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Netflix Releases Teaser for Wet Hot American Summer Series

The counselors are back

Netflix’s Wet Hot American Summer series finally has a subtitle and a teaser. And while the teaser doesn’t contain much info aside from the names of cast members, that subtitle—First Day of Camp—says a lot.

The video’s YouTube description has a little more detail: the eight-episode series will take place on the first day of camp during the summer of 1981. As you’ll recall, the original movie took place on the last day of camp that same summer. That means Wet Hot‘s returning cast members will be playing (very slightly) younger versions of roles they played back in 2001. Good thing Paul Rudd basically hasn’t aged.

And don’t worry: In addition to Rudd and Michael Showalter, who will co-write the series as he did the movie with director David Wain, the likes of Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Christopher Meloni, David Hyde Pierce, and Bradley Cooper will be back as well.

Would you have guessed 14 years ago that Cooper would have been nominated for multiple Academy Awards by now, and that Rudd would be Ant-Man? Times do change. According to the teaser, the series is coming this summer.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Amazon Outbid Netflix For Its Most Successful Show

Golden Globes 2015 - Transparent
Jeffrey Tambor stars in Transparent Amazon Studios

Transparent could've been on Netflix

Amazon has been raking in accolades for its new show Transparent, which stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender parent that comes out to her children. But the show could have belonged to Netflix.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told the Huffington Post that Amazon outbid his company for streaming rights to Transparent, which first aired its pilot on Amazon in February. The show has since been hailed by critics, recently picking up a Golden Globe for best TV series.

Amazon’s success with Transparent demonstrates just how competitive the market for premium television is becoming. In the same interview, Hastings told the Huffington Post that Netflix managed to outbid HBO for House of Cards, while HBO ended up snagging the rights to True Detective.

[The Huffington Post]


Morning Must Reads: January 21

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How 7 Ideas From the State of the Union Will Affect You

President Barack Obama threw out a lot of big ideas during his State of the Union address, but how will they affect you? Here’s a look at seven proposals and how they could affect your life

France to Hire 2,600 Officers to Monitor 3,000 Terror Suspects

France will hire 2,600 new counter-terrorism officers and spend $490 million in response to the Paris attacks, the prime minister announced Wednesday

Netflix Goes ‘Full HBO’ in 2015

Television and online video are colliding, and 2015 could be the year Netflix-original shows transform from a novelty to an expectation among subscribers

NBC to Stream Super Bowl Online

NBC announced on Tuesday that it will stream all Super Bowl content for free on Feb. 1, including pregame coverage, the game and the halftime show. The Seattle Seahawks go up against the New England Patriots in Glendale, Ariz., for football’s top prize

Palestinian Stabs Passengers on Bus in Israel

A Palestinian man stabbed nine people, wounding some of them seriously, on a bus in central Tel Aviv before he was chased down, shot and arrested, Israeli police said on Wednesday. The Islamist militant Hamas group praised the stabbing

Benedict Cumberbatch Inspires Clothing Line

L.A. fashion brand Poprageous, which specializes in pop-culture apparel, has launched a “Cumberbitch” collection ranging from crop tops to leggings. Prints of Cumberbatch’s face are tiled on the fabric ad infinitum, leaving the actor within close gaze of his ardent fans

France Issues First Charges Against 4 in Terrorist Attacks

Four men with ties to one of the gunmen responsible for three days of terror in the Paris region are the first to be charged in connection with the attacks that left 20 people dead. The attacks started with the Jan. 7 massacre at the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo

Movie Ticket Prices Hit All-Time High

The average price in 2014 was $8.17, an all-time yearly high, but only a slight increase from the 2013 average of $8.13, the National Association of Theater Owners said on Tuesday. That figure has steadily increased since the mid-1990s, when tickets were around $4

A Bad Childhood Can Literally Age You, Study Says

You’ve heard of people who go through trauma and get old before their time? Well, it can be literally true. Childhood adversity and certain psychiatric conditions may cause individuals to experience accelerated aging, according to research published last week

5 More Disney Workers Get Measles

More employees at Disneyland California have been diagnosed with measles, bringing the total number of cases up to 53. All staff who have come into contact with newly infected workers have been asked to show vaccination records or be tested

Pope Francis and Manila’s Vanishing Street Kids

Was the Philippine capital really purged of unsightly urchins for Pope Francis’ visit last week? In a word, yes, although only a small fraction of this was anything new. According to activists, street kids are constantly being rounded up across this sprawling city of 12 million

Lil Wayne Just Dropped His New Mixtape

After much anticipation, Lil Wayne has just released his new mixtape Sorry 4 the Wait 2. The new project is a sequel to his 2011 Sorry 4 the Wait, and features artists 2 Chainz, Drake, Christina Milian, iLoveMakonnen, Nicki Minaj, Mack Maine and more

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2015 Will Be the Year Netflix Goes ‘Full HBO’

The streaming service is putting an increasing emphasis on original shows

“The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos famously told GQ in 2013. Back then, no one, including Sarandos himself, knew whether anyone was actually interested in watching original shows made by the company that used to mail them DVDs.

Today, Netflix’s bet looks doubly smart—other tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft and AT&T are making similar investments in original programming, while television stalwarts like CBS, ESPN and, yes, HBO are planning to offer their popular shows to viewers who don’t want to buy a pricey television bundle. The once-separate worlds of “television” and “online video” are going to collide this year, so it’s no surprise Netflix is battening down the hatches with a big rollout of exclusive original shows.

In his quarterly letter to shareholders released Tuesday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote that the company is planning 320 hours of original programming this year, triple the amount Netflix released in 2014. In addition to third seasons of early standouts like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black, Netflix will also debut new shows like Marvel’s Daredevil action series and the new Tina Fey-backed comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

This will be the year when Netflix-original shows transform from a novelty to an expectation among subscribers.

This rapid shift in focus isn’t just coming because Netflix execs suddenly crave becoming creative auteurs—it’s a shift necessary to sustain the company’s business model. Licensing costs have soared as content makers realized the value of streaming rights and deep-pocketed competitors like Amazon entered the market. At the same time, HBO and others offering stand-alone versions of their channels to cord-cutters will change what viewers expect of cheap subscription services.

Great premium, original content is more necessary than ever — but it’s harder than ever to get a hold of. No wonder Netflix is trying to bankroll the content itself.

Indeed, Netflix noted in its shareholder letter that its original shows have been some of the most cost-efficient in the company’s stable. “Our originals cost us less money, relative to our viewing metrics, than most of our licensed content, much of which is well known and created by the top studios,” the company wrote.

The only trouble with Netflix’s plan is ensuring all this content they’re rolling out is stuff people will actually enjoy watching. The company has cast House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black as hits without divulging how many people actually watched them. It’s trying to do the same with Marco Polo, even though many critics have panned the show (Netflix has shot back at critics by pointing out that the audience rating for Marco Polo on Rotten Tomatoes is nearly as high as that of Game of Thrones).

As the company’s older shows grow long in the tooth, Netflix will have to keep infusing its lineup with new, buzzy shows. That’s a challenge traditional cable networks have faced for decades, and one HBO in particular has been skilled at navigating. Can Netflix do the same? This is the year we find out.


Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in February


House of Cards season 3 is the most-anticipated show hitting Netflix next month

Netflix is losing a spate of James Bond movies next month, but making up for it with the brand new season of House of Cards and the first five seasons of MASH, which all arrive in February. Here’s a list of the new and noteworthy movies and TV shows coming soon to the streaming service:

House of Cards Season 3
Richie Rich Season 1
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
The Brothers Bloom
White Bird in the Blizzard
Hawaii Five-0 Seasons 1-4
MASH Seasons 1-5
Spartacus, the Complete Series
King Arthur
Earth to Echo
Young Ones

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Morning Must Reads: January 15

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Top of the Rock

A pair of Americans on Wednesday completed what had long been considered the world’s most difficult rock climb, using only their hands and feet to conquer a 3,000-ft. vertical wall on El Capitan, the forbidding granite pedestal in Yosemite National Park

How to Get Kids to Eat More Veg

There’s a way to get school kids to eat more vegetables at lunch, and it has nothing to do with what’s on the menu. Just mess with their schedule

Eyes on Yemen After Paris Plot

Yemen’s fingerprints are all over the terrorist attack against French newspaper Charlie Hebdo after the country’s al-Qaeda branch claimed responsibility

Science Fans Are Getting Their Own Netflix

John Hendricks, the founder of the Discovery Channel, will launch a service called CuriosityStream on March 18, offering science and nature-related content on demand. The service will be available on all Internet devices as well as Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast

Ohio Man Planned to Attack U.S. Capitol, Feds Say

An Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly planning to attack the U.S. Capitol and kill government officials, the Justice Department announced on Wednesday. Christopher Cornell, 20, is said to have used an alias and expressed support for the militant group ISIS on Twitter

Inactivity Is More Harmful Than Obesity

In a study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition released on Wednesday, researchers say at least twice as many deaths are attributable to lack of exercise than there are to obesity. The data was taken from 334,161 European men and women

White House Will Call on Congress to Pass Paid-Leave Bill

U.S. President Barack Obama will continue rolling out policy recommendations that speak to issues facing the middle class ahead of his upcoming State of the Union address on Thursday, with a call for Congress to pass legislation addressing paid leave

Michael Keaton May Play McDonald’s Mogul Ray Kroc

Fresh off his big win at the Golden Globes, Birdman star Michael Keaton is in talks to star in a movie about the man behind McDonald’s. The Founder, depicting the life of fast-food pioneer Ray Kroc, will be directed by John Lee Hancock

Your Fish May Soon Be Caught by Thai Prisoners

Dozens of labor and human-rights groups have condemned a plan by the Thai junta to use prison labor on fishing boats, which are already notorious for violence, human trafficking and slave-like conditions

NRA Suing Pennsylvania Cities on Gun Laws

Armed with a new state law that opponents denounce as a gift to the gun lobby, pro-gun groups are rapidly scaling up their attack on municipal firearms ordinances throughout Pennsylvania, with the National Rifle Association filing suit over measures in three cities

Missing Plane’s Fuselage Found

Search crews located the fuselage of missing AirAsia Flight 8501, marking a breakthrough in the search for the plane’s scattered wreckage. The flight en route from Indonesia to Singapore vanished over the Java Sea on Dec. 28 with 162 people on board

Pacquiao’s Agent Denies Mayweather Deal

Fans hoping to see the fight of the century between eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather will have to keep waiting, after Pacman’s agent quelled reports that he had agreed to terms

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Now There’s a Netflix for Science Fans

The service will be available on all Internet devices as well as Apple TV, Roku and Chromecast

Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks is launching a streaming service for science enthusiasts.

The service is called CuriosityStream and hits on March 18, Deadline reports.

Costing $2.99 a month for standard video and $9.99 a month for high-definition viewing, it will provide access to science and nature material from BBC Worldwide, Terra Noa, Japanese channel NHK and France’s ZED. There will also be original programming, including interviews with prominent thinkers.

“For consumers, our aim is to provide the first and best on-demand video streaming destination that aggregates and curates the world’s best factual content,” said Hendricks, who retired from Discovery Communications last May.


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Watch the Trailer for House of Cards Season 3

The clip premiered during the Golden Globes

Netflix has perfect timing: after Kevin Spacey won the Golden Globe for Best Actor, Drama, the season three trailer for House of Cards aired during a commercial break. Must have been another behind-the-scenes orchestration by Frank Underwood himself, no doubt.

Like the other high-profile clip that debuted today, the video clip reveals little, but in addition to Spacey as now-President Underwood, it has plenty of intriguing shots of Robin Wright, who plays Frank’s wife and also won a Golden Globe for her work on the show last year. Talk about a power couple.

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4 Things I Learned from a Friends Marathon on Netflix

The cast of Friends. From left: David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt Leblanc.
The cast of Friends. From left: David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow and Matt Leblanc. Getty Images

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In two days I watched 24 episodes of the '90s show and realized it taught me a lot about love and relationships

When I was 18, my parents put together an incredible graduation party for me. I was an emotional wreck, with tears streaming down my face as I moved throughout the building, hugging everyone I encountered. After I waded through the emotions, I noticed the small details my parents snuck in without my knowledge. The moment I saw Friends, my favorite television show, playing on a TV in the corner of the room — I felt a lump rise up in my throat.

As a kid, I was too little to understand Chandler’s sarcasm, Joey’s promiscuous behavior, or Phoebe’s complicated upbringing, but these factors didn’t stop me from picking from my assortment of Friends DVDs to watch with my babysitters every weekend. I was a huge fan. I knew every episode. My parents gave me a black baguetteFriends purse when I was 10, and then I set “I’ll Be There for You” by The Rembrandts as the ring-back tone on my first cell phone. Friends introduced me to love and friendship, and motivated me to be responsible once I grew up (Rachel Green’s spending habits and struggle to find a career served as lessons).

So the moment I found out Netflix released every season of Friends on January 1, I knew I had it in me to complete my favorite Friends season (the first) within a few days of the holiday break. Leaving Carroll, Iowa (my hometown with a population 1/160th of my current home in Manhattan), to intern for an online magazine (xoJane, hello!) and experience city life on my own for the first time, I have had plenty of time to indulge. So there I sat, curled up on a hazelnut-colored, squishy sofa, surrounded by Christmas lights, sipping on orange juice as the theme song bounced off the faded brick walls. In two days, I rewatched 24 episodes full of gut-wrenching laughter and classic quotes that I could still recite from memory:

“Ross, you got married when you were what – eight?”

“Dear, God! This parachute is a knapsack!”

“Oh, why not? Was I doing anything particularly . . . saucy?”

“Welcome to the real world! It sucks! You’re going to love it!”

“So he’s calling from Rome. I can call from Rome. All I have to do is go to Rome.”

Not only did rewatching these specific shows unexpectedly conjure up nostalgia, but I realized I grew up believing that every friendship I would have should somehow resemble the relationships portrayed on the show. (I would find my “Ross,” have a caretaker best friend like Monica, and a side-kick who could make me laugh constantly like Joey.)

Although some aspects of Friends are not true to my life living in the Midwest (pint-size apartments and spending every waking hour with the same group of people, etc.), the show taught me some valuable life lessons. Here’s what I learned from my marathon:

“I’ll Be There for You” is what friendship should be about.

Friends educated me on the importance of support systems and unconditional love. For example, when Ross faced a divorce at the beginning of the series, Joey and Chandler helped him settle into his new home and invited him out to clear his head. When I first started college, I was lucky enough to meet a group of girls who, despite their very different personalities, were there for each other. Whenever someone was upset, we came together immediately, for late-night baking or laying in a swarm of blankets watching movies.

Time and separation can be irrelevant in relationships.

When Rachel rushed into Central Perk after leaving her husband at the altar, Monica offered her a place to stay even though they hadn’t spoken in years. I met my best friend when I was three years old at dance practice, and to this day, she is one of the only people I know who can instantly calm me down if I’m upset.

We parted ways after high school — she attended a state school four hours away, while I decided to go to a private school close to home. She was always the Monica to my Rachel, and I know our friendship will always be something I hold dear to my heart. This television show made me realize that true, genuine friendship is possible — and you can meet those friends anywhere.

Choosing the right career path isn’t always clear and easy.

While Chandler struggled with deciding whether or not he wanted to move up in his job or start over with an internship is similar to what a lot of people face when they want to do something they love. My freshman year, I considered starting over at a state school instead of continuing at my relatively tiny college. After realizing I would be crazy to leave a school that held all of my new friends and offered more supportive environments with smaller class sizes, I made the decision to stay. Just like Chandler, I labeled my school as a “temporary” school that I would likely leave at the end of my freshman year. But also like Chandler, I realized that if I wanted the best for myself, I would stay where I was at and let myself grow.

You are the only one who knows what’s best for yourself.

Throughout season one of Friends, Monica looked for approval from her friends about her love life, cooking, and other issues; as a high-schooler, I also requested my friends’ permission for practically every decision in my life. (I think I’m going to try out for track! That’s okay, right? Is it weird if I join cheerleading? What do you think of him? I have this new friend, __; she’s nice, isn’t she?) Post high school, I realized that the only form of acceptance I should’ve searched for was whether or not I truly wanted this for myself. Monica and I shared the same insecurities, making sure everyone agreed with our decisions, but we both realized that we knew best. Your friends are there to help guide you — not decide what you will and will not do at the end of the day.

As episode 24 flashed on the screen, I realized that these fictional characters had taught me a lot. So sorry real-life friends, because I’ve got a date with six other friends that could last about nine more seasons for now.

Kiley Wellendorf is a student at Buena Vista University. This article originally appeared on xoJane.com.

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Here’s When Daredevil Will Premiere on Netflix

Charlie Cox stars in Marvel’s Daredevil Barry Wetcher—Netflix

The Marvel show will hit the streaming service on April 13

Netflix is adding another action-packed original series to its slate. Marvel’s Daredevil is set to premiere on the streaming service on April 10 at 12:01 a.m., Netflix announced Wednesday.

The story follows Matt Murdock, who is blinded as a boy but whose other senses are heightened. Murdock, played by Charlie Cox, battles crime in the courtroom as a lawyer by day and on the streets of Hell’s Kitchen in New York City as a superhero by night. The live-action series will delve into his backstory.

Daredevil is Marvel’s first original series on Netflix. The two companies have struck a deal to premiere three more projects on the site. The first, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which will star Krysten Ritter but has yet to start production, will premiere either in late 2015 or early 2016. TV shows based on the Marvel characters Luke Cage and Iron Fist will follow.

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