Best Movies Streaming Right Now Fallout

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

A long holiday weekend is upon us, marking the end of summer. What will you do? Get together with friends for an end-of-summer BBQ? Or stay the hell inside and watch movies? If the answer is the latter (and it really should be; screw going outside), you’ve come to the right place. These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming!

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The Lincoln Lawyer

CBS executive Tom Sherman announced development on a TV series based on The Lincoln Lawyer during his Television Critics Association executive session today, with television veteran David E. Kelly writing the pilot. Michael Connelly’s book was previously adapted as a movie starring Matthew McConaughey as Mickey Haller, a lawyer who practices out of his Ford Lincoln Town Car. 

The news is fresh so details are scant, but here are a few things we know about the CBS version of The Lincoln Lawyer, and a few things we can extrapolate based on our knowledge of the previous movie and book series.

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Ghost Hunters

In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Ghost Hunters has been revived for a new season
  • The Penny Dreadful spin-off adds some cast members
  • David Ayer is working on a new series for Showtime
  • Get a first look at the new War of the Worlds TV series
  • Find out what the hell Slutty Teenage Bounty Hunters is
  • All that and more!

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By now you’ve probably seen dozens of critics’ best-of-2011 lists (including ours!), and noticed some amount of overlap on films like Hugo, Drive, and Tree of Life. But there’s more than one way to gauge a movie’s success, and when it comes to what general audiences are actually watching, a whole different set of titles come out on top.

According to a report just released by Redbox, the Adam Sandler vehicle Just Go With It was the most rented title at its bright red kiosks in 2011, ahead of several other comedies including No Strings Attached, Rango, and The Dilemma. Meanwhile, Fast Five leads the list of the most pirated movies of the year, followed by The Hangover Part II, Thor, and Source Code. Read both lists after the jump.

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I’m not indiscriminately against sequels, but for every X-Men: First Class, Kung Fu Panda 2, or Fast Five, there’s a The Hangover Part II, a Transformers: Dark of the Moon, or a Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. And while it’s admittedly unfair to jump to conclusions about movies before they’ve even entered production, the sequels we’re talking about today aren’t exactly at the top of my most-anticipated list. After the jump, read about:

  • Grown Ups 2, the follow-up to last year’s Happy Madison comedy
  • The Lincoln Lawyer 2 — and yes, that’s in addition to the upcoming TV series also based on the same source material
  • Journey 3, a sequel to next February’s Journey 2
  • and The Birdcage 2, fifteen years after the first Birdcage

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Because it’s just before the start of the fall television season and right in the middle of TV pitch season, August tends to be a pretty busy month for TV news. As a result, we’ve got tons of TV bits for you today. Hit the jump for more on:

  • The season 2 trailer of Boardwalk Empire
  • CBS picks up a Bewitched remake
  • ABC develops a TV adaptation of The Lincoln Lawyer
  • NBC orders a Frankenstein project
  • FOX grabs the rights to Leif G.W. Persson’s Swedish crime novels

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We thought global warming was heating up the planet, but really it’s Hollywood. They’re making it summer all year long. The first weekend of May is generally considered the beginning of the summer movie season but, as those three months got more and more crowded, that date slowly crept into late April. Now, 2011 changes that like never before.

So many potential blockbusters staked their claim on prime May, June and July 2011 release dates, in some cases, years in advance, Hollywood was forced to change its thinking more than usual. For the next two months, each and every weekend has at least one or two films that, in the past, would have easily been considered summer blockbusters and it all begins this Friday, March 4. So, is it crazy to say that the summer of 2011 begins in March? We don’t think so. Look at the list of films opening between this week and Thor on May 6 and tell us that, in almost any other year, these movies would not be considered summer blockbusters. Read More »

Page 2: Weekend Edition

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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The Lincoln Lawyer Trailer #2

Lionsgate Films have released a second movie trailer for The Take director Brad Furman‘s big screen adaptation of author Michael Connelly‘s novel The Lincoln Lawyer. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as a lawyer who “conducts business from the back of his Lincoln town car while representing a high-profile client in Beverly Hills.” The movie co-stars Ryan Phillippe, Marisa Tomei, William H. Macy, Bryan Cranston, Josh Lucas, Trace Adkin and John Leguizamo.

Watch the movie trailer now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Cool Posts From Around the Web:

Doing poster roundups is always fun, because we end up mashing together  films that couldn’t be more different. In this case we’ve got new images for Gore Verbinski‘s quirky animated comedy Rango, the Matthew McConaughey legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, and James Wan and Leigh Whannell‘s horror thriller Insidious. Read More »