Film Bits: New Prince Documentary in the Works; Netflix Unveils Download Option

Prince Documentary Eyes 2017 Release Dates

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A new documentary chronicling the rise of the iconic, influential, and inimitable Prince is set to be released in the coming months. Prince: R U Listening? will feature in depth looks at the musician’s early years as told by the friends and bandmembers that were along for the ride, in addition to interviews with other artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Bono, and Mick Jagger. Directed by Michael Kirk, the new film is described as a biopic as much as a documentary, not dissimilar from last year’s Amy about singer Amy Winehouse. There’s no denying that Prince’s sudden death earlier this year left a hole in music that won’t soon be filled, and the sheer number of musicians contributing to the project speaks to his wide ranging and long lasting influence. No release date is currently set, but distributors are eyeing a date sometime in the second quarter of 2017.

(Screen Daily)

Netflix Unveils Download Option

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With internet usage becoming an increasing concern for many customers, Netflix made a remarkable move designed to allow users to continue watching their content without using any of their data. Now, Netflix users can download content to their profiles and watch their favorite shows and movies on their phones and tablets without using any data. Users will still have to watch via the Netflix app on their phones, but this move opens the doors to allowing for more freedom in the company’s mobile services.

(Netflix)

Bradley Cooper Set to Produce and Star in World War 2 Drama

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Bradley Cooper (Joy) has signed onto to play an American paratrooper trapped behind enemy lines prior to the D-Day invasion in Atlantic Wall, directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant). Zach Dean (Deadfall) has penned the script, which is being produced by Cooper and his production partner Todd Phillips, who directed Cooper in War Dogs. No word yet on when to expect the film to hit theaters. Cooper is currently working on his directorial debut, a remake of A Star is Born, while O’Connor is developing a reboot of Green Hornet.

(The Hollywood Reporter)

Are Gus van Sant and Joaquin Phoenix Set to Reunite?

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Director Gus van Sant is arguably the man most responsible for the rise of Joaquin Phoenix. The actor had his breakout moment after co-starring in the director’s 1995 film, To Die For, and his career has been a steady rise ever since. Now, the two are aiming for a reunion of sorts as van Sant and Phoenix circle Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot, a biopic about cartoonist John Callahan. Callahan, who became a quadriplegic at the age of 21, became known for subversive and irreverent cartoons that dealt in black humor, often regarding physical disabilities. Both van Sant and Phoenix have tried working together since To Die For first shot Phoenix to the A-list, but so far nothing has panned out.

(Variety)

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