A Terminator anime from the legendary studio behind the Ghost in the Shell franchise is coming to Netflix. The streaming giant didn't share any details on the plot, but showrunner Mattson Tomlin, who worked on Project Power for Netflix, told Variety he plans to approach the franchise in a way that "breaks conventions, subverts expectations and has real guts." If you're an anime fan, you need no introduction to Production I.G. In addition to adapting Masamune Shirow's seminal manga, the studio has worked on popular series like Psycho-Pass and Eden of the East. The most terrifying killing machine in sci-fi history is back, just like it promised.
This story is six years in the making, and it involves Zelda, Star Fox, another fox, College Humor, Netflix, Nintendo and Adam Conover. In February 2015, the Wall Street Journal reported Nintendo was putting together a live-action adaptation of the Legend of Zelda series for Netflix, described as "Game of Thrones for a family audience." The information came from an anonymous source close to the project. Other outlets covered the report, too -- but a Zelda Netflix show never materialized. Over the years, video game fans chalked it up to a crack in the rumor mill and moved on.
Welcome to Thanks, I Love It, our series highlighting something onscreen we're obsessed with this week. There's a lot to enjoy in every episode of Netflix's Blown Away. The competition show for glassblowers has quirky competitors, fun guest judges, oodles of glasswork sex puns (drink every time someone says "glory hole"), and of course, the visual thrill of seeing simple glass turned into stunning works of art. Blown Away's editing relies on slow-motion shots of artists stretching ropes of shiny, glowing glass between their tools and close ups of hands manipulating technicolor goo into fantastic shapes. That focus on the material captures the danger of working with a substance heated to 2000 degrees Fahrenheit; it also makes the glass look absolutely delicious.
While we're still waiting on Netflix's Pacific Rim anime series, the streaming service has announced that it's also working on anime versions of Tomb Raider and Skull Island. Netflix is working with Legendary Television on all of those upcoming shows, and it follows a slew of anime announcements, including a Cyberpunk 2077 series, and a Resident Evil CG show (if you can call that anime). Gotta keep the weeb contingent happy, right? Netflix says the Tomb Raider series will follow the events of Square Enix's recent reboot trilogy, which leaves the door wide open for stories following a young Lara Croft. It'll be executive produced by Tasha Huo, who also worked on The Witcher: Blood Origin and Red Sonja.
If you're looking for a hectic space romp to fill the Guardians Against the Galaxy void, Sung-hee Jo's upcoming movie Space Sweepers could well be worth a look. Following a crew of space junk collectors in the year 2092, the story revolves around the discovery of a little girl who may in fact be a deadly weapon in disguise. From the looks of the trailer -- which Netflix dropped Tuesday -- expect high budget special effects, action aplenty, and a lighthearted script that doesn't take itself too seriously. Space Sweepers is available to stream on Netflix from Feb. 5.
As far as blatant advertisements go, this one is pretty good. On New Year's Day, Netflix invited subscribers from far and wide to kick off 2021 by calling into a recommendations hotline -- supposedly staffed by celebrity operators ready to assist you with your binge. Netflix announced the service (one we've been providing for years, thank you very much) with a musical number posted to Twitter that reimagines "Auld Lang Syne" as a listings anthem. You can reach the hotline at 1-866-NYD-2021 to go through the experience yourself, or comment on this Twitter thread to request a personalized recommendation. If you just want to know what happens when you call, then read on.
Get a Google Chromecast with Google TV, six months of Netflix, and $60 off your first three months of YouTube TV for only $89.99 as of Dec. 22. If we learned anything from 2020, it's that we all watched *a lot* of TV and movies this year. If you have a loved one who needs a streaming upgrade, this Google Chromecast bundle just might be the perfect gift. Although it might not arrive in time for Christmas depending on your location, Google is also offering free two-day shipping through Dec. 24 with code HOLIDAY2DAY, so your gift IOU won't have to last for too long. With six months of the standard, two-screen Netflix plan (an $83.94 value on its own), this bundle is perfect for new Netflix subscribers and old ones alike, since it can be applied to an existing membership.
Without revealing all its secrets, Netflix has laid out how it uses AI to market shows and predict their success. We already knew that Netflix shuffles and redesigns its interface and show tiles, apparently on the fly, to hook more viewers. But it also uses AI to compare new shows to those its country-by-country viewership watched in the past and to tap into metadata and information on non-Netflix shows, too. The explanation is a little (well, very) dry, but the AI goes beyond Netflix's own data to hedge the company's bets, for less risk, more profit. If, for example, a drama is likely to fare well in Spain, Netflix could increase marketing in the region and prep dubs and subtitles earlier than usual.
If Netflix's decisions on marketing its hundreds of original shows seem highly calculated... that's probably because they were. Netflix has outlined how it uses AI to market shows and predict their success in ways that conventional box office numbers and Nielsen ratings likely couldn't match. Effectively, it comes down to finding connections and determining the likely audience sizes. The method relies on transfer learning, where the the parameters learned from a "source task" improve the performance of a "target task." In this case, the source tasks are simple: what titles are comparable to a Netflix original, and what kind of viewership can the service expect?
Have you heard the good news? Disney is available to stream on Google smart displays, just like many other popular streaming services including Netflix and Hulu. Technically you've always been able to watch Disney on a Google smart display (like the Nest Hub Max) by casting from another device, but that's not quite as smooth as calling out, "Hey Google, play Hamilton on Disney ." With the new update, it's easier than ever to catch up on all of your favorite movies and more when your Disney account is connected to a Google smart display--all you have to do is ask. Here's how to watch Disney using your Google-enabled smart display.