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Science friction: can Netflix figure out its blockbuster problem?

Costly sci-fi films have received poor reviews but the streaming giant still has an eager audience in its vast subscriber baseThe future hasn’t been kind to Netflix. In the last two months, it’s launched three science fiction blockbusters – Will Smith’s orc cop adventure Bright, the shock assault The Cloverfield Paradox, and the bizarre Berlin-set […]

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J.J. Abrams: “It’s Not Possible To Take Risks And Please Everyone”

J.J. Abrams knows a thing or two (or three) about fanboy criticism. He’s been dealing with nearly his entire career. “Super 8” was a shameless Steven Spielberg ripoff! “Star Trek” didn’t capture the spirit of the show! “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was much too much like the original “Star Wars”! “The Cloverfield Paradox” was […]

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Netflix’s ‘Cloverfield Paradox’ Pulled in 5 Million Viewers in 7 Days After Surprise Release

Netflix’s pickup of J.J. Abrams’ widely panned sci-fi movie “The Cloverfield Paradox” hasn’t turned out as well as another of the streamer’s big-budget original films, “Bright.”The movie notched just 2.8 million U.S. viewers in the first three days after its surprise post-Super Bowl release on Feb. 4, according to Nielsen data. But the total audience […]

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‘The Cloverfield Paradox’ Was Streamed by Five Million People in Its First Week

Nielsen has released its latest Netflix numbers, which impart a similar lesson as previous ratings: A movie needn’t be critically acclaimed in order for people to stream it. “The Cloverfield Paradox,” which became immediately available after the Super Bowl, was watched by some five million people within a week; the new series “Altered Carbon” has […]

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Oscar Features and Shorts Boost Weekend Specialty Box Office

The bulk of specialized business continues to come from the usual Oscar contenders that have dominated the scene for months now. The annual package of Oscar nominated shorts proved the strongest new opener this weekend.Among limited releases, an exclusive showing of last year’s Sundance entry “Golden Exits” (Vertical) leads the field. It remains to be […]

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J.J. Abrams Talks ‘Cloverfield Paradox’: “While We Were Shooting, We Were Making Adjustments”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you’re well aware the Netflix surprised everyone on Sunday and released the new “Cloverfield” film, with only a quick trailer announcement during the Super Bowl as marketing. It was a mic-drop of a moment, and would have been even more powerful if the movie […]

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‘Annihilation’ First Reactions: Phenomenal, Dazzling, Head-Spinning

Netflix‘s first acquisition from Paramount, “The Cloverfield Paradox,” crashed and burned. All the hype in the world, and a surprise Super Bowl Sunday release, couldn’t lift the stink off the movie, which circled the drain with critics and audiences. However, it looks like the streaming giant has a winner with “Annihilation.”As you’ll recall, Netflix scooped […]

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