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What's Coming and Going on Netflix in September 2018

August 22, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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The documentarians of American VandalPhoto: Netflix

This is a damn good month for Netflix. Hell, we didn’t even know American Vandal was coming back, but those documentarians have found another case! A “stomach-churning mystery at a Washington high school,” according to Netflix! It’s the fake true crime of the century! This month we’re getting a lot of promising new Netflix shows, plus some classic movies. First the highlights, then the master list:

Highlights

Shows

This month Netflix gets Call the Midwife series 7 (“series,” that’s so British!) and American Horror Story: Cult. But the real action is in originals:

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Along with the American Vandal sequel, you’re getting more Bojack Horseman, and the new show Sierra Burgess Is A Loser starring Barb from Stranger Things. Brilliant.

There’s also the new miniseries Maniac (starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill), Atypical season 2, Chef’s Table Volume 5, and season 2 of the Reboot reboot, Reboot: The Guardian Code. Iron Fist is back for some reason. And Norm Macdonald has a show called Norm Macdonald has a Show.

Movies

Just in time for the death of Moviepass, every good movie comes to Netflix! Black Panther, Groundhog Day, Scarface, Bruce Almighty, The Breakfast Club, The Cider House Rules, Lilo & Stitch, The Emperor’s New Groove, Role Models, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, The VVitch, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (that’s the first one, the good one).

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Watch those Disney movies while you can, before Netflix’s contract runs out and Disney launches its own streaming service and you have the pleasure of paying another monthly TV bill!

Lots of new Netflix movies this month too, including manga/anime adaptation Bleach, cartoon Next Gen, and Nappily Ever After. There’s also something called, amazingly, The Most Assassinated Woman in the World.

Comedy Specials 

Lighter showing than usual: two new specials from D.L. Hughley and Daniel Sloss. But you’ve got that Norm show, and season 2 of Jack Whitehall’s Travels With My Father.

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Last Call

We’re losing Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, The Descent, Dead Poets Society, Ghostbusters, and one of the other Pirates movies. And I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry is finally out of the house. Not losing many TV shows this month.

Arriving in September

A * denotes a Netflix original. Links go to Netflix trailers and watch pages.

September 1

  • Unforgiven
  • 10,000 B.C.
  • Another Cinderella Story
  • Assassins
  • August Rush
  • Bruce Almighty
  • Delirium
  • Fair Game
  • Groundhog Day
  • King Kong
  • La Catedral del Mar*
  • Martian Child
  • Monkey Twins*
  • Mr. Sunshine*
  • Nacho Libre
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Scarface
  • Sisters*
  • Spider-Man 3
  • Stephanie
  • Summer Catch
  • Sydney White
  • The Ant Bully
  • The Breakfast Club
  • The Cider House Rules
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • The Keeping Hours
  • The River Wild
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
  • Two Weeks Notice

September 2

  • Lilo & Stitch
  • The Emperor’s New Groove
  • Maynard
  • Quantico: Season 3

September 3

September 4

  • Black Panther

September 5

  • Van Helsing: Season 2
  • Wentworth: Season 6

September 6

  • Once Upon a Time: Season 7

September 7

September 10

  • Call the Midwife: Series 7

September 11

September 12 

September 14

September 15

  • Inside The Freemasons: Season 1

September 16

  • Role Models
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

September 17

September 18

September 21

September 23

  • The Walking Dead: Season 8

September 25

  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

September 26

September 28

September 30

  • Big Miracle

Last Call

Leaving September 1

  • 13 Going on 30
  • A Royal Night Out
  • Batman Begins
  • Casino
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
  • Exporting Raymond
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • Ghostbusters
  • Hachi: A Dog’s Tale
  • Hotel for Dogs
  • I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry
  • It Might Get Loud
  • Joyful Noise
  • Just Friends
  • Lockup: County Jails: Collection 1
  • Man on Wire
  • Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild
  • The Assets
  • The Bucket List
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Descent
  • The Descent: Part 2

Leaving September 2

  • Outsourced
  • Waffle Street

Leaving September 11

  • Rules of Engagement: Seasons 1 – 7

Leaving September 14

  • Pete’s Dragon

Leaving September 15

  • A Star Is Born
  • Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead
  • Bordertown

Leaving September 16

  • Are You Here
  • Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie
  • Moonrise Kingdom

Leaving September 24

Leaving September 28

  • The Imitation Game

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Be Warned About Unpleasant Scenes in Entertainment With ‘Does the Dog Die?’ 

August 7, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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No, he doesn’t.Screenshot: Walt Disney Pictures

You’re excited for a new HBO show, but the trailers look pretty violent. You can stand some fighting, but you really hate torture scenes. Or you hate puke shots. Or you need to avoid strobe effects. Or your actual dog just died, and you’d rather not be reminded by a movie. Look up the title on Does the Dog Die?, a site that collects warnings about anxiety triggers and unpleasant elements in over 6,000 movies, TV, books, and video games.

The site tracks 57 avoidable story elements, which it calls “triggers.” They range from kid stuff like “Does someone fart or spit?” and “Is Santa spoiled?” to more serious triggers like “Is someone tortured?” and “Does someone die by suicide?” The site gets specific about forms of violence and self-harm, but unlike many other content warning sites, it’s not at all obsessed with sex. It cares more about questions like “Does a dragon die?”

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While the site looks bare-bones, it has a smart interface. Under each title, the page lists all 57 triggers. Next to each trigger is a binary yes/no choice, with one of the choices highlighted. Look closer and you’ll see that it’s actually a vote. Each user (after logging in with a Twitter, Facebook, or Google account) can leave one vote in either direction. If you look at the tiny vote numbers, you can see if not everyone agrees that a certain scene “counts.” For example, while 23 people say Game of Thrones has no jump scares, 8 people say it does.

Users can also leave text notes to further explain a scene. Readers can star the questions they care about the most, and those will appear at the top of each title’s page. And certain triggers, like “Does a parent die?” have hidden vote counts to avoid spoilers.

By default, the first question on every page is “Does the dog die?” That used to be the only question on the site. Creator John Whipple tells Lifehacker that while he created the site, “It was originally my sister’s idea. She found it frustrating to watch a movie with a dog in it because worrying over the survival of the dog made it impossible to enjoy the movie.” Even someone who’s typically into hardcore horror might not be in the mood for everything.

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Many of the current triggers, he says, were suggested by visitors. “Tracking which movies have strobe effects was not what we had in mind when starting the site but I’m glad we are able to help!”

The site is great for parents who want to get more granular than whether a movie is G-rated. (Maybe your kid is a little too into fart jokes right now, so you’re trying not to encourage her.) Conversely, if you’re a real sick freak, you can look for the titles with the most triggers. So far the top three are Akira, Teen Wolf, and Bait.

We found one problem on the site: Works with identical titles are easily confused, so content warnings for the show Teen Wolf ended up on the movie’s page, and some books end up with all the content warnings from their film adaptations. That’s why you’ll see books with the “shaky cam” warning.

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The question “Is someone sexually assaulted?” links to the site Unconsenting Media, which tracks sexual violence in media more meticulously. Whipple says he actually helped Unconsenting Media’s creators when they were making their site. “I’ve been asked why we don’t provide a list of movies for some of the more sensitive triggers (e.g. movies where someone dies by suicide). I believe that detracts from our core values and is not the direction I want to take the site. On the flip side, I’m not afraid to help those qualified to deal with those problems.”

Both sites are excellent additions to the world of content warnings, which also includes IMDb’s crowdsourced parental guides (here’s the guide for Batman Begins), Common Sense Media, and Where’s the Jump? The point, of course, isn’t to avoid everything challenging—plenty of stories are challenging without a single moment of violence or death—but to manage your expectations so you don’t have to avoid everything. As Whipple puts it: “Our focus is to allow people to enjoy media without fear of encountering an unwelcome triggering surprise.”

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iHeartRadio adds Spotify-like personalized playlists

July 30, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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iHeartRadio announced today that it’s adding a new playlist for users to stream — a weekly updated selection of tunes based on what you listen to. Your Weekly Mixtape will be refreshed every Monday and will include 30 to 75 songs chosen for you based on the stations and artists you listen to and the tracks you give a thumbs up. It sounds an awful lot like Spotify’s Discover Weekly, even down to the day it’s released. But iHeartRadio’s chief product officer, Chris Williams, told CNET that there is a difference between the two.

Whereas Spotify’s weekly playlist is more about finding users new music they might enjoy, Williams notes, he says that iHeartRadio’s curated playlist is about giving users a selection of songs they know and love. “We want to make sure they’re getting a playlist they can sing along to,” he said. However, the company says the playlist will also include both new releases and trending music a user might like.

Earlier this year, iHeartRadio opened up its activity-, era- and genre-based playlists to all users. And it’s not the only streaming service to offer a Discover Weekly-like playlist. Pandora announced its version in March while Apple Music has a handful of personalized playlists for users to choose from as well. Spotify’s personalized lists also include its Daily Mixes, Your Time Capsule and Your Summer Rewind.

iHeartRadio’s Your Weekly Mixtape is rolling out to all users, paid and free, now. You can find yours through the “For You” tab on the iHeartRadio website or the “Your Library” section of the iOS and Android apps.

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YouTube may produce more original programming outside the US

July 30, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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YouTube is working on original programming for international markets in an effort to boost paid subscriber numbers, Reuters reports. The company plans to develop shows for customers in France, Germany, Japan and Mexico, adding to series that have already been released in South Korea and India. Susanne Daniels, YouTube’s global head of original programming, told Reuters that new productions will include music documentaries, reality series, talk shows and scripted series.

“We are targeting markets where we believe we have a tremendous upside in potential subscribers,” said Daniels. Already, the company has seen success with a Hindi talk show about cricket, which was released in India, and a reality show about South Korean pop band Big Bang. YouTube is planning to add more original programming to its India market as well.

YouTube’s expansion into international markets with local language programming follows similar moves from Netflix and Amazon. Earlier this year, Netflix said it was aiming to have around 700 original shows and movies on its streaming service this year with about 80 originals being produced outside of the US. So far, it has announced a slew of local language shows including new series produced in Mexico, Sweden and Brazil. Amazon has been pushing into other markets as well, inking a licensing deal earlier this year with Televisa for several Spanish-language series.

More information about YouTube’s international efforts will be released in the coming weeks. Some of the new content will be included in the company’s subscription service YouTube Premium, and some will be available to stream for free.

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Apple Music documentary chronicles the making of Kesha's ‘Rainbow’

July 30, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Next month will mark the one-year anniversary of the release of Kesha’s Rainbow, an album that confronts deep pain, features “spine-shivering feats” as Billboard noted and includes what Rolling Stone called the “best music of her career.” On August 10th, Apple Music will celebrate the album and the woman behind it with a documentary about Kesha and the making of Rainbow. Rainbow – The Film includes never-before-seen footage of Kesha performances, the writing and recording of Rainbow and “psychedelic vignettes” that depict the artist’s struggles and inner demons.

“Making Rainbow the album was such a therapeutic process and given the opportunity to turn it into a three dimensional piece of art has helped me find even deeper healing and catharsis,” Kesha said in a statement. “I hope this film inspires others to never give up even if you feel full of hurt or lost, because after the storm comes a rainbow. Depression, anxiety and mental illness are things we all need to talk about more, and there is no shame in asking for help. Making the decision to work on yourself is the bravest thing you can do. I hope this film helps bring light and love to everyone.”

This is the latest addition to Apple Music’s growing list of documentaries, which include subjects like Major Lazer, Pink, Clive Davis, Cash Money and Harry Styles’ hair.

Rainbow – The Film will be available exclusively through Apple Music. You can check out the trailer below.

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John Oliver made his own version of Facebook’s ‘we're sorry’ video

July 30, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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In April, after the Cambridge Analytica scandal erupted, Facebook put out an ad that was meant to reassure users about how their data would be treated going forward. Dubbed the “Here Together” ad, the video points to some of the issues that have come along with Facebook, like spam, clickbait and fake news, though the closest it gets to actually acknowledging the Cambridge Analytica debacle is noting “data misuse.” “Facebook will do more to keep you safe and protect your privacy,” said the ad. Well last week, Facebook’s stock prices plummeted, knocking off around $120 billion in market value from the social media giant and inspiring John Oliver to tweak the ad just a bit.

The parody ad Oliver played on Last Week Tonight starts out similarly, a soothing voice dubbed over various Facebook posts while a piano plays in the background. It talks about the friends that brought you to Facebook in the first place. But then, rather than highlighting how it wants to get back to a focus on friends, as the original ad did, Oliver’s goes on to describe just how much data Facebook collects on its users, and how much money it makes off of that data.

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“Your data enabled us to make a fuck-ton of money from corporations, app developers and political campaigns,” says the ad. “Seriously you guys, we were making so much money off of you, you don’t even understand. But then, you found out about it. And we had to testify and issue bullshit apology ads, all so we could lose $120 billion.” But what will Facebook do going forward? “But here’s the thing,” it says, “nothing’s really gonna change. We’ve got your data. We’ve got your friends. And, really, where are you gonna go? Friendster? Fuck you.”

The ad then says in no uncertain terms that Facebook will continue to find “subtle ways to violate your privacy.” And while users watch videos of cats eating corn, dogs riding horses and kids “beating the shit out of each other,” the company will just keep making “an ungodly amount of money.” It wraps up with a poignant, “Facebook: We own who you are.”

You can check out the segment in the video above.

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The Morning After: Tesla made a surfboard

July 30, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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How’s your Monday morning going? We’ve got news on how long you’ll have to wait for the third part of Stranger Things, and an AI can predict a movie’s audience based on its trailer. Meanwhile, NASA’s picking its favorite looks for Mars habitats — and isn’t even using Pinterest for inspiration.

The Duffer Brothers are taking their time to get things right.
Netflix won’t premiere ‘Stranger Things’ season 3 until summer 2019

That season three teaser is all you’re getting for now. Netflix exec Cindy Holland has revealed that the third installment of the Duffer Brothers’ show is launching sometime in summer 2019 — a longer wait than the 15 months between the first two seasons.

They’ll now have to build a one-third-scale version of their designs.NASA contest finalists show off their Mars-habitat models

We haven’t even sent humans to Mars, but let’s talk houses. NASA launched the 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge back in 2015 to find suitable artificial housing for the first wave of Martian residents, and now the agency has narrowed the contestants down to five after seeing the realistic virtual models they created.

Nope, sold out.Tesla made a $1,500 surfboard

More functional than a flamethrower.

Less eye strain.YouTube’s dark mode reaches Android users

iOS users got the option in March, but YouTube is finally rolling out its “dark theme” to Android phones. If you have it on your phone, you’ll find it your Settings’ General section. It’s not certain how soon everyone will get the feature (we’ve asked Google for comment), though — it may take some days to arrive.

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'True Detective' director's Netflix show 'Maniac' arrives September 21st

July 30, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Netflix isn’t quite done unveiling star-studded movies and shows. The online media giant has confirmed that Maniac, the series from True Detective season 1 director Cory Fukunaga, will premiere on September 21st. The dark comedy (based on a Norwegian series) stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill as strangers united by a strange trial for a drug treatment that will supposedly cure any mental illness or anguish. Needless to say, it doesn’t work out as expected — it’d be a short series if it did.

Justin Theroux and Sally Field round out the main cast.

The teaser below says precious little beyond highlighting the naive optimism of Dr. Mantleray (Theroux), who believes “the mind can be solved.” Stone and Hill don’t even speak, and Field is nowhere to be seen. Nonetheless, it’s easy to be curious based on this brief viewing. It suggests that Fukunaga is taking advantage of his creative freedom on Netflix (not to mention a hefty casting budget) to create a stand-out production. And it’s just as well — Netflix’s existing slate hasn’t been drawing in as many new subscribers as expected. An attention-grabbing show like Maniac might be what it needs to maintain buzz as the summer draws to a close.

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Netflix launches 'Riverdale's' Sabrina spin-off on October 26th

July 29, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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If you’re so hooked on Riverdale that one show isn’t enough of a fix, you’re in luck. Netflix has announced that its spin-off show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will debut on October 26th — just before Halloween, and conveniently two weeks after Riverdale‘s season 3 premiere. There’s no footage to show yet, but Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper on Mad Men) is playing the titular role, with creatives from Riverdale (including showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacassa) giving the show a familiar feel.

As the name implies, this is the polar opposite of the ’90s series. Here, Sabrina is grappling with her half-witch nature as she deals with both supernatural threats and the realities of her everyday life. You likely won’t see crossover moments thanks to network complexities (Riverdale is a CW show, Sabrina is Netflix-only), but this might scratch the itch if you’ve wanted to visit the darkest corner of the reinterpreted Archie Comics universe.

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Netflix won't premiere 'Stranger Things' season 3 until summer 2019

July 29, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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You’d better soak in that nostalgic Stranger Things season 3 teaser, as that’s likely all you’re getting for a while. Netflix programming exec Cindy Holland has revealed that the third installment of the Duffer brothers’ show is launching sometime in summer 2019. That’s a considerably longer wait than the 15 months between the first two seasons — you’re looking at a minimum of 18 months after season 2. There may be a good reason for the lengthier wait, though.

Both the Duffers and executive producer Shawn Levy know the “stakes are high,” according to Holland, and want to provide “bigger and better” material than in the second run. She added that there would be more special effects than before. While Holland didn’t directly acknowledge th mixed reactions to the second season, there’s little doubt that Netflix wants to attract people who weren’t completely enthralled in 2017.

It’s doubtful Netflix is too worried about Stranger Things‘ extra development time when it has roughly 700 originals lined up for 2018, including the likes of Disenchantment and Narcos: Mexico. With that said, it can only afford to wait so long — its shows haven’t been attracting as many new viewers as it might have liked in recent months, and more Stranger Things could be crucial to keeping the company’s growth on track.