Netflix is Raising Its Prices Again

netflix raising prices

Netflix is raising its prices again. And like any addict, we’re just going to keep coming back for more.

Beginning in November, the streaming service is raising the price of its middle and high-tier plans by a few dollars each, though its basic plan remains the same at $7.99 — which it has maintained since the plan began in 2010.

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china box office

China’s influence on Hollywood in the past few years is palpable, with major blockbusters inserting storylines and characters to specifically cater to Chinese audiences and studios depending on overseas audiences to save critically slammed blockbusters. But Hollywood may soon find that all that pandering hasn’t paid off.

Chinese theaters have been reportedly skimming millions of dollars in ticket revenue from Hollywood studios, with as much as 9% of ticket sales going underreported in 2016. With 2017’s summer box office haul recording as one of the worst Hollywood has seen in decades, what does this mean for the overall box office numbers?

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Harrison Ford Punched Ryan Gosling - Blade Runner 2049

In the age of Game of Thrones and Reddit, spoiler culture has become a dominating force in the film and TV communities, unleashing hordes of fans who chide outlets for “spoiling” a twist or pushing studios to mandate what their stars can and can’t say to the press.

Warner Bros. has been keeping a particularly tight lid on Blade Runner 2049 spoilers, with one PR firm handing out strict guidelines to critics with a summary of five potential-spoiler talking points to avoid in their reviews. Critics bristled at the studio’s misguided attempt to dictate the specifics of their reviews, and this has launched a heated discussion: What is spoiler culture, and is it dangerous to film?

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Netflix distribution

Who could have foreseen that a new Shaft movie might signal the next step in the evolution of Netflix distribution? But a new pending deal between the streaming service and New Line Cinema indicates that Netflix is ready to change its long-standing practices when it comes to theatrical distribution and release windows. Get the details below.
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DC Entertainment Alters Its Cinematic Universe Plans

DC cinematic universe

If you’ve been paying attention to blockbuster movies over the past few years, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question: what the heck is going on with DC Entertainment? It turns out the answer is “quite a lot,” and thanks to a new profile, we’ve learned that DC and Warner Bros. are now rethinking the idea behind their interconnected DC cinematic universe. Could this be the course correction the embattled franchise needs?
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Ronald McDonald - Burger King Wants to Ban It

Around the world, plenty of Hollywood movies get either banned or edited in order to meet certain strict censorship laws or adhere to cultural sensitivities. But this instance of Burger King‘s Russian division wanting to ban the recent adaptation of Stephen King’s It might be the most ridiculous situation of this kind that we’ve ever seen.

Reportedly, Burger King has filed a complaint with Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service (FAS) with the hope of having It banned in the country. Why? Well, they believe that the cannibal clown Pennywise at the center of the movie shares too much of a resemblance to Ronald McDonald, the mascot of McDonald’s, and purport that the movie somehow acts as an advertisement for Burger King’s fast food rival.

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Apple TV original programming

We know television is getting more and more expensive to produce, but with $260 billion to work with, Apple probably isn’t too worried about being able to cough up enough cash to entice major names for its planned expansion into original television programming. According to a new report, the company has set their sights on a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories and a Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston morning show comedy as their potential splashy debut into the high-competition world of streaming TV.
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Game of Thrones 15 million

We’ve written about how each of the episodes in Game of Thrones upcoming eighth season may be 90 minutes long, and now it sounds like HBO is giving showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss a big enough budget to make sure the show goes out with a bang. A new report indicates that each of the show’s final six episodes will cost $15 million, but where does that place Thrones on the overall list of the most expensive TV shows ever made?
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Star Trek Discovery season 2 2019

After a troubled production period that featured multiple delays and the exit of longtime Trek fan Bryan Fuller as its original showrunner (he was apparently pushed out by CBS after he failed to deliver scripts on time), the long-awaited Star Trek: Discovery finally beamed onto televisions last night in its premiere episode. You can read two reviews here on /Film – one from a seasoned Trek veteran, and another from someone without that level of expertise when it comes to the sci-fi franchise – but the general reaction to the show has been positive so far.

So fans might be a little bummed to discover that Star Trek Discovery season 2 might not arrive until early 2019. It looks like you may have to set your phasers to “wait.”
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Akira Taika Waititi

Warner Bros. has been looking to adapt Katsuhiro Otomo‘s 1988 film Akira into a pair of big budget, live-action feature films for nearly a decade, with the first attempt hoping to star Leonardo DiCaprio back in 2008. If you reading this site any time between then and now, you’ve probably stumbled across tons of articles about the movie as it picked up (and dropped) various talent with producers fighting to get it made. It’s been a constant presence in development hell for as long as I’ve been writing about film news online.

Now, yet again, WB has breathed new life into the project and has attached another fascinating director to potentially translate the story into a massive blockbuster. Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born filmmaker responsible for films like What We Do In The Shadows and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, is the latest person to get sucked into this film’s whirlpool. Will he be the one to finally break the curse and get this damn thing made already?
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