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‘The Town Hall of Hollywood.’ Welcome to the Netflix Lobby.

LOS ANGELES — Dolly Parton recently held court there, big wig and all. Leonardo DiCaprio and John Kerry arrived at the same time last month. Cindy Crawford on the left, David Letterman on the right. And isn’t that Beyoncé by the espresso bar? Welcome to the hottest see-and-be-seen spot in Hollywood: Netflix’s first-floor waiting room. […]

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‘Stuber’ Stalls, Dealing Another Setback to Comedies and Disney’s Fox

LOS ANGELES — “Stuber” stalled at the box office over the weekend, accentuating a problem with movies coming off the 20th Century Fox assembly line: They aren’t very good. “Stuber,” an R-rated buddy flick starring Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista that cost about $25 million to make, also raised new questions about the theatrical viability […]

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Done with ‘Stranger Things’? Here Is Your Next Netflix Binge

This essay includes spoilers for “Stranger Things” and the first season of “Dark.” It’s a dark night in a rural town surrounded by woods. People are frantically searching for a little boy who has gone missing. The police seem inept to help. The reason he has gone missing is inexplicable and, perhaps, supernatural. No, this […]

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‘Friends’ to Leave Netflix for HBO Max, AT&T’s New Streaming Service

After AT&T spent over $80 billion to acquire Time Warner in part to take on Netflix, the phone giant’s new streaming service finally has a name: HBO Max. The company also announced it will debut next spring and will offer 10,000 hours of content, including exclusive access to the hit show “Friends.” What will be […]

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The Great Race to Rule Streaming TV

When Nick Weidenfeld heard what happened at HBO last summer, he was thrilled. “Everyone I knew was texting that article around, saying, ‘What the [expletive]!’ ” Weidenfeld, an independent TV producer, recently recalled. A lot of people who work in Hollywood were spooked by the news, but not him: “I thought it was amazing.” Weidenfeld was […]

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‘Stranger Things 3’: A Guide to the Major Pop Culture References

This article contains spoilers for Season 3 of “Stranger Things.” See some references we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section. The Netflix hit “Stranger Things” is built on nostalgia for late ’70s and ’80s pop culture, including the works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, John Carpenter and John Hughes. The first two […]

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Women Crash the Pool Party

There is a three-second shot in Hulu’s “Shrill” that lingers. Annie, a tenderly insecure young journalist played by Aidy Bryant, is at her first Fat Babe Pool Party. It’s a glamorous bash featuring women dancing and splashing around in cute swimwear, and while Annie is enchanted with what she sees, she is not quite ready […]

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Netflix Has a Talk Show Problem

Netflix upended the entertainment business by successfully moving into nearly every genre — scripted dramas, comedies, stand-up specials, documentaries, reality shows and feature films. But one type of programming has proved tricky for the streaming giant: the talk show. In the last two years, Netflix has canceled three shows in the genre: “The Break With […]

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‘Stranger Things’ Is Back. Here’s Where We Left Off in Season 2.

Needle-drops have always been part of the fun of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” a sci-fi series that doubles as a comprehensive tour through ’80s popular culture. And the second season ended with a doozy: the Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” a middle-school slow-dance favorite that sounds romantic but is much creepier under the surface. (“Every step […]

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Cary Elwes Is the Latest ’80s Hero to Star on ‘Stranger Things’

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” returns Thursday for another season of the Upside Down, paranormal pyrotechnics and, of course, ’80s nostalgia. And as in the first two seasons, the creators Matt and Ross Duffer have given a supporting role to a well-known actor from the era. Following in the footsteps of past “Stranger Things” guest stars like […]

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‘One Day at a Time’ to Return in 2020

The family sitcom “One Day at a Time” will be revived next year on the cable television channel Pop TV, the network announced on Thursday, months after fans began protesting Netflix’s decision to cancel it. Netflix announced in March that the multicamera comedy about a Cuban-American family, which originated as a Norman Lear sitcom in […]

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For a TV Editor, 500 New Shows a Year Require a Fresh Script

How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Jeremy Egner, television editor for The Times, discussed the tech he’s using. What tech tools are most important for your work as a television editor? Most important is the one in my title: a television. Though the pure tonnage […]

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These Kids Know ‘Stranger Things.’ But What’s Stranger Than Growing Up?

It must be strange to live in a Midwest town that is home to nefarious conspiracies, secret experiments and a portal to an alternate dimension populated by grotesque monsters. But coming of age is still stranger. After an absence of almost two years, “Stranger Things” returns on July 4 for its third season on Netflix, […]

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Linda Fairstein Attacks Her Portrayal in ‘When They See Us’

Linda Fairstein, a former prosecutor who has been the focus of public outrage since Netflix began streaming a series based on the Central Park Five case, has criticized the show in an op-ed as “so full of distortions and falsehoods as to be an outright fabrication.” Since “When They See Us” began airing on May […]

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Coming to You From a Can of Cashews

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Raphael Bob-Waksberg insisted that his debut book is optimistic, even if the numbers didn’t quite add up. In his sun-filled kitchen, he thumbed through the pages of his new short story collection, “Someone Who Will Love You in All Your Damaged Glory,” delivering a happy-or-not verdict to each entry. The final […]

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Review: The More, Further (Final?) ‘Tales of the City’

When it comes to “Tales of the City,” the nostalgia just keeps compounding. The original television mini-series was already a wistful evocation of a disappearing San Francisco. And even as it played on PBS in early 1994, the internet was slouching into existence down the peninsula. With Netflix offering a new, 10-episode installment — a […]

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Linda Fairstein, Once Cheered, Faces Storm After ‘When They See Us’

For much of her life, Linda Fairstein was widely viewed as a law enforcement hero. As one of the first leaders of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes unit, later the inspiration for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” she became one of the best known prosecutors in the country. She went on to a […]

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David Letterman 2.0, the Non-Ironic Version

On the first week of his original late-night talk show, David Letterman appeared on the streets of New York with a microphone in hand. “Much has been said about Alan Alda, the TV star, the film star, the writer, the humanitarian, the champion of minority causes,” he said in the grave voice of a “60 […]

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Why the Central Park Five Matter

Weather: Sunny but not humid, with a high near 70. Prepare for strong winds midafternoon. Alternate-side parking: In effect today, then suspended Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for Eid al-Fitr. ImageAunjanue Ellis and Ethan Herisse in “When They See Us,” a Netflix mini-series.CreditAtsushi Nishijima/Netflix The story was first told in blaring newspaper headlines and television sound […]

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An HBO Question Is Giving AT&T Executives a Headache

With its acquisition of Time Warner last year, AT&T was on its way toward creating a streaming service that will one day be the exclusive online home for “Game of Thrones” and the blockbuster film franchises centered on Wonder Woman, Batman and Harry Potter. The $80 billion deal gave the phone giant ownership of the […]

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