Netflix is making its E3 debut to talk about adapting its shows into video games

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Netflix is about to share some fresh details about its ambition to push deeper into video games, ahead of the planned launch of its Stranger Things game coming in July to PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and mobile platforms.

The streaming giant is getting increasingly creative these days about how it presents content, with examples including its interactive film Bandersnatch that lets users make choices to control how the story progresses. Adaptions of its original series into video games is another area the company sees potential in, and Netflix is planning to make its debut at the annual E3 video game industry trade event next month to talk about exactly that.

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The Society’s Sean Berdy on Deaf Representation, Teen Activism and His Buzzy New Netflix Drama

There are plenty of despicable characters in The Society, Netflix’s new apocalyptic teen drama that imagines a present-day, Lord of the Flies-inspired crisis in a small New England town. But Sam, a deaf teenager played by Sean Berdy, is not one of them: after the town’s parents disappear, he acts as a steady moral center as the community around him descends into ruthlessness and egotism.

Berdy, 25, spent five seasons playing the teen heartthrob Emmett Bledsoe in the Freeform family drama Switched At Birth. During that run he became a prominent face of a deaf and hearing-impaired community hungering for representation. But in 2018, he announced that was stepping away from acting due to his struggles with bipolar disorder. “I may look like the happiest and silliest man on earth, but that is an artist’s art of hiding,” he wrote on Instagram. “I have been hiding for so long and I’m done with it.”

The Society marks Berdy’s first major role since his hiatus. In a phone interview conducted with the assistance of a translator, Berdy talked about returning to acting, the atmosphere on set and the increasing visibility of the deaf community in film and TV.

What parts of The Society feel most similar to our own society?

The society in the show is actually based heavily on the politics of today. We have this gun violence epidemic, we have domestic violence increasing. We have social justice and the hate for socialism. I think the creators tried to include a lot of those issues to bring the story to life.

Last year you wrote on Instagram about your struggles with bipolar disorder. What have the last few years been like for you?

To be honest, I had hidden my struggle with my bipolar situation for over a good 14 years, I would say. It is a battle from from the moment I wake up until the end of the day. It feels like you’re in a bubble at times and you’re trying to get out. You stretch the bubble and want to break out of itbut you’re back inside and in the darkness at the end of the day. That has been difficult for me. I am very fortunate to have my family who’s supported me.

How did you decide you were ready to return to acting?

I think acting is in my blood—I am always ready to perform when I feel it. I took a good three years to focus on myself.

I guess you don’t really know when the time is right until the material presents itself. This script came to me, and therefore the time was right. When I read the script, I thought, “Wow, This is different. This is a story that is going to be a big hit once it goes out into the world.” I believe that.

My struggle has been up and down. It’s a situation where I live day to day. But with a daily focus and working with such a great cast and crew who supports me, they understand that some days aren’t the best for me and they’re there for me.

You’ve described your character on Switched at Birth as the “deaf James Dean.” How is your new character, Sam, different?

Sam is very aware of the fact he’s always been different from everyone where he grew up. He’s the only deaf guy in a hearing family. He thinks outside of the box, and really cares about people more than he cares about himself, in many ways.

The Society is unique in that virtually all of its characters are teenagers. What was it like filming with a cast of of exclusively young actors?

We were all meeting at this place for the first time and learning how to be a family. We were away together for four months filming these ten episodes that had all these heavy emotional scenes and required a lot of mental preparation. That helped us get closer quicker.

We would eat dinner together. We would have house parties. We had a lot of fun while working very hard. We spent four months away on the East coast, shooting in 20-degree weather with the wind chill factor making it maybe 10 degrees. We were wearing parkas. We had to rent a charter bus to sit on with the heater between takes.

It was a lot of fun, and we do feel like a family. Chris [Keyser, the show’s creator] and the producers have given us these opportunities to run wild, to be creative with our characters. They believe in us. This show is a heavy show. We’re putting all of our emotions out there and giving it our all.

The house parties on the show are pretty crazy. How did the ones in real life compare?

Those parties were pretty tame: board games, spaghetti dinners, or we’d order Chinese takeout. They were very traditionally oriented and warm gatherings, as opposed to the show, where you’d have these wild get-downs. In the first episode, we’re partying in a churchthat’s about as wild as it gets. It’s probably about as wild a scene as I had ever filmed.

Your character mostly communicates with the other characters using American Sign Language. Did the other actors know how to sign before the show started?

They literally knew not one sign. We had an ASL coach on set who was responsible for teaching the lines in sign language to the cast. They had to have lessons during their free time and sometimes had to work extra over the weekends. I’m so proud of the castIt’s not easy and they’re doing a great job on the show.

I admire Gideon [Adlon, who plays Becca] so much. She showed up cold and impressed me with how motivated she was to learn the language. Basically for each episode, she had a week-and-a-half or two weeks max to learn all her lines in sign language believably. That’s a lot of pressureand she nailed it every time.

How did you draw on your own experiences with deafness to inform this character?

Sam’s story doesn’t exactly parallel my life because I’ve always been able to hear a little bitand I can pretty much hear sounds with a hearing aid. I love music. I consider myself bilingual: my first language is ASL but I do have the ability to speak.

Has ASL visibility increased in Hollywood since you started your career?

I can say that Hollywood has recognized ASL finally. Two recent movies, The Shape of Water and A Quiet Place, were both beautiful movies featuring sign language in different ways.

In fact, I’m writing a movie right now that uses ASL. It’s a love story, and I hope to go into production in the next couple years. ASL is hot right nowbut it’s my life language and it’s a beautiful language.

We have seen teenagers stepping up and becoming activists for change regarding issues like gun violence and climate change. What impact can teens have on the discourse?

For young people, this world is just getting crazier and crazier. It’s very hard for me emotionally, personally, to see things that are happening the world right now. I hope this show speaks for itself and illuminates what’s happening and helps the audience see we need to take care of some issues. I think that young people can inspire the world by sharing the message of love.

How would you fare in the world of The Society?

I’d lead. I’d jump right in and take a lead position, simple as that.


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Global streaming giant Netflix has come on board “Arthdal Chronicles,” a Korean fantasy drama series. The show has a starry cast headed by Song Joong-ki (“A Werewolf Boy,” “Descendants of the Sun”), Jang Dong-gun (“Taegukgi”), Kim Ji-won (“Descendants of the Sun”) and Kim Ok-bin (“Thirst,” “Steal Heart”). The show was produced by Studio Dragon for […]

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Netflix Debuts Trailer For ‘See You Yesterday’ Produced By Spike Lee

High school best friends and science prodigies C.J. and Sebastian spend every spare minute working on their latest invention: backpacks that enable time travel.

But when C.J.’s older brother Calvin dies after an encounter with police officers, the young duo decide to put their unfinished tech to use in a desperate bid to save Calvin.

From director Stefon Bristol and producer Spike Lee comes “See You Yesterday,” a sci-fi adventure grounded in familial love, cultural divides and the universal urge to change the wrongs of the past.

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Kenya Moore Returns To TV In New Netflix Series

Kenya Moore is set to make her return to the small screen as she has signed on to join the cast of the new Netflix series Family Reunion.

The comedy is described as a “multi-generational, multi-camera comedy” show starring Tia Mowry and Loretta Devine.

The 20-episode series is penned entirely by Black writers,” Deadline reports.

The publication also shared a breakdown of the plot:The African-American family sitcom, which is penned entirely by Black writers, stars Mowry as Cocoa McKellan, a free-spirited, fun, conscious mother from Seattle. When she and her former football-playing husband Moz and their four children travel from their home in the big city to the small town of Columbus, Georgia for the McKellan Family Reunion, they get to know an extended family they didn’t even realize they were missing.

 

 

Devine plays the loving but strict matriarch of the family, M’Dear.

“We look forward to bringing families together to enjoy the hilarious and heartwarming stories of this multi-generational American family living together and discovering the importance of connecting with their roots,” said Melissa Cobb, VP of Kids and Family at Netflix.

“Meg DeLoatch has created a warm, funny and memorable extended family that we believe will resonate with audiences around the world and she has assembled an incredibly talented all-black writers room to authentically portray these characters and their journey.”

Details about Moore’s role are still a bit of a mystery, but the project does reunite her with Devine. They last worked together on Waiting to Exhale. The former RHOA star hit up social media to share a pic of her and Loretta together on the set.

“Nothing but love for this hilarious, talented, gracious and beautiful soul [Loretta]. We first worked together on “Waiting To Exhale” which was my first movie role. Just a joy to work with,” Moore captioned the image.

Devine added in a statement: “I am so blessed to be part of this new and exciting moment in time that will touch and bring laughter, smiles, and joy to everyone who sees it.”

“I’m so excited to return to television, especially working with Netflix, and I can’t wait for everyone to see Family Reunion,” said Mowry. “I know my fans are going to love it!”

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Proposed Law Would Require YouTube and Netflix to Do More to Protect Kids Online

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has introduced new legislation that would require YouTube and Netflix to do more to protect children from viewing sex, violence, and drugs on their streaming services.

The proposed law, called the Kids Internet Design and Safety Act, aims to update children’s media regulations, which date back to 1990 and are focused on television broadcast services. The new rules would require all streaming services to better protect children from seeing harmful content, limit the kinds of ads they see, and include ratings on videos much like T.V. already does.

“The current policies are completely out of date, and the tech industry has forged ahead without regulation,” said Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, a children’s advocacy nonprofit that supports the legislation. “This is long past due, and it is an incredibly important advance.”

If the bill gets enough bipartisan support, it could be considered during the current legislative session and take effect in 2020. Markey announced the proposed KIDS Act at the Truth About Tech Conference hosted by Common Sense Media in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

The KIDS Act would mark the second piece of legislation Markey has led in support of children. He also authored the Children’s Television Act, which required broadcasters to create educational programming for children and limited their exposure to commercials.

“While kids’ technology use and media consumption have exploded in recent years our laws have failed to keep pace,” Markey said in a statement. “Children and parents deserve new online rules of the road to ensure that children are able to thrive in our increasingly digital world.”

The proposed law stemmed from incidents in which children and families were unexpectedly exposed to inappropriate online content. For example, some of YouTube’s children’s videos reportedly have been doctored to include violent imagery and drug references.

Last month, YouTube and Facebook live streamed the mass shooting of people at two New Zealand mosques. Both services struggled to prevent the spread of the the recorded video.

In response to concerns about videos on its service, YouTube launched YouTube Kids in 2015. The service was meant to serve as a destination for children, offering kid-friendly videos and programming.

“Nobody is on YouTube Kids,” Steyer said. “Everyone is on YouTube. So this is going to apply to all of the platforms.”

The bill is also aimed at protecting children online addiction. It would require streaming service to eliminate built-in features that promote binge watching, like auto playing videos in succession.

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Justice Department warns Academy over potentially excluding Netflix

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The feud between Netflix and the old Hollywood guard who’d like to exclude the streaming service has a new challenger: the Department of Justice.

The head of the DOJ’s antitrust division has sent a letter to the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences, which runs the Oscars, warning the organization over potential antitrust violations if it decides to exclude streaming services from future award shows.

In the letter obtained by Variety,  DOJ antitrust chief Makan Delrahim writes that “in the event that the Academy — an association that includes multiple competitors in its membership — establishes certain eligibility requirements for the Oscars that eliminate competition without procompetitive justification, such conduct may raise antitrust concerns.” Read more…

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Netflix agrees to remove controversial footage from ‘Bird Box’

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Nearly three months afters its streaming debut, Bird Box is getting an edit.

Following public backlash, Netflix has confirmed to Mashable that it will re-release Bird Box in the “next few weeks” — this time without the use of a controversial clip. 

The new version of Bird Box will remove stock footage used in one of the film’s establishing apocalypse sequences, the contents of which depict the very real aftermath of the Lac-Mégantic rail disaster. The tragedy killed 47 people and destroyed much of the town. 

“Netflix and the filmmakers of Bird Box have decided to replace the clip,” a Netflix spokesperson told Mashable. “We’re sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community.” Read more…

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Netflix is testing even more expensive subscription prices

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Every once in a while, we see Netflix test new plans in certain markets, and most of them involve price hikes. The same goes for the latest test that was spotted over in Italy, where the streaming giant is toying with a couple of different scenarios. First spotted by Italian-language blog SmartWorld, the tests suggest that Netflix is toying with the idea of either raising Standard and Premium subscription, or increasing all of its prices across the board.

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Eminem is also mad about Netflix cancelling Marvel’s ‘The Punisher’

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Although not entirely unexpected, Netflix’s cancellation of Marvel’s The Punisher and Jessica Jones has struck some nerves.

Particularly not pleased about The Punisher being cut was Eminem, who wrote a caps-only tweet admonishing the streaming giant for its decision.

Although, credit to Eminem, he was still polite enough to end his tweet with a “sincerely.”

DEAR @NETFLIX,

REGARDING YOUR CANCELLATION OF THE PUNISHER, YOU ARE BLOWING IT!!

SINCERELY,
MARSHALL

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 21, 2019

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‘Breaking Bad’ movie starring Aaron Paul reportedly heading to AMC, Netflix

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If the rumors are true, Breaking Bad is coming back with a sequel on Netflix and AMC.

A Breaking Bad movie starring Aaron Paul as Jesse will be coming to Netflix and AMC, according to unnamed sources cited by The Hollywood Reporter Wednesday. This latest rumor follows up on the rumor previously reported by the same outlet that there’s a two-hour Breaking Bad movie in the works with the original show’s creator Vince Gilligan at the helm.

Aaron Paul will be reprising his role as Jesse Pinkman in the movie, THR reports. The movie will be a sequel to the events of Breaking Bad, which means it’s unlikely we’d see Walter White again, but perhaps some other familiar faces could pop up. Read more…

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Unsurprisingly, Netflix viewership is way down because of the Super Bowl

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Netflix is famously coy about releasing viewership stats.

But in light of the Super Bowl, the streaming service subtly dropped on Twitter that numbers are down because everyone’s watching the big game.

What’s surprising though, is that numbers in the U.S. are only down 32 percent compared to a normal Sunday. And look, maybe it’s because of how dull the big game is this year. 

so apparently this Super Bowl thing is kind of a big deal … looks like Netflix viewing in the US is down about 32% compared to a normal Sunday

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Netflix to Create More Interactive Content Following ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’

Following the success of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, streaming giant Netflix has officially announced it will be releasing more interactive content in the near future.

Though choose-your-own-adventure storylines have existed for quite sometime in the entertainment field, there’s no doubt Charlie Brooker’s hit anthology show has helped to bring it into the mainstream.

During a webcast to investors, Netflix’s chief product officer Greg Peters has confirmed the company is interested in pursuing more interactive stories, stating, “You should anticipate we’ll do more of those as we start to explore that format.” Chief content officer Ted Sarando also added, “We’ve got a hunch that [the interactive format] works across all kinds of storytelling and some of the greatest storytellers in the world are excited to dig into it.” Watch Netflix’s earning Q4 earnings video below and let us know in the comment section if you are looking forward to more interactive content.

For those who have yet to try out the choose-your-own-adventure episode, head over to Netflix to find out which ending of Bandersnatch you conclude with.

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Netflix admits to using real footage of train derailment that killed 47 for a scene in ‘Bird Box’

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Netflix’s Bird Box is inciting new outrage among viewers—and this time it has nothing to do with that dangerous viral challenge

The company has confirmed to Mashable that footage used in one of the film’s disaster scenes depicts the very real aftermath of a 2013 train derailment in Quebec, which resulted in a widespread fire that killed 47 people and destroyed much of the surrounding town of Lac-Mégantic. 

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Are Y’all Ready For This?: Netflix Prepares For Biggest Subscription Price Hike

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Streaming giant Netflix is getting ready to raise the price on loyal subscribers according to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter.

The hike is part of Netflix’s effort to monetarily sustain its large rooster of current and upcoming blockbuster projects, which include A-list talent. It will also aid to keep them in the running to battle competitors, Hulu and Amazon Prime, along with planned streaming rollouts from NBCUniversal, Disney and WarnerMedia, according to the outlet.

“We change pricing from time to time as we continue investing in great entertainment and improving the overall Netflix experience for the benefit of our members,” a Netflix spokesperson told the outlet.

2017 marked the last time Netflix imposed a hike on its subscription base.

So how much will it cost you to make it a “Netflix and chill” night? Streaming services operate on a three-tiered system. Netflix’s most popular plan which gives subscribers access on two Internet-connected devices at the same time will increase from $ 11 to $ 13. Single subscribers will see a price increase from $ 8 to $ 9, while a second four-subscriber plan which includes HD streaming, will rise from $ 14 to $ 16 per month.

The single subscription price will rise from $ 8 to $ 9, and the four-subscriber plan, which offers Ultra HD, will rise from $ 14 to $ 16 per month.

Netflix will inform subscribers through an email notification and will phase in new subscribers over a  three-month period.

The company has enjoyed a solid rise of success after launching innovative streaming opportunities to watch your favorite series in one setting without having to wait for a weekly release. The news comes as Netflix enjoys a great Tuesday, as their stock saw a 6 percent increase.

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‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ book publisher sues Netflix for $25M over ‘Bandersnatch’

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The big gimmick associated with Netflix’s buzzy Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch is that it’s very much a choose your own adventure kind of production. Viewers are presented with choices as the movie about a programmer working on a video game progresses, with the filmmakers reportedly having shot some 5 hours of footage to encompass all the potential alternatives that viewers can select.

Here’s one that neither the filmmakers nor Netflix likely hoped for, though. The book publisher behind the popular series of Choose Your Own Adventure books for kids has slapped Netflix with a $ 25 million lawsuit, claiming the Bandersnatch movie and its marketing infringes on the publisher’s arguably very well known trademark brand.

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‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ is Suing Netflix Over ‘Bandersnatch’

If you thought Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was a lot like those Choose Your Own Adventure Books we read as kids, you’re not alone.

Chooseco LLC, which owns the rights to the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books is suing Netflix over Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, because the program “infringes on trademarks,” Variety reports. The publisher is seeking at least $ 25 million in damages.

Netflix was allegedly in negotiations with Chooseco to get the rights to the book series, rights that it did not acquire.

In the show, one of the characters even goes as far as to say it’s “It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure Book.”

And Chooseco isn’t the only one that could potentially sue Netflix over the program. 20th Century Fox is the owner of the movie rights to the series of books and also did not consent to the show.

In addition to Bandersnatch, Netflix also recently released a new original film, “BirdBox.” That film set a record for the streaming service, with more than 45 million accounts watching the film during its first week of availability.

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Netflix faces lawsuit over ‘Black Mirror’ and ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’

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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is on the receiving end of a lawsuit from the owners of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books.

Chooseco, LLC trademarked “Choose Your Own Adventure” in the 1980s and has sold hundreds of millions of books using the branding ever since. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chooseco reported that Netflix sought to acquire this trademark but was never granted the license. 

Per an excerpt of the official complaint, via THR:

Indeed, the phrase “choose your own adventure” has been almost inextricably linked to Bandersnatch, either through Netflix’s own efforts or the mark’s ubiquity as established by Chooseco. The company has filed for at least $ 25 million for “infringement, dilution, and unfair competition” and demands that Netflix remove any “choose your own adventure” references relating to Bandersnatch. Chooseco wants to be distanced from the darkness and morbidity of Black Mirror (honestly, so do we). Read more…

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Here’s What’s New on Netflix in January 2019 — And What’s Leaving

Netflix is heading into the new year with lots of new TV, movies and original shows set to join the streaming service in January.

For those looking to start 2019 on a mission of decluttering, organizational expert Marie Kondo is bringing her talents to a new original series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Classic favorites, including the Indiana Jones series, Pan’s Labyrinth, Pulp Fiction, Swingers and The Addams Family will all be on Netflix starting January 1. And fans of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt can say goodbye to Kimmy, Titus, Lillian and Jacqueline a final time when the show returns for the second half of its last season.

A collection of titles are also leaving Netflix in the new year, leaving about a month to catch up on movies like The Godfather, The Shining and The Princess Diaries.

See what else will be streaming on—and leaving—Netflix in January.

Here’s are the TV shows, movies and originals coming to Netflix in January 2019.

January 1

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 3

Across the Universe

Babel

Black Hawk Down

City of God

COMEDIANS of the world

Definitely, Maybe

Godzilla

Happy Feet

Hell or High Water

I Know What You Did Last Summer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

It Takes Two

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Jersey Boys

Mona Lisa Smile

Mr. Bean’s Holiday

Pan’s Labyrinth

Pinky Malinky

Pulp Fiction

Swingers

Tears of the Sun

The Addams Family

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

The Dark Knight

The Departed

The Mummy

The Mummy Returns

The Strangers

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Watchmen

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XXX: State of the Union

January 2

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

January 4

And Breathe Normally

Call My Agent!: Season 3

El Potro: Unstoppable

Lionheart

January 9

GODZILLA The Planet Eater

Solo: A Star Wars Story

January 10

When Heroes Fly

January 11

Friends from College: Season 2

ReMastered: Massacre at the Stadium

Sex Education

Solo

The Last Laugh

January 15

Revenger

Sebastian Maniscalco: Stay Hungry

January 16

American Gangster

January 17

American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

January 18

Carmen Sandiego

Close

FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

GIRL

Grace and Frankie: Season 5

IO

Soni

The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes: Season 2 Part B

Trigger Warning with Killer Mike

Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 5

January 21

Justice

January 24

Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

January 25

Animas

Black Earth Rising

Club de Cuervos: Season 4

Kingdom

Medici: The Magnificent

Polar

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4 Part 2

January 27

Z Nation: Season 5

January 29

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias: One Show Fits All

Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and the Wasp

January 30

Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles 2

TBD

Marvel’s The Punisher: Season 2

Here’s what’s leaving Netflix in January 2019.

January 1

Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

Blade

Blade II

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

Catwoman

Face/Off

Finding Neverland

Friday Night Lights

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days

I Am Ali

Interview with the Vampire

Into the Wild

Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kung Fu Panda

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Fifteenth Year

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Seventeenth Year

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Sixteenth Year

Like Water for Chocolate

Love Actually

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

Marie Antoinette

Meet the Fockers

Meet the Parents

Million Dollar Baby

Monsters vs. Aliens

Mortal Kombat

Rent

Sharknado

Sharknado 2: The Second One

Sharknado 3

Sharknado 5

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens

The 6th Day

The Godfather

The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather: Part III

The Green Mile

The Iron Giant

The Princess Diaries

The Queen of the Damned

The Reaping

The Shining

January 4

Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World

January 13

It Follows

January 14

Armageddon

January 18

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

January 19

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


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Next year is going to be pretty interesting for Netflix subscribers, to put it mildly. According to analytics firm Jumpshot, more than half of the streaming giant’s 50 most-popular shows are licensed from companies like NBCUniversal and WarnerMedia that are planning to start streaming services of their own.

That’s potentially bad news for Netflix users who are also fans of its top licensed shows like The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. Because since everyone from new streaming upstarts to industry stalwarts like Disney are planning to launch Netflix rivals in 2019, that means they might be inclined to yank their popular titles from Netflix. And if they don’t, they’ll no doubt charge Netflix a pretty penny to keep them there.

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Netflix has ordered two more seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” The streamer has ordered another 16 episodes of the series, which will be split into two parts like Season 1 and 2. Season 3 and 4 will begin production in 2019. Season 2 is set to premiere April 5, 2019. “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines […]

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Earlier this month, Netflix narrowly dodged a full-blown mutiny by renewing Friends, the celebrated NBC sitcom. And the sheer size of the deal—one-year, $ 100 million—for exclusive streaming rights to the show’s 10 seasons was an eye-opener. After all, treasured though it may be, Friends isn’t the most popular already-aired show available on Netflix.

That would be The Office.

“I believe it’s the No. 1 most-popular acquired show on Netflix… there are millions of streams of those episodes,” NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told New York magazine in September. “I believe that Netflix has helped make The Office extraordinarily popular, and more popular than it was when it was on the network. And they pay us a lot of money for it. If we knew how popular it was going to be before they made the deal, we would have asked for more money from them!”

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Earlier this month, Netflix narrowly dodged a full-blown mutiny by renewing Friends, the celebrated NBC sitcom. And the sheer size of the deal—one-year, $ 100 million—for exclusive streaming rights to the show’s 10 seasons was an eye-opener. After all, treasured though it may be, Friends isn’t the most popular already-aired show available on Netflix.

That would be The Office.

“I believe it’s the No. 1 most-popular acquired show on Netflix… there are millions of streams of those episodes,” NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told New York magazine in September. “I believe that Netflix has helped make The Office extraordinarily popular, and more popular than it was when it was on the network. And they pay us a lot of money for it. If we knew how popular it was going to be before they made the deal, we would have asked for more money from them!”

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You May Have Noticed Netflix Is Testing a New Feature. It’s Distracting But Intriguing

I was watching Netflix’s new movie Dumplin’ — a cutesy, cheesy comedy about a teenage underdog coming to realize just how excellent underdogs can be when I saw an unfamiliar prompt in the corner of my screen.

The main character, a plus-size teen named Willowdean Dixon (Danielle Macdonald), had entered a beauty pageant in large part to antagonize her vain, former-pageant-queen mother (Jennifer Aniston). And we had just arrived at the inevitable scene where poor, self-conscious Willowdean must learn the dance moves to a sassy little number that all the contestants will do on the big night.

She stands awkwardly in the back of the room, as her mother, a coach for the pageant, invites some conventional-looking beauties up to the front of the class, to show the rest of the ladies how a flirty square dance is done. While an intimidating moment for Willowdean, the performance was cute. So cute, in fact, that Netflix seemed to believe that one viewing would not be sufficient: “Watch That Scene Again” offered a box that popped up at the bottom of the screen.

Netflix confirmed to TIME that it is testing a new almost-instant replay feature that aims to give users “the ability re-watch favorite scenes and memorable moments with the click of a button.” Right now, a spokesperson said, they’re looking to learn from how people use it (or don’t) and “may or may not roll it out more broadly in the future.”

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It happened at least two more times during the film — once after a raw, emotional scene in which Willowdean questions whether a cute boy can really like someone who looks like her — and again after another musical number. Netflix declined to answer questions about how such scenes are chosen, how many users are currently part of the test or what it hopes to gain by adding the feature. (Those users who are seeing the notifications and don’t like them can opt out of the test in their account settings.)

But given the company’s approach to using data about viewers’ watching habits in order to drive the content they create, it’s a good bet that the scenes were selected based on viewers’ past behavior. (Countless people have surely replayed cinematic dance scenes in order to learn the steps.) And it’s an equally good bet that the move is meant to, at least in some small measure, set the service apart in an increasingly crowded field.

I, for one, did not click. The prompts jarred me out of my cheesy-movie groove, like a subtitle suddenly cropping up on the screen. It didn’t seem worth the distraction, given how easy it already is to rewind and re-watch a scene. But Mike Olson, a senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, points out that users adapt to such additions, whether it’s advertising on a news site or a digital strike-zone imposed on the telecast of a Major League baseball game. “We as consumers,” he says, “tend to get used to those things.”

And he sees it as part of grander experimentation that is possible when people are consuming shows and movies via the Internet, like prompts that may eventually allow people to purchase clothes or furniture that catch their eye on screen.

The instant-replay offers may also provide some insight about what other people do when they watch movies, like a Kindle displaying which passages other readers highlighted when they read an ebook — suggesting that a particular scene was funny or confusing or beautiful enough to watch a second time. And it will be interesting to find out if Netflix tries to personalize such suggestions, like it does the recommendations that show up on some 137 million subscribers’ home screens.

“This is just another way,” Olson says, “that they can differentiate the experience.”


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In a disappointing (but ultimately unsurprising) turn of events, Netflix officially canceled its Daredevil series this week after a three-season run. This announcement comes less than two months after the cancellations of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, leaving Jessica Jones and The Punisher as the only surviving Marvel-Netflix collaborations.

Marvel’s Daredevil will not return for a fourth season on Netflix,” Netflix said in a statement on Thursday, confirming that the show has been canceled. “We are tremendously proud of the show’s last and final season and although it’s painful for the fans, we feel it best to close this chapter on a high note.”

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Netflix star Millie Bobby Brown, 14, named youngest-ever UNICEF envoy

The United Nations children’s agency UNICEF appointed Millie Bobby Brown, the star of hit Netflix series “Stranger Things”, as its youngest ever goodwill ambassador on Tuesday and the 14-year-old had a message for world leaders: “Listen to us.”
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A dog changed this man’s life, then he made the most life-affirming Netflix show of 2018

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Glen Zipper had a life-changing moment back in 2003, when he was working as a criminal prosecutor and somewhat adrift, not happy with his career. He met a dog — a skinny canine named Anthony, with patches of hair missing that got taken to a local shelter. Anthony never left his mind, from the minute Glen first laid eyes on him.

He ended up calling the shelter to check in on him, found out he was due to be euthanized, so the then-prosecutor rushed to the shelter, and everything changed. Inspired by the volunteers taking care of dogs, he decided to become one himself. He started volunteering, and his newfound love of man’s best friend eventually gave him an idea. In a world as divided as the one we live in today, why not tell a series of stories about one of the few things everyone can agree on — namely, how much we all love our fluffy, four-legged companions.

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Ranking Every Adult Animated Netflix Series from Worst to Best

Netflix is home to some of the most raunchy, gut-busting, hard-hitting adult animation out there. That’s old news. But which one of Netflix’s original animated offerings is the most popular amongst animation fans? More importantly, which series should you be bingeing right now?

Luckily, here at FANDOM, we have the largest collection of fan data in the entire world. So, we can definitively tell you which series is truly the best of the best, based on cold hard data. Looking at the total number of wiki page views, here are all of Netflix’s original adult animated series ranked from least to most popular.

#7 – Super Drags

With a whopping 266 wiki page views comes a brand new series fresh from Brazil — Super Drags. This quirky cartoon follows the lives of three gay co-workers who moonlight as superhero drag queens fighting the terrible forces of shade.

Netflix released this fierce series earlier this month to mixed reviews. It’s relatively new on the scene, so that could explain it’s shockingly low ranking. Super Drags deserves better than last place.

This fabulous cartoon is stuffed with sassy queer commentary and we are here for it. If you like Drag Race or Queer Eye, you should definitely try this show on for size. (Drag Race fans might even recognize the familiar voices of Shangela and Trixie Mattel.) Super Drags has some pretty great Powerpuff Girls vibes, but don’t let that fool you. It’s 100% not suitable for children.

#6 – Pacific Heat

Pacific Heat, an Australian animated cop show, garnered a pitiful 1,486 wiki page views. This series centers on an undercover and underqualified police unit, tasked with toppling drug dealers and international terrorists. It’s basically an unfunny version of Archer from down under.

Pacific Heat has been on the beat for a couple of years now, so it’s safe to assume it ranks so low because it’s just not good. There’s no way of sugar-coating it. Pacific Heat is riddled with thin plots, inconsequential characters, and flat humor. No #FOMO here. Skip over this one. Or better yet, watch Archer instead.

#5 – Paradise PD

Brickleberry fans will appreciate this next one. Coming in fifth place, with a modest 25,092 wiki page views, is another animated cop show, Paradise PD. It’s almost as if Netflix ordered this series to make up for the preceding pick because everything Pacific Heat does wrong Paradise PD does oh, so right.

Paradise PD’s stellar voice cast sets this series apart from the competition.  Performances by Scrubs alum Sarah Chalke, Reno 911 alum Cedric Yarbrough, and SpongeBob SquarePants himself, Tom Kenny really stand out. They will make you laugh until you cry, and groan and scream.

This series is also fairly new, so maybe after a couple of seasons, its ranking will reflect its sheer brilliance. This show is equal parts absurd and hilarious, a recipe for great comedy. If you were a fan of Reno 911 or The State or Superjail, then this show is definitely for you.

#4 – F Is For Family

F is for Family secures its spot in the middle of the pack at 215,203 wiki page views. This dark comedy turns the middle-American sitcom genre on its head. We dare you not to laugh at this beautifully crude portrayal of a remarkably dysfunctional family.

Perhaps it would be more popular if it were more unique. F is for Family almost feels like an off-color King of the Hill or Family Guy without its iconic non sequitur moments. That being said, it goes much further than these network shows. We’re talking Newgrounds level vulgarity.

#3 – Disenchantment

We’re not shocked that the newest series to come from animation royalty, Matt Groening, is so far down the totem pole at third place with 747,226 wiki page views. Disenchantment premiered a few months back and received polarizing reviews. Like marmite, you either love it or hate it.

Disenchantment has been described as Futurama set in fantasy land, but it’s so much more than that. However, it’s hard to ignore the striking similarities between the two shows. They both use a lot of the same tropes, gags, and voice actors. We should also note that this series is tame compared to the other selections on this list. If you were a huge fan of The Simpsons and Futurama, then you should probably give this one a watch.

#2 – Big Mouth

Coming in second place with 900,563 wiki page views is Big Mouth. Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, the same comedic duo that brought us Oh Hello Broadway, take us back to the awkward, sweaty, shame-filled years of puberty in this hilariously raunchy show.

We highly recommend watching Big Mouth with subtitles because you will not be able to hear everything over the sound of your unending laughter. Comedy legends Jordan Peele, Maya Rudolph, and Will Arnett, to name a few, lend their voices to a star-studded cast. It’s currently in its sophomore season on Netflix, which earned the series a coveted 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you haven’t already seen Big Mouth, watch it immediately.

#1 – Bojack Horseman

It’s no surprise that Netflix’s flagship adult animated series comes in first place with 3,556,620 wiki page views. Bojack Horseman is currently in its fifth season, and like fine wine, the show keeps getting better over the years. Bojack Horseman chronicles the life of a washed-up Hollywood celebrity who goes through a personal renaissance while battling addiction and a myriad of mental health issues.  You wouldn’t immediately peg that plot description as comedy, but Bojack is so funny it hurts.

Bojack Horseman is more than one of the best animated series out there, it is one of the best pieces of television, period. The absolutely brilliant creative risks taken by the creative team completely pay off time and time again.  This show is disrupting modern storytelling as we know it.  One could argue that Bojack‘s tenure on Netflix puts the series at the top of this list, over other very deserving shows. However, in this writer’s opinion, Bojack Horseman truly is the best of the best.

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NETFLIX has released a new trailer to show what’s available to stream over the Christmas period.

Films on offer include The Princess Switch, The Christmas Chronicles and A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding.

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There will also be a holiday special of Bake Off with Paul and Prue welcoming back their favourite bakers.

And for fans of the new Sabrina series that’s getting its own Christmas special called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinters Tale.

Love Actually and How the Grinch Stole Christmas are both already available to watch on the site.

It comes days after The Sun Online revealed the easy way of tracking down the best Christmas films on Netflix.

You can unlock secret Netflix Christmas movie genres using special codes
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What to watch

The Princess Switch – coming November 16

The Christmas Chronicles – coming November 22

The Great British Baking Show: Holidays and A Christmas Prince: A Royal Wedding – both coming November 30

Nailed it! Holiday – coming December 7

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinters Tale – coming December 14

Love Actually – already streaming

We tracked down the secret codes that unlock specific categories and have together a guide on how to get access the genres on ANY device.

You should also read our guide to the secret Netflix controls you never knew existed.

If you waste hours trying to find something to watch, you’ll definitely want to try Netflix Roulette.

And find out how to get new Netflix features first.


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THE BBC have slammed Netflix for ‘ripping off Planet Earth and stealing Sir David Attenborough’, it has been reported.

Bosses at the Beeb are unhappy with Netflix series Our Planet, which is narrated by the same broadcaster as the channel’s award-winning nature programmes.

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Attenborough, 92, will voice all eight episodes of Our Planet, filmed over four years with a 600-strong crew.

Show insiders have insisted that the programme is not a copy of the BBC’s annual Natural History Unit productions – such as Planet Earth.

The Netflix series has been made by NHU chief Alastair Fothergill, who has a long-standing relationship with Sir David.

A source told The Mirror: “They’ve nicked the filming techniques, the stories, even the title from us, not to mention the presenter.

The BBC are said to be angry that Netflix have ‘ripped off Planet Earth’
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“And it’s been made by an ex-BBC producer who still makes natural history programmes for the BBC. There is nothing in any way original about this series.

“The only difference is they used 600 crew for work we’d have done with around 60.

“Sir David will always be part of the BBC. This is not the end of the ­relationship with him. We’ve just lent him to Netflix.”

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Our Planet is due to be released to Netflix subscribers in April next year.

Although Attenborough has worked with other broadcasters in the past, including Sky, the shows have always been different to his work with the BBC.

Meanwhile, the star’s latest BBC series, Dynasties, is due to launch tomorrow night.


He will also return to the Beeb next year with Seven Worlds – an exploration of the different continents.

As if that wasn’t enough, 2020 will see Fothergill and Attenborough work together for the BBC with the production of Perfect Planet.

Frozen Planet II is also due in 2021.


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If Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II left you with an unquenchable David Attenborough-based thirst, we have some splendid news for you: There’s a whole lot more Attenborough on the way.

Not only do we have his upcoming BBC doc Dynasties to look forward to, but now we also have an announcement from Netflix: the legendary British presenter will be hosting an eight-part natural history series, Our Planet, which is coming to the streaming service in Spring 2019.

Here’s the very slick-looking, animal-packed teaser:

The series has been four years in the making, with a 600-strong crew filming in 50 different countries, according to a press release sent to Mashable. It will focus on showing “the planet’s most precious species and fragile habitats”. Read more…

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Netflix has famously resisted traditional film distribution, where films hit the silver screen first.

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Netflix has canceled the genius true-crime documentary satire American Vandal after two seasons.

American Vandal will not return for a third season,” Netflix said in a statement. “We’re very grateful to the creators, writers, cast and crew for bringing their innovative comedy to Netflix and to the fans and critics who embraced its unique and unconventional humor.”

American Vandal took viewers by surprise with its 2017 premiere, a pitch-perfect imitation of the true-crime genre with completely fictitious characters and potential criminals (it also won a Peabody Award). After the Season 1 mystery of #WhoDrewTheDicks, Season 2 tackled the Turd Burglar with stunning efficacy. Read more…

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Henry Thomas is known for playing Elliott in eighties classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial but he’s making a comeback to screens in new Netflix show The Haunting of Hill House.

And the actor, 46, looks vastly different in the show which dropped on Netflix on Friday.

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The star started acting at the age of eight and appeared in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. in 1982, playing 10-year-old Elliott.

Henry has also appeared alongside Brad Pitt in Legends of the Fall as well as movies Gangs of New York, Suicide Kings, All The Pretty Horses and Ouija: Origin Of Evil.

He has also appeared in Netflix’s adaptation of the Stephen King book Gerald’s Game.

His latest project for the streaming service is based in the 1959 novel by Shirley Jackson.

Henry Thomas
The actor rose to fame as Elliott in E.T.
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The story follows five siblings who grew up in America’s most haunted house.

The cast features Spy Kids actress Carla Gugino and Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton.

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The star is now sporting a beard
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Henry Thomas
Henry started acting from a very young age
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They are rounded off by Michael Huisman, Oliver Jackson-Cohen and Victoria Pedretti.

The series was created by Gerald’s Game director Mike Flanagan.


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