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Netflix Patches

Netflix, not content with unleashing 700 original movies and TV shows on its subscribers this year, was also looking for ways to strengthen the bond between users and their platform – and recent internal testing suggested they were looking to train users at a young age.

What’s a good way to increase Netflix binging among children? The streaming service recently offered rewards called “patches” aimed at its young users, but they’ve already cancelled their testing due to poor reception online. But how else could they put that technology to good use?
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ford vs ferrari actors

James Mangold‘s untitled Ford vs. Ferrari movie is starting to kick into gear. Two A-listers are circling the lead roles in the film following the battle for dominance between the two motor companies at the 1966 Le Mans World Championship.

Matt Damon and Christian Bale are reportedly interested in playing the lead roles in the Logan director’s next project. But no, they won’t be playing “Ford” and “Ferrari,” respectively. Read More »

Bill Hader Hosted Saturday Night Live

Last night Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader returned to his old stomping grounds to host the late night sketch series for the second time. Not only does he have a new show on HBO to promote (and apparently it’s pretty damn good), but his return to Studio 8H made it feel like he never left. Not only did Hader reprise a couple of his fan favorite characters, but there were a few outstanding cameos along with them, not to mention the fact that this was the best episode of the season.

Let’s run through the best and worst sketches of the Bill Hader hosted Saturday Night Live. Read More »

legion season 1 recap

How do you recap a TV show as surreal and strange as Legion? Even FX’s Legion season 1 recap questions its own reality. And subsequently fails to answer any of those questions.

The mind-bending X-Men series returns for its second season in a month, but even fans who have been watching it since the beginning would have trouble describing what it’s about. The premise is simple enough, to be sure: David Haller (Dan Stevens), a mutant who believed he had schizophrenia, is spirited off to a facility for people like him. But from there, that’s where things get weird.

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Star Wars The Last Jedi Documentary

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes over SXSW
  • JOhn Boyega isn’t a fan of Finn’s fight with Phasma
  • Mark Hamill dream casts a young Luke Skywalker
  • Dave Filoni hints that Jacen Syndulla may return
  • And much more…

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Ready Player One reference

Update: In a new interview, Steven Spielberg clarified his comments about being able to secure rights to Star Wars franchise so he could reference it in Ready Player One. Our original article follows, as well as video of Spielberg explaining how Lucasfilm cooperated after all.

Ready Player One is jam-packed with references to the pop culture of yesteryear, but an early version of the script featured a huge shout-out to a certain 1977 sci-fi classic which director Steven Spielberg ended up cutting out. And it may not be from the movie you’re thinking about. Discover the story about the one big Ready Player One reference that was abandoned, and learn which huge film franchise Spielberg and his team could not secure the rights to below. Read More »

Wildling Review

Wildling is Fritz Böhm’s first feature film, and it’s such an assured debut, darkly mystical and elegant. This nighttime fairy tale tells the story of Anna (Bel Powley), a young woman who’s spent much of her life locked in a room like Rapunzel, with only “Daddy” (Lord of the RingsBrad Dourif, in an equally untrustworthy role) as company.

Daddy treats Anna with tenderness, warning her against “the wildling” that stalks the woods surrounding their remote fairy tale tower. He seems loving and protective – but he’s also keeping Anna in seclusion. We watch her grow from toddlerhood to young womanhood in the confines of the same tiny room – and all the while we keep seeing Daddy inject a mysterious substance into Anna’s tummy. These opening scenes are disorienting, diving right into the narrative instead of offering any tidy context, immediately eliciting intrigue and perplexity from the audience. The context comes later, as Wildling’s story grows clearer but never less strange. Read More »

The Walking Dead season finale

The Walking Dead, the show that refuses to die, and its spin-off series Fear the Walking Dead, are coming to the big screen for one night only. The Walking Dead season finale and the Fear the Walking Dead season premiere will play a double-feature in U.S. theaters on April 15, 2018.

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isle of dogs featurette

Wes Anderson‘s stop-motion Isle of Dogs wasn’t easy to make. A whole team of animators worked obsessively to bring the detailed, animated world of the film to life. A new Isle of Dogs featurette takes you behind the scenes of Anderson’s latest, and shows the meticulous work that went into creating these very good dogs.

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the sinner season 2

In this edition of TV bits:

  • A sneak-peak at Family Guy‘s limited commercial episode
  • Ross Lynch cast in Netflix’s Sabrina
  • David Tennant joins Lena Dunham‘s new HBO show
  • The Sinner gets a second season
  • Bradley Whitford, Steve Zahn & Lamorne Morris cast in National Geographic limited-series
  • A trailer and details for HBO’s new documentary Elvis Presley: The Searcher

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