On November 13, Victoria’s Secret held it’s annual Fashion Show.
Security at the downtown armory was air tight for this year’s glitzy mess of a spectacle.
With all those bedazzled ta-tas, Taylor Swift and leggy front-row fixtures, there was little question as to why. Next, the hoi polloi shuffled to the Meatpacking District’s newly minted Tao Read More
Around the town
In on ongoing quest to prove it’s more than just listicles about corgis, Buzzfeed has hired Pulitzer Prize Winner and ProPublica veteran Mark Schoofs to head its investigative unit. (The New York Times)
Around the town
The International New York Times has debuted, replacing The International Herald Tribune. In a letter to readers, publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. wrote, “Today, our future is global. The need for high-quality, authoritative, on-the-ground reporting and analysis from around the world has never been greater.” Online access is free and unlimited for the week, so go Read More
off the record
Prison comedy-drama Orange Is the New Black is Netflix’s latest attempt at getting viewers to binge-watch an original series, after the successes of House of Cards and Arrested Development (2.0). Viewers accustomed to watching box-set DVDs or streaming HBO shows are no strangers to the just-one-more-episode mentality, and Netflix facilitates this (like a good enabler) by automatically playing the next episode.
So what’s it like to be a writer on a show that’s basically the entertainment version of crack? We asked Nick Jones, a story editor and writer for OITNB.
There’s been something quite a-peeling going on this week in New York.
A real-life version of the infamous Bluth’s Frozen Banana stand has been touring the city to coincide with the fourth season of Arrested Development—and The Observer managed to get a real inside scoop.
Heading down to the Columbus Circle location on Tuesday, the Read More
April Fools Day
Like we stated earlier today, April Fools’ Day is all a matter of perspective. As giant companies with an Internet presence jostle to be “viral” and “social media” (whatever that is), they use this time each year to outdo each other on false information about their products.
And this is fun? Funny? Sometimes. More often, it leaves us confused and excited/really upset for the amount of time it takes to send the link to a friend, whereupon we immediately realize that we have fallen for more April 1st tomfoolery.
This year, there were three “pranks” that really took the cake for their humorous/not humorous lies and misinformation.
So Netflix just released the trailer for their new show House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. Along with extra seasons of Arrested Development and an Eli Roth-directed horror series Hemlock Grove, House of Cards is part of Netflix’s gamble into original content. And while we can’t say for sure, it looks like this high-stakes political drama might pay off, big time.
Up & Down the Street
Sometimes, sheer absurdity can be a beautiful thing to watch. Like Karl Rove on Fox News on election night. Or Will Arnett in pretty much any role he’s ever played. Or the behavior of Netflix stock over the past few weeks. After a year in which NFLX has Ping-Ponged between $53 and $133, it was suddenly—and absurdly—a safe haven in the midst of a post-Obama-re-election market meltdown. Apple may be taking over the world, but Netflix stock rose 2.5 percent to $78 last week while that of the Cupertino juggernaut fell by more than 5 percent. In hopes of getting by email spam filters and pesky copy editors, I will pose the resultant question as simply and cleanly as I can: WTF?
It’s been quite a month for shareholders of the DVD rental and online video streaming service.
Never let it be said that Netflix doesn’t understand how its users watch TV shows–all at once, in a binge-y, snack-filled fugue state.
Arrested Development, the show that has lived in suspended animation for almost twice as long as it was actually on television, is coming back to life through a new Netflix season and a feature film. The rumors are true! And not only that, but you, average person who is not a film extra, now have an opportunity for a walk-on role in the show!
(Insert your favorite Arrested Development line here. Ex: “I just blue myself,” “But where did the lighter fluid come from?” “Gene Parmesan!” etc.)