Briefly: Take any plans you have this weekend and flush them down the toilet. All of the Criterion Collection titles currently available on Hulu will be free to watch all weekend.
Available films include Seven Samurai, Breathless, Cronos, The Hidden Fortress, Wings of Desire, The Blob, Modern Times, City Lights, The Seventh Seal, The 400 Blows. Eraserhead, The Most Dangerous Game, Jules and Jim, Tokyo Story and many more. (Some of these are films that haven’t yet been issued on disc by the company, such as Eraserhead. Others are Criterion or Janus holdings that may never get a release under the Criterion banner.)
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Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
Arrested Development Season 4 will be available solely through Netflix when it debuts this May, but that doesn’t mean it’s stuck on the streaming service forever. Fox, not Netflix, owns the rights to the series, and Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirmed at AllThingsD’s Dive Into Media conference this week that the comedy could hit DVD or iTunes once Netflix’s license runs out.
Still, serious Arrested addicts should probably just bite the bullet and shell out for a Netflix subscription. While Sarandos wouldn’t reveal just how long Netflix’s exclusive deal was, he confirmed that it was “longer than the typical license.” It’ll probably still be some time, then, before we can watch the Bluths’ exploits without a WiFi connection. [Mashable]
After the jump, HBO Go enables AirPlay and casts an eye toward Apple TV, but still has no plans to split off as a standalone service.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
DreamWorks’ Turbo won’t even be in theaters for another five months, but the super-speedy snail at its center is already racing ahead to Netflix. The streaming service has just announced Turbo: F.A.S.T., a new series based on the upcoming feature. The program is part of Netflix’s overall efforts to push into original programming, and will be the first Netflix-exclusive series aimed at children. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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Netflix has a lot invested in House of Cards, the political drama starring Kevin Spacey. The show which marks the company’s first major foray into original programming. Though they’ve already done some original shows (such as the co-production Lillyhammer), the rental and streaming company spent millions and millions on this remake of a BBC miniseries, outbidding several cable channels and networks. Today, House of Cards finally hits the service with all 13 episodes available for your viewing pleasure.
Netflix has so much invested, in fact, they’ve made the pilot episode available to everyone for free — subscriber or not. The hope is to suck you in with the David Fincher-directed episode, so you’ll subscribe to the service to see the rest of the episodes.
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Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
The Zombieland movie sequel may be dead for good, but the TV series is just coming back to life. Last week, we got word that the show was casting for new versions of Tallahassee, Columbus, Wichita, and Little Rock. While there’s no news yet on who’ll replace Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in the small-screen version, we’ve learned that Tucker and Dale vs. Evil helmer Eli Craig is in negotiations to direct. As for where, exactly, we’ll see the series, the latest buzz is that Amazon is eager to distribute. More details after the jump.
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Before the days of Twitter, which allows access to the daily opinions of some of our favorite filmmakers on an immediate basis, many of us relied on Jon Favreau for connection to one part of the film world. Several years ago Favreau was still an indie darling, almost a decade away from the Marvel Universe, and he hosted a show on IFC called Dinner for Five.
If you were lucky enough to have IFC from 2001-2005, it was pre-DVR appointment television. The writer/director would sit down for dinner with some of the most interesting people in Hollywood and just talk. About movies, about life, whatever. Since the series ended, several of the guests – which ranged from Seth McFarlane and Peter Dinklage to Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, have become even bigger stars than they were at the time. “Glorious” doesn’t come close to describing the show.
So whether you were a fan of not, we figured it would be good to let you know that the entire series is legally available to watch on YouTube. Check it out below. Read More »
Netflix is a big topic of conversation this week as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brings to the fore all manner of questions about digital connectivity and methods for providing content to the new technology being flogged at the show at the same time as ongoing Television Critics Association (TCA) events show off new titles for 2013. Netflix has been managing the transition from its first incarnation, a DVD rental house, to a nearly all-digital content platform. And to bolster the wide array of streaming movies available through Netflix, the company has a couple of high-profile pieces of original content set to premiere this year.
One is House of Cards, the political thriller series starring Kevin Spacey and produced by David Fincher, who also directed the pilot. Another is Hemlock Grove, a supernatural series based on the novel of the same name, with Eli Roth as exec producer alongside Mark Verheiden.
The first trailer for the show is online, and it features a look at the cast (Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Lili Taylor, Landon Liboiron and Dougray Scott) and quite a few odd sights and sounds of the Pennsylvania town in which they all come together. Read More »
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The return of Arrested Development is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop culture events of 2013. Mitch Hurwitz‘s comedy has been off the air since 2006 but Netflix will release either 13 of 14 brand-new episodes simultaneously this May. If that revival is successful, the plan is to possibly follow it up with a movie. And in a new interview with USA Today, Hurwitz explains exactly how that film would tie into the new episodes.
He also discusses some of the difficulties of shooting these new episodes with their now super-famous cast, how these episodes will feel different from the original three seasons that aired on Fox from 2003-2006, and their overall story. Read his quotes and a ton of new information about Arrested Development after the jump.
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