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Norm Macdonald Recorded Comedy Special Before Death

Comedian recorded footage in his living room before going into the hospital

(Newser) - In a development Norm Macdonald would probably have been the first to joke about, he's about to become Hollywood's hottest dead comedian. The 61-year-old Canadian comic, who died in September , kept his cancer diagnosis quiet for nine years and was equally quiet about a comedy special he secretly...

Netflix Cancels Meghan Markle Series

Animated show 'Pearl' is history as service starts cutting costs

(Newser) - Netflix is in cost-cutting mode after a drop in subscribers, and one of the early casualties is Pearl, an animated series created by Meghan Markle. The show about a 12-year-old girl inspired by extraordinary women from history was being executive-produced by Markle and David Furnish, Elton John's husband, Vanity ...

There's a That '70s Show Spinoff on the Way

Most of the original cast is slated for appearances, with one notable exception

(Newser) - Fans of That '70s Show will have a chance to relive the laughter in a new spinoff on Netflix: That '90s Show. Most headliners from the original cast have signed on for appearances, per Deadline, including Topher Grace (as Eric Forman), Mila Kunis (Jackie), Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Laura...

Netflix Layoffs Begin on Its Tudum Website

Employees fear more cuts are ahead after subscriber loss

(Newser) - Not five months ago, Netflix launched Tudum, an editorial website to supply consumers with original content about its programming. On Thursday, the layoffs began, with about 10 full-time employees and contractors sent on their way, per the Hollywood Reporter . In between, Netflix announced a major loss of subscribers . The company...

Netflix's Fall Triggers Shockwaves in Streaming
Netflix's Chill Is Now 'Disastrous'

Netflix's Chill Is Now 'Disastrous'

'There's more to entertainment than volume and distraction'

(Newser) - The streaming industry is feeling shockwaves after Netflix stunned analysts Tuesday in reporting its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. Shares fell 35% Wednesday, wiping out $50 billion in market capitalization, following a 40% year-to-date drop. "Simply put, Netflix's terrible 2022 has now become disastrous,...

Netflix Plunge Drags Indexes Down
Netflix Stock Plunges 35%

Netflix Stock Plunges 35%

Massive drop dragged down major indexes

(Newser) - Stocks edged mostly higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday, but indexes were held back by streaming entertainment giant Netflix, which lost more than a third of its value. IBM jumped and helped give the Dow a bump after reporting results that beat analysts’ estimates, the AP reports. The...

Move Netflix Has Long Resisted Will Likely Come to Pass

Lower-priced subscription models with ads could be offered 'in a year or two,' CEO says

(Newser) - Netflix is planning to make some changes after a drop in subscribers —and one of them is a move the company has long resisted. Founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings said Tuesday that the company is looking at bringing in advertising to support lower-priced subscription models, Deadline reports. "Those...

Netflix Stock Nosedives After Fall in Subscriber Numbers

It's the first time global total has fallen since 2011

(Newser) - Netflix shares nosedived more than 25% in after-hours trading after the company disclosed its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. The company said factors including the war in Ukraine caused it to lose 200,000 subscribers worldwide in the first quarter of 2022, when it had expected...

Russia's Netflix Users Aren't Happy They've Lost Service

After Netflix suspended streaming there due to Ukraine war, subscribers launch $730K class action

(Newser) - About 1 million of Netflix's 220 million subscribers worldwide are in Russia, and right now, they're pretty miffed. After Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine, the streaming service blocked access in his nation and halted production of Russian-made movies and shows, and now customers there have launched a...

Neflix Introduces New Category After SNL Joke

In musical sketch, Pete Davidson said he only wants to see 'short-ass movies'

(Newser) - Pete Davidson hasn't got a trip to space to brag about—but inspiring a new Netflix category may be an even rarer achievement. Netflix has introduced a new category, "Short-Ass Movies," in response to a Saturday Night Live skit, reports NBC . In the musical sketch , Davidson rapped,...

Tim Cook Just Dunked on Netflix, Amazon

Oscar win for his platform's 'CODA' gives him bragging rights ahead of older rivals

(Newser) - When CODA won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, it handed a huge victory to Tim Cook and his Apple+ streaming platform. After all, Cook "triumphed just two and a half years after formally entering the film and TV business," writes Matthew Belloni at Puck . He trumped...

Netflix Users Love This Feature More Than Free Cupcakes

So says one engineer about 'Skip Intro' button, which platform says is hit 136M times daily

(Newser) - Without even thinking about it, Netflix users take part in a time-travel experiment of sorts as they watch movies and TV series. They do this via the "Skip Intro" button, which allows them to pass over the opening credits and into the meat of whatever they're viewing, and...

Netflix Heist Drama Lupin Ends Up Target of Thieves
After Heist on Lupin Set,
7 Hit With Charges

After Heist on Lupin Set, 7 Hit With Charges

Authorities are still seeking others after Feb. 25 incident in which $330K in equipment was stolen

(Newser) - Update: Seven youths have been charged in connection with a heist last month on the set of the Netflix series Lupin. On Feb. 25, about 20 thieves descended upon production taking place in the Nanterre district of France, outside of Paris, swiping equipment worth $330,000. According to AFP, the...

Zelensky's Old Hit Show Is Streaming Again in US

'Servant of the People,' which helped launch him to the Ukrainian presidency, is on Netflix

(Newser) - Before he became president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky starred in a satirical TV show in which he portrayed, yes, the president of Ukraine. In fact, Zelensky's fictional president was so popular that the character helped real-life candidate Zelensky win the presidency in a 2019 landslide . Now that show, called...

Hey Password-Sharers, Netflix Is Coming for You

Company tests $2.99 charge for accounts outside the main household

(Newser) - Your days of sharing Netflix passwords across households appear to be numbered. The company is testing new ways to crackdown on password sharing, including offering linked accounts at a discounted rate. The ability to create separate profiles and watch multiple streams from one paying account has "created some confusion...

Thieves Swipe Hundreds of Props From The Crown
The Crown Suffers
a $200K Theft

The Crown Suffers a $200K Theft

Thieves made off with more than 350 props, police say

(Newser) - Three vehicles hit by thieves in South Yorkshire, England, contained some unusual items: more than 350 props used in the Netflix series The Crown. The BBC reports by way of police that the items were stolen on Feb. 16 from vehicles parked near a filming location. The loot included many...

Phony 'Hollywood Success Story' Sentenced to 20 Years

Actor Zachary Horwitz, aka Zach Avery, hears his fate after bilking investors in $650M Ponzi scheme

(Newser) - Update: A Hollywood actor accused of running a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme was sentenced Monday to 20 years behind bars in federal prison, reports CNN Business . Per a DOJ release , Zachary Horwitz (aka Zach Avery), 35, was ordered by Judge Mark C. Scarsi, of the US District Court for the Central...

Tinder Removes Man Accused in Documentary
Tinder Removes Man
Accused in Documentary

Tinder Removes Man Accused in Documentary

'Elle' dives into the women featured in Netflix's 'The Tinder Swindler'

(Newser) - Update: No one can swipe right on Simon Leviev anymore, Tinder has decided. The subject of the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler has been taken off the platform, the Washington Post reports. You won't find him under "Shimon Hayut," either; Tinder said he's no longer active...

Netflix Raises Prices on All Plans
Netflix Raises Prices
on All Plans

Netflix Raises Prices on All Plans

Streaming service's options go up $1 to $2

(Newser) - Content costs money, Netflix basically said Friday in announcing that it's raising prices. A subscription for a standard plan in the US went up $1.50 to $15.49, CNN reports. Premium rose $2 to $19.99, while basic climbed $1 to $9.99. The basic plan in Canada...

Emily in Paris Ticks Off Another Country

Ukraine culture minister says Netflix show has insulting stereotypes

(Newser) - The Netflix show Emily in Paris took flak in Season One for trafficking in stereotypes about the French. In Season Two, it's Ukrainians who are offended. Or at least one prominent Ukrainian—culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko, reports the BBC . Tkachenko is loudly complaining that a new character from Ukraine,...

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