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Netflix’s ‘bloodbath’ reputation for canceling shows? It’s overblown

JUST A few months after TV critics anointed Tuca & Bertie one of the best TV shows of 2019, series creator Lisa Hanawalt got the bad news: Netflix Inc. wasn’t ordering a second season of the animated comedy.

Netflix boosts bet on interactive TV with wave of new kids...

NETFLIX INC. is turning three of its popular kids programs into interactive specials, increasing its bet on a choose-your-own-adventure approach to TV.

Pop-up fair marks return of Stranger Things

AS NETFLIX starts streaming the third season of Netflix’s Stranger Things, which premiered on July 4, a special pop-up gives fans a taste of the Upside Down.

Stream with Pride: Netflix’ suggestions for Pride Month

IN celebration of Pride Month this June, Netflix has come up with a list of movies and shows about how love and family come in all colors and stories.

Comic Jo Koy’s second special on Netflix

RETURNING for Fil-Am comic Jo Koy’s second Netflix special, Jo Koy: Comin’ In Hot, Koy will present a dazzling display of hula dancing and an arsenal of self-deprecating humor tackling such issues as how to raise a millennial, and the intricacies of Filipino traditions.

Netflix signs deal for Thai cave rescue miniseries

BANGKOK — Netflix, Inc. is teaming up with the company behind the hit movie Crazy Rich Asians to produce a miniseries about the perilous rescue of 12 young soccer players and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand.

Former teen idol Zac Efron plays serial killer Bundy in new...

LONDON — Zac Efron, who won legions of female fans in the High School Musical films, takes on a more sinister role in crime drama Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, playing American serial killer Ted Bundy.

Netflix, streaming services win Oscars cinema rule fight

IN A WIN for Netflix, Amazon, and other internet streaming services, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted not to change its rules for winning an Oscar, Hollywood’s top prize.

Netflix’s pursuit of Oscars may be antitrust issue

NETFLIX, Inc.’s pursuit of Academy Awards could become an antitrust issue.

YouTube denies report of plans to cancel comedies, dramas

YOUTUBE has denied that it is canceling high-end dramas and comedies on its paid service platform, refuting the claims made in a report earlier on Sunday.

Open that door? Netflix explores choose-your-own horror, romance

LOS ANGELES — A Netflix, Inc. experiment that began with viewers picking a movie character’s breakfast cereal may expand to letting the audience choose the best on-screen date or the safest path to escape an ax murderer.

Streaming costs pile up as media giants try to be like...

MEDIA giants are realizing what Netflix, Inc. already knows: Streaming is expensive.

100 Years of Solitude on Netflix

LOS ANGELES — The groundbreaking novel One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is coming to the screen for the first time in a Spanish language series for Netflix, the streaming service said on Wednesday.

Netflix’s Motley Crue rock biopic: a tale of success, excess, and...

LONDON — Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll: a new movie about the antics of 1980s metal hellraisers Motley Crue, a band known as much for their hedonism as their music, has it all.

Netflix row riles Berlin Film Festival

BERLIN — A row over whether films produced for streaming platform Netflix should be shown at the Berlin Film Festival has overshadowed the premiere of Elisa & Marcela, Isabel Coixet’s tale of two Spanish lesbians.

Hulu sees Clooney’s Catch-22 as ammunition in Netflix fight

HULU LLC touted its new lineup of original programming, including shows based on Marvel superheroes and collaborations with stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney, as the streaming service looks to build momentum in its war with Netflix Inc.

Goyo: The Boy General now streaming

BRASH ladies’ man Gregorio “Goyo” del Pilar rises to become one of the Philippines’ youngest generals in this historical epic sequel to Heneral Luna which is now streaming on Netflix.

Netflix movie Bird Box draws 80 million viewers

LOS ANGELES — Netflix Inc. on Thursday said more than 80 million member households will have watched its thriller movie Bird Box in its first four weeks, but the streaming giant gave no viewing data for Oscar hopeful Roma.

Quebec slams use of crash footage in Bird Box

QUEBEC urged entertainment giant Netflix Inc. to remove footage of a deadly rail disaster from two of its productions, including new horror movie Bird Box.

Netflix show tackles the perils of oversharing on social media

WHILE MANY viewers may have already moved on to Netflix’s comedy series Sex Education as their next binge, Lifetime’s YOU is reminding viewers why they loved the crime/psychological thriller which the streaming service premiered on December 2018. The show sheds light on how much people share on their social media accounts and how they interact with it.

What to make of Netflix’s big losses

WHILE YOU spent the holidays streaming Bird Box, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, and/or re-watching The Office for the hundredth time, Netflix Inc. was playing out a corporate drama of its own — poaching Activision Blizzard Inc. Chief Financial Officer Spencer Neumann to be its new CFO.

Bandersnatch: a good introduction to interactive films but not the best

A FEW days before 2018 ended, global internet streaming service Netflix and the people behind sci-fi series Black Mirror decided to release their most ambitious project yet — an interactive film called Bandersnatch, which immediately, it caught viewers’ fancy. It presents an intriguing, yet familiar, proposition, especially for those who grew up reading Choose Your Own Adventure books published by Bantam Books from 1979.

NBC chief hints at Netflix-style service

NBC UNIVERSAL’s boss sent a holiday greeting to employees this week, and it contained an intriguing hint about the coming year.

Domesticated helper

ALFONSO CUARON’s Roma is, yes, one of the most beautiful-looking films of the year, a blend of artfully lit footage digitally stitched together to appear a seamless whole.

Netflix tiptoes into theaters, but keeps box office quiet

NETFLIX INC. has an Oscar contender on its hands with Roma, a drama about a Mexico City family from Academy Award-winning director Alfonso Cuaron.

Netflix to create animation series based on Roald Dahl books

NETFLIX INC. said on Tuesday it will adapt celebrated British children’s author Roald Dahl’s books such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda as animation series.

Satanic Temple settles lawsuit over Sabrina goat-headed deity

NEW YORK — The Satanic Temple has settled its copyright lawsuit against Netflix Inc. and Warner Bros. Entertainment over their alleged misuse of its goat-headed deity statue in the series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a Warner spokesman said on Wednesday.

Pinoy graphic novel TRESE to become a Netflix series, but will...

TRESE, a crime/horror graphic novel about a detective of the same name who solves supernatural crimes often in connection with creatures from Philippine mythology, will be getting its own Netflix treatment as the streaming giant announced that it will be adapting the novel into an animated series. But it will take a while before it gets on the small screen.

4th season of Narcos evolves into a full show, Narcos:Mexico

ORIGINALLY intended as the fourth season of Netflix’s Narcos, Narcos:Mexico instead grew so big that executive producer Eric Newman decided to make it a companion series to the original and, as the title states, it will focus on the origins of Mexico’s drug war and its biggest drug lord, Felix Gallardo.

Frank Underwood is dead but looms large in final House of...

LOS ANGELES — In the final season of Netflix Inc.’s House of Cards, Frank Underwood is physically gone, having died unexpectedly in his sleep. But the ghost of the win-at-all-costs politician played by Kevin Spacey haunts his wife and her young presidency.

HBO doesn’t need boxing to tussle with Netflix

HBO is walking out of the ring, and it’s the right move.

Cinema-going is over, says director Cronenberg

VENICE, ITALY — Hollywood director David Cronenberg has predicted that cinema-going will die out — and says he “does not care” in the least.

Netflix teen comedy helps Yakult yogurt drink fly off shelves

Dairy producer Yakult Honsha Co. is finding that the power of product placement is so potent it works even when it’s mistaken. Viewers of Netflix’s...

New Netflix series Insatiable faces fat-shaming, homophobia accusations

NEW YORK — Netflix’s new series Insatiable, hitting screens Friday, was touted by the streaming service as a dark comedy meant to spark debate on society’s ills.

Netflix teases ‘fitting end’ to defining series House of Cards

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — A Netflix Inc. executive promised on Sunday a “fitting end” to the streaming service’s acclaimed political drama House of Cards but did not divulge how the series wrote out scandal-tainted star Kevin Spacey.

Marvel, Netflix, Disney will show sneak peeks at AsiaPOP Comicon

FOR IT’S third year, AsiaPOP Comicon Manila (APCC) 2018 is bringing three content showcases from Marvel, Netflix, and Disney, promising exclusive sneak peeks of future projects alongside the presence of some of the shows’ biggest stars at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from July 27 to 29.

Venice Film Festival to host Netflix movies, to screen unfinished Orson...

ROME — FROM westerns to the space race and the latest offerings from Oscar-winning directors, this year’s Venice Film Festival will present a rich line-up of premieres, including a host of Netflix movies and an unfinished Orson Welles work, organizers said.

The Crown offers fans glimpse of its new cast as royals

LONDON — FANS of The Crown, one of the most expensive television series ever produced, have been given a sneak peak of actress Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in the third season of the drama that chronicles Britain’s royal family.

Netflix topples HBO in Emmy nods, but Game of Thrones still...

LOS ANGELES — HBO’s medieval fantasy series Game of Thrones led nominations for the Emmy Awards announced last week, but streaming service Netflix knocked HBO off its 17-year pedestal as the network with the most nods.

The Sense8 cluster gets together again

THE Sense8 cluster comes together on Netflix for one final mission in hopes that love conquers all.

Who’s the boss?

By Noel Vera Video Review Amo Directed by Brillante Mendoza Netflix WHEN streaming giant Netflix announced that it would be showing pro-Duterte filmmaker Brillante Mendoza mini-series shot and set...

Netflix says these smart TVs are best for binge-watching

Netflix released a list of its recommended smart TVs that are ideal for watching Netflix content. The internet TV streaming giant came up with its...

Netflix-loving tykes tune out Nick in worst year for kids TV

KIDS LIKE Caleb Moushey are killing cable TV in the US. Not that Caleb knows from cable. After all, he’s seven years old. But Caleb...