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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
It’s a rough time for big and small-screen adaptations of video game characters. Specifically, video characters who are being adapted to film and TV by Constantin Film. The Resident Evil production company has offered updates on its current projects: ScreenGems’ Monster Hunter starring Milla Jovovich, and the Netflix Resident Evil series which was meant to start production in June.
In an interview with Deadline, Constantin Film chief Martin Moszkowicz revealed that the Milla Jovovich-led Monster Hunter movie directed by Paul W.S. Anderson has been completed as Netflix’s Resident Evil series remains in limbo amid shutdowns due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.
The Resident Evil series, which was picked up by Netflix in January 2019, was set to begin shooting in June 2020. The series would tell new stories set in the Resident Evil universe established in the six films also led by Jovovich. Based on Capcom’s wildly popular video game series, the films were critically derided but box office successes, raking in $1.2 billion worldwide. The show’s production hub is based in South Africa and on-location prep work was scheduled to begin in April, but work has stalled as productions across the world have shut down in response to the global coronavirus pandemic. Moszkowicz said that Constantin is in discussions with the streamer over when to reschedule the series.
But despite the indefinite delays for the Resident Evil series, Constantin finished the work on Monster Hunter in time for its planned September 4, 2020 release. They are “delivering it this week” to Screen Gems, Moszkowicz said.
Monster Hunter is the only major release Screen Gems still has set for 2020, but with studios starting to push their tentpoles into 2021 as the coronavirus crisis wears on, it’s uncertain whether it will stay that way. Directed by master of trash Paul W.S. Anderson Alien vs. Predator, Death Race, Pompeii, Monster Hunter isn’t necessarily fated to be a box office bomb, but Screen Gems may want to play it safe with the action film, which stars Jovovich and Ong-Bak star Tony Jaa as monster hunters with giant swords, as the immediate future of the movie-going industry remains uncertain.
In this edition of TV Bits:Michael B. Jordan‘s Raising Dion is returning for a second season Get a glimpse of Oscar winner Octavia Spencer in her new Netflix show The sixth season of Grace & Frankie has a trailer Watch the trailer for Green Eggs & Ham season 2 And more!
Raising Dion, the superhero series produced by and occasionally starring Michael B. Jordan, is coming back for season 2 at Netflix. The first season was the streamer’s most popular kids and family show of 2019, and production on the second season begins sometime this year.
Netflix has unveiled the first look at Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker, its new four-part series starring Octavia Spencer, Blair Underwood, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo, Garrett Morris, Kevin Carroll, and Bill Bellamy. Head over to Collider to see more images. The series is directed by Harriet filmmaker Kasi Lemmons and Queen Sugar‘s DeMane Davis, and it lands on March 20, 2020.
I had no idea that an animated Green Eggs & Ham show existed, but it does – and it’s getting a second season.
Grace & Frankie is going off into the sunset after its seventh season, but there’s still some time before that happens. Case in point: the trailer for season 6 just dropped, and it involves the show’s title characters…designing an invention that helps people stand up after sitting on the toilet? Huh. OK then!
Have you watched The Witcher yet? I saw the first episode and haven’t made the time to keep going with it, but here’s a little featurette which lays out the fantasy world and its characters. “It’s a family drama, with monsters,” says one of the executive producers. Intrigued? The whole first season is streaming now.
We're sad to share that the Fullers' faithful dog Cosmo, who grew up on our set, passed away after complications from surgery. There will never be another quite like our boy. ? We'll miss him forever. pic.twitter.com/yVjkJONdQ9
— Fuller House @fullerhouse December 16, 2019
You don’t have to be a fan of Fuller House to be sad at the news that the dog featured on the series has passed away. RIP, Cosmo.
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...