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    Modern Love has long been one of the New York Times’ most popular recurring columns, and now it’s evolving to include a podcast by the same name. 

    As with the column, each podcast episode will bring one person’s essay to the forefront to “explore the joys and tribulations of love,” and the Times is kicking things off with the help of celebrity guest readers.  


    The first two episodes were released simultaneously Thursday, and actress Lauren Molina and Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander are the first two guests to step in as readers: Alexander performed a 2009 essay about a dad’s relationship with his daughter’s pet goldfish, and Molina read a 2015 essay about an encounter with someone from Craigslist’s Missed Connections section. Judd Apatow, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, and January Jones are all also slated to read for upcoming episodes. 

    At the end of each episode, host Meghna Chakrabarti, the chosen essayist, and Modern Love editor Daniel Jones sit down and have a chat about what’s happened since the story was published, and how the writer feels about it now. 

    Every Thursday, a new episode of Modern Love: The Podcast will be available on WBUR.org, NYTimes.comiTunes, and Stitcher.

    Screengrab via Brian Rea/New York Times


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    Imagine you're at a party and Questlove is DJing. The music is bumping, everyone in the club is dancing. Suddenly, Prince appears with a Finding Nemo DVD in his hand. He wants the DJ set to stop so he can play the movie.

    It may sound ridiculous, but it actually happened back in 2004. 

    In a new webseries called Storyville for his site OkayPlayer, the legendary Roots drummer shares tales of noteworthy celebrity encounters he's had over the years. This week, he explains how bringing a blind date to a Prince show ended up leading to one of the weirdest DJ sets of his life. 

    It's a lot like Pitchfork's former Frames series, but with a focus on things that have happened to Questlove in his personal life. And we've already learned one important lesson: Don't come between a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and his Pixar

    Screengrab via OkayPlayer/YouTube


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    After a six-year dry spell, trip-hop icons Massive Attack have new music. But you'll need the Fantom app to hear it.

    The British band put out an iOS app on Thursday that singer Robert del Naja helped develop. It creates personal remixes reflecting user movement, balance, location, surroundings, and the time of day. But Massive Attack fans will be more excited about getting to hear parts of the four newest tracks the band built into the app, “Dead Editors,” “Ritual Spirit,” “Voodoo in my Blood,” and “Take it There.”

    Once the app is opened, a promise to provide a “sensory music experience” appears on-screen with a black, minimalist backdrop.

    The app then provides a series of requests to access users' custom data through their iPhone features, including their Apple health kit, time, camera, and even social media through their Twitter account. 

    Users are then presented with a list of the band's new tracks, followed by options labeled "Original" and "Personal." The option to listen to the "Original" tracks is "coming soon," but users are able to create remixes immediately by selecting the "Personal" option. 

    Once they make a selection, they can control the app by moving their phone around and pointing the camera in different directions. These movements reflect in the music being played—slowing down when users are stationary and speeding up when they walk around. 

    The app also gives the option to record their remixes and share them online via iMessage, Twitter, email, or Instagram.

    The app is only compatible with the iPhone 5s and newer models. 

    Photo via Alejandro Jofré/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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    Some days, the IRS finds you at just the right moment. 

    On Thursday evening, Twitter got to live vicariously through Dave Holmes, who tweeted out the incredible tale of alleged con artists posing as IRS collection agents and demanding $5,300 from the former MTV VJ over the phone, or else. 

    This type of IRS phone scam isn't new; its been going on for years, and right now is especially ripe for scammers as people prepare their taxes. Holmes, a writer and actor, apparently took this anxiety-inducing opportunity to try out some improv on his way home. 

    As with many Twitter tales, it's easy to be skeptical when a story has peaks and valleys like this one. But it is the most modern of cautionary tales, and Twitter, at least for the night, was throughly immersed in all the characters: Paul, Johnson, Debbie. Holmes's memoir, Party of One, is due out this summer, though it's not clear if this chapter will be in it. 

    We've reached out to Holmes for comment. 

    Screengrab via Maker Music/YouTube 


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    The Daily Show has a long history of going the extra mile to showcase the strangest stories in the country or expose hypocritical viewpoints, but it’s not often that the story it’s in the midst of reporting on becomes national news.

    Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams went to Whitesboro, New York, to learn about the history of the village’s seal, which features town founder Hugh White holding a Native American by the neck. Some believe the seal is racist and offensive because it shows White choking or pushing the Native American in the seal. Whitesboro mayor Patrick O’Connor insists that the seal depicts a friendly wrestling match that resulted in White gaining respect from the local Native Americans. Williams said she'd expect something like this in the south, but not upstate New York.

    While an attempt to change the seal went nowhere years ago, Williams offered some alternatives, which led to O’Connor calling for a vote. It was that vote that created headlines across the country and led some locals to defend the history of the seal in ways just as offensive as the seal itself.

    Although the original vote didn’t go in the activists’ favor, Williams later revealed that Whitesboro has decided to change the seal after all. Maybe America isn’t so terrible after all.

    Screengrab via The Daily Show


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    Starting to get Making a Murderer fatigue? 

    Fan theories have gotten so intense in the month since the Netflix series premiered, directors Moira Demos and Laura Ricciardi had a sit-down on Twitter Wednesday to clear the air on some of the disputed issues. But one of the most basic questions in the investigation still remains: If Steven Avery didn’t kill Teresa Halbach, who did? A member of the FBI’s cold case task force thinks he could have the answer.

    On his site, Cold Case Cameron, former police sergeant John Cameron suggests that Teresa Halbach’s death is consistent with the MO of Edward Wayne Edwards—a serial killer Cameron happens to be an expert on and have written a book about. Edwards died in 2011 while serving time in an Ohio prison, but Cameron thinks Edwards may have been responsible for many more deaths than the five he was convicted of, and investigators are starting to believe he could be right. 

    Some of the most infamous unsolved murder cases in recent American history could have been Edwards’ work, Cameron claims, including the Zodiac murders, Jon Benet Ramsey, the West Memphis Three, and Chandra Levy. Now that he’s seen Making a Murderer, he believes Edwards could have been responsible for Teresa Halbach’s death too.

    Before you ask how one killer could possibly be tied to all these random cases, note there’s actually a good amount of evidence. For each killing, Edwards was nearby, had written letters to press, police, or the families of the victims, and had even published blog posts about the cases. Edwards’s daughter, who ultimately turned him in to police, released information that links Edwards to more murders than he ever ended up being charged with. 

    While none of the evidence tying Edwards to Teresa Halbach is rock-solid, there are certainly enough coincidences to warrant a closer look. According to Uproxx, the timing (Halloween) and location (Wisconsin) both line up with Edwards’s habits. Plus, there’s this creepy connection:

    Edwards has a history of showing up at funerals and trials of his victims. Cameron contends he’s been caught on camera doing this a few times, appearing in the background of a documentary on the West Memphis Three. As for the Halbach case, take a look at someone Cameron noticed in episode six of Making A Murderer:

    Is this new theory far-fetched? Maybe. But it's still pretty hard not to wonder, “What if?”

    H/T Uproxx | Screengrab via Uproxx

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    Good news if you want more TV that's funny and sweet.

    HBO announced this week that it's picked up a half-hour comedy called Crashing from standup comedian Pete Holmes. The semi-autobiographical show, which Holmes will also star in, is about a wholesome standup who couch surfs through the living rooms of New York City's best comedians as he recovers from his divorce.  

    In a Facebook post Thursday, Holmes  wrote:

    This show comes straight from my heart. Podcast fans know one on my mantras is "take pain and make something good." Diehard fans know that I'm embarrassed this quote came from Kickass 2. But to take a painful past experience (divorce) and turn it into something funny and redemptive is beyond a dream come true. 

    Holmes' popular podcast You Made It Weird has firmly cemented his position as one the kindest and most humble standups in the comedy scene. It's safe to say the series will probably tug some serious heartstrings while it makes you laugh. Judd Apatow is slated to produce the series, which adds to his growing roster: He's also producing Love (starring Community's Gillian Jacobs) and Pee-wee's Big Holiday for Netflix in addition to Girls for HBO.

    Standup Artie Lange also appears to be involved: 

    We're in.

    H/T Variety | Screengrab via Pete Holmes/YouTube

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    After more than a week of backlash from viewers, actors, members of the Academy, and Oscar-nominated stars over the lack of diversity with this year’s nominees, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced historic changes to make the Academy more diverse.

    The changes are a followup of a previous statement from the Academy pledging to make the Academy more diverse. The Board of Governors voted unanimously on the changes Thursday night, which aim to double the number of women and minority members of the Academy by 2020, according to a press release from the Academy.

    “The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “These new measures regarding governance and voting will have an immediate impact and begin the process of significantly changing our membership composition.”

    Starting later in 2016, Academy membership is no longer an automatic lifetime guarantee. For new members, their status will last 10 years and will be renewed if they are active voters; they can receive lifetime status after three 10-year terms or receiving an Academy Award nomination. Those who don’t qualify will be able to receive emeritus status, which receive many of the same benefits as active Academy members but won’t be able to vote for the Oscars.

    The new changes don’t affect the voting for this year’s Oscars, which will air Feb. 28.

    This is a big step in making sure that members of the Academy, which is currently 94 percent white and 76 percent male, are actively involved in selecting the movies and filmmakers who deserve nominations and awards (which isn’t always the case).

    The Academy will also launch a global campaign to recruit new members and establish three additional seats on the Board of Governors.

    The change comes after the Academy failed to nominate any actors or actresses of color in any of the acting categories for the second year in a row, causing the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag to go viral again, although Hollywood’s diversity problems goes far beyond acting. Criticism came from all sides of the debate, with Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee both vowing that they wouldn’t attend the Oscars ceremony.

    #OscarsSoWhite has been a hot topic among actors over the past week as many spoke up about the lack of diversity among the nominated actors, writers, and filmmakers—and in Hollywood at large. Viola Davis called the Oscars“a symptom of a much greater disease,” while David Oyelowo noted that the Academy “doesn’t reflect this nation.” Mark Ruffalo praised the boycott, Lupita Nyong’o expressed her disappointment, and Reese Witherspoon and John Krasinski criticized the Academy.

    But not everyone saw the push for change as a good sign. Current Best Actress Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling said that the backlash“is racist to whites” and said that “perhaps the black actors did not deserve to make the final list.” Meanwhile, Oscar winner Michael Caine told actors of color to “be patient.”

    So far the change has been met with praise, but as some noted, there’s a reason why it even happened in the first place.

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    HBO has always been known as the home of premium content on TV, and its standalone HBO Now app is no different.

    Here’s a brief rundown of some of the highlights coming to the streaming service next month.

    February

    Coming Feb. 1

    Ali

    Bad Santa

    Camp Nowhere

    Club Paradise

    Coraline

    Evan Almighty

    Get Shorty

    Halloween H20: 20 Years Later

    Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience

    Kung Fu Panda

    Magic Mike

    One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest

    Road House

    Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    The Piano

    The Wicker Man

    Transformers

    What Happens in Vegas

    Leaving Feb. 29

    A.I. Artificial Intelligence

    Blade

    Blade Runner

    Blades of Glory

    Divergent

    Dreamgirls

    The Drop

    Eragon

    Get on Up

    Ghost Town

    Horrible Bosses 2

    Manhattan

    The Maze Runner

    Mrs. Doubtfire

    The Next Best Thing

    Pootie Tang

    Titanic

    The Waterboy

    V for Vendetta

    January 2016

    Coming Jan. 1

    Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

    Carrie

    Cry-Baby

    Down to Earth

    Final Destination 3

    Joe Versus the Volcano

    The Rainmaker

    A Knight’s Tale

    Knocked Up

    Lucky Numbers

    Malcolm X

    Milk

    The Muppet Christmas Carol

    Pretty in Pink

    Troop Beverly Hills

    Tropic Thunder (Director’s Cut)

    Two of a Kind

    Wonder Boys

    Leaving Jan. 31

    Snow Day

    Flicka

    The Lego Movie

    Mulholland Dr.

    O Brother, Where Art Thou

    Alex & Emma

    For Your Consideration

    Because I Said So

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    Gone Girl

    Shallow Hal

    This is Where I Leave You

    The Judge

    John Wick

    Dumb and Dumber To

    Far from Heaven

    Superman Returns

    The Last King of Scotland

    December

    Coming Dec. 1

    10 Things I Hate About You

    Annie Hall

    Brokeback Mountain

    Disturbia

    Divergent

    Girlfight

    Home Alone

    Less than Zero

    Mystic Pizza

    Robocop

    Robocop 2

    Robocop 3

    She’s All That

    Soul Plane

    Spaceballs

    Waitress

    Coming Dec. 5

    Get Hard

    Coming Dec. 11

    What We Do in the Shadows

    Coming Dec. 12

    The Divergent Series: Insurgent

    Coming Dec. 13

    Wish I Was Here

    Coming Dec. 19

    The Longest Ride

    Coming Dec. 21

    A Little Chaos

    Coming Dec. 26

    The Water Diviner

    Leaving Dec. 19

    The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    Leaving Dec. 28

    Her

    Leaving Dec. 31

    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Best in Show

    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

    Draft Day

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

    Reno 911: Miami

    Staying Alive

    The Devil Wears Prada

    The Faculty

    The Fault in Our Stars

    The Good Son

    The Rock

    X-Men

    X-Men: Days of Future Past

    November

    Coming Nov. 1

    Battle for the Planet of the Apes

    Beneath the Planet of the Apes

    Don’t Say a Word

    Double Jeopardy

    Dreamgirls

    Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

    Field of Dreams

    Good Burger

    Once

    Planet of the Apes

    Ride Along

    Satisfaction

    Scream

    The Last King of Scotland

    The Thomas Crown Affair

    The Waterboy

    Throw Momma from the Train

    Coming Nov. 21

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Coming Nov. 28

    Kingsman: The Secret Service

    Leaving Nov. 24

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

    Leaving Nov. 30

    Accepted

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

    Dances with Wolves

    Godzilla

    Hannibal

    Ice Age: The Meltdown

    Jersey Boys

    Let’s Be Cops

    Miami Vice

    Neighbors

    Rush Hour

    Scooby-Doo

    The Fly

    October

    Coming Oct. 1

    28 Days (2000)

    Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)

    Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

    Bee Movie (2007)

    Blazing Saddles (1974)

    Blood Diamond (2006)

    Brick (2005)

    Burn After Reading (2008)

    Ella Enchanted (2004)

    Happy Feet (2006)

    House on Haunted Hill (1999)

    The Kid (2000)

    License to Drive (1988)

    Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

    Like Mike (2002)

    Like Mike 2: Streetball (2006)

    Lost in Translation (2003)

    Magnolia (1999)

    Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

    Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007)

    Revenge of the Nerds (1984)

    Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (2000)

    Rumor Has It (2005)

    The Rock (1996)

    Shrek (2001)

    Trick ‘R Treat (2007)

    Leaving Oct. 31

    A History of Violence (2005)

    A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

    Agent Cody Banks (2003)

    Dawn of the Dead (2004)

    Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)

    Gothika (2003)

    Escape from L.A. (1996)

    Jarhead (2005)

    Just Friends (2005)

    Meet the Parents (2000)

    Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life (1983)

    Queen of the Damned (2002)

    The Lake House (2006)

    The Skeleton Key (2005)

    The Truman Show (1998)

    Uptown Girls (2003)

    X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

    September

    Coming Sept. 1

    Beetlejuice (1998)

    Blades of Glory (2007)

    Blade Runner (1982)

    Bring It On (2000)

    Center Stage (2000)

    The Departed (2006)

    The Faculty (1998)

    The Good Son (1993)

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

    Her (2013)

    How Stella Got her Groove Back (1998)

    In the Heat of the Night (1967)

    Manhattan (1979)

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

    Staying Alive (1983)

    Thelma & Louise (1991)

    Titanic (1997)

    V for Vendetta (2005)

    Expiring soon

    Sept. 15

    Inside Man (2006)

    Sept. 24

    Wedding Crashers (2005)

    Sept. 27

    The Counselor (2013)

    Sept. 30

    Best Man Holiday (2013)

    The Break-Up (2006)

    Contact (1997)

    Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

    Girl, Interrupted (1999)

    Idiocracy (2006)

    Moulin Rouge! (2001)

    Pleasantville (1998)

    Save the Last Dance (2001)

    That Awkward Moment (2014)

    The Wedding Planner (2001)

    Working Girl (1998)


    August

    Say hello to cult classics Veronica MarsandSerenity, Oscar nominees Birdman and The Theory of Everything, and more.

    But beware: All good things must come to an end, as fans of Ender’s Game and Eyes Wide Shut will realize when their time on the service comes to an end Aug. 31.

    Coming Soon

    Aug. 1

    Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Innocence)

    Charlie’s Angels

    Dances with Wolves

    A Fish Called Wanda

    Four Weddings and a Funeral

    John Tucker Must Die

    Meet the Parents

    An Officer and a Gentleman

    Serenity

    Veronica Mars

    Aug. 4

    Back on Board: Greg Louganis

    Ramona (short) (en Español)

    Aug. 7

    Manos Sucias (en Español)

    Aug. 8

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    Aug. 12

    Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Houston Texans

    Aug. 14

    Bomba (en Español)

    Aug. 15

    The Theory of Everything

    Aug. 16

    Show Me a Hero: Part 1 & Part 2

    Aug. 22

    Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl, Interrupted

    Dumb and Dumber To

    Aug. 23

    Show Me a Hero: Part 3 & Part 4

    Aug. 29

    Kill the Messenger

    Aug. 30

    Show Me a Hero: Part 5 & Part 6 (8/30)

    Leaving Aug. 31

    Broken Arrow

    Ender’s Game

    Enemy of the State

    Enough Said

    Eyes Wide Shut

    The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

    Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

    The Other Woman

    The Wolverine

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    BY SAM GUTELLE

    If you’re looking to replay your favorite videos over and over again, a new YouTube feature should be right up your alley. The video site has deployed a new option that allows users to automatically loop videos once they finish.

    The new feature, which was shared on Twitter by developer Henry Lim, takes only two clicks to enable. Right click on any video and you’ll find a “Loop” option within the ensuing drop-down menu. Unfortunately, this option reverts back to its default unlooped setting from video to video, so if you’re the kind of person who prefers to have all your videos repeat themselves ad infinitum, well, you’ll still have to go to Vine for that.

    For individual videos, however, the new tool is definitely useful. Ten-hour versions of popular songs and videos have become common on YouTube, both as jokes and as automatic replay buttons, and some third-party services offered looping YouTube videos before the video site added in its new first-party feature. The new option could signal the death of the ten-hour video, but somehow I feel as if trolls will still find plenty of uses for the ultra-long format.

    In the meantime, if you’re looking for a video on which to test YouTube’s new looping feature, I’ve embedded a fitting choice below: 

    Photo via m01229/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Remix by Max Fleishman


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    Though Saturday night's Danny Garcia-Robert Guerrero fight will headline the first boxing card to be shown on primetime Fox in nearly 20 years, you don't have to watch broadcast TV in order to see the action.

    That's because, for the first time on a card taking place in North America, Saturday's matches will be offered in virtual reality through tech firm NextVR.  

    In order to broadcast in virtual reality, NextVR will set up multiple cameras around the ring to catch everything that happens while Garcia (31-0, 18 knockouts) tries to win a vacant world welterweight title vs. Guerrero (33-3-1, 18 KOs) inside the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

    "This is the latest example of NextVR's commitment to bring the most compelling live content to sports fans in virtual reality," Brad Allen, executive chairman of NextVR, said in a statement. "We strive to deliver a great virtual reality experience and the key is great, exciting content."

    In the past year, NextVR has worked with Fox to broadcast a NASCAR race and the U.S. Open golf championship .

    In order to see the fight in VR for free, Samsung Gear VR owners can download the NextVR app. Then, they can watch the fight through any Gear VR headset compatible phone.

    "We continue to explore ways to offer FOX Sports viewers the most current and immersive technology available," said David Nathanson, head of business operations for FOX Sports. "Sports fans expect FOX to be on the cutting edge with all of our broadcasts, and through the FOX Lab initiative, we will continue to experiment with new and exciting technologies with all of our partners."

    It's the second time in a week we've seen innovation in the sport of boxing. During a heavyweight title fight between Deontay Wilder and Artur Szpilka last Saturday, Showtime streamed the fight for free on YouTube for the first time.

    Photo via Leonard Wilson/Premier Boxing Champions


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    Eleven months ago, Alicia Barnhart vowed to be more spontaneous. For Barnhart, it was a "new year, new me," and though she hadn't had much luck with Tinder in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, she was visiting Los Angeles and decided to give the dating app another chance. She stumbled upon a guy named Sean Leaf who works in sports, like Barnhart, and he was cute. She figured they'd have at least a little in common.

    So, she swiped right.

    Less than a year later, after 36,772 miles flown and driven, after about $8,000 spent, after a date with Sean that was fun but didn't spark a long-lasting romance, Barnhart opened an email from the Guinness Book of World Records.

    The message was simple and to the point. She had been verified, and she was now an official world record holder. At that moment, she was officially the fastest person to visit every NFL stadium. She managed to see 31 NFL stadiums (the Giants and Jets shared MetLife Stadium) and 32 NFL games in 86 days, and if Barnhart—who also has visited every Major League Baseball stadium and blogged about all of it on Ballparks on a Budget—hadn't swiped right on Sean's profile, this probably never would have happen ed.

    "My job was stagnant, and I was tired of going to the same baseball stadiums," Barnhart told the Daily Dot. "I told [Leaf] I needed to see more parks and that I was thinking about going to Japanese ballgames or the Caribbean to expand, and the guy was like, 'Why aren't you doing the NFL?'"

    It was a good question and one she hadn't considered. She learned the NFL record hadn't been broken since 2002 when Peter Baroody accomplished the feat in 107 days (though he didn't have the benefit of Thursday night games). Barnhart soon decided: Not only did Barnhart want to break Baroody's record—she wanted to crush it.

    When she'd get home from work as a producer at a Columbus sports talk radio station, she'd study the NFL schedule and try to plan strategically. For instance, she didn't want to travel to San Francisco to see a 49ers game only to have to return to Oakland at a later date to catch the Raiders (luckily in that case, the Raiders played at home on the Sunday of Week 1 and the 49ers happened to be facing the Vikings the next evening on Monday Night Football).

    Barnhart printed out a calendar and a map and placed the team logos and what week she'd visit in order to get her bearings straight.

    She also needed to invent a name for her new website. Barnhart already had created the baseball blog, but for her football adventure, she went with a name that suits her passion and her personality. She went with Sports Wanderlust.

    "I definitely have that wanderlust gene," she said.

    She also has that budgeting gene. Since she quit her job in order to take on this challenge, Barnhart needed to do it on the cheap. Luckily, she had plenty of knowledge.

    "I grew up with a cheap dad," she said. "My dad is an extreme couponer, and the only thing he spends money on is Ohio State football. He's great."

    Obviously, she learned plenty from her father. Since she's centrally located in Columbus—she grew up in Cleveland but moved southwest to attend Ohio State— she could drive to Cleveland, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Baltimore. She flew to Jacksonville, Florida, but took a bus to Miami afterward. 

    She traveled with her own food, armfuls of QuestBars, oatmeal, and bananas. When she was hungry and driving, she'd stop at a convenience store and buy a big bag of Chex Mix. She ate way too many Skittles. Sometimes the Chex Mix and the Skittles would be her dinner for an inexpensive, if not altogether healthy, meal.

    Barnhart also opened a Southwest Airlines credit card, and she racked up enough points to get five free flights out of it. She slept in Airbnbs and not hotels, and in Jacksonville, she stayed at the home of a woman named Tessa who she originally had met at a tailgate in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

    But the traveling and the job-quitting and the faith-leaping and the Skittles-eating probably wasn't the most difficult part of the trip. No, the part that perhaps wasn't as enjoyable was making sure she was meticulously recording her trip for Guinness.

    She had to submit her GPS tracking, and in order to prove where she said she was, she took plenty of photos and plenty of video. A sampling:

    In order to qualify for the world record, she needed witnesses. In August, four months after she had applied to Guinness for a chance to break the record, she emailed every NFL team and gave each her application number. Six teams didn't reply, but 14 teams, including the Bengals and Raiders, were generous, issuing her a press pass. If she had to buy a ticket to enter the game, she usually had to ask an usher to serve as a witness before and after the game to verify that she had stayed for the duration.

    "It was a little overwhelming," Barnhart said. "There's a list of things you have to do to get the record, and when I was actually doing it, I was so paranoid I was going to forget something. I was freaking out. What if they found something that was wrong, or what if they didn't think I was really there?"

    After finishing her run on Dec. 7, she submitted all of her proof. Barnhart would either have to wait two months for the official verification from Guinness or she could pay $550 to expedite the process. Barnhart paid.

    And then...

    "There was," Barnhart said, "a lot of dancing and screaming in my room."

    Now that her trek is done and she's officially joined the tallest man ever, heaviest twins, and the dude who runs fast while dressed as a waiter in that vaunted book of records, Barnhart is looking for her dream job as a sports travel writer (or as a travel sports writer, one supposes). For now, she works as a brand ambassador for Jim Beam and Hennessy while clocking in at two other jobs.

    She's also off Tinder for now. No time, no desire at the moment. After all, there's more sports exploration in her future. 

    "I'm saving up for my next adventure," Barnhart said. "Because next, I want to do the entire NHL."

    Photos via Alicia Barnhart


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    This post contains spoilers for season 6 of Downton Abbey.

    Beloved British period drama Downton Abbey is in the midst of its sixth and final season. While many fans may be reaching for kerchiefs to dab their welling eyes, Shannon Bowen, Therese Shechter, and Brandi Sperry—the ladies behind the long-running Downtown Gabby podcast—are savoring every moment.

    And unlike the buttoned-up characters they so adore, these women aren’t afraid to say their piece.

    “I think we have an audience that wants to hear the funny, foul-mouthed female perspective on media,” Bowen told the Daily Dot.

    “We had a gentleman reach out to us on social media and ask us to tone down the salty language, and we said, ‘Fuck him,’” added Shechter.

    Indeed, the ladies haven't shied away from foul language or crude descriptions. But all of this is done with purpose. 

    In episode 42 of the podcast, "Let's Get It On," Shechter describes the opening scenes of the season 6 premiere: "So, Mary's got a giant horse between her legs, setting the scene for this latest round of attempted slut-shaming." Later, when describing Mary's response to a blackmailer, Shechter quips, "Mary's like, 'Bitch, please, I've been blackmailed before.'"

    Much like demure ladies of another era, the trio met through a series of written exchanges. But in lieu of the post or carrier pigeon, they traded their 140-character pleasantries on Twitter.

    “We met because of the Anna and Bates storyline,” Shechter said. She laughed recalling the melodrama of the plot. “One goes to jail and then the other goes to jail and one is framed for murder and then the other is framed for murder. And now, if they have a baby, we think the baby will be framed for murder.”

    Despite being separated by many miles—with residences in Brooklyn, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles—the three delighted in one another’s wit. Soon after meeting, they realized they had more than 140-character musings to share. “We were like, ‘Let’s take this offline and put it on the air,’” said Bowen.

    The resulting podcast is a playful yet thoughtful approach to one of television’s most beloved series. Whether the women are speculating about why publishing careers feature so prominently in rom-com storylines, rooting for Edith to finally have a smile on her face in every scene, or lingering over the surprising sultriness of old-timey wedding vows, you can tell these co-hosts have a deep affection for all things Downton.

    Downton Abbey is such a sweet spot of a show [because] there are all these great topics to talk about, but it’s also quite silly,” said Bowen.

    “It has a soap opera structure and it follows a lot of melodrama, and we have fun with that,” added Sperry.

    The women poke fun at the soap opera-esque dips and dives of the show, but they also use it as a lens for examining feminist issues, both past and present.

    “It’s not just about the way that women are portrayed on the show, but the ways that women are talked about in the media,” said Sperry. “There are a lot of shows where things are taken as much more relevant because [those shows are] about men.”

    “Shows like Downton Abbey get dismissed as fluff or stuff for girls, but there are some very real issues here,” said Shechter.

    “[For example], Edith has inherited a magazine and she is the boss of a male editor who disrespects her and we’re watching her [and] we’re just like, ‘Oh, fire his ass already,’ but also, ‘Sorry, Edith, it’s not that different today.’”

    When, in episode 3 of season 6, Edith finally dismisses her insubordinate editor, the women rejoiced. They also appreciated the subtle choices in how the long-awaited moment was portrayed.

    Said Bowen, "She was channeling some major Peggy Olson vibes." 

    Sperry added, "I loved that [Edith's] secretary looked so smug and happy when she fired the editor. It was like, wow, girl power all around. You're being a role model and you don't even know it."

    Shechter agreed. "That was a really nice touch actually that she's sitting at her desk listening and just sort of smiling... I hate when women fight with each other for absolutely no reason," she said. "So that was great."

    As for the final episodes of Downton Abbey, the women are bracing themselves for the end.

    “We did this experiment called Downton Gabby Off Season," said Shechter. "We would talk about the media we were watching while waiting for the next season, and we’ve been getting a lot of clamor for us to continue that once Downton Abbey ends." 

    “We’re sad," Shechter added. "We’re very sad." 

    “I’m still waiting for them to announce a time jump into the '40s and Downton Abbey 2: WWII, because I would totally watch that,” said Sperry.

    "We know there won't be any surprises, but we can dream," said Shechter.

    "I also just want Thomas to board a steamer ship for America where he can have a cowboy boyfriend and just be happy, finally," said Sperry.

    Now that's a happily ever after we can all root for.

    Downton Gabby is available on iTunes.

    Photo via Bas Sijpkes/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)


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    In the last week, as the discussion about the Oscars' lack of diversity in acting categories circulated online and #OscarsSoWhite became the mantra once again, it became almost comical that the Academy could be so tone-deaf in 2016. With that in mind, SNL went all in last night. 

    In a sketch about the Screen Guild Awards, increasingly ridiculous nominees are laid out in the Best Actor category: In a fictitious film about Thurgood Marshall, the role of "Dave" (played by Beck Bennett) is nominated instead of any black actors. In a spoof of Netflix's Beasts of No Nation, "White Man With Camera" is nominated. You'll never guess who ultimately wins. 

    This was also a week in which revered actors like Charlotte Rampling and Michael Caine revealed their antiquated views about black actors being nominated. Danny DeVito went the other way, saying the U.S. is "a bunch of racists." 

    Screengrab via Saturday Night Live/YouTube 


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    In the digital world, mashups can take many forms, from putting together disparate songs to combining unexpected visuals, or even the coming together of two totally different creative forces. Brooklyn musicians Emmy Wildwood and Nik Lokensgaard took all that into account with their newest YouTube collaboration.

    Lokensgaard and Wildwood decided to work on the mashup after Lokensgaard produced “Scream” for Wildwood, a track that was featured in promotional videos for Fox’s series Scream Queens this fall. Wildwood said the decision to mash up Sia’s “Breath Me” and Major Lazer/Mø’s “Lean On,” “came together pretty quickly.”

    “I've been a huge fan of Sia’s songwriting since ‘Breathe Me,’ and we both really loved the Major Lazer/Mø song ‘Lean On’ that happened to be in heavy rotation at the time,” she told the Daily Dot. “We noticed that the themes in the lyrics to both songs worked together really well and could even build on each other. Musically, the two songs are very different styles which made it fun to come up with an arrangement that was something new but also felt like something that could have been used in either of the original songs.”



    To complete the mashup video, Wildwood and Lokensgaard turned to Brooklyn artist SS Powell to provide the visuals for their collaboration.

    “His visual style and dark humor seemed a perfect fit for what we were trying to accomplish,” explained Wildwood. “We discussed trying to use his work for the single cover image and were very excited when he agreed to collaborate with us. As we developed a concept for the video, we all decided it would be really fun to incorporate the artwork into it. Nik is also a video editor and was able to integrate live video with the animated artwork in a way that finally brought the whole idea together visually.”

    Now Wildwood is looking forward to releasing her first full-length record this spring, while Lokensgaard’s band Bredahl releases a string of singles over the next few months.

    “This is just the beginning of a very fruitful year for both of us,” said Wildwood.

    Screengrab via emmy wildwood/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.

    February

    Feb. 1

    A Picture of You (2014)

    Armageddon (1998)

    Better Call Saul: Season 1

    Charlie’s Angels (2000)

    Collateral Damage (2002)

    Cruel Intentions (1999)

    A Faster Horse (2015)

    Full Metal Jacket (1987)

    Game Face (2015)

    Jennifer 8 (1992)

    Johnny English (2003)

    The Little Engine That Could (2011)

    The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1

    Losing Isaiah (1995)

    Masha’s Tales: Season 1

    My Side of the Mountain (1969)

    Para Elisa (2012)

    Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014)

    Pokemon: XY: Season 1

    Scooby-Doo (2002)

    Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)

    Sin City (2005)

    Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

    Stardust (2007)

    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)

    Teen Witch (1989)

    Tin Man: “Search for the Emerald” (2007)

    The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011)

    Feb. 2

    Land Before Time: XIV: Journey of the Brave (2016)

    Feb. 3

    I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

    Feb. 4

    Love (2015)

    Feb. 5

    Care Bears & Cousins: Season 2 *

    Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado *

    Mad Men: Season 7: Part 2

    Turbo: F.A.S.T.: Season 3 *

    Feb. 6

    Lila & Eve (2015)

    Feb. 10

    Dope (2015)

    The Girl in the Book (2015)

    Feb. 13

    The Face of Love (2013)

    Feb. 15

    Open Season (2006)

    XXY (2007)

    Feb. 16

    Asthma (2015)

    Atonement (2007)

    Feb. 17

    The Returned: Season 2

    Feb. 19

    Cooked: Season 1 *

    Love: Season 1 *

    Feb. 22

    3rd World Cops 2 (2015)

    Feb. 23

    Bare (2015)

    Feb. 24

    Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight! (2015)

    Feb. 26

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (2016) *

    Fuller House: Season 1 *

    Theo Von (2016) *

    Feb. 27

    Finding Vivian Maier (2013)

    Feb. 29

    Ashes and Embers (1982)

    January 2016

    Jan. 1

    2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)

    Along Came Polly (2004)

    American Girl: Grace Stirs Up Success (2015)

    Angry Birds Toons: Season 1

    Bring It On: Fight to the Finish (2009)

    Bring It On: In It to Win It (2007)

    Catwoman (2004)

    The Celebrity Plastic Surgeons of Beverly Hills: Season 1

    Constantine (2005)

    Forensic Files: Collection 2

    Friday Night Tykes: Season 1-2

    The Good Road (2013)

    House of Wax (2005)

    How to Change the World (2015)

    Ice Age 2: The Meltdown (2006)

    Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

    Journey to Le Mans (2014)

    Loins of Punjab (2007)

    Meet the Fockers (2004)

    Meet the Parents (2000)

    Nanny McPhee (2006)

    Piku (2015)

    Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)

    Pride and Prejudice (2005)

    The Rundown (2003)

    Shout Gladi Gladi (2015)

    Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball (2009)

    Something New (2006)

    Stephen Fry Live: More Fool Me (2014)

    Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle: Season 3

    Swordfish (2001)

    The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

    Under Arrest: Season 1: “Put Some Clothes On”

    We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

    The Wedding Date (2005)

    The Whole Ten Yards (2004)

    Jan. 2

    30 for 30: Four Falls of Buffalo

    I'll Have What Phil's Having: Season 1

    Jan. 3

    Sofia the First: Season 2

    Jan. 4

    Blunt Force Trauma (2015)

    Training Day (2001)

    Jan. 5

    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 10

    New Girl: Season 4

    Jan. 8

    Adult World (2014)

    Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 2 *

    Tom Segura: Mostly Stories (2015) *

    Jan. 10

    Dos Hermanos (2010)

    El Hombre de al Lado (2009)

    Esperando La Carroza (1985)

    The Marziano Family (2011)

    Rosario Tijeras (2005)

    Un Oso Rojo (2002)

    Jan. 11

    Littlest Pet Shop: Season 4

    Jan. 12

    The Ladykillers (2004)

    Jan. 13

    Parks and Recreation: Season 7

    Jan. 14

    The Testimony (2015)

    Jan. 15

    Degrassi: The Next Class: Season 1 *

    The Last Five Years (2015)

    Moonwalkers (2015)

    Occupied (2015)

    The Overnight (2015)

    Sirens: Season 2

    Jan. 16

    Hyde Park on Hudson (2012)

    Jan. 17

    Z Nation: Season 2

    Jan. 19

    Curve (2015)

    Jan. 20

    Drone (2014)

    Jan. 21

    When Calls the Heart: Season 2

    Jan. 22

    Sharknado 3 (2015)

    Jan. 23

    Chelsea Does (2016) *

    Jan. 25

    From Dusk Till Dawn: Season 2

    Turbo Kid (2015)

    Jan. 28

    Frozen Planet (2011)

    Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice (2011)

    Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey (2011)

    The Making of Frozen Planet (2012)

    Jan. 29

    Ever After High: Dragon Games *

    Jan. 31

    Words and Pictures (2013)

    December

    Dec. 1

    #DeathToSelfie (2014)

    30 for 30: Chasing Tyson (2015)

    50 Shades of THEY: Season 1

    A Christmas Star (2015)

    A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z (2014)

    Amnesiac (2015)

    Broadchurch: Season 2

    CBGB (2013)

    Christmas Wedding Baby (2014)

    The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004)

    Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

    Darkman (1990)

    Detectorists: Season 1

    I'm Brent Morin *

    Jenny's Wedding (2015)

    Las mágicas historias de Plim Plim: Season 1

    Ray (2004)

    Real Rob: Season 1 (2015) *

    See You in Valhalla (2015)

    Sensitive Skin: Season 1

    Starting Over: Season 1

    Stir of Echoes (1999)

    Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming (2007)

    That Touch of Mink (1962)

    Tyke: Elephant Outlaw * 

    Winning Life’s Battles: Season 1

    Dec. 2

    Stations of the Cross (2014)

    Tangerine (2015)

    Dec. 3

    Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (2015)

    Dec. 4

    A Very Murray Christmas (2015) *

    Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 4 (more episodes)

    Dec. 5

    A Case of You (2013)

    Dinosaur 13 (2014)

    Inside Man: Season 3

    Dec. 7

    Vampire Academy (2014)

    Dec. 8

    One & Two (2015)

    Phoenix (2014)

    Xenia (2014)

    Dec. 9

    Phineas and Ferb: Season 4

    Trailer Park Boys: Drunk, High and Unemployed Live in Austin (2015) *

    Dec. 11

    The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 2 *

    The Ridiculous 6 (2015) *

    Dec. 14

    The Da Vinci Code (2006)

    Dec. 15

    Drown (2014)

    Hart of Dixie: Season 4

    High Profits: Season 1

    Time Out of Mind (2014)

    Dec. 16

    Fresh Dressed (2015)

    Helix: Season 2

    Dec. 18

    F Is for Family: Season 1 *

    Glitter Force: Season 1 *

    Making a Murderer: Season 1 *

    Mike Epps: Don't Take It Personal *

    Dec. 19

    chloe and theo (2015)

    Dec. 20

    Leo the Lion (2013)

    Magic Snowflake (2013)

    Santa’s Apprentice (2010) 

    Dec. 21

    El Señor de los Cielos: Season 3

    Dec. 22

    Queen of Earth (2015)

    Dec. 23

    Invisible Sister (2015)

    Dec. 24

    Dawn of the Croods: Season 1 *

    Dec. 25

    Black Mirror“White Christmas” Episode

    Dec. 28

    Maron: Season 3

    My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 5

    Dec. 30

    Parenthood: Season 6

    Dec. 31

    Battle Creek: Season 1

    Manhattan Romance (2014)

    Violetta: Season 3

    Nurse Jackie: Seasons 1-7

    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 Movieclips/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. 

    February

    Feb. 1

    Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein

    Asylum

    Bad Santa

    Benny and Joon

    Big Fish

    Blue Crush

    Classic Doctor Who: Collections 1-18

    Crocodile Dundee 2

    The Dancer Upstairs

    Daylight

    Doctor Who: Seasons 1-8

    The Firm

    Fletch

    Gifted Hands

    Gothika

    The Hurt Locker

    The Naked Gun

    Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult

    Rain Man

    Ray

    Secrets and Lies: Season 1

    Sorority Row

    The Terminator

    Terms of Endearment

    Feb. 2

    Pokémon the Movie: Black & White: BW Adventures in Unova and Beyond

    Pokémon the Movie: Black: Victini and Reshiram

    Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened

    Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice

    Pokémon the Movie: White: Victini and Zekrom

    Pokémon: Black & White: Seasons 1-2

    Pokémon: Indigo League: Season 2

    Feb. 3

    Bottle Shock

    Feb. 7

    Compliance

    Jack & Diane

    Feb. 11

    Bridezillas: Season 10

    Stephen King’s Bag of Bones

    United 93

    Were the World Mine

    Feb. 13

    The Fourth Kind

    Feb. 15

    Kitten Party

    Feb. 16

    The Pitch: Season 2

    Feb. 17

    Violet & Daisy

    Feb. 19

    North Sea Texas

    Problem Child: Leslie Jones

    Side by Side

    Feb. 21

    Jesus Camp

    Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas: Season 1

    Nobody Walks

    Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

    Feb. 24

    Chicagoland: Season 1

    Death Row Stories: Season 1

    Feb. 25

    The Guild: 1 Season

    Feb. 27

    Crooked Arrows

    Halloween: Resurrection

    Feb. 28

    Sabrina, The Animated Series: Seasons 1-2

    The Sea Inside

    Sonic the Hedgehog: The Complete Series

    January 2016

    Jan. 1

    A Clockwork Orange (1971)

    Almost Famous (2000)

    American Psycho (2000)

    American Psycho 2 (2002)

    The Bourne Identity (2002)

    The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

    Coach Carter (2005)

    Conan the Barbarian (1982)

    Corpse Bride (2005)

    Coyote Ugly (2000)

    Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior: Season 1

    Four Brothers (2005)

    Gladiator (2000)

    The Graduate (1967)

    Grandma's Boy (2006)

    Harriet the Spy (1996)

    Heartbreakers (2001)

    The Hours (2002)

    The Italian Job (2003)

    Jackass: The Movie (2002)

    Jerry Maguire (1996)

    Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

    Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962)

    The Longest Yard (2005)

    The Machinist (2004)

    Max Steel: Seasons 1-2

    Million Dollar Baby (2004)

    Mission: Impossible (1996)

    Mission: Impossible II (2000)

    The Patriot (2000)

    Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

    Rambo: First Blood (1982)

    Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

    Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988)

    The Rescuers (1977)

    Risky Business (1983)

    Rocky (1976)

    Rocky II (1979)

    Rocky III (1982)

    Rocky IV (1985)

    Rocky V (1990)

    Rosemary's Baby (1968)

    Serpico (1973)

    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

    The Sum of All Fears (2002)

    There Will Be Blood (2007)

    Trading Places (1983)

    Trekkies (1999)

    The Virgin Suicides (1999)

    Zoolander (2001)

    Jan. 4

    Dumbo (1941)

    James and the Giant Peach (1996)

    Pocahontas (1995)

    The Aristocats (1970)

    The Fox and the Hound (1981)

    The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

    The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

    The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

    The Tigger Movie (2000)

    Jan. 8

    The Lying Game: Season 2

    Jan. 14

    Bad Ink: Season 1

    Beyond Scared Straight!: Seasons 4-5

    Dance Moms: Collection

    Duck Dynasty: Collection

    Hoarders: Collection

    Intervention: Collection

    Pawn Stars: Collection

    Storage Wars: Collection

    The Kennedys: Season 1

    December

    Dec. 1

    All About Eve

    The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Season 1

    Batman Begins

    Beverly Hills Cops III

    Brian’s Song

    The Brothers Grimm

    The Burbs

    Cop Land

    Damien: Omen II

    The Dark Crystal

    Employee of the Month

    Forces of Nature

    Get Low

    The Great Escape

    The Guardian: Seasons 1-3

    The High and the Mighty

    The Hustler

    Insomnia

    Juice

    K-19: The Widowmaker

    Labyrinth

    Last Night

    Left Behind II: Tribulation Force

    Left Behind: The Movie

    Modern Problems

    My Best Friend’s Wedding

    Necessary Roughness

    The Omen (1976)

    Omen III: The Final Conflict

    The Paw Project

    The Pink Panther 2

    R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly

    R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It

    Shrink

    Silence of the Lambs

    Soapdish

    Trek Nation

    Two Can Play That Game

    Dec. 4

    Mickey Mouse Clubhouse: Road Rally

    Dec. 6

    360 (2011)

    The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure

    Dec. 9

    C.O.G.

    Dec. 10

    Ultimate Spider-Man: Season 2

    Dec. 11

    The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Season 2

    Rescue Me: Seasons 1-7

    Dec. 12

    Why Did I Get Married?

    Dec. 13

    How to Build a Better Boy

    Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers

    Dec. 15

    Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

    Dec. 17

    Underclassman

    Dec. 21

    Red Hook Summer

    Dec. 24

    Una Noche

    Dec. 30

    Bronies: The Extremely Unexpected Adult Fans of My Little Pony

    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

    Screengrab via micahratchet/YouTube


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    It’s long been rumored that YouTube would be stepping into the original content realm, and on Sunday, it finally showed some progress

    YouTube Red, the video platform’s new subscription-based service, will be home to three new original projects in the next month. Susanne Daniels, YouTube Red’s global head of originals, showed off snippets of the projects at Sundance, which include A Trip to Unicorn Island, a feature-length doc about YouTube superstar Lilly SinghDance Camp, a feature from the verybusy Awesomeness Films; and Rooster Teeth’s record-shattering film Lazer Team, which hits theaters on Friday. 

    “YouTube is open game for anyone in the world to become a next-generation media star,” Daniels said at Sundance, and YouTube has a special advantage over Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon: a built-in pool of talent that fans want to see on screen

    Other titles rumored to come to YouTube Red include shows from nostalgic content magicians the Fine Bros. and YouTube’s top-subscribed creator, PewDiePie

    Clarification 2:42pm CT: An early version of this article misstated the Sundance announcement. While the titles are not new, the 10-minute clips shared with crowds were.

    H/T Variety | Photo via Rooster Teeth 


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    Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez brought America to tears at the 2015 Golden Globes when she dedicated part of her acceptance speech to urging Hollywood to cast Latin actors in all kinds of roles so kids can "see themselves as heroes." Now, a year later, she's still paying her media visibility forward. This time it's on Instagram with something she's calling #MovementMondays.

    Every Monday the actress plans to highlight a different Latino in Hollywood as a means of promoting their projects and getting their name out there, and she's urging her followers to do the same. The hashtag is just one proactive way Rodriguez says Latin Americans can rally to support Latino-helmed projects and combat another year of #OscarsSoWhite tweets. 

    Her inaugural post highlights Oscar Isaac, star of Oscar-nominated Ex Machina, and also gives some more detail on the point she's hoping to make with the hashtag: 

    Let's start making noise with where it matters most, where we put our dollars. Go support these films, watch these shows (mine is on tonight by the way, shameless promotion feel free to watch on the CW) and we can take making a change into our own hands. Each Monday I will highlight a latino artist we can support. Let us use our numbers and powerful voices to prove we support one another, to prove we can make a box office hit, to prove they need to support all the various Latino cultures in the media. That can be one part of the solution, so next year we have many movies that are worthy of Oscar contention!

    Screengrab via Gina Rodriguez/Instagram


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