On April 10, Netflix unleashes all 13 episodes of Daredevil‘s first season. Don’t expect to hear from me for a couple days as I binge watch this new offering from the streaming service.
Charlie Cox plays Matt Murdock who was blinded as a young boy but blessed with extraordinary senses. By day he fights justice as a lawyer and by night as the superhero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. True Blood alum Deborah Ann Woll plays Matt’s secretary/love interest Karen Page.
Daredevil is the first of four live-action adventures based on Marvel Comics. Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Iron Fist, and Marvel’s Luke Cage will all lead to Marvel’s The Defenders where all the protagonists from each series will reunite.
Check out a motion version of the Matt Murdock character poster below.
After sharing a short teaser earlier this week, Netflix premieres a full-length trailer for their new superhero series. While ABC took a more lighter approach with their Marvel offerings (Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), the online streaming service goes the darker and more violent route with Daredevil. Definitely a smart move given they aren’t restricted by broadcast network limitations.
Charlie Cox takes over Ben Affleck who played the blind lawyer/vigilante in the feature film co-starring Jennifer Garner. He’s joined by Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Froggy Nelson, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vincent D’Onofrio as the treacherous Kingpin in the comic book adaptation.
Daredevil begins its streaming domination on April 10. I can’t wait. The trailer looks pretty bad-ass. Check it out below.
Award season is officially underway! Even Grindr is getting in on the action. They recently released their best of 2013 year end list. From gay icon of the year (Neil Patrick Harris) to best comeback of the year (Netflix), users of the ubiquitous hookup app made their voice heard on a multitude of categories.
2013 was a banner year of celebrities coming out. Not surprisingly with all the headlines he generated, Wentworth Miller earned Grindr’s best coming out story. Solid choice. I was lucky enough to witness Miller’s first appearance after coming out at the HRC Gala Dinner in Seattle.
Along with revealing the best of the best in the past year, Grindr also weighed in on what they expect will be big and make headlines in 2014. Find out below who they think the next celebrity to come out is and what will become obsolete.
While it doesn’t come with as much fanfare as Arrested Development or House of Cards, Netflix’s new original series Orange Is The New Black is worth giving a shot. Not only is it winning critics over, but the on-demand Internet streaming media provider is so bullish on the dramedy that it ordered a second season even before premiering. That’s almost unheard of.
Orange Is The New Black is the brainchild of Weeds creator Jenji Kohan. It follows Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), an upper-middle class bisexual woman who finds herself incarcerated for a crime she committed 10 years prior. It’s actually based on Piper Kerman’s memoir sharing her experiences serving a 14-month sentence in a women’s prison in 2004. While the main character is based on Kerman, the rest of the characters are fictional. Rounding out the cast are Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Pepron and Natasha Lyonne.
If the trailer above piques your interest, all thirteen episodes of Orange Is The New Black are available online on Netflix beginning Thursday at 12 a.m. PDT.
Seven years after FOX canceled Arrested Development, the cult favorite returns for a long-awaited fourth season. The revived series will debut 15 brand new episodes all premiering at the same time on Netflix on May 26, 2013 in numerous countries. Your returning favorites will be joined by newbies including Kristen Wiig, John Krasinski, Terry Crews and Isla Fisher to name a few.
Previously, Netflix revealed a promo poster with an over-sized container all chained up (see above). I’m sure you have a pretty good idea what’s locked up in there. The network debuted the updated artwork featuring the contents of the container. Check it out below.
I’ve also embedded the first clip from the upcoming fourth season. It’s been kicking around for a couple of weeks now, but just in case you missed it, it’s here. It shows the hilarious Lucille Bluth played by Jessica Walter circumventing a hotel’s no smoking policy.
With all of Tyrell’s articles lately around Netflix and their floundering customer base, due to unhappiness with the price increases, I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce a new digital movie and TV show option in the market. CinemaNow recently launched in Canada, and their service offerings look identical to iTunes, but aren’t simply limited to the Apple family of products.
The other night Alasdair and I were thinking about renting a movie, but there I couldn’t tell you where to go to rent a movie downtown anymore, with both Rogers Video and Blockbuster closing their doors over the last few months. We decided to check out CinemaNow through our Blu-ray player’s Smart TV Hub and see what was available. We were stoked to see the number of movies available, including new releases that just came out this past week. We decided to rent Super 8, but we were also given the option to purchase the digital version of the movie outright. The pricing was actually pretty good, with the 48-hour rental only costing us $4.99, or if we had decided to purchase it the movie would have cost us $19.99. Pretty standard compared to the costs of buying an actual Blu-ray disc.
It looks like Netflix is in some serious trouble. After raising their prices in July, the instant online streaming company found itself in a little hot water. The company expected an exodus of 590,000 users. However, after the third quarter reports came in, the company realized that had lost just over 800,000 users in the US alone. That doesn’t even include the users they are probably constantly losing in Canada due to the poor quality and quantity of content.
After news broke, Netflix felt the heat on Wall Street as well. The company lost a quarter of it’s value when stocks closed yesterday. The company’s stocks are currently worth less than $100. To put it all into perspective, the company was a stock market gem before they plunged by sixty percent losing almost $9 million dollars four and a half months ago. Now, the exact value after Monday’s sell-off is $86.83. Despite the fact that the company is losing money and fast, Netflix still plans to go ahead with plans to expand into Britain and Ireland. However, they have stated that they will not expand into any other overseas markets until they are making profits again. As you can see, the problem really fell in raising the prices. It was an effort to help spin-off its DVD-by-mail rental service. However, it was a task that needed to be done says Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings.
“We became a symbol of the evil, greedy corporation,” Hastings said in a Monday interview with The Associated Press. “Then we faced a reputational hit that created significantly more cancellations than we anticipated.”
He does admit however that they went about it all wrong. He said the company should have took the time to explain that in order to get more high profile content, they would need the money to pay the television and film studios to be allowed to stream the content on high speed internet connections.
With the popularity of web series’, it was only a matter of time before Google’s YouTube jumped on the bandwagon to make a profit out of it. Some of the details are still a bit hazy but Hollywood Reporter is stating that Google has been in talks with some major Hollywood studios to help produce some premium and original content for over two dozen television channels to be added to YouTube. Google has been projected to spend over $150 million on the project.
Some of the studios in the mix include Warner Brothers, FremantleMedia, ShineRevielle and more. These are some heavy players in the television game. Currently, YouTube does rent out movies at the cost of $3.99 and older titles for free with the insertion of an advert here or there. As well, film makers are looking to make full length movies meant for release exclusively online.