The 13th trailer

2014’s Selma launched Ava DuVernay to a whole new level of fame and acclaim, but the filmmaker hasn’t been content to rest on her laurels. For the past couple of years she’s kept mostly off the radar, plugging away at her next few projects. This fall, we finally get to see two of them come to fruition. One is the OWN drama Queen Sugar, which debuted earlier this month to high praise. The other is The 13th, a documentary about mass incarceration in the United States.

The title refers to the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery “except as a punishment for crime.” The film chronicles the path from the 13th Amendment to our modern-day criminal justice system. The 13th trailer opens with a shocking statistic — that nearly 1 out of 4 prisoners in the world are locked up in the U.S. — and promises a film that looks at how, exactly, we got here. Watch The 13th trailer below.  Read More »

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Luke Cage featurette

We’ve already met Netflix’s next leading Marvel hero, thanks to Mike Colter‘s recurring role on Jessica Jones season one. We’re familiar with his powers and his personality, as well as the broad strokes of his backstory. But as we approach the much-anticipated premiere of the Luke Cage solo series, Netflix thinks there are a few more things we ought to know. A new Luke Cage featurette gets us up to speed on the man with unbreakable skin — what he’s been up to since we last saw him, and where he’s headed next in his own show.  Read More »

commercial free CBS all access

I haven’t subscribed to the new CBS All Access streaming platform yet, but I will. In fact, I know exactly when I will give them my credit card number: in January 2017, when Star Trek: Discovery premieres and becomes available exclusively through this new service. Yes, CBS – you got me hook, line, and sinker with this dastardly plan of yours and I know I’m not alone.

However, everyone now has a second option for when they sign up for CBS All Access to try out the new Star Trek show. In addition to the regular plan, CBS has announced a slightly more expensive plan that will allow you to use the service without advertisements. Mostly.

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The Best Movies Leaving Netflix in September 2016

movies leaving netflix

While next month will see a number of great movies arriving on Netflix, it will also see more than a few must-see films vanish. Here are the movies leaving Netflix in September 2016 that you need to catch before they’re gone.

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movies coming to netflix

It’s that time again. The full list of movies coming to Netflix next month has been released, which means it’s time for us to sift through the titles and pick out everything that you should prioritize. This batch includes a few bonafide masterpieces, some binge-worthy television, and a few tremendous bad movies that demand to be seen.

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Stranger Things

In this edition of Stranger Things Bits:

  • You can now write whatever you want in the Stranger Things font.
  • A look at the real-world conspiracies that may have inspired the show.
  • Aaron Paul interviews Millie Bobby Brown.
  • New fan-made toys, art, t-shirts, and more!

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transparent season 3 trailer

The conversation about streaming television often seems to begin and end with Netflix, which is a bit of a shame. While they may be the biggest player in the game (and have the library of original programming to match), the competition is nothing to scoff at. Take at look Amazon, who have just dropped a new trailer for Transparent season three and a trio of new shows: the law drama Goliath, Tig Notaro‘s One Mississippi, and the dark comedy Fleabag. If you’re steaming world begins and ends with one destination, you’re missing out.

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Hulu Will No Longer Offer Free Streaming

Hulu commercial free

For years now, Hulu has been a boon to cord-cutters. As long as you’re willing to wait a bit for new episodes and then sit through lots of ads when they do, Hulu is the rare place to watch TV online legally and for free. Or at least it was until now. The company has announced it’s moving to an all-subscription model, eliminating ad-supported free streaming altogether.

However, there’s no need for panic just yet. While Hulu is getting rid of free streaming, Yahoo is launching Yahoo View, a service which will provide recent episodes with ads but for free, just like Hulu used to.  Read More »

fearless trailer

The late Roger Ebert famously called movies “empathy machines,” writing on how they allow you to experience other lives and new perspectives in a fashion that most other art forms cannot. I find this to be especially true with great documentaries, which can take subject matter that doesn’t seem like it would interest you at all and blow your mind wide open with the details of a world you would normally never think about.

Case in point: this new Netflix documentary series about professional bull riders. I didn’t know I wanted to watch a documentary series about professional bull riders, but here we are. It’s called Fearless and there’s a trailer and everything.

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