Netflix bug

It’s a favorite complaint of cinephiles that there just don’t seem to be any original ideas left in Hollywood anymore. But Netflix, it seems, has plenty to spare. Or at least a bug within the service’s works does.

A glitch has led the system to combine synopses of completely separate movies, leading to delightfully bizarre mash-up summaries like “A reprogrammed Terminator arrives from the future to protect young John Connor from a relentless shape-shifting cyborg gumball machine.” How’s that for an unexpected plot twist? Read some of the bug’s greatest hits after the jump.

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Mitch Hurwitz Developing New Netflix Shows

Mitch Hurwitz has said that there will probably be another season of Arrested Development, perhaps even a movie. And his successful deal with Netflix to air the show’s fourth season has now come up with a new benefit The Arrested Development creator has a new deal, under which he’ll develop new original series for Netfix. Read More »

Defenders NYC

Filming in the biggest U.S. cities can be incredibly expensive. Thanks to the costs of permits, security, and simple logistics, to actually film on location in New York City or Los Angeles is not financially feasible for many major productions. But most major productions aren’t backed by Marvel or Disney. Wednesday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a special, multi-million dollar incentive program created specifically to lure Marvel Studios to New York to film the entirety of its Netflix series of shows, That’s 60 one-hour episodes total, which will now be shot in NYC.

UPDATE: We updated with the full press release.

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House-of-Cards-Season-2-Trailer

Netflix dropped the entire 13-episode second season of House of Cards February 14 and immediately the race began. That’s the race to once again become engrossed in the world of Kevin Spacey’s character Frank Underwood; the race to avoid spoilers; and the race to see how fast you can finish. It turns out about 668,000 people – myself NOT included – finished the entire second season before the end of the first weekend. Now their long wait begins until the recently announced third season while the rest of us play catch-up.

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LOL: Netflix’s “Browse Endlessly” Plan

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One of the simple truths of home movie watching is you never want to watch the movies that are right at your fingertips. If you own hundreds, even thousands of DVDs, you never want to watch a single one. Instead, we’re always pining over something not in the collection. The same can be said for Netflix. The service offers innumerable films on DVD or streaming, yet many of us can never decide what to watch. (In that way, Netflix does replicate the old video store experience!)

The Onion understands and has a report on Netflix’s new $5/month “Browse Endlessly” plan, which would offer users the ability to browse all Netflix’s titles, but not watch them. Check out the hilarious spoof below. Read More »

Orange Is the New Black Season 1

As you recover from this weekend’s House of Cards marathon, it’s time to look ahead to your next Netflix-enabled binge. The streaming service has revealed that the second season of Orange Is the New Black will premiere June 6, 2014. As is typical for Netflix, all 13 episodes will hit on the same date.

The announcement was slipped in as an ad at the end of House of Cards‘ second season finale. Watch the intense first teaser for Orange Is the New Black Season 2 after the jump.

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Star Wars The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars is coming back. Netflix announced today that it has struck a deal for exclusive rights to the entire series, including a brand-new sixth season. Fans will be able to watch on the streaming service next month. Get plot details on the new season and more after the jump.

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General

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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