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  1. Netflix and several Hollywood studios continue their crusade against pirate sites Down Under. The companies obtained a new blocking injunction at Australia's Federal Court today, targeting dozens of websites. The companies also obtained the first cyberlocker blocking order recently, with Mixdrop as the main target. Pirate site blockades are the preferred anti-piracy tool for many copyright holders around the world. This is also the case in Australia, where blocking injunctions are commonplace today. Today, a group of prominent movie companies including Disney, Netflix, and Village Roadshow, obtained the latest blocking order in Australia’s Federal Court. 52 Pirate Sites, 92 Domain Names The blocking injunction, issued by Justice Nicholas, targets a broad mix of pirate sites. Many of these sites use variations of popular piracy brands, including YTS, Cuevana2, Movies123, and Tamilgun. The movie companies convinced the court that these sites, some of which have millions of estimated visits per month, are clearly copyright infringing. “(i)t is apparent from the evidence that the online locations facilitate copyright infringement on a large scale. Some act as proxy servers to other servers and some share Torrent files using the BitTorrent protocol,” the order reads. The site operators were given the option to contest the blocking request but most didn’t respond. The infringing activities continued and a blocking injunction is therefore warranted according to the court. This isn’t the first injunction of this kind. Most popular piracy havens are blocked already, but Disney, Netflix, and other movie companies, regularly expand the list to make it harder for the general public to find alternative pirate sources. Mixdrop Injunction Today’s injunction follows roughly two weeks after Justice Nicholas issued another order in favor of the movie companies. That one covered the popular cyberlocker Mixdrop. The Mixdrop injunction is the first to target a file-hosting service. According to complaints from rightsholders, the site encouraged people to upload popular content, paying affiliates as much as $1,000 a week, depending on the number of views they generate. Mixdrop has over 20 million estimated visits per month and the court order requires Australian ISPs to block the main domain name, Mixdrop.co, as well as several related domains and IP addresses. Graham Burke, chairman of Creative Content Australia, characterizes the Mixdrop injunction as an important victory. “Cyberlockers play a key role in the piracy ecosystem and this judgment will disrupt important criminal operators who facilitate pirated content via Mixdrop,” Burke said. “Site blocking continues to be instrumental in the reduction of piracy in Australia. Ultimately though, it helps to keep consumers safe from the significant risks that come with accessing content unlawfully.” Blocking Effectiveness? There’s no question that site blocking helps to deter some casual pirates, but it’s certainly no silver bullet. Earlier this year, a Creative Content Australia study found that blocking measures don’t affect all pirates. A survey of Australian pirates revealed that roughly half of them encountered a blocked site. Of this group, roughly a third gave up their pirate hunt or found legal alternatives. The majority of the people who encountered a blocked site said that they would simply seek alternative pirate sites to find the content they were looking for. Intriguingly, most pirates don’t appear to be very concerned about site-blocking measures. 58% of all adult pirates and 70% of all teen pirates actually agree that blocking pirate sites and apps is a good idea. That’s easy to say, of course, once you know how to circumvent blockades. And indeed, the same survey found that VPNs and alternative DNS servers are commonly used in Australia, especially among persistent pirates. — A copy of Justice Nicholas’ Mixdrop order can be found here (pdf). Today’s blocking order (pdf) targets the following sites, some of which operated from multiple domains: – Xemovie – Moviecrumbs – 2kmovie – Freemoviesfull – Watchseriesstream – Openloadmovies – Nunuyy – HDToday – Azseries – 1movieshd – Tamilgun – Actvid – Watchfilm – 5movies – Cda-hd – Fullmovieshd4k – Kissmovies – Pttplay – Sockshare1 – Tvshows88 – Movies4u – Movieffm – Bestseries – Aa01 – Poppygreens – Yts-on – Icefilms – Solarmovie – Hindilinks4u – Projectfreetv – Ytsyify – Yts.land – Yts.zone – Yify.pl – Fboxtv – Olevod – Mudvod – Bemovies – Fbox.to – Showboxmovies – Soap2dayto – Tvseries – Watch0123movies – 123enjoy – 123films – 123unblock.us – 0gomovies.cm – Movies123 – Yes!movies – Dongphym – Movies123-online – Cuevana2 Netflix and Disney Expand Australia’s Piracy Blocklist With Dozens of Domains
  2. With just weeks away from the series premiere, The Witcher: Blood Origin’s latest trailer gives us a closer look at the prequel’s key characters. Netflix's first full trailer for The Witcher: Blood Origin shines a spotlight on the prequel’s key characters played by Michelle Yeoh, Sophia Brown, and Laurence O’Fuarain. But it also comes with a bit of a surprise at the very end, revealing the return of Joey Batey’s Jaskier. The bard’s return doesn’t make all that much sense yet, as the series takes place 1,200 years before The Witcher, but it might have something to do with the massive monoliths included in the trailer that are “causing tears between worlds.” Towards the end of the trailer, Jaskier’s lute appears, while Minnie Driver’s Seanchai, a character described by Netflix as a “shapeshifting collector of old lore with the abilities to travel between time and worlds” asks a disheveled-looking Jaskier to “sing a story back to life.” Aside from the unexpected return of Jaskier, the new trailer also highlights the full team of outcasts that must come together to fight an “unstoppable empire,” and gives us a glimpse at Lenny Henry as Chief Sage Balor. In addition to Yeoh’s Scian, Brown’s Eile, and O’Fuarain’s Fjall, the series will star Mirren Mack as Princess Merwyn, Francesca Mills as Meldof, Huw Novelli as Brother Death, and Zach Wyatt and Lizzie Annis as the celestial twin sages, Syndril and Zacaré. The Witcher: Blood Origin is a four-part series that hits Netflix on December 25th, 2022. Meanwhile, season three of the mainline Witcher series is set to debut in the summer of 2023. Although the show has been renewed for a fourth season, it’ll come with a major casting change that has Liam Hemsworth replacing Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia. The Witcher: Blood Origin’s latest trailer puts Jaskier in the prequel
  3. Netflix is planning to open up its Preview Club program to take in more early feedback from subscribers on its upcoming movies and streaming series. Netflix currently has a relatively small group of about 2,000 subscribers who it invites to preview upcoming projects and provide feedback about them ahead of release, but that number’s about to grow significantly as the streamer looks to maximize its profits in an increasingly competitive streaming market. The Wall Street Journal reports that Netflix plans to open up its Preview Club program to “tens of thousands” more subscribers across the globe in order to glean reactions from people that might end up being used to make last-minute tweaks to the streamer’s films and movies ahead of their broader release. That’s reportedly what happened with Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up after a small Netflix test audience said that they thought the movie was too self-serious, prompting the creative team to make adjustments designed to brighten its tone. Studios soliciting responses from enthusiastic audience members isn’t a new practice by any means, but Netflix’s push to grow the Preview Club comes at a time when the platform has moved to cap its annual spending on content at $17 billion. While Netflix wants to know if people are enjoying all of the content its spending money to create, it also wants to know as much as it can about how best to capitalize on its investments. Netflix has been transparent about how hyper-focused it is on churning out more worldwide megahits like Squid Game or Stranger Things, which is an imprecise science because the studio can never truly know when one of its projects is going to take off. But as Netflix continues its search for more ways to keep people paying for its increasingly more expensive and harder-to-share services, it’s going to start by reaching out to more of its subscriber base and inviting them to become part of the larger machine. Netflix is expanding its early feedback program to more subscribers
  4. Netflix’s upcoming That ‘70s Show spinoff introduces a new generation of Midwestern kids living their lives to the beat of a laugh track. It’s been 20 years since That ‘80s Show spectacularly failed to recreate That ‘70s Show’s monster success and wound up being canceled just weeks into its first season. The way That ‘70s Show went out with a lackluster bang a few years later could easily have been the end of the franchise, but Netflix is gearing up to bring the Point Place crew back with the very imaginatively named That ‘90s Show. Similar to That ‘70s Show, That ‘90s Show revolves around a group of young Wisconsinites whose budding friendships are destined to become lifelong relationships as they all grow up and get to know one another. As much as Leia Forman (Callie Haverda) loves her mom and dad, she knows that if she ever wants to really get out there and explore the world for herself, she’s probably going to need more friends her own age. Other young people are the last thing Leia expects to find while visiting her grandparents Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) at their place back in Point Place, where her parents first met all of their best friends. But when new faces like punk rocker Gwen (Ashley Aufderheide), unathletic jock Nate (Maxwell Acee Donovan), and nerdy MMA fighter Nikki (Sam Morelos) start to come into Leia’s life, she realizes that staying with her grandparents might be the key to having an unforgettable summer. Watching That ‘90s’ Show’s trailer, it’s kind of hard to get a lock on who the show’s for exactly. Aside from Red and Kitty, it’s unclear whether other older characters from the original series will make appearances, and everything about the show’s jokes and premise feels like it might only work if you didn’t personally live through the ‘90s and That ‘70s Show’s first run. That ‘90s Show also stars Mace Coronel, Andrea Anders, and Reyn Doi. The show hits Netflix on January 19th. That ‘90s Show’s first trailer is a reminder of time’s relentless march forward
  5. Netflix Profile Transfer began rolling out to users in October, allowing them to migrate their shared profile to a new account. Now, the streaming service has introduced some new settings to manage devices connected to your account. Image credit: Netflix. Netflix lets you remove specific devices from your account remotely Netflix calls the new feature as Managing Access and Devices. You can access it from your account settings page (Menu > Your Account), or use this direct link. http://www.netflix.com/manageaccountaccess This dashboard shows your recently active devices. It lists the name of each device, the user's profile and image, the timestamp when they last accessed the service, and the location where they used their account from. It also displays the IP address when you mouse over the option, so you can find where the device was used to connect to Netflix. While the service previously had an option to sign out of all devices, this one is more useful, as you could use this information to determine which devices you want to keep, and which ones to discard. It can also be handy to check if there are any unrecognized devices that are connected to the account. Click the sign-out button next to a device to remove it from your Netflix account. Here is the official support article for the feature. The company says that these options will be of help for users who logged into their account at different places, but forgot to log out. Now you can sign out of your account remotely. Of course, you could always reset your password to forcibly kick other devices from your account. The new dashboard seems to be a simpler way to manage your devices. That said, if you have shared your password with someone, they could just log back in, so how is this useful? If that is the case, you should change the password to prevent them from accessing your account. You may want to check your Netflix plan's details before hitting that button, because some of them allow you to use multiple devices at the same time. So, a 2nd device seen in the dashboard could actually be in your household. For context, Netflix Basic and Basic with ads allow a single device to stream media, while the Standard plan supports up to 2 devices to connect simultaneously. The Netflix Premium subscription lets you connect up to 4 devices at once with a single account. Netflix's new option to manage connected devices is available on the web version of the service, and its mobile apps for iOS and Android. The change appears to line up with the company's plans to crack down on password sharing by users who buy a single subscription and share it with their friends. The company seems to view that as a business loss. The first move to counter freeloaders was the introduction of Netflix Homes, which is currently available in select regions. The streaming service recently launched its ad-supported plan, Netflix Basic with Ads, in a bid to attract more subscribers to the plan at a slightly more affordable price. This was followed by Netflix Profile Transfer. Unlike those changes, I think that the new feature is a good improvement, it can help keep your account secure, and break ties with people whom you are no longer on good terms with. But, Netflix really needs to offer proper two-factor authentication to protect its users. Netflix's new feature lets you remove specific devices from your account remotely
  6. Netflix’s newest video game adaptation is the Gears of War franchise, which is celebrating its 16th anniversary of the first game’s release. Insert chainsaw noise here. Image: Netflix Netflix is planning a slate of Gears of War adaptations, the streaming service announced on Monday. First up is a “live action feature film,” then “an adult animated series,” and after that, there’s the “potential for more stories to follow,” Netflix said. Netflix will be working with The Coalition, the Vancouver-based Xbox Games Studio that manages the Gears of War franchise, to bring the franchise to the streaming service. There are no details about when the adaptations will be released. The announcement arrives on the 16th anniversary of the release of the first Gears of War game, which came out in 2006. Since then, the series has had multiple sequels (the latest being 2019’s Gears 5) and a handful of spinoffs, including one themed around Funko Pops. Gears of War is the latest video game franchise to come to Netflix, joining a roster of hits like the Cyberpunk 2077 anime and the League of Legends show Arcane. The streaming service is working on a bunch of other video game adaptations, including a live-action BioShock movie, a Horizon Zero Dawn TV show, and a live-action Assassin’s Creed series. Netflix is making a Gears of War movie and an animated TV series
  7. After the success of Ryan Murphy’s Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and The Watcher, Netflix is doubling down on both shows. Evan Peters as Jeffrey Dahmer. Image: Netflix Spooky season 2022’s firmly behind us at this point, but Netflix’s choice to renew The Watcher and Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story makes it seem like the streamer’s already looking forward to next year’s. Netflix announced today that it’s ordered more seasons of both The Watcher, Murphy’s series about a family being bedeviled by neighbors who are obsessed with their house, and Monster, Murphy’s serial killer anthology that kicked off with the dramatization of Jeffrey Dahmer’s 13-year-long killing spree. The Watcher has been renewed for a second season, while Netflix has ordered two more installments of Monster, which will delve into the lives of other notoriously monstrous figures. In a press release about the renewals, Netflix’s head of global TV, Bela Bajaria, noted that Dahmer’s been a ratings success for the platform and expressed hope for the future of both shows’ “universes.” “The creative team of Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan on Monster along with Eric Newman on The Watcher are masterful storytellers who captivated audiences all over the world,” Bajaria said. “The back-to-back force of these two series is due to Ryan’s distinct original voice which created cultural sensations and we are thrilled to continue telling stories in the Monster and Watcher universes.” There’s currently no word on who future seasons of Monster might focus on or when exactly Monster and The Watcher will return to Netflix. Netflix wants more of Ryan Murphy’s Monster anthology
  8. Some brand-new and months-old devices don't currently work with ads. Most smart TVs should work with Netflix's new ad-supported plan. Somehow, it's far more powerful, newer devices that may have issues. And the PS3. Getty Images | Christopher Ames Netflix's newest offering, a $7-per-month "Basic with Ads" plan, comes with inherent compromises: five minutes of ads per hour, one device at a time, no downloads, 720p resolution, and some unavailable content. But there are also several device compatibility issues, including new devices. On Netflix's help center page for people encountering the error "Basic with Ads is not supported," Netflix notes that "Basic with Ads isn't supported on Apple TV." "You'll need to upgrade your Netflix plan to the Basic, Standard, or Premium plan," Netflix advises, or else "use a different device." That last bit links to Netflix's list of officially supported devices, which unhelpfully shows an Apple TV logo with no footnotes or other details about its limitations. Netflix told 9to5 Mac in a statement that Apple TV support is "coming soon." The same is true for any Chromecast except the newest model, Chromecast with Google TV. "Basic with Ads is supported only on Chromecast with Google TV," Netflix states, meaning that any model bought before September 2022—like the 4K version Google sold until then— is out of luck. Beyond those large holes in Netflix's coverage for "your favorite devices," there are other devices and apps that won't support a cheaper ad-infused plan: iOS devices not updated to iOS 15 or later Android devices on versions earlier than 7 The PlayStation 3 The Netflix app for Windows On Linux systems, using Chrome (not Chromium) or Firefox (with DRM enabled in settings) should generally work with Netflix's Basic with Ads plan. Why does the ad-supported Netflix plan have so many asterisks for mostly stream-ready devices? There's no immediate answer from Netflix (we've contacted the company for comment and clarification). One answer might be in how advertisements are being served: through Microsoft. Microsoft acquired programmatic advertising system Xandr from AT&T in 2021, and the company otherwise had far less experience serving ads in video than rivals like Google or Comcast, The Wall Street Journal reported. This doesn't fully explain why Windows' own Netflix app doesn't support the ad plan, though. Netflix also moved up its timeline for launching Basic with Ads from early 2023 to early November, reportedly to arrive before a similar plan comes from Disney+. Shunting compatibility issues down the timeline during a sped-up project is not that rare. It's worth noting that when Netflix's streaming services first launched, Microsoft was a key part of its limited compatibility. The tech giant's Silverlight, a kind of pseudo-Flash with extensive DRM capabilities, was implemented to bring "Play Ready DRM" to Macs. A Netflix statement said in July that Microsoft's ad network "offered the flexibility to innovate over time on both the technology and sales side, as well as strong privacy protections for our members." Some folks with perfectly reasonable streaming setups, perhaps eager to save a few dollars per month, might hope that flexible innovation streams their way. Netflix’s ad-supported plan doesn’t work on Apple TV, “older” Chromecasts, PS3
  9. Last month, Netflix announced a new subscription plan, called Basic with Ads, that would be launching in 12 countries from November 3. In the United States, it will be available for customers to subscribe to from 9 a.m. PT and will cost $6.99 per month. At the time of the announcement, Netflix said it was now confident that it had a price and plan for every fan. The 12 countries included in the initial rollout are: Australia Brazil Canada France Germany Italy Japan Korea Mexico Spain UK U.S. As younger people tend to watch less TV, they’re not as exposed to TV advertisements as older people. Netflix says that the Basic with Ads plan is a great thing for advertisers, as they will be able to show their products and services to people who may not have otherwise seen the ad. Viewers on this plan will see 15 or 30 second ads that play before and during shows and films. Advertisers that market to Netflix viewers will be able to control which programmes their ads are shown on, they can target specific countries and genres and prevent their ads being shown on content containing things like sex, nudity, or graphic violence. These controls should help brands avoid any controversy and help them target audiences that will be most receptive to their ads. With household budgets being squeezed for a myriad of reasons right now, Netflix’s Basic with Ads plan could help some people retain their Netflix subscription. We should start to hear about how the plan is doing in one of Netflix’s earnings report, either the next one or the one after that. Source: Netflix Netflix's Basic with Ads plan set to arrive in 12 countries this week
  10. Liam Hemsworth is replacing Henry Cavill in the Netflix adapation Season 3 of The Witcher hasn’t even premiered yet. Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic Although season 3 of The Witcher hasn’t premiered yet, Netflix just announced a major change coming to season 4: Liam Hemsworth is replacing Henry Cavill as the titular Geralt of Rivia. Both actors posted about the change on Instagram, with Liam Hemsworth saying he’s “over the moon about the opportunity to play Geralt of Rivia.” Netflix nor Cavill provided a reason for the casting change. “My journey as Geralt of Rivia has been filled with both monsters and adventures, and alas, I will be laying down my medallion and my swords for Season 4,” Cavill said on Instagram. “In my stead, the fantastic Mr Liam Hemsworth will be taking up the mantle of the White Wolf. As with the greatest of literary characters, I pass the torch with reverence for the time spent embodying Geralt and enthusiasm to see Liam’s take on this most fascinating and nuanced of men.” Hemsworth has played in flicks like Hunger Games, The Last Song, and Independence Day: Resurgence. Last week, Cavill, who starred in the 2013 film Man of Steel, reassured fans that he’s still going to play Superman whenever the film gets its rumored sequel. Cavill also recently made a cameo as Superman in Black Adam starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. The Witcher first premiered on Netflix in 2019, serving as an adaptation of the book series and video game franchise of the same name. We’re not expecting season 3 until the summer of next year, but The Witcher: Blood Origin spinoff hits Netflix on December 25th. There’s no word on when we might expect season 4 starring Hemsworth. Liam Hemsworth will play Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher’s fourth season
  11. Netflix’s Wendell & Wild, starring Lyric Ross, Jordan Peele, and Kegan-Michael Key, feels like an instant classic tailor-made for all the young punks too cool for school Kat introducing herself to her new classmates Image: Netflix As uniquely grim as all of director Henry Selick’s animated films are, there’s a timeless, comforting quality to their stories that makes watching them feel like sitting down to catch up with a macabre childhood friend. Netflix’s Wendell & Wild, starring Lyric Ross, Jordan Peele, and Keegan-Michael Key, marks Selick’s return to the directing game for the first time in over a decade with an all-new, original tale about a surly teen learning what it means to live with literal and metaphorical demons. Though Wendell & Wild taps into a number of critical ideas about the prison industrial complex and American foster care system that feel very specific to our present moment, the way it explores them is part of what makes the movie as a whole feel like an instant classic. Despite being named for a pair of demonic brothers from another world, Wendell & Wild’s story truly belongs to Kat Elliott (Lyric Ross), a 13-year-old girl from the small city of Rust Belt who remembers what the place was like before a great, destructive fire led to its economic downturn. Like all of Rust Bank’s other natives who once thrived in the cozy, communal hamlet, Kat knows from personal experience just how the fire devastated the town as it burned its way through people’s businesses and homes. But like all of the protagonists in Selick’s films, Kat’s personal pain goes a bit deeper than the sadness that comes with losing things or possessions, and Wendell & Wild’s opening scenes reveal how she first came to know grief as a young girl long before Rust Belt was set aflame. Wendell & Wild’s filled with all kinds of imaginative, otherworldly creatures that lurk in the Underworld, where demon brothers Wendell (Keegan-Michael Key) and Wild (Jordan Peele) work as bumbling landscapers at a theme park that is itself part of a much larger demon voiced by Ving Rhames. Much like Kat, Wendell and Wild both feel misunderstood by their peers and are anything but fans of authority figures. But unlike Kat, who has no problem being direct about most of what she’s feeling, the demons only feel safe talking secretly about their dream of building an even better park of the damned for fear of what might happen if they were found out. The desire to fulfill one’s deepest wishes becomes one of Wendell & Wild’s more central themes as it pulls Kat and the demons together more directly later in the film, which feels very much like classic Selick. But what really makes Wendell & Wild pop at the outset is the way it frames Kat — a moody punk who’s never without her gruesome-looking boombox and platform boots — as a brilliant girl who’s also a survivor of the juvenile justice system. Wendell & Wild’s definitely a movie meant to be watched by younger viewers. But as it’s matter-of-factly addressing things like the privatization of prisons and how a lack of proper funding for schools is its own kind of structural violence, Wendell & Wild also makes clear that it wants anyone watching the movie to feel comfortable thinking critically about those aspects of our society because of how they impact us all. Wendell & Wild has its fair share of heavy moments as it follows Kat to her new home at Rust Bank Catholic school for girls, where she immediately gets the strangest vibe from Sister Helley (Angela Bassett) and all of her new classmates. The movie’s also incredibly fun and whimsical, though, and when Kat starts to have random premonitions, its story starts to become a kind of Buffy-adjacent mystery about her discovering what kinds of secrets RBC Girls’ teachers are hiding from its students. Visually, Wendell & Wild’s as muscular as it is agile in large part due to character designer Pablo Lobato’s gorgeous and slightly off-putting creations, whose features come to life with a beautiful flair and verve in some of the film’s more intimate scenes. While Key and Peele both bring more or less exactly what you’d expect from them as scheming, well-meaning ghouls from Hell, Ross’ Kat and Bassett’s Sister Helley stand out, especially for the way that their subtle, understated performances are able to pierce through the joke-filled fracas of the film. Some of Wendell & Wild’s late-story twists and the introduction of new lore ends up muddling the story a bit as the movie tries to bring it all home. Rather than making its closing scenes feel like they don’t work, though, it sort of encourages you to go back to focus in on some of the film’s details more closely because so much of what makes Wendell & Wild a delight to watch is how rich with visual information its entire world is. Though it’s only coming out just now, Wendell & Wild still manages to feel like a classic piece of the spooky canon of Selick films that many of us grew up loving, one that will become part of the Halloween rotation for years to come. Wendell & Wild also stars James Hong, Tamara Smart, Seema Virdi, Ramona Young, Michele Mariana, and David Harewood. The movie hits Netflix on October 28th. Wendell & Wild is a classic Henry Selick joint about living with your personal demons
  12. Netflix’s glittering adaptation of Soman Chainani’s YA deconstruction of fairy tales is yet another reminder that Hollywood loves a magical school Sofia Wylie as Agatha, Michelle Yeoh as Professor Anemone, and Kerry Washington as Professor Dovey. Image: Gilles Mingasson / Netflix So long as there are literate young people trudging their way to school every morning, there’s always going to be an appetite for stories asking “what if the educational system, but magical?” That’s exactly the question author Soman Chainani’s The School for Good and Evil and Netflix’s new adaptation of the novel pose. Like all of the books in Chainani’s fairy tale-inspired YA series, Netflix’s The School for Good and Evil both pulls deep from and pokes fun at the magical storybook canon with a tale about the many different forms love can take. Netflix’s The School for Good and Evil from director Paul Feig tells the story of Agatha (Sofia Wylie) and Sophie (Sophia Anne Caruso), two best friends who, despite being slightly different flavors of misfit, cling to each other fiercely as they live out their days in the small, sleepy town of Gavaldon. Most of Gavaldon’s townsfolk are content to endlessly toil away at their jobs, never thinking too much about how no one ever seems to wander beyond the thick woods surrounding the picturesque village they call home. But for Sophie and Agatha, avid readers who frequent the local book store run by Mrs. Deauville (Patti LuPone), there’s an undeniable appeal to the idea of one day journeying into and beyond the woods if only to see for themselves what’s out there. Though Agatha and Sophie’s shared love of books is yet another thing that their peers look down on them for, it’s also what puts them on the path toward adventure when one of them makes a heartfelt wish not knowing that the School for Good and Evil is always listening. Netflix’s The School for Good and Evil doesn’t deviate all that largely from the source material, but co-writers Feig and David Magee’s script does feature a handful updates that make the story pop a little bit differently. Most everyone in the Gavaldon of Chainani’s book is generally aware of the existence of magic and how two children from the town seem to disappear under mysterious circumstances every four years. But Agatha and Sophie have no idea what they’re getting into in Netflix’s film when they end up in the Endless Woods one evening and are accosted by an otherworldly monster that carries them off into the night sky. Many of The School for Good and Evil’s core ideas and plot points will ring more than familiar to anyone who’s picked up a novel about kids enrolling in a magic school, which is likely why Netflix’s movie takes care to gloss over a number of the book’s narrative beats that might make it feel too similar to other YA fantasy franchises. Rather than hammering home what all the School for Good and Evil is from the jump, the film instead tries to impress it upon you with one of its many surprisingly majestic, VFX-heavy sequences that gives you a bird’s-eye view of the institution on the first day of student orientation. It’s as Agatha, Sophie, and all their new classmates are falling out of the sky into either the School for Good or the School for Evil that The School for Good and Evil starts to feel like it’s genuinely having fun before its story takes an inevitable dark turn. But it’s when the film’s curiously stacked cast of pitch hitters all start to show up in a series of resplendent gowns and suits that you can really see how intent Netflix is on The School for Good and Evil appealing to a broad audience. Wylie and Caruso are both compelling and magnetic presences on screen as they become fast friends (and enemies) with the children of legendary fairytale heroes and villains. But it’s the slightly unhinged camp of Kerry Washington’s Professor Dovey, Charlize Theron’s Lady Lesso, and Michelle Yeoh’s Professor Anemone that end up stealing the show and selling The School for Good and Evil as a kind of meta-fairy tale about how stifling fairytales tend to be. While the movie does still largely focus on Sophie’s dismay at being assigned to the School for Evil and Agatha’s trouble fitting in with her uber-feminine roommates in the School for Good, it also takes the time to dig into how much of their education’s being influenced by their teachers’ rivalries. Again, the concept of a magical school’s magical teachers having magical beef with one another isn’t exactly new, and the big mystery involving the School for Good and Evil’s headmaster (Laurence Fishburne) is far too easy to piece together. But there is something very special about the way The School for Good and Evil uses Dovey and Agatha — two of its most prominent Black characters — to expand upon some of the more interesting ideas from Chainani’s book about how we define “goodness” and what kind of people we associate it with. The School for Good and Evil’s twists probably won’t throw you for all that much of a loop, and its selection of dramatic covers tend to take away more than they add to its legitimately solid action sequences. But even though the movie was clearly made with fans of the books in mind, and it runs just a little too long to be a casual watch, it’s exactly the kind of well-produced, feature-length original project you want to see from Netflix that definitely leaves open the possibility for more installments down the line. The School for Good and Evil also stars Kit Young, Peter Serafinowicz, Cate Blanchett, Rob Delaney, and Rachel Bloom. The film hits Netflix on October 19th. Netflix’s whimsical The School for Good and Evil is worth the price of admission
  13. Netflix has announced the availability of a new feature called Profile Transfer. The option allows users who are sharing their account with other people, to move a a shared profile to a new account. Netflix Profile Transfer Let's say you have three users who are logged in to the same account. Each user has their own profile, this includes a personalized experience such as recommendations, this is based on the content that they watched. Netflix Profile Transfer, as the name suggests, will let you migrate a user's profile to a new account. So, in the above example, you could create 2 new accounts with their profiles, while retaining your own profile. The feature will transfer your viewing history, My List, Saved Games, Recommendations, Settings, etc., to the new account. Netflix says this was a much requested feature. That's laughable, because nobody asked for this. For the past year or so, the streaming service has been claiming that it was losing a lot of money because many users were sharing their account with other people. In other words, it was not particularly pleased on losing out on the profits it could have made from such accounts. A few months ago, the company introduced a new way to crackdown on password sharing called Netflix Homes. The paid sharing option, or an extra fee if you will, allows users to access their account in other places besides their regular location, for example, you could use it at your friend's house. Netflix Homes has been available in a few Countries; Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. And now Netflix Profile Transfer has been announced, if you put those two together, it is very much possible that the company is prepping to roll out Netflix Homes to more regions around the World. This new feature is basically the service's way to deal with password sharing, and kicking out what it views as freeloaders. Netflix Profile Transfer wasn't available in the mobile app, the desktop app, or the website when we tried it. According to the announcement, the option is rolling out to users around the world. The service will send out an email to notify users when the feature becomes available for their account. How to use Netflix Profile Transfer to create a new account 1. Sign in to the Netflix account that has the profile which you want to transfer. 2. Select the profile that you want to create a new account with from the Parental Controls section. Or mouse over the profile's icon in the top right corner of the website. 3. Click on the Transfer option under the Transfer Profile section. 4. Netflix will ask you to enter an email address and set up a password for the new account. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the process. The feature does not allow you to transfer a profile to an existing account. Note: A backup of the profile will be saved to the original account, though this will not include saved games or your game handle. Users can turn off (or enable) Profile Transfers at any time from the Settings section. Please refer to the official documentation for more details. Image courtesy: Netflix Last week, the streaming service announced its ad-supported tier called Netflix Basic with Ads. The new plan, which costs $6.99, will launch in November in 12 Countries. Netflix is rolling out Profile Transfer; an option to move a shared profile to a new account
  14. Today, Netflix has announced that it will be launching a new, less expensive tier of its subscription service which is supported by advertisements. As previously reported, the new tier lines up with a lot of what the current Basic tier offers, and the ads that will be included with it averages out at 4 to 5 minutes per hour of viewing. There will also be some TV shows and movies that won't be available due to licensing restrictions and no ability to download titles. To begin with, the new Basic with Ads tier will be launching on November 3rd at 9am PT in Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, the UK and the US, and will start from $6.99 a month. Netflix does go into some details on the adverts as well to try and entice advertisers to promote on the platform, and it does say that at launch, ads will be 15 or 30 seconds in length, which will play before and during shows and films. A key difference for the new plan, which will also be applied to the existing Basic plan, is that footage will be capped at 720p/HD resolution, which is the only change listed to the existing plan, however Netflix states that current plans and members will not be impacted. Netflix to launch lower cost, ad-supported plan in November
  15. Between November 23rd and November 29th, you can catch the new murder mystery from Rian Johnson in theaters ahead of its release on Netflix Netflix’s first Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, will hit theaters from November 23rd to November 29th. That means you’ll be able to catch the movie in cinemas just about a month before it premieres on Netflix itself on December 23rd. The film will be showing in about 600 theaters across the US, including theaters from all three of the big US theatrical companies — AMC, Regal, and Cinemark. Internationally, the film will be in theaters in countries including Canada, the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand, Netflix says in a press release. Tickets go on sale October 10th at glassonionmovie.com. In his spoiler-free review, Andrew Webster said the movie “solidifies Knives Out as the next great mystery franchise.” I’m personally quite excited; I loved the first Knives Out, and the cast for the sequel promises to be excellent, with names like Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, and Janelle Monáe on board. And this isn’t the only Knives Out sequel we can expect, as Netflix also picked up the rights to a second in a blockbuster deal last year. Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will briefly hit theaters in November
  16. Netflix finally revealed who’s playing some of the show’s minor characters, including King Bumi and Cabbage Merchant Netflix just revealed the full cast for its live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, giving us a look at who will play alongside Aang and the rest of the Avatar gang. On the side of the Fire Nation, we have Arden Cho (Partner Track) playing the bounty hunter June, Momona Tamada (Secret Headquarters) as the whimsical Ty Lee, and Thalia Tran (Raya and the Last Dragon) as the “unflappable” Mai. We’ll also see Utkarsh Ambudkar (Ghosts) as the Earth Kingdom’s ruler Bumi, Amber Midthunder (Prey) as the Northern Water Tribe’s Princess Yue, and Danny Pudi (Mythic Quest) as the Mechanist. Even Star Trek’s George Takei gets a role in the show as the unsettling spirit, Koh. Netflix also confirmed that James Sie (Stillwater), the voice actor behind the perpetually unlucky Cabbage Merchant, will reprise his role in the live-action series. You can see the full list of cast members on Netflix’s site. We may not have a trailer yet, but at least I can tell that the streamer’s attempting to stay close to the show’s roots. Showrunner Albert Kim explains that the series is “a chance to showcase Asian and Indigenous characters as living, breathing people. Not just in a cartoon, but in a world that truly exists, very similar to the one we live in.” As a longtime Avatar fan, it’s a bit of a relief to see some thought put into character casting, as Avatar fans have already been burned once by M. Night Shyamalan’s 2010 live-action The Last Airbender film. With that said, I still do have some reservations when it comes to the series itself. Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the original creators of the Avatar show on Nickelodeon, announced their departure from the Netflix series in 2020 after finding they “couldn’t control the creative direction of the series.” “Netflix’s live-action adaptation of Avatar has the potential to be good. It might turn out to be a show many of you end up enjoying,” DiMartino said in a letter to fans at the time. “But what I can be certain about is that whatever version ends up on-screen, it will not be what Bryan and I had envisioned or intended to make.” Netflix still hasn’t announced the release date for Avatar, but we likely won’t see the series until at least next year. In other news on the Avatar front, Nickelodeon’s currently working on an animated film centered around Aang and his friends and is also partnering with Paramount on three Avatar films — both projects will, thankfully, involve DiMartino and Konietzko. Netflix’s live-action Avatar is nailing it on the casting front
  17. The Playlist, a ‘fictionalized account,’ debuts on October 13th Netflix has released the official trailer for The Playlist, its upcoming show about the creation of Spotify, and the nearly two-minute trailer indicates the show will be a very serious look at how the streaming giant built its empire. If you’re a fan of high-stakes business dramas, this one seems as though it will check a lot of the boxes; the trailer has glimpses of dramatic boardroom scenes, swanky parties, and even congressional testimony. That said, if you’re looking for a completely accurate story about the rise of Spotify, this isn’t going to be it. While the trailer says this series is based on “6 untold stories,” Netflix spells out that the show is a “fictionalized account.” I’m guessing that means the creators will be playing a bit fast and loose with the historical facts in service of making something fit for a television series. To be clear, I think that’s a totally fine thing to do! Just don’t expect this to be a documentary. The series is inspired by Spotify Untold, a book about Spotify by two Swedish business reporters, according to Variety. The Playlist, which will be a six-episode series, debuts on Netflix on October 13th. If you want another peek at what you can expect from the show, check out the teaser trailer from earlier this month. Watch the trailer for Netflix’s show about the rise of Spotify
  18. No ambition and no energy — but at least it has a premiere date Gudetama is easily my favorite Sanrio character, mostly because it’s so relatable: just a little blob of egg who never wants to do anything. Same. In the upcoming Netflix series, dubbed Gudetama: An Eggcellent Adventure, we get a glimpse at how that might look in the real world. The show sees the egg teaming up with a little chick — who considers them “siblings” — as they leave the fridge into the big wide world. In the show, Gudetama looks much more realistic than its cartoon origins, but the attitude is the same; when it says, “Why bother trying?” I felt a deep connection. The series starts streaming on December 13th, and the new trailer was a part of a series of Japan-centric announcements from its Tudum event, which also included details on season 2 of Way of the Househusband (it’s coming January 2023), a first look at Junji Ito Maniac: Japanese Tales of the Macabre, and a trailer for a new sci-fi anime called Moonrise. Elsewhere at Tudum, Netflix revealed new details on The Witcher season 3 and the prequel Blood Origin and showed off clips from Enola Holmes 2, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, and They Cloned Tyrone. Gudetama the lazy egg looks uncomfortably real in first Netflix trailer
  19. Big names like The Witcher, Knives Out, Enola Holmes, and Bridgerton all made appearances on the livestream Henry Cavill and Freya Allan in The Witcher. Image: Netflix For a second year in a row, Netflix held a livestreamed event called Tudum to show off some of its biggest upcoming movies, TV shows, and now games. (Though the names are the same, this Tudum has nothing to do with the struggling fansite also managed by Netflix.) There were a few notable absences from the 2022 edition — I’m still waiting to hear or see something about season 2 of Arcane — but there were also plenty of big names. That includes news about two different Witcher shows, trailers for Enola Holmes and Knives Out, and the surprise launch of an excellent indie game. If you missed the show, here are the biggest reveals. Enola Holmes 2 has a new trailer The gang is all back in the sequel to Enola Holmes, which once again sees Millie Bobby Brown and Henry Cavill as the Holmes siblings, only this time Enola is a detective in her own right. The new movie starts streaming on November 4th. A first look at spy thriller Heart of Stone Gal Gadot is starring in another action thriller for Netflix, with Heart of Stone, which also features Jamie Dornan and Alia Bhatt. In the new clip, Gadot describes the movie as a “super grounded, raw action thriller.” It’s due to hit Netflix some time in 2023. Queen Charlotte stars in a Bridgerton spinoff Given the massive success of Bridgerton, it’s no surprise that Netflix is expanding it with a spinoff. At Tudum the streamer showed off a clip of the first such project, a prequel called Queen Charlotte. Here’s a thing with Thing in Wednesday We’ve already seen a few trailers for Wednesday, the Addams Family spinoff from Tim Burton starring Jenna Ortega in the titular role. But the newest clip focuses on something very important: Thing, the sentient hand. The series starts streaming on Netflix on November 23rd. A behind-the-scenes look at Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio We already knew that del Toro’s take on Pinocchio — not to be confused with the live-action Disney film — was going to be gorgeous, thanks to early trailers. But the latest clip from Netflix gives a brief taste of how the fantastical stop-motion world was brought to life. The movie starts streaming on December 9th. Jennifer Lopez is an assassin in The Mother There’s not much else to say about The Mother other than Jennifer Lopez looks incredibly cool as an assassin coming out of hiding to save a daughter that she was forced to give up. That premise alone is enough to make me tune in when the movie starts streaming in May 2023. The Witcher: Blood Origin. Image: Netflix The Witcher: Blood Origin is coming in December We didn’t get to see anything new of The Witcher: Blood Origin, a prequel series that stars Michelle Yeoh. But we did learn something important: the show hits Netflix in December. In the meantime, you can check out the first trailer right here. They Cloned Tyrone looks like a lot of fun Jamie Foxx is following up Day Shift with what looks like another mixture of genre action and comedy. They Cloned Tyrone sees Foxx team up with John Boyega and Teyonah Parris as they follow “the trail of a nefarious government experiment in this pulpy mystery caper.” It’s listed as “coming soon.” Henry Cavill in season 2 of The Witcher. Image: Netflix Season 3 of The Witcher is coming in summer 2023 Much like Blood Origin, we didn’t actually get to see any footage of the third season of The Witcher. But Netflix did confirm that season 3 is expected to debut next summer. Oxenfree is out now on Netflix games Netflix’s gaming push continues today with the launch of Oxenfree, a supernatural mystery game that first launched back in 2016. The Netflix launch of the game comes not long after the streamer acquired Oxenfree developer Night School Studio. Another look at Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery We’re still a ways off from the December debut of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, but at least we have this new clip to make the wait a little more tolerable. This one shows off the star-studded cast as well as some particularly devious-looking puzzle boxes. The School for Good and Evil continues to look good... and evil Netflix’s live-action adaptation of The School for Good and Evil continues to look impressive, and the latest clip gets an assist from Billie Eilish to help set the dark mood. The movie is directed by Paul Feig, and it’s due to hit Netflix on October 19th. Hellbound is coming back for season 2 Netflix released a very brief — yet appropriately dark and gory — teaser confirming that Hellbound is coming back for a second season. It’s not a big surprise given the way season 1 ended, but unfortunately there’s no word on when it’ll be available to stream. A high-octane clip of Money Heist: Korea’s second part When Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area debuted earlier this year, it wasn’t a complete show — and now we have a good look at the upcoming part 2. And while it doesn’t have a release date yet, Netflix says the new episodes are “coming soon.” A very brief unreleased clip from Squid Game While it’s not a glimpse of the mysterious season 2, Squid Game director Hwang Dong-Hyuk did stop by Tudum to present a brief, previously-unreleased clip from the debut season. As for what’s next, the director says season 2 “will be filled with all-new stories.” The biggest news and trailers from Netflix’s Tudum event
  20. Director Juel Taylor’s debut feature looks like a modern day blaxploitation comedy with some burn questions on its mind In Netflix’s upcoming sci-fi comedy feature The Cloned Tyrone from director Juel Taylor, everybody with even the slightest bit of common sense knows that Black people have plenty of reasons not to trust the government or the police stalking their neighborhoods. Some of those reasons, like police brutality and harassment, are obvious. But the real threat everyone’s facing in They Cloned Tyrone’s first trailer is a bit more hidden and insidious because it’s the sort of thing few people would be inclined to believe. They Cloned Tyrone tells the story of Yo-Yo (Teyonah Parris), Slick (Jamie Foxx), and Fontaine (John Boyega), three unlikely friends who are brought together by their shared discovery of a massive, secret governmental surveillance plan to monitor the lives of Black people before disappearing them and replacing them with clones. It’s hard to tell from They Cloned Tyrone’s trailer just what the end goal of snatching folks up is, or how three conspiracy theorists are supposed to take down that sort of operation on their own. But it does seem like They Cloned Tyrone’s going to have one hell of a good time reminding people what the concept of staying woke actually means when it hits Netflix on December 30th. They Cloned Tyrone’s onto something wild in its first trailer
  21. Ahead of the holiday premiere, Netflix provides another look at Benoit Blanc’s next adventure At the beginning of the month Netflix gave us our first taste of the first Knives Out sequel, and at its Tudum event the streamer showed off another clip — this one focused on some very complex puzzle boxes that double as a party invite. The brief clip showed off the mixture of humor and mystery that you’d expect from another Knives Out. Glass Onion is an important movie for Netflix, and not just because it’s a centerpiece of the company’s holiday schedule. The company reportedly paid more than $400 million for two sequels to Rian Johnson’s original whodunit, and Glass Onion also features a star-studded cast including the likes of Janelle Monáe, Leslie Odom Jr., David Bautista, Jessica Henwick, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, and Edward Norton, alongside star Daniel Craig. Knives Out is just one of several cinematic universes that Netflix is hoping to turn into its next big film franchise. Glass Onion starts streaming on Netflix on December 23rd, and will be in select theaters before that. In the meantime, you can check out our spoiler-free review. Netflix’s new Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery clip is full of devious puzzles
  22. The writing was already on the wall, but Netflix has now confirmed that The Witcher season 3 is still a ways away Freya Allan as Ciri. Netflix When Netflix announced during last year’s Tudum that a third season of The Witcher was already on the way, there was some hope that maybe, just maybe Henry Cavill’s Geralt of Rivia would be back on our screens slaying demons in time for the upcoming holiday season. Unfortunately, that’s not going to be the case, and there’s going to be a bit of a wait, but not an especially long one. While there was no new footage from The Witcher’s third season shown at this year’s Tudum presentation, Cavill and co-stars Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan a made brief appearances to share some teaser art and to announce that the series will return in 2023. Taken at face value, there isn’t all that much to glean from the teaser art, which features the wolf, swallow, and obsidian star symbols associated with Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefir in Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher. But the way Geralt’s wolf medallion — a powerful magic tool — is broken in the art could be a nod to how Geralt’s original medallion is destroyed in The Tower of the Swallow, the fourth novel in Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher Saga. Netflix’s series, CD Projekt Red’s video games, and Sapkowski’s novels are all very different beasts. But it wouldn’t at all be surprising to see a rather major moment from the source material becoming one of The WItcher’s big season 3 plot points when it returns some time next summer. The Witcher’s third season won’t be here until summer 2023
  23. Before The Witcher’s third season drops, Netflix’s new Blood Origin prequel series will explore the creation of the first magical mutant Laurence O’Fuarain as Fjall, Sophia Brown as Éile, and Michelle Yeoh as Scian. Netflix While the third season of Netflix’s live-action Witcher series still doesn’t have an actual premiere date, the wait for Declan de Barra and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich’s upcoming The Witcher: Blood Origin prequel series is almost over. Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origin hits Netflix on December 25th. And while we didn’t get a new trailer for the series — which tells the story of the very first witcher, long before Geralt’s iconic adventures — we did learn that Minnie Driver will be joining the cast, where she’ll star alongside the likes of Michelle Yeoh. While you wait, you can check out the very first teaser for the series right here — and a brand new poster below. Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origin prequel series is coming this December
  24. Millie Bobby Brown, Henry Cavill, and Helena Bonham Carter all return in one of Netflix’s biggest holiday films Netflix has a fairly full lineup of movies this holiday season, and leading the way is the sequel to Enola Holmes. At the streamer’s big Tudum event today, it revealed a new trailer for the film, which shows the budding detective starting to lay down a foundation for her crime-solving career — though naturally things don’t seem to be going so well. The sequel was first announced last year, and it sees much of the cast returning; Millie Bobby Brown plays Enola, Henry Cavill is her older brother Sherlock, and Helena Bonham Carter is their mother. Harry Bradbeer is also back to direct. According to Netflix, Enola Holmes 2 will feature “a mystery of historic proportions,” and the new trailer shows how the case will see Enola and Sherlock cross paths. It also has a very dramatic cover of Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” in keeping with modern movie trailers. The movie starts streaming on Netflix on November 4th. Enola Holmes 2’s new trailer shows a budding detective in action
  25. "Lock the doors. Stay in your rooms. Everyone is in danger." Daniel Craig reprises his role as Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. We loved director Rian Johnson's delightful 2019 hit film Knives Out as much as anyone. So we've been eager to learn more about the upcoming sequels commissioned by Netflix. Fortunately, the streaming platform just dropped the first teaser for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery—and per Johnson, it's less of a sequel and more of a new standalone mystery featuring Daniel Craig's philosophically minded Kentucky sleuth Benoit Blanc. Based on the teaser, it looks fabulous, and we can't wait for the film's release later this fall. Knives Out premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was an instant hit, and word of mouth spread quickly. The film ended up grossing $311 million worldwide—the top-grossing film in 2019 not based on existing IP. In my review, I praised Johnson's deft ability to mix dark subject matter with a lighter touch in his old-school classic whodunnit: "Think Clue meets Murder on the Orient Express—or any number of adaptations of novels by the grande dame of murder mysteries, Agatha Christie—both of which the director cited as influences via a 2019 Twitter thread of movie posters." So naturally there was going to be a sequel... or two. Lionsgate originally took on the project, but in 2021 Netflix won a bidding war for the rights to the film plus a second sequel, beating out both Amazon and Apple with a whopping $469 million bid. Johnson wrote the script for Glass Onion during the pandemic, inspired particularly by the Christie-based "tropical getaway" whodunnit Evil Under the Sun (1982), as well as a 1973 film called The Last of Sheila. The all-star cast of Glass Onion Netflix Craig had forgotten his distinctive Southern drawl since shooting the first film, and rather than try to wing it, he worked with an accent coach for a few months to "make it as grounded and anchored in reality as possible." Johnson has said that Glass Onion will showcase Blanc's perspective a bit more than its predecessor; we will meet the new characters through his eyes. Per the official premise: If Knives Out was about the murderous ties of flesh and blood, Glass Onion makes a good case for being just as wary of one’s closest friends. When tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invites some of his nearest and dearest for a getaway on his private Greek island, it soon becomes clear that all is not perfect in paradise. And when someone turns up dead, well, who better than [Benoit] Blanc to peel back the layers of intrigue? In addition to Craig and Norton, the cast includes Janelle Monae as a tech entrepreneur named Cassandra "Andi" Brand; Kathryn Hahn as an ambitious governor of Connecticut keen to run for the US Senate; Leslie Odom Jr. as one of Bron's scientists, Lionel Toussaint; Kate Hudson as a fashion designer named Birdie Jay; Jessica Henwick as Birdie's assistant, Peg; Dave Bautista as a YouTube star named Duke Cody; and Madelyn Cline as Duke's assistant (and girlfriend) Whiskey. Ethan Hawke will also appear in an as-yet-undisclosed role. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will make its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10. It will be released in select theaters in November before hitting Netflix on December 23. Listing image by Netflix The knives are out again in first teaser for Glass Onion
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