On May 26, Netflix will air a fourth season of one of the most beloved-yet-cancelled TV sitcoms to ever grace your living room television. The show is so underrated and unknown that I bet none of you know about it. It stars that guy from Teen Wolf 2, (you know, the teen wolf who’s not Michael J. Fox). It also stars the dude Amy Poehler ditched, and that nerdy kid who was in that movie where he played two versions of himself, except one version of himself was just like, him with a mustache. (In fact, he played a nerdy character so well, that he basically played it in like 10 more movies after that movie.) Oh, and Ellen’s wife is in it too.
Oh, hey! It’s the second edition of Happening Shit – a new nugget-sized weekly series for the super-time-crunched entertainment fan who’s too lazy to look this shit up themselves! (Just kidding! I’ve got your back, gentle readers.) Let’s get to it:
This week’s first entry of happenings: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire trailer! This video has only been viewed over 20 million times, so I guess some people might care about it. And since everyone and their grandmother fell in love with that saucy minx Jennifer Lawrence, I think it’s safe to say that when this movie hits theaters November 22, it’s going to make a ton of cash. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing more of that cotton-haired firecracker Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks, in a perfectly cast role). If you haven’t read the books yet though, seriously, get on it. If you don’t know how to read or you can’t wait for Round 2, chew on this beauty (EW):
The Walking Dead is a show that most people are flipping out over, (not this guy, though…more on that in a future post), but it’s also one that can’t seem to hang on to a show runner. Thanks to its revolving door of head-honchos, Glen Mazzara is free to pursue other projects…such as a prequel to Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Tentatively titled The Overlook Hotel, Mazzara’s new jobby-job is the next in line of famous-movies-turned-TV-prequels following the fantastic Bates Motel and NBC’s Hannibal. There’s not too much info on this yet, but stay tuned kids. There’s plenty of redrum coming our way. That sounds almost delicious, actually. (ScreenRant)
Netflix is kicking some serious ass in the original content department (Three words: House of Cards). Next up: Hemlock Grove, a new series adapted from a book of the same name. Eli Roth is an executive producer, but the series was developed by Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman. A young girl is brutally murdered in the town of Hemlock Grove, Penn. She’s found near the former Godfrey steel mill. As rumors mount, two of the suspects in her killing, Peter Rumancek, a 17-year-old Gypsy trailer trash kid rumored to be a werewolf, and Roman, the heir to the Godfrey estate, decide to find the killer themselves. The series stars Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, and Lili Taylor. All 13 episodes hit Netflix TODAY. Check out the trailer below (Vulture):
[Every so often, TLW has guests write in about whatever the snapbracelets they want to write about. This time, Jess wrote in to recommend the Canadian TV show Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. Check it out!]
As a lover of horror, I often search Netflix streaming for decent undiscovered fare. The Canadian TV show Todd and the Book of Pure Evil happened to be a rare find. With the tagline: “Fighting Evil with Mixed Results,” I couldn’t resist.
Todd is a metal head and a stoner. He searches for a satanic book that is wreaking havoc throughout his high school. He gets help from his best friend Curtis, who has a prosthetic hand, the hottest girl in school, Jenny, and geeky Hannah who crushes on Todd. He also receives help from Jimmy the janitor, played by Jason Mewes (of Jay and Silent Bob fame), and a group of three older, metal head stoners who sit on their car waiting to help Todd in his quest. The evil guidance counselor Atticus and his cloaked minions try to stop Todd and get the book first.
The school experiences trouble such as a giant baby crushing students, to a medusa penis turning students to stone. Whoever finds the book seems to have their wishes come true, but instead, it usually leads to their demise and the demise of others. (It appears that teachers and parents have no concern whatsoever for all the deaths at the high school either.)
This horror-comedy, full of ridiculous blood and guts, won’t scare you to death, but you are going to laugh out loud. It’s a fun find and I recommend checking it out.
The Internet is all pissed off because Netflix has increased their prices. B-o-o-H-o-o. In my opinion, Netflix still remains the best service available today to consumers, but whatever. It’s all moot now. Sure, Netflix has slapped us all across the face a bit, but they’re totally making up for it with THIS:
Mad Men will begin streaming July 27, 2011. Gadzooks, Batman! All the wrongs in the world have been made right again!
While most of you cheap-o’s will continue bitching that you have to pay $2-5 more per month for unlimited content, I’ll be chillin’ with Don and the gang from Sterling Cooper.
Because Netflix made it happen. Whaaaaat uppppp!
Props to Hacking Netflix!
So it’s no secret, right? Netflix is badass. Especially with all of the streaming options available, the devices that you can stream on, and yada yada yada. But the one part of the Netflix service and system that is starting to tick me off is the damn new release delay.
As you may know, Netflix signed deals with studios like Sony, Universal, and Warner Brothers to delay giving new releases to its members until 28 days after their official release dates. In exchange, Netflix gets to offer users more streaming options or whatever. But seriously, if I’ve already waited 14 years to see Jerry Maguire, what’s another couple of months or years, am I right?
Damn you, movie studios – I refuse to fall into your trap! Even though Warner announced that their DVD sales improved 15% with this delay, I absolutely refuse to rent or buy a movie that I otherwise would’ve just Netflix’d. Even though it’s incredibly irritating.
DOWN WITH THE DELAY. Netflix fail. Dislike. Yeah. All of those.
Movies I’m currently waiting forever for: You Don’t Know Jack, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Sex and the City 2 (guilty), Grown Ups, and Iron Man 2 (which I still haven’t gotten because of a ‘Very Long Wait’).
I don’t really know how Mario applies here, but I like him better than new release delays.
Created by Wonder-Tonic, this spiffy neat funny…nope, I’ll just stick with “awkward”…application has the power of adding all 49 Nicolas Cage movies to your Netflix queue in one single pop! It’s as if God Himself came down from the Heavens to give us the one thing that would complete mankind!
What will they think of “Next”!? (Get it. “Next”. It’s a Nic Cage movie. It’s probably not very good. I’ve never seen it though. But if you Cage Your Queue, you can rent it today!)
Oh man, this guy’s a hoot.
Props to Hacking Netflix for gettin’ to this before I did!
A few rad honorable mentions to suck on:
*MusicRadar has a track-by-track guide to the upcoming SLASH solo album. It’s self-titled and it’s out April 13th. Can’t wait for this one!
*Hulu threw British comedy Spaced up on their site. It stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson, and is directed by Edgar Wright. It’s totally worth it – trust!
*In other TV-on-the-web news, Rescue Me is now available for Instant Viewing on Netflix. Haven’t seen it, but I hear good things.
*Neil Patrick Harris. So hot right now. He’s signed on to lead in the upcoming live-action/CGI’ed Smurfs movie. It’s got to be better than Garfield…right!?
It’s confirmed and finally happening! My little-engine-that-could has finally caught up to the big boys and will be able to stream Netflix movies starting this spring!
Like the PS3, a special “instant-streaming” disc is needed. You can start reserving your discs by clicking here and Netflix will ship it to you when it becomes available.
Fantasmic news! Rejoice! It’s time to do the dance of joy!
Alrighty, Verizon – you’re next! Get me that damn iPhone already!
Hacking Netflix also reported on this.
Mac users have been without the Watch Instantly feature since its launch TWO YEARS AGO. Personally, I don’t care how it happens. I don’t care if its Silverlight or FairPlay or any other program.
JUST MAKE IT HAPPEN ALREADY.