The series won't be making a return to the streaming platform.
It's official: 'Girlboss' won't be returning for a second season at Netflix. The streaming platform have decided that they won't be moving forward with future episodes of the original comedy, with the axe falling on the show after taking out both 'Sense8' and 'The Get Down'.
Britt Robertson led the Netflix original series
'Girlboss' followed the story of Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, with embellishments of course made for dramatic effect. With 13 episodes to its name, it showed the young anarchist turn herself into a business woman by creating her own online clothing business.
Continue reading: Netflix Cancel 'Girlboss' After One Season
The show won't return despite viewers rallying behind it.
Despite the love for the Wachowski sisters' sci-fi Netflix original series 'Sense8', the show has been cancelled after two seasons. Bringing together a story of eight diverse people all brought together by their special 'Sensate' abilities, they discovered they were emotionally and mentally linked, but hunted by those scared by their power.
Tuppence Middleton made her return for the show's second season
A bit of a sleeper hit for Netflix, the show amassed an incredible following, but clearly not one big enough to warrant spending money on the series. Following on from the cancellation news, thousands signed a number of different petitions which they then forwarded on to Netflix, as well as ringing the offices and voicing their concerns.
Continue reading: Petitions Can't Save Netflix Original Series 'Sense8'
The sci-fi series from Lana and Lilly Wachowski has been cancelled.
The Wachowski sisters' sci-fi Netflix series 'Sense8' has reached the end of the road after just two seasons, as the heads of the streaming service reveal that they have axed the show from their roster. It's not the first Netflix series to get the chop this early on and it won't be the last.
The cast of 'Sense8'
It may be an important development for diversity in television, having won the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series last year, but the ratings regrettably just weren't high enough for 'Sense8' to continue on Netflix for another season.
Continue reading: 'Sense8' Is The Latest Netflix Show To Get The Chop
The comedian is returning to stand-up for the first time in 15 years.
Ellen Degeneres is returning to stand-up comedy with a new special for Netflix. It's been a decade and half since the talk show host's last stand-up special, so it didn't take much persuasion from the streaming company to convince her to get back in the game.
Ellen DeGeneres at the 'Finding Dory' premiere
It's now been announced that Ellen DeGeneres will return for a stand-up comedy special for Netflix, after she responded to a Tweet from the streaming service yesterday (May 24th 2017) reading: 'Looks like it's been 15 years since you did a stand-up special, @TheEllenShow. How about one for Netflix?'
Continue reading: Netflix Gets Ellen DeGeneres On Board For A New Stand-Up Comedy Special
Smith was speaking at a press conference of the Cannes film festival jury on Wednesday.
Will Smith has used his position on the jury of this year’s Cannes Film Festival to launch a passionate defence of streaming giant Netflix, in disagreement with the jury’s president, director Pedro Almodovar.
Smith was part of a four-strong jury that gave a press conference at the annual film festival in the south of France on Wednesday afternoon (May 17th), alongside president Almodovar, another director in the shape of Paolo Sorrentino and Hollywood A-lister Jessica Chastain.
The topic of discussion soon got onto the Netflix revolution, which is disrupting the conventional film industry because it distributes films often without giving them a theatrical release at all. Two of the films touted for the Palme d’Or this year didn’t get a French cinematic release until very recently (Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories), and it has made French distributors upset.
Continue reading: Will Smith Launches Defence Of Netflix At Cannes Film Festival
The show would have had to reboot with each season.
Whether you love it or hate it, Netflix original series '13 Reasons Why' - based on the Jay Asher-written young adult novel of the same name - is one of the most talked about new television shows of the year so far. Telling the story of the young Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) who kills herself, but leaves behind a series of cassette tapes for those she says pushed her to making the decision, the show has been at the heart of much discussion since its debut.
Dylan Minnette with Tom McCarthy on the set of '13 Reasons Why'
Many people thank the series for handling the usually taboo topics of suicide and rape with such a brute force, and praise showrunners for refusing to sugar coat brutal scenes which depict both. Others think that certain scenes in the series should have been shot or presented a little differently, as they may be "triggering" for the viewing public who have a history of struggles with their own mental health. Whatever the case may be, '13 Reasons Why' is a series that splits everybody right down the middle.
Continue reading: '13 Reasons Why' Was Almost An Anthology Series
The series is one of Netflix's most successful.
When you talk about hugely successful new shows in 2016, you can't get away without mentioning Netflix original series 'Stranger Things' from the Duffer brothers; Matt and Ross Duffer. Telling the story of missing youngster Will and the appearance of a strange young girl known only as Eleven, it soon became apparant that the world these characters were living in was one where anything was possible, and monsters really did exist.
Matt and Ross Duffer are creators of the series
Capturing the imaginations of audiences across the globe, 'Stranger Things' fans immediately demanded a second season, and when one was finally announced they were a little irked to discover it wouldn't be hitting Netflix until the end of October, 2017.
Continue reading: 'Stranger Things' Writers Already Have Season 3 Story Planned
The series was renewed for a second season by Netflix earlier this month.
It's fair to say that the most-tweeted about series of all time, Netflix original '13 Reasons Why' is one of the most polarising, biggest talking points of the year so far. Based on the young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher, it follows the story of the young Hannah Baker who takes her own life, but leaves behind a series of cassette tapes for those she say helped pave the way to her deadly decision.
Brian Yorkey has given some details for season 2
Now a second season of the show has been confirmed, with fans expecting new episodes at some point next year. Speaking to EW, showrunner Bryan Yorkey opened up a little about what we should expect from the show's second season, now that all of the material from the original novel has been used up.
Continue reading: '13 Reasons Why' Showrunner Teases Season 2 Storylines
The show will be returning for a second season on Netflix.
There's no denying the sheer level of attention '13 Reasons Why' has garnered since its debut on Netflix in March. Based on the young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher, the story told is one of the young Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who takes her own life but records a series of cassette tapes before she does so, leaving them behind for those she says have pushed her to making such a massive decision.
Miles Heizer has denied Tyler shot Alex in '13 Reasons Why'
It's a show that's very close to the bone with every moment. Depicting scenes of rape and suicide and showing the acts graphically in the series was for those who created the show very important, but it's something that's also allowed the show to be criticised. Many have labelled those behind it as careless in showing such scenes, with professionals in the mental health industry saying the suicide scene in particular could be "triggering" for particular viewers.
Continue reading: '13 Reasons Why' Theories Explored By Actors
The show has been the subject of much controversy.
Released to Netflix over a month ago now, the controversy and discussion surrounding their original series '13 Reasons Why' - based on the young adult novel of the same name by Jay Asher - continues to ramp on. Telling the story of the young Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) who takes her own life and leaves behind a series of cassette tapes for those she says pushed her over the edge, it's an eye-opening piece of television that really does well to capture the various emotions one can go through when navigating the tricky waters of high school life.
Tom McCarthy directs Dylan Minnette in '13 Reasons Why'
Despite that, there are those who aren't very happy with the way in which the series presents some of its more explicit scenes. For example, when Hannah is eventually shown taking her own life, many have said the showing of the deed being done can be triggering for those who have suffered with self harming in the past.
Continue reading: Netflix Adding More Warnings To '13 Reasons Why'
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are teaming up to save New York.
Netflix has seen some huge success with its original Marvel series. To-date, there have been two seasons of 'Daredevil', and one each of 'Jessica Jones', 'Luke Cage' and 'Iron Fist', with more on the way. Now though, fans are getting excited about the four characters coming together for collaborative series 'The Defenders', which will be hitting the streaming service in August.
Rachael Taylor and Krysten Ritter return for 'The Defenders'
As Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter and Finn Jones bring their superheroes to the small screen once more, they'll come face-to-face with one another, forced to work alongside each other if they're to stop New York from being taken over for good. Burdened with personal challenges and with the majority of the heroes working better on their own, they'll soon come to realise that together, they can do a lot of good.
Continue reading: Netflix Reveal Action-Packed First Trailer For Marvel's 'The Defenders'
The first 10 episodes of season 5 have been leaked online.
As reported by Contactmusic yesterday, a hacker was holding Netflix to ransom and threatening to leak new episodes of 'Orange Is The New Black', ahead of the series' fifth season premiere in early June.
Boo and Pennsatucky are two of the show's fan favourite characters
Now it would seem that any conversations between the hacker and Netflix have fallen through, as the threats have been followed through on and the first 10 episodes of 'OITNB' season 5 have found their way online via illegal file-sharing websites.
Continue reading: Netflix Hacker Follows Through On 'Orange Is The New Black' Threat
'13 Reasons Why' writer Nic Sheff has defended the Netflix series in an open letter.
'13 Reasons Why' writer Nic Sheff has defended the Netflix series in an open letter.
The creative mastermind has spoken out about the show starring Dylan Minnette and Katherine Langford after it has been slated by people advising people with suicidal thoughts or a history of assault to avoid watching the programme, which saw him reveal the plot line was true to his personal experience.
Speaking about the programme, which Selena Gomez executive produced, in a note to Vanity Fair, Sheff said: ''When it came time to discuss the portrayal of the protagonist's suicide in '13 Reasons Why', I of course immediately flashed on my own experience. It seemed to me the perfect opportunity to show what an actual suicide really looks like - to dispel the myth of the quiet drifting off, and to make viewers face the reality of what happens when you jump from a burning building into something much, much worse.''
Despite being universally panned for years, Netflix users have streamed over half a billion hours' worth of Sandler's movies.
Adam Sandler has been one of the favoured punching bags of movie critics for countless years now, but that hasn’t been reflected in commercial terms, with Netflix revealing that subscribers have spent approximately half a BILLION hours watching his movies.
The online streaming giant, which has around 99 million paying customers for its services, revealed its first-quarter earnings for 2017 on Monday (April 17th), and it showed that their decision to collaborate with Sandler for original content movies is paying off.
Adam Sandler at the premiere of 'The Ridiculous Six' in December 2015
Continue reading: Netflix Users Stream Half A Billion Hours' Worth Of Adam Sandler Movies
The fifth season of the hit original Netflix series looks to be one of the most action-packed and chaotic to-date.
'Orange Is The New Black' quickly shot to the top of everybody's must-see list when it debuted all the way back in 2013. The Netflix original series has had both its highs and its lows, with some stellar episodes as well as those that have failed to ignite a fire inside those watching. Still, it's kept everybody talking and will be returning for a fifth season a little later this year.
Will Daya kill one of the serving officers on duty in 'Orange Is The New Black' season 5?
What's undeniable about the show is the effect the fourth season had on the audience, when fan-favourite character Poussey Washington (Samira Wiley) was accidentally killed by an untrained police officer. The prison soon launched into chaos as the prisoners demanded justice for their late friend, and in the final moments of S4 we saw, Daya (Dascha Polanco) face a huge decision as she got her hands on one of the police officer's loaded guns.
Continue reading: Get Your First Look At 'Orange Is The New Black' Season 5
'The Other Side Of The Wind' is finally going to be officially released.
More than 30 years after the death of legendary filmmaker Orson Welles, Netflix has landed the rights to complete and reshoot his final movie 'The Other Side Of The Wind', which has remained incomplete since principal photography ended in 1976. Film buffs everywhere are eagerly awaiting the release.
Netflix is set to bring us Orson Welles
There's something deeply significant about Orson Welles finally getting a posthumous release of his labour of love 'The Other Side of the Wind'. In his lifetime, production of the flick was marred by sudden departures of cast and crew, lack of funding and legal issues - but it seems his ghost is finally being put to rest with its eventual distribution.
Continue reading: Why Netflix Getting To Finish Orson Welles' Last Movie Is So Important
The film is set in a world of humans, orcs and elves.
In a world where we still have a lot to learn about diversity and inclusion between the members of a single human race, 'Bright' opens up that concept further with a world of many different races. In this Netflix Original Movie, it poses to challenge the harmony between humans, orcs and elves.
Will Smith stars as Scott Ward in 'Bright'
'Bright' is set in an alternate present-day Los Angeles where humans have been living amongst folkloric creatures the likes of orcs, elves and fairies for thousands of years. Directed by David Ayer ('Training Day', 'End of Watch', 'Suicide Squad') with a script written by Max Landis ('Chronicle', 'American Ultra'), it follows a nail-biting quest to save the planet with an undercurrent of parallels with real life racial issues.
He's back on our screens after more than a decade.
It's been a long, long time, but Dave Chappelle is finally back with an all new comedy event coming exclusively to Netflix this Spring. In fact, he'll be debuting not one but two stand-up specials to celebrate his return to the comedy circuit.
Dave Chappelle returns for Netflix special
After an extremely successful moment hosting 'Saturday Night Live' in November 2016, this seasoned comedian is releasing his first stand-up TV special twelve years after his last output 'Dave Chappelle: For What It's Worth'. The new teaser trailer has arrived featuring Dave in black and white, smoking and looking contemplative as various jokes about Martin Luther King, O.J. Simpson and Bigfoot from his routine play out as a voiceover.
Continue reading: A Date For Dave Chappelle's Netflix Comedy Special Is Finally Revealed
He plays Stanley A. McChrystal in this war parody.
Netflix has launched the first teaser trailer for a new Original Film starring Brad Pitt; a military satire entitled 'War Machine', which follows the exploits of real life US Army General Stanley A. McChrystal during the war in Afghanistan, and the embarrassing nature of his subsequent resignation.
Brad Pitt stars in 'War Machine'
The film is a tongue-in-cheek look at the controversial former leader of the US military, taking shots at his over-confident and over-honest demeanour and his ultimate fall from grace following exposure by a Rolling Stone journalist in 2010, who cited unflattering remarks about President Obama and Vice President Biden made by McChrystal.
Continue reading: Afghanistan Satire 'War Machine' Starring Brad Pitt Comes To Netflix
The movie is set to arrive this summer.
Following her across continents, the coming-of-age comedy drama sees Mija's horizons expand in a way one never would want for one's children, coming up against the harsh realities of genetically modified food experimentation, globalization, eco-terrorism, and humanity's obsession with image, brand and self-promotion.
Tilda Swinton stars in 'Okja'
An intriguing teaser trailer has just been launched for the upcoming Netflix Original Film 'Okja' starring Tilda Swinton. It's a unique adventure drama exploring the sacred and unbreakable bond between human beings and animals, and is set to arrive on our screens this summer.
Continue reading: Tilda Swinton Faces A New Beast In Netflix Adventure 'Okja'
The teaser trailer has arrived for the December release.
What if human beings weren't the only creatures that were in charge of how the Earth was run? What if all the creatures you ever read about in fairytales and folklore were real? It would sure make things harder for law enforcement. New Netflix thriller 'Bright' explores the world of crime when orcs, elves and fairies live among humans.
Will Smith stars in 'Bright'
The first teaser trailer of the new Netflix original movie gives a glimpse of Will Smith as a human police officer named Scott Ward, a man who's forced to team up with an orc cop named Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) on his latest patrol. In fact, Jakoby happens to be the first cop in the force who is also an orc.
Continue reading: Will Smith Takes On The Orcs Of Los Angeles In Netflix's 'Bright'
Louis C.K. and Netflix have concluded a deal to bring two stand-up specials to the streaming service in 2017.
The first of these programmes, entitled ‘2017’, was shot in Washington D.C. and will be made available worldwide on April 4th, with the second to follow later in the year. It marks C.K.’s first stad-up comedy special since 2015’s ‘Louis C.K. Live From the Comedy Store’.
It is also significant as the 49 year old has, for many years, tended to upload his stand-up material online in self-distribution via his website to retain creative control of his work.
Continue reading: Louis C.K. Bringing Two Stand-Up Comedy Specials To Netflix
The new teaser trailer arrives.
The new teaser trailer for Netflix original series 'Dear White People' might be a discussion on acceptable Halloween costumes, but it's set to premiere long before then. The air date for the first series reveals we can expect it to arrive in the Spring.
Logan Browning stars in 'Dear White People'
The show is based on the critically acclaimed indie comedy of the same name which was directed by Justin Simien and released in 2014, and while some of the cast are making a return for the Netflix reboot, Antoinette Robertson and Logan Browning are new arrivals taking over their roles from Teyonah Parris and Tessa Thompson.
Continue reading: 'Dear White People' Netflix Reboot Gets Spring Release Date
Watch this space for the release date announcement.
A second series of supernatural Netflix thriller 'The OA' has finally been confirmed, almost two months after the first series aired and ended with the most intense of cliffhangers. Brit Marling will reprise her role as the mystery, miracle, angel - depending on who you ask.
Brit Marling and Jason Isaacs star in 'The OA'
Created by Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling (who worked together on 'The East' and 'Sound of My Voice'), the latter of whom also plays the protagonist in the series, 'The OA' returns after the titular character suffered her latest NDE (near death experience) in the first series.
Continue reading: Netflix Confirms The Return Of 'The OA' With Part II
Possibly one of the most eagerly anticipated 90s reboots of the year.
The 90s just wouldn't have been the 90s without 'The Magic School Bus', and now - at a time when revival of that particular decade is at its peak - we will be revisiting the show in a new Netflix reboot which will star Kate McKinnon.
Kate McKinnon to star in 'The Magic School Bus: Rides Again'
According to an announcement yesterday (February 8th 2017), the 'Saturday Night Live' comedian will join the voice cast of the new series, which is also set to feature a number of original stars from the show in all new roles. There were talks of an upcoming remake in 2014, but now that the cast is in the process of being confirmed, it finally seems real.
The show hits Netflix this Spring.
Marvel is set to continue its major Netflix takeover with the premiere of yet another eagerly anticipated superhero show entitled 'Marvel's Iron Fist'. Created by Scott Buck, it is based on the comic book character originally created in 1974 by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane.
Finn Jones stars in 'Marvel's Iron Fist'
The new trailer for the show was released yesterday (February 7th 2017) and sees protagonist Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones) kick some serious ass at the headquarters of his family's company Rand Enterprises. He's back after many years of being presumed dead, while actually he is the sole survivor of a plane crash that killed his mother and father.
Continue reading: Danny Rand Returns From The Dead In 'Marvel's Iron Fist' Trailer
Seinfeld will also film two new comedy specials.
The comedian will debut 24 new episodes of the comedy series in late 2017 with subsequent instalments coming in 2018. Netflix has also gained the rights to the 59 previous episodes which first aired on Cackle.
Jerry Seinfeld (pictured with wife Jessica Seinfeld) is bringing ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ to Netflix
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House of Cards. It's happening, guys. It's really happening.
Attention: there’s a new trailer out for House of Cards Season 3. As such, we must observe and discuss. The clip is a rather stress-inducing piece of promo, with an industrial musical theme vaguely reminiscent of early Nine Inch Nails playing in the background as the drama unfolds.
Netflix. Where your social life comes to die.
The “drama” in this case is the Underwoods trying to run a country as the newly appointed POTUS and FLOTUS, while their world crumbles around them like... almost like a house of cards or something.
The 2001 cult comedy is being revived by the streaming service with most of the original cast returning.
It may have taken less than $2 million at the box office back in 2001, but comedy Wet Hot American Summer has gone on to become a cult classic thanks to its impressive cast list. But now it looks as if the comedy is getting a second chance to break the mainstream, this time as an eight episode series to be streamed on Netflix.
Bradley Cooper was one of the stars of Wet Hot American Summer
The limited series has been created by David Wain and Michael Showalter, who also wrote the movie. Wain, who directed the film, will also be behind the camera this time. The duo will also serve as executive producers alongside Howard Bernstein, Jonathan Stern and Peter Principato.
Continue reading: Netflix To Revive 'Wet Hot American Summer' For Eight Episode Series
Charlie Cox will lead Netflix's 'Daredevil'.
In its continuing bid for world domination, Netflix has announced release dates for its new slate of shows, most notably the comic book hero TV series Daredevil. Fans will get their first look at Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock on April 10.
Charlie Cox, who most recently starred in The Theory of Everything, is to be play Daredevil
Despite the woeful movie featuring Ben Affleck, Daredevil has the potential to be hugely successful for the streaming service and the show will introduce a linked set of adventures for other heroes, including Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist.
Continue reading: Netflix Comes Out Fighting, Announces 'Daredevil' For April 10
'Marco Polo' has been renewed for a second season on Netflix.
'Marco Polo' is set to take fans on more huge adventures as the second series of the Netflix Original Series is announced barely a month since the first season premiere. A whole ten episodes will be unveiled following this legendary Italian explorer.
'Marco Polo' returns for 10 more episodes
Based on the real life 12th century Venetian traveller, 'Marco Polo' aired on Netflix on December 12th 2014 to much appreciation. Starring Lorenzo Richelmy as the title character, it followed his early life as part of Kublai Khan's court; Mongolia's fifth Khagan and the founder of the Yuan dynasty. It marks Richelmy's first major non-Italian acting stint having previously been known for such films as 'Il Terzo Tempo' and 'Sotto Una Buona Stella'.
Continue reading: Marco Polo's Adventures In China Set To Continue In Second Series
The remarkable story of the once-cancelled comedy continues, with plans for a European theatrical release and a rumoured Netflix deal.
The revival of The Interview, which so recently seemed to be doomed to the dustbin of movie history, continues unabated. Following the remarkable box office figures returned upon its limited release across the States, streaming service Netflix has tentatively expressed an interest in making the film available to its subscribers.
On Wednesday, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a press conference “People want to see the movie and we want to be able to deliver the movie.” However, he would not elaborate on the details of any efforts to secure the film. Sony Pictures had no comment on the possibility of such a deal either.
Netflix has signalled a potential deal to provide The Interview to its 53 million online subscribers
Continue reading: Netflix Says It Wants To Show 'The Interview'
With Krysten Ritter cast as Jessica Jones and Charlie Cox taking on Daredevil, it’s time to meet your Luke Cage.
It seems Netflix and Marvel have finally found their man, as Mike Colter has been confirmed to star as superhero Luke Cage in a new series for the streaming service. TV fans should already be familiar with Colter, who plays Agent Jameson Locke in 'Halo Nightfall' and frequently appears as Lemond Bishop in CBS’s ‘The Good Wife’.
Mike Colter has been cast as Luke Cage
Colter will make his first appearance as Cage in the upcoming series 'A.K.A. Jessica Jones', starring Krysten Ritter, which will be released on Netflix next year. The Luke Cage character will then go on to star in his own series on the streaming service.
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock's comedy series 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' has been taken over by Netflix. The show was initially intended to be broadcast on NBC.
Tina Fey has created Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Continue reading: Tina Fey's Comedy 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Acquired By Netflix
Netflix is picking up 'Longmire' for a fourth season.
It's Netflix to the rescue... Again! The streaming service is picking up the crime drama series Longmire.
Katee Sackhoff stars in Longmire.
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Continue reading: Netflix Set To Pick Up Fourth Season Of 'Longmire'
Netflix is branching out to Australia and New Zealand, though subscribers down under will not be able to access 'House of Cards' or 'Orange is the New Black'.
Netflix Inc is to launch its streaming service in Australia and New Zealand in March, with domestic rivals already shaping up for a fight. Netflix had been expected to expand into the territories for some time and the move continues its international expansion - which now reaches 50 million people.
Kevin Spacey [L] and Robin Wright [R] in Netflix's signature series House of Cards, which will not be available to Australian subscribers
The pricing model for the new territories is yet to be set, though Netflix charges users $8.99 a month in the U.S.
Continue reading: Netflix Heading To Australia As Rivals Prepare For A Fight
‘Virunga’ looks at the conflict between park rangers and gorilla poachers around Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Netflix has scored again with another high profile star, with the streaming service announcing it's teaming up with Leonardo DiCaprio to release a new documentary. Entitled Virunga, it will be produced by DiCaprio’s Appian Way productions and is scheduled for release on November 7th.
DiCaprio will team with Netflix to release Virunga
Directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, who is best known for the series 'The Cure: Doctors on Everest', Virunga centres on the struggle of park rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo to protect their endangered gorillas from poachers and industry encroaching on their habitats.
Fresh off announcing the ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ sequel earlier this week, Netflix continues its leap into movie making.
Netflix and Adam Sandler have just announced an exclusive deal which will see the actor produce four original movies for the online streaming service. The announcement comes just days after the company announced their first move into film production, with the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel.
“When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only….Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks,” Sandler said in a statement. Adding, “Let the streaming begin!!!!”
Hollywood beware! Netflix are moving into the movie market, announcing their first original film.
Netflix are teaming up with the Weinstein Company to produce the sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon titled, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny. For the first time ever, the movie will be released simultaneously online and in IMAX cinemas, next August.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 's Michelle Yeoh
The film marks Netflix’s first foray into movie making after the success of original series' such as ‘House of Cards’ and ‘Orange is the New Black’. The sequel to Ang Lee’s 2000 Academy Award nominee will this time see Woo-ping Yuen behind the camera, while former Bond actress Michelle Yeoh return in the role of Yu Shu Lien.
In the first deal of its kind, Netflix has secured the rights to 'Gotham' - a show yet to air its first season on Fox.
Streaming service Netflix has pulled off a major coup by landing the rights to 'Gotham' - the Batman prequel series yet to air its first season on Fox. In a deal between Netflix and Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution, the streaming service will get exclusive on demand rights for the highly anticipated series, from fall 2015.
'Gotham' starring Ben McKenzie [L] is headed to Netflix
"Gotham is the most anticipated new series of the fall season and we are thrilled to offer it to our members around the world," said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos in a statement. "The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love."
Continue reading: How Netflix Nabbed The Rights To Batman Prequel 'Gotham'
We probably shouldn't read too much into Netflix's Emmy snub - its shows were up against stronger competition. Oh, and they have a new ad.
Netflix probably didn't have any deserved winners of major Emmy awards on Monday night (August 25, 2014). 'House of Cards' - which is fast becoming pure, unadulterated fun more than anything else - was never going to beat 'Breaking Bad' in the outstanding drama category and although 'Modern Family' was the surprise winner of best comedy, 'Orange is the New Black' still had to beat the far superior 'Veep'. Still, it must have felt like two steps back for executives at the streaming service, which has poured cash into quality original content in recent years.
Kevin Spacey [L] and Robin Wright [R] in 'House of Cards'
Nevertheless, the future is bright for Netflix and a glossy new ad featuring Ricky Gervais confirms just how far the service has grown to effectively become ingrained in modern culture. The clip opens with Gervais lounging around in front of the television, musing, "You know when you're watching your favorite Netflix show and after five straight episodes, you want to be in it?"
The latest Netflix vacancy: best job around
We’ve seen dream jobs enter the zeitgeist before; looking after a tropical island, making YouTube videos for a living, being a Blue Peter Presenter. But this one might just engulf the entire biscuit in one outlandish bite. Fancy being a Netflix tagger? Here’s what it means.
It means you watch things, at home, tag them based on content, rinse, repeat. "The role will offer flexible hours working from home" reads the spec for the dream job, and "would suit those with a passion for films and TV programmes".
Continue reading: Jobs At Netflix, Or Anywhere, Probably Don't Get Much Sweeter Than This
Netflix is bringing the '90s sci-fi kids show to a new generation.
Calling all fans of kitsch and colourful '90s nostalgia as well as, um...children. Netflix has reportedly ordered a reboot of the hit kids sci-fi cartoon The Magic School Bus, called The Magic School Bus 360°.
It appears that the decision to remake the show for a whole new generation is a result of the original episode's popularity on the on-demand online streaming site. "'Magic School Bus,' the old version, is remarkably popular on Netflix," said Ted Sarandos, the company's chief content officer, who identified Magic School Bus as the streaming service's top educational show.
"It teaches science in a way that transcends generations," he said, via the NY Times.
Continue reading: 'Magic School Bus' To Be Rebooted By Netflix For New Generation
With online streaming services commissioning a growing array of truly original programmed, we look at the most exciting prospects from the world of TV and Netflix Original Series.
Since Netflix gained prominence as a fully independent broadcaster in its own right, the doors have been flung open to a hugely varied selection of original programming. Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black is currently the most talked about programme in the US, with even President Obama using the show’s name as a punch line in a recent speech. Meanwhile House Of Cards, starring Hollywood juggernaut Kevin Spacey, is currently riding enjoy huge success and critical acclaim. Netflix has also seen the revival of cult programmes that had been culled from the schedules of US TV networks, with such programmes such as Arrested Development granted a new lease of life by the ever-growing online streaming service.
Kate Mulgrew, Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon of Orange Is The New Black- spearheading original content for Netflix.
With developers increasingly looking towards sites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime to produce original and innovative content, it seems we are in the midst of a revolution in the way programmes are made and disseminated to audiences. Viewers are now able to watch whole series in one sitting rather than waiting for weekly instalments from TV channels. That’s not to say that TV will be fading onto obscurity anytime soon.
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The Sopranos and The Wire are heading to Amazon.
Customers of streaming service Amazon Prime probably treated themselves to a little dance on Thursday, when it was announced that the company had signed a deal with HBO to stream the likes of The Sopranos, The Wire, Girls and Veep. It represents the first time that HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription service.
The first batch of shows will be made available from May 21, with Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Band of Brothers, The Pacific and Parade's End among the other shows being made available There is no mention of Game of Thrones.
Continue reading: How Did Amazon Beat Netflix To The Sopranos, The Wire, Girls?
Netflix's 'House of Cards' won a Peabody and appears to be going from strength-to-strength.
It was a superb evening for Netflix at the 73rd Peabody Awards this week, with the streaming service's two hit dramas 'House of Cards' and 'Orange is the New Black' both winning the prestigious gongs.
Peabody recognises shows based on excellence - there are no set categories and everything from scripted drama to news reports are considered. 'House of Cards' stars Kevin Spacey as the ruthless politician Frank Underwood and his scheming wife, played by Robin Wright. The show - which won the first Emmy award for an online-only show - has been re-commissioned for a third season.
Continue reading: 'House Of Cards' Brings Home Peabody Award For Netflix
Netflix are continuously upping the service they provide...
As if anyone needed another reason to subscribe to Netflix – and no, we’re not paid by them – the on-demand content streaming service has added Homeland and American Horror Story to its impressive roster of TV shows.
Homeland is a fast-paced political thriller with a focus on terrorism and international affairs. It stars Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, an anti-terrorism agent with mental health problems, and Damien Lewis, a once lost American solider suspected of terrorist activity.
The next round of Amazon v Netflix has kicked off
In a further bid to become an all-encompassing consumerism monolith, Amazon have packaged together three of their services into one super-package to entice shoppers, watchers and readers alike. And it’ll all be under the guise: ‘Prime’.
'House of Cards' season 2 introduced a Chinese plot-line, though it seems the censor-happy nation are pretty comfortable with it.
'House of Cards' season two has dodged the censors in China and is available to stream on the country's Sohu.com streaming service. A communist nation that does not offer the vote to is people, China appears to have taken to Frank Underwood's ruthless brand of politics and the second season's edgy Chinese storyline.
'House of Cards' Season 2 Has Avoided Censorship in China
Even the Communist Party's top anti-corruption official Wang Qishan is apparently a fan of the Netflix show.
Continue reading: China, Enjoying 'House Of Cards' Season 2 Since February 2014
The second season of 'Orange Is the New Black' will be available from 6th June 2014, producer Netflix announced on Saturday (15th February).
Orange Is the New Black is set to return for season two in June. The show's producer, Netflix, made the announcement yesterday (15th February) that the second season will be available from June 6th 2014, as the L.A. Times reports.
Orange Is the New Black stars Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman, an educated middle class woman who is imprisoned on charges of smuggling drug money. The first season of the hit Netflix show concerned Chapman and her fiancé Larry Bloom (Jason Biggs) coming to terms with her imprisonment and attempting to make their relationship work whilst being separated by prison bars. Whilst in the women's prison, Chapman makes friends (and enemies) with a number of her fellow inmates including her former drug-smuggling lover Alex (Laura Prepon); the infatuated "Crazy Eyes" (Uzo Aduba); and religious extremist, Pennsatucky (Taryn Manning).
Continue reading: 'Orange Is The New Black' Air Date Set For June 6th
'House of Cards' is coming back for a third season.
We're still over a week away from the Valentines' Day release of 'House of Cards' season two, but Netflix bosses have seen plenty enough of the new instalment to commission a third season.
Kevin Spacey [L] and Kate Mara [R] in 'House of Cards
The drama, which confirmed Netflix as a major distributor of quality original programming, won critical praise for its tale of a corrupt congressman played by Kevin Spacey trying to scheme his way into a top job at the White House.
Continue reading: Ahead Of Season 2 Bow, 'House Of Cards' Is Renewed For Season 3
Netflix confirm upcoming third season of mobster show 'Lilyhammer'.
A third season of mobster drama-comedy 'Lilyhammer' has been confirmed to hit Netflix later this year with filming beginning this month (January 2014).
Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band guitar player Steven Van Zandt has already said that he will definitely be returning to Netflix for another season of the show in between touring and Netflix have been quick to confirm the news. 'We are proud to bring back 'Lilyhammer' for a third season', said Ted Sarandos of Netflixin a statement. '[It] is the type of global show that Netflix members around the world have discovered and love and season three will see that world expand even more.'
Continue reading: Netflix Confirm 'Lilyhammer' Season 3 Set For Later In 2014
The show will be available to non-American fans to watch after the show airs on AMC
Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul will be arriving on AMC next year for US and Canadian fans to enjoy and hopefully not be majorly let down as the show tries to live up to the standards set by Vince Gilligan's masterpiece series. But what what about all those fans who will want to tune in in Europe and Latin America, where AMC isn't available? Don't worry people, Netflix has got you covered.
Bob Odenkirk will return to his role as Saul Goodman
The online streaming service confirmed this week that Better Call Saul will be uploaded to the site as soon as it has broadcast on AMC, available for users in Europe and Latin America to enjoy the show almost in unison with their American counterparts. The show will be available for US and Canadian Netflix users to watch in full once the first season has aired in full. Unfortunately fans in the US and Canada won't be able to revisit older episodes in the season via Netflix until the finale has aired.
Continue reading: 'Breaking Bad' Spinoff 'Better Call Saul' Gets Netflix Release
The comic book giant and the online streaming service have teamed up for four all-new series based on Marvel superheroes.
A major deal was struck between online streaming service Netflix and the Disney-owned comic book publishing house Marvel this week, securing the website's rights to four new superhero-based programmes and a mini-series. Described as an “unprecedented deal” and “Marvel‘s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling,” the deal will see the programmes come to life beginning in 2015, Deadline reported on Thursday, 7 November.
Netflix are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with
A live action series is to begin based upon the heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, culminating in a mini-series The Defenders, which probably means we'll have a couple of inter-twining story-lines between shows. The four heroes are all to be based in the gritty setting of Hell's Kitchen, New York, and Netflix have initially signed on for at least four, 13 episode series over “multiple years,” beginning in 2015. The introduction of the heroes will then lead to the spin-off mini-series, The Defenders, which according to Netflix/Disney “reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.”
Continue reading: Marvel & Netflix Leaves Competitors Out In The Cold With New TV Deal
Kevin Spacey's Frank Underwood could be back to fight more political battles after season two of 'House of Cards'.
Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos has hinted that the service's big-budget original drama House of Cards will run past its scheduled two seasons. Former House of Cards executive producer Rick Cleveland said last month that the Emmy-winning political drama would wrap up after its second season, though that no longer appears to be the case.
"Our intent is that the show keep going for sure," said Sarandos at Film Independent's 9th annual confab on Saturday, according to Deadline, "It was a 26-episode commitment. It was not our intent that it just run for two seasons.Talks are in progress right now."
Continue reading: Netflix Is Betting BIG On Kevin Spacey's 'House Of Cards'
The 2013 Emmy awards will mark a big change in the television industry as the internet streaming site Netflix has attained 14 nominations.
In 2008 the Academy of Arts & Science made a change to the Emmy eligibility rules and the impact of that change is only being felt at this year's television award show.
Neil Patrick Harris is the host of the 2013 Emmy Awards Ceremony
Since 2008, television shows that are streamed via the internet would be eligible to compete for an Emmy award and this year the internet streaming service, Netflix, is making a lot of noise ahead of the award ceremony.
Continue reading: The 2013 Emmy Awards Marks A Change For The Television Industry
Kevin Spacey seems to have taken his role as congressman Frank Underwood off the screen.
Kevin Spacey gave the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival this week, passionately arrguing that the small screen had become its own art form, eclipsing film in terms of character-driven drama.
It's hard to disagree with, following some hugely ambitious shows over the past few years, including Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Homeland and Spacey's very own House of Cards.
"Our challenge now is to keep the flame of this revolutionary programming alive by continuing to seek out new talent, nurture it, encourage it, challenge it, give it home and the kind of autonomy that the past and present . has proved it deserves," he told the audience of TV executives, according to the Guardian.
Continue reading: Kevin Spacey Goes All Frank Underwood In MacTaggart Lecture
The streaming company are changing the way content is viewed
Netflix have made yet another bold move – this time with movies – to try and secure monthly payments of £5.99 from content-happy consumers. They’ve put pen to paper with The Weinstein company, securing the rights to stream all of their movies from 2016.
This basically means two things: every film Weinstein releases will end up on Netflix once the movie has a physical release – i.e. DVD – and everything written about Netflix in the next few years will read like paid-for copy. They really are tying up the market.
"The deal that we've just completed with Netflix is probably the biggest deal in the history of the Weinstein Co.," co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a statement. "Together, we are discussing ways to reinvent the pay-TV experience so that the audience can get even more for their money."
Continue reading: The Future Is... Red? Netflix Bag Major Deal With Weinstein
Spoilers ahead, you have been warned.
Orange Is The New Black may only have one season under its belt, but regular Laura Prepon – who plays the devious lesbian lover of protagonist Piper – is already out, if reports are to be believed. Or should they be?
Laura Prepon at the Lovelace premiere
The show is exclusively available on the popular streaming service Netflix, which - with recent shows like Breaking Bad available, and a promising star to original programming, like the show Prepon is apparently leaving and House of Cards – has become the number one service for content.
User numbers are up, revenue is up - whatever Netflix execs are doing, it seems to be working.
Netflix stock rose yesterday by a record 24 per cent, which means the company is finally making money again, instead of losing it. Netflix execs attribute the development to the company’s 2 million new subscribers in the last quarter, as well as their recent strategy of focusing on original programming. It looks like the company is finally getting back on its feet after a stock plunge two years ago. Back then, Netflix pushed away customers with the decision to separate its streaming service from its DVD rental service and to raise prices overall. It finally seems like the new strategy is taking effect, as the company announced that it finally topped $1 billion in revenue.
Market ananysts are also giving the service their seal of approval. “Unlike last year, Netflix stock appears to be set for clear sailing now,” Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Vasily Karasyov said in a research note, quoted by The Boston Herald. “What we think is interesting is how the company’s original programming strategy is converging with that of a domestic premium network. … Netflix is racing to ramp up original hours of versatile programming in an effort to build a brand identity with different segments of the market.”
And really, if the company’s first original production, House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey, is anything to go by, that can only spell good things for Netflix users.