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Netflix releases new Daredevil character poster

- March 30th, 2015

You better finish binging those episodes of Bloodline and House of Cards season 3 soon, because Netflix’s latest drama is almost here. Marvel’s Daredevil, the first title in the Marvel-Netflix deal that features a number of other New York City-based shows, will be hitting the streaming service on April 10.

Today, Netflix has released a new poster that gives us a glimpse at all of Daredevil‘s key characters. With Hell’s Kitchen as a backdrop, the poster features, from left to right, Foggy Nelson (played by Elden Henson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). If you look closely, you can see the bloody knuckles on the hands of Matt Murdock – a.k.a. Daredevil. See the poster below, and feel free to click on it for more detail.

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Netflix’s new Bloodline clip introduces the Rayburns

- March 11th, 2015

This is one family that you’re going to want to get to know. Netflix has just released a new featurette about its upcoming drama series Bloodline, which introduces viewers to the members of the Rayburn family.

Bloodline, which arrives on March 20, was created by the guys behind the series Damages — Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman, and Glenn Kessler. The 13-episode first season follows what happens when a black sheep brother returns to the Florida Keys to visit his family, and threatens to expose dark secrets from the past.

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“I always thought the greatest thing that happened to me was being born a Rayburn,” says Kyle Chandler’s character John Rayburn in the clip. “Now I’m not so sure.”

The show also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz, Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard.

While some critics have been turned off by the ‘soap opera’ element of the series, other have lauded it for its eerie soundtrack, strong sense of setting, creepy foreshadowing and solid performances — especially by Mendelsohn as the black sheep brother. Feel free to check out the clip here:

Netflix unleashes new Daredevil trailer

- March 10th, 2015

Ah, now we’re getting to see more of it. Netflix has just released a new trailer for their upcoming Daredevil series, which will debut on the streaming service on April 10.

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The trailer opens with the voice of Wilson Fisk, also known as the villain Kingpin.

“When I was a kid, I used to dream what it would be like to live somewhere far away from Hell’s Kitchen,” says Fisk, played by Vincent D’Onofrio. “But I realized the city was a part of me. It was in my blood, and I would do anything to make it a better place.”

This is obviously setting Fisk up for a confrontation with blind attorney Matt Murdock (a.k.a. Daredevil), played by Charlie Cox.

The trailer also gives us glimpses of nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), martial artist Stick (Scott Glenn) and Murdock’s love interest, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll).

The live-action series is the first of a multi-title deal between Marvel and Netflix, which will also include shows about Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, plus a Defenders mini-series where they all team up. Watch the Daredevil trailer below:

Amazon’s ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ set for Shomi this week

- February 25th, 2015

Sex, drugs and classical music. That’s not a combination that you think about often, is it?

But in the new series Mozart in the Jungle, an Amazon Studios title coming to streaming service Shomi this Friday, you’ll find a lot of those three things. Especially the sex.

The comedy-drama, based on the 2005 memoir by oboist Blair Tindall about her career in the New York City classical music scene, follows a young musician – played by Lola Kirke, the sister of Girls star Jemima Kirke – as she deals with the pressures and personalities involved with performing in a world-renowned orchestra.

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And, in the first episode at least, you’ll see a lot of references to sexuality and partying, such as when two female members of the orchestra discuss the ways different musicians do the horizontal mambo – supposedly, percussionists “pound you like a porno” – or when a party host does a hip-hop-style scratch on a classical music record and then exclaims “let’s get busy!” Some of it feels pretty obvious, but it still makes for a fun viewing experience.

The show, which also stars Gael Garcia Bernal (pictured) and Malcolm McDowell, was recently renewed for a second season by Amazon. In Canada, the only place to watch it is on Shomi.

“Amazon is doing some great content,” said Marni Shulman, Shomi’s Head of Content and Programming, at a recent Toronto launch event for the series. “They’re attracting big names, they’re doing some really daring stuff, and I hope that Shomi will be able to continue our partnership with them.”

Netflix releases new Marco Polo featurette

- January 29th, 2015

In case you haven’t checked out Netflix’s historical epic Marco Polo yet, the streaming service has released a new featurette to entice potential viewers to visit 13th-Century Mongolia.

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Photo: Benedict Wong stars as Emperor Kublai Khan in Netflix’s Marco Polo

The new clip gives us fresh insight from the show’s producers and cast members, including series creator John Fusco – who stresses that “the story of Marco Polo can only be told on a big scale” – and stars Lorenzo Richelmy and Olivia Cheng.

While critics largely dismissed the wooden acting and over-the-top dialogue in the show’s first season, Fusco earned some respect for his emphasis on intense kung-fu scenes, intricate costumes and exotic landscapes. As Fusco explains in the featurette, the $90-million production brought them to Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia.

Netflix recently announced that the series will be coming back for a 10-episode second season. If you haven’t watched season one yet, here’s a sample of what it’s all about: