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How Sleeper Hit “Set It Up” Suggests a Bright Future for Netflix Originals

Charmaine Blake

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The well-reviewed romantic comedy provides a showcase for untested talent and reintroduces a dying genre to a mass audience

“Netflix original movies are abundant. What else they are, though, remains unclear. Most weeks Netflix is rolling out multiple originals, and thanks to the companys notorious refusal to release viewership numbers, we have very little idea how these movies are doing, or by what criteria theyre being judged.

A busy June at Netflix saw the release of Set It Up, an office-based romantic comedy that pairs young leads Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell as matchmakers for their overworked bosses (Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs). Charming and pleasingly formulaic, Set It Up charts the most optimistic path forward for what Netflix originals could be: showcases for young stars that the superhero and franchise-dominated box office is ignoring. Despite a less splashy set-up than many of the platforms other first-run projects, its already become one the seasons buzziest films.

The premise of Set It Up betrays the movies every turn. Deutchs Harper and Powells Charlie are two miserable corporate assistants in a midtown Manhattan overrun with overqualified, overworked and underpaid young people. Harper needs the approval of Kirsten (Liu), a prolific sports journalist who just launched her own website. Charlie doesnt need approval from his hedge fund boss (Diggs) as much as he needs time off to consider whether he wants to take part in the world of making millions and treating people poorly. Harper and Charlie set out to manipulate their bosses into falling in love, and, against all odds, fall in love themselves.

The energy inside Set It Up is a harbinger of things to come for Deutch and Powell. The duo previously co-starred in Richard Linklaters excellent college baseball film Everybody Wants Some!!, and if an early career Linklater performance is good for anything, its proving that an actor can walk-and-talk. Set It Ups writer Katie Silberman and director Claire Scanlon took note, making their Netflix movie one of the chattiest of the year. Quickness of pace makes Deutch and Powell worthy partners, keeping the film moving as it runs through its conventional genre beats.

Deutch and Powell also have impressive slapstick chemistry. Deutchs Harper is quick-twitched, racing from room to room, spouting snappy sentences with incredible efficiency. She has an extra empathetic…..”

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jul/02/netflix-originals-set-it-up-romantic-comedy

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Private Life Netflix Movie Trailer

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The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly funny and moving story of Richard (Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. After the emotional and economic upheaval of in vitro fertilization, they’re at the end of their middle-aged rope, but when Sadie (breakout newcomer Kayli Carter), a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, things begin to look up.

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Netflix’s spooky ‘Sabrina’ trailer is nothing like the ’90s sitcom you remember

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If you’re a fan of the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch…Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may not be for you.

The first trailer for this dark take on the powerful teen (from the makers of Riverdale) promises creepy woods, minotaurs, the occult, and a terrifying cover of “Happy Birthday.” And it’s just a teaser!

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), whose half-human half-witch identity clashes along with the magical and mortal worlds. A far cry from its ’90s cousin, Netflix describes CAOS as “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.” So…no animatronic cat?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits Netflix Oct. 26.

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/netflix-sabrina-teaser/

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Netflix’s Quincy Jones documentary drops trailer with too many legendary stars to count

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“Quincy Jones has too many awards, accolades, and accomplishments to list.

And the legendary musician and film producer’s upcoming Netflix documentary, directed by his own daughter Rashida Jones, features almost as many stars.

The trailer for Quincy shines a spotlight on the influence he had on some of the most talented people in the entire entertainment industry: Oprah Winfrey, Kendrick Lamar, Will Smith, Lady Gaga. And we heard a little Barack Obama moment in there too.

But the doc appears to focus on his life both before and after becoming the iconic Quincy Jones.

You can catch it on Netflix Sept. 21.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/netflix-documentary-quincy-jones-trailer/

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