MoviePass Shutting Down Subscription Service

Moviepass has announced that its subscription movie service will no longer be following failure to acquire more financing for the venture.

“On September 13, 2019, MoviePass notified its subscribers that it would be interrupting the MoviePass service for all its subscribers effective September 14, 2019, because its efforts to recapitalize MoviePass™ have not been successful to date,” penned MoviePass parent company Helios &methesson in a press release. “The Company is unable to predict if or when the MoviePass™ service will continue. The Company is continuing its efforts to seek financing to fund its operations. There can be no assurance that any such financing will be obtained or available on terms acceptable to the Committee.”

MoviePass Shutting Down Subscription Service

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At its inception in 2011, MoviePass fered a$40/month subscription that was then cut to $9.95 by CEO Mitch Lowe when he came on board in 2016 to attract a larger audience, making it competition for streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. MoviePass would, in turn, pay theaters full cost the tickets that customers took advantage , which course exceeded the monthly fee. 

By the end July 2018, MoviePass ran out funds and was forced to close down temporarily, securing a $5 million emergency loan to float its operations. It began to imps new changes such as surge pricing and limiting the number  tickets that customers could redeem within a month.

“We still deeply believe in the need for the MoviePass service in the marketplace, to maintain affordable access to theaters and provide movie lovers with choices where to go to the movies,” Lowe said on Friday. “Although we do not currently know what the future holds for the MoviePass service, we hope to find a path that will enable us to continue the service in the future.”

YouTube Originals Debuts a K-Pop Travel Documentary Series

A new travel documentary featuring K-pop boy bands Super Junior and TVXQ! is coming to YouTube Originals.

The travel doc will debut on October 9th with twelve episodes of the boys. Analog Trip in Indonesia will feature at least two members of TVXQ! and four members of Super Junior. The six members will backpack across Indonesia for wild experiences.

U-Know Yunho, Max Changmin, Leeteuk, Shindong, Eunhyuk, and Donghae star in the series.

The guys will spend the series traveling and reflecting on their careers together. Both groups were huge in the K-pop scene in the early 2000s and had multiple hits.

The first episode will premiere on the SMTOWN YouTube channel. It will be available for free to everyone with ads. New episodes will drop each week on Wednesday after the premiere for non-subscribers. YouTube Premium subscribers can see all twelve episodes immediately after the series premiere.

YouTube Premium is currently . The streaming giant is working tirelessly to make itself relevant, with original content. But so many changes to the program have made the strategy muddled. YouTube worked on minimizing scripted shows and seems to be trying to take on Netflix with original programming.

In classic Google/YouTube fashion, the direction is all zigzags and false starts.  It’s anyone’s guess how this fits into a bigger strategic picture — or if a cohesive strategy exists.

The travel doc isn’t the first music-inspired YouTube Original, either. Several other music specials include a Justin Bieber project, Lollapalooza coverage, and Maluma’s ‘Lo Que Era, Lo Que Soy, Lo Que Seré.’

YouTube’s attempts to make itself a paid destination for content have mostly failed so far.

A found that most people went to YouTube to avoid paying for content. 35% of respondents said they preferred YouTube to a paid audio subscription. That’s probably true for Netflix and other video streaming services, too. It doesn’t help that YouTube Premium’s has been all over the place. The confusing tiers, competing services, and weird Originals just aren’t that enticing to the average user.

Sacha Baron Cohen Ditches Usual Funny-Man Role For Netflix Drama "The Spy"

Sacha Baron Cohen is known for his comedy roles and characters such as Ali G, Borat Sagdiyev, Brüno, Admiral General Aladeen and many more. One his latest series, Who Is America?, sees the actor dressed up as four more additional characters interviewing a diverse range American politicians to see try and understand what the country is all about. 

Sacha Baron Cohen Ditches Usual Funny-Man Role For Netflix Drama "The Spy"
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Sacha’s more recent Netflix project has now been served an ficial trailer and sees the actor dropping his comedic ways to star as Eli Cohen and depit the true story the Israel spy whose work changed the course history. The trailer depicts the moment Eli signs on for his new role with the government and the impact his role has on his family. Noah Emmerich, Marc Maurille, and Alexander Siddig also star in the series that will be presented with six episodes and arrives on Netflix as September 6th. 

“He’s done a few dramas, but nothing like this that was so serious. It was so very different from what he’s used to doing and I think it was very courageous on Sacha’s part to tackle this role, that’s really two roles,” Gideon Raff, the show’s creator said Sacha. “We spent months in Morocco shooting it and his dedication was just out this world. He did almost everything and he worked so hard and it was a real privilege working with him.”

New Netflix Horror Series Eerily Resembles Fyre Festival

Netflix just dropped a trailer for it’s newest series, Welcome to The I-Land. The seven-episode show looks like Fyre Festival, if only it were set in the universe Black Mirror. The trailer almost resembles the original promotional videos for the disastrous festival exactly with it’s scantily clad partiers, booming electronic music and paradise vibe. 

Of course, everything is not as it seems; things are about to take a dark turn for these crazy kids (much like the actual Fyre Festival). As the music grows louder, chaos ensues. “HELP” is written out in the sand, a woman screams as she stares at what remains her bloodied fingers, it certainly seems rough for these vacationers. The cast includes Natalie Martinez and Kate Bosworth. 

Comments under the trailer show mixed reactions from fans. The top comment reads, “this looks really good and really bad at the same time lol.” Many others decided to make jokes, “Fyre Festival 2030 looking pretty damn lit!!!” one user wrote. “Should have read the Trip Advisor reviews,” said another. The description for the video leaves the show’s premise ominous, “You were chosen for a reason. Paradise awaits.”

You’ll be able to stream Welcome to The I-Land on Netflix on September 12th.

Bill Gates Discuses His Biggest Fears In Trailer For New Netflix Docuseries

Getting an inside look at the mind behind any billionaire would be interesting, but especially that Bill Gates. Yesterday, Netflix released the first ficial trailer for Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates and it will release in full on September 20th. 

The three-part series seems to focus on Gates’ upbringing and rise to success as well as his current life and philanthropy. By the end the trailer, Bill claims to be taking on energy, climate change, and disease eradication. As Gates said in a tweet announcing the project, it has been in the works over the last few years. Gates entire tweet reads, “I spent the last few years participating in a @netflix docuseries looking at my work and my life, and it’s coming out September 20th. I hope you enjoy what they’ve put together.”

The trailer opens with Gates answering a series tril questions in rapid succession until he’s hit with “What is your worst fear?” With this question, there is a pause. “I don’t want my brain to stop working,” he answers. The trailer certainly inspires hope that the series will undoubtedly be an interesting one. You can check out the trailer in its entirety below.

Aaron Paul Wants Fans To Rewatch This Key Scene Before "Breaking Bad" Movie

Last week, Breaking Bad fans were treated to their first look at the upcoming movie, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Netflix released a trailer that showed Skinny Pete being interrogated by police. It wasn’t much, but Aaron Paul, the actor behind Jesse Pinkman, just gave fans a little more insight into the Breaking Bad movie through his Twitter page. 

Paul quote-tweeted a memorable scene from the show’s original run with the caption, “Cats out the bag…and the bag is in the river. Here’s a moment from Breaking Bad to slowly prepare you all for what’s to come. #BreakingBad #Netflix #Elcomino ⚗️💎💵💰.”  The moment is one that made Aaron Paul’s performance so memorable for fans. In the episode “One Minute,” Jesse finally stands up to Walt in a moment where Walt needs him more than ever. “I am not turning down the money! I am turning down you!” Jesse screams at Walt as his anger builds and builds. 

As for what this has to say about the upcoming movie? The message is fairly cryptic, but perhaps, Paul is merely alluding to the fact that Jesse is his own man now. He’s no longer handcuffed by Walt or dealing with Hank. There are many ways to interpret it, but regardless, rewatching the scene will certainly make any Breaking Bad fan excited for El Camino. Check out the ficial teaser below.

8 Different Illegal Streaming Site Operators Now Face Grand Jury Charges

A federal grand jury has charged eight men behind two of the largest illegal streaming operations in the US.

Illegal streaming sites Jetflicks and iStreamitAll were two subscription-based streaming sites. Thousands of movies and TV shows were available for subscribers to watch.

Earlier this week, the DoJ disclosed that eight individuals were indicted in a grand jury trial on Tuesday. The indictment says the men were running “two of the largest unauthorized streaming services in the United States.”

The charges in the case include conspiracy, criminal copyright infringement, and money laundering, with eight different individuals charged.

The operators are accused of running an unlicensed subscription-based service including live broadcast IPTV services. The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) asked the Department of Justice to criminally prosecute these pirate streaming services.  The names of these services were handed off to DoJ officials and this case is part of those efforts.

The indictment lists the following men as defendants in the case: Kristopher Lee Dallmann, 36; Darryl Julius Polo, aka djppimp, 36; Douglas M. Courson, 59; Felipe Garcia, 37; Jared Edward Jaurequi, aka Jared Edwards, 38; Peter H. Huber, 61; Yoany Vaillant, aka Yoany Vaillant Fajardo, 38; and Luis Angel Villarino, 40.

The DoJ’s announcement says these men reproduced thousands of copyright television shows without authorization.

One of the defendants left Jetflicks to create a rival streaming service, iStreamItAll. Darryl Polo was also charged with two counts of criminal copyright infringement by distribution and four counts of money laundering.

Much of the content the services featured — over 115,849 television episodes and 10,511 movies — came from other pirate sources. The indictment cites , RARBG and Usenet, and Torrentz as sources for the pirated content.  Torrentz shut down in 2016 and was only a search engine with no direct links to infringing content.

iStreamItAll boasted that it had more content than Netflix, Hulu, Vudu, and Amazon Prime combined.

These unlicensed services often sell for accessing the illegal content. Thus they generate money from a subscription service tied to a hardware box.  The difference is the content streamed to the box is unlicensed and obtained from already illegal sources.

Michael Jackson’s Estate Sides With Dave Chappelle, Wade Robson Slams Netflix

We got a new Dave Chappelle special on Netflix this week but it didn’t arrive without its fair share controversy. Chappelle’s stand-up specials are less comedic more so than it is observational. Unfortunately, comments he made about sexual abuse, among other subjects, sparked controversy immediately. However, even his most contentious takes found a few supporters including the estate Michael Jackson who agreed with Chappelle — the accusers are “damn liars.”

Michael Jackson's Estate Sides With Dave Chappelle, Wade Robson Slams Netflix
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Michael Jackson’s estate has issued a statement following Chappelle’s controversial Netflix special, Sticks & Stones. John Branca, the co-executor the singer’s estate told TMZ, “We agree with Dave Chappelle – these guys are damn liars. After years exploiting Michael’s generosity, they waited until he was gone and unable to defend himself before accusing him. They did this in secrecy. They did not do any independent investigation.”

On the actual documentary itself, Branca added, “They interviewed only two guys out the thousands who visited Neverland – oh, and surprise surprise – they are the only two with lawsuits for hundreds millions dollars. Why wasn’t their financial interest disclosed? The whole documentary is bogus. Robson and Safechuck are liars and they know the truth, which is why Dave’s comedy touched a nerve.”

Both Wade Robson and James Safechuck have issued statements regarding Chappelle’s comments but Robson doubled down in a statement targetting Chappelle, MJ, and Netflix.

“1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age 18, and considering their actions, Dave Chappelle, Netflix, and the Michael Jackson Estate, who have recently supported Chappelle’s views, are part the problem. I believe we can and should do better than this,” he told TMZ. 

 

Major Lazer Remixes Fornite Music In New Promotion

Fortnite’s latest music collaboration just dropped, featuring music remixes from Major Lazer.  Is an in-game concert next?

Major Lazer is an EDM group that includes Diplo, Walshy Fire, and Ape Drums.  Fortnite partnered with the group to release remixes of the “Default Vibe” and “Default Fire” lobby music.  You can listen to those two new collabs below.

To help celebrate the remix, players could download a time-limited set of items. The items included dark shades, a gold plated arm, and several new weapons and stickers.

The partnership with Major Lazer expands on Fortnite’s intersection with the EDM community earlier this year.

In February, Marshmello held an in-game concert that . To celebrate that event, Epic released a Marshmello skin styled after the EDM artist’s stage costume. The performance helped the EDM artist .

Fortnite has been cemented into pop culture as the most popular game in the world. Epic Games has partnered with Marvel and Netflix for Avengers and ‘Stranger Things’ promotions, too.

The Major Lazer bundle set gamers back 2,325 V-Bucks or $23.25 USD.  The limited-time promotion was only available until Sunday night. The item set has disappeared from Fortnite’s main store, but you can still hear the remixed tracks in-game.

Perhaps we’ll see an in-game concert with Major Lazer soon?  Nothing has been announced so far, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Epic wants a repeat of the Marshmello concert.

Revenue for Fortnite fell 40% from 2018, but the game is still a massive cash cow.

Fortnite pulled in $203 million in the month of May alone. Those stats make it the highest-grossing game on console and fifth-highest on PC, behind League of Legends.

Limited-time promotions like the Major Lazer event inspire former players to log back in. That helps keep Epic’s numbers high — and it also helps that no other battle royale game has been as successful in the space.

"Stranger Things" Chapter To Be Added To Horror Game "Dead By Daylight"

Dead by Daylight fans should prepare themselves to face f against a formidable enemy. Over the years, fans the multiplayer horror-themed video game have navigated frightening chapters that have included characters from Halloween, Nightmare on Elm StreetSaw, and Leatherface. It’s now being reported that Stranger Things have added their name to the list as the Demogorgon, aspiring journalist Nancy, and high school jock Steve will be making an appearance.

The Netflix show has captivated audiences since 2016, and this Dead by Daylight announcement comes a little over a month since the premiere its third season. According to the press release by Behaviour Interactive, the Stranger Things chapter “comes with a new map, the Underground Complex. Located below the Hawkins National Laboratory, this grim compound was once the setting for terrible experiments. One these experiments caused an inter-dimensional rift to open, releasing dozens monstrous creatures before being sealed f.”

Behaviour Interactive also gave fans a peek at what they can expect from the upcoming chapter with a brief, 45-second clip with a clear, up-close-and-personal view the Demogorgon. Check it out below.

Netflix Offers Sneak Peek Into Michael B. Jordan Produced Show "Raising Dion"

Despite putting in work on-screen, it seems Michael B. Jordan has been doing it f-screen as well. An upcoming series which he helmed and executively produced is scheduled to hit the Netflix streaming service on October 4th. Raising Dion shares the tale a black single mother and her challenging journey as she attempts to raise her above-ordinary son Dion following the death her husband. Dion is not like any little boy, indeed he has superpowers and his mother tries her best to manoeuver his special abilities while keeping him protected from the ill-intentioned. With the help her late husband’s best friend Pat, the duo will join forces in raising Dion. The idea behind television series stems from a comic book the same name created by Dennis Liu. 

Bossip recently acquired exclusive photos from the up and coming show and they may be viewed here. This will be one Michael B. Jordan’s first productions and he did so with the help Seith Mann, a talented director who worked on both The Wire and Homeland. The superhero and family drama stars Alisha Wainwright as single mother Nicole Reese, new actor Ja’Siah Young as Dion and Michael B. Jordan as Mark’s best friend. 

Ewan McGregor May Return As Obi-Wan Kenobi For Disney+ Series

Disney is poised to disrupt Netflix’s top spot in the streaming world. The House the Mouse is set to debut their streaming service, Disney +, this holiday season. Not only can fans look forward to a ton classic Disney content, new Marvel shows will also be joining the bunch. As if that’s not enough, two new Star Wars based shows have already been announced. Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian is the first, and now, it appears that the rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi series is coming to life. 

According to DeadlineEwan McGregor is in talks with Disney about reprising his role as the legendary Jedi master known as Obi-Wan Kenobi in a yet-to-be-titled Disney + series. McGregor previously played Kenobi in The Phantom Menace (1999), Attack the Clones (2002) and Revenge the Sith (2005). He also made a voice-only cameo in the Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Original plans to create a stand-alone Kenobi feature film turned into the current plan for a Disney + series, just as the discussion a Boba Fett film gave way to The Mandalorian series. Fans believe more information will be released at Disney’s D23 Expo later this month in Anaheim. Until then, may the force be with you! 

 

Atlanta Hawks Channel "Atlanta" For Schedule Release Watch

The NBA ficially revealed the full schedule for the 2019-20 season on Monday, sparking a chain creative schedule reveal videos across the league. Among the teams that went above and beyond with their schedule unveiling was the Atlanta Hawks, who pulled on inspiration from Donald Glover’s hit tv series, “Atlanta.”

As seen in the tweet embedded below, the Hawks social account cryptically revealed select games on their schedule and it’ll likely take you a couple times through to catch all the dates and matchups.

As noted, the Hawks weren’t the only team that got creative with their schedule reveal video.

The Brooklyn Nets (NBA 2K20), Indiana Pacers (Netflix), Orlando Magic (Magicians), Sacramento Kings (NBA on NBC anthem), Utah Jazz (Legos) and Portland Trail Blazers (small animals) all came prepared with unique social posts in celebration the 2019-20 schedule release.

Check out some the best NBA schedule reveal videos in the tweets embedded below.

“Game Of Thrones” Creators Ink $200 Million Netflix Deal: Report

It appears the creators Game Of Thrones are about to cash in. According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Benif and Dan Weiss have inked a new deal with Netflix worth a total $200 million dollars. Under the contract, Benif and Weiss will leave their longtime home at HBO and create and develop new projects for the streaming giant.

“We are thrilled to welcome master storytellers David Benif and Dan Weiss to Netflix. They are a creative force and have delighted audiences worldwide with their epic storytelling. We can’t wait to see what their imaginations will bring to our members,” Netflix chief content ficer Ted Sarandos said in a statement.

Added Benif and Weiss in a joint statement: “We’ve had a beautiful run with HBO for more than a decade and we’re grateful to everyone there for always making us feel at home. Over the past few months we’ve spent many hours talking to Cindy Holland and Peter Friedlander, as well as Ted Sarandos and Scott Stuber. We remember the same shots from the same ’80s movies; we love the same books; we’re excited about the same storytelling possibilities. Netflix has built something astounding and unprecedented, and we’re honored they invited us to join them.”

It’s being reported that the two guys were using Westworld creators Lisa Joy and Jonah Nolan’s recent $150 million deal with Amazon as a guiding stick for their deal, and wanted to be sure they got more than that, which they did with $200 million. We’ll keep you posted once their first projects are revealed. Stay tuned.

Jay Z & Will Smith To Produce Series On The Women Of The Civil Rights Movement

Jay Z is adding yet another project to his film resume. Just a few weeks after we posted about HOV producing an upcoming Netflix movieThe Harder They Fall, Deadline now reports that he’s set to team up with Will Smith for another project called Women Of The Movement that will chronicle the civil rights movement based on the experience women.

According to the publication, the project is in the hands ABC and will be produced by Marissa Jo Cerar (The Handmaid’s Tale) and produced by Jay, Will and Aaron Kaplan. The first eight episodes are inspired by the Emmett Till series and on the perspective his mother, Mamie Till, who worked hard to seek justice her son after his brutal killing in 1955. 

Jay Z & Will Smith To Produce Series On The Women Of The Civil Rights Movement
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Emmett was tortured, shot and then thrown into the Tallahatchie River after a white woman at a local grocery in Money, Mississippi claimed Emmett asked her on a date. Emmett’s mother’s endless work and insistence to have an open casket for her son was considered a tipping point for the civil rights movement and did wonders for the NAACP. 

Three months after Emmett’s death, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus for a white rider. “I thought Emmett Till and I just couldn’t go back,” she said after the historic moment. There’s no set date for the release Jay Z and Will Smith’s series but keep it locked for more updates.