Video: “Oxygen” – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “Oxygen” – Official Trailer – Netflix
After waking up in a cryogenic unit, Liz fights to survive and remember who she is before her oxygen runs out.
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Oxygen | Official Trailer | Netflix

No escape, no memory, 90 minutes to live. Liz is running out of oxygen and time, in order to survive she must find a way to remember who she is. Oxygen, an Alexandre Aja movie with Mélanie Laurent. May 12th on Netflix.



Video: “Jungle Beat: The Movie” Trailer – Netflix Futures





Video: “Jungle Beat: The Movie” Trailer – Netflix Futures
When a lost and lonely alien crash-lands on Earth, his new crew of talking animal friends helps him get back home – and try to save the world.
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Jungle Beat: The Movie Trailer 🍌 Netflix Futures

When a lost and lonely alien crash-lands on Earth, his new crew of talking animal friends helps him get back home – and try to save the world! Jungle Beat: The Movie beams onto Netflix May 14!



Netflix Releases Viewership Figures for “Firefly Lane,” “Cobra Kai” & Others





Netflix Releases Viewership Figures for “Firefly Lane,” “Cobra Kai,” “Fate: The Winx Saga,” “Ginny & Georgia,” More
The streamer details its top films and series for the first quarter of 2021.
[via press release from Netflix]
[Excerpted from Letter to Shareholders]

Content

As seen in the weekly growth chart above, in early Q1, with the benefit of Bridgerton, Lupin and Cobra Kai, we were following a growth trajectory similar to recent years. As we’ve noted previously, the production delays from Covid-19 in 2020 will lead to a 2021 slate that is more heavily second half weighted with a large number of returning franchises. And while the roll out of vaccines is very uneven across the world, we are back up and producing safely in every major market, with the exception of Brazil and India. Assuming this continues, we’ll spend over $17 billion in cash on content this year and we’ll continue to deliver an amazing range of titles for our members with more originals this year than last.

There are several facets to our content strategy. First and foremost, we want to deliver a wide variety of best-in-class stories that our members love and watch in big numbers. Examples of this breadth in Q1 include season one of Firefly Lane (49m chose to watch this title in its first 28 days), season 3 of Cobra Kai (45m), Fate: The Winx Saga (57m), and Ginny & Georgia (52m). Our top movies in Q1 include I Care A Lot (56m), YES DAY (62m), Outside the Wire (66m) and the last installment of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy (51m). We program across many genres because tastes are very diverse. Even for one person, what they desire will vary widely depending on their mood or who they are watching with.

Another goal is to create great, locally authentic stories in countries all around the world. It’s why our priority for local language titles is to have a big impact in the home territory so we don’t sacrifice local impact for “travelability.” But we’re increasingly seeing that these local titles find significant audiences around the world, which supports our thesis that great stories are universal: they can come from anywhere and be loved everywhere. Notable standouts this quarter include Below Zero from Spain (47m chose to watch in its first four weeks), Space Sweepers from Korea (26m), Squared Love from Poland (31m) and Who Killed Sara? from Mexico (an estimated 55m), which is also our most popular non-English title ever in the US in its first 28 days (with season 2 launching on May 19).

We want our titles to be talked about by audiences across the globe. Because of our broad distribution and highly engaged members, our titles not only generate high levels of viewing but also can pierce the cultural zeitgeist and transcend the film and TV industry. There were two recent standout examples of this: Lupin, our French language series about a daring gentleman burglar played by Omar Sy, was not only our most popular new title this quarter on Netflix (76m member households chose to watch in the first 28 days), but it also propelled book sales of the novel in France; Lupin: Part 2 will debut later in Q2’21. Similarly, driven by the late December launch of season one of Bridgerton, Julia Quinn’s books hit The New York Times bestseller list for the first time in 18 years.

Netflix led all studios for recent award nominations including the Oscars, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTA and the NAACP Image Awards, among others. Heading into the Academy Awards this weekend, we have 36 nominations across 17 films including two nominees in each of the Best Picture (Mank, The Trial of the Chicago 7), Best Documentary Feature (Crip Camp, My Octopus Teacher), and Best Animated Feature (Over the Moon, A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon) categories. Mank led all films with 10 nominations.



Ragnarok season 2 is coming to Netflix on May 27





Ragnarok season 2 is coming to Netflix on May 27


April 21, 2021 — Today Netflix released the first look images from the highly anticipated second season of Ragnarok and announced that the new season will launch globally on Netflix on May 27, 2021.

Ragnarok is a coming-of-age drama building on, and contributing to, a new and surprising angle on Norse mythology. The second season will pick up where the first season left: What do you do when you’re a 17 year-old high schooler who has just learned that you’re up against an ancient and extremely powerful enemy that is holding an entire town, perhaps even an entire country, in an iron grip?

Magne has to accept that now that he’s ready for battle, his enemies are too many and too strong. Is there anyone else who, like him, has supernatural powers? And will he be able to find these people in time? And what happens when it turns out that his little brother, Laurits, is also quite exceptional, but that he views the world very differently from Magne? In the second season of Ragnarok, the conflict gets tougher, evil gets more focused, and the choices even more desperate. In the midst of all this, Magne is faced with the fundamental question: How far are you willing to go in order to save your family?

The cast of Ragnarok includes David Stakston (Magne), Danu Sunth (Iman), Jonas Strand Gravli (Laurits), Theresa Frostad Eggesbø (Saxa), Herman Tømmeraas (Fjor), Emma Bones (Gry), Henriette Steenstrup, Odd-Magnus Williamson, Synnøve Macody Lund, Bjørn Sundquist and Gísli Örn Garðarsson. New cast members are Vebjørn Enger (Jens), Benjamin Helstad (Harry), Billie Barker (Signy), Jesper Malm (Odd Moland) and Espen Sigurdsen (Halvor Lange).

The six part Norwegian language series is produced by SAM Productions, a Danish screenwriter-based production company. Adam Price and Emilie Lebech Kaae function as creators and writers, executive producer is Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen (Antichrist, Melancholia), producer Stine Meldgaard Madsen (Pros and Cons, Something’s Rockin’) and Director is Mogens Hagedorn.

Ragnarok Season 2 will launch globally on Netflix on May 27, 2021.

www.netflix.com/ragnarok



Sardar Ka Grandson Welcomes You To Their Family!





Sardar Ka Grandson Welcomes You To Their Family!

Netflix launches the trailer of the heartwarming film

The film, directed by Kaashvie Nair, features Neena Gupta, Arjun Kapoor, Rakulpreet Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, John Abraham, Soni Razdan, Kanwaljit Singh and Kumud Mishra


Mumbai, April 21, 2021: It’s rightly said that a person can go to any extent for the happiness and wishes of their family! A grandmother’s last wish, a dedicated grandson, and a heartwarming journey, Netflix’s upcoming film Sardar Ka Grandson promises warmth, love, and celebration of the bonds within a large Punjabi family. The family entertainer is all set to release on 18 May 2021. Comprising an incredible ensemble cast – Neena Gupta, Arjun Kapoor, Rakul Preet Singh, Aditi Rao Hydari, John Abraham, Soni Razdan, Kanwaljit Singh, Kumud Mishra and Divya Seth – the film showcases the journey of a US-returned grandson (Arjun Kapoor) who will go to any length to fulfil the last wish of Sardar (Neena Gupta), the family matriarch. Directed by Kaashvie Nair the film explores their unique relationship and is a tribute to multi-generational family bonds.

Director Kaashvie Nair said “Sardar Ka Grandson is personal because it is a delectable mix of my grandparents and my attachment to my childhood home. It celebrates the unconditional love between grandparents and grandchildren. I feel like I am one of the luckiest debut directors to have an eclectic mix of actors, a strong crew and unconditional support from the producers Nikkhil, Madhu, Monisha, John and Bhushan Kumar. Bringing the story to life on Netflix is just the icing on the cake! Can’t wait to see how the world reacts to our film!”

Veteran actress Neena Gupta said, “This is the first time that I’m playing a character like this. A lot of effort was put into honing the way Sardar talked, looked, and reacted to situations. Sardar Ka Grandson is a joyous ride filled with mixed emotions which will make the audience smile, and also leave a tear or two in their eyes. I just wanted everyone to watch this film with their family and have a great time”

Sharing his thoughts on the film, Arjun Kapoor said, “Sardar Ka Grandson is an emotional film with a strong message. This will be a perfect family viewing experience – for all! Being a part of the film with such an amazing ensemble cast was a very pleasant experience and shooting with them never felt like work. The experience constantly helped me learn and grow. I can’t wait for the audience to see this sweet relationship between a grandmother and her grandson, which has never been portrayed in this manner.”

Sardar Ka Grandson releases on Netflix on 18 May 2021.

Produced by

T-SeriesEmmay EntertainmentJA Entertainment

Writers and Screenplay:

Anuja Chauhan

Kaashvie Nair

Dialogues:

Amitosh Nagpal

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 204 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

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About Emmay

Formed in 2011, Emmay Entertainment and Motion Pictures LLP is a content production company based in Mumbai, India, with a proven repertoire in full-length feature films.

The company, led by Nikkhil Advani, Madhu Bhojwani, and Monisha Advani, develops content-rich projects that are helmed by leading writers and talent from the Indian film industry. Emmay has recently made a foray into producing digital content partnering with various leading studios, OTT & streaming platforms.

About JA Entertainment

JA Entertainment is an Indian film and series production house. In pursuit of strong scripts, smart stories, owned by Indian Motion pictures actor, John Abraham who believes that good wholesome content is the only way to break from clutter and make your mark

About T Series

T-Series is India’s leading music label and film production studio with Mr. Bhushan Kumar heading the company. Founded more than 30 years ago by Shri Gulshan Kumar, T-Series has successfully churned out popular Hindi and regional commercial music along with devotional music content. Being India’s leading music label with its fan base across the globe, T-Series’ YouTube channel is the No.1 YouTube channel in the world with highest subscription (as on today 145M) and views (as on today 114 billion). T-Series, which started off as a music company in 1984 has today transformed itself into a formidable film studio over the years. Along with creating film music and independent singles, T-Series is currently the biggest film studio that produces around 15-20 films every year. The company has spread its wings to produce digital content for OTT platforms as well.



Video: “The Upshaws” – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “The Upshaws” – Official Trailer – Netflix
A working-class family in Indiana struggles to make it work and make it right without the blueprint to do it.
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The Upshaws | Official Trailer | Netflix

A working-class family in Indiana struggles to make it work and make it right without the blueprint to do it. Executive Produced by Mike Epps & Wanda Sykes.

Watch The Upshaws, only on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/TheUpshaws



Dakota Johnson To Star In “Persuasion”





Dakota Johnson To Star In “Persuasion”

Acclaimed Theater Director Carrie Cracknell Will Make Her Feature Directorial Debut

Netflix and MRC Film have partnered on Persuasion with Dakota Johnson to star.

Writers: Screenplay (adaptation) by Ron Bass and Alice Victoria Winslow; Based on the novel by Jane Austen

Director: Carrie Cracknell

Acclaimed Director Carrie Cracknell, who directed Jake Gyllenhall and Tom Sturridge to Tony nominations last year in Sea Wall/ A Life on Broadway, will make her feature directing debut.

Cast: Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson recently starred in the drama Our Friend, and will next be seen in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter and Stephanie Allynne and Tig Notaro’s Am I Ok?.

Producers: Andrew Lazar, Christina Weiss Lurie

Executive Producers: Elizabeth Cantillon via her untitled MRC Film Romance label, Michael Constable, David Fliegel

Logline: Living with her snobby family on the brink of bankruptcy, Anne Elliot is an unconforming woman with modern sensibilities. When Frederick Wentworth—the dashing one she once sent away—crashes back into her life, Anne must choose between putting the past behind her or listening to her heart when it comes to second chances. Adapted from the Jane Austen novel.

The film takes a modern, witty approach to a beloved story while still remaining true to Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Cantillon’s romance focused MRC Film label is also in development on features including: the adaptation of 28 Summers, based on the bestselling novel from Elin Hilderbrand from writer Allie Hagan; Photos of You, based on Tammy Robinson’s novel from writer Tom Dean; and Rebecca Raisin’s Rosie’s Travelling Tea Shop from writer Monisha Dadlani.

MRC Film recently announced The Mothership starring Halle Berry, also with Netflix; and most recently released the global box-office hit and Oscar-nominated film Knives Out from writer/director Rian Johnson and The Lovebirds starring Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae with Netflix.



‘Wings of Fire’ Animated Event Series Takes Flight at Netflix





‘Wings of Fire’ Animated Event Series Takes Flight at Netflix

I’ve always loved dragons — from Beauty in Dragonsong to Kazul in Dealing with Dragons, from Falkor to Sisu, from Temeraire to Toothless. I love that they can be funny and fierce, terrifying and loyal, all at the same time.

When I started writing my own dragon series, Wings of Fire, I knew a few important things. I knew I wanted it to be a big epic fantasy with a sense of humor and kindhearted heroes. I wanted to explore questions of fate vs. free will, different ways of handling power, nature and nurture, family and empathy and friendship.

And perhaps most of all, I wanted it to be a story told entirely from the dragons’ point of view.

In the world of Pyrrhia, dragons get to have all the adventures. They get to be the ones who save the day, fall in love, fight the bad guys, and maybe fulfill a prophecy or two, if they feel like it. (There are humans in this world, but… they mostly just get eaten a lot.)

And now I am so excited to invite you into the Wings of Fire world in a whole new way: as a TV show on Netflix! “Will there ever be a TV show?” has been the #1 question I’ve gotten at events almost from the beginning, and the answer is finally yes!

Not just “yes,” but “yes, AND I cannot believe the amazing team who are going to make this so great.” I am so immensely thrilled and grateful that Ava DuVernay is our Queen of Dragons (I’m pretty sure that’s the official title). Ava is someone who saves the world every day without waiting for any prophecy to tell her what to do. I hope some of my dragons grow up to be just like her!

And I knew the minute I met our showrunners, Dan Milano and Christa Starr, that they are funny, kind, super-nerd kindred spirits who 100% understand what I’m trying to do with the books. FanWings, you will love them, too! In their talented hands, I have faith the TV show will fulfill the dreams of all the people who’ve asked me that question over the years.

When I started writing this series, I wanted to show that any dragon can be part of saving the world, no matter how shy or weird or prickly or overly enthusiastic they are. I wanted the readers to feel that, too—that each of you is important and wonderful just as you are, and you can make a difference.

I wanted you to see yourselves in the pages of this dragon world – and now I hope you’ll be able to see yourselves on screen as well.

I cannot wait to go on this journey with this team and with you!

Netflix today announced Wings of Fire, an animated event series for the whole family, based on the best-selling series of books, published by Scholastic, that have enthralled readers around the world with 14 million copies in print.

The epic fantasy saga marks the first animated series from Academy Award® Nominee and Emmy Award® Winner Ava DuVernay and ARRAY Filmworks.

Synopsis: Wings of Fire is an animated event series adaptation of the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling book series from author Tui T. Sutherland. A bitter war has raged for generations between the dragon tribes who inhabit the epic world of Pyrrhia. According to prophecy, five young dragons will rise to end the bloodshed and bring peace back to the land. Raised and trained in secret from the time they were hatched, the Dragonets of destiny – Clay, Tsunami, Glory, Starflight, and Sunny – embark on an evolving quest that will bring them face to face with their true selves and the overwhelming scope of this savage war they are destined to bring to an end.

Episodes: 10 40-minute episodes

Ava DuVernay quote: “Within this epic book series from the mind of Tui Sutherland is an elegant saga filled with wisdom and wonder, exploring ideas of belonging and bias, camaraderie and community,” said DuVernay. “On behalf of my colleagues Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks, we’re thrilled to partner with Netflix and Warner Bros. Animation for this dynamic adaptation where five young dragonets fulfill their destiny and show viewers how to fulfill their own.”

Melissa Cobb quote (Vice President, Original Animation, Netflix): “We couldn’t be more proud that Ava has chosen Netflix as the home for her first animated series. An epic fantasy saga full of sweep and spectacle, Wings of Fire promises to be a must-see event for the whole family.”

Sam Register quote (President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios): “The Wings of Fire books have captured the imagination of millions. In Ava, Justin, Christa and Dan we have a visionary creative team that will bring that same sense of wonder and adventure from the books to life with animation and create the next great animated family series at Netflix.”

Showrunners / Executive Producers: Dan Milano (Glitch Techs), Christa Starr (Mystery Science Theater 3000), Justin Ridge (Star Wars Resistance). Milano and Starr are adapting the book series for television.

Executive Producers: Ava DuVernay, Dan Milano, Christa Starr, Justin Ridge, Tui T. Sutherland, Sam Register and Sarah Bremner for ARRAY Filmworks.

Studio: Warner Bros. Animation



The ‘Shadow and Bone’ Creative Team on Bringing the Grishaverse to Life





The ‘Shadow and Bone’ Creative Team on Bringing the Grishaverse to Life

Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Grishaverse novels are finally making the leap from page to screen in Netflix’s new fantasy series Shadow and Bone. The show centers on an orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) and the dark forces that conspire against her when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.

Bringing this expansive universe to life was no easy feat. Ahead of the series’ premiere, showrunner, writer and executive producer Eric Heisserer; author and executive producer Bardugo; and executive producer Shawn Levy (21 Laps Entertainment) discuss the biggest challenges in adapting the books, casting these beloved characters and how Shadow and Bone stands out in the genre space.

Eric and Leigh, how did you two first meet and begin working together to adapt the Grishaverse into a series?

Eric Heisserer: About three years back I made a New Year’s resolution to do more pleasure reading. I reached out to some friends for book recommendations, and someone said, “How would you like Ocean’s Eleven via Charles Dickens in a fantasy setting?” So I devoured Six of Crows and had such a good time that I tweeted at Leigh to say thank you for this amazing book. Then I found my way to the original Shadow and Bone trilogy, and really enjoyed the coming-of-age empowerment story of a young heroine. And then a year later, Leigh’s literary rep reached out to let me know Netflix had acquired the rights to Shadow and Bone, and they’d all seen my tweet to Leigh. But my pitch was to do the whole series — Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. So two months went by, then Netflix called me and said they had gotten the rights to everything.

Leigh Bardugo: I’ve seen a lot of friends go through adaptations and essentially be locked out of the worlds that they created. I knew as soon as I met Eric that he was not that person. He had great ideas and new places he wanted to take these characters, but he also had tremendous respect for the world that had been built, and for the fans who love that world. Eric has always approached this show with a sense of discovery and excitement as a fan of the material, and that means so much to me.

What differentiates Shadow and Bone from other shows in the genre space?

Shawn Levy: The books, and now the series, are very much inspired by tsarist Russia. It’s not a replication of history, but it draws from those unique aesthetics. In the fantasy genre, I think we’re used to seeing medieval inspiration and influence, but we wanted to create a genre piece that is aesthetically and stylistically unlike anything that we’ve seen. From costuming to production design to the languages spoken in the show, Shadow and Bone feels uniquely fresh. The show is also fiercely romantic, and it’s filled with humor and wit.

How did you approach combining both Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows — which take place in the same universe, but on different timelines?

Heisserer: The books are all set chronologically, so we technically don’t get to events in the Six of Crows books until after the Shadow and Bone books have ended. So what Leigh and I had to do was essentially invent prequel stories for the key Six of Crows characters this season — Kaz, Inej, and Jesper — to fit alongside what is happening in the Shadow and Bone storyline. That’s been the heavy lifting.

Bardugo: And it wasn’t easy! Eric took two fantasy series — with powers and creatures and horrors and heists — and molded them into this wonderfully cohesive thing. I don’t think I could’ve been more lucky in the person that we found to hand the keys over to. It wasn’t just the keys to a book or one series, it was a whole world I had been working on for the better part of my career.

How did you approach finding the right cast to embody such beloved characters?

Bardugo: Lightning didn’t strike once, it just kept striking, and we caught all of this incredible electricity with our cast. We found actors who have tremendous chemistry on screen and tremendous camaraderie off screen. The level of focus and energy and dedication that they’re bringing to these parts is extraordinary.

Levy: On a show like Shadow and Bone you’re creating a new world, and a big part of that is introducing the audience to characters they’ve never met before. And you can’t do that with a cast of familiar faces. You need to do that with a cast of new faces. In that regard, this casting process was very much reminiscent of Stranger Things. And unlike a lot of other fantasy series, we have a true eclecticism in the cultural and racial backgrounds of our characters and actors. We’re really presenting a world that shows us a mixture of backgrounds and cultural diversities in a way that feels both accurate to this world, but also unique in the fantasy genre. That element was really important to us from the get-go.

What element of Shadow and Bone do you think will draw fans in — both old and new?

Bardugo: When they watch this show, I hope people will be transported to a world that doesn’t feel like any place they’ve been before. This isn’t swords and sorcery. The series really asks, “What happens when you bring a gun to a magic fight?” It’s about magical powers and grand destinies and court intrigue, but it’s also about the people who fall through the cracks, who are seen as expendable.

Levy: When we were first making Stranger Things, people asked, “Who is really going to watch that?” And what we’ve found is that if you can anchor a show in characters that feel human, and for whom you root deeply and passionately, that’s the magic. And with Shadow and Bone, we tried to do exactly that. We’ve tried to give fans both old and new a world that is unlike any they’ve seen, but with deeply human characters who are yearning and trying and aspiring and struggling in ways that feel authentic and therefore completely resonant and recognizable to us.

Shadow and Bone premieres April 23 on Netflix.



Video: “Money, Explained” – Official Trailer – Netflix





Video: “Money, Explained” – Official Trailer – Netflix
We spend it, borrow it and save it. Now let’s talk about money and its many minefields, from credit cards to casinos, scammers to student loans.
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Money, Explained | Official Trailer | Netflix

We spend it, borrow it and save it. Now let’s talk about money and its many minefields, from credit cards to casinos, scammers to student loans.