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Netflix Lost Its Chill: Viewership Went Down During the Solar Eclipse

9 hours ago

Never underestimate the power of the moon.

The solar eclipse on Monday that was visible across the United States stopped people from working enough to get outside, socialize with strangers, and stare at the sun using the appropriate retina-saving gear. By extension, this meant that a good chunk of people were looking at the sky when they normally would be watching their screens.

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That evening, long after the celestial event occurred, Netflix assessed its viewership and noticed something funny. Its numbers were down during a specific portion of the day. The percentage was so large that the streaming service shared its findings in a couple of tweets:

Hey, just wondering why 10% of you chose to watch a giant rock cover a giant ball of gas when I Have Always Been There For You.

— Netflix Us (@netflix) August 22, 2017

but really, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Game of Thrones’: Richard Dormer Explains How That Game-Changing Resurrection Was Allowed to Happen

11 hours ago

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 7, Episode 6, “Beyond the Wall.”]

Game of Thrones” gave the White Walkers a weapon in this week’s episode that helped balance the scales between good and evil. The unfortunate part is that it could have been prevented.

Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) had swooped in on her dragon to save Jon Snow (Kit Harington), but just as it seemed like they would make their escape unscathed, the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) lobbed a magical ice spear at one of Dany’s other dragons, killing Viserion in midair and causing him to crash down into the freezing lake below. At the end of the episode, the Night King had the creature dragged out of the water and turned into one of his own followers, an undead dragon to do his bidding.

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By now, the concept of resurrection on “Game of Thrones” is nothing new, »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Twin Peaks’: 7 Powerful Moments When Kyle MacLachlan Barely Moves

11 hours ago

Recently, Seth Meyers imagined what his NBC talk show might look like if it was set in The Red Room. Despite the opportunity for easy potshots at the preposterousness of “Twin Peaks,” the two-minute segment played it pretty straight.

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The original opening titles were reincorporated along with the 4:3 framing of the original seasons. There were stand-ins for Laura Palmer and The Man From Another Place, while Meyers took over the role of Agent Dale Cooper. For anyone familiar with the series, the video homage was quite fun. For anyone else, it would’ve been quite weird.

But one thing stood out above the rest: Seth Meyers was moving too much.

Now, that’s not a slight against Meyers. His take on Agent Cooper was about as physically restrained as possible, barring any lessons from »


- Ben Travers

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Steven Soderbergh, What Happened? 4 Reasons ‘Logan Lucky,’ Wasn’t

12 hours ago

Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” opened to $7.6 million this weekend, well short of its tracking and good for only #3 on the worst summer weekend in two years. This, despite a cast full of draws like Daniel Craig and Channing Tatum, strong reviews, a distribution team of A players, and (overhyped) coverage of its would-be groundbreaking marketing and release plan.

As it turned out, those elements contributed to a complex set of factors that resulted in this meh of a weekend.

Here’s some key ones:

“The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Got in the Way

Studios largely abandoned August, a month that in recent years saw “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Suicide Squad” thrive. Enter Lionsgate, which knows how to find opportunistic dates for its genre films. In this case, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” overlapped some of what “Logan Lucky” had to offer, and offered greater appeal.

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- Tom Brueggemann

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Stephen King’s 59 Favorite Scary Movies, From ‘Repulsion’ to ‘Crimson Peak’

13 hours ago

The master of horror has an impeccable taste for big screen frights, from genre classics to new favorites.

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- William Earl

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‘Room 104’: Why the Latest Jay Duplass-Led Episode Didn’t Need to be Weird to be Compelling

13 hours ago

There’s an anthology series trap that some series fall into when they focus on their own mythology, at the expense of the rich characters right in view. But in its early going, “Room 104” has a strong grasp on its own ambitions. It’s not trying to set up a sequel or connect its episodes into an overarching master plan. Though they may pass through the same room, these individuals live in their own clearly defined, personal worlds that have a very distinct set of concerns and anxieties.

So even though previous episodes have occupied some of the weirder psychological corners of holing up in a chain motel, that mood was always going to be flexible. With its fourth episode, “I Knew You Weren’t Dead,” “Room 104” still flirts with the metaphysical, but to a decidedly different end. A sweet, simple tale of friendship, loss, guilt, and regret, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Mr. Robot’ Season 3 Behind The Scenes Photos: Rami Malek, Bobby Cannavale, and More Shoot in NYC

14 hours ago

These shots shed new light on the secretive upcoming season.

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- William Earl

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Jerry Lewis Remembered By the Director of His Last Lead Role

14 hours ago

He was 82 when we met, and I was 36. My producer, Lawrence Inglee and I, had driven to San Diego to discuss him playing the titular character in the movie I was directing, “Max Rose.” A week before, we had giddily listened to the phone message he’d left us perhaps 150 times. Since word of his interest had gotten out, we’d received multiple warnings that Jerry Lewis was a monster who would make our lives miserable. As we nervously approached the ramp to the boat where he awaited us, we discussed strategies for dancing with the devil, agreeing it would be worth it so long as we got the performance.

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I’ll never forget the first time we laid eyes on him. He was perched on a stool, wearing a silk kimono and sharing a lollipop with his Chihuahua. My first thought was, »


- Daniel Noah

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 Photos: Eleven, Hopper, and More Face Growing Evil

14 hours ago

The next chapter, which premieres on October 27, looks to bring serious doom and gloom to Hawkins — but at least the gang has great Ghostbusters costumes!

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- William Earl

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Every Dead ‘Game of Thrones’ Character (Spoiler Warning)

14 hours ago

Brace yourselves. Spoilers are coming.

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- Michael Nordine

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Film Critics Name Their Most Anticipated Movies of the Fall — IndieWire Critics Survey

16 hours ago

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What fall movie are you most excited to see?

E. Oliver Whitney (@cinemabite), Screencrush.com

Is there any acceptable answer besides “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”? No, no there is not. (Unless you count December as ‘fall,’ which means the new PTA is my most anticipated.) “The Lobster” would’ve been my favorite film of last year had “Moonlight” not taken the top spot, and “Dogtooth” leaves me in a mix of amazement and horror each time I watch it. So new Yorgos Lanthimos is like a drug for me. But while I’m at it, I also can’t wait for “The Florida Project, »


- David Ehrlich

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‘The Crown’ Season 2: The Real Cost Per Episode, Elizabeth Faces ‘Attack on Monarchy,’ and More Details Revealed

16 hours ago

Peter Morgan (“The Queen”) has long divided his time between playwriting, screenwriting, and television. But having just wrapped the second 10-episode season for Netflix’s “The Crown” (December 8), the executive producer and showrunner is now wholly devoted to a new genre that he calls “cinematic television.”

It’s not a difficult transition. “The Crown” has the scale of a big-budget production (Netflix paid in advance for two seasons, as well as bonuses to buy out all future royalties), as well as serious awards gravitas: The first season scored a Golden Globe win for Claire Foy and now has 13 Emmy nominations, and could win the fierce contest for Best Dramatic Series.

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While Netflix doesn’t confirm budgets, Morgan wants to set the record straight: the show did not cost $100 million per 10-episode season (that’s the level of “Rome, »


- Anne Thompson

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Weinstein Co. Moves ‘Mary Magdalene’ Back to Easter — and Now Has Just One Oscar Contender

16 hours ago

The Weinstein Co. is moving one of its would-be Oscar hopefuls, Bible epic “Mary Magdalene” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, out of the expensive awards season to focus on a less competitive spring release on March 30 timed to the Easter holiday.

It’s a fiscally responsible move — but an uncharacteristic one, as Harvey Weinstein has happily let Oscars define his business ever since “Shakespeare in  Love” won best picture in 1997.

TWC has always been willing to make opportunistic changes, but taking Garth Davis’ follow-up to “Lion” out of the fall is a dramatic. It follows the company’s serial pushback of Alicia Vikander vehicle “Tulip Fever,” including many canceled press screenings, as well as a March 9, 2018 release slot for “The Untouchables” remake “The Upside,” starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart.

According to Harvey Weinstein, the reason for pulling “Mary Magdalene” out of the Oscar race is just a matter of time. »


- Anne Thompson

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‘Stranger Things’ & ‘Westworld’: How a Sci-Fi Editing Race Could Lead to a Best Drama Win

16 hours ago

For the past five seasons, the Best Drama editing winner has gone on to win the Best Drama prize as well. So if you want a potential barometer for this year’s big prize, the three crucial editing nominees are “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” and “Better Call Saul.”

This doesn’t mean that “The Crown” or “The Handmaid’s Tale” won’t win Best Drama, but it’s noteworthy that they weren’t among the editing nominees. Neither were “House of Cards” or “This Is Us,” the other Best Drama nominees, as “Stranger Things” and “Better Call Saul” each got nominated for two episodes.

However, while “Better Call Saul” significantly saw Jimmy (nominated Bob Odenkirk) getting more Saul-like from “Breaking Bad,” it’s very much the dark horse. The real smackdown is between the dueling sci-fi newcomers, “Stranger Things” and “Westworld.” Both have their advantages (the Upside Down versus the robot »


- Bill Desowitz

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Philip K. Dick’s ‘Electric Dreams’ Trailer: Bryan Cranston’s Sci-Fi Series Could Be the Next ‘Black Mirror’ — Watch

17 hours ago

Philip K. Dick was one of the first science fiction authors to see beyond the genre’s pulp roots and weave philosophical, political, and social questions into his alternate realities. For that reason, Dick’s writing has remained highly influential, even as themes he discussed years ago seem to become increasingly more relevant today. As prolific as he was daring, Dick left behind a seemingly endless supply of stories for many more screen adaptations beyond “The Man in the High Castle,” such as “Electric Dreams,” which recently released a promising new trailer.

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Titled “Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams,” the anthology series based on Dick’s work is executive produced by Bryan Cranston, with writers and producers Ronald D. Moore (“Battlestar Galactica”) and Michael Dinner (“Justified”). It will first air on Australian streaming site »


- Jude Dry

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‘Strike — The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Trailer: J.K. Rowling’s Murder Mystery Comes to the Small Screen — Watch

18 hours ago

When she isn’t ret-conning “Harry Potter” or owning Donald Trump on Twitter, J.K. Rowling keeps doing what she does best: writing books. One of those is “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” which was published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith to critical acclaim; once the detective novel’s true authorship was known, it became an instant best-seller. BBC One just released the trailer for “Strike,” a new series based on the “Cormoran Strike” series that “The Cuckoo’s Calling” began. Watch below.

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About a veteran-turned–private detective in London, the series centers around a murder mystery that, as fate would have it, only our intrepid hero can solve. Tom Burke plays Cormoran Strike, with Holliday Grainger as his assistant Robin; as time goes on, her role in cracking the case becomes ever more essential.

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- Michael Nordine

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‘The Defenders’: You May Have Missed the Introduction of Marvel’s Next Armed-and-Dangerous Superhero

18 hours ago

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the final episode of “Marvel’s The Defenders” and various storylines from Marvel Comics.]

The Defenders” already has its fair share of superheroes, but apparently there’s always room for one more.

In the finale showdown between Colleen Wing (Jessica Henpeck) and her former sensei Bakuto (Ramon Rodriguez), one of the leaders of the ninja organization The Hand, Misty Knight (Simone Missick) tried to help and got her right arm sliced off for her efforts.

Fans had wondered if the Marvel Netflix series would go through with such a brutal amputation, but “Luke Cage” showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, who is a big fan of the comics, foreshadowed Misty’s loss when she got shot in the arm in Season 1.

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In the comic books, Misty had already lost her arm after tangling with a bomb. Naturally, this impacted her police work and her state of mind, but that depression didn’t last for long. »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Bright’ Star Noomi Rapace Says David Ayer Has Created a ‘Complete New Universe’ That Feels Like ‘Training Day’

19 hours ago

For his first post-“Suicide Squad” offering, director David Ayer is returning to some familiar stomping grounds — with a twist. The director’s wild new Netflix feature “Bright” hues close to Ayer’s earlier films about hardened cops and criminals duking it out on the mean streets of Los Angeles, with the addition of orcs, fairies, and elves. For Ayer, it seems that the key has been tapping into his creativity and the tough stuff that made films like “Training Day” and “End of Watch” work, at least that what his leading lady Noomi Rapace thinks, and she couldn’t be more excited about the fantastic (literally) doors the new film opened for her.

“It’s a complete new universe,” the actress said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I read the script and I was like, ‘Oh my days, this is…I don’t…I’ve never seen this, »


- Kate Erbland

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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale Leak: HBO Hackers Threaten to Release Episode 7

19 hours ago

HBO has been plagued by leaks during this season of “Game of Thrones,” and things could get even worse if new allegations from hackers are true.

Mashable reports that the “Mr. Smith group” has approached the site with HBO’s social media passwords (which the news organization didn’t verify, but believe to be accurate), “access to many HBO Platforms,” and a threat that is sure to get HBO’s attention: “Be ready for Got S& E6 &E7 as soon as possible.”

Episode 6 was accidentally leaked early on August 16 after an in-house error from HBO’s European team.

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- William Earl

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‘The Punisher’ First Trailer: Marvel Hammers Out Another Epic ‘Daredevil’ Spinoff for Netflix — Watch

19 hours ago

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU) enjoyed a great victory over the weekend with the launch of “The Defenders,” another well-received series in a line of successful “Daredevil” spinoffs that includes “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage.” Looking for another win, Netflix and Marvel are teaming up again for “The Punisher,” a dark series about a brooding vigilante that released its first teaser this week.

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Netflix is being cryptically tight-lipped about the release date, and offered only this short synopsis: “After the murder of his family, Frank Castle is both haunted and hunted. In the criminal underworld, he’ll become known as The Punisher.” From the trailer, The Punisher appears to have adopted a sledgehammer as his signature weapon, and is dealing with some Ptsd after serving in the military. “All the things that I done, »


- Jude Dry

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