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"...Cable television of the new millennium – Netflix – could finally offset its absurdly long load time by becoming a home to rock docs. Another “Netflix Original,” What Happened, Miss Simone?, has raised a field holler of hosannas for its documentation of folk, jazz, and civil rights activist Nina Simone..."
"...I'm sure by now all you Wii owners have been pushed to the brink of insanity as you watch PlayStation3 and Xbox 360 owners contentedly streaming movies and TV shows via Netflix. Well if you can keep the homicidal thoughts in check until spring you will have a more productive kind of revenge..."
"...Anyone who has visited Austin's Powerhouse Animation over the last few years has probably seen concept art for an unproduced animated action show called Seis Manos. Now some news: it's now headed to Netflix...."
"...Boy, did Netflix have another lousy week. Not only did the company announce Monday that it had lost 800,000 subscribers in the last quarter, but a rapping band of stuffed animals has now devoted a whole song to inspiring insurgency against the company...."
"...True crime is big business these days (even the Duplass brothers are in on it), and Netflix is no small player in the game. Ever since dropping Making a Murderer in 2015, the streaming service has been busy buying up content or producing its own (or even a mix of both)...."
"...Mark and Jay Duplass were into streaming services before most indie filmmakers saw the potential - and not just for distribution. Selling their first feature, The Puffy Chair, to the film site was important, Mark said, "but buying Netflix shares allowed us to make a few more Puffy Chairs on our own dime."..."
"...Sure, they're convenient when you're too stoned/tipsy/lazy to get up and go outside very, very busy, but have Netflix or Redbox -- or for that matter Hulu or Vimeo or even freaking Blockbuster Video -- ever given you free beer, like, for free? Thought not...."
"...Part of this nationwide trend can be attributed to the unstoppable rise of Netflix, the Los Gatos, Calif.-based DVD subscription service founded by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. Launched in 1997, Netflix allows subscribers to rent from its voluminous library of more than 100,000 titles (including the relative handful of films available in the barely popular Blu-ray format) for a flat monthly fee..."
"...[image-1] This one-day transformation comes courtesy of Netflix, who are turning four Austin cafes – Vintage Heart Coffee, Summer Moon Coffee Bar, and the Caffe Medici locations in the Austonian and at 800 Congress – as well as many more in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and across the country, into Luke’s Diner, the preferred hangout spot for the titular Gilmore girls. The pop-up event on October 5 marks the 16th anniversary of the series’ original television debut, and is also being used by Netflix to promote their upcoming Gilmore revival, a four-part miniseries set to be released on November 25...."
"...Well, this is exciting: Deadline Hollywood reported today that Netflix is thisclose to finalizing a deal with Gaumont International Television to produce a 13-episode series of Hemlock Grove from Austin-based screenwriting partners Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman...."
"...Accordingly, we chatted up Dannie Knowles' older-but-not-cooler brother Harry in conjunction with our recent piece on Netflix vs. indie video stores..."
"...let me get back with you later when I see what my work/school/mood/whatever is." Then there is the whole thing about what constitutes a date. It's always like, "Hey, you wanna hang out?" Or "Hey, you wanna Netflix and chill?" How about we go on a DATE?!?! Like to a restaurant or a show or a movie? Am I looking for love in all the wrong places?..."
"...Originally conceived and shot as a six-episode series for the Netflix streaming service, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs – the latest from Joel and Ethan Coen – is instead reaching theatres as a single anthology film of six episodes that is available simultaneously as a limited theatrical run and through Netflix. Although all the episodes contain elements of the Coens’ signature mix of jokiness and solemnity, the chapters unevenly grab our interest, something that might have been less striking if presented as a series rather than viewed in a single sitting...."
"...Powerhouse Unleashes Seis Manos: Austin-based Powerhouse Animation has just announced that its new animated series Seis Manos, developed with Viz Media, will be debuting on Netflix. The series follows three martial artists in Mexico who team up with two cops – a DEA agent and a federale – to avenge the death of their sensei..."
"...It’s important to remember that Netflix Originals, going back to House of Cards, are inspired by the algorithm: Netflix’s unfathomably deep wells of data showed that the People of Netflix wanted a dark, snarky, political thriller about garbage human beings, and they provided exactly that...."
"...Is Mark Duplass the busiest man to emerge from the Austin film community? "Er, I don't know," he said. "I never thought of it that way." Yet considering he's wrapping one TV show, shooting another, and his latest film, Creep, debuts on Netflix today, he might want to reconsider...."
"...With their forever West Campus hub at 29th and Guadalupe relocated to North Loop, I’m now within walking distance. Suck it, Netflix...."
"...Netflix, the nation's leading outfit to rent film by mail, is along for the ride this year as the Roadshow's sponsor. Throughout August, the tour will cross the country, having begun on Aug..."
"...It was supposed to be just another public access show. But Mystery Science Theater 3000 was different, and it soon rocketed from local TV to national success on cable, film, DVDs, in live shows, and now streaming: A crowdfunded revival on Netflix proved a hit in 2017, so a new season is set to drop on Thanksgiving, 30 years after the first broadcast...."
"...The best pro-wrestlers are actors: They adopt a character and tell a story. For Betty Gilpin, starring in the new Netflix series GLOW was the perfect melding of body slams and emotional beats..."
"...That conversation became sealed-room thriller Hush, which debuted at SXSW and reaches Netflix on April 8. Maddie (Siegel) is a successful author who lost her hearing as a child..."
"...When Beau Willimon's adaptation of the Nineties BBC drama of the same name (which was based on the series of novels by Michael Dobbs) premiered last year with its David Fincher mood lighting, featuring marquee names, and on its exotic-by-comparison network, Netflix, it was dogged by comparisons to Mad Men or The Sopranos as a prestige drama of the streaming video age. That lumping together of Willimon's series with those shows wasn't so much a critical misfire as an honest mistake: In many ways, House of Cards passes the Prestige Drama Sniff Test, but when you consume the show as intended (ahem, "binge"), what you realize you're smelling is pure, unfermented cheese..."
"...When it comes to crime noir, Netflix's Girlfriend's Day has it all: murder, corporate intrigue, furniture sales, reformed Nazis, new holidays, and the perfect greeting card...."
"...We would like to believe that with maturity comes kindness, that there is a way to transmute youthful intensity without mellowing it. Netflix's Easy proves it can be done, and well..."
"...At the time of the Chronicle's recent cover story on the hardwired homegrown scene (revisit "Electricians," July 1), only those specifically interested in old-school analog electronics – behemoth machines decades removed from the new millennium – had any inkling of the activity teeming in Austin's subterranean scenes. Two weeks later, viral horror/science-fiction Netflix serial Stranger Things permanently altered the trajectory of Survive when two of its members charted on the Billboard 200 with the show's soundtrack...."
"...Finally, there is the show-capping “World of Tomorrow” (also available currently on Netflix). You can’t accuse us of hometown bias – the Academy already gave Austin animator Don Hertzfeldt its stamp of approval with a 2015 Oscar nom, his second..."
"...In between its world premiere at SXSW 2016 and its debut on Netflix in early April, the canny home-invasion thriller Hush is receiving a modest theatrical rollout. That’s no doubt a testament to the effectiveness of this latest release from the horror purveyors at Blumhouse Productions and Intrepid Pictures...."
"...There was perhaps no more highly anticipated television premiere this spring than the Netflix-exclusive return of Arrested Development...."
"...Fans of inane and/or unnecessary expositional dialogue will have a field day. Everyone else can Netflix Hudson Hawk and forget to watch it, thus having more fun than anyone who shells out $10.50 for this tedious stinker...."
"...Welcoming back to the bloodiest splash zone on TV: Netflix has just dropped the trailer for season two of Castlevania, the cartoon adaptation by local studio Powerhouse Animation of the legendary video game franchise...."
"...Finding lucrative distribution is another story. With the rise of Netflix and other services, storytellers have begun wondering if they should turn their focus away from the theatre and toward streaming...."
"...Almost 30 movies were made for the Hallmark and Lifetime channel’s 2017 seasons alone. The epidemic worsened to a point that Netflix recently called out the 53 (unnamed) individuals who had watched A Christmas Prince – their entry to the holiday canon – every day for 18 days...."
"...At Friday’s taping of David Cross’ Netflix special, the Paramount Theatre began to take on the hue of an acid rain cloud. Some of that was because the production team had chosen a blueish-purple lighting scheme, but the comedian, in the fourth month of his “Making America Great Again!!” tour, was also in prime form, hitting new levels of acrid genius...."
"...Everyone knows about the classic lines from the first three seasons of Arrested Development. But we figured it might be a good time for a refresher course as the world prepares for the long-awaited fourth season, premiering on Netflix Sunday, May 26...."
"...He's the man on Bruce Springsteen's left in the E Street Band, and second in command on The Sopranos. For Lilyhammer, which premiered on Netflix in February, he plays top mob boss Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano, a former Mafioso who enters the witness protection program and gets shipped to Norway...."
"...Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Riley Keough, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale and Julian Black Antelope. As Netflix has expanded its creative roster to include filmmakers like Gareth Evans and Jeremy Saulnier, moviegoers have struggled to make their peace with the platform’s release strategy..."
"...Earlier this year, the big telecom firms were accused of deliberately slowing down or throttling NetFlix's traffic to disrupt its service. The charge was they they were tried to leverage extra fees out of the streaming service and Level 3, the company that connected Netflix's systems to those of firms like AT&T..."
"...But the second season of the dark supernatural drama debuting today on Netflix, it seems that Olivia's indomitable spirit is enough to fend off death and mutilation. For Landon Liboiron, who plays gypsy werewolf Peter Rumancek, that's just part of the show's sinister appeal..."
"...Both are megafans of the VHS format, with personal videotape collections that rival those of any serious film geek. We asked them to explain their highly personal feelings on the death of VHS, the rise of Netflix, and the importance of keeping the tape alive...."
"...The Nordic noir wave has hit us hard. I can’t say how many times we watched Wallander (the Swedish miniseries on Netflix and the British version with Kenneth Branagh on Amazon), but it might help to know that I’ve got the Wallander ringtone on my iPhone...."
"...And online sites where viewers can watch their favorite series whenever they want are only expanding. An interesting example of this could be found in last week's news that Netflix had acquired House of Cards, a new hourlong political drama based on a 1990 BBC miniseries and starring Kevin Spacey that will premiere and air on the streaming video service site..."
"...The switching doesn't stop there. Recently, Futurama switched streaming platforms from Netflix to Hulu, "along with most of Fox's other shows," said Cohen..."
"...On the upside, the city still has three working video stores. And remember, the next time Netflix dumps your favorite film from its lists, it's stores like this, and Vulcan, and Scarecrow Video in Seattle, and RAO Video in Little Rock (with whom Austin's I Luv has amiable rivalries about who's bigger and older respectively) that will always have them on the racks..."
"...One of these ways is through streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon. A short series, even one that wasn’t renewed, can find a binge-watching home with streaming. Dave Madden, president of Fox TV Studios (not to be confused with Fox Television), used the example of AMC’s The Killing to exemplify how Netflix has gotten involved in current series..."
"...Slightly less nefarious-seeming is Netflix Prize guru Greg McAlpin, who keeps his hands clean by making computers do all of his mind-reading dirty work. The Netflix Prize offered $1 million to a team that could improve the accuracy of the DVD rental outfit's recommendation system by more than 10%..."
"...The Xbox's online content is unparalleled on any of the other systems, which makes the absence of wireless capabilities (standard on the Wii and PlayStation3) all the more noticeable. Additionally, online play will run you about $50 for a year's subscription to Xbox Live Gold, which also grants you access to streaming content from Netflix to your TV (with a Netflix membership), among other perks..."
"...Haunting of Hill House (Netflix)..."
"...In The Night Comes For Us, which debuted at Fantastic Fest and reaches Netflix this weekend, Taslim plays Ito, a member of Triad enforcers the Six Seas. His career of extreme brutality seems set to come to a halt when he abandons his post to defend an orphan (well, to clarify, she's an orphan only because he just butchered her family)..."
"...Some of these titles include David Lowery's The Old Man & the Gun, starring Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek; The Sisters Brothers, the English-language debut of Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet); and Bradley Cooper's directorial debut, A Star Is Born, in which he also stars with Lady Gaga, who was the unanimously crowned pop queen of TIFF, with red-carpet interviews that became viral sensations. I also consciously sidestepped the many films presented by Netflix and other streamers since they, too, would be a button-press away in a matter of weeks..."
"...The year prior, Anthony Wood (the tech entrepreneur behind early DVR ReplayTV) was brought in by Netflix to develop their own streaming player system. When Netflix canned that system, instead deciding to encourage other developers to support their service on their own hardware, Wood's Roku was one of the first to market..."