lord of the rings HBO

Earlier this month, we first heard the murmurs in the dark: a Lord of the Rings TV show was in development over at Amazon. And then the confirmation with details arrived: not only was the show happening, it would be a prequel to the original tale, set in the years before Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship embarked on their quest to destroy the One Ring and save Middle-earth from oblivion.

If Amazon feels like an unlikely home for this project, that’s because…well, it is. And if you wonder why HBO didn’t scoop it up first…well, that’s because they never entered the bidding war in the first place.

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Mindhunter season 2

Mindhunter, the Netflix drama series about the early days of criminal profiling that features David Fincher behind the camera and Jonathan Groff in front of it, has been officially renewed for a second season. While Netflix hasn’t been quite as brazen with its renewals in the past year or so, this news shouldn’t come as much of a surprise – the series did what the best TV shows do and dominated the pop culture conversation for a solid window when it premiered last month.

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Martin Scorsese Silence streaming

(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.) 

Happy Holidays, I guess. As we wind down the clock on this garbage year, let us take time to appreciate the few good things in life: movies. Where would we be without movies? The answer, I think, is the grave. Or maybe I’m exaggerating. Either way, there’s something comforting about tuning out the world for two hours or so and engrossing yourself in a moving piece of entertainment (unless you’re one of those jerks who looks at their phone through an entire movie; stop that, kids).

If you’re looking for some streaming recommendations as the days grow shorter and winter arrives, look no further. I’ve assembled a hearty helping of films for you to sample. There’s a new Martin Scorsese masterpiece, a Shane Black comedy, a film about a ranting, raving president (no, not the current one), a suburban Western, and more! Here are the best movies streaming right now! So let’s get streaming.

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American Gods season 2

Some breaking, disappointing news: American Gods showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are departing the Starz series before season 2 begins. While Fuller and Green have already written most of the scripts for the second season, they are departing the series after clashing with production subsidiary FremantleMedia over budget and creative differences.

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Tom Hardy BBC

Are we in the middle of a Charles Dickens renaissance? (A Dickenssance?) The Man Who Invented Christmas – a movie about the creation of Dickens’ classic novel A Christmas Carol – is in theaters now, a David Copperfield movie adaptation is in the works, and now a new batch of Dickens adaptations is coming to the small screen courtesy of actor/producer Tom Hardy and his frequent collaborator Steven Knight, the writer/director of the Hardy vehicle Locke and creator of shows like Peaky Blinders.

Are you ready for a new version of A Christmas Carol?
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Saturday Night Live December 2017 Hosts

Saturday Night Live finished up a batch of three episodes just before Thanksgiving, and now they’re about to do the same with three more back-to-back episodes scheduled for the month of December, leading right up to Christmas. NBC announced the final trio of episodes airing in 2018 along with the three stars who will be hosting them.

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Black Mirror season 4 trailers

In addition to being one of the most gorgeously shot shows on television, Charlie Brooker‘s science fiction anthology series Black Mirror is also one of the most disturbing: its episodes are often punishingly bleak, bringing its audience to the brink of despair while offering searing commentary on our relationship with (and dependence on) technology. But while it’s not exactly “feel-good” TV, it’s also a really good show that manages to attract some of the world’s most talented filmmakers and actors to work on it.

So while part of me sort of dreads the idea of watching more, I know it’ll be worth it. It always is. And it won’t be long before new episodes will be upon us. Two new Black Mirror season 4 trailers have arrived, and you can watch them below.
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Parks and Recreation Auction

Perhaps the best item that any pop culture fan can get is a prop from their favorite movie and TV show. The only problem is that they can be rather expensive. But if there’s any show that can convince you to “treat yo self,” it’s the beloved NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, and you’ll have a chance to do just that in a few days.

The Hollywood auction house Screenbids is teaming with NBC Universal Television for an auction of nearly 300 items that were used on the set of Parks and Recreation. There’s everything from wardrobe worn by the cast members to props from the various hot spots around Pawnee, Indiana, and even their arch rivals from Eagleton. Check out some of the items available in the Parks and Recreation auction below. Read More »

Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon Hosting the 2018 Rose Parade

After counting down to midnight on New Year’s Eve, millions ring in the New Year by tuning into the Rose Parade. Established in 1890, the parade is held in Pasadena, California and features tons of flower-covered, floats, marching bands, horses, and sponsored hype for the Rose Bowl college football tournament game that follows. But this year, the Rose Parade will be spiced up a bit thanks to hosts Cord Hosenbeck and Tish Cattigan.

If you don’t know those names, you’re not alone. That’s because they’re fictional TV personalities who will be played by Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon in a collaboration between Amazon and Funny or Die that will cover the 2018 Rose Parade as it stream lives to Amazon Prime Video subscribers on New Year’s Day. Find out more about Will Ferrell and Molly Shannon hosting the 2018 Rose Parade below. Read More »

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Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return Season 2

It was a bit of a miracle that the cult favorite movie mocking series Mystery Science Theater 3000 ended up finding a new home at Netflix after a successful crowdfunding campaign paid for an entire season of new episodes 18 years after the series had ended.  The series revival brought comedian Jonah Ray on board as the new human host trapped with a couple of wisecracking robots by a pair of mad scientists who are forcing them to watch some of the worst movies ever made. And now we’re going to get even more

During the annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Thanksgiving marathon, some surprise news came from hosts Joel Hodgson, Jonah Ray and Felicia Day with the announcement that Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return season 2 had officially been ordered by Netflix. Happy Thanksgiving, indeed! Read More »