True Story-Based War Film ‘Devotion’ Headed to Paramount+ and Digital Jan. 8

The true story-based Devotion will be available to stream on Paramount+ and for digital purchase beginning Jan. 8 in the United States and Canada, Paramount+ and Paramount Home Entertainment announced.

Directed by J.D. Dillard (SweetheartSleight), the film is based on the best-selling book by Adam Makos.

In the film, Jonathan Majors (Creed III) and Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) star in the story of two elite U.S. Navy fighter pilots who helped turn the tide in the most brutal battle in the Korean War: Jesse Brown, the first Black aviator in Navy history, and his fellow fighter pilot and friend Tom Hudner. Their heroic sacrifices and enduring friendship would ultimately make them the Navy’s most celebrated wingmen. Additional cast members include Christina Jackson (“Swagger”), Thomas Sadoski (“The Newsroom”) and Joe Jonas.

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Digital bonus content includes “The Aviation of a Forgotten War,” a deep dive into the world of 1950s U.S. Naval aviation and the epic aerial action brought to life in Devotion, and “The Legacy of Jesse Brown,” about the extraordinary life of Jesse Brown, the first African-American Naval Aviator.

Tyler Perry to Direct ‘Six Triple Eight’ for Netflix About All-Black, All-Female WWII Battalion

Tyler Perry will direct his next feature film for Netflix with Six Triple Eight, about the 6,888th battalion, the only all-black, all-female battalion in the World War II effort.

Perry is also the writer of the film, which is based on an article by Kevin M. Hymel published in WWII History Magazine by Sovereign Media.

Six Triple Eight tells the true story of the 855 women in the battalion who joined the war effort with little knowledge of what exactly they would be doing, but were quickly given the mission of a lifetime: sort through and fix the three-year backlog of undelivered mail. It was a herculean task, that most thought to be impossible, but the women not only succeeded but did it in half the time they were given. Facing discrimination, unfamiliar land and a war-torn country, they persevered and sorted more than 17 million pieces of mail, reconnecting American soldiers with their families and loved ones back home. The motto that kept them going each day was one they created themselves: “No Mail, Low Morale.”

The story of the 6,888th Postal Directory Battalion has been kept out of history books, ignored by the national spotlight, until now — nearly 75 years later. On March 14, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the bill for the women to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress’ highest honor.

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Six Triple Eight will mark Tyler Perry’s fourth film directed for Netflix following A Fall From Grace, A Madea Homecoming, which was in the top 10 in 43 countries, and A Jazzman’s Blues, which was in the top 10 in 55 countries, according to Netflix. 

True Story-Based Drama ‘Cave Rescue’ Due on Demand and Digital Aug. 5, Disc Sept. 13

The true story-based drama Cave Rescue will be released in select theaters, on demand and for digital purchase Aug. 5 from Lionsgate. The film will also be available on Blu-ray and DVD Sept. 13.

Based on the true nail-biting mission that captivated the world, the film was shot at the original locations featuring real heroes involved in the rescue.

In the film, when rising floodwaters trap a boys soccer team in a cave system in Thailand, an Irish cave diver (Jim Warny, as himself) joins the massive effort to save them. 

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‘The Duke’ Available on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital July 26

The comedic drama The Duke will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and digitally July 26 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Set in 1961, the film follows Kempton Bunton (Jim Broadbent), a 60-year-old taxi driver who stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. It was the first (and remains the only) theft in the Gallery’s history. Kempton sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government agreed to provide television for free to the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Only 50 years later did the full story emerge — a startling revelation of how a good man set out to change the world and, in so doing, saved his son (Fionn Whitehead) and his marriage to Dorothy Bunton (Helen Mirren).

The film was an official selection at the Telluride and Venice film festivals. Special features include a making-of featurette.

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Kevin Hart Drama Miniseries ‘True Story’ Tops Netflix Chart

The Netflix original crime miniseries True Story, starring Kevin Hart as a comedian desperately searching for a way out after a night in Philadelphia with his brother (Wesley Snipes) threatens to sabotage more than his success, led all U.S. content consumed on the streamer through Nov. 29, according to FlixPatrol.com.

Other top-streamed TV shows, in order, included “Selling Sunset,” “Queen of Flow,” “Cowboy Bebop” and “Nisser.”

Mixed Martial Arts drama Bruised, from first-time director Halle Berry, finished atop Netflix’s most-streamed domestic movies. The movie topped A Castle for Christmas and Red Notice.

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Globally, Red Notice remained the most-streamed movie, while South Korea’s “Hellbound” retained its No. 1 standing among episodic programming — ahead of True Story, “Arcane,” “Squid Game” and “Selling Sunset.”

Teagan Croft to Star in Teen Biopic ‘True Spirit’ for Netflix

Teagan Croft will star in the film True Spirit for Netflix.

It follows the true story of a 16-year-old Australian, who, in 2010, became the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world. Watson accomplished what many thought impossible, navigating some of the world’s most challenging stretches of oceans and surviving seven knockdowns while at sea for 210 days.

Written by Sarah Spillane and Cathy Randall and directed by Spillane, the film is based on Watson’s best-selling memoir of the same name, and Watson will consult on the biopic.

“Jessica’s story has inspired me and is one that is universally inspiring, and I’m honored to be a part of telling it,” Croft said in a statement.

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Croft currently stars as Raven on the Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment series “Titans” for HBO Max.