Though we still don’t have a firm release date for Marvel’s upcoming slate of Netflix series, we do know where they will be filmed. It was announced today that the Hell’s Kitchen-set shows for Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist will be shot entirely in New York City, marking the biggest production commitment in New York State history. The project will produce 60 one-hour episodes, encompassing four individual series (of 13 episodes each) and one mini-series (dubbed The Defenders) that teams up all of the aforementioned characters and revolves around their exploits in Hell’s Kitchen. The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is spearheading Daredevil as the writer and director of that series and Melissa Rosenberg is shepherding Jessica Jones, but we don’t have any further details on the other shows just yet.
Production on the series will begin this summer with the first show, Daredevil, to debut on Netflix sometime in 2015. Read the full, lengthy press release after the jump.
The “Netflix Scroll” is an all-too-familiar activity, as the sheer volume of titles available on Netflix Streaming can make it quite overwhelming to settle on what to watch. Luckily, we’ve go three new titles to highlight that might whittle down your choices a bit in the near future. Writer/director Sofia Coppola’s 2010 film Somewhere is currently available to stream, as is the 1992 Harvey Keitel crime drama Bad Lieutenant and a current Best Documentary Feature Oscar nominee Cutie and the Boxer. Somewhere was a tad underrated when it opened a few years ago following Coppola’s disappointing Lost in Translation follow-up Marie Antoinette, but the pic is a fascinating portrait of Hollywood life as seen through the eyes of a famous actor (Stephen Dorff) and his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning).
Hit the jump to watch a video highlighting all three films, which are currently available to stream on Netflix.
While you may be busy binging the second season of Netflix’s wonderfully addictive drama series House of Cards this weekend (helluva first episode, no?), the streaming service has also dropped the first trailer and release date for its other wildly popular original series Orange Is the New Black. The first season was a very pleasant surprise last year, as Jenji Kohan’s (Weeds) dramatic comedy series nearly eclipsed Netflix’s more high profile debuts of House of Cards and Arrested Development. For those unfamiliar, the show is based on the memoir of the same name by Piper Kerman and revolves around an engaged Brooklynite who ends up serving a year-long detention in a federal prison. This season two trailer is very much a teaser, but those itching to see the first footage from the new episodes should be sufficiently pleased.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. All 13 episodes of Orange Is the New Black season two will be released on Netflix Friday, June 6th. The series stars Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne, Kate Mulgrew, Laura Prepon, and Jason Biggs.
When Lucasfilm was sold to Disney, a number of the studio’s properties not falling under the “Star Wars feature films” banner were put into jeopardy. One such project was the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, which Disney opted to halt in order to focus on the movies. The show has been a part of Cartoon Network’s lineup since its debut in 2008, but when it was cancelled, production was already underway on a sixth season. Though producers promised that the season six episodes, dubbed “The Lost Missions”, would be made available at some point, fans were still facing an air of uncertainty with regards to the final installments. Alas, Netflix announced today that it has acquired the steaming rights to the entire series, including the never-before-seen sixth season.
Hit the jump for more, including when you’ll be able to see the new episodes.
We’ve got a couple of TV casting stories to report on today. First up, Jay Baruchel has been tapped to lead a new FX comedy pilot called Man Seeking Woman, based on author Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend on Earth. THR reports that Baruchel will play “a naïve romantic on a desperate quest for love” in the potential half-hour comedy series, which is described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating. Jonathan Krisel (SNL) will executive produce and direct the pilot, with Lorne Michaels also acting as executive producer. The show returns Baruchel to television after the actor shined on Judd Apatow’s short-lived Undeclared, and the pilot will be filmed in Toronto this spring.
Additionally, a trio of very talented actors have joined Kyle Chandler in the new Netflix series from the creators of Damages. Hit the jump for more.
It’s been rumored and talked about for months now, but Netflix has officially renewed its excellent original series House of Cards for a third season, via THR. The renewal comes just over a week before the release of season two, which will be made available in its entirety on the streaming service on February 14th. Beau Willimon serves as showrunner and will presumably continue to do so in season three, and one presumes David Fincher will remain onboard as an executive producer. That being said, no details beyond the renewal are given about the next batch of episodes. Having immensely enjoyed the show’s first season, I’m very much looking forward to following the further adventures of Kevin Spacey’s Francis Underwood in another season.
Netflix has released a slew of new images from the upcoming second season of the excellent drama series House of Cards. Season two finds Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright’s Francis and Claire Underwood continuing their ruthless rise of power as threats mount on all fronts. These new images don’t reveal too much, but we do get a look at some of the returning and new characters. If the first season is any indication, we’re in for another dark, twisted, and somewhat humorous ride when all 13 episodes of House of Cards are made available to stream on February 14th.
Hit the jump to check out the images. Kate Mara, Michael Gill, Gerald McRaney, Mahershala Ali, Sbeastian Arcelus, Kristen Connolly, Nathan Darrow, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Kelly, and Molly Parker.
Netflix recently ordered a psychological thriller from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler that promises to explore “the wounds and emotional demons that lie at the core of a contemporary American family.” The Live Feed reports Kyle Chandler has signed on to star as the responsible brother, a family man working in law enforcement. The character is described as the opposite of the black-sheep brother who stirs up trouble and tension among the siblings when he returns to town.
Chandler is free because Showtime passed on his pilot The Vatican. I have enjoyed Chandler popping up for a few scenes in some great movies since Friday Night Lights signed off in 2011, but I am sure I will also enjoy binge-watching Chandler dive back into a long-form character on Netflix. I just enjoy Kyle Chandler.
Fresh off picking up a Best Actress Golden Globe for Robin Wright, Netflix has released a new image from the upcoming second season of the deliciously dark political drama series House of Cards. The photo teases the dangerous partnership between Wright’s character and Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood, and if last week’s trailer debut is any indication, things are only going to get more intense in the show’s second season. All 13 episodes of season two will be made available on Netflix starting February 14th.
Additionally, Netflix has renewed the original drama series Lilyhammer for a third season. For those unaware, the show stars Steven Van Zandt (The Sopranos) as a mob fixer who is relocated to the Netherlands when he enters the witness protection system. Season two debuted on Netflix last month. Hit the jump to take a look at the House of Cards image.
Take one part Bruce Lee, add a dash of Indiana Jones, and sprinkle in the super heroics of the Marvel Universe, and you have yourself, Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist. Originally, the second half of the duo, “Heroes for Hire” along with Luke Cage, Iron Fist takes center stage when it comes to representing the “martial arts” side of the Marvel Universe. As part of the announced Marvel/Netflix deal, Iron Fist closes out the quartet of characters who will be getting their own shows in 2015. Join Collider as we walk you through this martial arts master who is sure to show us a side of the Marvel Universe we have yet to see play out on the small screen. Hit the jump!
In anticipation of the upcoming second season of Netflix’s excellent drama series House of Cards, the streaming service is offering audio commentaries on all of season one’s 13 episodes exclusively for Netflix subscribers. Starting today, you can listen to audio commentary from all six of House of Cards season one’s directors on every episode, which means we have two brand new commentaries from David Fincher to listen to. The additional directors include James Foley (Glengarry Glen Ross), Joel Schumacher (Falling Down), Charles McDougall (The Good Wife), Carl Franklin (Homeland), and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos). Netflix subscribers can turn on the commentary by utilizing the subtitle or alternate audio preference on the website.
All 13 episodes of House of Cards season two will be available to stream beginning Friday, February 14th.
Netflix has announced a premiere date for the well-received documentary The Square. Directed by Jehane Noujaim (Control Room), the film chronicles the Tahrir Square protest movement in Egypt from the overthrow of military leader Hosni Mubarak in 2011 to the ousting of Mohammed Morsi in 2013. The pic appears to be a gripping look at the movement from the frontlines, capturing the immediacy and intensity from all angles. The Square picked up the Documentary People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it will now be available for all to see when it premieres on Netflix January 17th at 12:01 am PT.
For a better idea of what to expect, watch the trailer for The Square after the jump.
For the third year in a row I find myself looking through previous Top 5 installments on the last Saturday of the year, trying to whittle the hundreds of stories I’ve covered in the past 52 weeks down to the five that I find most interesting, important, popular, etc. At its most basic, this is just an exercise of further reducing a list that I’ve been trimming and prepping on a weekly basis all year long. That’s likely the most boring/tedious way of looking at it, but true nonetheless.
At its best, I see the “End of the Year Edition” as a Collider time capsule of sorts. A snapshot that is in no way comprehensive enough to properly acknowledge the amount of time, work, thought, travel, money, etc. that goes into making this site what it is. And yet, representative enough of our content as a whole that someone who stumbles upon it can see what we were trying to accomplish: to cover the things that we’re passionate about in the most interesting and sincere way possible and to completely and utterly dominate the Internet by way of Star Wars and superhero movie casting rumors. Keep reading for the five stories/pieces of content that in many ways defined our 2013.
DreamWorks Animation has two feature films in the running for the 86th Annual Academy Awards, but one of them is getting new life as a Netflix original series. Based on the Ryan Reynolds-voiced feature Turbo, a new animated series Turbo F.A.S.T. is debuting on Netflix starting Tuesday, December 24th. Reid Scott (Veep) will step in to voice the title character in a kids’ show that features the racing snail and all his tricked-out friends in brand-new adventures. We have the trailer and poster for the series for you to check out, along with the first clip. Hit the jump to take a look.
In the continued spirit of the holidays, this month’s streaming recommendations will focus on travel (and often the misery of it). From the woes of cancelled flights, to finding out how much your friendship really means when you’re cooped up with people for extended amounts of time, the following films focus a lot on the transformative experience of a trip away, and what it means for life back home. Even if you aren’t traveling this holiday season, most of these movies also provide some lush and atmospheric backgrounds to fuel the fantasy of escaping to a far-off place (without the hassle of actual travel). And as a reminder: if you don’t currently have the streaming service paired with each film, search the one(s) you do have — many of these titles are available on more than one online platform.
Hit the jump for my recommendations, and click here for Streaming Recommendations, Volume 1: Dysfunctional Families.