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A New Streaming Season: Shows You’ll Want to Watch Out For

posted by Angela Guzman

YouTube Preview ImageNetflix, Amazon, Hulu and other streaming providers are taking over. Many viewers are no longer watching their television programs via local programming. Instead, many viewers are streaming their favorite shows and watching them at their availability. Get out your calendar and mark these release dates on your calendar.

NETFLIX:

Marvel’s Jessica Jones – The show will return for it’s second installment. Marvel’s Jessica Jones has become one of the most popular new Marvel characters of the last decade. After a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a private investigator in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.

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Flaked (3/11/2016) – Flaked is the serio-comic story of Chip, a celebrated long-time resident of the insular world of Venice, California who falls for the object of his best friend’s fascination. Soon the tangled web of half-truths that underpins his all-important image and sobriety begin to unravel.

The Ranch (4/1/2016) – Set in present day on a Colorado ranch, this multi-camera comedy series stars Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson, Sam Elliott and Debra Winger. The show follows Colt’s return home after a brief and failed semi-pro football career to run the family ranching business with his older brother Jameson “Rooster” and the father Beau, whom he hasn’t seen in 15 years.

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Lost & Found Music Studios (4/1/2016) – As part of the expanding slate for tweens and teens, Lost & Found Music Studios is a live action series about a group of talented teenage musicians who struggle to find their authentic sound and place in the world as they hone their craft at a prestigious music studio.

AMAZON:

Mad Dogs (1/22/2016) – Set in a wealthy suburb of Belize, Mad Dogs follows the reunion of four best friends summoned to Central America to celebrate the early retirement of an estranged companion, Milo. It’s only a matter of time, however, before their exotic getaway quickly spirals into a living nightmare; igniting a sex, drugs, and violence induced thriller. The drama stars Billy Zane, Ben Chaplin, Michael Imperioli, Romany Malco, Steve Zahn, and Allison Tolman.

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The Man in the High Castle – Set 20 years after the Allied Powers lost World War II, the U.S. and much of the world have been split between Japan and Germany. Story plays out in the Western U.S., following intrigues as tensions between the two superpowers heightens.

The New Yorker Presents – Half-hour docu-series from the Conde Nast magazine. The magazine is one of the most historic and acclaimed magazines in history and that is why they are bringing the stories to life on TV.

 

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The Very Talented Alan Rickman Dies at 69

posted by Angela Guzman

alan-rickman_DenisMakarenko-ShutterstockcomTalented, ingenious, profound – the list could go on and on to describe actor Alan Rickman. The actor best known for his performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series passed away on January 14, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

Rickman’s other film roles included the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Jamie in Truly Madly, Deeply, Colonel Brandon in Ang Lee’s 1995 film Sense and Sensibility, Harry in Love Actually, P. L. O’Hara in An Awfully Big Adventure and Judge Turpin in the film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In 1995, Rickman was awarded the Golden Globe, Emmy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayl of Rasputin in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny.

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Rickman’s career is filled a wide variety of roles. His role in Die Hard earned him a spot on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Heroes & Villians as the 46th best villain in film history. But perhaps it’s his long stint as Severus Snape within the Harry Potter series that many will forever remember. Critics have raved about Rickman’s performance. Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times said Rickman “as always, makes the most lasting impression.”

Rickman met Rima Horton at the age of 19 and she became his first girlfriend. The couple lived together from 1977 until his death. The couple married in a private ceremony in New York City in 2012. Rickman will be truly missed by fans, friends and family.

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The Cast of Friends Reunite on NBC

posted by Angela Guzman

YouTube Preview ImageGuess what Friends fans? The crew is reuniting twelve years after going off the air. NBC announced at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Wednesday the cast of Friends will reunite on NBC for a two-hour special.

The special will be a tribute to the Friends’ director James Burrows who has directed Taxi, The Bob Newhart Show, and Cheers. Burrows directed 15 episodes of Friends, including the pilot episode, and recently shot his 1,000th episode of television.

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There is a lot of speculation circulating the breaking news of the reunion. Some reports cannot confirm whether or not all six cast members will be physically together during the taping. In a statement NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said, “I’m hoping all six will be in the same room at the samt time; I”m not sure we can logistically pull it off.”

The special will air on NBC Sunday, February 21st.

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The Legacy of David Bowie

posted by mbailey

David Bowie died at 69 after his 18-month long struggle with cancer. Bowie was a rock and roll visionary whose career as an artist spanned six decades. He had just released his 25th studio album, “Blackstar,” last Friday. It has already received strong reviews.

David Bowie was introduced to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 after his dedication to being a primary innovator of rock and roll. Some of his biggest hits included “Ashes to Ashes,” “Under Pressure” (with Queen), “Let’s Dance,” “Modern Love,” among many others.

David Bowie joined as a member of the band Tin Machine in the later part of his career where he cranked out songs with metal riffs paired with simplistic lyrics, which was much different from his experimental stage of his career.  But by then, David Bowie had his musical legacy firmly secure.

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Bowie also performed as an actor, in movies like “The Man Who Fell to Earth” and on Broadway in “The Elephant Man”. He even got to play the Bond villain in 1985’s “A View to a Kill.”

Bowie divorced Angela Barrett in 1980 and married supermodel Iman in 1992. They had one daughter, Alexandria Jones. Bowie was also survived by his son Duncan from his first marriage.

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