Tina Fey’s ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Has All the Promise (and Some of the Problems) of Early ’30 Rock’

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the new show from 30 Rock team Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and its first season appeared today on Netflix. The show sets up its concept in a tight two minutes: Kimmy (Ellie Kemper, best known for The Office and her supporting role in Bridesmaids) was abducted at 14. She has spent the past 15 years of her life in an apocalypse bunker. … Read More

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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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