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Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ to Receive U.K. Theatrical Release

Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ to Receive U.K. Theatrical Release
London — Exhibition chain Curzon Cinemas is to give a theatrical release in the U.K. to Netflix’s first original movie, “Beasts of No Nation,” which is written and directed by Cary Fukunaga and stars Idris Elba.

The movie will open across the U.K. on Oct. 9, following its U.K. premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 8. Netflix debuts the movie in all territories where the streaming service is available on Oct. 16.

Beasts of No Nation” screened to critical acclaim at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals in September. Newcomer Abraham Attah, who stars as Agu in the film, was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni Young Actor Award at Venice for his lead role in the film.

The movie is based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in
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'Beasts of No Nation' Trailer Starring Idris Elba

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'Beasts of No Nation' Trailer Starring Idris Elba
The powerful new Netflix film Beasts of No Nation, starring Idris Elba, recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and will screen at the Telluride Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and London Film Festival. Before this upcoming drama debuts in limited theaters and on Netflix October 16, the streaming service has released the first trailer. Given the buzz surrounding this film, don't be surprised if you start hearing about its Oscar prospects by the end of the year.

Written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Beasts of No Nation will debut Friday, October 16, 2015, the same day in Landmark theatres in the U.S. and worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the world's leading Internet TV network is available. If the film is received well, it could be the
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Watch The Disturbing New Trailer For Beasts Of No Nation – Stars Idris Elba

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Here’s a look at the new trailer for Beasts Of No Nation, the powerful new film written and directed by Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) and starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom)

The movie will debut Friday, October 16, 2015 worldwide on Netflix and on the same day in select U.S. theaters.

Beasts Of No Nation is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.

Newcomer Abraham Attah gives a stunning portrayal of Agu, while Elba dominates the screen in the role of Commandant, a warlord who takes in Agu and instructs him in the ways of war.

The film is produced by Amy Kaufman and Cary Fukunaga (who
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How Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Could Change the Movie Business

How Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Could Change the Movie Business
Idris Elba nearly plunged to his death filming Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation.” The indie drama, about an African tyrant known as “the commandant” who recruits an innocent boy into his army of youth soldiers, took Elba into the depths of Ghana’s jungles for a guerrilla-like shoot. One afternoon, as the actor waited for the next scene, he leaned against a tree overlooking a waterfall, lost his footing and fell over the ledge. Luckily, there was a narrow ridge that saved him from a 90-foot drop.

“I remember slipping and catching onto this big branch that was sticking up, and I literally was like, ‘Whoa!’ ” recalls Elba. “It was a moment where I was like, ‘This is the real deal.’ ”

Beasts of No Nation” wasn’t just a high-stakes, death-defying production for its cast and crew. It’s also a dive off the cliff for Netflix, which
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'Beasts Of No Nation' to open in Landmark venues

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'Beasts Of No Nation' to open in Landmark venues
Netflix, Bleecker Street and Landmark announced a partnership on Thursday that will put Netflix’s first original film in 19 of the Us exhibitor’s markets.

Beasts Of No Nation, which will screen in competition in Venice and go on to play in Toronto after a possible Telluride world premiere, will debut on October 16 in Landmark theatres day-and-date with global streaming in all active Netflix territories.

Landmark theatre markets include New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.

Cary Fukunaga directs Idris Elba as Commandant, an African warlord who trains a child to become a soldier in his country’s civil war. The film is based on the novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala.

Amy Kaufman and Fukunaga, collaborators on Sin Nombre, will produce with Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Dan Crown for Red Crown Productions, along with Elba
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Netflix Sets Theatrical Release Date for First Original Film ‘Beasts of No Nation’

Netflix Sets Theatrical Release Date for First Original Film ‘Beasts of No Nation’
Netflix has set a theatrical release date for its first original film. Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” will hit screens in select U.S. markets on October 16, the same day that it debuts worldwide on Netflix.

Netflix is partnering with Bleecker Street, the distribution company founded by Andrew Karpen last year, and Landmark to open the film in 19 markets served by Landmark Theatres.

“Beasts” will hit theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Indianapolis, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, San Francisco and San Diego.

This allows the Africa-set drama, starring Idris Elba, to be eligible for Oscar consideration. Its awards season chances were improved earlier this week when the pic was selected to screen at both the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

It will go head to head with other awards hopefuls, Steven Spielberg
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Netflix sets release dates for first original movies

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Netflix sets release dates for first original movies
Bleecker Street to partner with Netflix to distribute Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation theatrically.

Netflix has announced that the rollout of its original film initiative will begin with Beasts Of No Nation, the new film written and directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Sin Nombre) starring Idris Elba (Luther, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom).

The film will debut on October 16 worldwide on Netflix in all territories where the internet TV network is available and on the same day in select Us theatres.

Andrew Karpen’s New York-based Bleecker Street will distribute the film theatrically. The deal builds on the relationship between Karpen and Fukunaga from the days when the former was co-ceo at Sin Nombre and Jane Eyre distributor Focus Features.

Bleecker Street, backed by 5-Hour Energy founder Manoj Bhargava, has established early ties with the entertainment world’s digital titans. It will serve as theatrical distributor on Elvis & Nixon, which [link=co
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Netflix Sets Dates for Idris Elba's Beasts, Ridiculous Adam Sandler Flick

Netflix Sets Dates for Idris Elba's Beasts, Ridiculous Adam Sandler Flick
Child soldiers, bumbling cowboys, martial arts masters and an odd ’80s icon are coming your way starting in October, Netflix announced Tuesday.

The streaming video service released dates for a spate of original movies, starting with the Idris Elba-starring Beasts of No Nation on Friday, Oct. 16.

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Beasts, based on Uzodinma Iweala’s novel, tells the story of Agu (played by newcomer Abraham Attah), who is ripped away from his family and forced to fight in an African country’s civil war. Elba (Luther) plays Comandant, the warlord who mentors Agu. The actor also produced the film,
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Theater Chains Already Refusing to Show New Netflix Acquisition 'Beast of No Nation'

Yesterday it was announced Netflix had purchased the distribution rights for Cary Fukunaga's new film Beasts of No Nation, with plans for a simultaneous theatrical and streaming release later this year as well as an awards season push. Now, only a day later, Variety is reporting the four largest exhibitors -- AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike -- separately told the trade they do not plan to show the movie as a result of Netflix's day-and-date release effort. The reason, they do not want to provide screens to films that do not honor what is typically a 90-day delay between a theatrical debut and a home entertainment release. Variety quotes Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder as saying he will still play the film, just as he did Snowpiercer last year when it had an On Demand release before going theatrical. League said, "I don't look at myself as a competitor to Netflix.
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Major Theater Chains to Boycott Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’

Major Theater Chains to Boycott Netflix’s ‘Beasts of No Nation’
Major theater chains will boycott the release of “Beasts of No Nation,” the Cary Fukunaga drama that Netflix bought this week for $12 million, because the company is debuting the film simultaneously on its streaming service.

Four of the country’s four largest exhibitors — AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Carmike — do not plan to show the drama about child soldiers in Africa because they do not want to provide screens to films that do not honor a 90-day delay between a theatrical debut and a home entertainment release.

In a release touting the deal, Netflix said the picture will have a qualifying run for Oscar consideration in “select theaters” later this year — language that seemed to acknowledge that “Beasts of No Nation” will have trouble securing a berth in many theaters. After all, there’s a precedent. When Netflix announced last fall that it will partner with The Weinstein Company and Imax
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Netflix Picks Up Idris Elba Awards Contender ‘Beasts Of No Nation’

We’ve just received an interesting press release from the folks at Netflix who tell us that they’ve picked up the rights to Beasts Of No Nation, a new film starring Idris Elba which is directed by True Detective series helmer Cary Fukunaga. The film looks like it could be a real awards contender later this year, and it looks like Netflix plan to release the film theatrically, as well as making its home debut on their streaming platform on the same day. The word on the street is that Netflix bought the movie for a whopping $12 million.

Beasts Of No Nation is based on the highly acclaimed novel by Nigerian author Uzodinma Iweala, bringing to life the gripping tale of Agu, a child soldier torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country.

There is no specific date for the release of the film,
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Netflix Releasing ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Simultaneously in Theaters and Streaming Service

Netflix Releasing ‘Beasts of No Nation’ Simultaneously in Theaters and Streaming Service
Netflix will release “Beasts of No Nation” simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming service later this year.

The new-media giant stunned Hollywood this week when it plunked down $12 million for worldwide rights to the drama about a child soldier in Africa. It boasts a top-shelf cast that includes Idris Elba and arrives courtesy of director Cary Fukunaga, the auteur behind “Sin Nombre” and the buzzy HBO series “True Detective.”

Netflix stresses that the film would debut in “select” theaters — an important caveat given that its distribution platform will mean some exhibitors won’t show the film. Most major theater chains refuse to screen films that do not honor a 90-day delay between their theatrical debut and their home entertainment premiere. Netflix is partnering with Imax and the Weinstein Company on a sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” but most exhibitors are boycotting the film because it does not honor traditional release windows.
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Netflix Makes Another Bigscreen Splash With ‘Beasts of No Nation’

Netflix Makes Another Bigscreen Splash With ‘Beasts of No Nation’
In a move to bolster its awards season status, Netflix has bought worldwide rights to Cary Fukunaga’s African war drama “Beasts of No Nation,” starring Idris Elba, for its global streaming service and theatrical release.

Netflix paid nearly $12 million for the rights.

According to insiders, the media distributor is planning a strong Oscar push for the feature, which is based on the bestselling novel by Uzodinma Iweala. The story follows the journey of a boy who is forced to join a group of soldiers in an unnamed West African country.

Netflix did not disclose the timing of the release but an awards season campaign would require that the theatrical release not be preceded by the streaming release.

The rules of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences state: “Films that in any version, receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical
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First Look Photo: Idris Elba In Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Beasts Of No Nation’

First Look Photo: Idris Elba In Cary Fukunaga’s ‘Beasts Of No Nation’
Exclusive: Cary Fukunaga directs Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba in the child-soldier drama Beasts Of No Nation, adapted by Fukunaga from Uzodinma Iweala’s novel. Elba, who also is producing, stars as Commandant, whose guerrilla group young Agu is forced to join when civil war tears his family apart and militants kill his father. Fukunaga is coming off his acclaimed HBO drama series True Detective, which he’ll return to exec produce for a second season. He wrote Beasts and is directing and shooting it in Ghana. Producers are Amy Kaufman for Primary Productions, Daniela Taplin Lundberg […]
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2013 Gotham Awards Winners! Big Win for "Inside Llewyn Davis," Matthew McConaughey! "12 Years a Slave" Ignored!

Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" received the most nominations at the 2013 Gotham Awards but in the end, the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" took home the big award of the night -- the Best Feature award. Matthew McConaughey also beat "12 Years a Slave's" Chiwetel Ejiofor with his memorable, feel it in your bones performance as a dying AIDS patient in "Dallas Buyers Club."

Is this a sign to come this awards season? Stay tuned!

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2013 Gotham Awards:

Best Feature

12 Years a Slave

Steve McQueen, director; Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Anthony Katagas, producers. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Ain't Them Bodies Saints

David Lowery, director; Tony Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Amy Kaufman, Cassian Elwes, producers (IFC Films)

Before Midnight

Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, Sara Woodhatch,
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Awards Season Roundup -- Cinema Eye, Documentary and Much More!

This is a tough awards season! Lots of great movies to see, so little time! I'm catching up like crazy before we vote for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards for the Broadcast Film Critics Association. So I apologize if I haven't updated you with the latest on the awards season 2013-2014! And there were many award-giving bodies announcing nominations.

We already told you about the Rome Film Festival and the Film Independent Spirit Awards, now let's talk about the 2013 Gotham Awards, the Ida Documentary Awards, the Cinema Eye, and the Producers Guild announcing its best documentary choices.

First stop, we have the 2013 Gotham Awards where Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" topped the nominations with three nods including best feature, best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and breakthrough actor for Lupita Nyong'o.

Winners will be announced on Dec. 2nd where Richard Linklater, Forest Whitaker, and Katherine Oliver (head of the NYC
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Cary Fukunaga & Idris Elba to Take Orders on “Beasts of No Nation”

When not busy making high end commercials for luxury brands (I caught the underwhelming video installation of Sleepwalking in the Rift in Karlovy Vary (see fest pic of the filmmaker above) or tinkering around with television ( True Detective – see below) Cary Fukunaga has been attached to a fair share of projects, but none appear to have been close to his filmmaking sensibilities (his Malick-like approach in African settings) until now. Deadline reports that Red Crown Productions is pairing actor Idris Elba (who happens to be a producer on the venture and the young filmmaker of Sin Nombre on Beasts of No Nation – a project that has been in the works for the better part of the last decade. Red Crown ProductionsDaniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker, Fukunaga’s Parliament Of Owls’ and Amy Kaufman’s Primary Productions are producing while Daniel Crown and Bill Benenson will serve as executive producers.
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Idris Elba Bows To "Beasts of No Nation"

Idris Elba will star and Cary Fukunaga ("Jane Eyre," "Sin Nombre") is set to direct "Beasts of No Nation" at Red Crown Productions.

An adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel, the story follows the journey of a young boy named Agu who, when civil war engulfs his West African country, is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters.

After facing the death of his family and his new life of violence and brutality, he befriends a mute boy named Strika and together they face the hardships of war.

Elba, who also produces, will play the lead role of Commander. Fukunaga, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker and Amy Kaufman will produce.

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Carey Fukunaga's Beasts Of No Nation casts Idris Elba

Idris Elba boards Beasts of No Nation adapted from Uzodinma Iweala bestselling novel The actor who can be seen next in Weinstein Co's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom as Nelson Mandela, has been cast in Red Crown Productions' Beasts of No Nation based on the bestseller by Uzodinma which Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) is directing. Deadline reports that Elba is also producing alongside Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker of Red Crown Productions, as well as Amy Kaufman of Primary Productions.
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Idris Elba To Star In Cary Fukunaga-Helmed ‘Beasts Of No Nation’

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Idris Elba To Star In Cary Fukunaga-Helmed ‘Beasts Of No Nation’
Exclusive: Red Crown Productions has set Idris Elba to star and Cary Fukunaga to direct Beasts of No Nation, an adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala’s bestselling novel. The story follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who, when civil war engulfs his West African country is forced to join a unit of mercenary fighters. Not only must Agu face the death of his father and disappearance of his mother and sister, but must also join a life of violence and brutality. Agu befriends a mute boy named Strika and together they face the crimes and hardships of war. Elba will play the lead role of Commander and he will serve in a producing capacity as well. Elba joins Red Crown ProductionsDaniela Taplin Lundberg and Riva Marker, Parliament Of Owls’ Cary Fukunaga and Primary Productions principal Amy Kaufman as producers on the film. Daniel Crown and Bill Benenson will serve as executive producers.
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