Netflix has uploaded their Q1 2017 earnings review to YouTube, boasting that the streaming service will soon reach 100 million subscribers, but the most fascinating/disturbing news comes from content executive Ted Sarandos who said, “Netflix subscribers have spent half a billion hours watching Adam Sandler movies since The Ridiculous Six launched.”
If you’re a Sandler content aficionado, you’ll know that The Ridiculous Six premiered on December 11th, 2015. That means in just over 17 months, Adam Sandler has been one of the most streamed humans on the planet. – UPROXX
The next time someone bashes Adam Sandler or tells you that his movies suck show them this article and watch them wilt away like a piece of spinach in hot water. I’m a big Sandler fan, and I think it’s ridiculous that people hate on him for mailing in his performances and hiring all his friends. You’re telling me that if you busted your ass in your mid 20’s to get hired as a writer for SNL who then made you a feature performer which then catapulted you into Hollywood where you made a string of hysterical movies that are still great comedies today, you wouldn’t coast through life in your 40s? If you answered ‘no’ to that question, then you’re a dirty liar.
I’ll put Sandler’s stretch of movies from ’95-’99 (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy & Big Daddy) against any other actor’s best five year stretch any day of the week. Sandler used his success to form a production company, which now produces all of his movies and allows him to give his friends, some of whom are not well known actors, a consistent paying job. Sounds pretty smart and noble to me. I will admit 500 million hours in a little over a year is a little excessive, but I’ll take it as much needed ammo in the pro Sandler argument.
Warning: This video may inspire you to leave Earth behind.
This video has all the elements to inspire me to want to call the red planet home. It’s got Bill Nye, Neil Tyson, The mohawk Nasa dude, our lord and savior Elon Musk and a slew of other awesome imagery that pumps me up and gives me a bit of a semi…if we’re being honest. My usual day-to-day on the internet is, for the most part, is full of misery. Political arguments, animals going extinct, natural disasters and general pessimism that I can’t stand anymore. But, something like this emerges and reminds me that there are still innovators among us; watching Space-X land the first reused rocket booster on a DRONE SHIP has assured me of that. I am excited to be a human for the first time in a little while.
The Mars Generation hits Netflix on May 5.
Netflix is hell bent on taking over every entertainment medium this year, and that includes stand up comedy. They’ve recently released specials from Mike Birbiglia and Amy Schumer, and as of today, Dave Chappelle joins that list. His special showcases his sets from Los Angeles (The Age of Spin) and Austin (Deep in the Heart of Texas), and I’m glad he’s back doing mainstream comedy again. Netflix isn’t done yet though, as they have Louis C.K. and Tracy Morgan specials scheduled for April and May, plus Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld later in the year. 2017 is going to be a great year for stand up comedy.
There are few things I love more than documentaries (Parmesan goldfish, the sense of sight) which is why the trailer for Five Came Back, a docu-series about famous filmmakers who served in World War II, is right up my alley. The series follows five filmmakers: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra, and George Stevens, all of whom served in World War II and brought back with them stories to inform and inspire the American people.
Tracing the ways patriotism and industry existed side by side, and the role Hollywood played in mobilizing and shaping the consciousness of a divided America, Bouzereau and his team gathered over 100 hours of archival and newsreel footage; watched over 40 documentaries and training films directed and produced by the five directors during the war; and studied 50 studio films and over 30 hours of outtakes and raw footage from their war films. – comingsoon.net
Someone’s a big fan of Stranger Things! I love myself a good analogy, and this right here, this wonderful pop cultural reference, is as good as gets. Not only did he get to compare all facets of Trump’s administration to the upside down, but he goes and drops a “coffee and contemplation” quote right on our dome pieces! Wonderful! Glorious! Regardless of your political affiliation, or the size of the stick up your ass, you have to like this.
PS – Where do I buy a “Trump Things” crewneck sweatshirt? Need it.
Opening (0:00 – 2:40), Super Bowl (2:40 – 19:22), Barstool Sports and Pat Macafee (19:22 – 26:25), Beyonce (26:25 – 31:05), Royal Rumble (31:05 – 35:50), What are we watching (35:50 – 47:47)
Stranger Things was both one of the best and the most surprising things about this summer. Netflix has a pretty solid track record for original content, but Stranger Things blew me out of the water. It had the best child cast I’ve ever watched (I’m still trying to figure out a way to adopt Dustin and Eleven) plus an intriguing plot and a killer soundtrack. The Duffer Brothers deserved a second season to continue to explore the unique world they created, and I’m glad Netflix is giving them a chance to do so. Seriously though, if Dustin doesn’t get a spinoff we riot.
Stranger Things returns in 2017.
If you enjoyed the Netflix series ‘Jessica Jones’ but thought to yourself: “self – this a great show, but it needs more Luke Cage”, then you’re in luck. Netflix just released the full length trailer for their new show ‘Luke Cage’, and it looks badass. Cage was a standout during ‘Jessica Jones’ and I appreciate Netflix giving the character his own show so quickly. These Netflix original shows somehow keep getting better (Stranger Things, I’m looking your way you beautiful bastard) and ‘Luke Cage’ should be no exception. Getting the audience to feel for a guy that is basically invincible can be tough, but Mike Colter did a terrific job in ‘Jessica Jones’ so I have to imagine this will be no different. Rounding out the cast is Maherhala Ali (House of Cards), Frankie Faison (The Wire), Erik LaRay Harvey (Boardwalk Empire) and a relative newcomer (at least to me) Simone Missick. Luke Cage premieres September 30th on Netflix.
Beasts of No Nation, which was bought by Netflix and will officially debut on the platform and in theatres October 16th, is the heartbreaking story of the journey of a child solider in Africa. The big name star is Idris Elba, who plays the mercenary, but the movie’s heart and soul is first time actor Ama K. Abebrese. The film was written and directed by Cary Fukunaga, who was the man behind the camera for all of season 1 of True Detective. He’s an amazing director, and you get a taste for his unique shooting style in certain scenes in the trailer, so I can’t wait to see the entire finished product next month. I’d personally watch Idris Elba tie his shoes for two hours, so I have to imagine he’s amazing here, just like he is in everything else.