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Netflix orders a weekly show hosted by Joel McHale

Netflix has snagged several former show hosts to head their own programs, from Chelsea Handler to David Letterman. Next on the list is Joel McHale, who notably starred in the priceless sitcom Community but got big helming E! channel's unscripted pop culture-gouging talk show The Soup. For Netflix, he'll host The Joel McHale Show Starring Joel McHale...an unscripted pop culture-gouging talk show.

In fact, Netflix's other star-hosted shows are similarly patterned after the programs that got them famous: Letterman interviewed President Obama on his show's first episode with a list of high-profile celebrities to follow, while Chelsea Handler helmed her own talk show for two seasons.

Like The Soup, which McHale hosted from 2004 to 2015, his new show will feature him talking in front of a green screen to preserve the lo-fi feel. Heck, Netflix even brought The Soup executive producer K.P. Anderson on to The Joel McHale Show Starring Joel McHale, so the new show will likely carry over a lot of the old (and also benefit from producer Paul Feig, the guy behind Freaks and Geeks, Bridesmaids and the new Ghostbusters). McHale's program will start airing on Netflix on February 18th, with a new half-hour show arriving every week.

Via: Variety

Source: Joel McHale (Twitter)

Duncan Jones’ sci-fi movie ‘Mute’ debuts on Netflix February 23rd

Duncan Jones' next movie won't be coming to theaters -- it's going straight to streaming. The Moon and Warcraft director has revealed that his long-in-the-making sci-fi film noire, Mute, will premiere on Netflix February 23rd. The movie is set in a future Berlin where a mute bartender (played by Alexander Skarsgård) has to trust a pair of American surgeons (led by Paul Rudd) as he tracks down a disappeared woman. Justin Theroux also stars. There's no trailer yet, but in many ways the effort taken to release the movie is the hook -- Netflix is giving Jones a chance that might not have come up through conventional formats.

As Jones noted, Mute is his "Don Quixote." It was supposed to be his first movie (he had a first draft in 2003), but it got pushed back for a number of reasons. Sam Rockwell was supposed to play a role, but Jones' insistence on different casting led him to write Moon to give Rockwell a lead (Mute is a sort of spiritual follow-up to Moon). And after that, it "kept being pushed back to the back burner" -- Source Code, the cancers of his dad (David Bowie) and wife, and other factors led him to sideline the movie and try for a Mute graphic novel that itself didn't pan out.

Netflix was, effectively, Jones' savior. He described it as an avenue for making movies that creators are "passionate about," rather than"homogenous blobs" intended to cater to absolutely everybody. The internet giant thrives on niche productions, and was willing to take a chance. It certainly helps that Jones is an accomplished filmmaker who can bring well-known actors to his work, but it's clear that Mute's odds of release wouldn't as been as high if Jones had pushed for conventional distribution.

Netflix clearly has reasons to be optimistic about Mute's success. The streaming giant has been making a big push into exclusive movies with top-notch talent, and that strategy has already paid off with the success of Bright. It doesn't always need blockbuster viewership -- it just needs enough interest to recoup its investment and draw in would-be subscribers. Should Mute be even modestly popular, it could also attract other directors who feel that theatrical releases have too many creative and financial hurdles.

Source: Duncan Jones (Twitter)

David Chang’s Netflix series ‘Ugly Delicious’ debuts February 23rd

David Chang, the chef and restaurateur behind the ever-growing Momofuku family of restaurants, has a new show in the works -- a Netflix series called Ugly Delicious. In the series, he'll travel the world eating at notable restaurants with writers, entertainers and other chefs and they'll explore topics like culture, authenticity and identity and how they relate to food. Chang told Eater that in more recent years, he had really begun to embrace the Korean food he grew up with but chose not to cook as a young chef. "As I've gotten older, I've embraced all the things that I truly love eating," he said. "I'm not embarrassed about it anymore. Now I'm just like, I don't give a fuck."

Chang has appeared on a number of shows over the years. He hosted the first season of the Anthony Bourdain-produced Mind of a Chef -- a PBS show at the time though its sixth and most recent season was picked up by Facebook Watch -- and also appeared in the second season of Netflix's hit series Chef's Table. You've probably also spotted him in other programs like Top Chef, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, The Layover and even an episode of Billions last year. Next month, Chang will also cover Korean food and culture for NBC as a 2018 winter Olympics correspondent.

Ugly Delicious, a title that comes from a hashtag he often uses on Instagram, will premiere on Netflix on February 23rd. Check out a clip below wherein Chang and comedian Ali Wong discuss what really makes a Vietnamese restaurant good.

Via: Eater

NBC brings two Winter Olympics preview shows to Netflix

You won't have to stay glued to NBC to watch all of its Winter Olympics coverage -- although it won't necessarily be the coverage you want. The network is offering a two-part PyeongChang preview series, Go For the Gold and Meet Team USA, that will be available on Netflix between January 15th and the end of the Olympics on February 25th. The episodes will explore the American team's athletes and their stories, including well-known competitors like Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White.

The nature of the series and its limited availability says a lot about NBC's intent. It sees Netflix as a way to advertise its own coverage, rather than a complement that you can watch alongside (or even after) the Olympics themselves when they start on February 8th. That's not shocking given that NBC's bottom line will depend on its live coverage and daily summaries, but it suggests you won't see any thrilling recaps on third-party services any time soon.

Source: Deadline

Netflix’s ‘Altered Carbon’ trailer shows a vast cyberpunk world

We've been looking forward to Netflix's take on Blade Runner for a while now. Altered Carbon, based on the novel of the same name, even made an appearance at CES this year. Now there's a brand-new trailer to get us all excited for the upcoming sci-fi series, full of body horror, murder and (apparently) some funny moments.

In the upcoming television show, a rich man 300 years in the future (played by Rome's James Purefoy) needs his own murder solved. So he resurrects and hires Takeshi Kovacs, a soldier killed in action 250 years previously, to investigate. The show looks impressively large, with stunning environments and sets. It's a serious throwback to the cyberpunk vision of novels like William Gibson's Neuromancer and, of course, Blade Runner, itself based on a Philip K. Dick novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Altered Carbon is set to debut on Netflix this Februrary 2nd.

Via: The Verge

Source: Netflix/YouTube

Engadget Today | The darkness after the storm

Technology and innovation are amazing. It's why we do what we do here at Engadget every day. But it's all for naught if the electricity goes. There was no reminder of this more timely or apt than a huge power failure at CES on Wednesday. Exhibitors got angry, attendees got confused and companies got spicy on Twitter (oh, brands!). That didn't stop us checking out the best of the rest so far though. Enjoy.

Netflix hid a fake bio-tech booth in the middle of CES

Venture beyond tech whales like Samsung and Sony, beyond the rows of smart speakers and giant TVs and you'll discover that there are weirder things to be found at CES. That might be why Netflix's trojan horse public relations move, establishing a fictional vendor booth deep within Las Vegas Convention Center, worked a little too well.

Well, I cheated. I was already briefed (through press release) that "Psychasec" wasn't a genuine CES exhibitor, despite this fully-fleshed stall you see here. Nope, this is a fictional company from Altered Carbon, the next big-budget sci-fi series from Netflix that seems to borrow heavily from Blade Runner, at least in visual delivery.

Most of the other attendees, a mixture of business people, media and other exhibitors were immediately curious of the glossy white stand with two sexy, realistic mannequins on display at the front.

When they ventured inside, an army of slightly too pretty attendants, dressed-in-white offered vague sci-fi responses to questions ("It's about transferring your conscious to a new, better body"), while screens all around scrolled through the benefits of replacing your body for a new (sexy, stronger, smarter) model. The aforementioned staff clutched tablets to take email addresses with promises of more information come February 2nd. Plenty took the bait, genuinely curious of where this company was based and whether this was all even possible.

The twist, if you can call it that, happens once you turn a corner, and you're confronted with a vacuum-sealed human. This is another mannequin, although with some carefully-placed condensation inside the bag, made it rather unsettling. Naturally, I had to poke the "person" in a bag. Morbid fascination.


So what about the only real thing here? The show itself, Altered Carbon, is set three hundred years into the future, at a time where human bodies are now interchangeable: Death just isn't a thing. From the glimpses I saw here, it looks like Netflix is putting plenty of cash into the show -- and I don't just mean renting a plot in Las Vegas. Expect some action, navel-gazing thoughts on what it means to die, and a firearm or two. The show launches globally on February 2nd.

Netflix hit ‘BoJack Horseman’ may be coming to TV

Netflix occasionally premieres shows that run alongside conventional TV broadcasts, but it's rare that online-only shows reach TV later -- Comcast's House of Cards offering was an exception to the rule. It's something of a surprise, then, that BoJack Horseman might be coming to TV. Distribution firm Debmar-Mercury is shopping the washed-up horse star's animated series to cable companies for syndication. The key, it turns out, was Netflix's early, looser approach to rights for its earlier originals.

When BoJack arrived in 2014, Netflix wasn't as interested in securing completely exclusive deals as it is now. And show producer Tornante is clearly taking advantage of that -- it kept the off-network rights for domestic syndication, so it's free to offer the show to TV networks.

This definitely won't become a habit for Netflix when many of its newer shows are genuinely exclusive. And of course, it's doubtful that some of its riskier shows would reach American TV. Still, this could be a good test for Netflix: it'll show whether or not conventional networks have an interest in its leftovers, and whether or not those shows can attract enough viewership to justify more syndication deals.

Source: Variety

Netflix brings HDR and surround sound to the Razer Phone this month

If you're a fan of mobile entertainment, the Razer Phone is about to get better. At CES, the company just announced that it's entering a partnership with Netflix and that the handset will be the first mobile phone to offer Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound. That's in addition to HDR10 video. Basically, it's the highest-quality Netflix experience you can get that still fits into your pocket.

How does it look and sound in action? From my brief demo, pretty well. A Razer spokesman offered a quick clip from Stranger Things' second season, and Steve's hair looked as luscious and feathered as Farrah Fawcett would hope. Nancy's exasperation that he related a basketball win to his grandpa's time in the war sounded plenty convincing from the phone's front-facing speakers as well.

It was tough to get a feel for how accurately the phone replicated surround sound in a moderately noisy hotel suite and with a dialogue-heavy scene, but we'll have further impressions later this month once the update is out. Current Razer Phone owners will receive it via an over-the-air patch, and all new phones will ship with it pre-installed.

Click here to catch up on the latest news from CES 2018.

Net neutrality suit gains support from tech’s biggest companies

Just one day after Ajit Pai's FCC released the text of its order to gut net neutrality, a lobbying group that represents the largest tech companies in the world has decided to take legal action. The Internet Association represents companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Twitter and other heavy hitters. It will join an existing lawsuit as an intervening party, which lets the group file arguments against the FCC.

"The final version of Chairman Pai's rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers," said the group's CEO Michael Beckerman in a statement. This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet. IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution."

This won't be happening very soon, unfortunately. As Recode notes, any lawsuit must wait until the order is published in the Federal Register.

Via: Recode

Source: Internet Association