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Michelle Dockery: ‘I consider myself a widow’

After five years in Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery is back playing a gun-toting rancher and a ruthless TV exec. She talks typecasting, the Weinstein effect and the sudden death of her fiance If Michelle Dockerys latest role had been written in the last 12 months, the part might look like a lazily drawn cliche. She is about to appear at the Faye Dunaway in Bryan Cranston, playing an ageing presenter with plummeting ratings, about to be fired by his failing TV station. With nothing to lose, the anchor goes rogue…

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Netflix subscribers, get ready for a rise in prices

Image: Netflix  / http://makeitstranger.com/netflix/ Get ready to pay just a bit more for your Netflix subscription. The streaming video service will be raising prices on its middle and top tier plans in the U.S. starting in November. Subscribers who currently pay for the standard $9.99 service will be charged $10.99. The price of the premium tier will rise from $11.99 to $13.99.  Good news for people on the basic $7.99 plan—that price is staying put, for now.  SEE ALSO: Netflix’s prices are insanely low—enjoy it while you can The U.S.-only price…

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Everything you need to know about Netflix’s ‘American Vandal’ and what could happen in Season 2

On paper, Netflix’s American Vandal sounds like a Funny or Die skit that would be amusing for about seven minutes before the joke wore out its welcome. Full disclosure: I almost dismissed it for precisely that reason, before sitting down to watch the season when Netflix made it available for review. The show is described by the streaming service as “a half-hour true-crime satire that explores the aftermath of a costly high school prank that left twenty-seven faculty cars vandalized with phallic images.” And, like any good mystery, the show…

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Netflix in talks to retain Marvel and Star Wars movies after 2019

Netflix is still in active talks with Marvel over potentially retaining streaming rights to Marvel and Star Wars movies after 2019, which is the date Disney has set for when itll remove Disney and Pixar movies from the subscription service in favor of its own in-house Disney streaming offering. We already knew the fate of Disneys Marvel co-production TV shows, including Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and The Defenders was not subject to the new arrangement Disney announced earlier this week. These ongoing talks around feature-length…

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Netflix lands the Coen Brothers Western TV series

Netflix is going to be home to the first television show created by the Coen Brothers, the directing duo thats behind The Big Lebowski, Fargo, True Grit and many more films. The show is called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and is described as a Western anthology that will follow six stories about Americas Wild West. Joel and Ethan Coen will produce, write and direct, and the anthology should premiere sometime next year. The show has been characterized as more of a mini-series in previous descriptions of the project, which…

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7 Times The Person Who Writes The Netflix Episode Descriptions Ended The Episode Description With A Little Update About Their Life

Whoevers writing these episode descriptions has no qualms using Netflix as her personal journal. 1. That time the persons sister had a baby 2. That time the person got scratched by her roommates cat 3. That time the person was betrayed by her sister 4. That time the person realized she hadnt been betrayed by her sister 5. That time the person got her roommates cat sick 6. That time the persons roommates cat died 7. That time the person missed her nieces christening Read more: http://www.clickhole.com/article/7-times-person-who-writes-netflix-episode-descript-6310

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Iflix raises $133M for its Netflix-style service for emerging markets

Iflix, an Asia-based startup providing Netflix-like streaming services in emerging markets, has landed $133 million in fresh funding to accelerate its business. The investment was led by U.S. media conglomerate Hearst, which counts BuzzFeed, Vice and Roku among its investment portfolio. The group was joined by anothernew backerEDBI the corporate investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board alongside undisclosed clients of Singapore-based DBS bank. Existing investors joining includedEvolution Media, UK broadcaster Sky, Malaysias Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures and PLDT. Iflix was started in May 2015, initially in…

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Netflix to debut Disenchantment, a new animated series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, in 2018

The creator of the longest-running scripted primetime series ever, The Simpsons, is preparing to launch a new show for Netflix. The streaming service today announced it has ordered 20 episodes of an animated comedy series called Disenchantment, from The SimpsonscreatorMatt Groening. The first episodes are set to debut in 2018, the company says, and will be released ten at a time. The series is being produced for Netflix byThe ULULU Company, and will see Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serving as executive producers. Animation is being done…

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Netflix was the top grossing app in Q2, with mobile revenue up 233% since last year

Netflixs booming subscriber growth, announced in the companys earnings last week, is also being felt on the App Store, where its app has again become the top earner in terms of revenue. According a recent report from app store analytics firm Sensor Tower, the app in Q2 saw 233 percent revenue growth year-over-year to $153 million in the most recent quarter. Thats up from the $46 million seen at this same time last year, across both top app store platforms, and on the iOS App Store alone. This level of…

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To the Bone confirms there are (almost) no good movies about anorexia

The Netflix drama, which stars Lily Collins, leans on some outdated tropes. But only a handful of novels and films have evoked the reality of the illness, or explained why so many women turn their unhappiness on themselves No talk about food. Its boring and its unhelpful, announces To the Bone, the much-discussed upcoming film about anorexia, starring Lily Collins and distributed by anorexia, which is why almost almost none exist. How to depict a mental illness that unlike, say, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder has such a well-known and hard-to-fake…

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comScore: cord cutters tend to have lower incomes than pay TV subscribers, watch less television

A new comScore study out today has taken a deeper look at the behavior of cord cutters here in the U.S., in order better understand how this growing demographic differs from pay TV subscribers, as well as what factors may have influenced their decision to leave cable TV behind. According to the report, cord cutters tend to be lower- to middle-income, and despite spending more time on streaming services than the average viewer they watch far less television than your typical pay TV customer. Whats notable about the comScore study…

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Netflixs long-time chief product officer Neil Hunt is leaving the company

Streaming video provider Netflix is makinga change in its senior management, as the company announced long-time chief product officer Neil Hunt will be leaving in July. International executive Greg Peters will be taking Hunts placein the lead product role. Hunt, who has been with Netflixfor 18 years, has overseen a numbermajor shifts inthe companysbusiness, as it transitionedfrom a DVD-by-mail service to a U.S.-based desktopstreaming business to a company thatmakes its videos availableon smartphones and connected TV products all around the world. Replacing Hunt will be Greg Peters, who has held…

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