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Netflixs Bright had a huge opening weekend

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Bright may not be Netflix’s most well-liked movie, but it’s definitely proving that the streaming giant can produce a blockbuster.

The $90 million buddy cop fantasy is getting lukewarm reviews, and was criticized by Chance the Rapper on Twitter earlier this week for its “shallow” use of “allegorical racism,” but it’s also being credited with ringing in the era of “the algorithmic blockbuster.” In other words: If you put enough buzzy things into the same project, it doesn’t matter if they’re good together or not. People will probably click just to see what the deal is.

Bright boasts stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, plus Suicide Squad director David Ayer and a ton of special effects—all of which are huge financial investments for a first-of-its-kind project. According to Nielsen, though, it looks like the investments are paying off. The film was reportedly watched by 11 million U.S. viewers in its first three days, and that’s only counting times the movie was played on a TV. Netflix is notoriously private about its internal numbers, and Nielsen does not measure mobile streams or views on computers, so the true Bright opening weekend numbers are likely much higher than reported.

The partial number of viewers lands Bright behind the second season premiere of Stranger Things (which was watched by 14.8 million in the same period), but way ahead of  The Crown season 2, which had 3 million viewers for its premiere Dec. 8.

Teaming up with big names for a movie with an enormous budget is part of a push from Netflix to get its original film branch onto the same level as its prestigious original TV offerings. The mainstream success of series like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards have cemented the company as a major player in original series over the years, but its movies still seem to be finding their feet. Back in May, The Ringer’sSean Fennessey wrote that 2017 “has thus far been the Year of the Netflix Original Movie. Which is not to say that 2017 has been the Year of the Great Netflix Original Movie. We don’t yet know what a great Netflix movie looks like.”

Seems like we may need to wait until 2018 to find out.

Read more: https://www.dailydot.com/upstream/bright-11-million-viewers-netflix/

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Netflixs latest hit The Kissing Booth is a Wattpad success story

Charmaine Blake

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“One of the most popular movies in the U.S. is a terrible teen rom-com called “The Kissing Booth,” and it’s not in theaters. Instead, this Netflix Original with its paltry 17 percent critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, shot up to become the No. 4 movie on IMDb, before more recently dropping down to No. 9. Its leads, Jacob Elordi and Joey King, also became the No. 1 and No. 6 most popular stars on IMDb’s StarMeter, respectively, shortly after the film’s launch.

The secret to the movie’s success, however, is not just a combination of teenagers’ questionable taste in entertainment and the power of Netflix’s distribution — though both play a major role, clearly.

Instead, it’s that “The Kissing Booth” is tapping into a built-in audience: teenage Wattpad users.

Yes, Wattpad.

In case you’re not familiar, Wattpad is an online site…..”

Read more: https://techcrunch.com/2018/06/14/netflixs-latest-hit-the-kissing-booth-is-a-wattpad-success-story/

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Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ to stay on Netflix after new deal

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You can still catch one of Chef Anthony Bourdain’s well-loved shows on Netflix.

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As the world continues to reel from the tragic death of Anthony Bourdain, many fans have been revisiting his great work, from books to television. Now Netflix has announced it’ll still be easy for fans to do so on its streaming service.

The run of the chef’s CNN series, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, was to leave the streaming service on Saturday, June 16. But Netflix announced on Tuesday afternoon that they’ve reached an agreement to continuing offering the series for an indefinite amount of time.

Mashable has reached out to Netflix for additional details on the new deal.

The show ran for 96 episodes over 11 “seasons” beginning in 2013. CNN is airing the final episodes throughout the month of June. Bourdain was filming an episode of the show in France when he died.

Parts Unknown is an important part of Bourdain’s legacy because it represents what he did so well: using his fame and platform not just to expose viewers to different cultures through the lens of food, but to educate them as well, making the world just a little bit smaller.

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Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/06/12/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown-netflix/

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Luke Cage Season 2 – Trailer #2

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Harlem can only handle one devil at a time. Season 2 of Marvel’s Luke Cage debuts exclusively on Netflix June 22, 2018

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