Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Our stay at Litchfield just got a lot longer. The streaming service announced today that its flagship series Orange Is the New Black has been renewed for three more seasons, ahead of its season 4 premiere on June 17. “You’ve got time,” indeed.
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With all the streaming and subscriptions services out there for various movies and TV programming, it seemed that users were starting to gain an edge over the cable companies that have overcharged them for years. However, one of the more prominent streaming options may end up pulling the rug out from viewers, and it’s all thanks to one of the most sinister cable companies around.
News surfaced today that Time Warner is currently considering purchasing 25% of Hulu. That doesn’t sound bad right? Maybe that means their network HBO would start putting content on Hulu, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Television would start adding their movies and TV shows to the streaming service? Nope. Instead, Time Warner wants to buy part of Hulu so they can stop the service from steaming network and premium shows the day after they air on television. Shit just got real. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Netflix may not be a comedy channel per se, but with shows like W/ Bob & David, Master of None, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, not to mention standup specials by the likes of Chelsea Peretti, Nick Offerman, John Mulaney, and Mike Epps, it’s fast becoming a destination for comedy fans. Now, with The Characters, they’re looking to give the next generation of comedians a boost.
Each 30-minute episode of the series is written by and stars a different comedian, who can do whatever they wish with the time allotted. The slate of talents includes Paul W. Downs (Broad City), Lauren Lapkus (Orange Is the New Black), John Early (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp), Tim Robinson (Saturday Night Live), Natasha Rothwell (Saturday Night Live), Henry Zebrowski (Heroes Reborn), Kate Berlant (The Greggs), and Phil Burgers (Dr. Brown). If you haven’t heard of some of these folks, that’s okay — the whole point is that they aren’t established stars just yet. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 29th, 2016 by Angie Han
Yesterday brought us the delightfully bizarre first trailer for Kevin Spacey‘s feature-length cat video Nine Lives, but if you prefer your Kevin Spacey performances to involve more scenery-chewing and less kibble-munching, you’re in luck. Netflix has announced it’s renewing House of Cards for a fifth season, to premiere in 2017.
There’s a catch, however: House of Cards‘ fifth season will be the first without showrunner Beau Willimon, who’s been with the show since day one. More on House of Cards season 5 after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 28th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I have a single Stretch Armstrong memory. Many years ago, I was given a Stretch Armstrong toy that, according to the commercials, could stretch and bend in all kinds of ways before returning to his regular shape. I played with it for about 45 minutes and then it broke and splattered a strange, horrible goo all over the floor. I then hid the broken toy and promptly forgot about Stretch Armstrong for a long, long time.
But someone in Hollywood seems to have fond memories of this toy because they won’t stop trying to bring it to the screen in some capacity. After years of development hell that rival the difficulties facing the still-unmade Masters of the Universe movie, Stretch Armstrong has landed at a new home: as a kid-friendly series on Netflix.
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Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Fred Topel
When Netflix dropped the first season of their latest Marvel series, Jessica Jones, on November 20, many viewers finished it before Thanksgiving. To comic books fans, the rest of us were just catching up. The show pulled a lot from Brian Michael Bendis’s Alias series, including Jessica (Krysten Ritter)’s relationship with Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and the villain Kilgrave (David Tennant) who could control people by simply uttering commands.
Jessica Jones came to television via showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, a longtime writer on Dexter and shows like The O.C., Birds of Prey and Party of Five. She also created the short-lived drama Red Widow and perhaps most famously wrote the screenplays for all five Twilight movies. We would have wanted to speak with Rosenberg about Jessica Jones anyway, but the fact that it became such an instant phenomenon only gave us more questions in a post-holiday phone interview. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Between Netflix and Hulu and Amazon, you may think you have enough streaming options in your life. But you don’t, especially if you’re a horror fan. If you’re in the market for a scary movie, you aren’t going to find much to get excited about amongst most of the major players. The handful of gems tend to be wedged between whatever schlock your streaming service of choice could buy on the cheap.
That’s why I was so intrigued by Shudder, a horror-centric streaming service that supplies all of the great horror options that are so painfully absent elsewhere. Browse through Shudder’s library and you’ll find untouchable classics and cult favorites, mainstream movies and eclectic curiosities from every corner of the globe. And it only costs five bucks a month, which makes me feel like I’m getting away with murder by subscribing.
Because I genuinely love Shudder and because you can sign up for a free trial before you commit to actually paying a dime, I combed through their archives and tried to find ten movies I could recommend to subscribers and curious newbies alike. I ended up narrowing it down to twenty titles and couldn’t bear to cut another one because I have zero discipline. So I decided to program ten double features, linked by filmmakers, themes, styles, and occasionally utter nonsense, that you can enjoy via Shudder.
So don’t let the lack of great horror options on Netflix bring you down. There is another way.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Netflix presented a panel on Narcos, their historical drama about Pablo Escobar, with Eric Newman representing the producers of the show. He and José Padilha remain from season one, with new producers joining the production. Prior to the panel, Newman spoke with reporters in a roundtable about the second season of the show, currently in production. He confirmed some key details about the plot of season two, and speculated on the possibilities for season three. (Be warned there are spoilers ahead for season two, if historical events can be considered spoilers.) Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 by Fred Topel
Netflix presented its new Judd Apatow-produced series Love to the Television Critics Association on Sunday. The show stars Paul Rust (who created the series) and Gillian Jacobs as single people working in the entertainment industry who meet awkwardly and develop a relationship. After the panel Apatow spoke with reporters further, and praised the new television climate that allows shows to blend comedy and drama more commonly. When he was producing network shows, it was much harder.
“When we did Freaks and Geeks, our show seemed crazy to everybody,” Apatow said. “It was just a vibe that didn’t exist on television and as a result, there wasn’t a lot of energy behind making it survive. The same with Undeclared. It was a single-camera show about college but there were no other single-camera shows to put it with because it didn’t exist. It was just us, Bernie Mac and Malcolm in the Middle so I’m glad there’s tons of them now.”
After the jump, Apatow also discusses the freedoms of working with Netflix, the recurring themes in his work, his daughter’s role in Love, and his upcoming pilot for HBO. Read More »