You may start noticing a new trend on Netflix. This December, sermon series from four prominent pastors—Joyce Meyer, Steven Furtick, Andy Stanley and Ed Young—were all added to the streaming content platform as part of a new effort led by Young to get Christian teachings on Netflix. In an interview with RNS, the executive director of marketing for Joyce Meyers said that Netflix asked that the pastors avoid promoting products and soliciting donations, but was relatively open when it came to the content of the sermons. Young told RNS, “Jesus said that we should become fishers of men. If I’m going to catch the most fish, I’ve got to put a lot of hooks in the water. But I’m most excited about Netflix right now.” Discuss
Because you shouldn't miss out on one blissful moment of your favorite Netflix shows, Netflix has created a tutorial for building a pair of socks that pauses a show when you fall asleep. The socks use an accelerometer to detect when you've stopped moving and sends a signal to your TV using infrared LEDs once you've fallen asleep. And just so you don't have to sacrifice style for utility, Netflix has also included knitting patterns inspired by original Netflix shows. There is now no reason why every waking minute can’t be filled with binge-watching. Discuss
Here’s another trailer for the upcoming Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas, which arrives on Dec. 4. We’ve got to be honest: We still have no idea what this Christmas special is going to entail, but the cast is so star-studded (George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Chris Rock, Rashida Jones, director Sofia Coppola and more) that it’s hard to imagine it not being at least mildly entertaining. Discuss
Netflix is broadening its film horizons, scooping up two indie films to release sometime in 2016. The streaming service recently released its first original film, Beasts of No Nation which Netflix is in the process of campaigning for Oscar nominations. Girlfriend's Day, a noir comedy about a down-on-his-luck greeting card writer attempting to clear his name after he is framed for murder, will star Amber Tamblyn and Bob Odenkirk, who also co-wrote the film.
Netflix also nabbed another new indie thriller called Mercy, which was written and directed by Chris Sparling, the man behind the 2010 Ryan Reynolds thriller Buried and Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees. Because while they're nabbing Odenkirk's indie film, why not grab another one, right? These new films mark a calculated shift into indie films for Netflix which is a timely blessing for indie filmmakers who often have trouble finding places to run small-scale projects. And a timely blessing for us, as well. “Given our global scale, Netflix is uniquely positioned to allow these high-quality, niche titles to be viewed and enjoyed by the biggest possible audience around the world,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, told The Hollywood Reporter. Discuss
Comedian John Mulaney is coming back. Months after his sitcom—called Mulaney—was canceled by Fox, the former SNL writer is about to release a new stand-up comedy special on Netflix. Mulaney recently spoke to Vulture about how “frustrating and disappointing” it was to lose his show after only a handful of episodes, but he seems to be moving on with a sense of humor (the new special is called The Comeback Kid). He told Vulture, “I also had an understanding from people I look up to that failure was a very good experience. I did not expect it, and I did not wish for it, but it was a great experience … I do not wish it had happened, and I did not wish it then, but both in processing it then, and then being OK after the fact, I learned a lot.” The new stand-up hour hits Netflix November 13. You can see the trailer below. Discuss