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Leonardo DiCaprio, Netflix team up for 'Virunga' documentary

Netflix is teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio for another film that will be released simultaneously in theaters and on the online streaming service.

Described as “part investigative journalism and part nature documentary,” Virunga follows a group of park rangers in Africa’s oldest national park as they try to protect endangered gorillas from poachers and militia.

DiCaprio will serve as an executive producer on the documentary, which will hit theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Nov. 7, the same day it will be released on Netflix. Appian Way Productions is also producing.

“Films like Virunga are powerful stories that are a window into the incredible culture and natural diversity of our world, the forces that are threatening to destroy it, and the people who are fighting to protect it,” DiCaprio said in a statement to EW. “Partnering with Netflix on this film is an exciting opportunity to inform and inspire individuals to engage on this topic.”

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said, “Leo intuitively understands that there is nothing like the power of film to reach people’s hearts and minds. With Virunga, we’ll work with Leo to introduce viewers around the world to an incredible, gripping story that will have audiences guessing right up until the final act.”

The news comes weeks after similar plans were announced for the release of a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel. Several theaters announced they would not screen the film due to its simultaneous release on Netflix.

 

 

Adam Sandler to star in four movies exclusively for Netflix

Netflix is quickly changing the landscape of the studio system.

The streaming site announced Thursday that it has closed a deal with Adam Sandler and his production company, Happy Madison. Four new movies starring Sandler will premiere exclusively in 50 Netflix territories. Notably, there will be no studio middleman facilitating the deal, and the films will bypass a theatrical run. READ FULL STORY

'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' sequel coming to Netflix and IMAX

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is getting a sequel, and for the first time, you’ll get to choose between spending opening day in theaters or at home.

Netflix announced on Monday that it’s partnering with The Weinstein Company to release its first original movie, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, simultaneously in select IMAX theaters and on the online streaming site next year. The film is slated to debut on Aug. 28.

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Netflix announces documentaries, beginning with Sundance hit, 'Battered Bastards of Baseball'

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Netflix is making a push into documentaries, with plans to premiere four in the next few months.

Netflix has always made nonfiction films available to subscribers — but until recently, the site featured only films that had been made for theatrical release or television networks. Now Netflix wants filmmakers to make documentaries specifically for Netflix — or to use Netflix to offer their work’s first wide distribution.

Battered Bastards of Baseball, about a defunct minor league team, will premiere on Netflix July 11. Mission Blue, about marine biologist Sylvia Earle, is set for Aug. 15. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: Mitt Romney doc does what his campaign couldn't -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

If you had told Greg Whiteley in 2006 that he was going to spend the next six years of his life on the road covering a presidential candidate, he probably would’ve reconsidered the opportunity he had initially pursued so diligently. “I just couldn’t have imagined swallowing up six years of life working on this project,” says the documentary filmmaker who was just coming off making two well-regarded movies in a three-year span. “I showed up on Christmas Eve, met the [Romney] family for the first time and filmed them discussing whether or not [Mitt] should run. And I just didn’t stop filming for six years.”

In Mitt, which premieres at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday and debuts on Netflix on Jan. 24, Whiteley’s cameras go beyond the campaigns, beyond the strategies, beyond the polls. Viewers barely glimpse Romney’s advisors or television talking heads, and the media-fueled horse-races that are the Republican primaries and general election exist only as a low buzz in the background. Instead, Whiteley is in the family room and hotel rooms of the giant brood of Romneys as they rally around their dad, catching them unguarded at the most crucial moments of the elections: losing to John McCain, the momentum-shifting 2012 debates with President Obama, and the almost-bittersweet final moment of a six-year campaign that came up short. You might not love the Mitt Romney who ran for president, but Whiteley makes it very difficult not to like the man and his family.

“People ask me, ‘How did this happen?’” says Whiteley, “To this day, I can’t tell you. I continue to be surprised by it.” READ FULL STORY

The Weinstein Company signs exclusive streaming deal with Netflix

Netflix’s movie library just got a little (or a lot) bigger.

The Weinstein Company, which already has a deal in place with Netflix covering select films, has now signed an exclusive multi-year streaming contract with the popular service. Netflix is currently the pay TV home to TWC documentaries and foreign films, along with movies released by RADiUS-TWC, but as of 2016, new TWC and Dimension Films titles will be available for instant streaming exclusively on Netflix. READ FULL STORY

Queen Latifah inks Netflix deal

Netflix has inked a deal with Queen Latifah’s production company that gives the online service the exclusive opportunity to stream her movies shortly after their theatrical release. Flavor Unit Entertainment, which has produced Latifah’s films since Bringing Down the House as well as Lifetime’s recent Steel Magnolias remake, will debut the thriller, House of Bodies, starring Terrence Howard and Peter Fonda, and Percentage starring Ving Rhames and Macy Gray this spring under the new first-look licensing agreement. “Shakim Compere and I are thrilled to do business with Netflix,” said Latifah, in a statament. “Netflix is such a strong brand and the perfect place to showcase our projects.”

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Wanna see a Disney movie on VOD? Better get Netflix

Bolstering its hold on the VOD market, Netflix announced today that the company has signed an exclusive deal with Disney for subscription TV rights to all its live-action and animated films starting in 2016. The deal includes Disney, Walt Disney Animation, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Disneynature; Lucasfilm was not announced as part of the the deal, but Disney’s $4.05 billion acquisition of that company has not yet been completed.

The agreement also includes Disney’s direct-to-video releases beginning in 2013, and a catalog deal that brings select Disney classics like Dumbo and Pocahontas into Netflix’s VOD inventory.

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'The Artist' and others enjoy post-Oscar box office bumps, but will online streaming be the next sign of success?

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America has all but recovered from the zeitgeist circus that is the Academy Awards (which this year featured a performance by an actual circus!), but the effect that Oscar has on moviegoers is still being felt at the box office, with several winning films picking up momentum after Hollywood’s big night.

Consider this: In the four days following the Oscars ceremony, The Artist – which took home Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and two other awards – rounded out its week of box office grosses up a healthy 14 percent from the week before, adding 158 theaters to its 966 and grossing $4.3 million (according to Box Office Mojo). Then this weekend rolled around, and a whopping 790 additional theaters later, the Jean Dujardin-led silent charmer has finally cracked the top 10 with a $3.6 million gross in 1,756 theaters.  READ FULL STORY

Weinstein Co. strikes multi-year streaming deal with Netflix, will include 'The Artist' and 'Coriolanus'

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The Weinstein Company and Netflix today announced a new multi-year licensing agreement that will make foreign language, documentary, and certain other movies from the Weinstein Co. exclusively available for Netflix members in the U.S. to watch instantly, according to a press release.

Included on the list of films are: The Artist, a Best Picture nominee and the most-nominated film at this year’s Academy Awards, which will make its pay TV debut on Netflix rather than traditional premium cable; Undefeated, an Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature which follows players on an inner-city high school football team in Tennessee; Sarah’s Key, a French WWII drama starring Kristin Scott Thomas; The Intouchables, a recent French box office record-breaker; W.E., directed by Madonna and winner of the Golden Globe for Best Original Song/Motion Picture; Shakespeare adaptation Coriolanus, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes; and Bully, a timely documentary about bullying in America’s schools. READ FULL STORY

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