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US/ Netflix Acquire The Distribution Rights To “Concrete Cowboy” Starring Idris Elba

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Netflix have acquired the distribution rights to the film, Concrete Cowboy, a 2020 American Western drama film which stars English actor, Idris Elba, for a release in 2021. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2020, after it was set to have its premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2020, prior to its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In August 2019, it was announced Idris Elba, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers and Method Man had joined the cast of the film, with Ricky Staub directing in his feature directorial debut from a screenplay by himself and Dan Wasler, based upon the novel Ghetto Cowboy by Greg Neri. Elba and Lee Daniels served as a producers on the film. The role of Amahle was originally written to be a drug addict, and when Liz Priestley auditioned for the role she built up a few days of sleep deprivation to make her performance believable. The character was later rewritten to be a nurse instead.

Filming began in North Philadelphia in August 2019. Staub originally got the idea for the film when seeing a man riding a horse down a Philadelphia street, which led him to researching the Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club and discovering Neri’s book.

“Concrete Cowboy” follows 15-year-old Cole (Caleb McLaughlin), who discovers the world of urban horseback riding when his mother sends him to live with his estranged father, Harp (Elba) in North Philadelphia. Jharrel Jerome, Lorraine Toussaint, Byron Bowers and Clifford “Method Man” Smith also star in the film, which is based on the real-life horsemen of the Pennsylvania area and the novel “Ghetto Cowboy” from G. Neri. Filmmaker Ricky Staub makes his feature-length debut with the project, written with Dan Walser. Elba and Philly native Lee Daniels are among the producers of the film.

“For a long time, there’s been a real sort of mistelling of history around Black people and horses and cowboys and whatnot,” Elba told Variety in an interview during the festival. “It feels really apt to be able to tell a part history that’s been definitely buried, and in the case of ‘Concrete Cowboy,’ that history is right now. Those stables — they face being taken away forever and, part of what Ricky said to me was that, ‘I’m hoping that we made this movie and they keep the stables, based on the fact that people fall in love with the story and history and heritage of the stables.’”

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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.

Sex Education season 3 cast

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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