. Rolling Stone has called him the “greatest rapper that ever lived,” and Billboard named him the greatest rapper of all time. The Source magazine named him the greatest rapper of all time in its 150th issue. In 2006, MTV ranked him at No. 3 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time, calling him possibly “the most skillful ever on the mic”. In 2020, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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