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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ to stay on Netflix after new deal

You can still catch one of Chef Anthony Bourdain's well-loved shows on Netflix.Image: Getty Images As the world continues to reel from the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain, many fans have been revisiting his great work, from books to television. Now Netflix has announced it’ll still be easy for fans to do so on its streaming service.  SEE ALSO: President Obama joins other big names in posting touching tributes to Anthony Bourdain The run of the chef’s CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, was to leave the streaming service on…

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The 10 best jokes from the new ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Season 4

"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" Season 4 is savage as helllllllImage: Eric Liebowitz/Netflix This post contains spoilers for Season 4 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kimmy Schimdt is back and more fudging fantastic than ever before. The first half of the fourth and final season of the Netflix comedy premiered on May 30. And co-creators Tina Fey and Robert Carlock appear to be going out with a bang, holding nothing back. The jokes feel more thoughtful, biting, uninhibited, and timely than any previous season. The show tackles everything from #MeToo (with direct shout…

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Barack and Michelle Obama sign production deal with Netflix

Another (very) big deal for Netflix: Former U.S. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have reached an agreement to produce films and series for the streaming service. The New York Times first reported in March that the Obamas were in “advanced negotiations” with Netflix. The goal, supposedly, was less about criticizing the Trump administration or promoting any specific political message and more about highlighting inspirational stories. Netflix’s official announcement makes it sound like that continues to be what the Obamas have in mind, with Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos describing…

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‘Stranger Things 3’ adds unexpected ’80s movie alum

Image: frazer harrison/Getty Images Stranger Things 3 is building up a cast which now includes The Princess Bride star Cary Elwes. Elwes and Jake Busey will join the squad in Hawkins for Season 3 of the hit Netflix show. SEE ALSO: ‘Stranger Things’ fans rejoice: Dad Steve will be back in Season 3

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Watch a teaser for the final season of ‘House of Cards’

If you didn’t get the memo, Kevin Spacey will not be in the final season of Netflix’s House of Cards, where he plays the ruthless politician Francis Underwood. The sudden, but warranted ousting of Spacey following accusations of sexual misconduct left the show’s writers in a bit of a conundrum. Yet in an unexpected preview of the show’s final season dropped during the Oscars, things are “just getting started.” Played by Robin Wright, Claire Underwood breaks the fourth wall of the teaser to declare that it’s her time to run…

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As David Lettermans first Netflix guest, Barack Obama warns against the bubble of social media

David Letterman seems to be taking the title of his new Netflix show very seriously: On the very first episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, he’s joined by former U.S. President Barack Obama. The episode has plenty of funny moments, like Obama ribbing Letterman about his nearly Biblical beard. But they cover substantive political topics, too — not just during the onstage interview, but also in Letterman’s walk across Selma’s famous Edmund Pettus Bridge with Congressman John Lewis. In fact, Letterman seems to be treating…

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KweliTV is Netflix for black people, by black people, starring black people

Kweli.tv aims to be the go-to streaming media platform for black filmmakers all over the world to share their content and make money from its distribution. KweliTV handpicks all of its content, with 98 percent of the content having been official selections at film festivals worldwide. “There are a lot of really great filmmakers out there globally,” KweliTV founder DeShuna Spencer told me. “For us, we’re offering an avenue for filmmakers of color to make money off of their work and be celebrated for the work they do.” Perhaps, more importantly,…

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Netflixs Bright reached 11M viewers in its first three days, according to Nielsen

Netflix spent $90 million on the production of Bright, an unlikely hybrid of buddy cop movie and high fantasy. Will that investment pay off? Well, Nielsen has released some initial viewership numbers, reporting that the film reached 11 million U.S. viewers in its first three days. The firm announced its plans to measure Netflix’s audience back in October. Since then, it’s said that the first episode of Stranger Things 2 reached 15.8 million people in its first three days, while the second season premiere of The Crown reached nearly 3 million viewers…

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Dave Chappelle wades back into controversy with two new Netflix specials

Well that's not good.Image: Lester Cohen/getty Dave Chappelle is widely considered to be a comedic genius. So when Netflix announced it had released two Chappelle stand-up specials, people freaked. A little comedy to wrap up this bitter year has to be a good thing, right? Well, maybe. But maybe not. The specials just dropped, but there’s already some pushback when it comes to Chappelle’s thoughts on the transgender community.  Of the two videos, “The Bird Revelation” and “Equanimity,” it’s the latter that is once again bringing Chappelle’s controversial views into…

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‘Lovesick’ Season 3 officially launches on New Year’s Day, and the trailer is finally here

Lovesick It’s official: The best Netflix show you’re not watching is coming back on New Year’s Day, and now there’s a trailer for the third season, too.  It’s time for you to start watching Lovesick. There are only two seasons, with 14 episodes, and each one’s around 25-30 minutes. Get it on it now. Here’s the deal: The dumbest way to describe Lovesick is How I Met Your Mother, but British. SEE ALSO: Netflix’s ‘El Camino Christmas’ is a holiday film for no one Smarter way to describe it: It’s…

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US regulator scraps net neutrality rules that protect open internet

Decision, which critics warn will hand control of the web to big cable companies, a major victory for FCC chair and Trump appointee Ajit Pai The USs top media regulator voted to end rules protecting an open internet on Thursday, a move critics warn will hand control of the future of the web to cable and telecoms companies. At a packed meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, the watchdogs commissioners voted three to two to dismantle the net neutrality rules that prevent internet service providers (ISPs) from…

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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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