THE DEFENDERS: Go Behind the Scenes of Netflix’s New Superhero Team-Up Series

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It’s all been leading to this. Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are coming together in Netflix’s THE DEFENDERS this week and the streaming service has released two final clips leading up to the premiere.

The first video below features the cast of THE DEFENDERS giving fans a bit of a recap about their characters before the show begins. As we saw at the end of season 2 of DAREDEVIL, Matt is at a loss and has given up. But he’s also still determined to save the city. Jessica, meanwhile, has no interest in saving the city. But she’s put in Matt’s path when he steps up to defend her. Finally, Luke and Danny cross paths and then all four heroes come together to save New York from an ancient organization that seeks to destroy it.

The second video shows us Sigourney Weaver’s Alexandra, who will be the heroes’ main antagonist for the show.

THE DEFENDERS premieres on Netflix on August 18.

Netflix Renews OZARK for Season 2

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Marty Byrde’s struggle will continue. Today Netflix renewed the Jason Bateman drama OZARK for a second season, with 10 new episodes to premiere at a later date.

This money-centric present day story revolves around financial planner Marty (Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family’s sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, Ozark explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans. For Ozark, executive producer and director is Jason Bateman, with executive producer/writer Chris Mundy, and executive producers Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams.

TV Review: Netflix’s GLOW Slaps Feminism on the Ass

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All that glitters is not gold in Netflix’s new dramedy GLOW ; it’s bodyslams, headlocks, and a captivating cast that will have you grabbed by the neck. Based on a television show of the same name from the late 80s, GLOW details the fictional lives of 14 women living in Los Angeles known as the “Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.” Upon being pitched the concept for GLOW , a man remarks: “Lady wrestlers. I get it, women can do anything men can do, blah blah blah,” but I can assure you, GLOW doesn’t waste even a second on the “blah blah blah.”

Teaming up with Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, it’s no surprise that creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch hand-picked a GLOW cast that features an enthralling multicultural female-driven ensemble. Challenging its audience’s expectations in new and unexpected ways, GLOW utilizes a typically male-dominated space to portray female strength. Rather than portraying women whose sole purpose of their bodies is trying to “look good,” Flahive and Mensch allow their women to use their bodies for a different purpose: to be powerful and to be large, which is something women are rarely asked to do and, in fact, are usually asked to do quite the opposite.

Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), a desperate and sometimes painfully confident out-of-work actress leads the GLOW team and truly occupies the ring. Delivering a shameless performance, Brie portrays the theater nerd we all knew in high school whose persistence is indomitable, and even oftentimes cringeworthy. There are moments throughout GLOW where you want Ruth to back down for the sake of her own dignity, but Brie’s performance is so convincing that it takes you a few episodes to understand exactly what she’s doing with this character. Ruth is hard-working, and has done nearly everything in the book that would lead one to becoming a successful actress, from remaining motivated and driven failed audition after failed audition, to continuing to pay for acting classes. However, even though Ruth is the only “trained” actress in the bunch of these 14 women, this, unfortunately, doesn’t seem to set her apart from the crowd at all. In fact, it becomes quickly apparent in the pilot that Ruth isn’t even as great of an actress as she believes herself to be. As much as you sometimes can’t bare to see Ruth embarrass herself again, her childish perseverance becomes truly admirable and charming as the show progresses, and you can’t help but get excited as she comes closer and closer to discovering her true self.

Alongside Ruth is her beautiful, blonde best-friend-quickly-turned-nemesis Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a former soap actress who left the acting world behind to become a mother. However, when she unintentionally stumbles upon the starring role in GLOW , not even her severed friendship with Ruth can hold her back. In the midst of a complicated relationship with her husband, Eagan presents us with a compelling character that isn’t ashamed to admit that motherhood is sometimes just “not enough.” Like many women in the cast of GLOW , Eagan is seeking a place where her work and talent are respected, not one where she’s only appreciated for being, as GLOW ’s washed-up, B-movie director Sam Sylvia puts it: “Grace Kelly with boobs.”

Advertised as seeking “unconventional women” to audition, Ruth and Debbie are accompanied by 12 other women in the ring, all misfits in their own regard, seeking a place to belong as well. These women are all quickly assigned different, often extremely stereotypical, wrestling personas. Some examples include: Tamee (Kia Stevens), who has a kid going to Stanford yet occupies the character “Welfare Queen”; Jenny (Ellen Wong), a Cambodian woman nicknamed “Fortune Cookie,” who is forced to speak in an exaggerated Chinese accent; and Arthie (Sunita Mani), given the character “Beirut,” a Lebanese terrorist, promising to “destroy your American way of living.” “It’s not a judgement,” GLOW ’s young, in-over-his-head producer Sebastian (Chris Lowell) reassures the group, “It’s just what I and the entire world see with our eyes.”

Creators Flahive and Mensch certainly don’t shy away from these harsh realities, while even throwing a bit of irony into the mix. Complete with tight spandex, soft porn, and some ignorant, even racist behavior, Flahive and Mensch employ the stereotypical situations they’re critiquing. Uncovering the most uncomfortable moments of female and racial discrimination (even leaving many in their ensemble helpless and submissive to these circumstances), and flaunting these women around in revealing leotards, Flahive and Mensch make their audience painfully aware that the women of GLOW are all women, all the time, and they’re fucking strong.

One of the more remarkable elements of GLOW is that every woman in this cast performs her own stunts, and, with the exception of actress Kia Stevens (who wrestles professionally), has no previous wrestling experience, which makes the experience of viewing GLOW all the more genuine. They show these women struggling to learn their moves and groaning in pain after being slammed on the hard floors of the ring, but throughout these first ten episodes, all of these women are eventually wrestling like pros, and, as a viewer, you can’t help but envy their strength.

GLOW is fierce and action-packed one moment, and laugh-out-loud hilarious the next. Every character in GLOW has an interesting and unexpected background to offer, which makes for some touching moments within the group. Delivering a powerful underdog story with a compelling cast sure to make you laugh and pump your fists for, GLOW is very modest in just how intelligent it truly is. With a group of women so powerfully and passionately dedicated to replacing their glitter with bruises, you can’t help but call GLOW the A League of Their Own o f this generation (even though it takes place in the 80s). All in all, GLOW is relevant, smart, funny, and, in more ways than one, truly a knockout.

Netflix Renews GLOW for Season 2

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Netflix has dished out a season 2 renewal for GLOW, starring Alison Brie. The second season will consist of 10 episodes.

Set in 1985 Los Angeles, GLOW follows Ruth Wilder (Brie), a struggling out-of-work actress as she auditions for, trains and eventually makes the first-ever women’s wrestling TV show. Inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the 80s, GLOW is a Cinderella story with bodyslams. GLOW is created by Liz Flahive (HOMELAND) and Carly Mensch (NURSE JACKIE).

There’s no word yet on when season 2 will premiere.

THE CROWN: Netflix Announces Premiere Date and Releases Teaser for Season 2

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Rejoice, royal fans! Netflix has announced that season 2 of THE CROWN will premiere on December 8. “Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s.”

There’s been a lot of talk that the cast of the show will change for THE CROWN’s third season as they age up, so this will be our last chance to see Claire Foy as Elizabeth.

Netflix also released a teaser trailer and several photos for season 2, which you can see below.

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What’s Coming to Netflix in August 2017?

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The next installment of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER is coming to Netflix in September, as is Marvel’s THE DEFENDERS. THE MATRIX films will also be making their way to the streaming service.

Check out the full list below of what’s coming to (and leaving) Netflix in August 2017.

Related: What’s coming to Netflix Canada in August 2017?

August 1
A Cinderella Story
Bad Santa
Cloud Atlas
Crematorium: Season 1
Everyone’s Hero
Funny Games (US)
Innerspace
Jackie Brown
Lord Of War
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant (Netflix original)
Nola Circus
Opening Night
Practical Magic
Sleepy Hollow
Small Soldiers
Surviving Escobar – Alias JJ: Season 1 (Netflix original)
The Addams Family
The Astronaut’s Wife
The Bomb
The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
The Last Mimzy
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Number 23
The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
The Truth About Alcohol
The Wedding Party
Tie The Knot
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West

August 2
Jab We Met
The Founder

August 3
Sing
The Invisible Guardian

August 4
Icarus (Netflix original)
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3 (Netflix original)
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1 (Netflix original)

August 5
Holes

August 8
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7 Episodes 1-13

August 9
Black Site Delta

August 10
Diary of an Exorcist – Zero

August 11
Atypical: Season 1 (Netflix original)
Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh: Season 3 (Netflix original)
Naked (Netflix original)
True And The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1 (Netflix original)
White Gold (Netflix original)

August 13
Arthur And The Invisibles
Hot Property
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo

August 14
The Outcasts
Urban Hymn

August 15
Barbeque
Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo (Netflix original)
21
A New Economy
All These Sleepless Nights
Donald Cried
Murderous Affair: Season 1
My Ex-Ex
The Sweet Life

August 16
Gold

August 18
Dinotrux: Season 5 (Netflix original)
Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1 (Netflix original)
I Am Sam
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1 (Netflix original)
What Happened To Monday (Netflix original)

August 19
Hide And Seek

August 20
Camera Store

August 21
AWOL
Bad Rap
Beautiful Creatures
Gomorrah: Season 2
Unacknowledged

August 22
Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast (Netflix original)
Sadie’s Last Days On Earth

August 23
Feel Rich

August 25
Disjointed: Part 1 (Netflix original)
Death Note (Netflix original)
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5 (Netflix original)
Once Upon A Time: Season 6

August 29
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face (Netflix original)
The Good Place: Season 1

August 31
Be Afraid

Last Call – Titles that Will be Rotating Off the Service in August 2017

August 1
10 Things I Hate About You
Justice League Unlimited: Seasons 1 – 2
Justice League: Seasons 1 – 2
Babe
Babe Winkelman’s Outdoor Secrets: 2014: Quarter 4
Babe: Pig in The City
Beneath The Helmet
Black Widow
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
Electric Slide
Elizabethtown
From The Terrace
From Time To Time
Goodbye World
Horsemen
Hunter X Hunter: Seasons 1 – 5
Josef Fritzl: Story Of A Monster
Malibu’s Most Wanted
Prefontaine
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
Teacher’s Pet
The Delivery Man: Season 1
The Diabolical
The Heavy Water War: Season 1
The Hunt: Season 1
The Little Engine That Could
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
The Verdict
Young Justice: Seasons 1 – 2
Young@Heart
Zack And Miri Make A Porno

August 4
Superbad

August 5
Pelican Dreams
Personal Gold: An Underdog Story

August 6
Human Capital
The Spoils Of Babylon: Season 1

August 9
The Five Venoms

August 10
Dope

August 11
Four Blood Moons
Jesus People: The Movie
Patch Town
Two Days, One Night

August 14
Drones
Food Matters

August 15
American Dad!: Seasons 1 – 4
To Kill a Mockingbird
Changing Seas: Seasons 3 – 6
Close Quarter Battle: Season 1
The New Frontier: Season 1
Top 10 Secrets And Mysteries: Season 1

August 23
The Summer Of Sangaile

August 24
Gun Woman

August 25
October Gale
Paratodos
The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq

August 28
Revenge: Seasons 1 – 4

August 30
The League: Seasons 1 – 7

August 31
Space Warriors

What’s Coming to Netflix Canada in August 2017?

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Marvel’s THE DEFENDERS is coming to Netflix Canada in August 27 as the streaming service’s four heroes team up to save New York City. Several other Netflix originals are also coming, including ATYPICAL and a new installment of WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER.

Check out the full list below of what’s coming to (and leaving) Netflix Canada in August 2017.

August 1
Awake: A Dream from Standing Rock
Capturing global attention, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe leads a peaceful protest against an oil pipeline threatening the drinking water of millions.

Boychoir
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Eddie Izzard
A angel-voiced boy in agony faces a new kind of challenge. Opportunity is fleeting, and talent is just the beginning.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Cast: Gary Oldman, Keri Russell, Andy Serkis
A decade after their escape, Caesar and his fellow super-intelligent apes strike a tenuous peace with human survivors of the simian virus.

Ex Machina
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac
A young programmer is selected to participate in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking humanoid A.I.

It Follows
Cast: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi
A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Jackie
Cast: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy.

Land Girls – Series 1 – 3
Cast: Becky Gemmell, Susan Cookson, Mark Benton, Mykola Allen, Sophie Ward
Follow the lives, loves, highs and lows of four members of the Women’s Land Army who are working at the Hoxley Estate during WWII.

Maz Jobrani: Immigrant – Netflix Original
Iranian American comic Maz Jobrani takes the stage in Washington, D.C. to discuss immigration, protests, political donations, the Olympics and more.

Opening Night
Cast: Lauren Lapkus, Lesli Margherita, Topher Grace, Anne Heche
Once a rising star on Broadway, Nick is now the perennially pestered production manager for a new musical dedicated to rock music’s one-hit wonders.

Planet of the Apes
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth
An Air Force astronaut crash lands on a mysterious planet where evolved, talking apes dominate a race of primitive humans.

Ripper Street – Season 5
Cast: Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn, Adam Rothenberg
It’s been six months since the last Jack the Ripper killing, and East London is hopeful that his reign of terror might have run its course.

Rules Don’t Apply
Cast: Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Warren Beatty, Matthew Broderick, Martin Sheen
The unconventional love story of an aspiring actress, her determined driver, and their boss, eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments – Season 2 Part B – Netflix Original – New Episodes Weekly
Cast: Matthew Daddario, Katherine McNamara, Alberto Rosende
Despite a stunning betrayal, Clary and the Shadowhunters go to war against Valentine’s new army to determine the ultimate fate of the Shadow World.

Still Alice
Cast: Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Stewart
A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Surviving Escobar: Alias JJ – Season 1 – Netflix Original
After the death of Pablo Escobar, a former Medellin Cartel leader who willingly turned himself in fights his way to the top of the prison underworld.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Cast: Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, Alicia Vikander
In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.

The Royal House of Windsor – Season 1
Drawing on newly available info, this show traces how the British royal family has survived the last 100 years of power struggles, politics and more.

Walking with the Enemy
Cast: Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon
A young man, separated from his family in WWII, disguises himself as a Nazi SS Officer and uncovers more than just his family whereabouts.

Woman in Gold
Cast: Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bru?hl
Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

Words and Pictures
Cast: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison
A picture is worth a thousand words — or is it? That’s the question prep school students must answer as their art and English teachers egg them on.

August 2
Hook
Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts
When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.

The Founder
Cast: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch
After a fateful encounter with the McDonald brothers, struggling salesman Ray Kroc becomes driven to change the way hamburgers are made and sold.

August 3
The Truman Show
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney
Truman Burbank is the star of “The Truman Show,” a 24-hour-a-day TV phenomenon that broadcasts every aspect of his life without his knowledge.

August 4
Alan Saldaña: Mi vida de pobre – Netflix Original
Mexican comedian Alan Saldaña finds humour in his struggles to achieve financial success in this original stand-up comedy special.

Chelsea – Season 2 – Netflix Original – New Episodes Weekly
Exciting guests, timely topics, global destinations. Chelsea returns with a fresh new format, bringing her bold perspective to a changed world.

Icarus – Netflix Original
Cast: Bryan Fogel, Grigory Rodchenkov
An American filmmaker and cyclist unwittingly wades into a global scandal when a Russian scientist leaks shocking details of a vast doping conspiracy.

Insidious: Chapter 3
Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson
A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family, reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Voltron: Legendary Defender – Season 3 – Netflix Original
Cast: Jeremy Shada, Tyler Labine, Bex Taylor-Klaus
In an all-new series, five unlikely heroes and their flying robot lions unite to form the megapowerful Voltron and defend the universe from evil.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Chris Pine
Ten years after the original film, fans can finally find out what happened to their favorite campers and counselors in this eight-episode series.

August 8
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic – Season 7
Cast: Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Tara Strong
Journey to the enchanted land of Equestria, where unicorn Twilight Sparkle and her pals have adventures and learn valuable lessons about friendship.

August 10
Psycho
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Anne Heche, Julianne Moore
In this remake of the 1960s classic, Marion Crane stops at the Bates Motel, only to encounter Norman Bates, a man with a lot of secrets to hide.

Ricki and the Flash
Cast: Meryl Streep, Sebastien Stan, Mamie Gummer
When her daughter’s marriage unravels, errant Rocker Ricki wants to help. But her estranged kids might not welcome her back.

August 11
Allied
Cast: Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Jared Harris
In 1942, a Canadian intelligence officer in North Africa encounters a female French Resistance fighter on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. When they reunite in London, their relationship is tested by the pressures of war.

Atypical – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Rapaport
Sam, an 18-year old on the autism spectrum, takes a funny, yet painful journey of self-discovery for love and independence.

Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh – Season 3 – Netflix Original
Cast: Rachel Crow, Mark Whitten
A misfit alien named Oh moves in with Tip and her family, in a series that picks up the dynamic duo’s adventures where the hit film left off.

Naked – Netflix Original Film
Cast: Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall
Rob’s madly in love and about to be married. Unfortunately, he’s also naked, stuck in an elevator and caught in a time loop.

White Gold – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Ed Westwick, Linzey Cocker, James Buckley
In 1980s Essex, cocky salesman Vincent Swan and his unscrupulous team will do anything to get the sale — including throwing honesty out the window.

August 14
Pan
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara
As a kind of prequel to the Peter Pan story, this fantasy relates how Peter first met and initially befriended Captain Hook and fought alongside him.

August 15
All These Sleepless Nights
Cast: Krzysztof Baginski, Michal Huszcza, Eva Lebuef
A new era is coming, and Warsaw stands uncomfortably at its edge. Art school classmates Christopher and Michal, on the precipice of their own coming of age, restlessly roam their city’s streets in search of living forever inside the beautiful moment.

Barbecue
A blend of cultural nuance and mesmerizing techniques adds flavor to this globe-hopping celebration of cooking, tradition and community.

Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo – Netflix Original
Country music star Brad Paisley hosts a night of music and laughs with comics Nate Bargatze, John Heffron, Sarah Tiana, Mike E. Winfield and Jon Reep.

The Sweet Life
Cast: Chris Messina, Abigail Spencer, Brian Shortall
The Sweet Life, an edgy and unconventional dramedy, is the love story of Kenny Parker and Lolita Nowicki, each struggling with their own brand of demons, who first meet by chance in Chicago and form a pact to travel across country to the Golden Gate Bridge to commit suicide… together.

August 16
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack
The life of a White House butler who served under eight presidents unfolds against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history.

RV
Cast: Robin Williams, Cheryl Hines, Kristin Chenoweth
Bob Munro and his dysfunctional family rent an RV for a road trip to the Colorado Rockies, where they ultimately have to contend with a bizarre community of campers.

August 17
Minority Report
Cast: Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton
In the late 21st century, when technology can predict crimes before they’re committed, a top “Precrime” cop is targeted for a murder charge.

August 18
Dinotrux – Season 5 – Netflix Original
Cast: Andrew Francis, Richard Ian Cox, Ashleigh Bell
Half dinosaur, half construction truck, full-on fun! Wtach giant Ty Rux, his little buddy Revvit and the crew come fact-to-face with evil D-Structs.

Glitter Force Doki Doki – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Stephanie Sheh, Melissa Fahn, Debi Derryberry
A new squad of Glitter Force warriors unite to defend Earth and the magical kingdom of Splendorious from the evil King Mercenare and his minions.

Marvel’s The Defenders – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Charlie Cox, Mike Colter, Finn Jones
It will take an epic team of heroes to save New York City. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage come together in The Defenders.

The Bye Bye Man
Cast: Douglas Smith, Lucien Laviscount, Cressida Bonas
Three friends stumble upon the horrific origins of a mysterious figure they discover is the root cause of the evil behind unspeakable acts.

August 21
Unacknowledged
“Unacknowledged” focuses on the historic files of the Disclosure Project and how UFO secrecy has been ruthlessly enforced-and why. The best evidence for extraterrestrial contact, dating back decades, is presented with direct top-secret witness testimony, documents and UFO footage, 80% of which has never been revealed anywhere else. The behind-the-scenes research and high-level meetings convened by Dr. Steven Greer will expose the degree of illegal, covert operations at the core of UFO secrecy.

August 22
How to Get Away with Murder – Season 3
Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
A tough criminal law professor challenges her students to solve thorny cases, but five scholars soon learn the high-price of impressing her.

Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast – Netflix Original
Unbashed New Yorker Lynne Koplitz offers a woman’s take on being crazy, the benefits of childlessness and the three things all men really want.

The Blacklist – Season 4
Cast: James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
After turning himself in, a brilliant fugitive offers to help the FBI bag other criminals, but only if rookie profiler Elizabeth Keen is his partner.

The Intern
Cast: Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Rene Russo
70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.

August 23
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
Cast: Jim Carrey, Courteney Cox, Sean Young
Barely competent pet private eye Ace Ventura is put on the case when kidnappers with an ax to grind abduct Snowflake, the Miami Dolphins’ mascot.

August 24
Fences
Cast: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson
A working-class African-American father tries to raise his family in the 1950s, while coming to terms with the events of his life.

School of Rock
Cast: Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White
Musician Dewey Finn gets a job as a fourth-grade substitute teacher, where he secretly begins teaching his students the finer points of rock ‘n’ roll.

Sixteen Candles
Cast: Molly Ringwald, Michael Schoeffling, Anthony Michael Hall
Samantha’s family has forgotten her sixteenth birthday, a day that could be perfect if only Jake Ryan would look her way.

August 25
Death Note – Netflix Original Film
Cast: Nat Wolff, Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield
Intoxicated by the power of a supernatural notebook, a young man begins killing those he deems unworthy of life. Based on the famous Japanese manga.

Disjointed – Part 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Kathy Bates
She’s living her dream as the owner of a cannabis dispensary. She and the budtenders — her son and a guard — are pretty much constantly high.

DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge – Season 5 – Netflix Original
From the creator of “How to Train Your Dragon” comes an all-new Netflix original series that takes Hiccup and Toothless to the edge of adventure!

Love & Mercy
Cast: John Cusack, Paul Dano, Elizabeth Banks
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

The Mist – Season 1 – Netflix Original
Cast: Morgan Spector, Frances Conroy, Alyssa Sutherland
A town is engulfed by a mysterious fog that conceals terrifying visions and deadly creatures in this new horror series based on Stephen King’s story.

August 26
Personal Shopper
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Sigrid Bouaziz, Lars Eidinger
A personal shopper in Paris refuses to leave the city until she makes contact with her twin brother who previously died there. Her life becomes more complicated when a mysterious person contacts her via text message.

August 29
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Cast: Vivica A. Fox, Cristine Prosperi, Jordan Rodrigues
When Destiny (Prosperi), captain of three-time national champions “The Rebels,” is challenged to a global cheer showdown by an edgy new team called “The Truth,” the Cheer Goddess organizes a virtual battle for squads from all around the world.

Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face – Netflix Original
Small-town native Ryan Hamilton talks about adjusting to life as a clean-living comedian in New York City in this new stand-up special.

August 30
The Perfect Guy
Cast: Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, Morris Chestnut
After lobbyist Leah ends her longtime romance with marriage-phobic Dave, she falls for Carter, a charming security expert with a hidden, dark agenda.

War Room
Cast: Karen Abercrombie, Priscilla C. Shirer, T.C. Stallings
Fed up with her marriage to a selfish workaholic, Realtor Elizabeth seeks guidance from an older woman, who counsels her in the power of prayer.

Last Call – Titles that Will be Rotating Off the Service in August 2017

August 1
Fantastic Four

August 2
Run All Night

August 4
Ultimate Spider-Man – Season 1

August 10
American Pie Presents: Band Camp
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Notting Hill

August 11
Sleeping Beauty

August 28
Goodbye to All That

August 31
The Hotwives of Orlando

STRANGER THINGS Season 2 Preview: Evil Has Returned to Hawkins

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Will’s family and friends may have succeeded in bringing him back from the Upside Down and defeating the Demogorgon, but danger still lurks in Hawkins.

In the first extended preview for season 2 of STRANGER THINGS that debuted today at Comic-Con, we see the young boys playing video games at an arcade when some ominous voice starts calling out to Will. None of this is real and it turns out that Will is having terrible visions, but the danger is very, very real.

Cue Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” as the rest of the trailer plays out, with Will’s mother terrified for her son and a glimpse at more government agents. Whatever is happening in season 2 looks like it will be far bigger than the evil that spread in the first season. Because this time the monster isn’t just coming for Will…it’s coming for everyone else.

And then we get our first glimpse of Eleven, who might be breaking free of the other side and re-entering our world.

STRANGER THINGS returns for season 2 on October 27 on Netflix.

THE DEFENDERS Comic-Con Preview: A War is Brewing

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Fans of THE DEFENDERS were treated to an appearance by Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Élodie Yung, Jessica Henwick, Deborah Ann Woll at San Diego Comic-Con as the cast came to introduce the superhero team-up series coming to Netflix.

In a new extended trailer, we see Weaver’s big bad explain that the war for New York is over. But four Marvel heroes — Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist — are here to prove her wrong. These four extraordinary people team up to take her down and save the city (with some bickering along the way). News also came during the panel that Marvel and Netflix would be bringing season 2 of IRON FIST to the streaming service.

THE DEFENDERS premieres August 18 on Netflix.

Netflix Releases New Trailers for BRIGHT and DEATH NOTE at Comic-Con

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Two Netflix original films — BRIGHT and DEATH NOTE — held panels today at San Diego Comic-Con and the streaming service has released two new trailers for the films.

BRIGHT, which stars Will Smith and Joel Edgerton, takes place in alternate present-day universe where humans, orcs, fairies and elves have always co-existed. Ward (Smith) is a human cop, while Jakoby (Edgerton) is an orc police officer. The two go on a routine nightly patrol which comes to alter the future of their world. The film also stars Noomi Rapace, Lucy Fry, Edgar Ramirez, Ike Barinholtz, Enrique Murciano, Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Margaret Cho, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi. BRIGHT will premiere on Netflix on December 22.

DEATH NOTE is based based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, in which a high school student comes across a supernatural notebook. He realizes that it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone’s name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life. DEATH NOTE comes to Netflix on August 25.