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Obama in Talks to Provide Shows for Netflix (NY Times)

March 9, 2018

Obama and chill: pretty cool news from The New York Times and Netflix,

Former President Barack Obama is in advanced negotiations with Netflix to produce a series of high-profile shows that will provide him a global platform after his departure from the White House, according to people familiar with the discussions.

Under terms of a proposed deal, which is not yet final, Netflix would pay Mr. Obama and his wife, Michelle, for exclusive content that would be available only on the streaming service, which has nearly 118 million subscribers around the world. The number of episodes and the formats for the shows have not been decided.

Mr. Obama does not intend to use his Netflix shows to directly respond to President Trump or conservative critics, according to people familiar with discussions about the programming. They said the Obamas had talked about producing shows that highlight inspirational stories.

Read the full article at The New York Times.


A Streamer’s Guide to Best Actress (Decider)

February 21, 2018

Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I love these articles popping up online pointing us to the best of someone’s career and how to stream it. Decider just posted an article about the five actresses nominated for Best Actress at this year’s Oscars and how to stream the best of their canon. From Decider,

The 2017 Best Actress field at the Academy Awards is an especially strong field, representing some of the top Best Picture contenders in a way that doesn’t always happen with the Oscars. It’s something that deserves to be celebrated, so first off a big round of applause for:

  • Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

  • Frances McDormand in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

  • Margot Robbie in I, Tonya

  • Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird

  • Meryl Streep in The Post

Find all the films and the full article on Decider.

Sally Hawkins in The Shape of Water

NYC’s Film Forum Marquee Letters

February 19, 2018

Own a piece of NYC film history. From Film Forum,

For the first time since 1980, we are updating our marquee as part of our expansion and renovation. Hundreds of well-worn marquee letters are being retired after spelling out some of the greatest movies of the past 37 years. Fortunately for you, this means you can own a piece of NYC film history!

Spell out your or your cinephile loved ones’ initials, name, favorite movie, curse word – up to you! Just $5 per letter.

Letters are 3-7 inches wide and 67/8 inches tall. Subject to availability.

All proceeds benefit Film Forum, a non-profit art house cinema since 1970. 
Click for more information and to purchase letters.

Ryan Murphy Leaves 20th TV for Netflix Mega-Deal (Hollywood Reporter)

February 17, 2018

The Hollywood Reporter discusses Ryan Murphy’s move to Netflix, a colossal deal which will cement a relationship for five years. From The Hollywood Reporter,

Ryan Murphy is joining Shonda Rhimes at Netflix.

The prolific producer behind American Horror Story and American Crime Story will exit his longtime home at 20th Century Fox Television in favor of a mega-deal at Netflix that is said to be for five years and worth $300 million, according to The New York Times.

Murphy continued stressing the importance of the voices he champions,

“The history of this moment is not lost on me,” Murphy said. “I am a gay kid from Indiana who moved to Hollywood in 1989 with $55 in savings in my pocket, so the fact that my dreams have crystallized and come true in such a major way is emotional and overwhelming to me. I am awash in genuine appreciation for Ted Sarandos, Reed Hastings and Cindy Holland at Netflix for believing in me and the future of my company which will continue to champion women, minorities and LGBTQ heroes and heroines, and I am honored and grateful to continue my partnership with my friends and peers at Fox on our existing shows.”

Best of luck to Ryan and Netflix as they propel us into the immediate future.

If you’re interested in the business behind this move, check out MarketWatch’s article, What Netflix’s $300 million Ryan Murphy deal says about the future of TV.

Read The Hollywood Reporter article.

Here And Now (trailer)

February 15, 2018

HBO’s new Alan Ball series, Here And Now trailer dropped this week:

Check out HBO’s official page for Here And Now.

Golden Globe Winners 2018

January 8, 2018

The Golden Globe winners were announced last evening. The celebration comes from the Hollywood Foreign Press. Reel Charlie favorites include:

Best television series, musical or comedy: “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” Amazon
Best performance by an actress in a television series, musical or comedy: Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”
Best television limited series or motion picture made for television: “Big Little Lies,” HBO
Best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television: Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television: Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”

Obviously I need to get off my butt and go see Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Darkest Hour, I, Tonya, and figure out how to watch The Handmaid’s Tale without a Hulu subscription. Will they release it on DVD or be stingy like Amazon?

And then there was Oprah’s acceptance speech of the Cecil B. DeMille Award. Will she run in 2020? Or will she continue to inspire in other ways?

Kanopy Comes to the Library

January 5, 2018

Kanopy is here! What does that mean? Kanopy launched in 2008 in Western Australia as a DVD sales company for universities before relocating to San Francisco and focusing on the Northern American market. A little over a year ago, they created a public library arm of their popular academic streaming media platform. We waited a year until we felt the content merited consideration. I’m happy to say as of January 3, 2018, Fairfield Public Library now offers over 30,000 streaming films to its patrons for free. All you need is a valid Fairfield Public Library card and a device able to download the Kanopy app (IOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku, or Chromecast) or watch via a computer browser. Kanopy’s tagline is “thoughtful entertainment.” They specialize in documentaries, classic and international cinema, indie and short film. You won’t find Despicable Me 3 or Girls Trip on Kanopy. But you will find outstanding selections certain to appeal to a diverse group of library users. Currently we are offering user access to 7 films per month.

Looking forward to seeing how the community greets Kanopy and how cost-effective the service is for our budget. Should be an interesting year full of great film selections. As we continue walking this line between physical and streaming, Kanopy allows us to offer more options for library users. That’s a win-win in my book.

Ask your local public library about Kanopy.

Finally, any company who uses Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Women in their advertising is ok by me. Kanopy has a great collection of LGBTQ content along with other gender, ethnic, and international selections.

The 2017 Cord-Cutter Awards (TechHive)

January 3, 2018

From TechHive,

2017 was a year of reckoning for traditional TV providers and networks, as people ditched their cable and satellite subscriptions in record numbers. And just as we’ve seen over the past few years, more cord-cutting means more new streaming services, along with better devices on which to watch.

Highlights include:

Best new streaming hardware: Roku Streaming Stick+
Best new streaming service: YouTube TV
Most-improved streaming service: FuboTV (attention sports fans!)
Cord-cutting MVP: Hulu

Read the full article at TechHive.

How to Cut the Cord on Cable (New York Times)

December 23, 2017

The New York Times is finally catching up to my 4-year strong library program, Cut the Cord. And they even talk about what kind of television watcher you are, just like how I open my program with a similar question. Hmmm. Of course with the power of the fake (joke) media behind them, NY Times comes up with cool graphics and great organization. Feast your eyes on their article/infographic from the NY Times,

What Kind of a Watcher Are You?

Here’s our quick take on the streaming services you will need to keep you entertained and whether eliminating cable is right for you.

Here’s where it all begins: You’re sick of paying an exorbitant cable or satellite bill, and you have a strong sense that if you just limited your spending to a few streaming subscription services, you’d be much more satisfied with your home entertainment experience. So let’s say that you’ve already got a good TV, a speedy internet connection and a set-top box. (If you don’t, we’ll get to that later.) Who gets your money?

Read the full article.


CES TVs preview: What to expect from the big screens of 2018 (CNET)

December 18, 2017

From CNET,

For those of us who care about new TV technology, Christmas comes in January.

CES 2018 in Las Vegas presages the coming year of TV tech with the latest in display innovations, and if previous shows are any indication, there’ll be plenty of massive, jaw-dropping screens to go around.

Read all about the new screens coming our way in 2018.

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