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    The Internet’s hard-working Drake fans toiled ceaselessly Monday night after the artist released the video for Hotline Bling on Apple Music. The video, full of shimmies, headbobs, and hip thrusts, provided no shortage of GIF-worthy material.

    But the real gift that keeps on giving, as some Twitter users aptly pointed out, is syncing up Drake’s signature moves with well-known theme songs.

    Take a look at what happens when Drake gets peanutized.

    Or when he’s Frasier-ized.

    Or even Cosby-ized (the show, not the man).

    If 90s theme songs aren’t your thing, Drake can shake a leg to a Latin beat, too.

    Drake’s on beat all over the world.

    Even in...hipster Brooklyn?

    Screengrab via Drake/Apple Music


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    This article contains spoilers for Gilmore Girls.

    The Internet erupted in a shrill whirl of fangirling on Monday afternoon when rumors began circulating that Netflix was planning to reboot the much-beloved Gilmore Girls series.

    TVLine first reported that series creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino were in talks with the streaming giant to bring back Lorelei and Rory in a miniseries format: four 90-minute episodes, à la the Rockford Files movies of the ’90s.

    While details are still vague—an anonymous source is just saying that Netflix is in preliminary discussions with the lead cast—the devout Gilmore Girls fandom rallied around the idea. And it’s not out of the realm of possibility: Sherman-Palladino said at this summer’s cast reunion oat the ATX Television Festival that while nothing was in the works at the time, “nobody here hates each other.”

    “It would have to be the right format, the right timing, the right way, [deeper voice] the right budget,” she continued. Considering the chunk of change Netflix has invested in original content and distribution deals to date, it’s distinctly possible that the price is right for a Gilmore reboot.

    So if we’re willing to proceed with cautious optimism that this project is really, truly happening, let’s get down to brass tacks: Now what? Here are 11 questions any Gilmore Girls project would have to address in some form or another.

    1) How will they address Richard’s absence?

    When we last saw the Gilmore patriarch, he’d been through his share of health scares, including serious heart problems in seasons 1 and 7, but it seemed that lionhearted man could never truly leave. Tragically, Edward Hermann, the actor who portrayed Richard, passed away in 2014, leaving a massive hole in the hearts of his fans and castmates. They even left an empty chair on the stage for him during the ATX TV Fest reunion panel.

    2) What’s Rory doing now?

    At the end of season 7, Rory packed up her life and hit the campaign trail with then-Sen. Barack Obama. Now that he’s nearing the end of his second term in office, we clearly need to check back in to see if our leading lady achieved her Christiane Amanpour dreams or if she took a different path.

    3) What ever happened to Jess?

    My high-school self was always hung up on good-guy Dean and pompous Logan, but the real underdog in the battle for Rory’s heart was always Jess Mariano (Milo Ventimiglia), Luke’s book-loving nephew. We saw him get his life together as Rory’s fell apart, and he and Rory had a rocky reunion in season 6, but he was largely missing from season 7. Is he still in the indie publishing game? Has he moved up to the big leagues, or is he flexing his writer muscles on the side?

    4) Is Lorelei finally on good terms with her parents?

    After a bumpy ride of deception, disappointment, miscommunication, and more, can this lovable family finally put the “fun” back in “dysfunction”?

    5) Can Luke and Lorelei really make it?

    No matter which boyfriend you favored for Rory, odds are good you only ever wanted Luke for Lorelei, but can their relationship bounce back from a broken-off engagement and a drunken karaoke serenade? 

    6) How are Lane and Zack?

    Life with twins can’t be easy, and the rock & roll life isn’t for the faint of heart (or over-50 crowd). 

    7) Can they reconcile season 7 with the rest of the plan?

    Sherman-Palladino wasn’t involved in the show’s final season, despite her having had the show’s last four words picked out for ages now. If she and Daniel Palladino return to pilot the reboot, how will they contend with the seemingly out-of-character choices their successors made?

    8) Where’s Sookie?

    Here’s hoping our favorite accident-prone chef hasn’t managed to burn down any more kitchens recently. Meanwhile, is she still happily married with a post-vasectomy Jackson, or did his desire for more kids get the better of him? What ever happened with that accidental third pregnancy? 

    9) Doctor or lawyer?

    Paris Geller (Liza Weil, in a role created specifically for her) was studying to be a doctor and a lawyer simultaneously. Given how grossed out she was by Doyle’s cold, we’re assuming she went the legal route, but maybe she’ll surprise us all with a stunning career as a surgeon.

    10) Is Kirk still as weird as ever?

    This one speaks for itself.

    11) How will they possibly pull this off?

    Edward Hermann’s death aside, the crew is going to have a very difficult time reuniting all its actors, many of whom have gone on to helm major series of their own in the interim. Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) starred in Heroes until 2010 and has three projects currently in post-production. Jared Padalecki (Dean) has been Supernatural’s Sam Winchester for 11 seasons now, and Lauren Graham is set to adapt The Royal We with her Parenthood co-star Mae Whitman. Melissa McCarthy (Sookie) has been busy juggling a full slate of Hollywood flicks, too, which could make scheduling with her a nightmare.


    There are dozens of threads that we’ll want to pick back up on if this show actually returns to screens, and we definitely have more questions than answers at this point. But as long as they don’t How I Met Your Mother us or make those last four words “was all a dream,” there’s hope for a happily ever after in Stars Hollow.

    Screengrab via Netflix


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    It’s Ryan and Taylor on Ryan and Taylor.

    Maybe the only thing missing from the 360-degree social media experience of Ryan Adams recording and releasing a full Taylor Swift cover album this fall was an actual sit-down between the two artists, but GQ took care of that Monday with this video.

    Adams asks some great questions about Swift’s songwriting process, and Swift supplies some thoughtful answers in turn. 

    You know that high-pitched refrain from “All You Had to Do Was Stay”? It came to Taylor in a dream about her ex. 

    Here’s the full clip: 

    H/T Vulture | Screengrab via GQ/YouTube

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    If you’re a fan of socially minded, funny, female-helmed podcasting, your late 2015 is about to pop off in a major way. 

    Tuesday morning, Lena Dunhamannounced on Instagram that she’ll be launching a podcast “about gender, sexuality and feminism” for BuzzFeed. It’ll be called Women of the Hour, and there’s a five-minute preview of the first season on iTunes now.

    Season 1 will have “five episodes on five different themes,” and a lineup of exciting guests like Emma Stone, Zadie Smith, and Jemima Kirke.  


    Dunham tweeted that the podcast will be an extension of a lot of the themes she covers in her book of essays, Not That Kind of Girl. 

    “Please subscribe if you like bad-asses, deep questions, giggling, sexual healing, Gaia life force, style, summer-camp, cute kids, the Internet and feminine power,” Dunham said.

    As if that weren’t enough good news, Women of the Hour is the latest in a string of awesome female-helmed podcasts that have been announced this fall. There’s a lot more amazing stuff on its way to your headphones soon.

    Here's a peek at the other fire podcasts to have on your radar:

    1) Conversation With Alanis Morissette

    Alanis Morissette just released a brand new podcast called Conversation With Alanis Morissette, where she’s planning on having “conversations with different individuals from different schools and walks of life, discussing everything from psychology to art to spirituality to design to health and wellbeing to relationships—whether they be romantic or colleagueship or parent-with-children relationships—and we’ll be diving into science, neurobiology, music, travel, social commentary, maybe a tiny pit of political [sic], and feminism.” Damn, Alanis. The premiere episode is out now.

    2) Sara Schaefer on WNYC Studios

    Comedian and writer Sara Schaefer will be launching a new podcast on WNYC as part of their new podcast project, WNYC Studios. No theme for the show has been announced yet, but according to the New York Times, it will be scripted fiction, which will be a departure from her interview-based podcast/live show, Lies

    3) 2 Dope Queens

    The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams and standup Phoebe Robinson are expanding their live show about friendship, blackness, and being a lady, 2 Dope Queens, into a podcast with the same name for WNYC. 

    4) Roxane Gay on WNYC

    Bad Feminist author Roxane Gay will also be launching a WNYC podcast, but there’s no word yet on what the title or premise will be. 

    Screengrab via Women of the Hour/iTunes


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    This week's episode of Seth Meyers' Hulu series The Awesomes features a star-studded guest roster playing a group of super-villains called the Gay Mafia—and they've got a scheme a-brewing. 

    Like any good mafia, the characters played by Billy Eichner (Billy on the Street, Difficult People), John Roberts (Bob's Burgers), and Chris Kelly (Saturday Night Live) have a front: a lucrative furniture-distressing business. But in their secret basement lab, they're developing a coming-out serum to dump into the town's water supply for Pride Week.

    The hitch? The Gayfather (voiced by Eichner) needs superhero Frantic (SNL's Taran Killam) to help them contaminate the water. 

    Will he do it? You'll have to watch and find out.

    The Awesomes, which is in its third season on Hulu, features an all-star lineup of voice actors, including Rashida Jones, Kenan Thompson, Paula Pell, and Ike Barinholtz.

    Screengrab via The Awesomes/Hulu


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    BY SAM GUTELLE

    In recent months, Hulu has released several original series that have the potential to raise its profile in the digital video industry. First there was Difficult People, a catty comedy that drew good reviews and a fair bit of media attention. Then, in October, viewers met Casual, a Jason Reitman comedy that enjoyed ample praise.

    Having released these two attention-grabbers, Hulu is looking to drum up even more support for its original programming plans. On Oct. 18, it debuted a TV commercial that places its originals front and center.

    The commercial, created by ad agency twofifteenmccann, is directed by Tom Kuntz, who also directed Old Spice’s “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” spot. Here, Kuntz employs a similar style: using a charming host who walks through Hulu’s office while monologuing. There are a lot of celebrity cameos, but what most caught my eye were the references to two Hulu originals: Casual, and the upcoming 11/22/63, which will be produced by J.J. Abrams and adapted from a  Stephen King novel.

    It’s not Hulu’s first TV commercial—you may remember this one from the Super Bowl a couple years back—but it shows an interesting shift in the video platform’s strategy. Netflix has credited a lot of its growth to the the success of its originals; has the same trend held true for Hulu?

    If Hulu wants to advertise its original programming, it could help itself with some more significant pickups. According to Variety, it is doing just that—reportedly close to a series order for Shut Eye, which will be set in the world of storefront psychics and will include “darkly comic” elements. The first season of that series is expected to run for 10 episodes.

    Illustration by Max Fleishman

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    BY SAM GUTELLE

    The company known for producing “in real life” events led by digital media stars just hauled in a big payday. Viacom has led a funding round for DigiTour, acquiring a minority stake in the process.

    DigiTour did not disclose the size of Viacom’s investment, but the funding round is believed to be worth somewhere in the vicinity of $10 million, according to Variety. As part of the deal, Viacom has gained a presence on the DigiTour board. Other venture capital firms participating in the round include LionTree and Slow Ventures.

    The funding round will support DigiTour’s existing operation, through which it runs massive meetups across the United States. Its Digifest events, which give YouTube, Vine, Instagram, and Snapchat stars a chance to perform in front of their biggest fans, have been known to draw as many as 12,500 attendees.

    “Partnering with a premiere entertainment company like Viacom and its powerhouse brands is something I have always envisioned for DigiTour,” said Meridith Valiando Rojas, co-founder and CEO of DigiTour, in a release. “We believe that this pairing will lead to opportunities to combine our authentic connection to Generation Z with Viacom’s unparalleled television, film, digital and international resources in order to help accelerate and scale our media brand globally.”

    This is not the first time DigiTour has raised some capital. In 2014, it picked up funding from Ryan Seacrest and Advance Publications.

    Photo via Kyle LaMere


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    The Daily Dot is celebrating Woman Crush Wednesday, better known as #WCW on Twitter and Instagram, by highlighting female creators on YouTube whose work we admire.

    Marina Watanabe (Marinashutup) is a Feminist with a capital F. Unafraid to speak her mind about topics that truly matter, she has spent the past three years on YouTube empowering thousands of fans with her candid conversations about mental health, sexism, racism, gender, being an ally to social movements, and breaking down feminist stereotypes.

    Originally from Sacramento, California, the 22-year-old college student is on a mission to create a safe space for men and women to share content about the intersectionality between feminism and the other areas of their identity. In her weekly video series Feminist Fridays, Watanabe talks feminism (How Rape Culture Has Evolved Throughout History, Is Feminism Sexist?), contextualizes social issues using pop culture (Can Emma Stone Play an ‘Asian’ Character?, Are the Hogwarts Houses Gendered? ), and shares honest conversations with her audience about mental illness (12 Things Not to Say to Depressed People, I Didn’t Know I Had Depression). Watanabe makes her highly researched and dense videos digestible by infusing them with wit and an overload of sass.

    (She also uses more F-bombs than a sailor on leave, effectively blending Amy Schumer with Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian.)

    A women’s studies and English double major, Watanabe credits both college and the Internet for giving her identity a name: feminist. And through YouTube, Watanabe is paying it forward.

    While acknowledging the role trolls play in her comment section, Watanabe advises others not to let this behavior stop them from creating authentic content. In an interview with Bust, she shared:

    “To the feminists who are weary of starting YouTube channels: We need you! It's unfortunate that feminists receive so much internet hate and negative comments, but that's all the more reason to keep speaking up. If you let that stop you then the internet trolls get what they want and the best way to fight back is to keep talking.”

    Her content is not only essential in combating the offensive commenters threatening to set society back 100 years, but in answering questions well-intentioned viewers are too nervous to ask about complex topics such as race or privilege. Being an ally isn’t something people are perfect at, and as Watanabe shows us in her videos, it’s something that takes both time and a willingness to connect with and better understand others. She’s an incredible example for the younger generation growing up on YouTube, inspiring them to be confident in exactly who they are.

    So Marina Watanabe, thank you for using your voice to make YouTube a better place. Next time you’re in NYC, a thousand chicken nuggets on me.

    Screengrab via marinashutup/YouTube


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    We finally got the full Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer Monday night, but having to sit through two hours of football to get it may have been the least of our problems.

    Although trolls started #BoycottStarWarsVII leading up to the trailer, it prompted The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams to respond with a heartfelt message of his own: he doesn’t care what race or species you are, he just hopes you enjoy it.

    “Did J.J. Abrams just ‘all lives matter’ Star Wars?” Trevor Noah asked on Tuesday night's Daily Show.

    To Noah, the note also captured the backlash that appeared last year when racists complained that there was a black stormtrooper in a Star Wars film (John Boyega’s Finn). Then there is the blowback from mostly white men when any movie tries to present a hero or character that’s anything other than a white man. As Noah explained, it happened with The Hunger Games’s Rue, with Miles Morales’s Spider-Man, and with Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four reboot.

    And besides, most fans don’t even have a problem with more diversity in Star Wars. They have more important and inane things to worry about—like the Expanded Universe no longer being canon, whether costumes should have nipples on them, and what happened to fan-favorite Boba Fett. As it should be.

    Screengrab via The Daily Show


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    Lincoln Chafee hasn’t made much headway in the 2016 presidential race. Some voters didn't even know he was running until last week’s Democratic debate, where he just seemed happy to be there. And Wolf Blitzer is more than happy to remind him of all his faults.

    The way Daily Show host Trevor Noah sees it, the CNN anchor is the classic bully. He points out Chafee’s limited funds and support, reminds him about how uncool he is, and notes that he's basically polling zero percent among Democrats. At this point, CNN could have easily swapped Blitzer out for any mean girl from the past 30 years and had the same effect on Chafee.

    But Noah has had enough. He realizes he’s part of the problem and vows to stop criticizing people based on their appearance and ideology. But that probably won’t last very long, thanks to a very persuasive argument to keep doing it.

    Screengrab via The Daily Show


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    Ever since Friends hit Netflixearlier this year, more people have started to realize that Ross Geller isn’t exactly a nice guy, but could that have cost him one of the most important people in his life?

    It appears so, according to D.F. Lovett. Back in August he came up with a theory centering around Ross that’s just as dark as the one where Phoebe Buffay is a meth addict. He recalled that Ross’s son Ben with his ex-wife Carol used to be an important part of Friends, but after the eighth season Ben was never seen again—although he was mentioned six more times over the course of 54 episodes. And despite once being part of Ross’s life, Ben never even met Emma—Ross’s daughter with Rachel Green—onscreen.

    The circumstances behind Ben’s disappearance led Lovett to wonder if Ross had actually lost custody of his son.

    Lovett outlines Ross’s history of homophobic comments, his manipulative and emotionally abusive nature, his mocking of Joey Tribbiani and Phoebe, how shitty of a professor he is, and how his jealousy makes him “completely unhinged.” The homophobic comments in particular could be a breaking point for Carol, who discovered she was a lesbian prior to the show’s start and later marries a woman; she might not want that kind of toxicity in Ben’s life, and it’s questionable if Ross would fight for Ben if faced with that situation.

    But Ben’s disappearance could also point out to something more depressing: Ross might also be a terrible father.

    People like to give Ross the benefit of the doubt, wondering if perhaps he was a better father off-screen. Perhaps his children met but the audience never saw. The more likely answer is that he was such a deadbeat father that he completely faded away from his son’s life, pretending to his family and so-called friends that he still saw a boy he barely knew.

    While a rather straightforward sitcom like Friends doesn’t seem like the sort of fodder that would spark pages of fan theories spanning years, it’s the show that ever prevails. From the mundane or plausible to the downright absurd, we’re going deep down the rabbit hole to find just what else we don’t know about Rachel, Monica Geller, Phoebe, Chandler Bing, Joey, and Ross.

    And just like Ross’s status as a deadbeat dad and Phoebe’s possible addiction, it might not be pretty.

    1) The one where Rachel dated Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation

    During season 7’s “The One With All the Candy,” Rachel told Monica that she doesn’t sleep with guys on the first date. Being a good friend, Monica instantly cites multiple instances where she’s wrong.

    It’s a throwaway line, so we actually never meet any of these men. But one of them has the same name as a character from the beloved Parks and Recreation, which aired on NBC years after Friends ended.

    Any namechecking here is probably unintentional, but one person who did the math figured out that Rachel and Ben could’ve possibly dated: When the episode aired, Rachel was 29 while Ben would’ve been 26.

    “I think at some point after Ben left Partridge, Minnesota in shame after his failure as mayor, he went to NYC for a brief time, met Rachel, and either had a one night stand, or a relationship,” Phefflin wrote.

    And if all else fails, use some butt logic: Rachel and Leslie both have a thing for cute butts.

    2) The one where Phoebe is a genius

    Phoebe is constantly seen as the kooky one, but she’s had a pretty rough life before the start of Friends; she grew up on the street after her mother killed herself. But with all of that, Phoebe is smarter than anyone ever gives her credit for.

    She managed to learn French and Italian without attending high school, convinced Ross that evolution is flawed, and even notes how she’s “more than just a pretty blond girl with an ass that won’t quit.” And she’s not afraid to hurt someone’s feelings by showing just how privileged they are.

    3) The one where Joey manipulated everyone’s emotions just so he could get pancakes

    In the season 7 episode “The One With Ross’s Library Book,” Rachel and Phoebe try to find the perfect woman, Erin (Kristin Davis), for him. He initially doesn’t see it, but they convince him to go on a second date with her, only to reveal that she’s not really interested either. It all ends with Rachel offering to make Joey pancakes as an attempt to cheer him up.

    Now, one redditor believes that entire subplot sailed its course just so that Joey could get someone to make him pancakes, and the evidence is pretty convincing. Joey loves food, can’t cook, he was on TV again so he could have the money to get Erin to go along with the scheme, his proclamation of “Finally” seemed like more than just based on his obsession with food, and Joey’s sensitivity was never addressed again.

    4) The one where Monica developed OCD as an adult

    When Monica was younger, she wasn’t anywhere near as obsessed with cleaning and organizing as she is as an adult, which leads some people to believe that came after she was no longer overweight.

    It’s never addressed in any of the show’s flashbacks, in which we see a heavier Monica. And in the alternate reality two-parter “The One That Could Have Been,” a still-fat Monica doesn’t seem to have those same tendencies, instead appearing much more relaxed.

    5) The one where Matt LeBlanc is playing his Episodes character like how he imagines Joey would portray him

    LeBlanc plays an exaggerated version of himself on Showtime’s Episodes, but the basis of that character comes from another source: Joey.

    We’re not sure if this is trolling, but basically Joey and LeBlanc would exist in the same universe, with the former being aware of the latter. That portrayal on Episodes would then be how Joey would imagine LeBlanc portraying LeBlanc’s exaggerated version of himself.

    Yeah, our brains hurt too.

    6) The one where Gunther reserved the big table at Central Perk for Rachel and her friends

    Central Perk was located in a busy neighborhood and was usually packed, but how did the gang always get the same table?

    It was probably done by Gunther, the manager of Central Perk who was always there but rarely ever included within that group of friends. But it might not have just been a formality. Gunther had a years-long crush on Rachel, showing jealousy towards the various men in her life and even refusing to serve some of them; Rachel thought Gunther was gay. He could’ve saved everyone’s table so he could see her more often.

    7) The one where Jack Geller isn’t Monica’s dad

    It was no secret that between Ross and Monica, the former was clearly their mother Judy’s favorite. But it could’ve been because of something she couldn’t control.

    There’s no real evidence from the show to support it, but one theory claims that Judy actually had an affair with someone (who probably wasn’t Jewish), resulting in Monica. If that’s true, it would explain both why Judy resented her and why there wasn’t as much emphasis on respecting her Jewish heritage.

    8) The one where Friends never actually happened

    The idea that a show was a dream or was all in someone’s head is a common TV trope; Community even went meta had a character try and convince the Greendale Seven it actually happened. But a couple of theories touch on scenarios where the Friends universe doesn’t exist.

    In one, Friends is what everyone imagines their life would be while they’re still in high school. They each are able to fulfill their dreams as Ross gets his Ph.D., Rachel becomes independent, Monica loses weight and becomes a chef, and Phoebe is able to rise up from her dark past. It’s all cheery and mostly ends happily, but it’s not real.

    On the other hand, they could’ve all been patients in a mental asylum all this time, with Central Perk representing the cafeteria and Monica’s apartment as everyone’s room, pushing out anyone who could threaten that core dynamic.

    9) The one where Friends, Seinfeld, and Mad About You are all in the same universe

    Friends, Seinfeld, and Mad About You were all NBC sitcoms that aired roughly around the same time, which allowed for a series of crossovers (and at least one head-scratcher).

    Phoebe’s twin sister Ursula (both played by Lisa Kudrow) showed up as a server at Riff’s, a diner in Mad About You.

    Then Mad About You’s Jamie (Helen Hunt) showed up at Central Perk—and even thought that Phoebe was Ursula.

    And then Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards) from Seinfeld moved into Paul from Mad About You’s apartment, who references the comedian who lives across the hall.

    With Courteney Cox appearing in Seinfeld and George Costanza (Jason Alexanderseen watching Mad About You while in bed, the theory has a few holes, but it mostly checks out.

    Also, all three of those shows are part of the Tommy Westphall universe, so good luck unraveling how everything else is connected.

    Screengrab via Pure Blood Paul/YouTube


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    We know how important having your Netflix queue in order can be, so we’ve put all the titles leaving this month in one place. 

    Take a look and plan accordingly. And if you’re curious about the comings and goings on Amazon or Hulu, we’ve got you covered there, too. 

    November

    Nov. 1

    1492: Conquest of Paradise

    America in Primetime

    Bali: Season 1

    Balto 3: Wings of Change

    Batman & Robin

    Best Kept Secret

    Best Laid Plans

    Changing Lanes 

    Cleopatra

    Conspiracy Theory 

    Death Warrant 

    Fargo (1996)

    Fela Kuti: Music Is the Weapon

    Funny Games

    Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide 

    Hero and Terror 

    House of Flying Daggers 

    Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie 

    Lunopolis

    Move Over, Darling 

    Norman

    Pajanimals: Season 1

    Rudy

    Saw

    Saw II

    Saw III 

    Saw IV 

    Saw V 

    Scream

    Secrets of Mary Magdalene

    Soul Plane

    Stand by Me 

    Taking Lives 

    The Blues Brothers 

    The Core

    The Last Waltz

    The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio

    Three Kings

    Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 

    Year of the Dog 

    Your Inner Fish 

    Nov. 3

    Bratz: Good Vibes

    Nov. 5

    The Perfect Stranger

    Nov. 7

    Shanghai Noon

    Nov. 8

    My Hope America With Billy Graham

    Nov. 9

    The Road

    Nov. 10

    Bratz: Pampered Petz

    Nov. 12

    A Girl Walks Into a Bar 

    Nov. 13

    Stranger by the Lake

    Nov. 15

    Fleabag Monkeyface: Season 1 

    Nov. 16

    Teen Beach Movie

    Nov. 17

    Bratz: Diamondz

    Nov. 19

    Breaking the Girls

    Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus

    Nov. 22

    Alpha and Omega: The Legend of the Saw Tooth Cave

    Bel Ami

    Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview

    Nov. 24

    Art of Flight: The Series

    Nov. 27

    Burning Man

    Leviathan 

    Nov. 28

    Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap

    Nov. 29

    Romanzo Criminale: Seasons 1-2

    Salamander: Season 1

    Nov. 30

    Jesus Henry Christ

    Virginia 

    October

    Oct. 1

    A Nightmare on Elm Street

    American Masters: Billie Jean King

    Analyze That

    Analyze This

    Angela's Ashes

    Annie Hall

    Baby's Day Out

    Bandits

    Barnyard

    Beyond Borders

    Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmerman Collection

    Buying & Selling: Seasons 1-2

    Caprica: Season 1

    Charlie Bartlett

    Clockstoppers

    Cold Mountain

    Days of Heaven

    Dead Man Walking

    Destination Truth: Season 4

    Domestic Disturbance

    Down to Earth

    Ella Enchanted

    Hawaii Five-O: Season 11-12

    Hotel Impossible: Season 1-2

    Interview with the Vampire

    Kangaroo Jack

    L!fe Happens

    L'Auberge Espagnole

    Maverick

    Nature: Ireland's Wild River

    Nature: Leave It to Beavers

    Nature: Love in the Animal Kingdom

    Nature: My Bionic Pet

    Nature: Parrot Confidential

    Nature: Saving Otter 501

    Nature: Snow Monkeys

    Nature: Touching the Wild: Living with the Mule Deer of Deadman Gulch

    Off Limits Collection: Collection 1-2

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure

    Plankton Invasion

    Restaurant: Impossible Collection: Impossible

    Rob Roy

    Romeo + Juliet

    Saturday Night Live: The 2010s: Season 37

    Sid the Science Kid: Season 1

    The Beautician and the Beast

    The Big Lebowski

    The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course

    The Dead Files: Season 1-2

    The Devil's Rejects

    The Exorcist

    The Hunt for Red October

    The Phantom of the Opera

    The Pioneer Woman Collection: Collection 1

    The Producers

    The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption

    This Is Spinal Tap

    Twilight

    Twins

    Windtalkers

    You Got Served

    Oct. 4

    Wolverine and the X-Men: Season 1

    Oct. 7

    Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure

    Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games

    Oct. 8

    Snoop Dogg Presents The Bad Girls of Comedy

    Oct. 9

    Crank

    Oct. 12

    Bratz Kids: Fairy Tales

    Oct. 15

    Good Luck Chuck

    Pinky Dinky Doo: Season 1

    Play with Me Sesame: Season 1

    Sesame Street: Animals and Nature: Season 1

    Sesame Street: Classics: Vol. 1-2

    Sesame Street: Cookie and Friends: Season 1

    Sesame Street: Creativity and Imagination: Season 1

    Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends: Season 1

    Sesame Street: Everyday Moments: Season 1

    Sesame Street: Music and Dance: Season 1

    Sesame Street: Numbers and Letters: Season 1

    Oct. 16

    Brüno

    Chico & Rita

    Oct. 20

    Freelancers

    Oct. 22

    Machine Gun Preacher

    Oct. 25

    Nanny 911: Season 1

    Oct. 26

    Bratz: Genie Magic

    Oct. 27

    Alexandria

    Oct. 29

    America's Sweethearts

    Oct. 30

    Life in Our Universe: Season 1

    Oct. 31

    Braxton Family Values: Season 3

    September

    Sept. 1

    Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London 

    Better Than Chocolate 

    Bratz: Rock Angelz 

    Care Bears: Big Wish Movie 

    Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-Lot

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 

    Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey! 

    Doomsday Preppers: Season 1-3 

    Electrick Children 

    FernGully: The Last Rainforest 

    Ink Master: Season 2 

    Jackie Brown 

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels 

    Mortal Kombat: The Movie 

    Patch Adams 

    Perfume: The Story of a Murderer 

    Rugrats in Paris: The Movie 

    Rules of Engagement 

    Rumpelstiltskin 

    Sarah's Choice 

    School of Rock 

    She's the One 

    Sleepless in Seattle 

    The IT Crowd: Series 1-4 

    The Lost Boys 

    Total Recall 

    W. 

    Sept. 2 

    Cheech & Chong's Hey Watch This 

    Sept. 3 

    Dinosaurs: Season 1-4 

    Sept. 4 

    Delta Farce 

    Sept. 5

    Marilyn in Manhattan 

    Sept. 7 

    Ramsay's Best Restaurant: Season 1 

    Sept. 9

    Bratz: Friendship Is Always in Style 

    Kicking It 

    Sept. 10 

    100 Below Zero 

    Becoming Chaz 

    Crash & Bernstein: Season 1-2 

    War Witch 

    Sept. 13 

    High Fidelity 

    Sept. 14 

    Corky Romano 

    Sept. 15 

    Best of Teletubbies 

    Bratz: The Video: Starrin' & Stylin' 

    Coach: Season 1-9 

    Spiral: Season 4 

    Valhalla 

    Sept. 16 

    Hank: Five Years from the Brink 

    The Slap: Season 1 

    Sept. 20 

    Reporter 

    Sept. 22 

    National Geographic: Inside Guantanamo 

    National Geographic: The Battle for Midway

    Sept. 26 

    Indy 500: The Inside Line 

    Lethal Force 

    Ron White: A Little Unprofessional 

    Sept. 27 

    LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Season 1-2 

    My Boys: Season 1-4 

    Sept. 28 

    Undeclared: The Complete Series 

    Sept. 29 

    Bratz: Desert Jewelz 

    Comic Book Men: Season 2 

    Coriolanus 

    Sept. 30 

    Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues 

    Apocalypse Now 

    If I Stay 

    Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit 

    Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 

    Nebraska 

    Saved! 

    Star Trek: The Motion Picture 

    Star Trek Into Darkness 

    The Expendables 3 

    The Good Guy 

    The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 

    The Prince 

    The Skeleton Twins 

    The Wolf of Wall Street 

    Transformers: Age of Extinction 

    World War Z 

    August

    Aug. 1

    Bad Girl Island 

    Barbershop 

    Beauty Shop 

    Bulletproof 

    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 

    Digimon Adventure: Seasons 1-3

    Driving Miss Daisy 

    Face/Off 

    Fools Rush In 

    Gangsters: Faces of the Underworld: Season 1

    Hawking 

    Hot Pursuit 

    Houseboat 

    Inside Fendi

    Joe Dirt 

    Kiss the Girls 

    Pumping Iron 

    The Pitch: Season 1

    Shooter 

    The Fifth Element 

    The Longest Day

    Titanic 

    Unbreakable 

    Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 

    We’re No Angels 

    Aug. 6

    The Raven 

    Aug. 8

    Albert Nobbs 

    Explorers: Adventures of the Century: Season 1 & 2

    Aug. 15

    Family Ties: Seasons 1-7

    Immortalized: Season 1

    The Forsyte Saga: Series 1-2

    Aug. 23

    Jiro Dreams of Sushi 

    Aug. 24

    My Fair Wedding: Season 5

    Aug. 25

    Petunia 

    Aug. 27

    LEGO Atlantis 

    LEGO: Hero Factory: Breakout 

    LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: King of Shadows 

    LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Way of the Ninja 

    The Moth Diaries

    Aug. 31

    Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends: Seasons 1-3

    Screengrab via Sergey Khabaroff/YouTube


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    BY MEGAN VICK

    Amber Rose does not approve of the introduction to her interview with GQ in which they label her as “Kanye West’s infamous ex, Wiz Khalifa’s baby mama.”

    The magazine reads: “Amber Rose wrote the book on it. No, seriously: Kanye’s infamous ex, Wiz Khalifa’s baby mama, America’s toughest bald babe since Sigourney Weaver in ‘Alien 3,’ is about to publish a book of life lessons called ‘How to Be a Bad B****.’ Like Amber herself, it’s all heart. Unlike Amber, it’s not thick! The teen stripper turned megalomaniac muse spoke to Carrie Battan about her beautiful dark twisted journey to the top.”

    Rose didn’t take too kindly to the article’s foreword. Even when it doesn’t identify her by the men she’s been romantically linked to, it alludes to their work (“Beautiful dark twisted” is a nod to West’s 2010 album “My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy”). Rose took to Instagram to take the magazine to task for the sexist qualifiers.

    RELATED: Amber Rose shows there’s no ‘shame’ in her game for Funny or Die

    “Really @gq??? I’m so much more then Kanye’s Ex or Wiz’s baby’s mama. Damn, why the f*** did u guys reach out to me for this article and photoshoot? To dumb me down? I talked about feminism and my Slutwalk…,” she writes. “Wtf nice title smh I expected so much more from u guys and I’m so disappointed. I was so excited to be featured in GQ not realizing I was shooting for a tabloid. My slutwalk was for ignorant s*** like this. Oh ‘Her beautiful dark twisted journey to the top’? Nice pun. Negative af. Thx for nothing.”

    Rose has been making it her mission to remove the stigma from women who enjoy healthy sex lives. She organized a “slut walk” in Los Angeles to unite women and take a stand against labels like slut, whore and the like and to call out the media for the way they’ve treated her in the wake of her separation from rapper Wiz Khalifa.

    The demonstration was followed by a Funny or Die sketch that points out the outdatedness of the “walk or shame.”

    She and friend Blac Chyna also attended the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in matching outfits that again called attention to the negative labels they’ve had thrown at them because they’ve been romantically linked to hip hop artists.

    Screengrab via Larry King/YouTube


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    While we’re sad to see content leaveNetflix each month, we’ll always have even more movies and shows to obsess over.

    November

    Nov. 1

    Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure

    Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce: Season 1

    Idris Elba: Mandela, My Dad and Me

    Last Days in Vietnam

    Pasion de Gavilanes

    Robot Overlords

    Seven Deadly Sins: Season 1*

    Smithsonian Channel: The Day Kennedy Died

    The Last Time You Had Fun

    The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie

    Thomas & Friends: The Christmas Engines

    Twinsters

    Worst Year of My Life, Again: Season 1

    Nov. 2

    Last Tango in Halifax: Season 3

    Nov. 3

    Do I Sound Gay?

    Julius Jr.: Season 2

    The Midnight Swim

    Nov. 5

    Amapola

    Amour Fou

    The Runner

    Nov. 6

    Care Bears & Cousins: Season 1*

    Master of None: Season 1*

    Nov. 7

    LeapFrog Letter Factory: Great Shape Mystery

    Nov. 12

    Anna Karenina

    Nov. 13

    Atención Atención: Season 1

    Call Me Lucky

    John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid*

    With Bob and David: Season 1*

    Young & Hungry: Season 2 (new episodes)

    Nov. 14

    Blue Caprice

    Dior and I

    Nov. 15

    Continuum: Season 4

    Jessie: Season 4

    People, Places, Things

    Soaked in Bleach

    Tengo Ganas de Ti

    Nov. 16

    Cristela: Season 1

    Nov. 18

    Black Butler: Season 3

    River*

    Nov. 20

    LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu: Season 3

    Marvel’s Jessica Jones: Season 1*

    Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso

    Nov. 23

    The Red Road: Season 2

    Ultimate Spider-Man: Season 3

    Nov. 24

    Liv and Maddie: Season 2

    Nov. 25

    Gringolandia: Season 3

    Home

    Switched at Birth: Season 4

    Nov. 26

    Zipper

    Nov. 28

    A Perfect Man

    Best of Enemies

    The Best Offer

    Nov. 29

    Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

    October 

    October saw the return of plenty of our favorites including seasons of The Flash, Supernatural, Arrow, and Jane the Virgin, Batman Begins, many Disney shorts, and the premiere of Beasts of No Nation.

    Oct. 1

    A Christmas Carol

    About Alex

    Alexander: Theatrical Cut

    American Pie

    Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics Collection: Collection 1

    Batman Begins

    Boogie Nights

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Curse of Chucky

    Dark Was the Night

    Design on a Dime Collection: Collection 1

    El Tiempo Entre Costuras

    Extreme Homes Collection: Collection 1

    Genevieve's Renovation: Season 1

    Glass Chin

    House Hunters Renovation Collection: Collection 1

    Million Dollar Baby

    Million Dollar Rooms Collection: Collection 1

    Monkey Thieves: Seasons 1-3

    On the Town

    Pal Joey

    Pepe

    Pressure

    Property Virgins Collection: Collection 1

    Reasonable Doubt

    Richard Pryor: Icon

    Robin Williams Remembered - A Pioneers of Television Special

    Some Came Running

    Take Me Out to the Ball Game

    The Bourne Supremacy

    The Devil at 4 O'Clock

    The Great Food Truck Race Collection: Collection 1

    The Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story

    The Nightmare

    Throwdown with Bobby Flay Collection: Collection 1

    Uncle Grandpa: Season 1 (more episodes)

    Vanilla Ice Project: Seasons 1-4

    Wakfu: Season 1

    White Rabbit

    Wild Horses

    Worst Cooks in America Collection: Collection 1

    Oct. 2

    Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy*

    La Leyenda de la Nahuala

    Reign: Season 2

    The Vampire Diaries: Season 6

    Oct. 3

    Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation

    Oct. 5

    Team Hot Wheels: Build the Epic Race

    Oct. 6

    American Horror Story: Freak Show

    iZombie: Season 1

    Last Man Standing: Season 4

    The Flash: Season 1

    The Originals: Season 2

    Tremors 5: Bloodline

    Oct. 7

    Arrow: Season 3

    Flor Salvaje: Season 1

    Legends: Season 1

    Supernatural: Season 10

    Oct. 8

    American Heist

    Strangerland

    Oct. 9

    Mighty Med: Season 2

    The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show: Season 1*

    Winter on Fire*

    Oct. 10

    Lalaloopsy: Band Together

    Oct. 11

    Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me

    Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Season 3

    Oct. 12

    Jane the Virgin: Season 1

    Oct. 14

    Lazarus

    Oct. 15

    Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery: Season 1

    Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno Live!

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven: Part 1/Part 2

    Oct. 16

    All Hail King Julien: Season 2*

    Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers*

    Beasts of No Nation*

    Circle - NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE

    Some Assembly Required: Season 2*

    The Principal: Season 1

    Oct. 18

    Ain't Them Bodies Saints

    Oct. 20

    Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered

    Marvel's Avengers Assemble: Season 2

    Oct. 22

    Results

    Oct. 23

    Hemlock Grove: Season 3*

    Oct. 24

    Jack Strong

    Oct. 25

    Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection

    Oct. 27

    August: Osage County

    Manson Family Vacation - NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE

    Oct. 28

    Chasing Life: Season 2

    The Gunman

    Oct. 29

    Return to Sender

    Oct. 30

    Popples: Season 1*

    September

    In addition to its usual round of film favorites, Netflix is adding a full slate of TV favorites in September, including new seasons of The Walking Dead, Parenthood, Portlandia, Gotham, and more.

    Sept. 1

    72 Dangerous Animals: Australia: Season 1

    Arthur: Season 17

    Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014)

    Battle Creek: Season 1

    Blackbird (2014)

    Capital C (2014)

    Combustion (2013)

    Da Jammies: Season 1

    Divorce Corp. (2014)

    Giggle and Hoot's Best Ever! (2014)

    Hamlet (1990)

    Hardball (2001)

    Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean to Brag (2014)

    Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)

    Los hombres también lloran: Season 1

    Masters of the Universe (1987)

    Mississippi Damned (2009)

    Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Volume 1

    Mouk: Season 1

    Our Man in Tehran (2013)

    Pandas: The Journey Home (2014)

    Person of Interest: Seasons 1-3

    Puffin Rock: Season 1 *

    Rambo: First Blood (1982)

    Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

    Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)

    Shake the Dust (2014)

    Sleepy Hollow (1999)

    Such Good People (2014)

    The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005)

    The League: Season 6

    The Monster Squad (1987)

    Up in the Air (2009)

    Zathura (2005)

    Zoo Clues: Season 1

    Sept. 2

    Black or White (2014)

    Miss Julie (2014)

    Sept. 3

    Drumline: A New Beat (2014)

    Sept. 4

    Baby Daddy: Season 4 (new episodes)

    Bad Night (2015)

    Madame Secretary: Season 1

    Melissa & Joey: Season 4 (new episodes)

    Sept. 7

    Space Dandy: Season 2

    Sept. 8

    6 Years (2015) 

    Love at First Fight (2014)

    Sept. 9

    Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)

    Sept. 10

    Fugitivos: Season 1

    Longmire: Season 4 *

    Sept. 11

    About Elly (2009)

    God Bless the Child (2015)

    Madame Bovary (2014)

    Sept. 12

    It Happened Here (2015)

    Portlandia: Season 5

    The Roughnecks (2014)

    Why Did I Get Married? (2007)

    Sept. 13

    Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 4 (part 2)

    Pixies (2014)

    Sept. 14

    Call the Midwife: Series 4

    Sept. 15

    Closer to the Moon (2015)

    Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014)

    Kambu: Season 1

    Rubble Kings (2015)

    Sin Senos no Hay Paraiso: Season 1

    The Bank Job (2008)

    The Road Within (2015)

    Zoobabu: Season 1

    Sept. 16

    Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

    Reservation Road (2007)

    The Blacklist: Season 2

    The Fosters: Season 3

    Sept. 17

    The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1

    Sept. 18

    Keith Richards: Under the Influence (2015) *

    Sept. 21

    Gotham: Season 1

    The Following: Season 3

    Sept. 22

    Person of Interest: Season 4

    Philomena (2013)

    SMOSH: The Movie (2015)

    Sept. 23

    The Loft (2015)

    Sept. 24

    Iris (2014)

    Sept. 25

    Blue Bloods: Season 5

    Hawaii Five-0: Season 5

    Parenthood: Season 6

    VeggieTales in the House: Season 1 (new episodes) *

    Sept. 26

    The Canyons (2013)

    Sept. 27

    The Walking Dead: Season 5

    Sept. 29

    Bones: Season 10

    Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)

    Monster High: Boo York (2015)

    RL Stine's Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls (2015)

    Sept. 30

    Agatha Christie's Poirot: Series 12

    Leafie: A Hen into the Wild (2011)

    Midnight’s Children (2012)

    Murdoch Mysteries: Season 4-7

    Ned Rifle (2014)

    August

    With the newest season of Doctor Who, childhood favorite Reading Rainbow, even more Inspector Gadget, and the premiere of Narcos—which stars Game of Thrones fan favorite Pedro Pascal—there’s something for everyone in August.

    Aug. 1

    Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

    Asylum

    Back in Time / Cong Cong Na Nian

    Beneath the Helmet

    Breakup Buddies / Xin Hua Lau Fang

    Bride and Prejudice

    Casting By

    Dancing on the Edge: Season 1

    Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: Season 2

    Dear Frankie

    Dogs on the Inside

    Electric Slide

    Enemy at the Gates

    Flex is Kings

    Lost and Love / Shi Gu

    Masha and the Bear: Season 1

    November Rule

    Odd Squad: Season 1

    Outcast

    Pants on Fire

    Reading Rainbow: Volume 1

    Russell Brand: End the Drugs War

    Somewhere Only We Know / You yi ge di fang zhi you wo men zhi dao

    Sorority Row

    The Code: Season 1

    The Golden Era / Huang Jin Shi Dai

    The Hurt Locker

    The Living

    The Mind of a Chef: Season 3

    Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns

    Utopia: Season 1

    Vexed: Seasons 1-2

    War

    Wing Commander

    Aug. 3

    Chronic-Con, Episode 420: A New Dope

    Aug. 4

    Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

    Aug. 5

    Yellowbird

    Aug. 6

    Kill Me Three Times

    My Amityville Horror

    The Look of Love

    Welcome to Me

    Aug. 7

    Club de Cuervos: Season 1

    HitRECord on TV: Season 1

    Motivation 2: The Chris Cole Story

    Project Mc2

    Transporter: The Series: Season 2

    Aug. 8

    Doctor Who: Season 8

    Aug. 11

    Fred: The Movie

    Fred 2: Night of the Living Fred

    Fred 3: Camp Fred

    Two Days, One Night

    Aug. 12

    For a Good Time, Call...

    Leap Year

    The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death

    Aug. 14

    Demetri Martin: Live (At The Time)

    DinoTrux

    Ever After High Way too Wonderland: Season 3

    Ship of Theseus

    Aug. 15

    Alex of Venice

    Aug. 16

    Being Flynn

    Pariah

    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

    Aug. 17

    Lord of War

    Aug. 19

    Jerk Theory

    Real Husbands of Hollywood: Season 3

    Aug. 20

    30 for 30: Angry Sky

    As Cool As I Am

    Strange Empire: Season 1

    Aug. 21

    Grantham & Rose

    Transcend

    Aug. 23

    Girl Meets World: Season 1

    Aug. 27

    Byzantium

    White God

    Aug. 28

    Inspector Gadget: Season 2

    Narcos

    Once Upon a Time: Season 4

    Revenge: Season 4

    Aug. 29

    Ride

    Aug. 30

    Muffin Top: A Love Story

    * denotes Netflix Original

    Screengrab via Paramount Movies/YouTube


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    After months of speculation, YouTube announced two huge additions to its lineup this morning: an ad-free subscription service and a long-awaited music app.

    YouTube Red is a new subscription service that will include ad-free content and new original content from established YouTube stars for $9.99 a month.

    YouTube Red also offers a “save offline” feature (which could come in handy for watching videos on planes or in other locations with limited Internet connectivity), as well as background play. The latter feature lets you keep a video going in the background while you do other activities on mobile.

    In April 2015 YouTube served partner channels a new Terms of Service agreement that required them to sign off on a subscription model to continue to serve advertisements on their videos and earn income. The new terms dictated that YouTube would pay out “55% of the total net revenues recognized by YouTube from subscription fees.”

    One-month free trials of YouTube Red open to the public on Oct. 28.

    As far back as April 2014, YouTube announced funding for new original content from creators, and this April, the company updated that plan to include YouTubers like Joey Graceffa and Smosh. The funding came in a year that saw several digital video startups like Vessel enter the digital video space with premium payments to established stars for windowed exclusive content. Additionally, Facebook has pushed heavily into video, courting stars with its global reach for video distribution.

    In prior iterations of investing money in creators for the platform, YouTube poured $100 million into the hands of mainstream creators like Ashton Kutcher and Madonna. Some of those investments led to longstanding companies like the latter's DanceOn. Other money that went to the hands of established YouTubers fostered programming like Crash Course from the Vlogbrothers. This time around, YouTube focused on homegrown talent exclusively.

    Beginning in 2016, YouTube Red members will gain access to original series and movies, including A Trip to Unicorn Island, a feature-length film starring Lilly Singh.

    “YouTube is like the best boyfriend I've ever had. I trust them with this project,” Singh shared at the launch event.

    Other titles coming to the platform include Sing It!, a scripted comedy from the Fine Bros. about making the world’s No. 1 singing competition show; Scare PewDiePie, which puts the platform’s most-subscribed gaming star in “terrifying real-life situations inspired by his favorite video games”; and Lazer Team, Fullscreen and Rooster Teeth’s sci-fi comedy. That's in addition to Single by 30, 360 Project, Fight of the Living Dead, I Am Tobuscus, and untitled projects from Joey Graceffa and College Humor.

    Based on the breadth of original content lined up for release in 2016, YouTube’s subscription service seeks to put the company on par with streaming giants Hulu and Netflix, which have entered the original content fray with such titles as Casual and House of Cards, respectively. YouTube’s early lineup suggests it intends to stick close to its digital roots, however, showcasing creators who’ve helped extend the platform’s reach.

    YouTube is also launching its much delayed Music app (formerly known as YouTube Music Key), the third in line after this year’s Kids and Gaming apps. While it’s still classified as “coming soon,” the streamlined Music app will let its users control variety on their music stations, from targeted styles of choice to broader discovery like Internet radio competitor Pandora. An Explore tab will also let you find other versions of a given track, from live renditions to covers to remixes.

    One-month free trials of YouTube Red open to the public on Oct. 28.

    Update 1:16pm CT: International expansion is expected for 2016. While the Web-based subscriptions will be $9.99 a month, iOS users can register for $12.99 a month. Furthermore, any creators who don't sign the subscription TOS will have their content made private, which rules out monetization of any kind. 

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    You know the iconic opening sequence to Up? Where Disney and Pixar pulled the world’s heartstrings with a montage of Carl and Ellie falling in love and growing old together? Well YouTuber Jason Lyle Black has done one better with this video of his 80-year-old grandparents celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. 

    Black, whose YouTube channel is normally home to song covers and Frozen piano duels with his sister, arranged the duet for his grandparents as their anniversary present. 

    “Grandpa and Grandma have played piano duets since they were first married,” Black explains in the video description. “So this will be a family treasure for all of us.” 

    The video is full of little Up Easter eggs, so keep your eyes peeled for those.

    Love is real, y'all. 

    H/T Zap2it | Screengrab via Jason Lyle Black/YouTube

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    The last time the Chicago Cubs had a legitimate chance to win the World Series, they turned for help to their rookie of the year, 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner, to lead them to their first title since 1908. Unfortunately for long-suffering Chicago fans, that triumphant scene was pure fiction as it was actor Thomas Ian Nicholas who played a preteen whose broken arm unexpectedly allowed him to throw the ball 100 mph and lead the Cubs to glory.

    But that won't stop Nicholas from hoping that some of that old Rowengartner magic can rub off on his favorite team, even though the Cubs are behind 3-0 to the Mets in the National League Championship series and are one loss away from elimination.

    And Nicholas, who became a Cubs fan while filming the 1993 movie and who eventually married a DJ from Chicago, will do his best to give his favorite team a lift—simply by being there.

    Several times in the past, Nicholas has thrown out the first pitch at Wrigley Field and has sung "Take Me Out To the Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. But he apparently hasn't worn his Rowengartner jersey since the film wrapped in 1992.

    "Usually when I go to the game, I wear the jersey the Cubs made for me with my last name, Nicholas, on it, but I called the team and I said, 'Can you make a Rowengartner jersey for me?'" Nicholas told ESPN. "I've never done that. I haven't worn a Rowengartner jersey since the movie, but I feel like we kind of need it right now. It's kind of like my rally cap."

    And it's a last-minute trip. Nicholas had been at Disneyland celebrating his son's birthday, but he planned to take a 7am flight to Chicago on Wednesday in order to make the game on time.

    "I wasn't planning on going out for the postseason, but after they won the wild card and then beat the St. Louis Cardinals, the excitement started to build with fans of the Cubs who are also fans of Rookie of the Year," Nicholas said. "My Twitter feed started to get busier and busier during the postseason, and people started getting excited. I got excited, too... There are a lot of superstitions in baseball, so I'm just hoping that throwing on the Rowengartner jersey is the lucky rabbit's foot that we need in this series. Hopefully this is the turnaround."

    Nicholas also will perform with his band at a nearby pub after the game, and if the Cubs win to keep their season alive for at least one more contest, I imagine their fans will pack the place to thank the former pretend Cubs pitcher for his very real impact.

    Screengrab via h3george/YouTube


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    The Fine Bros's next YouTubers React video should be easy to develop, since everyone is grappling with the news of YouTube Red, the ad-free, paid subscription model. 

    The Fine Bros themselves are one of several YouTube creators tapped by the service to be part of its premium offering, creating original content only available on the platform. But to remain in the YouTube ecosystem, YouTube Partners must agree to a deal that allows YouTube to include them in subscriptions, or have their content set to private and no longer earn any ad revenue. For subscription payments, creators will be paid a percentage of the revenue based on watch time and other factors, although YouTube declined to go into specifics of each contract.

    YouTubers have started reacting to the news on social media since this morning's announcement. Feelings are decidedly mixed.

    Some creators are specifically concerned about the price of subscriptions, worried that it's too high for their young fan bases.

    Others are reminding fans to stay calm, and that free YouTube will still exist in addition to the paid option.

    Reactions also included jokes about the site's name, and how it's a little close to RedTube, a pornographic video site.

    Fans have expressed confusion about the paid option, including wondering which of their favorite YouTubers have signed agreements and will still be available after Oct. 28. YouTube said it is 99 percent locked in with all partners.

    Fans are also angry about pricing.

    Some have started a petition already in hopes that they can halt YouTube Red, with 1,800 supporters so far.

    YouTube has a week to clear up concerns and finalize the lingering 1 percent of contracts it said were not yet buttoned up before the product's Oct. 28 launch. 

    Illustration by Max Fleishman.


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    Even with his life in danger because of a MRSA infection, New York Giants tight end Daniel Fells sent inspirational Instagrams and tweets to his teammates while he was laying in a hospital bed and trying to fight off the nasty bacteria.

    Even as he battled for his life and to keep his foot, Fells has been a study in the power of positivity, and on Wednesday, he was released from the hospital—his life and all of his limbs intact. And this is the reception he received from his children.

    It's a happy ending (for now) for Fells, considering how badly the infection wrecked his body. He was in the hospital for three weeks and underwent as many as seven surgeries (and likely will have more) to hold off the infection. 

    It's unclear if Fells—an eight-year veteran who caught a career-high 41 receptions in 2010 with the St. Louis Rams—will have the chance to resume his pro football career.

    Yet, he remained optimistic while in the hospital.

    And now he's returned home—to his family and his best friend.

    Photo via Daniel Fells/Instagram


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    On Monday night music-streaming giant Spotify decided to drop all music released by Victory Records from its service. Spotify's own records showed that about 53 million plays from Victory's releases had gone unpaid for, and Spotify wanted the Chicago label to sign a new contract to resolve the issue.

    The problem: The new contract would have conflicted with an existing contract. Victory said the contract wouldn't work, and Spotify responded—after the label allegedly pleaded to work out an agreement—by removing all of its music.

    Yup: In 2015 punk rockers are still being put down by the Man. Some bands signed under Victory include: 

    • Bad Brains
    • Reverend Horton Heat
    • River City Rebels
    • Straylight Run
    • Taking Back Sunday
    • Thursday
    • Voodoo Glow Skulls 
    • Hawthorne Heights
    • Atreyu

    (Some have had albums previously released under different labels, and those can largely still be streamed on Spotify.) 

    If the numbers in this Medium article—which was reprinted by the Daily Dot—still hold true, that means Spotify would owe Victory Records roughly $371,000. 

    This might not last—it's certainly not good PR for Spotify to admit it didn't pay a punk label for streaming plays, and then ask representatives to fix the situation by signing a contract that would breach a contract with another service—but for now, you'll just have to head to YouTube for all of Victory's releases (or to Amazon Prime, which offers a great deal of the music Victory Records has released). 

    You can find Victory's official statement here.

    H/T Rolling Stone | Illustration by Max Fleishman


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