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Get ready for ‘Stranger Things’ companion books

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Two Stranger Things books are on their way from Penguin Random House. That’s two books publishing for sure in 2018 – and the possibility of many, many more.

According to a release from Penguin Random House, Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down: The Official Behind-The-Scenes Companion will give fans a deeper look at the popular Netflix series. The other, untitled book will be more abstract, drawing inspiration from the Stranger Things world to offer “advice, wisdom, and warnings” for young readers.

Projects scheduled for 2019 include a prequel about Eleven’s mother and backstory penned by Gwenda Bond.

Since it premiered in 2016, Stranger Things has been wildly popular for its mix of ’80s and ’90s nostalgia, sci-fi, and fantasy. The series is currently in production on its third season, and fans shouldn’t expect more than four.

Stranger Things 3 will likely premiere in 2019.

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Is Netflix the new king of stand-up comedy?

Charmaine Blake

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(CNN)For fans of stand-up comedy, this decade has been a dream come true.

“That’s because more stand-up is available to watch now than there has been in years. It’s largely due to Netflix, which has poured millions into expanding its library of stand-up specials.
While longtime stalwarts such as HBO and Comedy Central have dialed back their investments in stand-up, Netflix has opened up its checkbook.
Netflix has largely gone unchallenged on the streaming front, but that battle will soon reach a fever pitch. HBO is being pressured to expand its library to compete against Netflix (CNN and HBO are both owned by WarnerMedia), Amazon Studios is growing and investing more into original programming and, arguably the biggest threat of all, Disney’s streaming service is set to launch next year.
Continuing to build up an arsenal of original content to separate themselves from the competition could be the key to winning the war.
Netflix has made a bold choice to double down on stand-up. While the company was founded in 1997, it didn’t start producing original content until 2012. Meanwhile, the legacy video giants that it has challenged in the stand-up space have been producing specials for decades.
It may be a big bet for Netflix, but it’s a proven strategy.
“If you look at the history of relatively new channels, they often go early into stand-up,” says Jason Zinoman, comedy critic for The New York Times. “HBO invested in stand-up early in the ’70s. Stand-up is cheap, and you can get a huge amount of attention for something that only requires a microphone stand and one employee.”
Another reason to focus on stand-up, says Jonas Larsen, executive vice president and co-head of talent and development for Comedy Central, is star power.
“On one hand, to be able to put Jerry Seinfeld or Chris Rock on a billboard and a bus and have the Netflix logo next to it, it drives subscribers so it makes sense,” says Larsen. “It’s almost like marketing dollars that they’re paying for content because it’s marketing their brand. So maybe it makes sense for them to spend that kind of money to get the press.”
More important than adding subscribers is retaining them.
Over the years, Netflix has gathered……………..”

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/13/entertainment/netflix-standup-comedy-central-hbo-chappelle-rock/index.html

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Nappily Ever After – Official Netflix Trailer

Charmaine Blake

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Violet Jones has a seemingly flawless life – a great job, a handsome doctor boyfriend, and a meticulously maintained perfect coiffure. But after an accident at the hair-dresser, each of these things start to unravel, and Violet begins to realize that she was living the life she thought she was supposed to live, not the one that she really wanted.
Starring Sanaa Lathan, Ricky Whittle, Lyriq Bent with Ernie Hudson and Lynn Whitfield.
Nappily Ever After premieres September 21st only on Netflix.

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Netflix ‘Maniac’ trailer gets weird with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone

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Jonah Hill and Emma Stone played high school sweethearts more than a decade ago in Greg Mottola’s 2007 comedy, Superbad. Now they’re reuniting on screen for the first time since then in a new Netflix limited series from Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga.

In Maniac, Hill and Stone star as Owen Milgrim and Annie Landsberg, respectively. The two choose to participate in some kind of mysterious pharmaceutical trial for a drug that purports to fix any troubles of the mind.

The 10-episode story is based on a Norwegian TV series of the same name, and it comes to Netflix on Sept. 21. This trailer doesn’t reveal much, but it definitely sets a mood.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/29/netflix-maniac-trailer-tca/

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