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Netflix dropped the entire 13-episode second season of House of Cards February 14 and immediately the race began. That’s the race to once again become engrossed in the world of Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood; the race to avoid spoilers; and the race to see how fast you can finish. It turns out about 668,000 people – myself NOT included – finished the entire second season before the end of the first weekend. Now their long wait begins until the recently announced third season while the rest of us play catch-up.

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LOL: Netflix’s “Browse Endlessly” Plan

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One of the simple truths of home movie watching is you never want to watch the movies that are right at your fingertips. If you own hundreds, even thousands of DVDs, you never want to watch a single one. Instead, we’re always pining over something not in the collection. The same can be said for Netflix. The service offers innumerable films on DVD or streaming, yet many of us can never decide what to watch. (In that way, Netflix does replicate the old video store experience!)

The Onion understands and has a report on Netflix’s new $5/month “Browse Endlessly” plan, which would offer users the ability to browse all Netflix’s titles, but not watch them. Check out the hilarious spoof below. Read More »

Orange Is the New Black Season 1

As you recover from this weekend’s House of Cards marathon, it’s time to look ahead to your next Netflix-enabled binge. The streaming service has revealed that the second season of Orange Is the New Black will premiere June 6, 2014. As is typical for Netflix, all 13 episodes will hit on the same date.

The announcement was slipped in as an ad at the end of House of Cards‘ second season finale. Watch the intense first teaser for Orange Is the New Black Season 2 after the jump.

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At 3:01 AM Eastern time this morning, Netflix debuted thirteen new episodes of House of Cards. Fans are binging their way through Season 2 as we speak so if you’ve notice a suspicious proportion of your office has gone missing today, there’s a good chance Frank Underwood is to blame.

But not everyone has the luxury of taking the day off to spend 13 consecutive hours on the couch. Some folks have more pressing matters to attend to — like running the country. Yesterday evening, President Barack Obama spoke for TV lovers on both sides of the aisle when he called for binge-watchers to refrain from spoiling the show for the rest of us. Hit the jump to see his comment.

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Life of Pi

February 2013 was a bittersweet month for the visual effects house Rhythm & Hues. Due to the increased cost of effects-based work in Hollywood and the competitive nature of the business, they were forced to declare bankruptcy, fire hundreds of people and close up shop. Two weeks later, the company was given the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects for their work in Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. The closing spawned tons of protests around Hollywood. How could the best visual effects house not be making any money?

That question has become a fundamental issue within Hollywood, and Rhythm & Hues employees used the unique and upsetting occasion to make a short documentary called Life After Pi. The trailer is out now and the full length short will be released online February 25. Eventually, it’ll be used in a feature length documentary called Hollywood Ending which explores “why the movie capital of the world is forcing filmmakers to leave.”  Read More »

Star Wars The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back. Netflix announced today that it has struck a deal for exclusive rights to the entire series, including a brand-new sixth season. Fans will be able to watch on the streaming service next month. Get plot details on the new season and more after the jump.

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Justice League War Superman

When Marvel made $200 million in three days with The Avengers, Hollywood’s view of superheroes changed forever. It was the culmination of four years of films called the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” an ambitious gamble to link storylines over multiple films. DC quickly rebooted Superman in Man of Steel to mimic Marvel’s success, with Fox and Sony each following suit with their respective hero franchises. The DC Cinematic Universe has fans cautiously excited, but we won’t see the second installment until 2016′s Batman vs. Superman.

While comic fans patiently wait to see Superman tangle with Batman, Lex Luthor and Wonder Woman on the big screen, WB’s home video division is happy to fill the void. With this week’s digital and Blu-ray release of the DC Universe animated original movie Justice League: War, the DC Animated Universe will begin develop one full sense of continuity.  Read More »

Barbarella

It’s been quite a while since we got an update on Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Barbarella TV series. You’d be forgiven if you assumed it was dead or even forgot it was ever supposed to happen at all.

But not only is it still on, it’s moving forward at a new home. Amazon Studios is developing a pilot for the series, and is now in the process of looking for a showrunner. Hit the jump for more details on the show.

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