Netflix Signs Deal for Dystopian Disease Series Starring Jennette McCurdy

Netflix and the Canadian network City have signed a contract to produce Between, another plague-based thriller series starring Nickelodeon’s Sam &… Read More

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Grab Some Popcorn and Watch Theater Chains Fight Netflix Over ‘Crouching Tiger II’

Well, that was fast. Less than 48 hours ago, we got word that the Weinstein Company and Netflix are partnering up for a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with an unusual distribution strategy: a simultaneous release online via Netflix and in IMAX theaters. Already, the four largest exhibitors in the country (AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Carmike) have joined Canada’s biggest chain (Cineplex) and Europe’s second-biggest (Cineworld) to announce they will not screen the Crouching Tiger sequel if that release plan stands. Imagine my surprise. … Read More

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I Miss the Video Store: What Netflix’s Algorithims Get Wrong

By ceding movies and television media to Netflix and other streaming plans, we’ve lost the joys of the video store, the power of browsing, and — crucially — the well-curated, hand-picked library. I discovered stuff at the video store. It was where I rented Bottle Rocket on a weekly basis, mostly because I thought Owen Wilson was cute and the Siskel and Ebert review of it was beguiling in their confusion, watching it every day I could until I nearly knew the film by… Read More

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‘BoJack Horseman’ Is Netflix’s Least Inspired Original Series

Is a good cast enough to sustain a dull story? That’s a question I think about often while watching pilot episodes like this year’s Selfie and last year’s We’re the Millers or Bad Teacher. I’m more likely to stick around after a lackluster pilot if I like everyone involved. Netflix’s BoJack Horseman boasts the voice talents of Will Arnett, Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris, Paul F. Tompkins, Kristen Schaal, and more. It’s a mix of people who are universally adored, but even their presence isn’t enough to push this show above average. … Read More

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5 New-to-Netflix Streaming Movies and TV Episodes Made for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day can be seen in one of two ways: either it’s a glorious celebration of our nation’s connection to and history with Ireland, or it’s a terrible excuse for binge alcoholics to practice while wearing green and watching a parade. If you’re looking to drown out the bagpipes and the sounds of the Dropkick Murphys, avoid all that Irish nonsense (thanks, 30 Rock) with these five Netflix choices that will bring laughter and maybe tears in equal Irish measure. Check them out after the jump, and follow the title links to watch them right now. … Read More

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