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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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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ hits Netflix next month

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“Avengers: Infinity War will start streaming on Netflix Dec. 25, so you can spend the last week of 2018 just reliving all the joy and pain. This is as much a gift as a curse, depending on how you see it (and on whether or not you’re Thanos).

First of all, how dare you with that “Oh snap,” Netflix, and second of all, heck yeah! Infinity War joins MCU brethren Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on the streaming platform – that’s pretty good company. It’s likely temporary, as with many Netflix acquisitions, particularly with the looming advent of Disney’s own streaming service.

Since its April release and record-breaking box office run, Avengers: Infinity War has been available for digital rental and download, as well as for viewing on airplanes (a great choice, can confirm!). This will be its debut to a major streaming subscription platform.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/avengers-infinity-war-netflix-december/

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Not a single dog dies in any episode of ‘Dogs’ and Netflix confirmed it

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“Dogs is the smartest six-hour Netflix binge anyone can commit to. It’s also, notably, a safe watch for all dog-lovers.

If you, like anyone who has ever owned and/or loved a dog, saw the Dogs announcement and immediately wondered if any of the documentary’s sweet good boys and girls die, Netflix has an answer for you. No. No one dies.

Netflix confirmed the happy detail on Twitter.

“NO DOGS DIE IN ANY EPISODE OF DOGS,” the tweet reads, in all-caps.

The six episodes focus on individual stories that explore the impacts that canines can have on human lives. It’s an exploration of the bonds between the two species, and the tremendous impact that such bonds can have.

As Mashable’s Ali Foreman wrote in our review: “Dogs consistently details how we can help man’s best friend, but it shines when displaying how man’s best friend can help us. As scene-after-scene leaves you beaming with joy, you’ll almost definitely start itching to [adopt a pup of your own].”

All six episodes of Dogs came to Netflix on Nov. 16. You can watch them now right here.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/dogs-netflix-does-any-dog-die/

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‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding’ trailer is here for all your goofy princess fantasies

Charmaine Blake

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“Getting married is hard. Getting married to a prince? Even harder (I assume!).

Last year’s silly breakout Netflix holiday movie is getting a sequel: A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding. 

The trailer shows Amber (Rose McIver) having to adjust to all the problems of marrying into a royal family — paparazzi, plenty of opinions, and even having to give up her beloved blog. That’s where she does her journalism.

Honestly, the whole thing looks pretty low-rent, but also a perfectly fun to way to kill two hours this holiday season.

You already know if this movie is for you or not. If it is, it hits Netflix Nov. 30.”

Read more: https://mashable.com/video/christmas-prince-royal-wedding-trailer-watch/

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