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New to Streaming: ’99 Homes,’ ‘The Night Before,’ ‘The Peanuts Movie,’ and More

12 February 2016 8:58 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

99 Homes (Ramin Bahrani)

Ramin Bahrani made a name for himself with three independent films over the last decade, focusing on humanity’s daily struggles, reinvented foreign lives in America, and a fundamental sense of decency. With 2012’s At Any Price and this year’s 99 Homes, Bahrani has twice returned to the festival that launched his career, presenting the evolution of those themes. Not coincidentally, the worst »

- TFS Staff

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Idris Elba Climbs A "Mountain Between Us"

11 February 2016 12:09 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Idris Elba is in negotiations to star in the long-gestating adaptation of Charles Martin's romantic drama novel "The Mountain Between Us" at Fox 2000.

Elba would play the lead, taking over a role that both Rosamund Pike and Elba's "Pacific Rim" co-star Charlie Hunnam was once attached to. The story follows a pair who fall in love while stranded in the wilderness after a plane crash.

Hunnam and Pike left the project and Chris Weitz has done a re-write. Elba now takes on the male role with the female lead to be cast shortly. Filming is slated to begin mid-year somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere.

Hany Abu-Assad ("Paradise Now") directs while Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing. J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank penned earlier drafts of the screenplay.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Idris Elba May Scale The Mountain Between Us For Fox 2000

10 February 2016 2:32 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Fox 2000’s long-gestating adaptation of The Mountain Between Us has set sights on Beasts of No Nation‘s Idris Elba for the lead role.

That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter, with the outlet confirming that Elba is circling the part left vacant by Pacific Rim co-star Charlie Hunnam, who was originally attached to the romantic drama opposite Rosamund Pike. Both have since bowed out, leaving the studio scrambling to find replacements in time to ensure production remains on track for a summer shoot. Should Elba close the deal, Fox 2000 will begin casting the net for an actress to play Ashley Knox.

Despite casting changeovers, director Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) remains at the helm for The Mountains Between Us, with a script produced by Rogue One and now 21 Years to Midnight scribe Chris Weitz. He’ll be working from earlier drafts turned in by J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank. »

- Michael Briers

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Idris Elba in Talks to Star in ‘The Mountain Between Us’

10 February 2016 2:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Idris Elba is in talks to star in the romance drama “The Mountain Between Us” at Fox 2000.

Charlie Hunnam and Rosamund Pike were previously attached as the leads.

Hany Abu-Assad is directing the film, while Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are producing through Chernin Entertainment.

The project is based on Charles Martin’s 2010 bestselling novel about a surgeon and woman who fall in love after being stranded following a plane crash when the pilot has a heart attack mid-flight. They must figure out how to get out of the mountain wilderness, where the temperature drops to the teens at night, while suffering broken ribs and a leg fracture.

Star Wars: Rogue One” writer Chris Weitz wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay, and J. Mills Goodloe and Scott Frank penned earlier drafts of the script.

Elba won two Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25 for supporting actor in »

- Dave McNary

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Oscar Favorites Elbowed Aside for Rookie Writers in 2016 Race

9 February 2016 4:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Oscars’ current problems are a lot like baseball’s, back in the day. The game is too white, too macho and a little too overloaded with grizzled veterans for many fans’ comfort.

But encouraging signs can be spotted over in the writers’ division, where nine of this year’s 10 screenplay contenders were penned, in whole or in part, by first-time nominees.

Only Nick Hornby of “Brooklyn”; Ethan and Joel Coen of “Bridge of Spies”; Tom McCarthy of “Spotlight”; and Pete Docter of “Inside Out” have previously been named Oscar all-stars. Their writing partners and others, a remarkable 15 in all, are being called up to the Big Show for the first time. And that includes four women, the largest such number since 2007.

Maybe no one broke the color bar this year, but when it comes to new voices being heard, it’s truly the Year of the Rookie.

The rookies »

- Bob Verini

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‘Game of Thrones’ Creators Recall ‘Painful Experience’ of Completely Overhauling Show’s Pilot

5 February 2016 12:46 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss  called the original pilot for their hit HBO series “one of the most painful experiences” of their lives. “It took us almost four years to get the pilot made,” said Benioff on the “Scriptnotes” podcast. “And we finished it. We’d been overseas for about seven months.” Then they showed the pilot to fellow screenwriters Craig Mazin, Ted Griffin, and Scott Frank. “Watching them watch that original pilot was one of the most painful experiences of my life,” he said. “I mean, it’s probably like appendicitis and that. And Craig, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Scott Frank's "Godless" Comes To Netflix

5 February 2016 1:50 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Scott Frank, the writer behind such films as "Minority Report" and "Get Shorty," has revealed on the The Moment podcast (via The Playlist) that his long in the works western project "Godless" is getting a retooling.

Frank has been trying to get the 1888-set tale made as a film for years with the likes of Steven Soderbergh, Sam Mendes and David Fincher all sought at one point or another to take the helm. As it hasn't happened, he's now reconceived the idea into something else - Netflix's first mini-series:

"I had the idea in 2000. And then I started researching it and I wrote it in 2002-3. What I'm doing now is expanding it into six hours. It was a three hour script. And it will be Netflix's first official, in-house, miniseries. I'm directing all six, and the goal is to start shooting sometime in July."

Frank previously said the plot »

- Garth Franklin

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Original 'Game of Thrones' Pilot Was a Disaster Says Show Creators

4 February 2016 1:36 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Game of Thrones is arguably the biggest TV show with an incredibly massive fanbase that is currently eagerly awaiting Season 6, which is set to debut Sunday, April 24. While we wait for any footage to arrive from the new season, some intriguing details have been revealed from series creators/showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. The writers/producers recently appeared on the ScriptNotes podcast, where they teased the now-legendary original pilot, which fans never saw, and may have brought the TV series to an end before it even started.

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss originally enlisted Thomas McCarthy (Spotlight) to direct the pilot, although that version of the first episode was never seen by the fans. Before the showrunners eventually hired Timothy Van Patten to direct the pilot that everyone saw, they showed the original episode to a group of their writer friends, one of which was ScriptNotes co-host Craig Mazin, »

- MovieWeb

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Scott Frank Says His Long Developing Western 'Godless' Will Be A 6-Hour Netflix Miniseries

4 February 2016 10:58 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

If you need your daily reminder to never give up on your dreams, today's lesson comes from Scott Frank. The writer/director has no shortage of terrific credits to his name ("Minority Report," "Out Of Sight," "The Lookout," "Get Shorty"), but for over a decade, he's been looking to get his 1888-set western "Godless" made, in particular convincing directors to take it on, including Steven Soderbergh. Read More: Review: 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' Starring Liam Neeson And Dan Stevens "He didn't want to shoot people on horses," Frank told us in 2014 about Soderbergh turning down the gig, also adding that Sam Mendes had looked at the project too. "I begged him to direct it. And by the way —that's happened twice now. I wasn't going to direct 'The Lookout.' I had gone through two other directors, and the last one was [David] Fincher. When he left, I »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Scott Frank Says His Long Developing Western 'Godless' Will Be A 6-Hour Netflix Miniseries

4 February 2016 10:58 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you need your daily reminder to never give up on your dreams, today's lesson comes from Scott Frank. The writer/director has no shortage of terrific credits to his name ("Minority Report," "Out Of Sight," "The Lookout," "Get Shorty"), but for over a decade, he's been looking to get his 1888-set western "Godless" made, in particular convincing directors to take it on, including Steven Soderbergh. Read More: Review: 'A Walk Among The Tombstones' Starring Liam Neeson And Dan Stevens "He didn't want to shoot people on horses," Frank told us in 2014 about Soderbergh turning down the gig, also adding that Sam Mendes had looked at the project too. "I begged him to direct it. And by the way —that's happened twice now. I wasn't going to direct 'The Lookout.' I had gone through two other directors, and the last one was [David] Fincher. When he left, I »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Assassin's Creed' Movie Wraps Production

16 January 2016 1:05 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Video game adaptations haven't traditionally been huge box office hits, with only one movie, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, earning over $100 million domestically. That tradition of box office failure may change later this year with the highly-anticipated release of Assassin's Creed, hitting theaters on December 21. Yesterday, Ubisoft's Azaizia Aymar shared the final photo from the set, revealing that production has wrapped on this adaptation.

Filming on Assassin's Creed began in Malta this past September. The story is about a revolutionary technology that unlocks genetic memories. Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day. Michael Fassbender recently spoke about the production in an interview with Wall Street Journal, where he had this to say about the production. »

- MovieWeb

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