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New Netflix Instant Releases: May 2017

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by Britt Hayes April 19, 2017 @ 11:45 AM
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The ratio of Netflix Originals to acquired content continues to skew more toward the former each month, and May is absolutely stacked with fresh original films, comedy specials and TV shows — including new season premieres of some of our favorite series, like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Master of None (finally!), Sense8, Bloodline, House of Cards and more. As for original films, next month’s additions include War Machine, along with specials from beloved comedians like Marie Bamford and Tracy Morgan.

‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Goes to College in First Season 3 Trailer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 19, 2017 @ 11:36 AM
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Your spring just got a whole lot sunnier. Kimmy is back, and headed to college, as Netflix finally unveils a first full trailer for Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Come, Lemonade with us and learn the true purpose of thumbs!

Netflix and Bill Burr’s ‘F Is for Family’ Gets May Season 2 Premiere

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 18, 2017 @ 3:05 PM
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Boy, you can’t seem to swing a dead cat (not that you’d want to) without hitting one of Netflix’s May premieres. Like House of Cards and Bloodline before it, Netflix now has a late May premiere for Season 2 of Bill Burr’s animated F Is for Family, along with an irate first teaser.

Netflix Says Users Have Watched 500 Million Hours of Adam Sandler Movies

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by Matt Singer April 18, 2017 @ 12:34 PM
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One of Netflix’s biggest deals so far in the original movie space was with Adam Sandler, who signed on to make four films with the streaming service, and then recently re-upped with the online media titan for another four masterpieces. Maybe you have seen some of their collaborations so far, The Ridiculous 6, The Do-Over, and the just-released Sandy Wexler. If the figures Netflix just released are accurate, the odds are you have.

Gina Rodriguez’s Netflix ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Confirmed for 2019

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 18, 2017 @ 11:33 AM
Carmen Sandiego is finally found. A new Netflix animated series headed up by Jane The Virgin favorite Gina Rodriguez has been confirmed, and our gumshoes have found the first real details. See a quick tease of the show’s animated style, and learn what Stranger stars populate the 2019 series’ cast!

Netflix Is Willing to Release Original Movies Into Theaters, But Only After They’re on Netflix

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by Charles Bramesco April 18, 2017 @ 10:04 AM
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Yesterday, Indiewire film critic David Ehrlich ran an illuminating essay on Netflix’s testy relationship with the original films it releases, explaining how their model of bypassing theatrical release and going straight to streaming ultimately degrades the viewing experience and makes the movies harder to find and appreciate. (This comes hot on the heels of an official denunciation from the Federation of French Cinemas against the Cannes Film Festival for allowing TV into their lineup for the first time ever.) Clearly, his words went straight to the top of Netflix’s corporate office, as the online video giant has issued a letter to their shareholders assuring them that everything’s going to be fine and movies aren’t dead, probably.

Bill Nye Recruits Tyler, The Creator for New Netflix Talk Show Theme

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 17, 2017 @ 1:01 PM
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Bill Nye could definitely use some help saving the world with his new Netflix talk series, and who better than the Creator himself? Tyler, The Creator, that is, performing a revamped theme song for the “Science Guy”s new series, Bill Nye Saves the World.

French Exhibitors Attack Netflix's Cannes Film Festival Selections

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by Matthew Monagle April 16, 2017 @ 11:17 AM
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With two high-profile films premiering at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Netflix is hard at work proving to filmmakers and financiers alike that it deserves to be taken seriously as both a commercial and artistic distribution platform. And while fans might be excited to watch Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja or Noah Baumbach’s The Meyerowitz Stories from the comfort of their own home, Netflix’s success may have run afoul of French law, putting its relationship with both the film festival and the entire French marketplace in a precarious position.