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Netflix Apologizes, Will Ditch Disaster Footage in Movie

Company reverses its decision to use actual Canadian rail explosion in 'Bird Box'

(Newser) - Netflix has changed its tune two months after refusing to remove footage of a 2013 rail disaster from its hit film Bird Box. "We're sorry for any pain caused to the Lac-Mégantic community" of Quebec, the company says in a statement to the BBC . The clip from... More »

Netflix Responds to Spielberg Over Oscars

Streaming service hits back after director suggests change to Academy Awards

(Newser) - Steven Spielberg made waves last week with the news that he will be advocating for a big change to the Academy Awards: The director doesn't want Netflix films (or any films that debut on streaming services, rather than in theaters) eligible for Oscars. The news comes on the heels... More »

News From Steven Avery's Lawyer: 'We Won!'

Kathleen Zellner says subject of Netflix's 'Making a Murderer' has won his motion to appeal

(Newser) - With one tweet, a big victory for one of the subjects of Netflix's Making a Murderer has been revealed. "We Won!!!!!! Back to the circuit court," Steven Avery's lawyer, Kathleen Zellner, posted Monday afternoon, announcing the news that her most high-profile client had won his motion... More »

On 4th Try, Roma Actor Gets Visa to Attend Oscars

Netflix helped Jorge Antonio Guerrero Martínez after he was denied 3 times

(Newser) - It took him a few tries, but Roma actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero Martínez will be able to attend the Academy Awards. The Alfonso Cuarón film has been nominated for 10 Oscars , but Martínez, who lives in Mexico, said last month that he had thrice been denied a... More »

Goop Is Becoming a TV Series

Docuseries will be on Netflix

(Newser) - Goop is coming to Netflix. Gwyneth Paltrow's uber-popular, oft-derided lifestyle and wellness company, which started as a newsletter before expanding to a website , podcast , print magazine , health summit , and more, can now add "streaming series" to that list. The docuseries is coming this fall; 30-minute episodes, hosted by... More »

The 'King of Soul'—Killed in an FBI Cover-Up?

Netflix will air new episode of 'ReMastered' on Feb. 8

(Newser) - Sam Cooke was shot dead in 1964—but was it a "justifiable homicide," as the courts ruled, or a conspiracy against a prominent Civil Rights activist? That's what the Netflix docu-series ReMastered purports to reveal in its next episode, per Rolling Stone . A Los Angeles hotel manager... More »

Netflix on Bird Box Footage: We're Not Pulling It

Company used clip from real train disaster in Quebec that killed 47

(Newser) - Netflix says it will review its practices on stock footage after a controversy involving its newest horror film, but it's not planning to completely bend on what caused the original controversy. The company recently came under fire for using clips from a 2013 rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Quebec—an... More »

'No Way Did They Do That': Outrage Over Netflix Clips

2 productions used actual footage from Lac-Megantic disaster

(Newser) - The mayor of Lac-Megantic, Quebec, says she was appalled to discover that footage of the most horrific day in her town's history was presented as fiction in two Netflix productions. Footage of the 2013 runaway train disaster that killed 47 people and destroyed most of the small town's... More »

Steve Carell Returning to Small Screen in Space Force

He'll team up with 'The Office' creator for the Netflix series

(Newser) - Thank you, President Trump: Steve Carell is teaming up again with The Office showrunner Greg Daniels for Space Force, a Netflix comedy series inspired by, yes, Trump's plan to create a sixth branch of the military focused on outer space. Carell will star in the show, which is being... More »

Netflix Announces Biggest Price Hike Yet

Monthly fees increasing by $1 or $2 across all US plans

(Newser) - Netflix needs to dig a little deeper in your pockets as it continues to pump out show after show, movie after movie, while teaming up with the former leader of the free world . The streaming service raised prices for all US plans Tuesday in what Fortune reports is the biggest... More »

Netflix's 'Bird Box' Inspires Teen, Leads to 'Predictable Result'

Pro tip: Don't drive with your eyes covered

(Newser) - In Bird Box, Netflix's hit horror flick starring Sandra Bullock, characters are forced to navigate through the movie while blindfolded so they don't catch a glimpse of monsters that have the power to kill them via that glimpse. USA Today reports on a teen in Utah who was... More »

He Was Told to Go to Bed. His Disobedience Saved Them

Damir Carter stayed up to watch Netflix and saved himself and mom from house fire

(Newser) - Parents seeking a silver lining in the never-ending battle of getting their kids to get some shut-eye may want to chat with Delaware mom Angela Marie Borden. That's because her 13-year-old son wouldn't listen to her and go to sleep Tuesday night, opting instead to settle in for... More »

Netflix Takes Down Comedy Show After Saudis Complain

Hasan Minhaj slammed crown prince

(Newser) - Netflix is being accused of bowing to the demands of "thin-skinned Saudi royals" after making an episode of an American comedian's show unavailable in the kingdom. In the episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act, the Muslim comedian strongly criticizes crown prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder... More »

Lawyer Thinks New DNA Analysis Will Absolve Avery

Appellate court must approve the testing first

(Newser) - Steven Avery's lawyer is confident his fate is not yet sealed. A leading expert is willing to use a new form of DNA analysis on human bones found in the Manitowoc County-owned gravel pit next to Avery's Wisconsin property, which "will prove [Teresa Halbach's] murder and... More »

The Netflix Shows That Will Make You a Couch Potato

The 10 most binge-watched

(Newser) - If you've ever settled into the sofa on a Friday night, remote in hand, and not come up for air until Sunday evening—you may be a Netflix addict. You're not alone, per Deadline , which notes the media company's global viewing report that kept tabs on what... More »

Aniston on Dolly's NSFW Joke: 'My Mouth Dropped'

Jennifer Aniston calls Dolly Parton's threesome joke 'hilarious'

(Newser) - Dolly Parton's husband was pretty excited when he found out his wife of 52 years was going to be working with Jennifer Aniston on Dumplin' , an upcoming Netflix film based on the best-selling book . "My husband is crazy about her," Parton explained on Monday while promoting the... More »

Mowgli Might 'Scare the Crap Out of the Kiddies'

Some critics think it's a little dark for children

(Newser) - Originally slated to compete with Disney's The Jungle Book in 2016, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle joins Netflix's extensive library on Dec. 7 following a limited release this weekend. The change comes after the film's sale by Warner Bros, which ultimately decided against a major release—and... More »

Disney Now Has a Name for Its Netflix Competitor

Disney+ will launch in late 2019

(Newser) - Disney has revealed the name of its upcoming Netflix competitor , and it doesn't sound like coming up with it was an especially grueling process: The company says the new service will be called Disney+, NBC reports. The company, which already offers ESPN+, says the service will be launched late... More »

A Strategy Change, Netflix Will Debut 3 Original Films in Theater

Previously, movies have been available in theaters and by streaming at the same time

(Newser) - Netflix will debut three of its new original films in limited theaters before making them available through its streaming service. The move marks an evolution of the company's strategy, per Reuters . Netflix previously made original films available in theaters and its streaming platform simultaneously, which, per The Verge , "... More »

How TV Streaming Has Hurt the Middle Class

Seems Netflix doesn't pay most creatives very much

(Newser) - Think the streaming wars are a boon for Hollywood types? Creatively, maybe so—but it turns out the current system leaves many working writers and actors struggling in ever-pricier Los Angeles, Fast Company reports. With shorter seasons, lower pay, and no residuals, many mid-level creatives with Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and... More »

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