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Mo'Nique Sues Netflix for Discrimination

She says offer for comedy special was a fraction of what others get paid

(Newser) - Mo'Nique is suing Netflix for race and gender discrimination, saying it offered her a "lowball" offer for a comedy special because she is a black woman. She says she was offered a "talent fee" of $500,000 for the Nov. 2017 special, while other stars were offered... More »

Taylor Swift: I Can't Use My Own Songs

Singer appeals to fans with Netflix doc, AMA performance in limbo

(Newser) - "This isn't the way I had planned on telling you this news," Taylor Swift wrote on social media Wednesday in announcing Netflix has been creating a documentary about her for the past few years. The abrupt announcement came in desperation, per Variety . "Don't know what... More »

Never Mind: Game of Thrones Showrunners Quit Star Wars

David Benioff, DB Weiss say they need to focus on their Netflix projects

(Newser) - Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss were accused by many fans of rushing through the end of their HBO show to get to their next project, a 2022 Star Wars film that was to be the first in a series. But in what the Hollywood Reporter refers... More »

Filmmakers Hate This New Netflix Feature

It allows content to be sped up or slowed down

(Newser) - If you want to binge-watch Stranger Things in record time with the characters sounding like Alvin and the Chipmunks, you might like a new feature Netflix is testing—but filmmakers are not happy about it. Netflix is facing a backlash over the new feature, which allows viewers to speed up... More »

Netflix Gets Sued Over Central Park Five Series

Creator of Reid Technique says interrogation method was maligned in 'When They See Us'

(Newser) - A company that trains the US military and FBI on interrogations is suing Netflix, claiming its Emmy-winning docuseries on the Central Park Five misrepresents an interrogation technique. John E. Reid and Associates, founded by a former police officer who pioneered the interrogation approach known as the Reid Technique, is demanding... More »

Here's How Much Seinfeld, Larry David Made on Netflix Deal

9 figures each, sources say

(Newser) - Seinfeld is heading to Netflix , and its creators are reportedly a lot richer thanks to the streaming deal. Sources tell the Wrap that Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David will each make nine figures, with one saying they'll get $100 million to $125 million each and another saying the amounts... More »

Seinfeld Steps Into Friends Zone

Rivals have snapped up Netflix's top two shows

(Newser) - One hit sitcom deserves another, so Netflix has turned to Seinfeld to replace Friends. The streaming network has a five-year deal to make all 180 Seinfeld episodes "about nothing" available to subscribers, starting in 2021, People reports. Netflix is losing Friends to the new HBO Max . "Seinfeld is... More »

Modern Golden Girls in the Works, With Strong Cast

Jane Lynch and Cyndi Lauper are on board as 2 of the stars

(Newser) - It wasn't supposed to be an official announcement, but Jane Lynch revealed at an Emmy ceremony Sunday that she's set to be one of the stars in a modern version of The Golden Girls. Even better: Cyndi Lauper will be a co-star. "I pitched a show to... More »

Netflix Just Reined in Bingers of the Great British Baking Show

Streaming service that basically invented binging is now dropping an episode a week

(Newser) - For fans of the Great British Baking Show looking forward to sitting down and gorging themselves on a new season this week, well, Netflix would like you to exercise some restraint. As Quartz puts it, the streaming service that "more or less created binge-watching" is dropping the seventh and... More »

Netflix Plans Film to Revisit Breaking Bad Meth Cook

Jesse Pinkman will return in October

(Newser) - Six years on, Breaking Bad fans will be able to catch up with at least one character. Netflix plans a feature-length movie this fall that will center on Jesse Pinkman, reports Fox Business . El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie picks up where Breaking Bad left off with Pinkman, played by... More »

Obamas' First Film for Netflix Seen as 'Anti-Trump'

An Oscar-nominated duo from Ohio directed Sundance winner 'American Factory'

(Newser) - The first project from Barack and Michelle Obama's Higher Ground Productions arrived on Netflix on Wednesday. American Factory , a documentary showcasing tensions between Chinese and American attitudes at an auto glass-manufacturing operation at a former General Motors plant in Ohio, comes from Dayton directors Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar,... More »

Why The Irishman Trailer Release Is a Big Deal

The trailer, released Wednesday, paints it as an awards contender—and it's on Netflix

(Newser) - "One of the first trailers for an obvious awards-bait film" this season was just released , writes Ani Bundel at NBC News , but the film—Martin Scorsese's The Irishman—is heading to Netflix. That shouldn't be shocking in 2019, but the fact that "one of the biggest... More »

Netflix Suffers Dramatic Worldwide Growth Slowdown

It blames price hikes for loss of US viewers

(Newser) - Netflix's video streaming service suffered a dramatic slowdown in growth during its traditionally sluggish spring season, a drop-off coming as the company boosts its prices and girds for even stiffer competition. The service picked up 2.7 million worldwide subscribers for the April-June period. That's far below Netflix'... More »

13 Reasons Why Is Now 3 Controversial Minutes Shorter

Netflix cuts suicide scene after consultation with health experts

(Newser) - Netflix has scrubbed a difficult-to-watch suicide scene from 13 Reasons Why on the advice of mental health experts. The 3-minute scene from the season one finale, showing character Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford) cutting her wrist with a razor blade and bleeding out in a bathtub, has been removed so that... More »

Netflix Subscribers, Say Goodbye to Friends

Iconic sitcom to leave streaming service next year, head to WarnerMedia's HBO Max

(Newser) - So no one told you Netflix was gonna be this way: Friends will no longer be there for subscribers to the streaming service next year. The '90s sitcom will then head to WarnerMedia’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, HBO Max, set to launch in spring 2020, Variety reports. "... More »

Less Than 5 Minutes Into Special, Aziz Ansari Opens Up

He talks about the sexual misconduct allegation made against him

(Newser) - If you were wondering how long it would take Aziz Ansari to addresses the elephant in the room in his return to Netflix, TVLine has the answer: less than five minutes. Aziz Ansari: Right Now was released on Tuesday , and People reports that the special opens with the comedian talking... More »

Aziz Ansari's Return Is Nigh

To Netflix, that is

(Newser) - For a while, Aziz Ansari was all over Netflix, with two comedy specials and the Master of None series. But the latter's second season came out in 2017, and he hasn't had a new comedy special on Netflix since 2015, per Vulture . Now, a surprise return, some 18... More »

Outbid, Netflix to Lose The Office

'No. God. Please. No. No!!! No!!! Noooooo!' was one reaction to move to NBCUniversal streaming

(Newser) - Netflix is about to lose its most-streamed show . All nine seasons of The Office will be transferred to NBCUniversal's own streaming service in 2021 as part of a five-year deal, the company confirmed Tuesday, with BuzzFeed rounding up sorrowful Twitter sentiments via GIFs. NBCUniversal's service is expected to... More »

Christian Group's Netflix Petition Gets the Job Done

Netflix is on board; Amazon not so much

(Newser) - Mission accomplished for Return to Order —kind of. "We promise not to make any more," an official Netflix account tweeted Thursday in response to the Christian group's petition demanding the company cancel Good Omens. Thing is, the show is made by Amazon Prime. Amazon also got... More »

Victims on New Netflix Show Think They've Got a Job. But No.

'Prank Encounters' is already getting criticized online

(Newser) - A new Netflix show is taking heat for punking people who believe they've just scored an exciting new job, Fox News reports. Hosted and co-exec produced by Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo, Prank Encounters will air later in 2019 and follow its unwitting victims with hidden cameras. "Each... More »

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