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

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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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Netflix drops terrifying trailer for its first Indian horror series ‘Ghoul’

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From the teams behind Get Out, Insidious, and Udta Punjabcomes Netflix’s first original Indian horror series, Ghoul. And it looks pretty damn terrifying.

Having dropped its first trailer on Tuesday, Ghoul follows a new prisoner at a remote military interrogation centre, who turns the tables on interrogators by dredging up some secrets and starting some demonic-looking business along the way.

Netflix’s first venture into horror in India, Ghoul lands on the platform on August 24 for all users, in 190 countries. It was produced by Phantom Films, Ivanhoe and Blumhouse, and stars Radhika Apte and Manav Kaul.

Phantom Films has already worked with Netflix on the platform’s first original Indian series, Sacred Games, which delves into Mumbai’s underbelly, and was shot in the country in both Hindi and English.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/10/ghoul-netflix-trailer/

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Extinction – Netflix Trailer

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A father has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on destruction. Now, fighting for their lives, he comes to realize an unknown strength to keep them safe from harm. Starring Michael Peña, Lizzy Caplan and Mike Colter. Extinction premieres July 27, only on Netflix

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First poster for Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ reboot looks witchy as hell

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Kiernan Shipka plays a whole new kind of teen witch in the “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” reboot

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Let the witch hunt begin.

The upcoming reboot of the classic Nickelodeon sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch is going dark as hell. In the first poster for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, starring Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka, makes it clear that this isn’t your mama’s teen witch. Cause this time around, Sabrina’s not afraid to let her Lucifer flag fly.

It appears that instead of dotting the ‘i’ in her name with a heart or some such nonsense, this Sabrina is straight up repping a pentagram. We could not be more down for this transformation. Like, yas girl! Summon all that lady power with a strong red lip!

Netflix describes the reboot of as a reimagining of the much more family-friendly sitcom witch we knew from childhood. It’s a “dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft,” with tonal aspirations toward Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.

‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ looks bloody and wicked and we’re extremely here for it

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We here at Mashable are firm supporters of the recent witchening of pop culture. Last year saw the rise of the Basic Witch, but this year is all about leveling up to full on blood sacrifice.

Created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the man behind the gritty Archie reboot Riverdale, the show will revolve around “Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.”

Consider us already part of the coven, Sabrina.Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/10/chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-teenage-witch-reboot-poster/

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