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Netflix Boosts Slate with Melissa Leo’s ‘Most Hated Woman in America’

Netflix has boosted its slate with the upcoming “The Most Hated Woman In America,” starring Melissa Leo as prominent atheist Madalyn Murray O’Hair.

Tommy O’Haver (“An American Crime”) will direct from his own script, and “Pitch Perfect 2” producers Max Handelman and Elizabeth Banks will produce through their Brownstone Prods. banner. Netflix has worldwide rights and will release “The Most Hated Woman” day-and-date on its streaming service and in theaters next year.

Netflix has also acquired Netflix has also acquired “XOXO,” which marks the directorial feature debut of Chris Louie and stars Sarah Hyland (“Modern Family”), Graham Phillips (“The Good Wife”) and Chris D’Elia (“Undateable”). “XOXO” follows six strangers whose lives collide in one dream-chasing romantic night. Produced by Joe Russell, Netflix has worldwide rights and will release the film in the summer of 2016.

The streaming service has also acquired worldwide rights on “Rebirth,” a psychological thriller from writer-director Karl Mueller and producer Ross Dinerstein, with plans for a fourth-quarter release. The story involves an ordinary man at a weekend self-help retreat that becomes increasingly bizarre.

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Wednesday’s announcement comes a day after Netflix revealed that it will roll out Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” and “The Ridiculous Six,” with Adam Sandler, later this year as it tries to establish itself as a force in the feature film business.

The news was first reported by Deadline.com.

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