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If you're like us, you can't wait for the first day of every month, because you know that Netflix is going to add a ton of new movies and TV shows. You refresh your account over and over again at midnight, hoping that those titles listed in the "Recently Added" section update with something new and exciting rather than the same ol' titles you've been staring at for the last four weeks.
Well, lo and behold, we've gathered the most exciting movies and TV shows being added to America's most popular streaming service, straight from Netflix themselves.
"Rocky" fans will be pumped to know that the first five boxing flicks (sorry, "Rocky Balboa" fans) will be added August 1, joining other '70s, '80s, and '90s movie favorites "Face/Off" (slow-motion doves!), "Mad Max" (apocalyptic leather!), "Spice World" (spice up your life!), "The Birdcage" (Calista Flockhart was in this, »
- Tim Hayne
Even really good actors seem to fall into a certain type that they revert back to over and over again. Roles that are in their comfort zone, so they have confidence in their ability to perform. Think about Daniel Day-Lewis, one of the greatest actors alive — even he has a type of character that he likes to portray. And really, you can’t blame them. After all, the reason casting directors keep bringing them in for the same kind of roles is because they’re pretty good at it.
But then there are some actors who make a conscious effort to avoid being typecast, by strategically taking roles that are so far from their normal fare that filmmakers and audiences can’t help but see them in a different light. It’s never too late for an actor to reinvent themselves in the eyes of both the industry and audiences, »
- Audrey Fox
Well, this is problematic. We’ve long been berated with rumors of an imminent female-centric spin on the popular Expendables franchise, the clunkily named The ExpendaBelles, but actual details on the project have been consistently slim. All we’ve really known has been neatly encapsulated in said title – it’s The Expendables but with ladies! – but now the film has both a director and a very distressing plotline to either A) recommend it or B) send potential audiences members running for the proverbial hills. For now, we’re checking off option B. Deadline reports that Robert Luketic has come on board to direct the feature, which makes the film sort of a perfect marriage of his directorial territory: bad action films (Paranoia, Killers) and projects that are aimed at women while also being insulting to them (Monster-in-Law, The Ugly Truth, Legally Blonde). The film will see Luketic reuniting with his Legally Blonde and The Ugly Truth screenwriters »
- Kate Erbland
Ah, the circle of stardom and the wonder of That Guy. Is there any greater thrill in pop culture than noticing someone you’d never noticed before? Probably not. Which says a lot about pop culture. Downton Abbey – peradventure because it’s an ensemble from a different country — has a host of familiar faces you can’t quite place. The woman carry a kind of instant fame with them (Elizabeth McGovern is an Oscar nominee and Maggie Smith is Maggie Smith), but the main men have a head-scratchier past. So here’s a brief primer on where you’ve seen these guys before. Prepare by aiming your hand at your forehead. Jim Carter Probably the most diverse career history of them all, Jim Carter appeared prominently in Shakespeare in Love as Ralph, the actor who plays Nurse in the play within the movie (I’m confused, too), but it’s hardly the first time he’s been »
- Scott Beggs
4 items from 2014
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