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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 »

Netflix Has Big Plans for Massive New Mexico Complex

Company has purchased its first production studio

(Newser) - Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new US production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday. It's the company's first purchase of such... More »

Meet President Claire Underwood

Netflix debuts trailer for 'House of Cards' season 6

(Newser) - The latest House of Cards trailer confirms it: Robin Wright's Claire Underwood has become president and Frank Underwood is dead in the wake of Kevin Spacey's departure from the Netflix series. "The reign of the middle-aged white man is over," Claire declares in the trailer for... More »

Making a Murderer Returns to Steven Avery's Case

New installments drop Oct. 19

(Newser) - The Supreme Court may have declined to hear Brendan Dassey's appeal this summer, but come October, the people will hear more of his side of the story. Netflix will drop part 2 of its Making a Murderer docuseries on Oct. 19, reports People , returning to Dassey and uncle Steven... More »

Netflix Just Picked Up a Huge New Series

'The Bodyguard' premieres on the streaming service Oct. 24

(Newser) - Bodyguard premiered on BBC One recently to the highest launch numbers for any new drama on any UK channel in a decade—and Netflix just picked it up. The "terror thriller," as Deadline describes it, is about a war veteran assigned to protect the home secretary in his... More »

Netflix May Be About to Do What No Other Studio Has

Its fall slate of movies clocks in at no less than 25 titles

(Newser) - Just when Tamara Jenkins' perpetually delayed follow-up to her 2007 Oscar-nominated The Savages seemed ready to go, the company that developed it, Amazon Studios, left Jenkins in the lurch. Enter Netflix. "I think 'swooped' would be the perfect word," says Jenkins. ''I thought we're... More »

Critics on Netflix's 'Revenge Comedy': Shut It Down

Some say 'Insatiable,' about a once-overweight teen, engages in 'body shaming'

(Newser) - The trailer for a new Netflix show dropped last week, but instead of generating excitement, it has spurred a petition calling for the show's cancellation. More than 113,000 people have signed the Change.org appeal to nix Insatiable, starring Disney Channel darling Debby Ryan as a once-obese teen,... More »

Senators See Another Use for Netflix and Spotify

They want to extend emergency alert system

(Newser) - People might find their Netflix binges interrupted by emergency alerts under a bipartisan bill announced in the Senate Wednesday. The READI Act—Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement—was introduced by Sen. John Thune of South Dakota and Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii, Gizmodo reports. It aims to reduce the chances... More »

Netflix Stock Bombs After Critical Miscalculation

Company vastly overestimated subscriber growth, says Q2 was 'strong but not stellar'

(Newser) - Netflix's share price, which had more than doubled since the start of the year, tumbled Monday after the company admitted that subscriber growth is beginning to slow down. In a letter to shareholders, the company said subscriber growth between April and June had been 5.2 million—1 million... More »

The One Word That Just Got a Top Netflix Exec Booted

CEO Reed Hastings says Jonathan Friedland used the n-word on 2 separate occasions

(Newser) - Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he fired the company's top spokesman over use of the N-word, the AP reports. The spokesman, Jonathan Friedland, confirmed in tweets that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about words that offend in comedy. In a... More »

Netflix Will Air A Star Is Born With Restored Footage

New version includes scene with Barbra Streisand performing 'Evergreen'

(Newser) - A re-cut version of Barbra Streisand’s A Star Is Born, with restored footage, is premiering Friday night on Netflix. The film will include a previously cut scene of Streisand performing an instrumental version of “Evergreen” on the guitar for Kris Kristofferson, who played her lover, reports Billboard . Later... More »

Michelle Wolf Takes Aim at Sanders on New Show

Comedian launches 'The Break'

(Newser) - Michelle Wolf fans (and maybe a few detractors?) have been awaiting her new Netflix show The Break since she caused a political commotion at last month's White House Correspondents Dinner. On Saturday's debut—which mixed stand-up and a desk segment on a set that resembles "Ellen after... More »

Obamas Sign Deal With Netflix

Multi-year production deal is expected to see them both behind, in front of the camera

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, the AP reports. The former president and first lady have formed their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the material. In announcing a deal that had... More »

Carol Burnett: After Daughter's Death, I Saw 'Signs'

'You don't get over it, but you cope'

(Newser) - Carol Burnett surrounds herself with kids in a new Netflix talk show that apparently has her missing her own daughter, Carrie Hamilton, who died of cancer in 2002 at age 38. "You don't get over it, but you cope," the 85-year-old tells People , recalling "a sign"... More »

Netflix Gives Cannes Film Festival the Cold Shoulder

The streaming giant has a bone to pick with the prestigious film festival

(Newser) - Netflix is pulling its films from the Cannes Film Festival, further intensifying an ongoing dispute between Netflix and the world's most prestigious film festival. Along with selfies , Cannes earlier banned any films without theatrical distribution in France from its Palme d'Or competition, which essentially rules out Netflix movies.... More »

Stranger Things Cast Gets Huge Pay Bump

Adult stars reportedly making $350K per episode; kids at $250K

(Newser) - The cast of Stranger Things will be making a lot more for the third season of the hit Netflix show. Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter the adult stars, Winona Ryder and David Harbour, will make up to $350,000 per episode (up from $100,000 and $80,000, respectively), while... More »

She Killed It as Queen, but Male Co-Star Earned More

Matt Smith considered more established than The Crown's Claire Foy

(Newser) - At a cost of $7 million per episode, The Crown is one of the most expensive TV series ever made. But while its star's wardrobe has benefited from such a hefty budget, she hasn't. Claire Foy, who won a Golden Globe and two Screen Actor Guild awards for... More »

Stranger Things Creators Refute On-Set Abuse Claims

Brothers Matt and Ross Duffer released a statement on the claims Sunday

(Newser) - In the wake of reports that a crew member on Netflix series Stranger Things called the set "abusive," creators Matt and Ross Duffer issued a response Sunday to USA Today . "We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set," the statement said... More »

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