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'Orange Is the New Black' Covers EW, Showrunner Kohan Speaks Her Mind on Awards, Rejection, Beauty Standards and More

The Litchfield ladies of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" cover this week's edition of Entertainment Weekly. Inside, showrunner Jenji Kohan ("Weeds") speaks her mind about the series being initially rejected by HBO and Showtime, about the show's dramedy aspects making it hard to categorize for awards, and how she wanted to get away from the "summer-campy" leanings of Season One.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 11:55 AM
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Netflix Plans Price Hike for New Subscribers

It's catching on with streaming sites that it's time to charge more for their goods. A couple months ago Amazon Prime announced its annual fee would jump by $20 beginning in 2015. Now Netflix intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 per month.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • April 22, 2014 12:39 PM
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WATCH: It's All Hitting the Fan in New Trailer for 'Orange Is the New Black' Season Two

Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba in 'Orange Is the New Black' on Netflix
For those of you who were big fans of Netflix's rollicking women-behind-bars dramedy "Orange Is the New Black," a new full-length trailer is here for the second season, which arrives with all episodes on June 6. As the trailer song cries, the ladies in orange (or beige) are going "into the jungle," i.e. the tension in prison is heating up and boiling over, though it's hard to say from this spot exactly what that entails.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 17, 2014 2:04 PM
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LISTEN: Three Seasoned Hollywood Reporters Debate the Future of Filmed Entertainment (EXCLUSIVE PODCAST)

On the occasion of the publication of "The $11 Billion Year: From Sundance to the Oscars, an Inside Look at the Changing Hollywood System," which covers one year at the movies-- 2012, from January's Sundance Film Festival through Oscar night 2013, when "Argo" won Best Picture--I invited two seasoned film industry reporters to debate with me the future of filmed entertainment ahead of last Sunday's screening of "Argo" at The Egyptian Theatre. We do not always agree.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 19, 2014 3:56 PM
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Stream 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' on Netflix Instant Now

"Blue Is the Warmest Color"
Abdellatif Kechiche's rapturously beautiful Palme d'Or winner "Blue Is The Warmest Color" is a gift for which we should all be grateful, and it's streaming on Netflix Instant right now.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 4, 2014 2:41 PM
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'House of Cards' UPDATE: 2% of Netflix Subscribers Watched Entire New Season Over First Weekend

UPDATE: "House of Cards" seems to have had a rise to power that even Frank Underwood would envy. The second season of the hot Netflix original series hooked 2% of Netflix subscribers into binge-watching the entire series over its February 14 opening weekend. Per Variety, this could be as many as 634,000 viewers.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 20, 2014 3:04 PM
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How Netflix Is Setting the New Norm in TV Watching: The Viewer Is In Control

Netflix released the second season of "House of Cards" on Friday February 14, 2014. All thirteen episodes were immediately available. My wife and I viewed 5 of them in one afternoon. We plan to complete the season within the next week (or not). Like other Netflix subscribers we choose how and when we watch the new season.
  • By Chris Dorr
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  • February 19, 2014 1:21 PM
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President Obama on 'House of Cards' Season 2: No Spoilers! UPDATED

UPDATE: While critics debate the merits of the new season of "House of Cards," President Obama has a simple request, via Twitter: "No spoilers, please." POTUS has joked in the past that he wished Washington operated more like the Netflix show. And with all episodes of Season Two arriving today, he doesn't want the online chatter giving away too much. Check out his Tweet, below, plus our review roundup of the new season.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • February 14, 2014 12:18 PM
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Oscar-Nominated 'The Square' Team Talk Filming a Revolution (VIDEO)

TOH! interviews the team behind Oscar-nominated documentary "The Square," now streaming on Netflix.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • January 31, 2014 12:29 PM
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Netflix Partners with Weinsteins on New Original Series, Heads for Sundance with Docs in Mind (TRAILERS)

Netflix not only partnered with the Weinstein Co. for their Golden Globe after party but on several new TV series as well. Ted Sarandos has always been close to the indie film community. In fact, he picked up Oscar doc contender "The Square" and plans to make it available for streaming on January 17 and heads for Sundance with opening nighter "Mitt" and plans to buy more.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • January 14, 2014 1:04 PM
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