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Original Content podcast: We cant resist the thoughtful glamour of The Crown

We weren’t expecting to like “The Crown.” Yes, there are talented actors and fancy costumes on-screen, and yes, there’s an acclaimed writer at the helm who specializes in dramatizing real history. But did we really need to watch another 20 hours of serious, scripted drama about England’s royal family? Well, we were convinced to give the show a shot after it took home multiple awards at this year’s Emmys, and we were absolutely won over. It turns out that some of the questions that made us uncertain about the concept (such…

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Netflix docuseries ‘Haunted’ may have created a fake serial killer and its creators dont understand who that hurts

Image: netflix “You call ‘em strays. They were disposable. Human life meant nothing and that’s what he tried to teach, that people—once you got what you needed from them—the best thing you could do was get rid of them. That way, it would never come back onto you.”  That’s Jacob, a middle-aged man from upstate New York, recounting a childhood consumed by terror. Jacob sits alongside his mother and aunt, Sadie and Terrilyn. A camera pans across their gaunt faces as each subject recounts the realities of living with their…

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Making A Murderer returns on October 19

Making A Murderer is coming back to Netflix on October 19. In 2015, Netflix released the 10-episode docuseries Making A Murderer, created by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos. The picture looked at the mystery surrounding the murder of Teresa Halbach. Steven Avery, a Manitowoc County man charged with the murder in 2007, was wrongfully convicted of sexual assault at the age of 22, and was exonerated by DNA evidence after serving 18 years in prison. Making A Murderer examined the original allegations, the events surrounding the murder of Teresa Halbach,…

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10 recent movies that revolutionized special effects

Image: nickelodeon Netflix revealed today that it will be adapting a live-action version of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender with original show runners Brian Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino. Avatar ran on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008 and has streamed on Netflix in the past.  SEE ALSO: Here’s our first look at Hilda, Zelda, Harvey, and more in Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ reboot Early concept art for the ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ live-action series. Image: john staub/netflix In the animated version, Avatar: The Last Airbender is the story of Aang, the Avatar,…

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These moving stairs transform into an elevator for people with wheelchairs

Image: Jessica Miglio/Netflix Major spoilers for Ozark: Season 2 lie ahead.  From Narcos to Breaking Bad, crime dramas have gained a reputation for using shallow female characters as little more than emotional fodder for male stories. Frequently minimized as damsels in distress and exasperating nags, women within the genre exist almost exclusively to portray girlfriends, wives, mothers, and victims.   Season 2 of Netflix’s Ozark, however, champions female stories through all 10 of its episodes with an array of women that rivals the ensemble complexity of HBO’s The Sopranos. SEE…

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City of Joy: the powerful Netflix documentary where ‘everything is about love’

The team involved with a centre in the eastern Congo that acts as a refuge for women who have survived violence discuss the impact of their work How does one find joy amid unspeakable tragedy? Madeleine Gavins documentary City of Joy, about a community built around women who have survived horrific violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), gives us a glimpse at both an incredible injustice still occurring today, and how Congolese women are combating it with their own grassroots movement. The documentary follows the beginnings of City…

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The Turd Burglar strikes in ‘American Vandal’ Season 2 trailer

Someone contaminated the lemonade at St. Bernadine high school. Someone ruined chicken finger Monday. And that someone is the Turd Burglar. SEE ALSO: ‘American Vandal’ star talks mockumentary hit: ‘It’s unique beyond belief’ American Vandal — arguably the funniest and most surprising series to come out of 2017 — returns with a second season on Netflix this September.  While the first season saw two high school documentarians get to the bottom of who drew dicks all over every car in the school parking lot, this season features a new school…

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Walmart reportedly recruits ex-Epix CEO in bid to build video service

According to new reports, Walmart has enlisted the services of Mark Greenberg to help build a subscription video streaming service. Rumors have been floating around for some time now, that the retailer is looking to go head to head with the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime video, and Greenberg — who left the role of CEO at Epix in September — is well-positioned to help. The service would reportedly function apart from Vudu, the a la carte video service Walmart purchased in 2010, as a bid to bolster its…

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Insatiable: how offensive is Netflix’s controversial new comedy?

The story of a girl who loses weight and takes revenge on her bullies has already inspired an online petition for fat-shaming One of the recurring images on Netflixs new show, Insatiable, is that of the shows heroine, Patty, played by Debby Ryan, gorging on food. While my classmates were out losing their virginity, she says in the first episode, I was at home stuffing another hole. The shows palpable disgust for Pattys desire for food is visceral. Throughout the series, anytime Patty feels out-of-control, angry, desperate or sad, she…

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Seriously, We Really Need to Talk About Nanette

Nanette, the Netflix special from Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby, landed on the streaming service well over a month ago. For that reason, it should be the last thing WIRED is doing a piece on. However, in the six weeks since the special first dropped, the conversation around it has only increased—and by now, the special has established itself as a sleeper phenomenon. Dealing openly with the sexism, homophobia, and assaults Gadsby has dealt with in her own life, Nanette quickly became the title most frequently preceded by "Have you seen…"…

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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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