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Breaking with tradition, Netflix releases ‘Roma’, ‘Bird Box’ and ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ films in cinemas before their online release dates. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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“House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” both premiered in 2013, almost instantly putting Netflix on the map as an original-programming option, awards contender and pop-culture powerhouse. While the company hasn’t outgrown them, exactly, as these signature series come to an end, it’s clear that its remarkable growth has rendered each a bit of an afterthought.
Having garnered the most nominations, Netflix looks to walk away from Monday’s Emmy awards with more trophies than HBO, potentially toppling the cable network from its perch for the first time in 17 years.
Noah Centineo stans, brace yourselves.
Tiffany Haddish continues her winning streak after her breakout Girls Trip role. Now, the hilarious comedienne and actress will get her own hour-long stand-up special on Netflix.
She is just the latest big-name comic to get a Netflix special as the streamer continues to roll out performances by the likes of Dave Chappelle, Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock and Kevin James along with the special Def Comedy Jam 25.
“Tiffany Haddish is a force,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP Original Documentary and Comedy at Netflix. “Hilariously funny, brash and self-effacing, she’s an incredible artist who is winning over audiences while breaking barriers, and we are tremendously proud that she will showcase her formidable talent on Netflix.”
The streaming service locked up Haddish’s voice talents in February, announcing that she will star in the toon series Tuca & Bertie. Ali Wong, whose own Netflix stand-up special bowed in May, co-stars in the series.
Haddish is currently co-starring with Tracy Morgan for TBS’ The Last O.G. and is set to appear with longtime friend Kevin Hart in Night School.
Get that coin, Tiffany Haddish.
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Even though adidas has been making hella moves to become one of the hottest sneaker brands in the game, Nike continues to reign supreme in the culture and Netflix is working on founder Phil Knight’s documentary to show heads how a $ 50 startup became a billion dollar conglomerate.
Engadget is reporting that the media service provider has tapped Jurassic World’s Frank Marshal to produce a biopic based on Knight’s NY Times bestselling memoir, Shoe Dog, and will enlist The People V OJ Simpson writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to pen the screenplay. Knight himself will also play a role in the biopic as the film’s co-producer.
“It’s an amazing tale about what the path to success really looks like, with its mistakes, struggles, sacrifice and even luck,” said Marshall in a statement. Shoe Dog was published in 40 languages and sits at number four on the NY Times best seller list for paperback nonfiction.
For anyone looking to get into the sneaker or clothing brand business the upcoming biopic might have some helpful jewels as to how to get themselves established.
No word yet on a release date but we’re sure sneakerheads and sneaker enthusiasts will be patiently waiting to see how their favorite sneaker brand came to be.
While Netflix and HBO battle it out for Emmy supremacy — with the streaming service edging the pay channel in total nominations, the first time anyone’s done that this century — voters can take a bow for a slate of nominees that both spread the wealth and mostly got it right, barring a few notable exceptions and oversights.
After 17 straight years with the most Emmy nominations, HBO was overthrown by streaming service Netflix for the most nods, marking a seismic shift in the TV landscape.
Netflix has followed in HBO’s footsteps by investing heavily in stand-up comedy. And as a sign of what a big tent that discipline represents, one would be hard-pressed to find a more striking philosophical split than Jerry Seinfeld — who’s back with his breezy series “Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee” — and Hannah Gadsby, whose scathing one-woman show questions the very nature of the stand-up craft.
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Netflix has its eye on another season of “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”
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Veteran former U.S. talk show host David Letterman will return to television on Jan. 12 in a new Netflix show where his first guest will be former U.S. President Barack Obama. Lisa Bernhard reports.
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To the surprise of no one, Netflix’s fan fave TV series “Stranger Things” is officially coming back for another season.
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The Central Park Five, five Black youth who were falsely accused in the case Central Park jogger rape case in 1989, will be the focus of a new docu-series from Ava DuVernay. As the famed director has done in the past, DuVernay is partnering with Netflix to bring the limited series to life.
Participant Media, Tribeca Productions and Harpo Films are behind the limited series with Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal and Berry Welsh serving as executive producers alongside DuVernay. The project is the latest collaboration for Winfrey and DuVernay who worked together on the Oscar-winning “Selma” and OWN’s “Queen Sugar.” For DuVernay, the project marks a return to Netflix for the filmmaker who wrote and directed the platform’s 2016 documentary “13th.”
“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on ’13th’ and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there,” said DuVernay. “The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the President of the United States.”
And if you haven’t seen DuVernay’s 13th documentary, do yourself a favor and fire up the Netflix, but we doubt there will be any chill after viewing the powerful examination of the criminal justice system.
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LOS GATOS, CA—Saying that everyone, including all 65 million of its subscribers, really ought to see the film at least once, Netflix announced Tuesday that it will suspend all streaming content except Hard Eight for a full month.
Officials from the online video subscription service, which boasts a library of tens of thousands of movies and TV shows in addition to the first feature film by acclaimed writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson, told reporters they will temporarily remove all other titles from the website and devote 100 percent of their server capacity to the 1996 neo-noir drama.
“We want to make sure every one of our members watches this thrilling character study of a veteran gambler and his young protégé, so for the entire month of October, Hard Eight will be the only video available on the entire site,” said chief content officer Ted Sarandos, who, upon discovering only a …
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3D HIP-HOP ANIMATED SERIES “DA JAMMIES” HITS NETFLIX… The Creators sit down for a Q&A with AllHipHop.Com DJ HUSTLE .
Friday, August 31, 2015 – Internet TV Giant NETFLIX announces the pick up of 3D Urban Family Animated Hip-Hop Series “Da Jammies ” created by Aulsondro “Novelist” Hamilton a.k.a. Emcee N.I.C.E. and William “Dolla” Chapman II a.k.a D.B.I. and developed by Ralph Farquhar -Real Husbands of Hollywood. Netflix has agreed with the creator’s company Toon Farm Animation, LLc. to showcase 5 episodes with all efforts pointing towards getting the next 8 episodes picked up. I hear that this show has some real heavyweights behind making it a success in Galen Walker Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Deb Pierson, and Blacktree TV the number one Digital Urban Channel.
DA JAMMIES also has a lot of your favorite urban stars in it, from Danielle Nicolet – TV One’s Born Again Virgin, Kel Mitchell, Alisa Reyes, Darius McCrary, Tiny Lister, James Avery, YoYo, Kurtis Blow, Little JJ and more… So I sat down with Emcee N.I.C.E. and D.B.I. to get the inside scoop on this hot new hip cartoon.
DJ Hustle: Hey what’s up fella’s? Thank y’all for coming out and chatting with me about Da Jammies, you guys must be excited?
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah Man! Very! It’s a great time for Hip Hop
D.B.I.: Yeah I agree this moment couldn’t have come any sooner.
DJ Hustle: So tell me what is Da Jammies about?
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Da Jammies is about 5 kids from the suburbs who attend a performing arts school.
D.B.I.: Yeah, they aspire to be the next greats in Hip-Hop and R&B while dealing with everyday life as kids, you know, going through life’s lessons.
Emcee N.I.C.E.: That right, they also rap, sing and dance, we like to call the characters triple threats.
D.B.I.: And we’re not talking “kiddy” rap and or singing, they actually rap like your favorite Hip-Hop stars from Jay Z to 50 Cent to Redman to Fat Joe…
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah, we tried to be as authentic as possible without going overboard making it seem like it was just a straight underground Hip-Hop cartoon.
DJ Hustle: That’s cool, in looking at the characters, they just pop off the screen with vibrant color and their hip look, I don’t think I have seen anything like this, what inspired you guys to create this?
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Well one day, while playing Madden, D.B.I. and I reflected upon the old cartoons our parents use to watch or would have let us watch.
D.B.I.: Yeah from Fat Albert, to the Alvin and The Chipmunks, or Scooby Doo. Emcee N.I.C.E.: Hahaha! Yeah and my moms tried hit me with The Partridge Family
and I was like what is a Partridge? Hahaha!
D.B.I.: Either way with all of the reality shows hitting the airwaves, we felt like the kids were missing out on the different life values and lessons that those cartoons had imbedded in them.
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah there is a lot of mindless T.V. now-a-days especially, when you look the U.S. education rankings and see that we have not only fallen behind, but we are being lapped by the world, when we are the nation that sets the trends.
D.B.I.: Yeah what we’ve been able to learn, the kids today are missing out on. The shows today don’t really have substance, the animation everyone seems to be forced to gravitate to Anime, which doesn’t have real movement, like 2D and or 3D although the story lines are there.
Emcee N.I.C.E.: That’s right! So in creating Da Jammies, we wanted to make sure that it wasn’t preachy, that it was hip, trendy, musical, and brought in some of those old school values.
D.B.I.: Exactly! We touch on all of the things kids are going through now. Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeap! From Anti-Bullying to Homelessness to…
D.B.I.: to Self Awareness to Unity and doing it together! Unity
DJ Hustle: You guys seem to be in sync
D.B.I.: Yeah when you’ve been at this for more than 10 years that’s what happens, haha!
DJ Hustle: Are you guys just the creators or do you have any other roles on the show?
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah we do, we serve as Executive Producers along side Ralph Farquhar whom is the Executive Producer of Real Husbands of Hollywood that created Moesha and The Parkers and was also a part of Disney’s The Proud Family.
D.B.I.: We are also the Music Supervisors, so any music in the show we had a hand in, to actually Co-Starring as the main characters, I play the voice of the character “Dolla.”
Emcee N.I.C.E.: and I’m the voice of the character “Novelist”, we are like the co- leaders of Da Jammies.
DJ Hustle: Who are the other stars in the show?
D.B.I.: For Da Jammies we have Danielle Nicolett who voices “LaLa” -The Singing Diva, Alisa Reyes who voices “MoMo” – The Earthy Poetess, and Anderson Johnson Jr. who voices “Seven” -The Asthmatic Soul Singer.
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Da Jammies nemesis is The Battlebrats, a couple of sneaky and jealous rich kids whose main goal in life is the see to it that Da Jammies will never be successful. Their leader “Mike Fresh”, is voiced by “Kel Mitchell” and “Timmy Smalls” is voiced by Shane Tsurugi
D.B.I.: Then you have “Principle Cransberry” (The Ultimate Opportunist) voiced by Darius McCrary. Then there’s Tiny Lister who voice “Big Horus” & Jamal “J.Naugh- T!” McCants who voices “Lil Horus” (The Bullies) Along with Buddy Lewis jr. who voices “Klondell” (School/Mall Cop), Marcus T. Paulk who voices “Shamus” from the S.U.B.’s
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Other stars include the Late Great James Avery, Kurtis Blow, Yolanda “YoYo” Whitaker, James “Little JJ” Lewis, May May Ali and more…
DJ Hustle: Whewwww! Your cartoon is full of a lot of talent! I noticed the show has a distinctive look to it and with you guys having your hands in everything, are you responsible for that as well?
D.B.I.: No not entirely, when me and N.I.C.E. created the Jammies world as a 2D ten years ago, the coloring and multitude of things you could do today did not exists. We would travel back and forth to Nova Scotia, Canada to work with an animation company that didn’t even understand Hip-Hop or the movement but caught on quickly and helped us paint the foundation.
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Yeah it was when Ralph Farquhar came on board to help with the development of the show having worked on Disney’s “The Proud Family” that we were able to take Da Jammies to another level. He had access to top animation
directors Tyree Dillihay and Ron Myrick along with pretty much any urban star walking the planet given his proven success with “Moesha” and “The Parkers.”
D.B.I.: Yeah, Tyree was real instrumental as well by being an illustrator and a director that not only understood the world of Hip-Hop, but he too was a Hip-Hop head. So in knowing that, he could explain artistically the culture and movements that we wanted to convey.
DJ Hustle: That’s what’s up! You guys are doing it. One more thing before you go, no one really knows who you guys are even though you’ve done some recognizable things, so who are you?
Emcee N.I.C.E.: Me? Well I have been on over 25 records in the last 10 years co- producing 2 Pac and Nas’s “Thugz Mansion,” I was on 6 soundtracks as a lead vocalist/rapper of the group KansasCali which includes Oscar winning film “Crash”, “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (International), “Haven” and more… I also featured with the group on Aaron Hall’s “Adults Only” album and K-Ci Hailey’s “My Book.” Most recent I have hade a single “Tonight” ft. Suhana Machete land in the Top 15 of Billboard Hot Single Sales Chart and stayed there for 13 weeks from November 2014 to February 2015. I’ve just dropped my album “However U Want It” so cop that! Hahaha! But I also dropped a new book entitled 50 Shades of L.O.V.E.: Learning Our Various Emotions, which is also available as an e-book, audiobook and soundtrack. All have been submitted to the Grammys so we’ll see how it plays out.
D.B.I.: And me I spent the past 15 years as a performer and songwriter, working the likes of Nickelodeon Actor and Rapper Lil JJ, Legendary music producer GI (Tonie, Tonie, Tone, R. Kelly, DJ Quick and more) R & B icons Al B Sure, Ginuwine, Mario and female rap legend MC Lyte. I am also featured on Emcee N.I.C.E.’s 2015 debut album, “However U Want It” the song “My Cali Lean.” I’ve studied animation under the great Dave Masters at Rowland Animation Founder and Creator of ACME. I am currently preparing to drop my debut single in September. I am a Certified Professional Fitness Trainer, Life Style Coach, and own a fitness brand called “Focusfit”.
DJ Hustle: Well there it is there! I appreciate you guys stopping through. We at allhiphop.com will be pulling for your show and will push people to watch the show so that more doors can be opened for shows like yours.
Emcee N.I.C.E. and D.B.I.: Thanks!
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For whatever masochistic reason, the film “Batman & Robin” is trending on Netflix, and has been for a few weeks or so. Helmed and steered clear off a cliff by Joel Schumacher, “Batman & Robin” stars George Clooney as the caped crusader with nipples on his batsuit.
One of the plot points is that Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred is dying, and you see him in various scenes privately wincing from some unknown pain. Well, it’s clear now that just being in this movie was probably physically paining the actor who played Alfred, Michael Gough.
It’s an awful movie. And I fell for watching it.
It began like any other Saturday: no pants, a vague sense that I had embarrassed myself the night before, and the urge to drown my brain in some mindless Netflix viewing.
Thus began the eight stages of watching “Batman & Robin” on Netflix.
Maybe it wasn’t as bad as I remember! I mean, it was goofy, I remember that much, but maybe it’s goofy in a “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” kind of way.
I’ve made a huge mistake.
Who green-lit this? OMG, they just go-go-gadgeted ice skates from their boots. And now they’re fighting hockey team henchmen. Did Robin just pull out a laser gun? This feels wrong …
The only entertaining thing is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ice puns, because by comparison to the rest of the so-bad-it’s-funny film, those are high quality hilarity.
You no longer have a reasonable grasp on reality and your brain is quickly liquifying.
You’re a zombie. A jolly, smiling zombie.
The standard notions of direction and position have lost all meaning. You are lost in a multi-dimensional spacial hellscape for which there is no escape.
There’s no chance of resuscitation at this point. Like telling your friends you’ll stop out for “just one beer.” Once you’ve begun, it’s already too late.
Anyway, hello from heaven! It’s pretty nice up here! It’s all the Arnie puns you can handle, you get to watch Joel Schumacher try to direct his way out of a paper bag for all eternity, and the batsuits don’t have nipples!
Huge thanks to fellow lover of puns Kate Bratskier for taking a flurry of photos for me and being so … cool. She snows what’s up. (Also, apologies to Kate Bratskier for the previous sentence.)
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Matt Singer posed a timely question today: Why is it that the original programs made by Netflix — the place that perfected binge-viewing — aren’t necessarily all that binge-able?
By downplaying the importance of individual episodes in favor of longform narratives, the company has also downplayed the propulsive storytelling style and shocking cliffhangers that define the best binge-watch shows. A television show structured as a one giant 13-hour story can be highly absorbing. But without those big hooks and twists at the end of every episode, it’s very difficult to make it addictive.
Singer’s onto something here: I’ve spent the summer rewatching “The X-Files,” and there’s something about traditionally made, pre-“peak TV” dramas that often makes them deliciously binge-able. Writers on the kinds of shows that eventually made binging a thing were often under pressure from networks to hook viewers, through juicy relationship arcs, propulsive stories, exciting mythology reveals and hints that something big was coming in the next week. Not all good “binge-ers” have those elements, but many of the good ones are very good at serving up self-contained episodes, distinctive characters and moments so entertaining that you just want another hit of whatever they’re selling.
Obviously television’s ambitions have expanded since the heyday of binge-inducers like “Alias,” “Lost” and “24,” and Netflix is among the many outlets testing the boundaries of what kinds of television can sustain an audience for a binge or a leisurely stroll, even as TV redefines what success means in an era of micro-niches and all manner of nonlinear viewing opportunities.
That said, my first reaction to Singer’s piece on the binge-resistance of Netflix’s dramas consisted of a question: I really wonder how much of that is intentional. It may not be a feature, but a bug.
Singer’s theory is that Netflix executives don’t really care if it takes a few months to watch one of their original series; that’s actually a good thing, if the slow pace keeps a subscription active. That makes sense from a business perspective, but, based on statements Netflix executives have made and the shows they’ve released, I wonder if that’s their primary intent.
My theory’s different: I think Netflix and Amazon executives give their creative types a lot of rope, and I’ve often had occasion to wonder is they’re giving them too much rope. It’s common for their dramas to get tangled up and slow down, even at the pilot stage, and in the middle of seasons, Netflix dramas often sag and meander, and — as Singer notes — they take a long time to work up a head of steam.
My first reaction to Singer’s piece on the binge-resistance of Netflix’s dramas consisted of a question: I really wonder how much of that is intentional. It may not be a feature, but a bug.
But this isn’t just the case at streaming services: It’s happening a lot in the more ambitious realms of television. Maybe it’s just me, but when it comes to many shows, especially dramas, in the cable, pay-cable and streaming arenas, I see a trend toward laxness and a lack of energy and dynamic tension. There’s more ambition than in a derivative NBC or CBS procedural, sure, but there’s also often a lack of urgency within an episode and, most notably, over the course of a season.
It’s also fairly common to find that the character development is not strong and vivid enough to make me want to revisit these shows while they figure out how to crank up the narrative drive, as was the case with Amazon’s “Bosch” and USA’s “Complications.” I did finally begin to enjoy AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” especially in its second season, but most people had checked out well before it kicked into high gear, and that may have doomed the show (though I hope not).
Of course, it’s unfair to cherry-pick the best examples, but let’s face it, this wasn’t too often the case with with the best binge-ers the Commercial Television Machine produced. Even in a bad episode of “The X-Files” or “Lost,” the Mulder and Scully banter or the Hurley quips make up for a lot. Hence my current obsession with what I call B-movie TV: Genre fare that is smart and subversive but also energetic and not overly concerned with being Important. (The two best new shows of the year, Lifetime’s “UnREAL” and USA’s “Mr. Robot” may not neatly fit in the B-movie TV category, but both were pleasingly knotty, had great characters and were suspenseful from the jump. They’re binge-ers, for sure.)
Sag and drift problems have cropped up throughout TV history, obviously. But I think it’s telling that it’s cropping up a lot lately, often at places that could and should know better (despite its great cast and terrific moments, I gave up on the rudderless “Masters of Sex” near the end of Season 2 and haven’t seen a compelling reason to jump back on board). As Todd VanDerWerff has pointed out, TV is fumbling for direction in the age of binging and stacking and all episodes of television existing simultaneously everywhere (well, not really, but it feels that way sometimes). So as TV figures out the creative implications of the nonlinear era, some sloppiness and experimentation is to be expected.
But I think there’s more to it than that. The competition for talent and the huge desire lock down hot writers while also trying to create Signature Programs has led to situations where executives have let way too much bad writing slide.
There’s an enormous scramble for content at the moment, so much so that multiple seasons are being ordered at an accelerated pace and it’s almost normal for shows to be renewed before they debut. That was decidedly not normal only a few years ago. But Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and any number of other new players have changed the game, just as cable did a decade or so ago.
As I’ve argued elsewhere, this is a good thing, overall. Not every show in Ye Olde Golden Age was a keeper, but almost every network was forced to raise its game and give writers more leeway. Hooray!
But there was sigh-inducing side to that revolution: There was too much imitation and a blind pursuit of uninspired dramas about tortured white guys. These days, as TV expands into what FX president John Landgraf has called peak TV, there’s a lot of great TV, but the signal-to-noise ratio is not necessarily heading in a reassuring direction. As TV competes to keep eyeballs on its ever-expanding array of content, we’re being subjected to a lot of empty spectacle and rote brand extension. And it’s worth pointing out, as Linda Holmes does in her great essay series on TV’s growing pains, that the kinds of people who get to make TV now are usually the kinds of people who always have gotten to make TV. Diversity is a buzzword executives know they should throw around these days, but their commitment to it seems tenuous at best.
So this revolution has its frustrations, among them the problems Singer neatly delineates. And given that the issues he noticed and I’ve described are mostly taking place in the streaming, cable and pay-cable arenas, the following statement mostly applies to them: Maybe its because they have too many shows to keep track of, or maybe it’s because they’re working with writers they think might try to get a better deal somewhere else, but I get the sense that a number of networks and executives are not exercising the quality control they used to. It’s a problem.
Too many times lately, with too many shows that are well cast and clearly expensive, I’ve wondered why the people in charge appear to be asleep at the switch. “Fear the Walking Dead” is repetitive and boring, but AMC wants to keep “Walking Dead” mogul Robert Kirkman in the corporate family, so that show’s going to be what Kirkman wants it to be, for good or ill. The last two seasons of “American Horror Story” haven’t been very good, but they’ve been noisy enough to get a lot of eyeballs, and FX wants to be in business with Ryan Murphy, so that show will continue to be variable and frustrating (and maybe occasionally excellent, who knows). “Bloodline” assembled various prestige TV markers without going anywhere all that compelling with them, but it seems like the kind of show Netflix should be making — and if they didn’t make it, someone else might — so it got renewed. And so on.
The power dynamics in the industry are unstable — only in certain places, of course, and only for certain people. But the current scramble for talent has given some writer/producers more power than these kinds of folks have ever had in the past, and the side effects of that development aren’t always good. For one thing, in part due to talent flight, drama pilots on the broadcast networks have been mostly lame and terrible for years, with a few rare exceptions, because those who don’t want to deal with a lot of network interference are going elsewhere. (The CW, which has been on a roll, is the exception among the broadcast networks, but that’s a story for another day.)
The current scramble for talent has given some writer/producers more power than these kinds of folks have ever had in the past, and the side effects of that development aren’t always good.
As many writer/producers head to what they perceive to be greener pastures, executives are doing whatever they can to lock down talent, and the end result of this whole process can sometimes be self-indulgent and lazy television. Drift, repetition and laxness are things a good executive can spot, catch and help correct. With the good or improving shows, that’s likely at least part of what’s happening. Given the glut of bad, lazy or directionless dramas, that’s not happening enough, or some creatives just aren’t listening. When a drama like “True Detective” goes that off-course and wastes that much potential, it’s not just a chance to have fun with memes and hashtags, it’s a sign that something has seriously gone awry in the quality-control systems that helped TV get to where it is now.
HBO, once the strutting king of the TV scene, can’t openly criticize newcomer Nic Pizzolatto, lest he bolt and the network’s reputation as a welcoming haven for top talent take a hit. Netflix and Amazon go further: They openly celebrate their hands-off approaches. Executives at both places have basically said that because they’re not married to the usual commercial television models, they’re letting their talent do … whatever.
“We are not really in the solid outcome business, you know,” Amazon Studios head Roy Price said at an Amazon executive panel at the Television Critics Association press tour recently. “We are not really in the programming business.”
“It’s not the intent to draw the biggest audience from any single show,” Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said at TCA. “The shows are built and designed and we invest in them based on the audience that we believe the show can attract. And it’s successful if it attracts that audience segment.”
Joe Lewis, Amazon’s comedy chief, said something similar: “I think we are … just looking for shows that are our customers’ favorites.”
That all sounds good, in theory. And in practice, it’s occasionally resulted in wonderful television. Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” is as weird a concoction as I can think of, but it’s incisive and funny even as it goes to some heartbreaking places. I’m glad that Amazon is betting big on “The Man in the High Castle,” which may supply the smart sci-fi I’ve been searching for. And of course, all of television is a crapshoot; most shows fail, good ones are always hard to make and great ones are always rare.
But these streaming executives are indicating that they think non-interference is the only way to get good shows.
“[W]e built the company on this in this internal culture of freedom and responsibility, and we really did apply that to our showrunners too,” Sarandos said at TCA. “We decided it would be our role not to coach the creatives because it really wasn’t our wheelhouse. It was going to be our role to pick the right projects, pick the right worlds, pick the right talent to run those shows, and then really try to create an environment for them to do the best work of their lives.”
This statement kind of floored me, honestly. If the executives not there to make shows better, what are they there for? Also, can I have an executive job at Netflix? Because I would really like to make a lot of money to not do things. They give many millions to those making their shows, but telling them how to spend that money wisely? LOL, pass.
Of course, some of this is just the kind of chest-thumping tech-exec hyperbole that “Silicon Valley” lampoons so well. And that’s the analogy I’ll stick with: Amazon and Netflix executives don’t seem to consider themselves TV executives, and it may be more useful to think of them as the kinds of guys who run Uber and other boastful, well-funded startups. They hacked television, bro, and they’re going to do it better.
Except … really? They think they’re going to do it better than the kinds of people responsible for the Commercial Television Machine? I mean, maybe someday they will, and if they get to that point, break out the Champagne. But their track record isn’t nearly there yet, and it’s more than a little grating that they’re so dismissive of the kind of TV-making processes that led to the creation of so many good and great shows — the very binge-able content they so eagerly bought up and built their businesses on top of.
And that brings me back to my reaction to Singer’s essay, which boils down to this: Giving people a lot of rope is not necessarily how the best TV gets made. It can produce good results, in the hands of a disciplined professionals who know what to do with that freedom — and what not to do with it. If the discipline, vision and restraint are lacking and are not supplied by the showrunner or by executives, the results are usually ponderous messes (“House of Cards,” “Hand of God,” “Low Winter Sun”).
It’s worth noting that Jill Soloway (“Transparent”) and Jenji Kohan (“Orange Is the New Black”), who created the best shows in the streaming realms, are longtime veterans of the Commercial Television Machine. And all that has happened before has happened again. Long before those shows were a gleam on some site’s server, Ron Moore reinvented “Battlestar Galactica” by taking the best of what he’d learned in a long career as a writer for various “Star Trek” TV series and blowing up the rest. I really wish streaming executives wouldn’t valorize throwing out the baby with the bathwater, at least not until their rosters have more shows like “Transparent” and “OITNB” and “Battlestar Galactica” and fewer sludge piles like “Hand of God” and “Marco Polo.”
Quality control matters in television; look at how USA nurtured “Mr. Robot” into an accessible yet deeply adventurous show, and the showrunners of “The Americans” often talk about how executive input helped the show go from good to great, to name just two examples. And this concept matters even more when you think about the fact that Amazon and Netflix — like many networks — are ramping up their content machines. The efficacy of quality control is partly related to volume, and it’s moderately terrifying that this phenomenon of peak TV could result in 400 primetime scripted shows in 2015 alone.
At TCA, Landgraf said he’s capping the number of shows FX and FXX make.
“I really don’t care how much money a business has to spend. As someone who struggles every day to program good and great television, who still reads nearly every script and watches every rough cut of every episode we program, I believe it’s impossible to maintain quality control with too many shows,” Landgraf said.
His Peak TV speech contained a lot of food for thought, some of which good critics are still chewing on, but he’s right about that. Despite my fears for my sanity, I generally think Peak TV is a good thing — without it, we don’t get weird gems like “Rectify” and “BoJack” and a more diverse array of creators and protagonists. Given how many more shows are being made and how many of them have less experienced or inexperienced showrunners, however, now’s not the time for executives to just let people sink or swim, but signs of floundering are already all over the place. All in all, I am very concerned about whether we’re going to get more good TV, or just more TV.
There are certain kinds of quality control that Netflix and Amazon executives seem amused by or appear to think is unnecessary. And stories of the excesses of overly controlling, uninspired and unhelpful networks executives are not hard to find and easy to mock, but the good ones are also partly responsible for sweetest fruits of the Commercial Television Machine.
Of course, writers, actors and directors are incredibly important when it comes to a show’s quality, but knowing how to shepherd, shape and market a show — these are real and important skills. If you read Difficult Men and The Revolution Was Televised, you’ll come across many instances of writers doing their best to rebel against whatever network strictures had frustrated them in the past. But you’ll also come across TV executives who knew what they were doing and helped birth great shows and unquestionably helped turn those programs into the juggernauts that they became. These are the shows we all binged at some point or want to binge someday — and they didn’t appear by magic.
Covering TV for the past 15 years has taught me that the best shows tend to have two elements embedded in their DNA: Collaboration and tension. I don’t mean conflict, not exactly, which is not unknown on the sets of ambitious shows, of course. Conflict is inevitable when grown people work together on any project for any length of time. But what I’m referring to is the kind of creative tension that exists when people who work together don’t always agree but find ways to let the better and smarter ideas win. Sharp people questioning each other, pushing each other, testing each other and leading each other to epiphanies — those are among the conditions that can lead to great TV, and sometimes those exchanges involve executives who care and know television. They exist, and right about now, I wish there were more of them. Maybe they exist at Amazon and Netflix, but if so, I wish their bosses weren’t so disparaging of the work they were (possibly) hired to do.
Every writer I’ve ever spoken to has told stories about executive notes that were dumb — and notes that were brilliant. Dealing with feedback from an executive — even an executive a creator doesn’t much like — can force a writer to better articulate her vision. Probing questions can lead to stronger and clearer choices and even dumb questions can lead to breakthroughs. As Joss Whedon has said, “It’s very important to know when to stick to your guns, but it’s also very important to listen to absolutely everybody. The stupidest person in the room might have the best idea.”
Who is asking questions these days? How smart or dumb are the ideas under consideration? And is anyone listening? As we head into the uncharted waters of peak TV, those are some of the questions I have.
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(AllHipHop News) Tuesday morning (July 7), it has been confirmed that both Chris Tucker and Netflix are being sued by comedian, Terry Hodges, for $ 66,000, this according to TMZ. Tucker’s anticipated comedy special will be broadcast via Netflix on Friday (July 10).
Marty Singer, Chris Tucker’s attorney has released the following statement, “”This lawsuit is absurd and completely without merit. We fully expect this case to be thrown out by the court.”
In his recently filed lawsuit, Hodges claims that he has has been contributing his time and material to the project since 2008, but has not received any consistent financial compensation since 2011. He then goes on to insist that his writing, producing, editing, acting fees and travel expenses have been utterly ignored, as was Tucker’s purported promise to make him a co-producer. That title would have helped Hodges secure more money on the back-end.
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Last week, the nation celebrated the Supreme Court’s historic decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Keep the pride going this holiday weekend with these LGBTQ-related titles, available on Netflix.
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“You Will Be Mine”
Netflix summary: Emma fascinates, dominates and devastates her childhood friend and roommate Marie, who is torn between her desire for Emma and the urge to Escape.
“Grace and Frankie
Netflix summary: Grace and Frankie are stunned when their husbands inform them that they want divorces. They’re even more stunned when they find out why.
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
Netflix summary: Determined to fall in love, 15-year-old Adele is focused on boys. But it’s a blue-haired girl she meets on the street who really piques her interest.
Netflix summary: While training for an important sporting event, teen athletes Sieger and Marc strike up a friendship that soon develops into something more passionate.
“Better Than Chocolate”
Netflix summary: Scant hours before her uptight mother and brother move in with her, Maggie meets the woman of her dreams and must hide her sexual orientation.
Netflix summary: Ex-child actor Jackie goes to college and falls for an engaging female professor who has a reputation for breaking the hearts of other women.
Netflix summary: Comic book artist Holden meets the perfect woman, only to learn that she’s a lesbian. But that doesn’t stop him from falling in love with her.
“The L Word”
Netflix summary: After moving in next door to longtime couple Bette and Tina, talented young writer Jenny intermingles with their circle of lesbian friends.
“Orange Is the New Black”
Netflix summary: Piper must trade her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit when her decade-old relationship with a drug runner catches up with her.
Netflix summary: Based on a short story by David Sedaris, this comedy follows the brash young author as he travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm.
Netflix summary: Caleb pretends he is gay to attract Gwen, who relates better to gay men than to straight ones. But the plan soon backfires in this comedy of errors.
Netflix summary: This inspirational documentary profiles five individuals who came out as lesbian, gay or transgender after the age of 55.
Netflix summary: This absorbing drama follows a graphic artist as he comes to grips with the imminent death of his father, who, at 75, has one last secret: He’s gay.
Netflix summary: Based on Puccini’s opera “La Boheme,” this musical follows a group of scrappy bohemians who face true love, drug addiction and AIDS in New York City.
“The Kids Are All Right”
Netflix summary: The children of same-sex partners become curious about the identity of their sperm-donor dad and set out to make him part of their family unit.
Netflix summary: This timely documentary tells the story of Shane Bitney Crone, who finds himself without marriage’s legal protections when his same-sex partner dies.
“A Single Man”
Netflix summary: This stream-of-consciousness drama centers on a day in the life of a gay college professor who’s reeling from his longtime lover’s recent death.
Netflix summary: A naive teacher and a transvestite cabaret artist fall in love but face social and legal victimization in the intolerant climate of 1950s Zurich.
“The Way He Looks”
Netflix summary: A new classmate transforms the daily life of a blind teenager who longs for independence and disrupts his relationship with his best friend.
“Stranger by the Lake”
Netflix summary: Franck notices Henri sitting alone on a beach and starts a conversation that continues for days — in between Franck’s trysts with a seductive killer.
“Yossi & Jagger”
Netflix summary: While preparing for an ambush, a company commander and his platoon leader fall in love, carefully hiding their relationship from their comrades.
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With Thursday’s early release of Orange is the New Black on Netflix, I realize my nights will soon be filled with Netflix binge watching (as if they aren’t every week…). I’m a self-proclaimed Netflix junkie, and the more marathons I watch, the more I believe that Netflix is slowly guiding me through life’s roller coaster of emotions.
Being able to escape reality (even if it’s only for an hour) has helped keep me sane in this overwhelming world we live in. Now, before I get backlash for having #firstworldproblems, I will say I tried to find some real-life scenarios we have all found ourselves in. So, which Netflix shows do I recommend specifically for life’s (sometimes silly) moods and dilemmas?
Let’s start with the most obvious young adult scenario: Heartbreak.
We’ve all been here — sitting on your bed with your headphones in; searching for the saddest song on your playlist sporting a gloomy face like you could be in the music video. Maybe it’s just me, but when I’ve had a broken heart in the past, I just want to wallow in it for a bit.
What you need: Gilmore Girls
This fun-loving show is about a mother and daughter duo who make life seem do-able. I have also found that the show’s small town setting in “Stars Hollow” makes me feel at ease.
You feel like a boss. You had a great day at work, and now you’re amped up!
What you need: House of Cards or Mad Men
Nothing says power like watching politicians duke it out. Plus, since you’re feeling a bit sassy, the scandalous scenes (well, they pretty much all are after the first episode) will keep you entertained and on edge. I am a tad biased for the show Mad Men since I work in television advertising, but it is uncanny how the industry’s jargon had stood the test of time.
You want to change your eating habits and start living a bit more healthy. So, this one I stumbled upon one Saturday night when I was bored…
What you need: Food, Inc. (Documentary)
This documentary opened my eyes to processed foods and well, meat in general. While I am not a vegetarian, it did make me think twice about what I was putting in my body on a regular basis. Aside from showing you some pretty graphic scenes, it kept me engaged throughout the entire program.
When you miss high school or college, and the carefree life that came along with it.
What you need: One Tree Hill or Friday Night Lights
There’s no show like One Tree Hill, it gives me an instant warm fuzzy inside while watching, and the cast brings something new to every episode. While its original air date was back in 2003, the show stayed on air for nine years allowing its fans to watch the growth and development (literally) of the cast. The show portrays what we all loved and hated during our high school years, and then dives into the tough issues young adults face today. Friday Night Lights brings me back to high school every time I watch it- young love, heartache, and a whole lot of drama all wrapped into an hour long show-YES.
When you just want to relax.
What you need: Weeds
There is something about the show Weeds that kept me hooked for all 8 seasons. The wittiness of the main character, Nancy Price Botwin (played by Mary-Louise Parker) brings light to an unfortunate situation with the passing of her late husband. She proves that in the worst of times you can find light at the end of the tunnel. While the show’s premise has a “darker” edge, the comic relief by the characters allows you to kick back and watch the story unfold.
When you want to laugh.
I couldn’t pick just one for when you’re in the mood for a chuckle, but here are my top 5:
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Anyone familiar with the work of sci-fi auteurs Lana and Andy Wachowski knows that they don’t shy from ambitious subjects. Since creating The Matrix in 1999, the siblings have continued to swing for the futuristic fences with V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas, and, most recently, Jupiter Ascending.
Now, however, they’ve found a new medium for their complex, multipronged stories: Netflix. Tomorrow sees the release of their first-ever streaming series, Sense8. For those who are not predisposed to the supernatural, here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about the plot, characters, and backstory—to prevent any additional head-scratching.
Andy and Lana Wachowski teamed up with J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) to create the series. The three all serve as creators, writers, and executive producers on the show.
Sense8, a play on the word “sensate,” follows eight strangers across the globe, each of whom are defined by their geographic location: London, Chicago, San Francisco, Nairobi, Mexico City, Mumbai, Berlin, and Seoul. Following the death of another Sensate—each death of a Sensate brings about eight more—the new cluster is now suddenly emotionally and mentally linked. “Initially they don’t know what the hell is going on, so as they begin to figure it out, we begin to figure it out,” Straczynski told BuzzFeed.
The implied goal of Sense8 was to simulate a kind of global understanding through the characters’ otherworldly connection. One of the major plot points of the series is sexuality and gender identity. One character on the show struggles with revealing their true sexuality while another is openly transgender, and is played by a transgender actor, Jamie Clayton. Cocreator Lana Wachowski made her own transition public in 2012.
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Stop the presses and return home immediately: “Bill Nye the Science Guy” is now on Netflix. We repeat, “Bill Nye the Science Guy” is now on Netflix.
Social media has been abuzz this week with the news that several episodes of the beloved science show had landed on Netflix, where they are now available for streaming.
Netflix finally added ‘Bill Nye, the Science Guy’. 30 episodes of excellent nostalgia!
— Jason (@jasoninquires) May 17, 2015
BILL NYE IS NOW ON NETFLIX THIS IS NOT A DRILL
— Alan Bowen (@Alan_Bowen) May 19, 2015
Bill Nye is on Netflix.
Nothing else matters.
— Sam Skinner (@SammySkinns) May 20, 2015
BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY HAS BEEN ADDED TO NETFLIX AND IF THAT DOESNT GIVE YOU HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IDK WHAT WILL
— C (@cdickover) May 19, 2015
Bill Nye is on Netflix. In other words, there is hope for my science grade.
— Diana Biehl (@DianaBiehl) May 18, 2015
“Bill Nye the Science Guy” first aired on PBS Kids between 1993 and 1998. Currently, 30 episodes of the show — out of 100 — are available online. Episodes include “Gravity,” “Digestion” and “Pollution Solutions.”
As The Daily Dot points out, some of the science covered in the show is now outdated. For instance, Pluto is no longer a planet (thanks in part to Nye’s friend and collaborator Neil de Grasse Tyson); and the human genome had yet to be mapped.
Still, Nye’s show remains informative and fun — and it’ll certainly suffuse you with plenty of nostalgia.
Commence the Bill Nye bingewatching here.
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Is your personal life a bit of a shit show? So is Jen Kirkman’s.
In a trailer for her new Netflix stand-up special “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)”, the comedian and “Chelsea Lately” panelist gives a brutally honest assessment of her life.
“I hate to just keep throwing it in your face how great my life is, but let’s review: 40, divorced, don’t have kids,” she says in one bit. “I know I could hit my head on the bath tub and no one will know and I’ll die — I’ll bleed out and three days later a cat will eat my face. I don’t have a cat but when a single woman dies alone a cat appears.”
It’s not the first time Kirkman has joked about being single in her 40s. On her blog, the comic — who divorced writer and director Neil Mahoney in 2011 — doled out advice on what not to say to a newly single person, including “I’m sorry.”
“It puts the stranger in the position of having to explain that they are fine and then give too much information about why they are fine,” she wrote. “Instead, just say what every friend wants to hear: ‘You look thin!'”
Check out Kirkman’s Netflix comedy special when it premieres on May 22.
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If you like the Dr. Seuss classic “Green Eggs and Ham,” you’re in luck. You’ll soon be able to watch it in a house and with a mouse, here and there and anywhere!
Hot on the heels of the announcement of Netflix’s “Full House” revival, the streaming service has revealed plans to resurrect another blast from the past. This time, it’s a TV show based on the bestselling 1960 children’s book.
Netflix, with the help of the Dr. Seuss estate, executive producer Ellen DeGeneres and Warner Bros. TV Group, will be creating a 13-episode animated series based on “Green Eggs and Ham,” Variety reported. The show will be available in the 50-plus countries where Netflix operates.
Netflix announced the deal Wednesday with an apt Dr. Seuss-inspired rhyme:
On her talk show this week, DeGeneres said the Dr. Seuss series won’t be available to stream till 2018, but promised that it’d be well worth the wait.
“It’s going to be cutting-edge animation. It’s never been done on television before. It’s very, very cool,” DeGeneres said. “I’m excited about it.”
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Have mercy … on this franchise.
Much like it did with “Arrested Development,” Netflix has decided to bring yet another beloved sitcom back to life by reuniting select “Full House” cast members for a 13-episode series. “Fuller House” will feature Candace Cameron Bure (D.J.), Jodie Sweetin (Stephanie) and Andrea Barber (Kimmy) with John Stamos producing and guest-starring, and will see the once-teenage girls as adult women raising kids together in San Francisco.
With so much time having passed since the Tanners were America’s sitcom family du jour and no word as to whether “Full House” staples Bob Saget or the Olsen twins will make appearances, the announcement of a reboot had us just a bit more skeptical than excited. With that in mind, take a look at What We Can Expect from “Fuller House”:
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Netflix, bulking up its documentary portfolio, acquired worldwide rights to Mike Fleiss’ “The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir,” about the legendary Grateful Dead co-founder, songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. The docu is set to debut exclusively on Netflix on Friday, May 22, in all territories the streamer operates in. “The Other One”
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The Internet has been salivating since news broke that Netflix may be reviving the ’90s classic “Full House” as a reunion series called “Fuller House.” But things seemed quite uncertain when Bob Saget dropped by “The HuffPost Show” on Friday. Check out the video above to see what the comedian, who is currently on tour, told hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill about the rumors.
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Netflix has a message for you: Binge responsibly.
That’s the gist of an April Fool’s day campaign from the streaming video giant.
If you live in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. or Ireland, and on Wednesday stream more than two consecutive episodes of a show on Netflix, a video will suddenly appear, and an actress or actor from one of the company’s original shows will warn against the perils of binge-watching.
Perhaps Linda Cardellini, who stars in the recently released “Bloodline,” will implore you to take a shower. Or “Orange is the New Black’s” Selenis Leyva will yell at you, in Spanish and in English, to get your homework done.
Maybe Michael Kelly, who plays Doug Stamper in “House of Cards,” will chillingly remind you that yes, you have to get to work. (Seriously, do what Doug says.)
There are 13 binge-watching announcements in all.
Netflix has long encouraged binge-watching, and the Los Gatos, California-based company makes it easy by releasing all episodes of its original shows at one time.
In 2013, the company hired the anthropologist Grant McCracken to research how people watch TV, given the rise of on-demand streaming services like Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant Video. McCacken found that 61 percent of people who stream regularly said they binge-watch, and 73 percent reported “positive feelings” about binge-watching.
Don’t worry — you don’t have to binge-watch “Friends” or the latest season of “House of Cards” in order to see the Netflix warnings. You can search for “Binge Responsibly” on Netflix, and you’ll be able to see them all.
But you better do it now. Because come April 2, they’ll be gone — sort of like what happens if you cross Doug Stamper.
Hot Tip Alert!
Leaving the house is about to get a little harder.
Netflix is well on its way to turning everybody in the world into binge-watching homebodies. But really, who cares? Life is just all that inconvenient stuff that happens in between “Breaking Bad” marathons.
With the announcement of the premiere dates for “Orange is the New Black” and “Wet Hot American Summer,” it’s clear the indent you’re making in the couch is about to get a little more permanent. So if the first set of Netflix hacks wasn’t enough for you, here are some more to hold you over:
1. Watch Earlier In The Day For Better Quality
As we experimented with Netflix quality, we discovered that the biggest factor influencing stream quality is time of day, and whether that time falls under typical peak hours for watching. Getting HD at 9 in the evening, for example is next to impossible, let alone 1080p Super HD.
Reports indicate the difference in quality could be as drastic as 1080p during rush-hour traffic and 480p during primetime hours in the evening, so it’s something to keep in mind. You know, not that you were really going to leave your seat anyway.
2. Use “My List” To Keep Track Of What’s Expiring
Netflix releases a list of the titles expiring every month, but it can be hard to keep track of everything you need to watch before it’s gone. Like, what’s with all the responsibility, Netflix? We have Cheetos to eat.
An easy way to keep track of everything is by adding those expiring titles on your “My List.” Once in “My List,” the expiration date of the movie will show up underneath. Additionally, there are a variety of sources that keep a full list of what’s leaving the site and when.
3. Binge Like A God By Eliminating Horizontal Scrolling
The Netflix “God Mode” is about to make you see the light … or at least see more movies that you want to watch. Though it’s not affiliated with Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter, this is a bookmarklet that eliminates the sideways scrolling.
After dragging the button to your bookmarks bar, you can use it to see a bunch of movies at once, rather than scrolling through them a few dozen times and just re-watching “OITNB,” which, really, you’ll probably do anyway.
4. Change Subtitles To Actually See What People Are Saying
Subtitles are an integral and underrated aspect of the viewing experience. But if you can’t understand them, there’s really no point. Rather than suffer in silence not knowing the exact manner in which Benedict Cumberbatch is eating his breakfast, Netflix allows you to adjust your subtitles and captions.
To make changes, head to your account and click on “Subtitle Appearance” in the “My Profile” section. Once in there, you can change font size, style and even color. Netflix’s help page covers other settings you can change as well.
5. Find The Top Movies
Sometimes after a few hours on Netflix, you start to think to yourself, “Hmm, I should really watch something soon.” Rather than mindlessly scrolling, a variety of resources make it easy to find the best stuff on Netflix. One in particular with a lot of features is WhatIsOnNetflix.com. This lists the streamable titles’ ratings on IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic; lets you see what’s new; and will even randomly pick out a movie for you.
In addition, Rotten Tomatoes allows you to browse titles available through Netflix, HBO Go and a variety of other resources. Some may only be available on DVD, however … if anyone still remembers what that is.
6. Or Watch Something That’s More Specific To You
Netflix does its best to find the right listings for you, but let’s face it: sometimes you’re just in the mood for some great Korean TV shows. And there’s really no way for the streaming service to know that. In fact, there’s no way for anyone to know that. If you want to look up specific types of genres on Netflix, WhatsOnNetflix has a solution. Just search by the category ID numbers:
How this works is you grab the url from the Netflix search page:
Simply insert the number of the specific category you want to view.
The WhatsOnNetflix website lists the codes for the different categories you can browse, which include Cult TV Shows (74652), Romantic Independent Movies (9916) and even Deep Sea Horror Movies (45028). Korean TV Shows is 67879, by the way.
7. Clearing Your History Finally Got Easier
Tired of people being shocked by your Netflix history? Previously, the streaming service made you create and delete extra accounts or even start your account over to clear your viewing history. Now, you never have to worry about people judging you for watching “Ancient Aliens” again.
In order to erase those embarrassing titles from your history, just navigate to your account and go to the “Viewing Activity” section. Click the X by the titles you want to remove and it’s, “Adios, ‘Aliens.'”
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It may be time to say goodbye to your favorite BBC shows on Netflix. A contract set to expire between Netflix and BBC at the end of the month means some classic British television may no longer be at your fingertips.
So, if you’re one of the lucky TV lovers in the middle of a “Doctor Who” binge, now’s the time to get a move on. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to visit old friends “Fawlty Towers” and “Coupling.” For a look at all the titles that could be on their way out, head on over to What’s On Netflix Now?
On the other hand, there is the possibility this is just a case of a contract about to be swiftly renewed. (FINGERS CROSSED). HuffPost Entertainment has reached out to Netflix to find out if they have plans to renew the contract before the titles leave the site at the end of the month. This post will be updated if and when new information is received.
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The incredible news came out this week that Netflix picked up a Wet Hot American Summer TV series. “After months of deal-making and prep work, I’ve learned that filming has started this week on an 8-episode limited series,” Deadline Hollywood reported, “with virtually its entire ensemble cast returning.”
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“Hey, let’s all promise that in 10 years from today, we’ll meet again, and we’ll see what kind of people we’ve blossomed into.” The rumored “Wet Hot American Summer” TV show is reportedly on its way to Netflix, according to Deadline.com Even better, the eight-episode limited series will include most of the original cast.
The reported returning cast includes Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Judah Friedlander, Paul Rudd, Marisa Ryan, Molly Shannon, Michael Showalter and more. David Wain will again direct.
Rumors that a follow up to the cult classic was coming to Netflix began circulating in May, though few details were known. E! reports rumblings of a sequel had been going around for years, with Wain even saying in a Reddit AMA that the follow up would have the original cast.
Though Netflix would not confirm, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos had previously teased the “Wet Hot” return. “We’re really excited about the proposition of getting that show together,” he said during the winter leg of the TCA tour. “Stay tuned.”
“Friends” fans, consider this your official permission to stay in bed on New Year’s Day! Starting Jan. 1, Netflix is streaming all 10 seasons of the cult comedy, so that you can recover from your hangover with Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey and Phoebe by your side.But with 236 episodes, where to begin? Whether you’re a superfan who can deliver punchlines on cue (pi-VOT!
Netflix will offer parents a special kid-friendly countdown that lets children celebrate the New Year before midnight, CNNMoney reports. The on-demand special will be hosted by King Julien, the titular animated lemur from the new Netflix series, All Hail King Julien and allows parents to pretend it’s midnight at any time.
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Now the story of a show that lost everything and the one streaming service that had no choice but to keep it together, again.
Netflix is reportedly “positive” that “Arrested Development” is coming back for Season 5, according to Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. Though the timing of the show is unclear, Sarandos said, “It’s just a matter of when,” reports USA Today.
The CCO went on to add that getting a schedule that works for everyone may be the biggest challenge and criticism over the amount of time the cast spent on screen together in the latest season was “fair.”
After premiering Season 4 in 2013, Netflix immediately said it was open to more seasons, with show creator Mitch Hurwitz reportedly interested in revisiting the series as well.
So get ready, “AD” fans! The Bluths are coming back!
Now this is a dating service we can get behind:
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Memorial Day is a time to remember the sacrifices of America’s armed services, barbecue with family and friends, and also watch patriotic movies. But what if you’re just looking for a film that shares its name with the United States? Fortunately, Netflix has you covered. Ahead, 29 movies on Watch Instantly with America (or American) in the title.
Netflix Description: “With high school a distant memory, sweethearts Jim and Michelle are getting married, prompting Stifler to throw the ultimate bachelor party.”
Netflix Description: “An arrogant businessman gets involved with a group of aspiring dancers and, in order to impress their mentor, hires a coach to train them.”
Netflix Description: “Discontented with his pampered life, an African prince heads to America as a working-class man to find someone who will fall for him, not his riches.”
Netflix Description: “Disgusted with American society, middle-aged Frank and teenage Roxy begin killing reality TV stars, bigots and others they find repugnant.”
Netflix Description: “Filmmaker Darryl Roberts examines the unrealistic standards of beauty dictated to the U.S. public by the media, pop culture and the fashion industry.”
Netflix Description: “Documentary provocateur Darryl Roberts examines how the national obsession with image has affected our ideas of what constitutes a healthy weight.”
Netflix Description: “After realizing that their boob tube is gone, Beavis and Butt-head set off on an expedition that takes them from Las Vegas to the nation’s capital.”
Netflix Description: “This documentary journeys through nuclear reactor communities to expose the truths and myths concerning the risks and benefits of the energy source.”
Netflix Description: “In this slick satire, a separated, bickering movie-star couple make nice for the cameras during a press junket promoting their final film together.”
Netflix Description: “Set in the fictitious, modern-day Confederate States of America, this satire imagines what it would be like if the South had won the Civil War.”
Netflix Description: “Chart the incredible late-in-life rise of 62-year-old soul singer Charles Bradley, whose 2011 debut album rocketed to Rolling Stone magazine’s top 50.”
Netflix Description: “This documentary profiles comedian Bill Hicks, blending live footage, interviews and animation to illustrate a life tragically cut short by cancer.”
Netflix Description: “With chiseled good looks that belie his insanity, a businessman takes pathological pride in yuppie pursuits and indulges in sudden homicidal urges.”
14. “American Me”
Netflix Description: “Three friends born in poverty create their own capitalist dream as powerful gang members. Time in prison makes one of them consider a fresh beginning.”
15. “American Mary”
Netflix Description: “A medical student who’s piling up debt jumps at the chance when she’s offered a lucrative opportunity to perform extreme body-modification surgeries.”
Netflix Description: “Already grappling with his own problems, a martial arts teacher faces another crisis when his ne’er-do-well brother runs afoul of a gangster.”
17. “American Son”
Netflix Description: “While at home for Thanksgiving, a 19-year-old Marine begins a romance, clashes with family and confronts his fears about his deployment to Iraq.”
18. “The American”
Netflix Description: “Dispatched to a small Italian town to await further orders, assassin Jack embarks on a double life that may be more relaxing than is good for him.”
Netflix Description: “White boy Jolie longs to make his high school basketball team so that he can get in with the “in” crowd — the black kids from the projects.”
Netflix Description: “The United States’ alarming appetite for prescription drugs is the focus of this sober documentary, which aims to illuminate a national health crisis.”
Netflix Description: “Not to be confused with the blockbuster Battleship, the ‘USS Iowa’ fends off an army of invading aliens in this low-budget sci-fi thriller.”
Netflix Description: “In this gritty tale, a troubled basketball player forges an unlikely friendship with a fellow baller through pickup games on the streets of St. Louis.”
Netflix Description: “To get a reclusive president back in the limelight, his chief of staff books him as a guest judge on the hit talent show ‘American Dreamz.'”
Netflix Description: “A 14-year-old whose parents have just divorced is sent to Los Angeles to live with his aunt, an aging hippie still stuck in a bygone era.”
25. “American Flyer”
Netflix Description: “After failed attempts to cross the border at Tijuana, a young man constructs a flying machine out of a wheelbarrow to try to fly into California.”
26. “American Gun”
Netflix Description: “After the fatal shooting of his daughter, Martin Tillman copes with his grief by setting out to find the owner of the gun involved in the murder.”
Netflix Description: “This fascinating documentary focuses on four contenders competing to win the title in the International Championships of Barbershop Singing.”
28. “American Wake”
Netflix Description: “A firefighter and a talented young fiddler both struggle with the gap between family expectations and their own self-discovery.”
Netflix Description: “Diagnosed with a terminal illness, Jimmy does whatever he must to forget his affliction. But when his buddy lands a job, a battle of wills ensues.”
Comedy – The Huffington Post
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Netflix already chronicles the ruthlessness of American government with House of Cards and now the on-demand service is venturing into UK politics with an upcoming “epic” series based on the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II The Guardian reports Will Netflix Become the Next Big Hollywood Studio? The Crown will be written by Peter Morgan –…
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