Let’s be honest here: you probably spend more time browsing your options on Netflix Instant than you do actually watching anything. And now to add to your ongoing decision-making dilemma, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has announced that the service plans to start launching 20 (twenty!) new original series a year. Now you’ll never run out of options for weekend binge-watching.
The first ‘Star Wars’ standalone film is set to hit theaters in 2016, and although it’s currently seeking a replacement screenwriter, it looks as though production is gearing up on the Gareth Edwards project. Both Rooney Mara and ‘Orphan Black’ star Tatiana Maslany are testing for a leading role in the untitled film, which has been rumored as a heist film involving Boba Fett.
The post-credits scene for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ featured a rather unexpected comic book character, which inspired fan speculation over whether or not this particular character would make another appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While we won’t see him on the big screen again anytime soon, he is getting his very own comic book sequel to help explain how he ended up in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’
There are plenty of great titles added to Netflix Instant each month, but there are also several movies and television shows that leave the service, too. Now's the time to stop procrastinating! While Netflix recently announced that they're renewing their streaming deal with the BBC, there are still a few British titles that will be hitting the road. Read on for our guide to the titles expiring on Netflix Instant in February—it may be your last chance to see some of them for a while.
A biopic based on the Mötley Crue book ‘The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band’ has been in the works for several years, but it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the rowdy project. That changed today, as Focus Features has acquired the rights to distribute the film, with ‘Jackass’ director Jeff Tremaine still attached to helm the project—as if there could be a more appropriate choice for director.
We won’t know exactly how graphic ‘50 Shades of Grey’ is going to be until we see the film with our own cursed eyeballs, but we now officially know that the film has been given an R-rating by the pearl-clutching members of the MPAA. What does that R-rating stand for? Graphic nudity, “strong sexual content,” and “unusual behavior.” Wait, what the hell is unusual behavior?!
Casting for Legendary’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’ (previously titled ‘Skull Island’) has been a little slow-going. For several months, the only actor confirmed for the upcoming prequel was Tom Hiddleston, followed recently by J.K. Simmons. As if the cast wasn’t already shaping up to be particularly awesome, Legendary is now in talks with Michael Keaton to make it even cooler.
It’s here. It’s finally here. The first trailer for Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ arrived during tonight’s two-hour ‘Agent Carter’ premiere. If for some strange reason you didn’t tune in to see Peggy Carter’s television debut (what’s your excuse?), the trailer has arrived online for your viewing pleasure. Following Marvel’s clever tiny teaser marketing, you’ll be pleased to watch Paul Rudd’s heroics in this regular-sized trailer.
It wasn’t that long ago that we learned Channing Tatum would be playing the role of Cajun mutant Gambit in an upcoming ‘X-Men’ spinoff film. To make the news a bit better, we also learned that ‘RoboCop’ remake writer Josh Zeteumer was working on the script, which is based on a treatment by ‘X-Men’ comics writer Chris Claremont, who also co-created the original character. And today, in even better news, Tatum has announced the release date for ‘Gambit,’ which will be coming to a theater near you in 2016.
A couple of weeks ago, we saw a brief teaser for Call of Duty Online featuring ‘Captain America’ star Chris Evans. Today brings the full live-action trailer for the new game, in which Evans goes from Marvel superhero to video game war hero, fighting alongside his fellow players in a promo for the new Chinese game. Yes, that’s right—Call of Duty Online was made exclusively for China. Sorry, guys.
Even before Sony was hacked and we got a look at their e-mails regarding Spider-Man, we knew that the company was scrambling to figure out what to do with the web-slinging hero. After talks with Marvel for a potential crossover with the character fizzled, it seemed as though Sony was focusing their energies on Spidey spin-offs and putting plans for ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3' on hold, perhaps indefinitely. But according to a new casting call, it looks like Sony might be moving ahead with the third installment in the underwhelming franchise after all.
It’s the start of a new year and the start of a new month of Netflix Instant releases. January brings all 10 seasons of ‘Friends’ to the streaming service, as well as some old classics and new favorites, and several new seasons of television for you to binge-watch as needed. Ready your queues and read on for our guide to the newest releases hitting Netflix Instant in January 2015.
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