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Blindfolded Bird Box Challenger crashes car

Remember, way back on January 2 when Netflix issued a warning to its customers over the viral Bird Box challenge meme to “PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE?” That warning wasn’t heard or followed by at least one 17-year-old in Utah who decided to give the challenge — which involves a blindfold — a whirl while driving. The result was what one might expect. There was a crash (hat tip CNN, which spotted the tweet from Layton Police).

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12 Of The Funniest Reactions To Netflixs Unfortunate Mistake With Marie Kondos Pic Even Chrissy Teigen Responds

Marie Kondo In the show, Kondo comes to the homes of hopeless packrats to teach her organization method inspired by Shintoism. The energetic organizer transforms each space with the adage of keeping only items that bring joy, which made her ‘new promo’ all the more hysterical. williamhanson In a confused tweet, etiquette expert William Hanson tweeted out a photo of the Marie Kondo “Tidying Up” home screen wondering if perhaps her tactics had intensified. Well, of course, Twitter went crazy at the hilarious juxtaposition of sweet, cheery, 4’7″ Marie and…

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How to make your binge-watch as comfortable as possible

If you're going to binge-watch, at least do a little self-care.Image: Vicky Leta In Binged, Mashable breaks down why we binge-watch, how we binge-watch, and what it does to us. Because binge-watching is the new normal. Binge-watching is basically an endurance sport, so you need to be sure you’re prepared. After all, if you’re going to watch You until your eyes fall out (recommended), why not make the experience as pleasant as possible? That means paying close attention to the conditions under which you watch: the couch, the temperature, the…

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‘Breaking Bad’ star RJ Mitte and bionic actress Angel Giuffria are on a mission to change disability representation in Hollywood

Hold on, I need another few minutes to brood.Image: william gray / netflix Warning: Light spoilers for IO lie ahead. Not every world-ender can be world-ending. IO, the latest post-apocalyptic drama from Netflix, began streaming this weekend—but viewers crossing their fingers for another Bird Box are going to be disappointed.  While the film’s premise and plot are fine enough, IO‘s lacking emotional depth takes what could have been an intimate look at the end of days and instead delivers a cringe-worthy reflection on shallow character creation. SEE ALSO: Netflix’s Fyre…

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Your tiny desk will thank you for this space-saving monitor

We're fine, everybody's fine.Image: NBCUniversal via Getty Images Call over the Globes bartenders cause we’re gonna need some ice for these burns.  Coming off of an astoundingly successful and record-breaking holiday streaming season, Netflix seems to have felt just a little left out of Sunday night’s Golden Globes festivities—despite a number of its projects being honored during the ceremony. SEE ALSO: Here’s everyone who won big at the 2019 Golden Globe Awards Posting to their official Twitter account, Netflix delivered the following scorching burn during the show. Shut up why…

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The internet is figuring out the best way to pirate Netflix’s ‘Bandersnatch’

Torrent your life away.Image: netflix The internet will always find a way.  Netflix’s new choose-your-own-adventure style episode of Black Mirror, “Bandersnatch,” has the online world abuzz with all the different storylines available for the viewer/player of the streaming digital experience.  Overlooked in the discussion regarding which breakfast cereal best kicks off the main character’s day lies another probing question. How, exactly, does one pirate a show that has roughly 5 hours of total runtime spooled out over multiple non-linear scenes requiring a specially designed Branch Manager tool to access? Fear…

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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is why you won’t see Season 5 for a little while

'Black Mirror: Bandersnatch' unsurprisingly was a time drain.Image: Netflix / Black Mirror With its myriad of decisions and endings, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch certainly looked like a hell of a film (or game?) to put together. So much so that in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, producer Annabel Jones confirmed that Season 5 of the Netflix series would be delayed, with an arrival set for sometime in 2019. SEE ALSO: A game from ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ is playable now It’s due in part to the “enormous” creative time that the…

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Your favorite Mariah Carey Christmas song broke a streaming record

Image: image courtesy of netflix Even in a year that gave us peak Q Anon, this may be the most 2018 conspiracy theory ever. There are people online who believe Netflix used bot accounts to spread viral memes about its record hit movie Bird Box.  The over-the-top apocalyptic thriller, which features a family making the perilous journey down a river in hopes of finding a community safe from invisible monsters that have taken over the world, is ripe with meme potential. The monsters inexplicably make victims commit suicide, which plays…

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No one can explain ‘Bird Box’ so please stop asking

Might as well ask this bird what Netflix's Bird Box is about.Image: Merrick Morton/Netflix Warning: Light spoilers for Bird Box lie ahead. Welcome to Bird Box analysis, where the metaphors are made up and the points don’t matter! Look. I like a return-to-English-class breakdown of a horror movie as much as the next gal—but this is getting ridiculous. Since Sandra Bullock’s Netflix debut, Bird Box, started streaming last Friday, folks have gone absolutely batshit trying to explain whatever happens to her and her kids in this post-apocalyptic nightmare.  What do…

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Netflix drops mysterious trailer for first ‘Black Mirror’ movie

Black Mirror is diving into the trend of ’80s nostalgia, but these aren’t the childhood pixel games you remember. This isn’t your mamma’s (or teen boys’) retro trip. It’s more like a journey into madness than the warm comfort of returning to simpler times.  “Bandersnatch,” the first Black Mirror feature film, will tell the story of a programmer creating a video game based on the fantasy novel of an unhinged genius. There are also some drugs involved — but unlike the cocaine popular in the 1984 of the real world,…

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Still a year away from launch, Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenbergs Quibi keeps adding talent

Video won’t start rolling on Meg Whitman and Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new bite-sized streaming service with the billion-dollar backing until the end of 2019, but talent keeps signing up to come along for their ride into the future of serialization. The latest marquee director to sign on the dotted line with Quibi is Catherine Hardwicke, who will be helming a story around the creation of an artificial intelligence with the working title “How They Made Her,” according to an announcement from Katzenberg onstage at the Variety Innovate summit. Whistle called “Benedict Men”…

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‘Bird Box’s mysterious monster is inspiring lots of online discussions

Netflix's 'Bird Box' stars Sandra Bullock and mysterious monsters.Image: Saeed Adyani / Netflix Spoiler alert: this post contains some spoilers for the movie Bird Box. Netflix’s new horror movie Bird Box has been receiving some decent critical reception since its release on Friday, but despite some of its faults, viewers can’t stop talking about the movie. Specifically, people are enamored with the monster of Bird Box, if you can even call it a monster. While many horror movies explain what it is that’s haunting the protagonists, Bird Box keeps its…

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Facebook Lasso app lead Brady Voss leaves for Netflix right after launch

Facebook Lasso has a steep uphill climb ahead as it hopes to chase the musical video app it cloned, China’s TikTok (which merged with Musically). Lasso lets you overlay popular songs on 15-second clips of you lip syncing, dancing or just being silly — kind of like Vine with a soundtrack. It’s off to a slow start since launching Friday, having failed to reach the overall app download charts as it falls from No. 169 to No. 217 on the U.S. iOS Photo and Video App chart, according to App…

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Original Content podcast: Theres spooky fun in Netflixs Haunting of Hill House

The new Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House” is based on the classic Shirley Jackson novel of the same name, but fans will probably have a better time if they put the book out of their mind. Yes, the show opens with the same famous passage that begins the novel, and show and book characters have some similarities. But what writer-director Mike Flanagan has really done is use Jackson’s sinister house as the setting for a new story, focused the Crain family — driven from the house by mysterious…

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