Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
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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FX’s $750 million syndication deal will soon deliver benefits to fans. Starting this August, the first 24 seasons of The Simpsons, totaling 530 episodes, will be available to stream on FX’s new app, FXNOW, which is available to qualifying cable subscribers. Read the full press release below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s hard to believe that just two years ago, the very idea of Netflix offering original programming was a novelty. But the gamble paid off from the get-go. While Lilyhammer never quite reached the buzzy heights of later series House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black, it fared well enough to get a second season, and now it’s getting a third.
The company announced the renewal this week. Season 2 hit Netflix on December 13, and Season 3 is expected to debut sometime later this year. Steve Van Zandt will, of course, return in the lead role of a mobster sent to Lillehammer, Norway as part of the witness protection program. [Variety]
After the jump, read all about Netflix’s newest original series Marco Polo.
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Posted on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
With just nine weeks to go (!) until the long-awaited Veronica Mars movie sequel hits theaters, now seems as good a time as any to start revisiting the original series. If you already have the DVDs, that’s a simple matter of popping them into your player. But if you don’t, Amazon Prime could be your new best friend.
The streaming service has secured exclusive online streaming rights to all three seasons, effective immediately. Meaning, Prime members can log into their accounts right now to watch the show for free. Hit the jump for more details on the deal.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Andy and Lana Wachowski‘s Jupiter Ascending has been getting a lot of attention lately, because that’s what happens when you turn America’s Sweetheart into Jacobim Mugatu. But it’s just one of two major sci-fi projects due from the pair this year. The Wachowskis are also teaming with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) on their first small-screen effort, a new Netflix series titled Sense8.
At the time of its announcement, the drama was described in vague terms as being about “minds linked and souls hunted,” but now we have some more details about the dramatic, globe-spanning plot. Hit the jump for character details and more.
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Everyone knows Louis C.K. as a brilliant comedian. Fewer people know him as a talented director. C.K. had been in the entertainment industry for decades before finally hitting the mainstream with his amazing stand-up and his FX TV show Louie. He wrote on several popular TV shows and directed short films for a long time, culminating in the 2001 cult film Pootie Tang.
In 1998 C.K. wrote and directed his first film called Tomorrow Night, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It starred then-newcomers Steve Carell, Amy Poehler, JB Smoove, Wanda Sykes and many others, but didn’t get picked up for distribution. This February, C.K. is finally going to release the film on his official website, for $5. Read more and check out the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Roku is moving past its set-top box competitors by moving past the set-top box altogether. The company announced this weekend that it will release a new line of HDTV sets with the Roku software built right in. Attendees at International CES this week will get the opportunity to preview the new televisions, with an official rollout set for this fall. Hit the jump for more details.
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Briefly: Some of the best director commentaries out there are from David Fincher, whose discussions about each of his films are super-detailed and free of the “you had to be there” stories that make some commentaries little more than a genial hangout session with the filmmakers. Hanging out is great, but if you want a commentary you might learn from, Fincher is a good bet.
So it’s great that Netflix has added director commentaries to the first season of House of Cards, which Fincher produced, and which features him as director of two episodes. There are also commentaries from James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (The Client), Charles McDougall (The Good Wife), Carl Franklin (Homeland), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos).
This is all a promo, more or less, for the second season of House of Cards, which will be available in its entirety on February 14. As promos go, it’s a great one. Get to the commentaries through the subtitle option on your Netflix portal of choice.
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