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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was made available for digital purchase earlier than planned last weekend, and Birds of Prey and The Gentlemen recently followed suit with an early digital purchase available for each movie starting next week. Now Warner Bros. Pictures is adding the dramatic true story Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx, to the growing roster of early home video releases.
Warner Bros. Pictures announced the Just Mercy digital release yesterday, so it’s available to buy right now. However, if you’re waiting to rent the movie digital on VOD, it will be available starting on March 24.
Just Mercy was an awards hopeful released in theaters towards the end of 2019 after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier in the fall, though it didn’t get many nominations when all was said and done. However, with a critical score of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is officially Certified Fresh, and it has an impressive audience score of 99%.
Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who just started shooting Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for Marvel Studios before voluntarily shutting down the production to be tested for coronavirus, the film is based on Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling memoir of the same name.
Here’s the official synopsis and trailer for Just Mercy:
“Just Mercy” follows young lawyer Bryan Stevenson Michael B. Jordan and his history-making battle for justice. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan had his pick of lucrative jobs. Instead, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or who were not afforded proper representation, with the support of local advocate Eva Ansley Brie Larson. One of his first, and most incendiary, cases is that of Walter McMillian Jamie Foxx, who, in 1987, was sentenced to die for the notorious murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite a preponderance of evidence proving his innocence and the fact that the only testimony against him came from a criminal with a motive to lie. In the years that follow, Bryan becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political maneuverings and overt and unabashed racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them.Source: Slashfilm.com
EXCLUSIVE: This week was supposed to be a great and promising one for all the filmmakers who had seen their films accepted into the SXSW festival, a great majority seeking distribution after premiering in front of the usually highly enthusiastic audiences that storm the Austin, Texas happening every March. Then the fear of the Coronavirus hit, and late last week SXSW was forced to cancel on orders from the city. That left a lot of ambitious plans in ruins, and only now are some of these films finding new ways to gain attention.SXSW
A couple of weeks ago I was shown one of them, director Rod Lurie’s powerful, exciting , and ultimately inspiring Afghanistan war film The Outpost. When I saw him at the Paradigm agency screening Lurie was full of hope for its premiere at SXSW which was to happen this Friday , and the film which stars Scott Eastwood , Orlando Bloom , and Caleb Landry Jones in an extraordinary performance clearly would have, in my opinion, found an enthusiastic reception and perhaps a springboard for a well-deserved theatrical release . Millenium is selling the film and also produced it. Yesterday Lurie told me they are figuring it all out. “This cancellation is such a son-of-a-bitch to so many people. In our particular case we’d targeted it and turned down other festivals to be there – we just loved the community down there, the Medal of Honor recipient Ty Carter lives there as does Scott Eastwood. We’ll find another place and idea to premiere THE OUTPOST and there’s no time for licking wounds, but this really hurts,” he told me in an email after I inquired about future plans for the movie. Of course as Lurie realizes sometimes real life concerns have to take precedence, but it is such a shame for movies like this true story about remarkable heroism to have this kind of setback. It is not alone. There is a lot of disappointment out there.Kitra Remick
Another film I got to see in advance of its World Premiere was In & Of Itself from veteran director and actor Frank Oz Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Bowfinger, Death At A Funeral. Just two days before the SXSW cancellation I hopped on a joint call to interview Oz and Derek DelGaudio, the creator and subject of the film which is a adaptation of his wildly successful Off-Broadway one man stage show that Oz directed. They were clearly excited to be taking it out for the first time to audiences at SXSW, but I have learned the fact that isn’t happening also was scheduled for this Friday is not stopping the forward motion of their plans to get this highly unusual and riveting film seen. Submarine is the sales agent and they are wasting no time and plan to begin showing it to buyers...
Jamie Foxx has worn many hats throughout his run in show business. Though he’s best known for his Oscar-winning acting career, Foxx has also dabbled in stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, sitcoms and even became a chart-topping R&B/hip hop singer. Just a couple years ago, he threw on another hat as the director of the forthcoming sports comedy All-Star Weekend starring himself and The Soloist co-star Robert Downey Jr. Now he’s getting back in the director’s chair again, but this time, it will be for a film in the increasingly popular faith-based drama genre.
Deadline has word on Jamie Foxx directing When We Pray, a new faith-based drama from producers Cinema Libre Studio and Hong Kong-based Fight to Fame Films. The film will follow two brothers who are pastors at different churches in the same community. One of the brothers turns his church into one of those modern mega churches that utilizes modern technology, ATMs, and other assorted tools. Meanwhile, the other brother takes a more humble approach. But of course, the low tech church falls into decline and needs financial help.
Surely there’s some animosity between the brothers based on how each of them chooses to worship. Lessons will likely have to be learned in order to make peace with each other and God. That’s just speculation on my part, but these faith-based drams are typically on the nose, so it’s not too hard to figure out what they’re trying to do. After all, a lot of the mega churches out there with big bands, multimedia services, and an impersonal touch have been mocked by smaller religious communities for a long time now, so it only makes sense that there would be a movie made to remind everyone of a lesson about how it doesn’t matter how you pray. I’ll eat a Bible if that’s not the takeaway here.
Philippe Diaz, founder and Chairman of Cinema Libre Studio, who helped organized the deal, said in a statement:
“It’s a great honor to work with such a talented and passionate man as Jamie Foxx and I’m pleased to have our new, Fight to Fame partners onboard which will give Jamie the total freedom to make this film which is close to his heart, thus launching this new unique collaboration.”
Carrie Wang, Chairman of Fight to Fame, added:
“Jamie Foxx is a Hollywood superstar–but audiences around the world love him as well. Our strong relationships in China and other Asian countries will ensure that “When We Pray” will be enthusiastically received by Asian moviegoers.”
At least they’re not being shy about raking in that sweet, sweet Asian box office haul.
These faith-based films have been pulling in bigger name talent in recent years. It’s not surprising when you consider the fact that the producers behind them are some of the few that...
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz will be revealed to AMC viewers on Sunday May 31.
The network will launch the series, which is produced by The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures and is a co-production with British network ITV, over three weeks with the second and third episodes airing June 7 and June 14 respectively. The full series will be available to binge on AMC Premiere from May 31.
This comes after ITV revealed that it will air the three-part drama on April 13.
Quiz, directed by Stephen Frears A Very English Scandal and written by James Graham Brexit: An Uncivil War, tells the story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an 'audacious heist' on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Major Ingram Matthew Macfadyen, his wife Diana Sian Clifford and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock Michael Jibson, who was sitting in the audience, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on the popular game show. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant Michael Sheen.
Aisling Bea, star of Hulu's This Way's Up, plays ITV Entertainment boss Claudia Rosencrantz and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar plays Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador Television and creator of Millionaire.
Creator James Graham told Deadline earlier this year, “It's quite easy to make TV people look pretentious and smug on TV, but that's the trope. They just run around in suits and they're really metropolitan and cutting and smug, and I don't think that's very interesting. So, I tried to humanize them and make them people with vulnerabilities and doubts and uncertainties and desires like everyone else.”
Graham added that one of the things that fascinated him was that he didn't think there were any bad guys in Quiz. “To this day, Paul Smith still believes that they are guilty, and he believes that very passionately. Whether it was the coughing, whether it was something else, he's convinced that people came into the thing that he created, sold around the world, and that these people are trying to destroy that. So, he feels that very keenly. And I think if you represent that honestly and sincerely, then he might be wrong, but he believes it. Similarly, the Ingrams are a normal people who go through this extraordinary story where they're thrown into the limelight. They're made an international laughing stocks, and they're on trial for their freedom. They may get sent to jail if they're found guilty. You try and create three-dimensional people,” he added.
Quiz is produced by Left Bank Pictures and...