Updates are Coming – The Streaming Service, Netflix, Will Test New Features

Netflix will make an experiment for a shuffle feature for some specific shows -this new feature will select a random episode from certain shows.

From the subtext we can understand it will be like the shuffle feature for music in a playlist. This new feature will help the viewers pick an episode to watch when they are not sure which episode to watch. The test of this pilot will include shows like The Office, New Girl, Our Planet and Arrested Development and more.

Netflix spokesperson confirmed the experiment in a statement – “We are testing the ability for members to play a random episode from different TV series on the Android mobile app. These tests typically vary in length of time and by region, and may not become permanent.”

There will be a new row in the Netflix menu which called “Play a Random Episode.” Once the viewers click on a thumbnail, a random episode plays. If you want to test this feature, look for a red “shuffle” icon.

The Android Police publication, which monitors Netflix developments on Android devices was the first to notice this experiment.

This new feature might be related to Disney’s streaming service.

Marta Kauffman, The Creator of Friends, Said Something We Were All Afraid Of

Marta just broke millions of hearts by saying there will never be a show reboot…

On an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine Kauffman said that a reunion episode won’t hold the hype of the show’s committed fans and might disappoint them.

When trying to explain her point of view she said: “One, the show is about a time in your life when your friends are your family. It’s not that time anymore. All we’d be doing is putting those six actors back together, but the heart of the show would be gone.”

She continued: “Two, I don’t know what good it does us. The show is going just fine, people love it. [A reunion] could only disappoint. ‘The One Where Everyone’s Disappointed’.”

4 years ago Netflix made a big move acquiring Friends, which was debut on 1994, in a massive deal – 118 million dollars!

Marta shared her experience with the show airing in Netflix – her daughter’s friends asked if she is familiar with ‘that new show’ that lately launched on Netflix.

It’s not only Marta who doesn’t like the idea of a reunion – Matt LeBlanc (better known as Joey Tribbiani) also said it will never happen.

Matt LeBlanc said with Brisbane’s 97.3FM Bianca, Terry & Bob: “I understand that people really want to see that reunion. But that show was about a finite period in these six characters’ lives, between 20 and 30.” He continued: “I think everyone’s imagination of what they (the characters) are doing is better.”

Moreover, The 50-years-old actor hinted that there is more than one member of the original cast would be unwilling to be in a reunion. “It’s not any one person,” he claimed. “I think it’s better to just leave it. I think it’s something that doesn’t come along very often. That was a really special thing, and the stars aligned right for that.”

David Schwimmer, known as Ross Geller, said 8 years ago: “I really like how the show ended. I really love how it ended. I think it was kind of a perfect ending, and I can’t see any good reason to revisit it.”

No Third Season for The Punisher – Netflix Confirms

Although season two of the The Punisher released last month, but rumors about canceling already started to spread like mushrooms after the rain.

Now we know, according to Netflix the show won’t return for season 3.

Netflix said in a statement to LADbible: “Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come.”

Apparently, The Punisher won’t be the only show that canceled. It seems like Marvel’s Jessica Jones won’t return after its third season. As Netflix stated – “In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones”.

Frank Castle, The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal posted on Instagram a suspicious message – That according to fans may confirms the cancellation of the show.

Jon posted: “To all who have served. All who know loss. All who love and understand Frank and his pain. It has been an honour to walk in his boots. I’m endlessly grateful to the comic fans and the men and women of the Armed Services and law enforcement community who Frank means so much to. Thank you to the USMC and all the wonderful soldiers who trained me. Go hard. Be safe.”

As expected – lots of fans are sure this is a goodbye from their loved Marvel Hero and commented on the post.

The American psychological thriller- ‘You’ -coming back for a second season in Netflix

You‘ is an American psychological thriller television series. The first season is based on the 2014 novel carrying the same name by Caroline Kepnes. The story follows Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), New Yorker, and bookstore manager who falls in love with a customer named Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) and quickly becomes obsessed with her.

Penn, who known to ‘Gossip Girl’ fans as Dan Humphrey, is said to be reprising his role as Joe Goldberg in a whole new city. It happens after season one ended with a major cliffhanger.

Well, We happy to announce that ‘You‘ will have a second season of the psychological thriller in Autumn 2019.

It’s been reported the next series is going into production and it’s set to continue Joe’s story, echoing events depicted in the follow-up book.

In Kepnes second book, Joe moves to LA to start a new life for himself, and start his search for a new love (or obsession) and ending up facing some childhood trauma.

We can’t wait- what about you!? 🙂

Netflix, Thank you!!!!!!

 

When ‘E.T.’ stars meet ‘Haunting Of Hill House’.

Netflix’s latest horror show, The Haunting of Hill House This modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson novel follows a fractured family confronts haunting memories, Flashing between past and present, of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it.

One of the ‘Haunting Of Hill House’ cast member is the Star Of ‘E.T.’, Henry Thomas, who played little  and the show’s fans are losing their mind- especially because watchers were so distracted by the hidden ghosts peppered about the place and the fact that they were crapping themselves with fear, that many of them didn’t notice this major detail- Littel Elliott from E.T. is an adult now and took the place of the young dad in the Netflix series.

The social networks were floating with comments about the discovery. One Twitter user wrote, “Finding out that the younger Dad from Haunting of Hill House is Elliot from E.T. has shaken me to my core,”

while another Twitter user posted, “Wait. WAIT! So the dad in Haunting of Hill House is the same guy that played Elliott in E.T.? Mind. Officially. Blown.”

It’s Friends 24th Birthday Today!

Friends is an American television sitcom that we all know and love even before the days of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and binge-watching series.  This was when a sitcom, named Friends (which aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004), reigned supreme, including one particular American series that soon became one of the most iconic TV shows of its time. It means today it’s Friends 24th birthday!!!!

Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California was where the show was filmed and took place at. All 10 seasons of this loveable sitcom ranked within the top ten of the final television season ratings; extremely reaching the number one spot in its eighth season. The series finale was aired on May 6, 2004, watched by around 52.5 million American viewers, making it the fifth most-watched series finale in television history, and the most-watched television episode of the 2000s decade.

During that decade, Friends sitcom told us the story of a group of pals living in New York City, with Ross, Monica, Chandler, Rachel, Phoebe and Joey, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, all guiding us through the ups and downs of relationships, careers, babies, big city life and, the important of all- friendship.

Although Friends ended in 2004, the cast is still making bank- some cast members’ careers after the show were more lucrative than others. Individually, friends stars net worth starts at $70 million, with the highest earners reaching $220 million.

The show’s lowest-valued cast member would be Lisa Kudrow. Back in the day, she played Phoebe, the quirky one in the group, and though Friends was one of her biggest roles, she’s still active in Hollywood has been on such shows as The Comeback, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Grace.

Next up is the one with his famous line: “How you doin’?”- who else than our beloved Matt LeBlanc. His recent stint as a Top Gear host may have been brief, but his net worth reportedly stands at a cool $80 million. He played Joey In the series, the goofy (and stupid with the big heart) character.

Matthew Perry stands firmly next to his co-star, LeBlanc, and onscreen roommate, also worth a nice $80 million. Matthew has found some success in films and also with his stage work, after playing the permanently wisecracking Chandler.

 David Schwimmer, Dr. Ross Geller, should be with an estimated worth of $85 million after playing the smart guy in the group, the dinosaur lover- and Monica Geller brother.

The next one is Courtney Cox that her net worth is slightly more north of her co-stars’! Cox comes in a comfortable $120 million. Since leaving behind the clean-obsessive (OCD much?) Monica, she stars in Cougar Town for six years, and also had a hand in many film and TV projects since then.

Cox and ex-husband, David Arquette, own their own production company, Coquette Productions. In August, they announced that Cox will join the cast of the Shameless next season (US version).

Friend Highest valued cast member is Jennifer Aniston, who reigns with a tidy $220 million net worth. Aniston isn’t only known for her role as Friend group member Rachel Green, she also known for numerous Hollywood movie roles, for her marriage to Brad Pitt (her ex-husband) and Justin Theroux.

 

Netflix: ‘Stranger Things’ Season Three Confirmed for Summer 2019 Release

After Netflix released a teaser of Stranger Things‘ but Netflix has just confirmed the show won’t be returning until the summer of 2019.

Netflix programming boss Cindy Holland stated “worth the wait,” of the 15 months wait between the seasons two and three. “It’s a handcrafted show,” continued Holland. “The Duffer Brothers and Shawn Levy – they understand the stakes are high. They want to deliver something bigger and better than last year. I think it’s going to be a fantastic season. It will be worth the wait.” Holland also added that season three will be delayed because of added special effects. “It’s a really exciting season, just takes a little more time,” Holland explained.

The new season is set to take place in the summer of 1985 and will introduce two new cast members.

The Crown- Netflix Releases first-look image of Olivia Colman as the Queen Elizabeth II

Netflix has released the first image of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in the new season of ‘The Crown’ has been released. Colman will play Queen Elizabeth alongside Tobias Menzies, who will play Prince Philip. The new season is now in production.

Colman, The 44-year-old Broadchurch star, will play Her Majesty in the third and fourth seasons of ‘The Crown’, taking over the role from Claire Foy In the smash hit. In the image, posted on Twitter, Colman’s character wears a dusky pink cardigan, wearing her trademark pearls and appears to be deep in thought while she sits at a breakfast table, where she has been served a cup of tea and eating a slice of marmalade toast.

Colman has said she is “thrilled” to be taking over the role of the monarch for the third series of Netflix’s blockbuster royal drama.

The season starts where the second season ended, covers the period of 1964 till the early 1970s. ‘The Crown’ cast includes Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip; Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, the queen’s sister; Ben Daniels as Margaret’s husband- Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Claire Foy, her predecessor said: “She doesn’t need any advice from me, she knows what she’s doing. The only thing I would say is take vitamins and get lots of sleep.”

Last week season two of The Crown secured 13 Emmy nominations including nods for Claire Foy and Matt Smith as well as the lead drama category. Many of ‘The Crown’ fans didn’t respond well to the news and posted that Foy will always be the queen:

Season 3 is expected to premiere in 2019.

We can’t wait!!!!

 

The MoviePass Effect Is Here To Stay

The culture of subscription-based movie streaming sites is gaining momentum in Hollywood, and it has the potential to change the entertainment industry forever.

The entertainment industry is experiencing a major upheaval.

If you don’t believe in the veracity of this statement, the latest evidence – an announcement by AMC in which it unveiled its decision to launch its own subscription-based program – should convince you otherwise.

Dubbed A-list, AMC’s subscription-based program is a nod to the new realities of Hollywood, one in which cinemagoers want more value than entertainment from their night out.

What it also suggests is that Netflix has changed the entertainment industry, though it isn’t clear for now whether it’s for good or worse. Today’s movie lovers aren’t fond of spending as much as $20 to watch a single movie, what they look forward to is paying for monthly content packages.

The recent move by AMC is a break-away from the past moves of movie theatres when they increased prices and added more amenities to paper over reducing audience numbers. Ticket prices have seen a 50% rise since 2002, though ticket sales have nosedived by 20%.

In case you’re wondering, it is the younger generation – the one that makes the biggest chunk of Netflix subscribers – that is moving away from the theatres.

In response, theater giants such as Regal and AMC talked about the premium experience they offer to cinemagoers. Old seating has now been replaced, with plush recliners taking their place. Beer and wine have been added to cinema menus, with IMAX and 3D also gaining momentum.

However, at a time of rising inequality, stagnating wage bills, and crushing student loans, moviegoers do not want those amenities. What they want, put simply, is a deal. That demand for a deal was one of the reasons why MoviePass, an upstart company which offers a movie-a-day for less than $10 a month, now has three million subscribers.

AMC’s recent announcement, therefore, should be seen as a push by the theatre-giant to rival the domination of MoviePass. However, while you can be a subscriber to MoviePass at less than $10 a month, AMC would require you to pay $19.99 for its monthly subscription package.

The added cost, however, isn’t without any benefits. While MoviePass lets you see a movie a day in most movie theatres, you only get to see it in 2D with the requirement that tickets be purchased closed to show times.

In contrast, AMC will give its subscribers the option to watch three movies every week in IMAX and 3D, premium formats which MoviePass doesn’t provide. What’s more, it also gives you the option to reserve seats in advance.

So, what will be the effect of services like AMC and MoviePass on the studios? To be honest, they won’t take a financial hit. All they want is money, and they could care less whether you’ve purchased your ticket from a subscription service or on a la carte.

However, the same cannot be said for both AMC and MoviePass, two services that are likely to take a hit. MoviePass is already suffering huge losses and AMC’s CEO Adam Aron is adamant his company will take a $10 to $15 million hit over the next two quarters.

Still, while AMC – thanks to its bigger pockets – could withstand the financial hit, the same couldn’t be said about the upstart MoviePass.

Netflix Picks Up “Lucifer” After Fox Cancellation, Episode Count Revealed

Netflix’s decision to pick-up “Lucifer” took the fans of the supernatural TV drama by a pleasant surprise who were earlier mourning its cancellation by Fox.

Over the past couple of weeks, the TV world experienced a bloodbath as numerous long-running fan-favorite TV drams were canceled by networks, including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “The X-Files,” “The Expanse,” and numerous others.

Since then, fans have launched various campaigns to save their favorite TV shows. Some of those campaigns have yielded positive results, as both the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “The Expanse” have been rescued.

Enter Fox’s “Lucifer,” whose name can now officially be added to the saved list.

Fox unveiled its decision to cancel “Lucifer” at the start of May and after running it for three seasons. The supernatural drama has now been picked up by Netflix, with the streaming giant ready to stream its fourth season to the viewers.

Ever since its cancellation, “Lucifer” was in contact with numerous streaming outlets to keep the series going, before eventually arriving at Netflix.

It has also been revealed that Amazon Studios were also initially interested in picking up the series, though eventually Netflix swooped in and won the day.

“Lucifer” reveals around the life of Devil (Tom Ellis) who vacated Hell to run a nightclub in Los Angeles, where the LAPD hires him as a consultant to solve crimes.

Although it received mixed reviews in its debut season in 2016, the 2nd and 3rd seasons saw its popularity rising.

Details have emerged that the 4th season will consist of ten brand-new episodes, plus the two additional “bonus” episodes which would run for the same length of time as the original episodes. The 3rd season, meanwhile, consisted of 22 episodes.

Netflix’s decision to jump in and save “Lucifer” follows the longstanding tradition of the streaming giant to give a new life to fan-favorites. It has saved numerous shows, like “Longmire” and “Arrested Development” in the past.