Netflix Acquires US And Remaining International Rights On Anna Kendrick Directorial Debut ‘Woman of the Hour’ Following TIFF World Premiere

Netflix Acquires US And Remaining International Rights On Anna Kendrick Directorial Debut ‘Woman of the Hour’ Following TIFF World Premiere

Academy Award® nominee Anna Kendrick stars as Sheryl in the Woman of the Hour. Kendrick also serves as the project’s producer and makes her directorial debut with this film.

The film is based on the true story of Cheryl Bradshaw and Rodney Alcala, a story that is stranger than fiction. Bradshaw, who was a participant in the popular 70s TV matchmaking show The Dating Game, selected bachelor number three, Rodney Alcala, who was handsome and had a sense of humor. However, beneath Alcala’s charming exterior lurked a horrifying truth: he was a psychopathic serial killer.

Daniel Zovatto, known for his roles in “It Follows,” “Don’t Breathe,” “Lady Bird,” “Penny Dreadful,” and “Station Eleven,” portrays Rodney Alcala in the film. The additional cast includes Kathryn Gallagher, who has been part of productions like “Jagged Little Pill,” “Spring Awakening,” and HBO Max’s “Gossip Girl.” Nicolette Robinson, known for her work in “One Night in Miami” and “The Affair,” also joins the cast. Kelley Jakle, Autumn Best, Pete Holmes, and Tony Hale, are known for their roles in various projects such as the “Pitch Perfect” franchise, “42,” “4400,” “CollegeHumor Originals,” “Crashing,” “How We Roll,” “Veep,” and “Arrested Development,” are also part of the cast.

The thriller is based on Ian McDonald’s script, which was included in The Black List.

Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee, who has worked on projects such as the It franchise, Doctor Sleep, The Grudge franchise, The Ring franchise, The Departed, and Watcher, serves as a Producer. Miri Yoon, who has worked on Weapons, The Mother, Don’t Worry Darling, and Amazon Studios’ anthology series Them, also serves as a Producer. Additionally, BoulderLight’s JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margueles, known for their work on The Wrath of Becky, Barbarian, Gone in the Night, and The Vigil, are also involved as Producers.

The list of executive producers includes Stuart Ford, Zach Garrett, Miguel A. Palos, Jr., Anna Kendrick, Ian McDonald, Joe Penna, Paul Barbeau, Sean Patrick O’Reilly, Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, Andrew Deane, and Stephen Crawford.

The territories that are included are the United States, France, Italy, Monaco, San Marino, Vatican City, Andorra, Benelux (Aruba, Belgium, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Curaçao, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Sint Maartin), Japan, Macau, South Korea, Switzerland, Hungary, Hong Kong, Romania, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines, the West Indies, as well as their territories and possessions.

Netflix Reveals First Look for Upcoming Japanese Live Action Series ‘Beyond Goodbye’

Netflix Reveals First Look for Upcoming Japanese Live Action Series ‘Beyond Goodbye’

Netflix has announced a new Japanese romance live-action series titled ‘Beyond Goodbye’ today.

The lead roles will be portrayed by Kasumi Arimura, who gained recognition for her successful film ‘We Made a Beautiful Bouquet’, earning over 3.8 billion at the box office, as well as her acclaimed Netflix film ‘Call me Chihiro’.

Joining her is Kentaro Sakaguchi, known for his role in the highly successful film ‘The Last 10 Years’ and various hit TV drama series. This captivating story is an original creation by Yoshikazu Okada, renowned for his compelling human drama works beloved by Japanese audiences.

Filmed in breathtaking locations, the series tells a love story that portrays the heart-wrenching miracle of two individuals whose lives are influenced by destiny.

Following the success of “Crash Landing on You” and “First Love,” Netflix presents a new grand romantic series.

ONE PIECE Remains At #1 On Netflix’s English-Language TV Chart

ONE PIECE Remains At #1 On Netflix’s English-Language TV Chart

In its second week, ONE PIECE continued to surpass its competition and remained the top English TV show with 19.3 million views, making it the most-watched title of the week.

The live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s popular manga, which has sparked a TikTok trend celebrating the character Buggy, has now accumulated 37.8 million views in less than two weeks since its release. Virgin River made a strong return with Season 5, debuting at the second spot with 9 million views.

The thrilling UK series Who Is Erin Carter? kept viewers captivated, securing the third position with 7.1 million views. UK comedy series Top Boy made a comeback with its third season, entering the list at the fourth spot with 5.6 million views. New additions this week included the stand-up comedy special Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs at the sixth spot with 2.9 million views, the nature documentary series Predators at the seventh spot with the same view count, and the limited series Spy Ops at the tenth spot with 1.9 million views.

Completing the list were returning titles Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones at the fifth spot with 3.1 million views, Part 5 of Disenchantment at the eighth spot with 2.2 million views, and Painkiller at the ninth spot with 2 million views.

Adam Sandler’s family comedy “You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah” remained in first place on the English Films list for the second consecutive week, accumulating 8.8 million views. Within just three weeks of its release, the film has now reached a total of 52 million views. Other films making a return to the list were the romantic comedy “Choose Love” in second place with 7 million views, and “Heart of Stone” at number nine with 3.5 million views. This brings the total number of views for the Gal Gadot action film to 91.9 million in just five weeks since its release.

The Swedish thriller A Day and a Half gained the top spot on the Non-English Films list, accumulating 6.5 million views. The Spanish documentary Rosa Peral’s Tapes made its debut at #4 with 1.5 million views, while the Filipino romance drama What If premiered at #8 with 0.8 million views.

The list was completed by returning titles, including the heartwarming Mexican comedy The Great Seduction at #2 with 3.6 million views, the Dutch romantic comedy Happy Ending at #3 with 3.4 million views, the Indian romance Friday Night Plan at #5 with 1.3 million views, the Spanish horror film Killer Book Club at #6 with 0.9 million views, and the German dystopian thriller Paradise at #9 with 0.7 million views.

The German limited drama series Dear Child debuted at the top of the Non-English TV list with 10.2M views. Other new additions to the list were the Spanish thriller Burning Body at #2 (4.1M views), the Korean romance drama A Time Called You at #7 (1.4M views), the Thai comedy thriller 6ixtynin9 at #8 (1.4M views), and the Colombian drama Miss Adrenaline: A Tale of Twins at #10 (1.2M views). The Norwegian fantasy series Ragnarok had all three seasons return to the list for the second week in a row. Season 3 ranked at #3 (3.1M views), followed by Season 2 at #6 (1.5M views), and Season 1 at #9 (1.4M views). Other returning titles included the Korean romantic comedy Destined With You at #4 (2.4M views), and the K-drama Mask Girl at #5 (1.7M views).

Netflix Confirms Production of New Series Aema Inviting Global Audiences to the Heart of the Korean Film Industry in the 1980s

Netflix Confirms Production of New Series Aema Inviting Global Audiences to the Heart of the Korean Film Industry in the 1980s

Netflix has confirmed the production of its upcoming series Aema and unveiled the casting of Hanee Lee, Bang Hyo-Rin, Jin Sun-Kyu, and Cho Hyun-Chul. Aema is a Netflix series that follows the struggles of Hui-ran and Joo-ae in the process of creating the film Madame Aema, a sensational hit that swept Korea during the early 1980s. It is a fictional comedy set in 80s Chungmuro, the heart of the Korean film industry, revealing the harsh realities of actors behind the glitzy veneer of show business.

Hanee Lee plays Jeong Hui-ran, hailed as the best actress of her generation but was removed from the lead role in the new film Madame Aema due to her dispute with the production studio. Having captivated audiences with her charismatic and effortlessly hilarious performances in Killing Romance, The Fiery Priest, and Extreme Job, Hanee Lee is poised to pull off yet another perfect transformation as Hui-ran, an actress who may be unfriendly to everyone but is unafraid to speak her mind about what is right or wrong.

Meanwhile, the up-and-coming actress Shin Joo-ae, cast as the new lead of Madame Aema, is played by Bang Hyo-rin, who has made her presence known in short films with her unparalleled aura and portrayal of intense emotions. Joo-ae, a nightclub dancer aspiring to become an actress, suddenly finds herself chosen as the new star of the most anticipated film in Korea, Madame Aema. Rising star Bang Hyo-rin promises to breathe exciting tension and dynamism into the story as Joo-ae, armed with her distinct look, passion for acting, and unfazed confidence.

Actor Jin Sun-kyu portrays Producer Gu Jung-ho, celebrated for his ability to alternate between good and evil in his roles in Count, Confidential Assignment 2: International, Space Sweepers, The Outlaws, The Uncanny Counter Season 2: Counter Punch, and Bargain. Jung-ho is a producer who would stop at nothing to survive in the competitive film scene in Chungmuro, adding dimensions to the narrative by holding a large-scale audition and replacing Hui-ran with a rookie actress for the lead role of Madame Aema to rein in the uncontrollable Hui-ran.

Having left a lasting impression on viewers with his performances in the Netflix series D.P. as well as Hotel del Luna, Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission, and Samjin Company English Class, actor Cho Hyun-chul returns as Kwak In-woo, the timid aspiring director about to make his directorial debut with Madame Aema. Cho Hyun-chul adds dynamic energy to the overall story with his impeccable portrayal of In-woo, who is torn between a multitude of choices.

Aema is written and directed by director Lee Hae-young of Believer, Phantom, and Like a Virgin. Having seized the hearts of audiences with unique premises for stories and fascinating characters across various genres, Lee Hae-young will invite Netflix viewers around the world to Chungmuro, the nature of Korean cinema during the 1980s. Adding to the anticipation for the series is its production studio, The LAMP, whose projects based on true stories have been beloved by audiences and critics alike, including Taxi Driver, Mal-Mo-E: The Secret Mission, and Samjin Company English Class.

Amping up anticipation with the announcement of the production and cast, Aema will be released exclusively on Netflix in 190 countries worldwide.

‘ONE PIECE’ debuts at #1 on Netflix’s English-language TV chart

‘ONE PIECE’ debuts at #1 on Netflix’s English-language TV chart

ONE PIECE rocketed to the top of the English TV list, amassing an impressive 18.5 million views in just four days. The series debuted at number one in 46 countries and reached the Top 10 in 93.

The live-action adaptation of Eiichiro Oda’s sprawling tale, based on Japan’s highest-selling manga series in history, which has sold more than 500 million copies globally, currently has one of Netflix’s highest audiences scores ever.

Netflix expresses gratitude to the thousands of straw hats that gathered around the world for fan screenings and celebrations in ten countries.

The UK thriller Who Is Erin Carter? also had a strong second week, ranking second with 15.8 million views.

The docuseries Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones, debuted at third place with 5.7 million views, and Disenchantment Part 5 debuted at tenth place with 4.6 million views.

Returning titles rounded out the top ten, with Painkiller ranking fourth (3.4 million views), The Ultimatum: Marry Or Move On Season 2 ranking fifth (3.1 million views), Depp V. Heard ranking sixth (2.7 million views), Untold: Swamp Kings ranking seventh (1.9 million views), and Gabby’s Dollhouse Season 8 ranking ninth (1.5 million views).

With an impressive 21.9 million views in its second week, Adam Sandler’s family comedy You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah climbed to the top of the English Films List.

Returning titles included the animated film The Monkey King, starring Jimmy O. Yang and Bowen Yang, which came in second place (6.6 million views), and the spy action-thriller Heart of Stone, which came in third place (5.2 million views).

Choose Love, an interactive romantic comedy in which viewers make decisions for the main character Cami as she navigates her love life, debuted in fourth place with 6.5 million views.

All three seasons of the Norwegian fantasy series Ragnarok made the Non-English TV List, with Season 3 claiming the top spot (6.3M views), followed by Season 2 at #4 (2.7M views), and Season 1 at #5 (2.6M views).

With five titles, Korean titles dominated the list, with the K-drama Mask Girl ranking second with 3.5 million views, the romantic comedy Destined with You Season 1 ranking third (2.9 million views), the supernatural mystery Behind Your Touch ranking seventh (1.4 million views), and the romantic comedy King the Land ranking eighth (1.3 million views).

Japanese animes took sixth and tenth place, with Baki Hanma Season 2 receiving 2 million views and My Happy Marriage receiving 1.2 million views.

The Great Seduction, a heartwarming Mexican comedy, debuted at the top of the Non-English Films list with 5.4 million views.

The Swedish thriller A Day and a Half debuted in third place (4.4M views), the Dutch romantic comedy Happy Ending debuted in fifth place (2.3M views), and the Bollywood romance Friday Night Plan debuted in ninth place (.8M views).

The remainder of the list was comprised of returning favorites including the Spanish horror film Killer Book Club at #2 (5.3M views), the Polish romance Squared Love Everlasting at #4 (2.4M views), Brazilian true crime documentary A Life Too Short: The Isabella Nardoni Case at #6 (1.3M views) and the German dystopian thriller Paradise, which landed at #7 (1M views) in its sixth week on the list.