Amazon to Offer Standalone Prime Video Service

Amazon Prime Instant Video

Amazon Prime has always been one of the weirder — and arguably better — deals in the crowded field of streaming video. While all services offer countless hours of shows and movies, as well as some splashy originals to distinguish themselves from the competition, only Amazon Prime comes bundled with free two-day shipping. Prime catalog fail to offer the movie you want? Never fear, just order the Blu-ray — and while you’re at it, why not toss some office supplies and workout gear into your cart as well?

But maybe, for whatever reason, you’re not interested in getting your stuff quickly. Or perhaps you’ve thought about signing up, only to balk at the yearlong commitment involved. In that case, Amazon’s got great news for you. The streaming service is rolling out a standalone Amazon Prime Video subscription, without Prime shipping. And at $8.99 per month, it costs a dollar less than Netflix’s most popular plan.  Read More »

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Daredevil Season 2

A few days ago, Daredevil star Charlie Cox let slip that Netflix and Marvel’s The Defenders would be shooting by the end of the year. Now Marvel has officially announced the first step toward making that plan a reality. Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, showrunners of Daredevil season 2, will be back to serve as showrunners on the original series, which unites Daredevil‘s Cox, Jessica Jones‘ Krysten RitterLuke Cage‘s Mike Colter, and Iron Fist‘s Finn JonesRead More »

David Wenham in Top of the Lake

Daredevil star Charlie Cox recently let slip that The Defenders, which promises to unite all of Netflix’s Marvel heroes in one Avengers-style team, would begin shooting late this year. But before we get there, we’ll first need to check out Iron Fist, the fourth and final solo series to come out of that pact. Scott Buck was named showrunner back in December and Finn Jones was cast as the lead back in March, and now the supporting cast is starting to fill up as David Wenham comes aboard to play Harold Meachum.  Read More »

Netflix movie catalog

If you’ve booted up Netflix recently and found yourself endlessly scrolling through the streaming service’s library and finding nothing of interest to watch, you’re certainly not alone. Movie and television fans have noted that the company’s selection seems to have dwindled in recent years and now the math has arrived to back this up. No, you’re not going crazy – Netflix is shrinking and the numbers are kind of shocking.

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Grace and Frankie may not inspire the breathless hype of a Daredevil or even the giddy nostalgia of a Fuller House, but it’s got plenty of charms of its own — starting with its two lovely leads, Jane Fonda as WASP-y Grace and Lily Tomlin as granola Frankie. The first season saw these polar opposites form an unlikely bond after their husbands (played by Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen) announced they were leaving their wives for each other, and the second season sees their friendship tested and further tempered by health scares, new romances, and more. Watch the Grace and Frankie season 2 trailer below.  Read More »

Gambit

X-Men fans have been waiting for years for Gambit to strike out on his own solo adventure, but they may have to stay patient just a little while longer. Channing Tatum‘s superhero adventure is in rewrites right now, and won’t shoot until late 2016. If you’ve mainly been looking forward to Gambit because of director Doug Liman‘s involvement, though, there’s a silver lining to this delay. The schedule shift has freed Liman up to direct The Wall, Amazon Studios’ first-ever original movie.  Read More »

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Daredevil Season 2 fight scene

We’ll be running a full review of Daredevil season 2 very soon, but here’s the CliffNotes version for those who are curious: it’s very good and a significant improvement over the first season in many key areas. It also has its fair share of flaws (and odd deviations from the Marvel canon), but it’s easy to see the path ahead for the series. There actually seems to be a real plan this time around. And it’s paced relatively well!

One area where the new season consistently matches the first season is the action. This new batch of episodes has no shortage of broken limbs, smashed faces, battered torsos. Matt Murdock walks away from every fight bleeding and bruised and his opponents rarely walk away at all. For fans of well-choreographed fisticuffs, it’s good stuff. And of course, the best action scene from the season has made its way online so you can revisit it again.

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Daredevil Season 2 release date

We’re just days away from the second season of Daredevil, and by now you probably already know whether you’re in or you’re out. If you tore through season one and can’t wait to return to Hell’s Kitchen, you’ve surely cleared your weekend schedule so you can binge without restriction; if you didn’t care for season one, you probably haven’t bothered keeping up with all the updates on season two anyway.

But just in case a few of you need a nudge into the “in” column, Netflix and Marvel are getting in one last Daredevil trailer just under the wire. And yes, it’s got plenty of Jon Bernthal as the new Punisher and Elodie Yung as the new Elektra. Stick (Scott Glenn), Claire (Deborah Ann Woll), and Foggy (Elden Henson) all make appearances as well. Oh, and Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is there, too. Watch the Daredevil season 2 final trailer after the jump.  Read More »

daredevil season 2 teaser

Daredevil season 2 arrives on Netflix in a little over a week and I’m already planning to binge the entire thing in a sitting or two. After all, I’m still high over how much I enjoyed Jessica Jones and the early reviews for this new season suggest that everything that worked about about the first 13 episodes continues to work here. Heck, I’m already planning to have a deep dive on the entire season ready to go the Monday after the premiere. I do this because I care.

And I also do this because there’s a lot of promising stuff going on in Daredevil this season, especially the additions of Jon Bernthal‘s Frank Castle and Elodie Yung‘s Elektra to the cast. A new teaser has arrived highlighting these new additions, giving us a nice look at their costumes and offering everyone in the comments section something new to fight about.

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