Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matthew Gilbert Globe Staff June 21, 2018 Netflix is changing the face of TV. The streaming service has turned binge-watching into a way of life. It has eliminated the time-consuming practice of forcing TV producers to make pilots. It designs some of its series by using its extensive statistics on audience behavior. It doesn’t make its shows’ ratings public. And it releases a ton of titles, some 1,000 this year, including both the original shows it makes and those it acquires and distributes. There are so many shows on Netflix, it sometimes feels like you’re picking through a Filene’s Basement bin to find what you want, all while that ping-pong sound bounces around the room. Good shows get buried in the heap, while bad ones show up on your screen every time you enter the service’s home base. Here, then, is a selection of some of the … [Read more...] about What to watch on Netflix June 2018
By Craig Hlavaty Published 7:46 am, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Photo: Timothy Norris/Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Gabriel Iglesias performs during KROQ's "Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness" at Microsoft Theater on March 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Gabriel Iglesias performs during KROQ's "Kevin & Bean's April Foolishness" at Microsoft Theater on March 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo: Timothy Norris/Getty Images Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will record his next Netflix special in Houston 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Comedians have a long history of recording their best comedy sets in the Bayou City and Gabriel Iglesias is poised to be the next one. Later this year, the actor and comic will tape his next Netflix special in Houston at the Toyota Center. CHECK … [Read more...] about Comedian Gabriel Iglesias will record his next Netflix special in Houston
Three French television channels announced Friday that they are launching a new streaming site in an attempt to stop US giants Netflix and Amazon cutting into their audiences. Public broadcaster France Televisions will team up with private channels TF1 and M6 for the new site, which has been named Salto. "Through Salto the France Televisions, M6 and TF1 groups intend to offer an ambitious response to the new expectations of the public," the channels said in a joint statement. Like Netflix and Amazon, Salto will offer TV programmes and films under a monthly subscription which can be cancelled at any time. The channels said the new platform would have "unparalleled variety", offering both live programming and catch-up TV shows that can be watched at any time. TF1 and France Televisions account for 75 percent of TV production in France, and the three companies said they were open to other channels joining the … [Read more...] about French TV channels join forces to create Netflix rival
Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 4:34 p.m. UTC Jun 13, 2018 The Punisher as Lee Iacocca? Well, he is built Ford tough. Jon Bernthal, who plays vigilante hero Frank Castle in Netflix’s “The Punisher,” is in negotiations to portray auto industry legend Lee Iacocca in a major new movie, according to Variety. The yet-to-be-titled drama will center on a clash of car titans, specifically Ford Motor Company's effort in the 1960s to build a car capable of dethroning rival Ferrari at the famous Le Mans endurance competition in France. Matt Damon is set to play innovative auto designer Carroll Shelby in the project, while Christian Bale will play race car driver Ken Miles. More at Freep.com: The real-life story has also been made into a documentary that screened last year at the Freep Film Festival. "The 24 Hour War" won the Spirit of Michigan Award for its history of Henry Ford II's quest to beat the Italian automaker at … [Read more...] about Will this Netflix star play Lee Iacocca in new Ford vs. Ferrari film?
The number of people buying books in Germany plummeted by nearly 18 percent between 2013 and 2017, the study commissioned by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association found. The drop was even steeper at 24 to 37 percent among those aged 20 to 50 -- the same age group that now spends more than three hours a day on the internet. "There's growing social pressure to constantly react and be tuned in so you don't get left behind," Boersenverein head Alexander Skipis said in a statement accompanying the study, titled "Book buyers, where are you going?". Streaming services like Netflix with their binge-worthy television series in particular "exert a great appeal" and frequently replace books as a pastime, it said. The findings are likely to make for grim reading in a country that prides itself on being well-read and is home to the world's largest book fair. The study, for which the GfK polling firm questioned 25,000 people, revealed … [Read more...] about Not read a book lately? Blame Netflix, says German study