Netflix’s Chambers: Inside Uma Thurman’s New Supernatural Thriller

Netflix’s Chambers, a new supernatural thriller starring Uma Thurman and Tony Goldwyn, is coming to Netflix on April 26.

Chambers follows Sasha Yazzie (Sivan Alyra Rose) a 17-year-old heart attack survivor who becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart and its donor that saved her life. The closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor Becky’s sudden death, the more Sasha starts assuming Becky’s characteristics. Thurman plays Becky’s mysterious mother Nancy, while Tony Goldwyn portrays Becky’s father, Ben.

Check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peek featuring the show’s creator and actors below.

“The mystery behind Becky’s death kind of opens up, and you find out that it might not have been as kosher as it seems,” says creator and executive producer Leah Rachel in the featurette.

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The Silence: What You Need to Know About Netflix’s New Horror Film

Netflix is following up on the massive success of Bird Box with another high profile horror movie release: The Silence. IGN has your first looks at the upcoming flick, which stars Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka. The film is directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle, Wish Upon).

First off, watch IGN’s exclusive trailer for The Silence below:

The synopsis for The Silence reads: “When the world is under attack from terrifying creatures who hunt their human prey by sound, 16-year old Ally Andrews (Kiernan Shipka), who lost her hearing at 13, and her family seek refuge in a remote haven. But they discover a sinister cult who are eager to exploit Ally’s heightened senses. The Silence is directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle) and stars Stanley Tucci, Kiernan Shipka, Miranda Otto, John Corbett, Kate Trotter and Kyle Breitkopf.”

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Guadalajara: Netflix’s Melissa Cobb Teases Cross-Studio Collaboration

GUADALAJARA, Mexico — In the world, it would be hard to choose a more exciting figure to introduce a masterclass than Guillermo del Toro, and even more so when that talk is given in the filmmaker’s hometown of Guadalajara Mexico at a festival he has been involved with for its entire 33-year existence. If the […]

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A Guide to the Comics of Netflix’s Umbrella Academy

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Netflix is adding the superhero series Umbrella Academy to its lineup of original content. This new series is based on the award-winning comics from former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá.

If you’re not sure what makes Umbrella Academy special or what the premise of this X-Men and Doom Patrol-inspired franchise is, fear not. We’ve got a breakdown of all three Umbrella Academy graphic novels. We’ll explain the basic plot, key characters, and the conflict of each story, but avoid major spoilers. Read on to learn more about this incredibly dysfunctional super-team.

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‘Bird Box’ Ratings: Nielsen Backs Up Netflix’s Claims That It’s a Big Hit

Netflix has proclaimed that “Bird Box,” its thriller from Susanne Bier and starring Sandra Bullock, is a big ol’ hit. And now Nielsen is agreeing with the streaming service — even if their numbers and measurement methodology differ. The ratings measurement company, which has been occasionally sharing viewership data as it unveils its own streaming […]

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How Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix’s Interactive Movie, Works

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Life After American Idol: Inside Pia Toscano’s Attempted Comeback With Netflix’s Westside After Years of Struggle

Pia Toscano, Westside“There were a lot of blessings that came from Idol. A lot of open doors and amazing opportunities. I had gotten a recording contract with Interscope and I got to tour with the Idols around the…

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Does Netflix’s Sabrina reboot live up to the hype?

How does the revamped teen favourite fare with fans of the original, much-loved series?
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Our Sneak Peek at Netflix’s Maniac Will Probably Just Confuse You

This September, IGN is highlighting the best TV coming your way in the 2018-2019 season. Today, we’re venturing into the unpredictable world of Maniac, Netflix’s new 10-part limited series from The Leftovers scribe Patrick Somerville and True Detective Season 1 helmer Cary Fukunaga. The show stars Emma Stone as Annie Landsberg and Jonah Hill as Owen Milgrim, two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial. Justin Theroux also delivers a scene-stealing turn as the creator of a new kind of pill that “claims to repair anything about the mind, be it mental illness or heartbreak, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever.” (Naturally, you can expect plenty of complications and side-effects.) Maniac debuts Sept. 21 on Netflix.

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Netflix’s top spokesman fired over ‘N-word’

Netflix has sacked its head of communications over his use of the “N-word” during conversations with work colleagues.
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Netflix’s New Lost in Space Is All About the Badass Ladies

Lost in SpaceThe women of Netflix’s reboot of Lost in Space are here to kick some ass.
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Netflix’s New Lost in Space Is All About the Badass Ladies

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Why is Netflix’s Queer Eye connecting so much with viewers?

The show relaunched on Netflix last month, more than 10 years after the original series.
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Will Gompertz reviews season two of Netflix’s The Crown ★★★★☆

After a successful first season, does The Crown still reign supreme?
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Somehow Friends Predicted the Plot of Netflix’s Emmy-Winning Black Mirror Episode

Black MirrorTelevision shows “predict” a lot of things, from The Simpsons forecasting Donald Trump’s presidency to Parks and Recreation and the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2016. Turns…

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Netflix’s Ted Sarandos on Why Aziz Ansari is the Voice of His Generation

No comedian wants to be called the voice of his or her generation, but it is undeniable that Aziz Ansari is the voice of his. His is perhaps the first generation to think the internet is more important than television and for whom the internet is at the center of everything they do; dating, eating, […]

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GLOW’s Alison Brie on Learning to Wrestle for Netflix’s Series

GLOW stars Alison Brie and Betty Gilpin on learning all about the wrestling world for Netflix’s series.
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Netflix’s ‘Castlevania’ Vampire Fantasy to Screen at Rooster Teeth’s RTX Convention

Netflix animated series “Castlevania,” a medieval fantasy based on Konami’s classic vampire-killing video game series, will get a special theatrical screening next month at Rooster Teeth’s RTX convention in Austin. The first two of the series’ four half-hour episodes will screen on July 7, starting at 4:30 p.m., at Austin’s Paramount Theatre as part of… Read more »

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How “Grandma Nancy Drews” Gemma and Abbie Became the Stars of Netflix’s The Keepers

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Netflix’s New True Crime Series ‘The Keepers’ Searches For Answers In 47-Year-Old Cold Case

There were a lot of things for true crime junkies to get excited about when Netflix released the teaser for its new series “The Keepers”: an unsolved murder, a missing nun, corruption, a possible Catholic school cover-up.

For all its promises, the series — from documentary veteran Ryan White, who also directed “The Case Against 8” and “Good Ol’ Freda” — delivers. The seven episodes center around the 1969 disappearance and death of Sister Cathy Cesnik, a young nun who taught English at a Baltimore-area Catholic high school and was beloved by students. Two months after Cesnik failed to return home from a routine shopping trip, her body was found by hunters in a remote wooded area five miles from her apartment. Investigations revealed she had suffered a mortal wound to her head. Her killer was never found.

“The Keepers” is as addictive and compelling as “Making a Murderer,” the documentary series that ran on the streaming network in late 2015, spurring theories, sprawling message board discussions and an acute hunger for more true crime stories. (The docuseries are entirely different, of course, but comparisons will be inevitable.)

Any good documentary needs narration, especially for one as layered, and with as many individuals involved, as this. While some of the key players in the story that unfolds surrounding Cesnik’s death have also since died, many are still around to keep the story alive — namely, a group of students at Archbishop Keough High School where the nun taught. It’s been more than 40 years, but the women are able to recount their memories of their former teacher as though they had just graduated.

Perhaps their sharpness is a result of running through those formative years over and over in their heads, trying to search their memories for anything that could explain Cesnik’s abrupt disappearance. Years after graduating, her former students have created a circle of amateur detectives, knocking on doors, looking up records and sharing information. They want to find out something, anything, about who killed their teacher.

Leading the crew are Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, a retired teacher and nurse, respectively. In the series, we meet Hoskins sitting down at a restaurant and inquiring about their chardonnay. When she discovers that they serve Yellow Tail, she answers with a laugh, “Oh, that’s fine, that’s what I drink at home. Only.”

Meanwhile, we are introduced to Schaub as she waits in line at a local library, stack of papers in hand. “We’ve been using your excellent services for about two years,” she tells the librarian in a high, warm voice when it’s her turn. “We’ve been looking into an unsolved murder case.”

It’s not the kind of thing you’d immediately expect to hear from Schaub, who comes off as a studious, cheerful grandmotherly type. She and Hoskins make an unlikely team, but one that easily becomes central to the series. In the first episode, Hoskins recalls her excitement upon walking into Cesnik’s class at 13 to learn they’d be reading The Scarlet Letter, describing her wonder that “a cool nun” would be teaching the somewhat scandalous classic. Cesnik, we learn, was supportive and eager to listen to her students, a rare source of comfort in a strict religious and academic environment.

“Gemma’s been the Nancy Drew, I think,” Schaub tells the camera while she and Hoskins are sitting side-by-side at a kitchen table, discussing their efforts to find more information about those fateful months in 1969. “She’s good at getting people to talk to her.”

“Abby does amazing research, like no one I’ve ever met,” Hoskins adds. Hoskins likes to pick up the phone and talk to people, which Schaub says is perfect — she does not. It’s hard not to fall in love with the idea of two old high school acquaintances teaming up to solve a long-cold case, proving that the yearning to solve a grisly crime is not confined to whatever notions of detectives we typically see on screen. Other former classmates, journalists and retired law enforcement join the two women in their search for answers.

Hoskins and Schaub’s passion for justice is inspiring, a torch through the darkness that will emerge most pointedly in the series’ second episode. It’d be inaccurate to paint the series solely as a thrilling caper — real traumas occurred within the halls of Archbishop Keough, the effects of which carry through to the present day. The pair of women leading the amateur search for answers provides a framework for the rest of the shocking narrative to reveal itself, a positive and endearing aspect of a tale with much abuse of power and darkness, where the possibility for true justice feels as long buried as its subject.

“The Keepers” begins streaming on Netflix Friday, May 19.

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Netflix’s ‘Casting JonBenét’ Doesn’t Have Any Answers, But It’s Not Trying To Crack The Case

Six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, sometime late on Dec. 25 or in the early hours of Dec. 26, 1996. 

Now, 20 years and some months later, her unsolved murder has been the subject of numerous articles, books and television specials. The latest addition to the genre is Netflix’s newest documentary, “Casting JonBenét,” which doesn’t concern itself actually trying to solve the murder of the miniature blond beauty queen. In fact, no new evidence is uncovered and no forensic experts were interviewed for the project. Instead, the film explores JonBenét’s tragic death through the audition tapes of mostly amateur Colorado-based actors, who offer their insight, theories, judgments and personal experiences. 

The film’s director, Kitty Green, grew up in Australia, where she was “obsessed” with American television and sitcom fantasy families when Ramsay died.

“I had never seen a beauty pageant or even heard of a beauty pageant before, so it was so foreign,” she told HuffPost in an interview on Friday, when the film began streaming on Netflix. “It was a uniquely American phenomenon and I was captivated by how odd it was, how dark it was and how it kind of punctured this image I had of idyllic American life.”

Those who grew up in the ‘90s will likely relate to Green’s earliest memories of the case. 

“I mean, it was the imagery associated with it, which was all the pageants and crowns and the dress and the feather outfits that she was put in,” she said.”I think those images were really haunting. So it was almost like this image of this pageant queen who almost seemed to have it all, but whose life went horribly wrong, or horrifically had it taken away from her.” 

Green’s fascination with the case ended up being a lasting one. Whenever she would meet someone from Colorado, she couldn’t help but ask who they thought was responsible for JonBenét’s murder. Their varied responses piqued her interest. 

Before making the film, Green said she read every book and watched every TV special on the case. She came to the conclusion that trying to find JonBenét’s killer was futile and decided she didn’t want to make another true crime documentary. 

“I knew there’s no way we can solve this,” she said. “There’s absolutely no way we can find out who killed her. So my motivation became an entirely different thing. If we can’t solve the crime, then how do we deal with the idea that we will never know?”

Green said that she’s more interested in the remaining ambiguity and the mystery that haunts the public as the case remains unsolved, and believes the casting-tape framework employed in the film allows for the actors to “talk about how it affected them emotionally and personally and they can draw parallels with their own lives and look at the way that they kind of digest this tabloid material and true crime films.”

In the course of the film, multiple actors audition for the roles the members of the Ramsay family, as well as local law enforcement and other suspects. It’s through these auditions that these actors reveal their own theories and personal experiences that they believe better inform them to portray the character ― like one actress whose brother had been murdered and spoke of understanding how people might react to the sudden loss of a loved one in different manners.

“I always knew we’d get stories out of people, but I was amazed at the level of honesty and some of the stories were so heartbreaking and it was an incredible experience and a privilege to be in the room with them. I guess I didn’t expect that level of raw emotional humanity that we got,” she said. 

Since “Casting JonBenét” doesn’t offer any answers, it’s easy to see why it might be construed as exploitative ― not just of the 20-year-old cold case, but of the actors and their own stories. But everything is up for the viewer to decide. 

“We’re looking at the way people speculate. The way people jump to conclusions,” Green explained, later adding that the film is about “human experience.”

When asked what she hopes viewers will take away from watching her film, she hesitated, and then recalled a time when someone approached her after a screening. 

“They had read everything about the case for the last 20 years ―every article, watched every special ― but this was the first time they actually felt anything or felt any empathy for this family and the loss of life,” Green said. “And if they can feel the gravity of what happened in that town, if [the film] can humanize this whole case for people in some way, that would be really fabulous.”

“Casting JonBenét” is now streaming on Netflix.

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Dear White People’s Creator Explains What Netflix’s Racially-Charged Satire Is Really All About

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Netflix’s New Chutzpah: It Wants to Be as Big as YouTube

Maybe Netflix is getting too big for its britches. The company used to compare itself to HBO, with the narrative that Netflix wanted to become HBO faster than the other way around. After leaving the premium cable TV stalwart in the dust — Netflix is about to motor past 100 million subs — it has a new… Read more »

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13 Reasons Why’s Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford Take You Inside the World of Netflix’s High School Hell Drama

13 Reasons WhyHigh school is hell, literally on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and figuratively on 13 Reasons Why. The Netflix drama, based on the popular book series of the same name, tells the story of Hannah…

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Casting JonBenét Trailer Reveals Netflix’s Take on the 20-Year-Old Murder

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The Trailer For Netflix’s ‘Sand Castle’ Sends Nicholas Hoult And Henry Cavill To Battle

Happy Netflix Trailer Week!

The streaming service has already released no fewer than eight promos for forthcoming projects over the past few days, including a Brad Pitt military movie, an Alison Brie wrestling series and an Amy Schumer stand-up special. Next up is “Sand Castle,” a fact-based drama about U.S. soldiers on the front lines of the Iraq War. Writer Chris Roessner based the film on his experiences as a machine gunner.

Starring Nicholas Hoult, Henry Cavill, Glen Powell, Logan Marshall-Green, Tommy Flanagan and Parker Sawyers, “Sand Castle” premieres April 21. Netflix was reportedly eyeing a $ 13 million deal for the project last May.

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Netflix’s First Italy Original Features Comedian and Opposition Politician Beppe Grillo

ROME – Netflix has partnered with Italian standup comedian-turned-politician Beppe Grillo, whose Five Star movement leads the country’s parliamentary opposition, on comedy special “Grillo vs. Grillo,” the streaming giant’s first completed Italian original production. The show is set to go out globally on Netflix on Feb. 10, a Netflix representative said. The global streaming service seems a… Read more »

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Netflix’s Dark New Adaptation Series Will Be ‘Super Faithful To The Books’

With the new adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” slated to hit Netflix at last next month, anticipatory viewers should be bracing themselves to watch the Baudelaire orphans face a heartbreaking number of tragedies, which will likely include a devastating fire, a very poorly written play, and an exceedingly dangerous and greedy uncle named Count Olaf.

Count Olaf will be portrayed by Neil Patrick Harris, who sat down with several media outlets, including The Huffington Post, to discuss how he dove into his villainous role in advance of the series’ release.

The answer, apparently, was wholeheartedly. “I really wanted Olaf to be … bad. To be a bad person,” he said. “Otherwise I just don’t think it justifies [the Baudelaire children’s] constant fear of him.” 

The darkly comic ― or comically dark ― children’s books, written by Lemony Snicket (a pen name for author Daniel Handler), had previously been adapted for a Nickelodeon film starring Jim Carrey as Olaf, which crammed the first three books in the series into an hour and forty minutes. (The hoped-for sequels, adapted from the remaining books in the series, were never made.) 

Though the Carrey franchise foundered, the actor’s slapstick, bullying take on Olaf has certainly left an impression.

Harris explained that he’d sought to differentiate his characterization by drawing directly from the source material:

I tried to just focus as much as I could on being as literary as possible and to try to really honor the way Olaf was described by Lemony [Snicket] and by Daniel Handler. So a lot of piercing darkness and sort of delusional dementia ― he thinks he’s so handsome and he thinks he’s incredibly charming and incredibly gifted as an actor, and yet he’s not, and so I didn’t want to be overly charming.

I was really just trying to be awful. Distinctly mean. And let the levity of the situation inform the takeaway for the viewer. I didn’t want to make him like myself. I didn’t want to add ― I think Jim added a lot of himself into the role, when I watched the movie version my takeaway was, I was watching Jim Carrey’s take on Olaf, and I really wanted to sort of lose myself within Olaf. So we’ll see how that goes.

Harris may be known for his personal charm and his family’s adorable joint Halloween costumes, but he’s played quite a few less cuddly characters onscreen. In antiheroes like Dr. Horrible, from “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” and Barney Stinson from “How I Met Your Mother,” he’s embodied the conflicted villain ― a real bad dude with vulnerabilities, or who essentially means well. When asked how it felt to play a less complex, more cartoonishly evil guy, Harris didn’t hesitate: “It was wonderful,” he jumped in. “I didn’t have to think about it at all. Because that’s the hard part, is to try to add humanity to nastiness.”

“And Olaf, by design, is not that, so it was refreshing,” he said.

Harris also emphasized that the adaptation, which he says will devote two hours to each volume in the series, is “super faithful to the books.” So mark your calendars, Lemony Snicket fans. The bad beginning is coming on Friday, Jan. 13.

Yep, that’s Friday the 13th. If that disturbs you, this is an excellent time to go find a more cheerful show to stream.

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Jimmy Fallon Explains The Reason For Netflix’s Countdown Between Episodes

Have you ever wondered why Netflix has that countdown between episodes? Well, that worrisome thought will never interrupt your binge-watching again.

While writing his weekly “Thank You Notes,” Jimmy Fallon finally explained the reason for the streaming service’s timer. Apparently, Netflix does it just to mess with us. The company knows we’re going to keep watching, and they want us to know that they know.

For the record, Netflix does give you the option to opt out of automatically playing the next episode. It’s currently available on a number of devices.

But if you haven’t heard, the new season of “House of Cards” is coming out next month, and Netflix has plans to premiere up to 20 new shows or new seasons of original shows a year. So really, why bother?

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