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Gina Prince-Bythewood Made a Summer Blockbuster. It’s About Time.

The year 2020 is a watershed one for the director Gina Prince-Bythewood, even if it doesn’t look exactly like she thought it would. A few months ago, as Prince-Bythewood began to put the finishing touches on her new Charlize Theron action film, “The Old Guard,” she was eager to share her moment with directors like […]

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‘The Old Guard’ Review: Fighting to the Death, and Beyond

“The Old Guard” could just as well have been called “The New Blood,” since that’s what it tries to pump into the weary superhero genre, with a reasonable degree of success and quite a lot of, well, blood. With the familiar movie-studio franchises in lockdown, Netflix has the opportunity to introduce a new squad of […]

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Review: In ‘Stateless’ on Netflix, Cate Blanchett (and Immigration)

Cate Blanchett was an executive producer as well as the star of Hulu’s “Mrs. America,” but the multi-Oscared actor actually made her debut as a television producer when the mini-series “Stateless” premiered in Australia in March. She also created the six-part drama, with the Australian writers Elise McCredie (a longtime friend) and Tony Ayres, and […]

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How Netflix Beat Hollywood to a Generation of Black Content

The Black documentarian Stanley Nelson says his phone has been “ringing off the hook” as America is looking again at racism and the Black experience. Justin Simien, the creator of “Dear White People,” says the reactions to his pitches have grown warmer. And the director Ava DuVernay reports a flood of calls to “me and […]

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‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Defies and Exceeds Expectations

In “The Baby-Sitters Club,” the charming Netflix adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s wildly popular children’s book series, there’s a witch. Not the cauldron-stirring, spell-casting sort of witch. This isn’t that kind of kids’ adventure story. Instead, Esme Porter (Karin Konoval) is a “spiritual practitioner” who hosts “share-a-monies” in suburban Stoneybrook, Conn. “Witch,” she says, is […]

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The Baby-Sitters Club Taught Me Everything I Needed to Know About Literary Fiction

A confession: As a 9-year-old boy, I loved the Baby-Sitters Club books. So deep is my remembered shame that even now, sitting at my keyboard at the age of 43, I’m blushing. I know that times have changed, that today boys can like whatever they like, are even applauded for it. But in the 1980s, […]

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Stream These 15 Great Titles Before They Leave Netflix in July

As quarantine stretches into summer, Netflix will bid farewell to two Scarlett Johansson-fronted sci-fi efforts, a pre-“Star Wars” team-up by Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, two indies starring Brie Larson and three marvelous dramatic comedies from female filmmakers of note. And those are just a few of the titles we recommend watching before they slip […]

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Netflix Moves $100 Million to Black-Owned Banks

Want this delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up here. Netflix’s $100 million plan to boost black lenders We have the first look at a new move to help bridge the racial economic divide in America: Netflix will shift some of its $5 billion in cash to financial institutions that focus on black communities. […]

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What Should Companies Do on Juneteenth?

Want to get this in your inbox each morning? Sign up here. The meaning of Juneteenth Tomorrow, June 19, is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. African-Americans have celebrated it since the late 1800s. This year, the holiday has become a focus of companies’ response to the national reckoning […]

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Netflix C.E.O. Reed Hastings Gives $120 Million to Historically Black Colleges

Reed Hastings, the co-founder of Netflix, and his wife, Patty Quillin, donated $120 million to the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College, the largest-ever individual gift to support scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. The record donation comes amid protests following the police killing of George Floyd, and the national conversation […]

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Netflix and Cinemax Go to South Africa for Real

On Netflix, a steamy high school romance with strong suggestions of “Gossip Girl.” On Cinemax, a steamy international thriller with harried spies and a strong, silent hero. Both concepts are typical for those providers, though in each case your eyes are drawn to something uncommon: the towering walls of Cape Town’s Table Mountain, looming in […]

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‘Da 5 Bloods’ Review: Black Lives Mattered in Vietnam, Too

Spike Lee’s career can be described as a lover’s quarrel with American movies — and with America, too. As he has demonstrated his mastery of established genres (the biopic, the musical, the cop movie, the combat picture, and so on), he has also reinvented them, pointing out blind spots and filling in gaps. His critique […]

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Stream These 15 Great Titles Before They Leave Netflix This Month

The timing is presumably accidental, owing to the vagaries of licensing agreements rather than nefarious motives, but it still seems downright cruel that so many television series and films of note are departing Netflix as so many of us are still stuck at home. Here are our suggestions for what to prioritize in that ever-shrinking […]

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Judge Gives Carole Baskin the Tiger King’s Zoo

For years, Carole Baskin railed against the roadside zoo that was run by Joseph Maldonado-Passage, describing it as cruel and exploitative of the big cats that were kept there. That part of the story is well known to the millions of viewers of “Tiger King,” the Netflix series about the conflict between Ms. Baskin, an […]

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Corporate Voices Get Behind ‘Black Lives Matter’ Cause

As tensions flared around the country after George Floyd’s death under a policeman’s knee, protesters received support from an unexpected corner: corporate America. Companies like Nike, Twitter and Citigroup have aligned themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement. As Netflix posted on Twitter on Saturday: “To be silent is to be complicit. Black lives matter. […]

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‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Is Back: Help Yourself to the Fridge

In 1986, Ann M. Martin invented juvenile literature’s most famous landline number: 555-3231. Fictional parents who dialed that number on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday, just before dinner, would reach the Baby-Sitters Club, a gaggle of reliable tween babysitters at competitive rates. As the member Jessi says, in “The Baby-Sitters Club #48: Jessi’s Wish,” the […]

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‘Space Force’ Review: Steve Carell, in a Familiar Orbit on Netflix

There’s a statistical likelihood that your image of Steve Carell is based primarily on “The Office,” and on the films “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” and “Anchorman” before that. In the streaming age it wouldn’t even be surprising if one of those venerable comedies was the last thing you watched him in. What are the odds that […]

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Now on Netflix: Portraits of Grief With Unplanned Relevance

Heart-thumping crushes, rivalries, unsupervised parties, a volcanic cocktail of hormones — we’ve all been there, and so has a whole subgenre of popular television series. The teen high school comedy-drama, rife with hallway gaffes and under-bleacher kisses, is comfort food for those of us willing to revisit the carnival of frights that is adolescence — […]

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Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’ Doubles Down on the Comedy of Contradiction

One of the least famous but most revealing radical arguments of Hannah Gadsby’s breakthrough special, “Nanette,” is that we should only dress babies in the color blue. Sorry pink. Pointing out how blue is associated with coolness as well as the hottest part of the flame, she said with admiration that it’s full of contradictions. […]

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Hana Kimura, Japanese Wrestler and Star of Netflix Series, Dies at 22

Hana Kimura, a Japanese professional wrestler who starred in the Netflix reality series “Terrace House: Tokyo,” has died. She was 22. The cause of death and when she died were not immediately available. Ms. Kimura was found dead at her home, The Associated Press reported, citing Japanese news media. “We are very sorry to report […]

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Interracial Romance, With Black Women as the Stars

In a recent episode of HBO’s “Insecure,” Molly (Yvonne Orji), home for Thanksgiving and chatting about her dating life, shares a picture of her new beau, Andrew, from her phone. With slight glee in her eyes, Molly’s mother probes, “Oh, is he Korean?” Then her brother, asks, “Is he ‘Crazy and Rich’?,” referring to the […]

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Steve Carell Charts a Return to TV Comedy With ‘Space Force’

As an actor, Steve Carell has shown remarkable elasticity. He can be an outright dope, like the barely articulate Brick Tamland of “Anchorman,” or a lovable, misapprehended loser, like Michael Scott, his breakthrough role on “The Office.” Occasionally, he has been a sheer terror, like John E. du Pont, the murderous scion he played in […]

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Life Is More Like a Simulation. On These Shows, So Is Death.

“Are we living in a simulation?” Before the recent troubles — that is, during the previous troubles — that saying was a popular quip, playing off the belief among some tech bigwigs and others that our universe is actually the workings of an elaborate computer program. Reality had become so bizarre, the joke was, it […]

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Netflix Has Some Great Music Documentaries. Here Are 11 of Them.

Pop, rock and R&B fans will find a decent assortment of top-shelf concert films on Netflix, including “Springsteen on Broadway,” Beyoncé’s “Homecoming” and “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.” But performances alone don’t tell the fuller story of a musical act or a cultural movement. For that, you need a good documentary, combining exciting old […]

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Two Projects Are Filming Again. Here’s How They’re Doing It.

Baltasar Kormakur, the Icelandic director best known in the United States for “Everest” and “Contraband,” turned to a color-coded armband system to get his Netflix sci-fi series “Katla” back into production in Reykjavik after the coronavirus shut it down in mid-March. The producer Lucas Foster made the difficult — and expensive — decision to isolate […]

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The Pandemic Work Diary of Netflix’s Queer Champion

Fran Tirado is producing queer content and only queer content. “I’m just so uninterested in making anything that is not for queer-trans audiences,” he said. At Netflix, his job title is brand and editorial strategy lead for L.G.B.T.Q. content. That means developing concepts for shows like “I Like to Watch,” in which two drag queens […]

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In Netflix’s ‘Hollywood,’ One Movie Fixes Racism

I was 12 years old when I first fell in love with the dreams spun by “classic” Hollywood: the myth of simpler times, the seductive glamour of men and women who often spoke in a quasi-British accent. For a time, I longed to live in that period. But as they say, you live and you […]

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Laura Harrier on Rewriting Hollywood in Netflix’s ‘Hollywood’

This interview contains spoilers for the series finale of “Hollywood.” Laura Harrier was in high school when she first learned about the Oscar-nominated actress Dorothy Dandridge, and she was immediately drawn to her beauty and talent. So when Ryan Murphy cast her in “Hollywood” as Camille, a 1940s starlet inspired by Dandridge, it “felt like […]

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