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Netflix Acquires The Oscar Nominated Short ‘Two Distant Strangers’

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Deadline has confirmed that The Academy Awards Nominated short film Two Distant Strangers has been nabbed by the streaming giant Netflix.

The short was developed and written by Travon Free, who also served as a co-director with Martin Desmond Roe. The story follows a cartoonist named Carter James (Joey Bada$$) as he makes countless attempts to get home to his dog. Instead of meeting that intention with success, he is handicapped by a recurring fatal encounter that forces him to relive the same tragic day again and again. The plot is a twist on the classic movie Groundhog Day.

In addition to being nominated for an Oscar, the project has received rave reviews from viewers. Filmmakers and critics alike have praised the compellingly poignant piece.

Academy Award-winning director Bong Joon-ho said, “The film uses repetition as a device of horror to suffocate you thoroughly, and mines fear in a profound, persistent way that’s never been seen before.”

Filmmaker Ava Duvernay, in a video, addressed to The Academy for consideration, says, “They’ve come up with a film that not only moves you emotionally, it moves you to action, it moves you to conversation, it moves you to introspection, and that’s what I admire about the film.” Duvernay’s younger brother, Nicholas Maye of Six Feet Over Productions executive produced the project.

Other executive producers include Van Lathan (Six Feet Over Productions), Kevin Durant, Terrence Jenkins, Michael A. Conley II, Samir Hernandez, Tina Exarhos, Rick Kleiman, Michael Novogratz, Mickey Meyers, Jordan Schultz, and The Pritzker Pucker Family.

Two Distant Strangers is now available for streaming on Netflix.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Honors The Late Chadwick Boseman (Video)

Marvel has finally released the official trailer for the highly anticipated sequel of Black Panther. The 2-minute video features new and returning characters and unveils a special tribute to Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa.

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The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on November 11.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘Beast’: Idris Elba is Battling a Vicious Lion in Upcoming Action Thriller

Idris Elba is stepping into the lion’s den in this newly released action-packed trailer.

Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Beast follows Dr. Nate Samuels (Elba), a widowed husband and a father of two daughters (Iyana Halley and Leah Jeffries), whom he brings with him to South Africa to visit a friend (Sharlto Copley). However, the family trip takes a wrong turn when they face a deadly lion.

Watch Elba fight the beast to save his family in theaters on August 19. In the meantime, check out the trailer above.

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‘Honk for Jesus. Save Your Soul’: Sterling K. Brown and Regina Hall Rebuild Southern Baptist Megachurch After Scandal

Regina Hall and Sterling K. Brown star in the upcoming mockumentary Honk for Jesus, Save Your Soul.

Written and directed by Adamma Ebo and executive produced by Jordan Peele, the comedy gives a satirical glimpse into the Southern Baptist community. Pastor Lee-Curtis Childs (Brown) tries to recover and rebuild his congregration after a scandal forced the church to close temporarily. Meanwhile, his wife, Trinitie Childs (Hall), is fighting to reclaim her throne as the church’s first lady.

The cast includes Nicole Beharie, Conphidance, Austin Crute, Devere Rogers, Robert Yatta, and Greta Glenn.

The comedy initially premiered at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and is set to be released in theaters and on Peacock on September 2. Watch the trailer above.

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