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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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‘You People’: New Trailer Features Eddie Murphy, Jonah Hill, and Nia Long

You People

Netflix has released the first teaser of its upcoming star-studded comedy titled You People, helmed by Black-Ish creator Kenya Barris.

The cast includes Eddie Murphy, Jonah Hill, and Nia Long, who are featured in the first look clip. Also starring are Lauren London, David Duchovny, Nia Long, Sam Jay, Elliott Gould, Travis Bennett, Molly Gordon, Rhea Perlman, Deon Cole, Andrea Savage, Mike Epps, Emily Arlook, Alani La La Anthony, Bryan Greenberg, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

The official logline reads – A new couple (Hill and London) and their families find themselves examining modern love and family dynamics amidst clashing cultures, societal expectations, and generational differences.

The comedy is set to launch on January 27. Check out the first-look images below.

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First Look Images of Idris Elba in ‘Luther’ Movie Released

Idris Elba is reprising his role as DCI John Luther in Netflix’s upcoming movie version of the series.

The film is described as a continuation of the popular show that aired for a total of five seasons on BBC One. The movie is directed by Jamie Payne and written by Neil Cross.

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Luther movie is scheduled to launch in March 2023.

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‘Emancipation’: Will Smith Fights For Freedom and Family In New Drama

Will Smith returns to the screen following the infamous Oscar scandal with a new drama titled Emancipation, helmed by Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua. The historical action film will launch on Apple TV+ on December 9.

Synopsis: Peter (Smith), a slave, flees a plantation in Louisiana after he was whipped within an inch of his life. He has to outwit cold-blooded hunters and the unforgiving swamps of Louisiana on a torturous journey north.

Watch the official trailer above.

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