Ryan Reynolds And Netflix Teaming Up Again For Comedy Upstate

We can always rely on Ryan Reynolds to provide us with a good laugh, whether it’s in the way he mocks his wife Blake Lively, his never-ending trolling of Hugh Jackman, or in character as the ever-satirical Deadpool. 

Reynolds’ humour is always welcome, probably more so than ever with the year we’re having, and luckily for us he’s ready to bring us a fresh bout of joy in a new collaboration with Netflix.

The actor is set to create a new original feature comedy called Upstate, which he will co-write with John August, the man behind Big Fish and Disney’s live-action remake of Aladdin.

The film is expected to be a star vehicle for Reynolds, a Hollywood term that we’re only slightly comfortable using in this sentence because it’s being used in relation to our favourite Canadian star.

Thanks to the title we can assume it takes place somewhere upstate, but which state, and what happens there, are questions that can only be answered with time.

As well as penning the script together, Reynolds and August will be executive producers, the former through his production company Maximum Effort, Deadline reports.

I’m ridiculously excited about this. Many #writesprints ahead. https://t.co/cTi4XYFHJQ

— John August (@johnaugust) August 25, 2020

The project will reunite the pair more than a decade since they last worked together on 2007’s The Nines, which was directed by August and starred Reynolds as three different characters; Gary, Gavin Taylor and Gabriel. After Upstate was announced, August took to Twitter to say he was ‘ridiculously excited’ about the movie.

The creation of Upstate will also reunite Reynolds with Netflix following the collaboration on last year’s action-thriller 6 Underground. 

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Best Horror Movies on Netflix – Variety

There’s nothing better than discovering a good horror movie. The scares are new, the characters expendable and (hopefully) nothing is predictable. If you’re ready to be freaked out, we’ve compiled a list of the very best (often overlooked) horror flicks on Netflix.

Although there are plenty of classics on the streaming service — including “Friday the 13th,” “Child’s Play,” “Paranormal Activity” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” — we wanted to veer slightly off the beaten path and offer up something beyond the traditional.

Interested in monster movies? Then check out “Sweetheart,” “The Ritual,” “Red Riding Hood” or “The Monster.” Looking for something visually striking, we recommend “The Witch” or “Under the Skin.” Ready for an adrenaline-pumping ride, then consider zombie feature “Train to Busan.” Interested in bingeing flicks with similar esthetics? We suggest the Mike Flanagan triple feature: Start with “Hush,” jump into “Gerald’s Game” and finish it off with the truly terrifying “Haunting of Hill House.”

If there ever was a time to be distracted by someone else’s unimaginable plight with a ghost or vampire, it’s now. 

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First Look at the Star-Studded Cast of Netflix’s ‘The Devil All the Time’

While theaters will attempt to open later this month, Netflix is kicking off their fall schedule with The Devil All the Time, a star-studded midwestern gothic about a serial killer couple, a faith-testing preacher and a corrupt local sheriff.

Set to premiere globally on September 16th, the film is brimming with big names including Spider-Man‘s Tom Holland, It Chapter One and Two‘s Bill Skarsgård, The Lodge‘s Riley Keough, and Pet Sematary‘s Jason Clarke with Robert Pattinson (The Lighthouse, The Batman) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker, Crimson Peak).

In the film from director Antonio Campos

“In Knockemstiff, Ohio and its neighboring backwoods, sinister characters — an unholy preacher (Pattinson), twisted couple (Clarke and Keough), and crooked sheriff (Sebastian Stan) — converge around young Arvin Russell (Holland) as he fights the evil forces that threaten him and his family.”

Here are a few more images of the film’s cast in action.

The Devil All The Time: Tom Holland as Arvin Russell. Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020

The Devil All The Time: Robert Pattinson as Preston Teagardin. Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020

The Devil All The Time (L-R) Jason Clarke as Carl Henderson , Riley Keough as Sandy Henderson. Photo Cr. Glen Wilson/Netflix © 2020

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Netflix confirms fifth and final season of ‘Money Heist’

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The news ‘Money Heist’ fans were waiting for is finally here as Netflix on Friday confirmed that it is working on the fifth season of the hugely popular series.

In a statement released on its website, the streaming giant announced that La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) will come to an end with season five. Netflix also revealed that season five will be shot in Spain, Denmark and Portugal.

Jesús Colmenar will act as Executive Producer and Alex Pina will act as Executive Producer and Showrunner. Cristina López Ferraz will return as Director of Production and Executive Producer. Javier Gómez Santander (head writer), Migue Amodeo (Director of Photography) and Esther Martínez-Lobato  are also co-producing.

La Casa De Papel Part 5 will be directed by Jesús Colmenar, Koldo Serra and Álex Rodrigo.

“We’ve spent almost a year thinking about how to break up the band. How to put the Professor on the ropes. How to get into situations that are irreversible for many characters. The result is the fifth part of La Casa de Papel. The war reaches its most extreme and savage levels, but it is also the most epic and exciting season”, said Alex Pina.

El atraco llega a su fin. #LaCasaDePapel5 pic.twitter.com/D3s3uE5CHD

— La Casa de Papel (@lacasadepapel) July 31, 2020

‘Money Heist’, the crime drama television series traces two long-prepared heists led by the Professor (Álvaro Morte), one on the Royal Mint of Spain, and one on the Bank of Spain. The series was initially intended as a limited series to be told in two parts. It had its original run of 15 episodes on Spanish network Antena 3 from 2 May 2017 through 23 November 2017. Netflix acquired global streaming rights in late 2017.

Netflix renewed the series with a significantly increased budget for 16 new episodes total. Part 3, with eight episodes, was released on 19 July 2019. Part 4, also with eight episodes, was released on 3 April 2020.

The series stars Úrsula Coberó (Tokyo), Álvaro Morte (The Professor) , Itziar Ituño (Lisbon), Pedro Alonso (Berlin), Miguel Herrán (Rio), Jaime Lorente (Denver), Esther Acebo (Stockholm), Enrique Arce (Arturo), Darko Peric (Helsinki), Hovik Keuchkerian (Bogotá), Luka Peros (Marseille), Belén Cuesta (Manila), Fernando Cayo (Coronel Tam.ayo), Rodrigo de la Serna (Palermo), Najwa Nimri (Inspector Sierra) and y José Manuel Poga (Gandía).

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Netflix’s The Old Guard Dug Deep to Bring the Comics to Life

Comparisons between The Old Guard as a comic book and as a live-action movie

In both Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández’s The Old Guard and director Gina Prince-Bythewood’s new film based on the comic book series, a group of seemingly immortal warriors from different time periods all band together to commit their lives to ridding the world of its societal evils. None of the big bads they take on are quite as supernatural as they are, and so The Old Guard’s action, though brutal, skews towards the more grounded side of things.

But just because the comic’s bloodsoaked fight sequences focus mainly on the Old Guard wailing on their enemies with regular weapons doesn’t mean that the battles being spotlighted couldn’t still sights to behold.

Rather than drifting away from the comic’s depiction bare-knuckled, bone cracking brawls in favor of something a bit flashier and more in line with other comic book movies, The Old Guard actually sticks surprisingly close to the source material. A new featurette delves into how The Old Guard’s production team approached the film with the express intention of bringing moments from the comics to the screen in a way that felt both real and larger than life.

Image’s The Old Guard, written by Greg Rucka with illustrations from Leandro Fernández and Daniela…

Beyond just the impressive stunt work and fighting, both Rucka and Bythewood also went into detail in another featurette about how much of the comics’ narrative essence was incorporated into the film. While there are a number of scenes ripped right out of the series’ pages, Rucka felt the need to further flesh out characters aside from Andy in order to make their cinematic counterparts feel like more fully realized people.

The Old Guard is now streaming on Netflix.

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Who Is Madelyn Cline? Meet the Star of Netflix’s Outer Banks

Madelyn Cline is one of the stars of the most buzzed-about Netflix show of the moment, Outer Banks. She plays Sarah in the teen soap, the leader of the wealthy Kooks and Juliet to John B’s forbidden Romeo. Like the rest of the Outer Banks gang, the 22-year-old performer has only a few credits to her name so far. Below, a few fast facts about the up-and-coming star, including her take on Sarah’s complicated family dynamics.

Cline is originally from South Carolina, where Outer Banks is filmed.

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Cline was a natural fit for the world of Outer Banks from the start. She was born in Charleston, South Carolina, where the North Carolina-set series is filmed. Cline left the coastal state at age 19 to pursue a career in acting, returning only to film the show. “I think personally, I fell back in love with where I’m from, Charleston,” Cline told V Magazine about filming Outer Banks in her hometown. “Shooting a show and a love story in that whole ecosystem with the most amazing people, our cast and our crew, I fell back in love with that area because I was so in love with the project.”

She has thoughts on Sarah’s arc for season 2.

In the twisty finale of Outer Banks, Sarah chooses to run away with John B (Chase Stokes) instead of sticking by her fractured family members and ex-boyfriend Topper (Austin North). According to the actress, she had some input in where her character’s allegiance would ultimately lie. “I remember there was a point when [a writer] asked me, ‘Do you think you, as Sarah Cameron, would choose your family or John B.?’ I remember thinking on it and telling her, ‘I wholeheartedly believe Sarah is 100 percent absolutely head over heels for John B., and I think she absolutely would get on that boat with him,'” Cline told Glamour. “There’s one part in the show when John B. tells Sarah, ‘You’re all I have.’ I told the writer that at that point John B. is also all Sarah has. Her world just crumbled around her, so it’s a no-brainer that she would have gotten on that boat with him and risked everything.”

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As for where that relationship is headed after the couple survives a tropical storm mid-boat ride? “In my mind, what I see is this Blue Lagoon or Cast Away scenario where they get to the Bahamas and have the gold bars, and they live in this really romantic, Bonnie and Clyde-type Blue Lagoon world,” Cline explained to Glamour. “They’re just in this honeymoon phase of ‘We’ve run away from home, we’re in love, we’re in this beautiful place, and there are no problems.'” She added, “I would really love to see everything they’ve been running from catch up to them. I think they might have to go back to the Outer Banks because of the Pogues and confront all the things they’ve been running from.”

She’s currently quarantined with the cast of Outer Banks.

The cast has plenty of time to circulate ideas, as several of them are actually quarantined together. When asked about sheltering at home by ELLE Canada, Cline said that some of the cast had been quarantined together for more than a month. “At the very beginning, when stay-at-home orders were first issued, we all decided ‘Why not just quarantine together?’ We have each other’s company instead of just staying home completely isolated,” she told the outlet. “We gave each other the time [away] as far as the initial incubation period is concerned, so we’re all safe and healthy.”

And while Us Weekly reported about rumors that Cline and her onscreen love interest Chase Stokes were dating during quarantine, that’s not confirmed to be the case. Apparently, the cast is filling their time like the rest of us, tackling their Netflix queue and binging TV shows. Among the ensemble’s watchlist is Jersey Shore and New Girl, Cline told Elle Canada.

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Cline has appeared in other teen-centered projects.

Although Cline herself hasn’t been a teenager in a few years, she often plays one onscreen. Her past work includes Boy Erased, the 2018 drama starring Lucas Hedges and Nicole Kidman, appearances in Stranger Things season 2, and episodes of the CW series The Originals.

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Chris Hemsworth’s latest film Extraction is set to be a Netflix blockbuster | Daily Mail Online

Chris Hemsworth has starred in a slew of blockbuster films throughout his esteemed career.

And his latest film Extraction is ‘well on its way to becoming the biggest film premiere on Netflix‘.

The Australian actor, 36, shared a photo of his character – Tyler Rake – from the action flick.

Another blockbuster! Chris Hemsworth’s latest film Extraction is set to ‘becoming the biggest film premiere on Netflix’ after 90 million households watch it in its first week

Above the image, the caption reads: ‘Extraction is well on its way to becoming the biggest film premiere on Netflix – with an estimated 90 million households getting in on the action in the first four weeks.’

A very proud Chris wrote in the caption of his Instagram post: ‘We are absolutely blown away by the response this film has been getting!

He thanked his fans who watched the movie and encouraged others to watch it.

Hard work paid off: A very proud Chris wrote in the caption of his Instagram post: ‘We are absolutely blown away by the response this film has been getting!’ Pictured: Chris with the film’s director Sam Hargrave (pictured)

It follows his character Tyler Rake, a former SASR operator-turned-mercenary.

He is hired by India’s biggest drug lord to rescue his son who is being held at ransom in Dhaka by Bangladesh’s biggest drug lord.

The film is based on the graphic novel by Ciudad by Ande Parks, Fernando Leon Gonzalez, and Eric Skillman, as well as Marvel film producers Joe and Anthony Russo, who also produced the film.

Action drama: It follows his character Tyler Rake, a former SASR operator-turned-mercenary. He is hired by India’s biggest drug lord to rescue his son who is being held at ransom in Dhaka by Bangladesh’s biggest drug lord. Pictured: Extraction still

The release of Chris’ latest film comes after radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson to the Hollywood actor that the production of his new Marvel film – Thor: Love and Thunder – had interrupted her schedule.

Jackie said: ‘You see, I’m doing a TV show called The Masked Singer and I’ve been kicked out of there and I’ve got to go to Melbourne now to film!’

‘Did we steal your studio?’ Chris asked innocently.

‘Did we steal your studio?’ The release of Chris’ latest film comes after radio host Jackie ‘O’ Henderson (pictured) to the Hollywood actor that the production of his new Marvel film – Thor: Love and Thunder – had interrupted her schedule for The Masked Singer

 Jackie added: ‘I believe that Thor has booked out the whole of the studios for the year. So we’re all up s**t creek.’

‘It was supposed to be August I think we were shooting,’ Chris explained politely.

‘And then everything, as you know, is on pause [due to coronavirus] so you might have a window. I don’t what happens to our schedule now.’

On hold: Chris explained politely, ‘It was supposed to be August I think we were shooting. And then everything, as you know, is on pause [due to coronavirus] so you might have a window. I don’t what happens to our schedule now’. Pictured: Chris as Thor in Avengers: Endgame

Chris Hemsworth’s latest film Extraction is set to be a Netflix blockbuster

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Dragon’s Lair Is Getting a Netflix Movie, Possibly Featuring Ryan Reynolds | Tor.com

Good news for everyone who spent their tween and teen years playing Dragon’s Lair in the ’80s: The Hollywood Reporter writes that the classic arcade game is getting a live-action movie adaptation, courtesy of Netflix. But that’s not all—according to the publication, Ryan Reynolds is in talks to star and produce.

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There’s no word on what role the actor might play in the adaptation, but based on the characters in the 1983 game, we can probably make an educated guess. Created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth (who also did the animation), Dragon’s Lair has you playing as a knight named Dirk the Daring, tasked with saving the Princess Daphne, who’s been trapped by the dragon Singe in the wizard Mordroc’s castle. While it’s unknown at this time how closely Netflix will stick to the game’s storyline and premise, our money’s on Reynolds being a contender for the role of Dirk.

This isn’t the first Dragon’s Lair adaptation. Back in the ’80s, ABC aired a half-hour animated show based on the game, and multiple attempts have been made to do a live-action adaptation since then. Back in 2015, Bluth and frequent collaborator Gary Goldman made a Kickstarter for an animated prequel film, but the project has since been canceled.

Netflix’s Dragon’s Lair will be produced by Bluth, Goldman, Roy Lee, Trevor Engelson, and Jon Pomeroy, according to THR, while Dan and Kevin Hageman (The Lego Movie; Scary Movies to Tell in the Dark) will write the script. Netflix has yet to announce a release date

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Netflix’s Dragon’s Lair Movie Wants Ryan Reynolds as Dirk the Daring

Netflix is trying to stay in the Ryan Reynolds business, while also looking to get in on the high-profile video game adaptation trend at the same time. The streaming service is currently working on a movie based on the 1980s classic arcade game Dragon Slayer. Reynolds is being eyed not only to star in the movie, but also produce as well.

According to a new report, Ryan Reynolds, star of Deadpool and The Hitman’s Bodyguard, is currently in talks for the project. Should the deal close, Reynolds will star in Dragon’s Lair, as well as produce via his Maximum Effort production company. Roy Lee is also on board as a producer through his company Vertigo Entertainment, as is Trevor Engelson for Underground Films. Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Jon Pomeroy are also attached as producers. Dan and Kevin Hageman (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, The LEGO Movie) are set to pen the screenplay. There is no word yet on who might end up in the director’s chair.

It’s said that Netflix spent a year trying to lock down the rights to the game. Dragon’s Lair was created by Rick Dyer and Don Bluth. Released in 1983, it was revolutionary at the time. The arcade game used Laserdisc technology, which made for groundbreaking graphics that were far ahead of their time. The video game has earned its place in pop culture history and has been referenced in several popular shows including Family Guy and Stranger Things. Simply speaking, the game centers on a knight, Dirk the Daring, who is tasked with rescuing Princess Daphne from the evil dragon Singe and a wizard named Mordroc.

Should the project move forward as planned, it would mark the third major collaboration between Ryan Reynolds and Netflix. The streaming service previously worked with the 43-year-old star on 6 Underground, last year’s big-budget Michael Bay action flick, as well as Red Notice, an original thriller from director Rawson Thurber that will also star Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot. This also comes at a time when it seems Hollywood has started to crack the code on video game adaptations after years of trial and error. Sonic the Hedgehog recently did well both critically and commercially, as did 2019’s Detective Pikachu. Coincidentally, the Pokemon flick featured Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu.

This will also mark the second collaboration between Dan and Kevin Hageman and Ryan Reynolds. The Hagemans penned the screenplay for The Croods 2, which is currently set to arrive in theaters in December. Reynolds also has the 20th Century Studios action/comedy Free Guy on deck. At present, it’s set to arrive in July, but given the uncertainty floating around Hollywood right now, that date could shift. Reynolds has also completed The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard, a sequel to the 2017 comedy co-starring Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, which is slated for August. This news comes to us via The Hollywood Reporter.

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Zombies in Netflix’s “Kingdom 2” Accused of Being Too Orderly During Their Attacks – Koreaboo

With the overwhelming popularity of the new season of Netflix’s Kingdom, fans have been comparing the movements of the zombies to that of the famous Hollywood film, World War Z.

Kingdom Season 2 is the continuation of the first season that aired in January of last year, and it’s about a zombie apocalypse taking place in the Joseon era of Korea.

As for World War Z, the film also was about a zombie apocalypse that began with a plane attack.

Both films have some similarities as they are both about zombies, but fans found a very big difference in the way the zombies moved.

In most zombie films and shows, zombies have no rational consciousness, causing them to swarm toward anything living in a disorderly way.

But on the other hand, the zombies in Kingdom showed a surprising order in a scene where they crossed a bridge over the water, causing laughter among viewers.

Some zombies even held their arms out wide in order to keep their balance, making fans laugh even harder.

After this revelation, fans are responding with comments such as “Look at how they’re keeping balance on the bridge“, “It’s scary and cute at the same time“, and “Korean zombies have very Confucian ideals“.

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Netflix’s New Horror Film Dubbed ‘Most Disturbing Ever’ Over ‘Trippy’ Special Effects

Netflix has stepped up its horror game by adding the ‘f*cked up’ film Girl On The Third Floor to its collection. 

The disturbing movie was initially released last year, but much to the delight of horror fans it is now available to watch on the streaming service.

At the time of writing, February 27, Girl On The Third Floor is ranked number two in Netflix’s movie collection, suggesting subscribers are wasting no time in getting their freak-out on.

Rewatching: Girl On The Third Floor (2019) dir. Travis Stevens

Honestly, this movie is very very good (rewatched it now four times) but also Phil is so good looking ? pic.twitter.com/ZpKPX88Ct0

— ᕲᗩᐺᓰᕲ ᕲᖇᘿᗩᘻᓰᘉᘜ☕? (@hellblazers) February 22, 2020

The movie follows the story of Don Koch, a husband who tries to start fresh by renovating a run-down Victorian mansion for his family. Needless to say, though, it isn’t long before Don realises all is not as it seems in his new home.

The husband faces a number of hurdles throughout the project, including your everyday problems such as bursting pipes and rotting walls, as well as some more disturbing ones, like questionable slime – which has been repeatedly likened to semen – leaking from various places. He’s also met with a host of supernatural elements.

The protagonist is played by wrestler CM Punk, also known as Phillip Brooks, and the film is written and directed by Travis Stevens.

The marvelous (and gooey) GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR is now on Netflix. You’ve heard of Cronenbergian horror? This is Cronenbergian haunted house horror.

It will burrow inside and stay with you. Watch it TODAY. pic.twitter.com/jL44e3w1CA

— Joshua Hull (@joshuathehull) February 23, 2020

A number of Twitter users have shared their thoughts on the film since it dropped on Netflix, and the consensus is in: it’s entirely disturbing, not least because of the semen-like special effects.

One viewer wrote:

“Girl on the third floor” is trippy and those are the type of movies I LOVE!

Another commented:

We watched The Girl On The Third Floor last night & I just canny [sic] stop thinking about how much semen was involved in the film.

A third tweeted:

‘The Girl On The Third Floor’ has now become the most disturbing film I’ve ever watched

“Girl on the third floor” is trippy and those are the type of movies I LOVE! ????

?lilpsycho? (@toriamichelled) February 26, 2020

We watched The Girl On The Third Floor last night & I just canny stop thinking about how much semen was involved in the film

— Kirsty Greig (@Kirstehx) February 26, 2020

‘The Girl On The Third Floor’ has now become the most disturbing film I’ve ever watched ?

? POTTY MOUTH ? (@BonnieBeretta) February 25, 2020

Girl on the third floor is one fucked up movie

— Papi (@spiffygod__) February 26, 2020

Girl On The Third Floor is made even more creepy by the fact Stevens’ script is based on the same house the movie was filmed in. The house is rumoured to be haunted in real life, so the director utilised the claims for added creepiness.

According to Bloody Disgusting, the house used in the film was built in Frankfort, Illinois, in the early 1900s and is rumoured to have once been a brothel, where multiple deaths occurred.

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The most popular lore suggests the house is haunted by the ghosts of two girls; one a young English immigrant who died from illness, and the other a young girl mistaken for a sex worker and murdered. Both deaths were said to have taken place in the same third-floor bedroom – hence, the ‘Girl On The Third Floor‘.

It’s unclear whether the real-life house leaks as much ominous goo as it does in the film, but Stevens is obviously happy to let viewers’ imaginations run wild in that area.

Girl On The Third Floor is available to stream now on Netflix. 

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Netflix Claims People Have Watched 2 Billion Hours Of Adam Sandler Content

People have watched 2 billion hours of Adam Sandler content on NetflixNetflix

Adam Sandler might have appeared in his fair share of questionable films over the years but his fan base has proved rock solid as Netflix claims people have watched two billion hours’ worth of his content.

From Big Daddy to Click, 50 First Dates to Murder Mystery, Sandler never fails to produce content that will get people watching. They might not always enjoy it, but chances are they’ll give it a shot, because there’s just something lovable about the actor.

Sandler has proved successful on Netflix, with the original film Murder Mystery quickly becoming the streaming service’s most watched title of the year following its release in June 2019.

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The comedy, which stars Jennifer Aniston alongside Sandler, was streamed a whopping 30,869,863 times within just days of its release, according to Netflix, so it’s really no surprise that fans have binged their way through not millions, but billions of hours’ worth of the actor’s titles.

Netflix announced the figure on Twitter, adding Sandler’s fans will be rewarded for their dedication to the actor.

The tweet read:

Ya’ll [sic] watched 2 billion — yes *billion* — hours of Sandler on Netflix. Now the Sandman is making four more movies at Netflix.

Ya’ll watched 2 billion — yes *billion* — hours of Sandler on Netflix. Now the Sandman is making four more movies at Netflix.

— Netflix Film (@NetflixFilm) January 31, 2020

Joining Murder Mystery on the UK streaming site already are Sandler classics Just Go With It, Happy Gilmore and That’s My Boy, as well as his most recent addition, Uncut Gems.

The highly anticipated new release arrived on Netflix yesterday, January 31, and follows Sandler as a ‘charismatic’ New York City jeweller who makes a ‘a high-stakes bet that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime’.

It’s a step in a different direction for Sandler, who is typically cast as the lighthearted ‘funny man’, but the film has a high score of 92% on Rotten Tomatoes, encouraging fans to give it a try.

Uncut Gems Adam Sandler

The new release could have contributed to the figure quoted in Netflix’s tweet, though we can’t know for sure as the company typically keep its viewing figures secret.

As such, it’s unclear whether the two billion hours have come from viewers worldwide or just in the US, but either way it’s an impressive achievement, and one that will only grow as Sandler’s new films hit the streaming service. 

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Speaking about the new films in a statement, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix, said:

Whether you know him as Sandman, the Water Boy, Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, Nick Spitz or simply Adam, one thing is clear: our members can’t get enough of him.

They love his stories and his humor [sic], as we saw with Murder Mystery. So I could not be more excited to extend our partnership with Adam and the Happy Madison team and deliver more laughs around the world.

Even with two billion hours under their belt, I don’t think Sandler fans will get tired of the actor any time soon. Bring on the new films!

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The Stranger: All the Greater Manchester filming locations for new Netflix series – Manchester Evening News

There must be something about this cloudy, rainy but incredible city of ours – production crews are climbing over each other to use it as the backdrop to a string of binge-worthy TV series and cinema-worthy movies.

From hit BBC shows such as Peaky Blinders, to future Hollywood blockbusters including Spider-man spin-off Morbius, every director seems to want a slice of our surroundings to help bring their latest script to life.

While film crews setting up in the Northern Quarter have become fairly commonplace, American writer Harlan Coben can’t get enough of Greater Manchester as a whole – and has based his entire latest series here.

The Stranger filming locations
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After falling in love with the area while shooting for another Netflix thriller, Harlan couldn’t wait to return for his TV adaption of The Stranger, based on his book of the same name.

And no, it’s not just the city centre – he’s marked off places in Bolton, south Manchester, Eccles and Stockport.

“We filmed all across Manchester for the most part, as well as places around the city like Bolton,” he told the Manchester Evening News .

“It’s a great place to shoot TV. There is some really incredible architecture in the region that looks great on screen.”

The last time the New Jersey-born writer came across the pond and up our way was to film Netflix show Safe, based on another of his novels, and featuring Dexter star Michael C Hall.

“Even now I come to Manchester and I think, why does that look familiar?” said Harlan. “It’s because I’ve seen the location so many times in one of my series.

“The funny thing is, I usually bring the sunshine with me when I visit. Even though Manchester is supposed to be known for rain, I was keen in Safe to show a bright, idyllic setting that turns the dark, gritty expectation on its head.”

For The Stranger, Harlan was keen to work with the same production crew he did with Safe – and it just so happens that he didn’t have to travel very far to meet up with them.

Harlan reunited with Rochdale’s Nicola Shindler, who runs Red Production Company from MediaCity, and Hyde screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst, when he visited the country during filming.

“Nicola had been a reader of mine and for a long time she was helping me turn one of my books into a TV series, but unfortunately the book that she wanted to adapt was not available, so she chose Safe”, Harlan said.

“She introduced me to Danny and said he could be the right person to work with me. He has a similar vision to what I was aiming for, so we went from there.

“We all enjoyed working together so much that we came together again for The Stranger.”

The Stranger – starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Hannah John-Kamen (Game of Thrones) and Anthony Stewart Head (Little Britain) – follows Adam Price, a man whose life comes crashing down around him after a shock revelation.

As well as established actors, Harlan and co brought in local talent for the series, including Leah Baskaran, Ross Grant, Misha Ade, Anthony Bacon and Anna Swan, who all hail from across Greater Manchester.

The psychological thriller is already being teased on Netflix despite the fact the film crew has only recently shouted ‘it’s a wrap’.

“The great thing about this is, the whole series goes onto Netflix, in full, worldwide,” said Harlan. “One day they press a button and 190 countries have access to your show.

“With Safe and The Stranger, they are novels on screen and I want people to consume them in the way they would a book. I know if I had to wait a week to continue reading a book I would be disappointed, so to make the series fully accessible fits in perfectly with that.

“If you thought Safe had a twist, wait until you watch The Stranger. That is one thing I pride myself on. There are a lot of twists and turns.”

While the story is based on his own novel, don’t expect the TV show to be a carbon copy of it.

Harlan said: “Books and TV are a different poison. I don’t like adaptations that are a slave to the book version. This is why I have chosen Manchester for a location, where the book might be set in New Jersey.

“Writing a book, I am everything – director, producer, scriptwriter, set manager, everything. Whereas when I work for TV, it’s all about collaboration. I create the characters and incredible actors and production workers put their spin on it, and it takes on a new life.”

Harlan Coben’s The Stranger is coming to Netflix soon and his book, Run Away, is out now.

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