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Netflix Promises New Movie Every Week in 2021, Shares Star-Studded Trailer

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In 2020, streaming exploded.

Not only did a variety of new services either debut or find their footing, but the pandemic also forced us all to stay inside and lean on the content we could access via our televisions.

Would-be blockbusters premiered on Disney+ and movies that you formerly would have had to go to the theater to see became available on-demand, and just about every major service became further committed to creating original content.

Netflix remains at the forefront. The platform that started by mailing DVDs to subscribers and rose to see its in-house productions get nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards is now a legitimate studio in its own right. With the success of prestige movies from auteur directors, like Roma and The Irishman, and action blockbusters starring major movie stars, like Extraction and The Old Guard, not to mention hits in the horror, comedy, and romance genres, Netflix is gearing up for a big 2021.

So big, in fact, that they promise to premiere a new movie every week. This week they put out a sizzle reel showcasing clips from and stars talking about 27 of those movies, which feature The Rock, Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Halle Berry, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Chris Hemsworth and more.

Variety shared the full list of movies for the year:

ACTION

Army of the Dead
Awake
Kate
Outside the Wire (January 15)
Red Notice
Sweet Girl

HORROR

Fear Street Trilogy
No One Gets Out Alive
There’s Someone Inside Your House
Things Heard and Seen

THRILLER

Blood Red Sky
Beckett
Escape from Spiderhead
Intrusion
Munich
O2
Night Teeth
The Swarm
The Woman in the Window

SCI-FI

Stowaway

ROMANCE

A Castle For Christmas
Fuimos Canciones
Kissing Booth 3
Love Hard
The Last Letter from Your Lover
The Princess Switch 3
To All The Boys: Always and Forever
Untitled Alicia Keys Rom-Com

DRAMA

Beauty
Blonde
Bombay Rose
Bruised
Concrete Cowboy
Fever Dream
Malcolm & Marie (February 5)
Monster
Penguin Bloom (January 27)
Pieces of Woman (January 7)
The Dig (January 29)
The Guilty
The Hand of God
The Power of the Dog
The Starling
The White Tiger (January 22)
Unt. Alexandre Moratto Film
Unt. Graham King

WESTERN

The Harder They Fall

COMEDY

8 Rue de l’Humanité
Afterlife of the Party
Bad Trip
Don’t Look Up
Double Dad
I Care A Lot (February 19)
Moxie (March 3)
The Last Mercenary
Thunder Force

FAMILY

A Boy Called Christmas
A Winter’s Tale from Shaun the Sheep
Back to the Outback
Finding ‘Ohana (January 29)
Loud House
Nightbooks
Robin Robin
Skater Girl
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans
Wish Dragon
YES DAY (March 12)

MUSICAL

A Week Away
tick, tick…BOOM

You can watch the exciting trailer for Netflix’s loaded 2021 below:

Johnny Lawrence Hacks Netflix to Release Season 3 of Cobra Kai Early

Cobra Kai early release date
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Christmas has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean the gifts have stopped!

2020 was a rough year, and for many of us, streaming and binge-watching movies and TV shows are what got us through. If you’re anything like me, one of those shows was Cobra Kai, which finally landed on Netflix after two seasons on YouTube premium. The show quickly became a sensation, settling into Netflix’s Top Ten list for what seemed like months, all leading up to the eventual release of the third season.

That third season was supposed to come out in early January, and it still is, but now it’s coming out a week earlier than initially intended because they like us and want us to be happy.

Netflix released a video showing Johnny Lawrence, who hates technology almost as much as John McClane, browsing Netflix’s website and being unhappy with his show’s January 8th release date. So the former bully edits the date to January 1st, enabling fans to find out what happened to Miguel – and everyone else – a week earlier than we thoughts!

The caption on the video reads: “I heard you all whining about Season 3 taking forever. So I called the pawn shop and the guy walked me through this Netflix thing. Dude knows his stuff. Now you get it a week early. See you on New Year’s, nerds.” – Johnny Lawrence 🐍

Watch the video below, and get ready to launch 2021 with a crane kick!

The Office Leaving Netflix for Peacock With New Material

The Office leaving Netflix
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All good things must come to an end. Over the past few years, The Office has had a major resurgence. It’s not that the show wasn’t beloved when it was on the air for its 7 seasons – it was one of the biggest shows on television throughout its run. But after it ended, and was harder to get a hold of, people moved on, as people do.

And then it appeared on Netflix, where, like Friends, another NBC megahit, it caught on with an entire generation who hadn’t experienced it live. Suddenly the world was awash in Office memes and Office jokes and Office Buzzfeed articles and podcasts by Pam and Kevin. Superfans even created highly detailed LEGO sets. There is no denying that Netflix was good to the Dunder-Mifflin crew.

Alas, The Office’s time on the popular streaming service is coming to an end.

Netflix announced that the show will be leaving its platform on December 31st. But don’t despair! The sitcom isn’t leaving the world of streaming, it’s just changing homes.

As of January 1st, 2021, The Office will only be accessible on Peacock, NBC’s new streaming service. And it will feature new material!

Over the summer, Matt Strauss, the chairman of Peacock and NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises, promised that when the beloved sitcom lands on Peacock, it will feature elements that were never aired before.

“We will be reintroducing ‘The Office’ in a more complete way, incorporating elements that were not part of the original broadcast,” Strauss told Bloomberg.

We’re not entirely sure what he means – but speculation is that there will be extended episodes, and perhaps extras or bloopers that were included on DVD sets, or deleted scenes – but something tells me Office fans will be scrolling past Netflix and hopping onto Peacock to find out.

Well well well, how the turntables…

Netflix Pulls ‘Chappelle’s Show’ at Dave’s Request

Chappelle Nixes Netflix Stream
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Say what you want about Dave Chappelle, he’s never been afraid of standing up for himself, or for what he believes in.

The comedian’s courage and fearlessness in speaking truth to power has been on display in his standup and television series for decades. The most famous example of his willingness to put his money where his mouth coming when he skipped out on Chappelle’s Show when things got to be too much for him.

It seems he’s not done dealing with the ramifications of that decision, nor is he done speaking out about it.

Recently, the comedian’s pioneering sketch show, Chappelle’s Show started streaming on Netflix. We rejoiced because more access to that subversive and hilarious series is a good thing. But not to Dave. Not when the show that bears his name is no longer his.

Chappelle posted an 18-minute video to his Instagram, featuring him performing stand-up and speaking specifically about the fact that Viacom, who owns his show, sold the rights to Netflix and he didn’t see a penny. He doesn’t blame Netflix, with whom he’s established a good relationship over the past few years. But he did ask them to remove the series from its platform.

“They (ViacomCBS) didn’t have to pay me because I signed the contract,” Chappelle said in the video. “But is that right? I found out that these people were streaming my work and they never had to ask me or they never have to tell me. Perfectly legal ‘cause I signed the contract. But is that right? I didn’t think so either. That’s why I like working for Netflix. I like working for Netflix because when all those bad things happened to me, that company didn’t even exist. And when I found out they were streaming ‘Chappelle’s Show,’ I was furious. How could they not– how could they not know? So you know what I did? I called them and I told them that this makes me feel bad. And you want to know what they did? They agreed that they would take it off their platform just so I could feel better.”

Not wanting to jeopardize their relationship, and perhaps simply respecting Dave’s wishes, Netflix has obliged and removed The Chappelle Show from its service. Our loss, for sure, but the right thing to do. He may not get paid for it anymore, but there’s no denying that Chappelle’s Show is Dave Chappelle’s show. Good on Netflix.

I hope you still have your DVDs.

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Netflix Creates Bizarre Christmas-Themed Witcher Promo

Netflix The Witcher Christmas Promo
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I’m not entirely sure that I would associate swordplay and dragons and monsters and Henry Cavill with Christmas, but I don’t work at Netflix.

Cavill stars as The Witcher in Netflix’s popular adaption of the videogame, and about the only thing he has in common with Santa Claus is the white hair. And maybe the enormous arms, I’ve never seen St. Nick with his shirt off. But that didn’t stop the streaming service’s social media people, who cobbled together a bunch of Witcher scenes and made a little holiday video out of it.

So far, Netflix has only aired one season of the show, and a making-of documentary and season 2’s production has been delayed by COVID, like everything else. So they don’t have a lot of new footage to work with, but they did their best, layering a Christmas song over clips from the show in a strange effort to connect it to the holiday season. They’ve even added Christmas lights and presents and more, for some reason!

Not sure how seeing a bunch of people get stabbed in the throat is the reason for the season, but gotta respect the effort!

Check it out:

Netflix Reveals Casting and Plot Details for Ozark’s Fourth and Final Season

S4 of Ozark
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Remember months ago, at the early stages of the pandemic, when we were all soldiering through quarantine, keeping busy by watching The Last Dance, and Tiger King, and Ozark.

Ozark’s third season was a heavy one, featuring Wendy’s theretofore unheard-of younger brother, who came to stay with the Byrde’s and brought his mental illness and erratic behavior with him, causing all sort of problems for Marty, Wendy, Ruth, and the drug cartel for whom they all work.

The season ended with a harrowing sequence in which we finally learned how the Byrde’s were going to escape their latest pickle, and as soon as it ended, Netflix announced that they’d only have one more season in which to get themselves into and out of the hot water they’d spent the entire run of the series bathing in. Fortunately for fans, the final season will be supersized into 14 episodes and split into two halves.

“A supersized season means super sized problems for the Byrdes,” executive producer and star Jason Bateman said in a statement at the time. “I’m excited to end with a bang(s).”

Months later we’re still dealing with our own hot water as the pandemic rages on, and Ozark is getting ready to get the fourth and final season into gear. And they’re bringing some new people with them. Obviously, Bateman and Linney are back, along with Felix Solis, aka cartel boss Omar Navarro, and Damian Young, who plays political operative Jim Rettelsdorf. According to People, Alfonso Herrera (The Exorcist) will be joining the cast as Javi Elizonndro, a member of the Navarro family, as will Adam Rothenberg (The Serpent), who will play fallen cop Mel Sattem.

Sounds like the Byrde’s will continue to have both criminals and cops to contend with as they wrap up their story. As for how it wraps up, Jason Bateman knows the broad strokes the writers have in store, but not all the details.

“[I know] where everything is going to end,” he told Indiewire. ”The specifics leading up to it, I didn’t really grind him on. But I was interested in the big question he has the opportunity to answer: Are they going to get away with it, or are they going to pay a bill? What does he want to message to the audience about the consequences of what the Byrdes have done — or lack thereof?

Viewers looking for hints can rewatch seasons 2 and 3 because the writers admitted that they’ve been laying the groundwork for the endgame for a while.

No word yet on when season 4 rolls out, but hopefully the first seven episodes will hit Netflix before the end of 2021.

Arnold Schwarzenegger To Star in Father-Daughter Spy Series on Netflix

Arnold Netflix Series
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Arnold Schwarzenegger is starring in a new hourlong series for Netflix, which is described as a ‘global spy adventure centered on a father-daughter duo.’ Arnie is not only starring, as the dad, but he’s also the show’s executive producer.

Schwarzenegger recently recovered from heart surgery, so it’s nice to hear the iconic action hero will be back in action. This will be his first scripted TV project, but second TV appearance given he was briefly the host of The Apprentice.

In the series, Schwarzenegger’s daughter will be played by Monica Barbaro, who is also starring in the upcoming Top Gun movie. It should be a fun turn for Arnold, who found fame starring in a bunch of the movies dads love, like ‘The Terminator’, ‘Predator’, ‘Total Recall’, and ‘True Lies.’

It’s about time people realize not everything has to be overly complicated. You give Arnold a gun and a partner and you’ve got the solid foundation for a movie (or, in this case, a TV show). While it has a very True Lies feel to it, it’s definitely going to hit the streaming service with some high expectations.

No word on exactly when he’ll be back, but rest assured, he will be.

‘Chappelle’s Show’ Drops on Netflix Today

Chapelle's Show on Netflix
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Finally, a bit of good news.

2020 hasn’t exactly been full of laughs. Even comedians are getting serious, including Dave Chappelle, who recently appeared on Needs No Introduction with David Letterman to have a thoughtful conversation, and whose last Netflix special was less stand-up and more sermon about the state of civil unrest in America.

Chappelle is still funny, and while he may have weightier things on his mind these days, like most of us do, that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh with him. He’s helping us do just that, finally releasing the entire run of the legendary Chappelle’s Show on Netflix.

Originated for Comedy Central, Chappelle’s Show was created by the comedian and his co-writer Neil Brennan. It was a half-hour of sketch comedy and social commentary that usually ended with a hip-hop performance, and it was a straight-up sensation for two seasons. Before the third season could air, Chappelle infamously bailed out high-tailing it to Africa and out-of-the-business due to the stress of creating the series and the expectations aroused by the enormous new contract he had signed.

The shortened third season eventually aired, but the magic was largely gone. No matter, the first two are crowded with groundbreaking, hilarious bits, like the oft-quoted Charlie Murphy “True Hollywood Stories” about Rick James and Prince.

All of those sketches and more will be available on Netflix starting this November. Enjoy a taste with the trailer announcement:

Netflix Teams-Up With Ubisoft to Make a Live-Action Assassin’s Creed Show

Assassin's Creed Netflix
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Video game movies and tv shows don’t always hit the mark, but if anyone is capable of a big swing, Netflix is the one. They nailed it with ‘The Witcher”, which is also getting a prequel series, and now they’ve got another beloved video game franchise they are developing into a show. We are finally getting an “Assassin’s Creed” show.

This is the result of a deal between Ubisoft and Netflix and is the first of several new series. According to a press release the deal will “tap into the iconic video game’s trove of dynamic stories with global mass appeal for adaptions of live-action, animated and anime series.” So, we could be getting a lot of Assassin’s Creed content, but the live-action show is up first.

What do we know? OK, admittedly, not much beyond the fact that it’s going to happen. It could be set in almost any point in history, from the Crusades to the American Revolution, from Pirates to Vikings. Are we getting Ezio or Connor? Edward Kenway? Who knows??

The bottom line, whatever we’re gonna get is gonna come with extremely high expectations, as the video game franchise is one of the most successful over the past decade-plus and one of the best-selling games of all time. There is an enormous amount of potential if they give it the runway a series like this needs to be done correctly. For its part, Netflix is saying all the right things (which is the easy part).

“From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy,” said Netflix original series vice president Peter Friedlander in a prepared statement.

Assassin’s Creed is full of great characters and great stories, but when you cut corners, you end up with the 2016 big screen adaption that was largely panned.

Still, after “The Witcher,” it’s hard not to have sky-high hopes for the possibilities of the new partnership.

Netflix Drops Season 3 Cobra Kai Teaser, Announces Premiere Date and Season 4

Cobra Kai Teaser
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Of all the remakes and reboots and sequels and reimaginings that have come along over the years, few have been more surprising than Cobra Kai.

Cobra Kai is YouTube series about a 40-something Johnny Lawrence reopening the Cobra Kai dojo that made him a high-school hero and ultimately turned him into a disgraced bully. It reframed the classic Karate Kid tale from his perspective. In the first season, viewers got a glimpse of what life was like for the once golden boy whose life was ruined by an Italian interloper from New Jersey who stole his girl and his tournament from him.

As a child of the 80s and a huge Karate Kid fan, the series sounded like a horrible idea. But it ended up being a pleasant surprise, with William Zabka and Ralph Macchio reprising their roles but not merely retreading them.

The show flipped the movie’s initial premise and made Daniel LaRusso the villain of Johnny Lawrence’s life, and then explored that idea with some nuance, some jokes, and a healthy dollop of self-awareness. It did well enough to get a second season, further exploring the fraught relationship between LaRusso and Lawrence and focusing even more on their kids, and how the sins of the past come back to haunt us.

The show did well enough for Netflix to pick it up, where it’s been something of a binge-sensation, and now we get the news that the streaming platform will release season 3, picking up on a cliffhanger after the climactic season two brawl, in January 2021, and that season 4 isn’t far behind!

There’s even a teaser, showcasing the tug of war between Lawrence, LaRusso, and the villainous sensei Kreese (Martin Kove), who joined the show in season two and looms large over the future of Cobra Kai, his former pupil, and The Karate Kid himself.

Oh, and Miguel wakes up.

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