The Killing is really and truly the show that can’t be killed. After not one but two cancellations by AMC, the crime drama has just been resurrected for a fourth season, this time on Netflix. The new season will supposedly be its last, but at this point, who knows if this show is even capable of staying dead? Hit the jump to learn who’s coming back for the next run of episodes, and more.
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Posted on Friday, November 15th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Gone are the days of being able to watch The Simpsons in syndication every single evening. The show has been on the air for so long (25 seasons) that many of the original syndications deals have sputtered out. Cable TV companies saw that as an opening and, in recent months, a bidding war began for the rights to air the classic cartoon. A winner has now emerged, but it wasn’t cheap.
FXX, the Fox-owned spin-off channel of FX, will end up paying about $750 million for the rights to air The Simpsons in syndication on their network over the next ten years. The deal also includes the ability to make all seasons available on demand on their soon-to-launch VOD app, FXNow. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 12th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
The first name attached to Marvel’s Netflix shows has been revealed. It’s Drew Goddard, director and co-writer of The Cabin in the Woods. He’s in negotiations to write the series based on the blind superhero Daredevil. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Blockbuster Video killed the mom and pop video store, and now technology has finally killed Blockbuster Video. After slowly but steadily closing down locations for the better part of a decade, the company announced Wednesday it is finally going to close the final 300 locations by early 2014, and discontinue its rental-by-mail system by the end of 2013. The brand will remain, however, offering movies digitally.
While a few indie stores will always endure, this more or less marks the official end of the video store era. Read More »
Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Tuesday brings the Blu-ray release of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Extended Edition. Ever since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, director Peter Jackson has been releasing one version of each of his Tolkien films theatrically, reserving a longer version for DVD. In the case of the Lord of the Rings films, when one book equalled one movie, the extra few time helped flesh out the stories and improved already fantastic films.
Since The Hobbit, which is shorter than any of the Lord of the Rings books, has already been stretched into three films, the theatrical version itself feels quite long and drawn out. Adding 13 minutes might not sound like the best thing and, in terms of pacing, it’s not. The Extended Edition additions, which are largely in the beginning and middle sections of the film, make a long movie feel eternal. On their own though, there are some great scenes in there including some ominous teases to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Read about the extended scenes below. Read More »
Streaming Bits: Netflix Says Theater Owners Might Kill Movies, Plus ‘Dexter,’ ‘House of Cards,’ HBO for Cord-Cutters
Posted on Monday, October 28th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos raised some eyebrows this weekend when he claimed that movie theater owners are the ones threatening to kill the movie business. Their refusal to innovate with day and date releases for big movies in theaters and on digital is stifling the industry. But his company is totally helping, right? The DVD business, which has been a massive part of the movie business for the past ten-plus years, is super-healthy, thanks to Netflix, right? And streaming revenues have more than made up the difference, too! Oh, wait. The business isn’t healthy and streaming hasn’t filled the void.
Complete video of his talk is after the break. Also, we’ve got the following items:
- A third season of House of Cards is on the way.
- Netflix gets Dexter.
- Comcast will offer HBO to non-cable subscribers.
Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2013 by Germain Lussier
One day, when we’re all grown up and have kids of our own, an awkward conversation is going to happen. No, not that one. We’ll have to explain to our kids that when we were their age, we couldn’t just stream every single movie in an instant from our pocket. We had to get in a car and drive to a video store. And it was awesome.
Buzzfeed has created a very sweet little video about just that, and it’s sure to give you all kinds of nostalgic feelings. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Germain Lussier
Anyone who still doubts Netflix is the next iteration of HBO need only look at the parallels, which continue to fall in line.
HBO began as a platform for people to watch movies on a new technology called cable TV. Netflix did the same thing on the Internet. HBO then began producing original movies, which helped to define the channel. Netflix started with television shows, but those have done the same. From there HBO moved into original shows and have since become one of the most celebrated channels in the world. Netflix already has shows, so what’s next?
You guessed it. Netflix is now beginning to look at producing original movies to go along with their original serialized programming. All original programming, though, will only get better and more prevalent in the future as they’ll be doubling their spending in the coming year. Read More »