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
It’s been eight years since we’ve heard from our beloved Gilmore Girls. But thanks to Netflix, we’re being given one last trip back to Stars Hollow. The streaming behemoth has closed in on a deal with Warner Brothers to produce four 90-minute episodes/mini movies. All of the major players are expected to return, along with series writer/producer Amy Sherman-Palladino, who left just before the final season. What happened to Rory after following President Obama on the campaign trail? Did Luke and Lorelei finally tie the knot? No release date or additional filming information has been announced. Just try to think of it as more time for coffee and wild speculation. Discuss
Netflix has released a new teaser for its upcoming Christmas special starring Bill Murray and a ridiculously long list of his very famous friends (including George Clooney, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Phoenix, Rashida Jones, Michael Cera and others). The Sofia Coppola-directed extravaganza drops on Dec. 4. Discuss
Cross country flights are about to get more entertaining. Netflix has announced a new partnership with Virgin America that will provide free streaming to all passengers. In a statement, a Netflix executive said, “We hope our guests enjoy the offering and know that even President Frank Underwood can’t get entertainment this good on-board Air Force One.” There is now almost no scenario where you have to stop binge-watching your favorite show. Discuss