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Survivor Doesn't Blame Netflix for Deadly Crash

Yeray Albelda lost 2 friends in Mexico crash

(Newser) - Yeray Albelda is hurting physically and emotionally after the crash that killed two fellow actors in an upcoming Netflix show—but he doesn't blame Netflix or production company Redrum. The crash in Mexico last Thursday killed two of his close friends: Raymundo Garduno Cruz and Juan Francisco Gonzalez Aguilar,...

Two Actors in New Netflix Series Killed in Crash

Six others from 'The Chosen One' injured in Mexico

(Newser) - Two actors working on a new Netflix series were killed and six others injured in Mexico when their van crashed, reports USA Today . The men killed were identified as Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar, though Aguilar is known professionally as Paco Mufote, per People . They...

Norm Macdonald's Posthumous Special Unlike Any Other

It includes a 'televised wake in miniature'

(Newser) - Norm Macdonald didn't plan on filming his last comedy special in his living room. It was 2020 and the secret cancer patient was testing material for his next Netflix special. He was also about to undergo a major procedure. So he sat down to record the material in case...

Stranger Things Is Back, but With a Warning

In wake of Uvalde shooting, disclaimer notes 'graphic violence involving children' in Season 4 opener

(Newser) - It's the moment that Stranger Things fans have been waiting for: The spooky series is back on Netflix as of Friday for Season 4, though viewers in the US watching last season's recap trailer that plays right before the new one will notice a special disclaimer. USA Today...

Comic's Old Clip Mocking Ricky Gervais Gains Steam

UK's James Acaster slammed fellow comedian in 2019 for mocking transgender community

(Newser) - "I feel like some [stand-up] out there is doing a lacerating 15 minutes on superstar transphobic comedians and we should be seeing that." That was a tweet earlier this week by TV writer Bob Schooley, a reference to comics such as Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais , who've...

Amid Backlash, Gervais Defends 'Taboo' Jokes

Comedy helps 'get us through stuff,' he says after criticism of trans jokes in Netflix special

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais is making no apologies amid a backlash over trans jokes in his new Netflix special. But he tells the BBC that the point of comedy is to help people deal with dicey topics. "I think that's what comedy is for, really—to get us through stuff,...

4 Minutes Into New Show, Gervais Makes Trans Jokes

Comedian is taking flak online over Netflix special

(Newser) - Ricky Gervais' new comedy special just began streaming on Netflix, but it already has generated quite a backlash on social media. The reason? Gervais reels off a series of jokes about trans people just four minutes in. As Variety recounts, Gervais begins by talking about "old-fashioned women, the ones...

Netflix Lays Off Another 150, Including Directors

Company is dealing with subscriber loss for the first time

(Newser) - The hits keep coming at Netflix. After announcing last month that it had lost subscribers, the streaming service laid off employees in animation and at its Tudum website. Content has been cut, with projects in the works being canceled. On Monday, 150 more employees were laid off, per Vulture . "...

Norm Macdonald Recorded Comedy Special Before Death

Comedian recorded footage in his living room before going into the hospital

(Newser) - In a development Norm Macdonald would probably have been the first to joke about, he's about to become Hollywood's hottest dead comedian. The 61-year-old Canadian comic, who died in September , kept his cancer diagnosis quiet for nine years and was equally quiet about a comedy special he secretly...

Netflix Cancels Meghan Markle Series

Animated show 'Pearl' is history as service starts cutting costs

(Newser) - Netflix is in cost-cutting mode after a drop in subscribers, and one of the early casualties is Pearl, an animated series created by Meghan Markle. The show about a 12-year-old girl inspired by extraordinary women from history was being executive-produced by Markle and David Furnish, Elton John's husband, Vanity ...

There's a That '70s Show Spinoff on the Way

Most of the original cast is slated for appearances, with one notable exception

(Newser) - Fans of That '70s Show will have a chance to relive the laughter in a new spinoff on Netflix: That '90s Show. Most headliners from the original cast have signed on for appearances, per Deadline, including Topher Grace (as Eric Forman), Mila Kunis (Jackie), Ashton Kutcher (Kelso), Laura...

Netflix Layoffs Begin on Its Tudum Website

Employees fear more cuts are ahead after subscriber loss

(Newser) - Not five months ago, Netflix launched Tudum, an editorial website to supply consumers with original content about its programming. On Thursday, the layoffs began, with about 10 full-time employees and contractors sent on their way, per the Hollywood Reporter . In between, Netflix announced a major loss of subscribers . The company...

Netflix's Fall Triggers Shockwaves in Streaming
Netflix's Chill Is Now 'Disastrous'

Netflix's Chill Is Now 'Disastrous'

'There's more to entertainment than volume and distraction'

(Newser) - The streaming industry is feeling shockwaves after Netflix stunned analysts Tuesday in reporting its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. Shares fell 35% Wednesday, wiping out $50 billion in market capitalization, following a 40% year-to-date drop. "Simply put, Netflix's terrible 2022 has now become disastrous,...

Netflix Plunge Drags Indexes Down
Netflix Stock Plunges 35%

Netflix Stock Plunges 35%

Massive drop dragged down major indexes

(Newser) - Stocks edged mostly higher in afternoon trading on Wall Street Wednesday, but indexes were held back by streaming entertainment giant Netflix, which lost more than a third of its value. IBM jumped and helped give the Dow a bump after reporting results that beat analysts’ estimates, the AP reports. The...

Move Netflix Has Long Resisted Will Likely Come to Pass

Lower-priced subscription models with ads could be offered 'in a year or two,' CEO says

(Newser) - Netflix is planning to make some changes after a drop in subscribers —and one of them is a move the company has long resisted. Founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings said Tuesday that the company is looking at bringing in advertising to support lower-priced subscription models, Deadline reports. "Those...

Netflix Stock Nosedives After Fall in Subscriber Numbers

It's the first time global total has fallen since 2011

(Newser) - Netflix shares nosedived more than 25% in after-hours trading after the company disclosed its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. The company said factors including the war in Ukraine caused it to lose 200,000 subscribers worldwide in the first quarter of 2022, when it had expected...

Russia's Netflix Users Aren't Happy They've Lost Service

After Netflix suspended streaming there due to Ukraine war, subscribers launch $730K class action

(Newser) - About 1 million of Netflix's 220 million subscribers worldwide are in Russia, and right now, they're pretty miffed. After Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine, the streaming service blocked access in his nation and halted production of Russian-made movies and shows, and now customers there have launched a...

Neflix Introduces New Category After SNL Joke

In musical sketch, Pete Davidson said he only wants to see 'short-ass movies'

(Newser) - Pete Davidson hasn't got a trip to space to brag about—but inspiring a new Netflix category may be an even rarer achievement. Netflix has introduced a new category, "Short-Ass Movies," in response to a Saturday Night Live skit, reports NBC . In the musical sketch , Davidson rapped,...

Tim Cook Just Dunked on Netflix, Amazon

Oscar win for his platform's 'CODA' gives him bragging rights ahead of older rivals

(Newser) - When CODA won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, it handed a huge victory to Tim Cook and his Apple+ streaming platform. After all, Cook "triumphed just two and a half years after formally entering the film and TV business," writes Matthew Belloni at Puck . He trumped...

Netflix Users Love This Feature More Than Free Cupcakes

So says one engineer about 'Skip Intro' button, which platform says is hit 136M times daily

(Newser) - Without even thinking about it, Netflix users take part in a time-travel experiment of sorts as they watch movies and TV series. They do this via the "Skip Intro" button, which allows them to pass over the opening credits and into the meat of whatever they're viewing, and...

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