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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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‘The Tomorrow War’ Trailer: First Look At Edwin Hodge, Sam Richardson and Jasmine Mathews In Chris Pratt’s New Sci-Fi Film (Video)

Amazon has released the first trailer for its upcoming sci-fi thriller The Tomorrow War, premiering July 2.

The movie stars Chris Pratt as Dan Forester, a teacher who joins a group of time travelers to fight a war 30 years in the future. Dan teams up with his estranged father (played by J.K. Simmons), and a scientist (Yvonne Strahovski), to help save the planet.

Helmed by Chris McKay, the film’s cast also includes Edwin Hodge as Dorian, Sam Richardson as Charlie, Jasmine Mathews as Lieutenant Hart, and Keith Powers as Major Greenwood.

Amazon reportedly paid $200 million to distribute the film.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

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Lauren London Talks Filming ‘Without Remorse’ Opposite Michael B. Jordan: “We Did Have Very Open Conversations About Grief”

The movie marks the actress’s first ever role in an action film.

Lauren London is stepping into a new movie genre. The ATL actress is starring in Amazon’s upcoming action-thriller Without Remorse alongside Michael B. Jordan and Jodie Turner-Smith.

As much as this is an action flick, Without Remorse is also a love story where an elite navy seal John Clark and his wife Pam are very much in love and expecting their first child together. John’s world turns upside down when Pam is killed. While seeking justice for the murder of his wife, the soldier uncovers a covert plot that threatens to engulf the United States and Russia in a war.

The pain that comes from losing his loved one fuels John’s journey throughout the movie. It is, coincidentally, also something London personally is very familiar with.

During a press conference with the cast and the director Stefano Sollima, London spoke about the candid conversations she and her scene partner had during filming and how she applied her personal experience to the role. “I think that you bring your life experience to your art. I always loved artists that worked like that, so I try to do my best, to be honest in that way. And I think being a mother, and a partner; experiencing love to the degree that I was able to experience it – I brought that tenderness and vulnerability to the character.” She also said, “[Michael and I] did have very open coversations about grief and just what it feels like to lose someone so tragically and so soon. I think those conversations really helped the movement of our characters and their relationship.”

“We did have very open conversations about grief and just what it feels like to lose someone tragically and so soon”

When Jordan, who is also one of the executive producers, initially reached out to London to offer the role, she did not get on board right there and then. The decision required critical reflection, as she was grieving her boyfriend and the father of her son, rapper Nipsey Hussle. “I didn’t say ‘yes’ right away because I wasn’t sure if acting was what I was gonna continue, I wasn’t sure if I was ready. I had to make sure that the next thing I was doing was in alignment with my purpose and in alignment with my truth. And after reading the script, I knew that I could be a real contributor to the role,” She told HM.

Watch our full interview with Lauren London below and make sure to check her out in Without Remorse on Amazon Prime Video on April 30!

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Jodie Turner-Smith Talks Filming ‘Without Remorse’ While Pregnant and Starring Opposite Michael B. Jordan

The actress was in her second trimester while shooting the film

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The premiere date for Paramount Pictures’ upcoming film Without Remorse is fast approaching.

Based on the 1993 novel of the same name by Tom Clancy, this action-packed experience stars Michael B. Jordan, Lauren London, and Jodie Turner-Smith. It already sounds like a hit if you ask me!

Earlier this month, the cast and director, Stefano Sollima, held a virtual press conference where they spoke about the film and what it took to finally bring it before the audience.

In that conversation, Smith reflected on her unique experience of working on set while carrying her first child.

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