Remember when Steven Soderbergh retired for about a minute or so? Well, the director of Magic Mike, Traffic, and Ocean’s 11 has been busier than ever since he said he was done making movies, but his attention has turned to the small screen and the television medium has welcomed him with open arms. If you haven’t watched his Cinemax series The Knick, you have homework – watching one of our most versatile filmmakers play with longform storytelling without a major movie studio breathing down neck has been a huge treat. The Knick isn’t just great TV, it’s great Soderbergh. Full-stop.
But Soderbergh has been spreading the love to anyone who wants it. He executive produced the Amazon series Red Oaks and has a hand in the upcoming Starz series based on his 2009 film The Girlfriend Experience. Now, he’s going where all interesting filmmakers ultimately end up: Netflix. And he’s making a western.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
The original Full House was never really that good. It was cheesy and corny, relied heavily on catchphrases and cutesy kid mugging, and never touched any topic that couldn’t be wrapped up in 22 minutes. So what are we to make of Fuller House, its 21-years-later sequel premiering this week at Netflix? If it successfully recaptures the spirit of the original, it’s going to be sentimental and mushy. But is that a bad thing, really, when that’s exactly what audiences want out of this property?
That’s the question a lot of critics are grappling with in the first Fuller House reviews. No one is arguing that this is great TV, really, but some are satisfied with its recreation of that classic Full House formula, sickly-sweet as it is, while others suggest Fuller House needs something more to justify its existence. Read the first Fuller House reviews below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
As New York Fashion Week draws to a close, a late-breaking contender for this year’s best collection has just hit the runways. No, it’s not the latest from Marc Jacobs or Kate Spade or Kanye West. It’s Netflix’s “Spring 2016 Sparkly Shoe Resort Line,” as modeled by the unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
… Okay, you got us. We’re not talking about a real fashion line here. We’re talking about the first Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 teaser trailer, in which Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Jacqueline Voorhees (Jane Krakowski), and Titus Andromedon (Tituss Burgess) strut their stuff like the world’s most elite supermodels. Watch the super sweet, super stylish video after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, February 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Josh Hutcherson is trading the Hunger Games for video games. He’s just been set as the lead of Future Man, a half-hour comedy pilot for Hulu from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The story centers on an unassuming nobody whose one skill is playing a certain video game. To his shock, he discovers that this apparently useless talent makes him uniquely qualified to save humanity.
Although maybe he shouldn’t be that surprised, really, seeing as this is also more or less the premise of The Last Starfighter. And Ernest Cline’s Armada. And Adam Sandler’s Pixels. Really, it just seems like common knowledge at this point that video games are secretly manuals for saving the world. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
Superheroes who swear to clean up their cities rarely really succeed, probably because if they actually did there’d be no more story to tell. But it sure is fun to watch them try. After putting an end to Wilson Fisk’s reign of terror in season 1, Daredevil will face a possibly even more terrifying adversary in season 2: the Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal.
The new Daredevil season 2 trailer offers a little taste of what Hell’s Kitchen’s newest vigilante has in store for our hero, and it doesn’t look pretty. Despite the fact that they have the same nominal goal — protect Hell’s Kitchen — the Punisher seems to have no use at all for Daredevil, whom he sneeringly dismisses as a “half measure” and a “coward.” And when you get on the Punisher’s bad side, horrible, painful things plan to happen. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 by Angie Han
Despite a long string of recurring roles and short-lived sitcoms, Will Arnett is still best known to TV viewers as Gob Bluth, the oblivious blowhard from Arrested Development. And that persona has served him well. It made him the perfect choice to play the self-absorbed Batman in The Lego Movie, and the douchey Vernon Fenwick in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
But as fans of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman already know, Arnett can also do bitterness and self-loathing and melancholy really well. And it’s that side he taps into with his other new Netflix comedy, Flaked. Though it’s executive produced by Arrested Development co-creator Mitch Hurwitz, it’s more along the lines of Netflix dramedies like Master of None and Love than, well, Arrested Development. Watch the first Flaked trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, February 9th, 2016 by Angie Han
The first Fuller House promo took us back into that familiar San Francisco living room, and the second Fuller House promo brought some old familiar faces back into our lives. Now, at long last, the first real Fuller House trailers offers us a glimpse at just how the Tanners and their friends are doing in the year 2016. As it turns out, they’re… not really doing that much differently than they were in the 1990s.
In the first footage from the show, Uncle Jesse (John Stamos) remarks, “Damn, we all still look good!” while he, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), Danny (Bob Saget), and Uncle Joey (Dave Coulier) resurrect their favorite catchphrases. And that’s not even getting into Kimmy (Andrea Barber), who hasn’t updated her dance moves or her slang vocab since about 1995. Watch the new Fuller House trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
Our stay at Litchfield just got a lot longer. The streaming service announced today that its flagship series Orange Is the New Black has been renewed for three more seasons, ahead of its season 4 premiere on June 17. “You’ve got time,” indeed.
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With all the streaming and subscriptions services out there for various movies and TV programming, it seemed that users were starting to gain an edge over the cable companies that have overcharged them for years. However, one of the more prominent streaming options may end up pulling the rug out from viewers, and it’s all thanks to one of the most sinister cable companies around.
News surfaced today that Time Warner is currently considering purchasing 25% of Hulu. That doesn’t sound bad right? Maybe that means their network HBO would start putting content on Hulu, and Warner Bros. Pictures and Television would start adding their movies and TV shows to the streaming service? Nope. Instead, Time Warner wants to buy part of Hulu so they can stop the service from steaming network and premium shows the day after they air on television. Shit just got real. Read More »