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Paramount Turned Down Offers from Streamers to Buy ‘Top Gun: Maverick’

Paramount Pictures has spent much of the pandemic selling off its major titles to the big streamers, including Amazon Studios and Netflix. In 2020 alone, Paramount sold films including Aaron Sorkin’s Oscar contender “The Trial of the Chicago 7” to Netflix, as well as Michael Showalter’s action comedy “The Lovebirds.” Meanwhile, Paramount sold the rights […]

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Netflix Boss Eyes ‘More Opportunities’ to Buy Studio Movies as Theaters Remain Closed

Included in Netflix’s massive 2021 film preview is footage from Chris Appelhans’ animated fantasy movie “Wish Dragon,” featuring the voices of Jackie Chan, Constance Wu, and John Cho. The project was produced for Sony, but now it’s going to be released on Netflix in the new year. It’s hardly the first time Netflix has acquired […]

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Netflix Buys International Rights to Tom Hanks’ ‘News of the World’

Universal Pictures is selling international distribution rights to the upcoming Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass film “News of the World” to Netflix.Universal still plans to release the western drama in U.S. theaters on Christmas Day. It’s unclear when the film will be available on Netflix in international territories, but it will likely be in 2021. […]

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Film News Roundup: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani’s ‘Lovebirds’ Gets Netflix Release Date

In today’s film news roundup, Netflix dates “The Lovebirds,” Goldcrest Post hires a veteran executive and the documentaries “American Heretics” and “Anthropocene: The Human Epoch” are getting free showings.Release DateStreaming giant Netflix has set a May 22 launch date for its Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani romantic comedy “The Lovebirds,” directed by Michael Showalter.“The Lovebirds” was originally […]

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Hollywood’s Day of Reckoning: ‘F9,’ ‘A Quiet Place Part II,’ ‘Lovebirds’ Delayed Over Coronavirus Fears

Thursday saw a wave of cancellations, pushbacks and delays over the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, with major studio tentpole films like the “Fast & Furious” sequel “F9,” John Krasinksi’s”A Quiet Place Part II” and the Issa Rae-Kamail Nanjiani rom-com “The Lovebirds” all getting pushed back.Paramount also delayed the film “Blue Story,” and these titles […]

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SXSW Cancellation Leaves Filmmakers and Industry Shocked and Uncertain What to Do Now

The cancellation of the SXSW conference by Austin city officials in the wake of the global coronavirus outbreak shocked multiple industries on Friday, but the biggest casualties are the smaller movies that still don’t have homes. A handful of studio titles were aiming to premiere at the festival to generate marketing and publicity around their […]

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Kumail Nanjiani to Star in Political Thriller ‘The Independent’ (Exclusive)

Kumail Nanjiani is adding political thriller to his growing list of onscreen credits, having signed up to star in The Independent.The star — who landed an Oscar nomination for his 2017 breakout The Big Sick and has Paramount romantic comedy The Lovebirds and his first superhero outing in Marvel’s The Eternals coming up — is […]

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Issa Rae on Her On-Screen Romances: ‘There Are People Who Don’t Procreate With Just White People’

Issa Rae co-stars in two romantic movies with leading men of color this year: “The Photograph,” a drama with Lakeith Stanfield, and the upcoming rom-com “The Lovebirds” with Kumail Nanjiani. Rae said the former — written and directed by Stella Meghie — echoes the nostalgia of one of her favorite films centered on black love, […]

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‘The Lovebirds’: Issa Rae-Kumail Nanjiani Paramount Comedy Moved Back By A Month

Paramount’s romantic comedy The Lovebirds is fleeing the nest. The film has been moved from its announced March 6 wide-release date to April 3.Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani star as a couple on the brink of breaking up who get unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names […]

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Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani Are Starring in a Rom-Com, So Hand Over Your Money Now

Sometimes you don’t even need to hear the full scoop on an upcoming project before you’re ready to throw all your money at it. That’s exactly how I’m feeling about The Lovebirds, the recently announced romantic comedy starring Issa Rae and Kumail Nanjiani.According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two comedy stars will play a couple […]

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