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Netflix Unveils New Drama/Mystery ‘1899’

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Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar have brought their drama/mystery series ‘1899’ to the content streaming platform Netflix, which made it’s arrival exclusively on the popular streaming platform on November 17th.

However, fan reaction has been confusing, albeit while heaping praise, with many unsure of what to make of the series.

According to the official synopsis: “Immigrants on a steamship travelling from London to New York get caught up in a mysterious riddle after finding a second vessel adrift on the open sea.”

One particular review from The Independent called the series “a thrilling and invigoratingly confident watch” while jokingly cautioning viewers that Netflix will likely cancel it, continuing their confusing trend.

Per the review: “Dark impressively ensnared non-science-fiction viewers by presenting an (initially) easy-to-follow plot in a contemporary setting; while as the title suggests, 1899 is a period piece filled with characters whose motives aren’t clearly defined, and it’s impenetrable for at least seven of its eight episodes. This is cause for worry. TV viewers generally love a laidback watch and tend to switch off at the merest hint of a challenge, but 1899 actively puts people through their paces, albeit with an invigorating confidence.”

“For us, it was important that in the first episode, really from the get-go, you feel unbalanced. It does feel a little bit like an 1899 historical drama piece, but something is off,” Friese said during an interview with IndieWire. “What we constantly do is play with expectations. You read a code and you expect something and you feel safe in that. You think you figured it out. We’re breaking that expectation, and then hopefully giving you a satisfactory answer. At least at the end of Season 3, but hopefully already during the very first season.”

Check out the series yourself, which is currently available on Netflix.

 

 

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Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ Gets Massive Budget

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Netflix is opening up the bank for the latest film from Joe and Anthony Russo.

According to World of Reel, Joe and Anthony Russo’s ‘The Electric State’ movie, which is going to be exclusively for the entertainment streaming platform, Netflix has topped the $300 million budget mark, costing $320 million to produce.

The cast for “The Electric State”, a sci-fi movie based on Simon Stålenhag‘s 2018 illustrated novel, includes Millie Bobbie Brown, Chris Pratt, Ke Huy Quan, Giancarlo Espostito, Anthony Mackie, Stanley Tucci, Jason Alexander, Brian Cox, and Jenny Slate.

According to the official synopsis: ““The Electric State” is a coming-of-age tale that mixes sci-fi and western genres in a retro-futuristic past. Brown plays an orphaned teenager who traverses the American West with her robot friend and an eccentric drifter in search of her younger brother.”

Netflix won the bidding war for the rights to the film back in 2022, and now we will see if the ROI on the investment will reward their massive investment.

 

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Official Trailer Arrives for ‘That ’90s Show’

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The official trailer for Netflix’s highly anticipated sequel series to ‘The 70’s Show’ had dropped, and now fans get an exclusive glimpse into what’s in store for ‘That ’90s Show’, including some of the guest stars on tap.

The show is expected to make it’s debut on January 19th, exclusively on Netflix, and fans can expect guest appearances from Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Wilmer Valderrama.

According to the official synopsis: “Hello, Wisconsin! It’s 1995 and Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna, is visiting her grandparents for the summer where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red. Sex, drugs and rock ’n roll never dies, it just changes clothes.”

Check out the official trailer below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F36HBFGxWkg

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‘Wednesday’ Tops ‘Stranger Things’ in Massive Ratings Upset

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Netflix has two big winners on their hands for 2022, and while it was always expected that ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4 would reign atop the ratings list there has been a shocking development as a new ratings winner has emerged.

Netflix’s Addams Family spinoff show ‘Wednesday’ has topped ‘Stranger Things’ in a Netflix streaming record upset for an English language series. The series stars Jenna Ortega as the titular character in the show that premiered on November 23rd.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wednesday enjoyed the biggest ever opening week for an English language series in Netflix history, overtaking the previous record set by ratings behemoth Stranger Things, and racking up a staggering 341.2 million hours of viewing globally during its opening week, beating the previous 335 million hours set by Stranger Things season 4.

However, despite those numbers, it falls short of the all-time opening week record of 571.76 million hours which was set last year by Squid Games.

Ortega has received praise for her performance, as has Gwendoline Christie, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, and Christina Ricci as well.

Season 2 has yet to be announced but is widely expected.

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