Netflix may soon be home to the next great mockumentary. According to Deadline, Christopher Guest—the man behind classic faux-documentaries including This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show and Waiting for Guffman) has signed on to produce another one of his signature comedies for the streaming content studio. Here’s the description, which, honestly sounds like the perfect plot for a Christopher Guest movie:
Welcome to all the drama, intrigue and occasional excitement of the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a group of ‘unusual’ men and women, with big heads and furry suits, compete to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award and be crowned best mascot in the world.
Netflix is continuing to invest heavily in its original shows. The streaming content provider partnered with DreamWorks to bring the popular kids' books series Dinotrux to the content library later this month. Even if you don’t have kids into dinosaurs or construction trucks, the production value and animation quality is pretty impressive for a TV show. Discuss
Netflix has released a glimpse of their upcoming adaptation of the Lemony Snicket novels A Series of Unfortunate Events. The line of children’s books was previously adapted into a 2004 movie that starred Jim Carrey. No details about the casting for the new series have been announced yet.
UPDATE: So it turns out, the trailer is a fake. Though the Neflix series is in the works, a rep from the streaming content provider told Variety, “This was not released from Netflix and not anything official." Discuss
You’ll no longer be forced to use your phone or laptop to watch Netflix in your hotel room. The Marriott hotel chain has decided to join the year 2015 and has struck a new deal with the streaming content provider to bring its service to at least 300 of its U.S. hotels in the next two years. A new, custom log-in component has been created so that your TV will stay connected to Netflix while you are booked in the room and automatically log out when you check out. There is now nothing stopping you from binge-watching your way through your next business trip or vacation ... Discuss
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook last night to dispel rumors that the streaming content provider was planning on bringing advertising to the platform. Along with uploading a large, unexplained picture of a green dollar sign, Hasting wrote, "No advertising coming onto Netflix. Period. Just adding relevant cool trailers for other Netflix content you are likely to love.” In other words, if you are tuning into some Netflix original programming, you may get a trailer for some other Netflix-produced shows, but for now 30-second spots for cars and soda aren’t in the works for your binge-watching sessions ... Discuss
Have mercy. The executive producer of Netflix’s upcoming TGIF spin-off Fuller House has announced that the Tanner family won’t be fully reunited as we had hoped. In a statement released to The Hollywood Reporter, Robert L. Boyett said, “Although Ashley and Mary-Kate will not be a part of Fuller House, I know how much Full House has meant to them and they are still very much considered family." So far, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber are officially signed on for the series, with Bob Saget and Lori Loughlin currently in talks to appear as well ... Discuss