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Jun 11, 2020.

Netflix makes Oscar-nominated doc Strong Island available for free on YouTube

Netflix makes Oscar-nominated doc Strong Island available for free on YouTube

Last week, HBO made

Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas and Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From The Field available for free on YouTube. The most recent episode of Last Week Tonight is also available in full. CNN and Sesame Street’s town hall on racism can be streamed for free, so can Oprah Winfrey’s special Where Do We Go From Here? and various films from the Criterion Collection, and Paramount...
Jun 10, 2020. 5 comments

Netflix launches Black Lives Matter collection, removes Chris Lilley shows featuring Blackface characters

Netflix launches Black Lives Matter collection, removes Chris Lilley shows featuring Blackface characters

Looking for ways to advocate for Black lives? Check out this list of resources by our sister site Lifehacker for ways to get involved.

There are a couple of big developments over at Netflix today, which has launched a Black Lives Matter collection to showcase film and television shows centering Black voices and experiences. The “More Than A Moment” collection offers over 45 titles and includes...

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Jun 09, 2020. 8 comments

Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts is still one of TV’s most imaginative adventure stories

Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts is still one of TV’s most imaginative adventure stories
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Perhaps one of the most interesting facts about

Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts is that prior to its inception, creator Radford Sechrist was aiming for a story that resembled The Walking Dead and Game Of Thrones. Thankfully, the end result, modeled after the creator’s webcomic, pivots greatly from those far drearier properties, giving...

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Jun 01, 2020. 9 comments

The summer TV season kicks off with a soccer scandal, a Simon sequel, and one Dirty John

The summer TV season kicks off with a soccer scandal, a Simon sequel, and one Dirty John

Summer’s almost here, not that you’d know it from the vantage point of your couch. To help you ride out the tail end (or extension) of the stay-at-home orders, The A.V. Club has once again looked at the month’s premieres, bringing together the options that are most worth your time. This June, TV is rife with scandal—from El Presidente’s look at corruption in FIFA to the breakdown of a...

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May 26, 2020. 23 comments

Hannah Gadsby sets realistic expectations for Nanette follow-up, Douglas—and then exceeds them

Hannah Gadsby sets realistic expectations for Nanette follow-up, Douglas—and then exceeds them
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Hannah Gadsby knows she’s made a liar out of herself. At the end of

her powerful 2018 special Nanette , the comedian publicly declared she was quitting comedy. But Gatsby’s hourlong dissection of her internalized homophobia and mental health struggles did something the Australia native never saw coming: It became a cultural phenomenon....

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May 02, 2020. 15 comments

The best genre shows on Netflix

The best genre shows on Netflix

Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club. That’s why we’re scouring both the menus of the most popular services and our own archives to bring you these guides to the best viewing options, broken down by streamer,...

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May 01, 2020.

Rod Blagojevich, Jenny Jones scandals get unpacked in new Netflix docuseries, Trial By Media

Rod Blagojevich, Jenny Jones scandals get unpacked in new Netflix docuseries, Trial By Media

George Clooney and his producing partner, actor and writer Grant Heslov, are throwing their weight behind Trial By Media, a six-part Netflix docuseries about the media’s role in amplifying public perception of memorable criminal trials. Like the streamer’s excellent

Dirty Money docuseries, Trial By Media doles out episodes to a number of rising directors, including Abducted In Plain Sight ’s...
May 01, 2020.

Holland Taylor on Hollywood, glamour, and why you should always take Fountain

Holland Taylor on Hollywood, glamour, and why you should always take Fountain

In

Hollywood , Holland Taylor plays Ellen Kincaid, a casting and acting expert at Ace Pictures who’s looking to shake things up both personally and professionally. It’s a great role for Taylor, who has spent over 50 years of her life on screen, and who understands the ins and outs of the Hollywood system—as well as the many changes it has undergone in its more recent history. The A.V. Club...
May 01, 2020. 10 comments

Rory Kennedy to direct documentary about Boeing 737 crashes for Netflix

Rory Kennedy to direct documentary about Boeing 737 crashes for Netflix

It feels so far away now given the current crisis facing the world, but it was only a year ago that the world was facing a smaller-scale crisis thanks to the evidently disastrous design of Boeing’s 737 Max aircrafts. Now, in what is being presented as a way to “put a human face” and the hundreds of lives lost in 737 crashes, filmmaker Rory Kennedy (Last Days In Vietnam, Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib)...

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May 01, 2020.

Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders broods through the familiar Netflix drama All Day And A Night

Moonlight’s Ashton Sanders broods through the familiar Netflix drama All Day And A Night

It’s true that there’s nothing new under the sun, and that everybody’s paying tribute to somebody. But Netflix’s latest original movie, All Day And A Night, is uniquely disadvantaged in this department, as it’s the latest in a series of films about the young, Black male experience in Oakland, California to come out this decade. (Specifically,

Blindspotting and Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale...
Apr 30, 2020. 2 comments

Patti LuPone, Dylan McDermott, and David Corenswet on drive-thru sex and the lure of Hollywood

Patti LuPone, Dylan McDermott, and David Corenswet on drive-thru sex and the lure of Hollywood

There’s something that just feels right about Patti LuPone playing a grand old Hollywood dame. The Broadway legend fits right in as one of the stars of

Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series Hollywood , playing Avis Amberg, wife to the head of Ace Pictures. She’s sexually and maritally frustrated, but through some twists and turns, starts to see her life turn around. It’s a perfect role for LuPone,...

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Apr 30, 2020.

Hollywood's Jim Parsons, Jake Picking, and Jeremy Pope on Rock Hudson's enduring legacy

Hollywood's Jim Parsons, Jake Picking, and Jeremy Pope on Rock Hudson's enduring legacy

Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix series,

Hollywood , takes place in a world that’s equal parts sin and scandal, where everyone is sleeping with everyone else, and just trying to get famous. It’s a heightened look at ‘40s Hollywood, for sure, but also one that pulls in characters from real life, including Vivien Leigh and Hattie McDaniel.

As played by Jake Picking, Rock Hudson is Hollywood’s oafish...

Apr 29, 2020.

The Politician season 2 premieres this summer, but season 3 will probably be delayed

The Politician season 2 premieres this summer, but season 3 will probably be delayed

After conquering FX, Ryan Murphy’s slow takeover of Netflix began with last year’s debut of 

The Politician . The satirical dramedy series stars Ben Platt as an aspiring high school politician in the vein of Election ’s Tracy Flick, and features a star-studded cast that includes Gwyneth Paltrow and Murphy fave Jessica Lange. Murphy’s latest Netflix series, Hollywood —a revisionist take on the...
Apr 29, 2020. 7 comments

May’s TV premieres travel to Hollywood, Central Park, and the afterlife

May’s TV premieres travel to Hollywood, Central Park, and the afterlife

We might not be able to enjoy the May flowers at the moment, but we can partake of the month’s other bounty: TV premieres. The pandemic’s impact on productions means that streamers like Netflix, Apple TV+, Amazon, and Hulu—not to mention the soon-to-launch HBO Max—dominate the schedule, ready to deploy stories about Tinseltown, comedy specials from marquee names, and an ersatz Hamilton...

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Apr 29, 2020. 23 comments

Ryan Murphy’s imperfect Hollywood paints an inclusive picture of what could have been

Ryan Murphy’s imperfect Hollywood paints an inclusive picture of what could have been
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“Could one movie change the way a nation sees itself?” That’s how a newsreel announcer gleefully boils down Hollywood’s fan-fictional premise, only to answer it in a way completely fitting for the show: “Who knows!” The limited series created by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan tracks the production of a potentially world-altering film at...

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Apr 29, 2020. 6 comments

Netflix takes another shot at Cyrano de Bergerac with queer love triangle The Half Of It

Netflix takes another shot at Cyrano de Bergerac with queer love triangle The Half Of It

“This is not a love story,” introverted high schooler Ellie Chu (Leah Lewis) warns us in her opening narration. “Or not one where anyone gets what they want.” That ominous caveat adds a little more tension than there might otherwise be to a Netflix coming-of-age rom-com that updates the Cyrano de Bergerac formula for gen Z. In place of Cyrano’s nasal insecurity, Ellie’s anxiety stems from...

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Apr 29, 2020. 9 comments

Orange Is The New Black producers team up for social distancing anthology show

Orange Is The New Black producers team up for social distancing anthology show

A lot of us are getting through this pandemic by keeping our heads down and trying not to dwell on the utter misery that is life in 2020, possibly while also occasionally allowing ourselves to wistfully dream of the day when we can stop having nightmares about not washing our hands or when we can go outside without worrying about who’s going to cough or sneeze in our general vicinity. Then...

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Apr 29, 2020. 4 comments

Oh thank god, Netflix has renewed Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts. Watch the teaser

Oh thank god, Netflix has renewed Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts. Watch the teaser

Unless it’s an

inescapable hit , falling for a Netflix original series can be pretty tough. Why? Because we’ve been burned more than a few times here at The A.V. Club. So when a thoroughly fantastic show comes as quietly as DreamWorks’ Kipo And The Age Of Wonderbeasts , which debuted on the streaming platform January 14, waiting for renewal news can feel somewhat agonizing. Thankfully,...

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Apr 29, 2020. 21 comments

Lawyer suggests that Carole Baskin's husband was strangled, thrown out of plane

Lawyer suggests that Carole Baskin's husband was strangled, thrown out of plane

The world seems to be cooling on Netflix’s quarantine-defining true crime documentary Tiger King, at least in the sense that we’re not all still constantly talking about it all the time, but not everyone is ready for the saga of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin to fade from the spotlight just yet. Joseph Fritz, the lawyer for Baskin’s missing husband Don Lewis—who Joe Exotic (real name Joe...

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Apr 28, 2020. 13 comments

Netflix refuses to give anyone special treatment, cancels Idris Elba's DJ show

Netflix refuses to give anyone special treatment, cancels Idris Elba's DJ show

We all know show business can be a bit cruel from time to time, and doing what’s best for a studio or a specific project isn’t always the same thing as doing what’s most considerate for the people involved. That being said, there’s being “a bit cruel” and then there’s waiting a little over a month after someone was diagnosed with the coronavirus to cancel their TV show. (To be fair, the TV...

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