With the rise of NPR’s popular Serial podcast, HBO’s riveting limited series The Jinx, and Netflix’s wildly addictive Making a Murderer over the span of a couple of years, the true crime genre had never been hotter. It’s cooled down a bit since 2015, but it seems like the public will always be intrigued by a murder mystery, and if a story is framed in the right way, it can still become an outright sensation.
That’s clearly what Netflix is hoping for with The Keepers, the streaming service’s new seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the potential cover-up that’s been going on for nearly fifty years.
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Writer/director Justin Simien’s 2014 debut feature film Dear White People announced the arrival of a bold new voice in entertainment. Simien’s movie tackled topics like identity and race with humor and wit, and I was thrilled when Netflix announced they’d picked up the concept as a TV series. After a quick date announcement trailer a couple of months ago, they’ve released the first full trailer for the series – and it looks fantastic.
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The most recent season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black wrapped up with the biggest cliffhanger in the show’s history, and the streaming service has just unveiled a few new photos and a first-look clip that teases what we can expect from the upcoming fifth season. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who still haven’t caught up, so join me below and we’ll protect this conversation from any wandering, spoiler-phobic eyes.
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Netflix has been bolstering its stable of original content over the past few years, and since money doesn’t seem to be a problem for them, they can shell out the cash necessary to make expensive period pieces like The Crown and the now-cancelled Marco Polo. But the streaming service seems to have a particular affinity for the 1980s, because along with things like Narcos, Stranger Things, and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Netflix is releasing a new show called GLOW that’s also set in that decade.
The show premieres later this summer, but in the meantime, take a look at a batch of new photos featuring cast members Alison Brie (Community, Mad Men), Marc Maron (WTF with Marc Maron, Almost Famous), and more.
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Channing Tatum is rated-R for Revolutionary…War, which the first President of the United States, George Washington, fought in for independence from Britain. Jokes (or whatever that was) aside, Tatum will be actually be starring as Washington in Netflix’s first animated feature, an R-rated revisionist historical film, America: The Motion Picture.
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Are you ready for seconds? Netflix has officially renewed its zombie mom series Santa Clarita Diet for a second season, and they have an announcement teaser full of body parts to prove it. Read More »
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why Marvel’s Iron Fist really blew it by not casting Lewis Tan in the lead role.)
Could Iron Fist have been received better if it had cast an Asian-American as Danny Rand?
Until now, that was a pipe dream for many critics of the latest Marvel Netflix show, who lambasted the series for perpetuating the myth of the white savior by choosing to stay loyal to the comic-book depiction of Rand: as a white, blonde outsider who can punch things with his magic fist. But it was recently revealed that half-Chinese actor Lewis Tan, who played one-off villain Zhou Cheng in episode eight of Iron Fist, was on hold for the part until they ultimately cast Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones.
Let me take a deep breath. I have a lot to say about this.
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(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why Netflix, for all the good stuff that the streaming service offers, sometimes completely bums us out.)
There’s no denying Netflix has been a gamechanger when it comes to bringing entertainment to the masses. Allowing people to rent DVDs by mail was a strong start for the company, but they ended up changing the face of film and television distribution forever when they entered the video streaming arena.
At first, Netflix was only giving their subscribers movies and TV shows from established studios and networks, but eventually, they started creating their own programming. It took them a little while to find their footing, but they came into their own in 2015, doubled their amount of original programming in 2016, and they have their sights set on having 50% of their library be original content in the next few years.
But as the streaming service has increased their output of original content, I find myself being really bummed out by Netflix sometimes. Indulge me, if you will, as I run through a couple of my problems with Netflix’s current path. Read More »
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Posted on Monday, November 14th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I don’t know about you, but when the governments of the world collapse and civilization dissolves into chaos, and we’re reduced to living in a world where the biggest corporations battle for control of the surviving population, I’ll probably end up joining Team Disney. Because if I’m going to die for the glory of a corporate entity, it might as well be for Marvel and Star Wars. I’ll lie there, bleeding out on the battlefield, and look at the Mickey Mouse patch on my uniform and think “Well, at least I didn’t die for AT&T/Time Warner. Screw those guys!”
Anyway, Disney’s next step in becoming the domineering force of the dystopian future involves them possibly acquiring Netflix, a move that would be nothing short of huge for both companies.
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Netflix does not have a friendly relationship with movie theaters. Ever since Netflix starting creating their own movies, some of them have been pushed to a limited theatrical release in order to qualify for awards, but many movie theater owners haven’t been happy about it. They were even more upset when Netflix struck a deal with IMAX to release their Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel on the giant screen the same day it was made available on the streaming service. And now a new deal has them worried again.
Netflix has created a new deal with the iPic Entertainment theater chain that will see some of the streaming service’s upcoming movies released in their theaters the same day that they’re released online. Find out more about the deal regarding Netflix movies in theaters after the jump. Read More »