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‘Daredevil’ Netflix Series Takes Place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Back in November, Marvel confirmed that they are teaming up with Netflix for new TV shows based on comic book characters DaredevilIron FistJessica Jones and Luke Cage, which will lead into The Defenders mini-series. Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada revealed on Kevin Smith‘s Fatman on Batman podcast that these shows will all exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while teasing the release plans and the production status of these programs.

It was assumed by many that Daredevil and the other shows will be set within the MCU, but it has never been confirmed until now.

“There will be some interconnectivity, much like the movies. They will exist within the cinematic universe again, so this is all the same world as (Marvel’s Agents of ) S.H.I.E.L.D. and The Avengers.”

The initial anouncement revealed that the shows will debut sometime in 2015, but it wasn’t known if Netflix planned on staggering the release of each show. Joe Quesadaconfirmed that all four shows will be available at the same time, although a specific release date has not been given.

“You’re going to get all these episodes, and you can binge watch them however you want, and then binge watch them again.”

He also confirmed a report from February that these programs will all be shot in New York City.

“We’re shooting in New York. That’s the fantastic thing about it is that we’re shooting at home. We’re shooting where these characters belong. These stories take place in Hell’s Kitchen. It thrills me to no end to have these things happening in New York. That alone is going to give it an incredible vibe. It’s just once again…it’s like Marvel taking ownership of New York, saying this is where we’re from, this is our universe, this is where it started.”

The executive also revealed that the show would be shooting in Brooklyn and areas of Long Island that still look like the old Hell’s Kitchen. When asked about Daredevil‘s setting, he had this to say.

“It smells of dark alley, vomit, and piss.”

While the shows will be set in the MCU, he said they will show a “street level noir” side to these characters fans haven’t seen before.

“Although these are superhero stories, this is different now. This is the street level…this is the street level noir side of the Marvel Universe. Something that you haven’t really, really seen in any of our Marvel movies. And probably more ground level, than I think you’ve seen. This is not like us doing Batman, Dark Knight or any of that stuff. This is very Marvel doing street level superheroes.”

He also spoke briefly about the production status of Daredevil, revealing that the scriptsby writer-director Drew Goddard and his team are starting to come in.

“The scripts are coming in. They are pretty fantastic. They’re really emotional. They’re very, very original. But at the same time, it is Daredevil. It is Matt Murdock. We will eventually, hopefully start casting really, really soon, but I’m very, very excited about it.”

Earlier this month, we reported that Marvel has the rights to iconic Daredevil characters Kingpin and Elektra. When asked who the villain of this show will be, Joe Quesadawould not say.

“I’m not going to say who the villain is in our story.”

DaredevilIron FistJessica Jones and Luke Cage will debut on Netflix sometime in 2015. Are you more excited for these shows now? Chime in with your thoughts below.


The 25 Worst Movie Covers on Netflix

My mother used to say, “Never judge a book by its cover, but always judge a Netflix movie by its thumbnail.” Keeping that advice in mind, I combed through thousands of movies streaming on Netflix as we speak to find the 25 with the most absolutely horrendous covers available for your viewing displeasure. Twenty-five movie covers that raise the question: “How did anyone possibly star and direct in me?” Giving thousands of Netflix customers no other choice than to pity-stream it and find out. And now, I’d like to share those titles with you in this handy list: The 25 Worst Movie Covers on Netflix.

25. Norwegian Ninja

Norway is a mysterious country, one whose Wikipedia page leaves more questions than answers. (Trust me on this.) In fact, a Web site listing “11 Things Norway Is Famous For” starts off strong (fjords, Vikings) but begins to lose faith in itself somewhere around 4 or 5 (trolls, whale meat). But no Norwegian mystery could possibly top Norwegian Ninja (adorably known to locals as Kommandør Treholt & Ninjatroppen.) It is an action flick? A comedy? A Game of Thrones parody? One thing is certain: this movie will earn at LEAST a bronze in the Sochi 2014 Olympics. (Barring any pre-game homosexual activity.)

24. Matchmaker Mary

Judging this film by its cover, one might think this is a movie about a mom matchmaking her 11-year-old daughter before you-know-who starts visiting her ladyparts once a month. (Her stepdad.) But no. According to its description, it’s a movie about a SIX-YEAR-OLD (Mary) who USES PUPPIES to bring together lonely, heartbroken single people looking for any sort of companionship whatsoever. It’s really more about adopting . . . each other. But things take a turn for the “majority of marriages” when Mary’s own parents begin to get divorcey feelings for one another. BRIGHT SIDE: This movie is FULL OF PUPPIESAHHH!!!

23. Little Tony

This film follows the story of an illiterate farmer. Thanks to the spoiler-alert cover, now we know why: pigeon parents. Before you say anything, yes, I want to see this one.

22. The Fast and the Furious

Nowwwwww is this the one that took place in Tokyo? Or is this 2 Fast 2 Furious One? I ask because I’ve never actually seen a single film from the franchise. But judging by this cover, a more appropriate title would probably be The Slow and the What Are You Waiting for It’s a Green Light Let’s Go Grandpa.

21. Sophie & Sheba

According to its summary, the plot of this movie is so ridiculous my fingers physically cannot type out what happens. But what is pretty amazing is that a movie with a budget of a Starbucks Gift Card was able to train an elephant to sit on a wall. Crazy stuff. Spoiler alert: someone gets stamped to death at the end, but I won’t say who!

20. 8000 Miles 2: Girls Rapper

Who’s the star of this thing? Feminem? Thank you and goodnight!

19. Jealousy

I personally appreciate that someone took the time to download the 2003 version of MS Paint in order to create this timeless cover of two-time Golden Globe winner Angie Dickinson along with the sluttiest font of the late 90s. My heart is all *UNDER CONSTRUCTION GIF.*

  1.  Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge

And you didn’t think there was a Bollywood version of Catfish, did you? Well, there is. Accept my FB fraaand request and I’ll tell you all about it.

17. Gabe the Cupid Dog

OH GOD, HIS HUMAN EYES. (BTW Gabe, have you met Matchmaker Mary? I think you guys would totally hit it off. She’s like 11? 12? Great personality. Reads at a fifth-grade level . . . uch and her collages. You would die, they’re amazing.)

  1.  Fashion Model

This is either a whodunit murder mystery or a verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry specific kind of old-timey pornography. Either way, color me sold. Do you have any idea what they’re going to do to this “Fashion Model” in prison? He’ll be “Doing the Dutch” in no time.

15. Big Money Rustlas

There are three things in this world that will bring me to my knees, begging God for mercy: clowns, roaches, and Westerns. The Big Money Rustlas cover manages to combine all three of these things! It’s like Guy Fieri and Marcel Marceau made a left turn at Albuquerque and opened up the pawn shop in Pulp Fiction together. This cover is what happened to Marsellus Wallace.

14. Note to Self

Note to self: Watch this immediately and tell no one.

13. Fat City New Orleans

Hasn’t this city been through enough?

12. Munchie

The Munchie cover was actually so creepy I was ready to bury it deep in my Howard the Duckfile (a file overflowing with stills from the Howard the Duck sex scene that forever ruined the act for me). But I have a job to do. Munchie is actually the sequel to Munchies, because for the sequel, they decided one is better. Next in the trilogy? Zero Munchies.

11. Inseparable

Ever wondered how bad things were for Kevin Spacey before House of Cards? Meet Inseparable. The pitch probably went a little something like this: “4 words: Frasier meets Iron Man.” Only more like this: “4个字:老张满足钢铁侠.” The movie was produced in China, so for this, I’m doing my best to give Kevin one “Brad Pitt in a Japanese Honda commercial” pass. Still, it’s hard not to side-eye the guy for taking on this project. As one YouTube commenter put it: “I wonder how low the budget was. All the music in the trailer are free Apple jingles.”

10. The Infidel

At first glance, this cover gave me uncomfy feelings in my Jewy stomach (shockingly, full of gluten as we speak). But then the description—“An identity crisis comedy centered on Mahmud Nasir, successful business owner, and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he’s adopted—and Jewish”—made it official. I gotta see this thing!

9. Blubberella

To be fair, it’s directed by Uwe Boll, notoriously the worst director of all time. Then again, the movie is about an obese woman whose footsteps cause explosions. And they say there are no good roles for plus-size actresses anymore! Excuse me one second, just gonna hop out of this chair and grab some smoked almond—** entire apartment blows up *

8. I’m Still Here

By far my least favorite installment in the Muppets franchise.

7. Gregory’s Girl

Gregory’s girl must hate being followed around by that Dudley Moore impersonator. Oh, actually wait, he murdered her, it’s fine.

6. Marrying the Mafia 3

You would THINK the guy would know from Marrying the Mafia 1 and 2 that it’s just not a great idea to marry into the Mafia. But you know these South Koreans! (Making a successful comedy franchise that takes their country by storm.)

5. Angel Dog

Aww, what a sweet puppy face. And judging by this cover, I’m sure this movie is perfect for all children. Let’s check out the summary: “This heartwarming film is about a dog named Cooper who is the lone survivor of a terrible car accident.” Oh, kind of a depressing start. Surely it picks up: “Jake, a family patriarch, loses his wife and children in the accident.” Allllright. Um, probably not right for my childr—“Not being a dog person, Jake is angry and resentful toward the dog for even surviving.” ANGEL DOG, WHY YOU MAKE ME CRY?

4. Leave Em Laughing

I . . . no, just keep reading on. Keep going, next!

3. 1313 UFO Invasion

Now here’s a movie I can really GET BEHIND. And surely these guys would not push me away in disgust! A friend of mine whose name will go unmentioned (hi, Dan) has actually seen this film. He brought it up to me at a cocktail party we both attended (via Gchat). Without giving any of the plot away, “nothing happens for 90 minutes.” And this cover . . . Reverse side-eye, ma’am. Reverse. Side-eye.

2. A Talking Cat?!?

Who am I kidding WATCHING THIS AS WE SPEAK. Meow that’s what I call FILMMAKING.

1. Titanic II

Rub your eyes a few more times, but this will still be here. Yes, girls!!! There is a Titanic sequel. The plot is almost EXACTLY the same (as is the budget, I THINK), only this time, the iceberg actually seeks the ship out. You might say the movie stars the poor man’s Leonardo DiCaprio, but, really, isn’t everyone? I just really hope Billy Zane survives a second time! (Didn’t check the cast list, assuming he’s in it.) The real twist here is that the actress who played the old woman in the first Titanic lived long enough to see this. RIP4VR Gloria.

I am sure there are some movies that I missed. Feel free to tweet your picks for the worst Netflix movie covers to me @bilawalshams

7 Oscar Winners You Can Watch on Netflix

All About Eve, movie


Hollywood’s award season is just heating up, and with all the attention being lavished on this year’s best films and performances, it’s a great time to be a film fan. If you can’t get to the movie theater — or if you’ve already seen every critically acclaimed flick in the last year — you can still take part in the excitement over Oscar. You can stream any of these previous Best Picture winners on Netflix today.

1. All About Eve

If you haven’t seen this classic film from 1950, about a deceptive ingénue who claws her way to the top on Broadway, you’re missing out on a piece of film history. It features exceptional performances from Hollywood legends like Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, and Marilyn Monroe. All About Eve racked up 14 Academy Award nominations and won six, including Best Picture. To this day, it’s the only film to ever receive four female acting nods.

All About Eve, movie

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9 Netflix Originals to Look Forward to in 2014


1. Lilyhammer

Seasons one and two of Lilyhammer are already available on Netflix, taking viewers to snowy Norway alongside a New York city mobster in hiding — a sort of Norwegian Sopranos if you will. The star of the show, Frank Tagliano, played by Steven Van Zandt, is on the run after testifying against his fellow mobsters back in the big city. Zandt has some experience playing the gangster role, having played Frank Tagliano in HBO’s Sopranos, making the comparison that much more salient.

Season three has been renewed for 2014, according to Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer at Netflix. “We are proud to bring back Lilyhammer for a third season. Lilyhammer is the type of global show that Netflix members around the world have discovered and love and season three will see that world expand even more,” Sarandos said in a PR Newswire press release.




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9 Netflix Originals to Look Forward to in 2014

Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) has more to offer these days than a simple streaming platform for your favorite network shows. Slowly but surely, it’s been growing beyond contracts with networks to introduce its own original content — some of which has been very good — taking its brand name to a whole new place. It’s not the only online streaming platform to make that move either.

Hulu and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Prime are both creating their own original series as well, meaning not only do we go to them for everyone else’s shows, but now they’re growing audiences of their own — audiences that will specifically have to subscribe to them for this exclusive content.

Hulu has a new animated superhero show targeted to an adult audience with The Awesomes, as well as its team drama, Quick Draw – and a number of others. Amazon Prime tried out Alpha House, an adult political comedy starring John Goodman in 2013, and has added to its collection with others since — including Annebots for kids, featuring Katie Griffin, Addison Holley, and their robotic friend.

Netflix has already released Turbo — a snail-based children’s animated series, picking up where the film left off in a deal between Netflix and Dreamworks Animation (NASDAQ:DWA) — as well as the popular Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, among other original programs. But what series do we still have to look forward to from Netflix? Let’s take a look — starting with some familiar names returning for new seasons, then moving on to the newest series yet to be released.

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14 Movies You Must See in 2014

The Skeleton Twins
Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader in The Skeleton Twins

January is almost over, people—which, for film buffs, means the good stuff (you know, releases you’d actually get out of your house and pay money to see) will soon start hitting theaters. The cinematic calendar for the next 11 months promises sex addicts, sexy vampires, sexy co-eds—not to mention the indies that made a splash earlier this month at Sundance and artfully concocted big-budget fare.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (March 7)

Wes Anderson hops over to Europe for this color-popping chronicling of the adventures of a smooth-talking concierge (Ralph Fiennes), notorious for sleeping with elderly guests, and new lobby boy (Tony Revolori). The writer-director has explored oddball father-son dynamics excellently in the past (Rushmore, Bottle Rocket, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), and his ambitious presentation of Budapest in three aspect ratios has us curiously excited. Continue reading 14 Movies You Must See in 2014

20 Good Movies to Watch on Netflix in March 2014

The Long Goodbye

People complain all the time that there’s nothing good to watch on Netflix, but the truth is, that’s just because we usually like to complain more than we like to do a little work. In reality, there are tons of good movies to watch on Netflix, you just have to do a little digging to find them. For instance, here are 20 movies, ranging from good to great, that just got added to their streaming service recently. No digging required.

Click on the films’ titles to be taken to their Netflix page so you can add them to your queue. Happy vegging.

Pick of the Month:The Long Goodbye (1973)

'The Long Goodbye' PosterProbably the best compliment a movie can receive is Joel and Ethan Coen citing it as an influence, so seeing as the brothers Coen have gone on record as saying that Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye is a big influence on their The Big Lebowski—which is one of the best movies ever—you know that it’s got to be something special. And it is. Not only is this modern-for-the-early-70s adaptation of the classic Philip Marlowe story full of interesting characters and great acting, it’s also absolutely gorgeous to look at, infinitely quotable, and it tells a story that somehow manages to be completely engaging in its mystery while ultimately being astonishingly simple when it comes to the details of its plot. Continue reading 20 Good Movies to Watch on Netflix in March 2014