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Love Movies at the Theater? There's a New Plan for You

MoviePass plan for $10 a month gets you a daily showing at nearly any US theater

(Newser) - If all the movies you can watch at home for one low price per month isn't enough, a Netflix co-founder has another proposal: a movie a day at actual movie theaters for one low price per month. That's the idea behind Mitch Lowe's startup company MoviePass, which... More »

One of TV's Best Producers Is Moving to Netflix

Shonda Rhimes is jumping ship from ABC

(Newser) - Netflix has scored a major coup by landing one of the top producers in television. Shonda Rhimes, the force behind such hit series as Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder, will jump ship from ABC Studios, reports the Wall Street Journal . Under the multi-year deal,... More »

The Future of Streaming Looks a Little 'Annoying'

Disney's break with Netflix suggests we'll be juggling multiple services

(Newser) - Netflix users won't get to watch the sequel to Frozen unless they sign up for Disney's own streaming service launching in 2019. For some, that might be a big deal. But there are far bigger consequences being discussed as a result of Disney's announcement this week. Details:... More »

Disney to Ditch Netflix, Launch Own Streaming Service

Services will be launched for both movies and live sports

(Newser) - Disney is launching streaming services for both its movies and live sports, shaking up how it interacts with viewers as it navigates a changing media landscape, the AP reports. The Magic Kingdom will launch a new streaming service in 2019 that will exclusively offer animated and live-action Disney and Pixar... More »

David Letterman Is Returning to TV

Netflix plans a series in which he'll do in-depth interviews

(Newser) - David Letterman is coming back to your TV. He has signed a deal with Netflix for at least six shows in which he'll conduct in-depth interviews along with "in-the-field segments expressing his curiosity and humor," per a Netflix release picked up by the New York Times . The... More »

Netflix Makes Its First Acquisition

Scoops up Millarworld in major comic-book company deal

(Newser) - Netflix has made its first acquisition: comic book publisher Millarworld, whose graphic novels Kick-Ass, Wanted, and Kingsman have already graced the silver screen. CNBC says Netflix plans to create new films and shows for both kids and adults based on Millarworld characters. While there's no word on how much... More »

Suicide Researchers to Netflix: Pull the Show

Search results spike after '13 Reasons Why' airs

(Newser) - The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has been controversial from the start: It deals frankly with a teenage girl's suicide, including a tough-to-watch 3-minute scene of the suicide itself. Debate has been split between one camp saying it serves an important function by raising awareness and another arguing that... More »

Simpsons Creator Announces His Futurama Follow-Up

Matt Groening is making a new cartoon for Netflix

(Newser) - The man behind the greatest cartoon of all time—and also The Simpsons—is back. Quartz reports Futurama creator Matt Groening will be making a new show for Netflix. Disenchantment is an "adult fantasy" about a "hard-drinking young princess," an elf, and a demon in a medieval... More »

Netflix's $1M Code Contest Was Tech's 'Willy Wonka' Prize

At the time, it was giant news in the world of coding

(Newser) - At the time, it was giant news in the world of coding: In 2006, Netflix offered $1 million to anyone who could improve its movie-recommendation algorithm by 10%. In doing so, CEO Reed Hastings took the unprecedented step of making available the company's huge troves of data from customers.... More »

Netflix Film About Anorexia Sparks Debate

Some say 'To the Bone' is important, others call it harmful

(Newser) - Director Marti Noxon has been open about her past struggles with eating disorders and says she hopes her new film starring Lily Collins as Ellen, a young woman suffering from anorexia, will "serve as a conversation starter about an issue that's too often clouded by secrecy and misconceptions,... More »

New Netflix Shows Are Like 'Choose Your Own Adventure'

Interactive shows are here

(Newser) - Netflix is introducing something that will likely appeal to fans of "Choose Your Own Adventure" books—interactive TV shows. So far, the shows are for kids (Puss in Boots and Buddy Thunderstruck will both feature interactive episodes this year; Stretch Armstrong is getting one next year, per Polygon ),... More »

Crafty Politician Channels Frank Underwood, Goes Viral

He says he wanted 'the world's attention'

(Newser) - He might not have the speech-writing skills of Frank Underwood, but it appears he can spin a story just as well: Mexican politician Miguel Angel Covarrubias Cervantes shared a Facebook video Tuesday in which he delivers a speech that will sound awfully familiar to any fan of House of Cards ... More »

DNA Results Revealed as Netflix Revisits Nun's Murder

DNA at scene of Catherine Cesnik's murder doesn't match Rev. Joseph Maskell: cops

(Newser) - The murder of a nun shook Baltimore in 1969. Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik disappeared in November of that year before her body turned up in a field in January with blunt force trauma to the head. The murder remains unsolved, though a seven-part Netflix documentary series out Friday points the... More »

Arrested Development Is Coming Back

Netflix confirms 5th season

(Newser) - Arrested Development will be back for a fifth season. Netflix, which revived the beloved sitcom for a fourth season in 2013, confirmed Wednesday that the series' fifth season will air on the streaming service in 2018. The original cast and creator Mitch Hurwitz are once again returning, Rolling Stone reports.... More »

13 More Episodes of 13 Reasons Why Are Coming

Netflix announces season 2 is a go

(Newser) - Netflix has renewed the watercooler hit 13 Reasons Why for a second season. The streaming service announced Sunday that it has picked up the series revolving around the suicide of high schooler Hannah Baker. Season two will debut on Netflix next year, and Deadline reports it will begin "in... More »

Netflix's 13 Reasons Why Prompts a New Rating Category

New Zealand takes action as show on suicide generates heat in US, too

(Newser) - The Handmaid's Tale isn't the only new TV series to touch a nerve . The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, exploring a teenage girl's decision to commit suicide, is clearly in that camp as well. One tangible bit of proof? It has become the most tweeted about show... More »

Hacker Punishes Netflix for Refusing to Pay Ransom

New season of 'Orange Is the New Black' released early by hacker

(Newser) - A hacker going by The Dark Overlord claims to have stolen and released 10 episodes of the new season of Orange Is the New Black more than a month before its official release on Netflix. Variety reports the hacker was demanding an unspecified ransom from Netflix, uploading the first episode... More »

Are Amazon and Netflix Preventing the Next Tarantino?

Weighing the risks and rewards of the new kings of independent film

(Newser) - The Hollywood studio system being what it currently is—hope everyone's excited for the eighth Fast and Furious installment this Friday—it's unlikely Reservoir Dogs would have been able to secure theatrical distribution in 2017. But that wouldn't be its only option in the modern world. Quentin... More »

Netflix Makes Big Change to Ratings System

Stars are out, thumbs are in

(Newser) - After years and more than 10 billion ratings under its one- to five-star system, Netflix is ditching that model in favor of one where you just give a movie a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. The company says it settled on the new system after testing it with hundreds of thousands of... More »

Orson Welles' Last Film to Finally Be Released

Get ready, Netflix subscribers

(Newser) - For nearly 50 years, fans of Orson Welles have been patiently awaiting the completion of The Other Side of the Wind, a film Welles began in 1970 but was still unfinished at the time of his death in 1985. They may not have to wait much longer: Netflix has signed... More »

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