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June 15, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite its large ensemble of richly detailed characters, Orange Is the New Black is fueled by the crazy, nuclear-powered off-and-on relationship between Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and her ex-drug-runner ex-lover-turned-fellow Litchfield inmate Alex Vause (Laura Prepon). Trouble is, Piper Kerman, the real-life ex-con whose life story is dramatized in the Netflix drama, never had sex in prison with her real-life lover, Cleary Wolters. Fact is, aside from a brief whisper of time when they were in lockup together during their trial in Chicago, the women never served in the same prison, Wolters, 52, said in an interview.
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December 18, 2012 | The Motley Fool
I'M EMBARRASSED just thinking about it. I've owned Netflix since it was $19 a share. When it hit $277, I sold. The next day it went up to $283, and I thought, "What was I thinking?" and bought it back. The rest is sad history: It's now around $90 per share. My original gut instinct was accurate, but greed got in the way and I'm paying for it now. I've lost a lot, but at least I did milk the stock over the years, taking profits numerous times to expand my portfolio in other directions.
BUSINESS
December 8, 2012 | By Cliff Edwards, Bloomberg News
Netflix Inc. and chief executive officer Reed Hastings said they may face a Securities and Exchange Commission civil claim over a July Facebook post that coincided with a big gain in the company's stock price. SEC staff alleges Netflix and its CEO violated rules governing selective disclosure, according to a company filing. The July 3 post by Hastings said Netflix viewing "exceeded 1 billion hours" of videos in June. The shares rose 6.2 percent that day. The SEC action highlights the potential for legal trouble when company executives like Hastings, who has more than 200,000 Facebook fans, communicate with the public via social media.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
STILL THINK of streaming Netflix as something you do on a computer? Think again. You can still watch that way, but the service - which charges $7.99 a month for unlimited streaming from its library of TV shows and movies - is available on a variety of devices, from game systems to DVD players, that connect to your television, as well as on the iPhone and Windows phone and the iPad, Kindle Fire and Nook tablets. (A $4.99-a-month plan limits users to two hours of streaming a month and only on a computer.)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Frazier Moore, Associated Press
NEW YORK - Portia de Rossi only believed it was happening when her agent got the good news from the producers. Michael Cera only believed it was happening when the cameras rolled. It happened all right. Arrested Development has risen from the dead with 15 half-hours premiering en masse on Netflix on Sunday at 3:01 a.m. Arrested Development is the cockeyed comedy blessed with a king's ransom of talent and the twisted vision of its mastermind, Mitch Hurwitz, that aired on Fox for three seasons as a cult favorite, then was canceled for low ratings - and maybe because it befuddled everyone who wasn't hooked on its lunacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - What could the Kevin Spacey political thriller "House of Cards" possibly have to do with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"? More than you might think. Unless, that is, you're one of the Netflix subscribers whose behavior helped the streaming service make the connection in the first place. Because it turns out that when Netflix shows us something that's supposedly like the thing we've just watched, it's not making an editorial judgment, or promoting some pet project: It's doing the math on our viewing habits.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg News
Netflix Inc., the world's biggest video-streaming service, said access to its movies and television shows was restored after a disruption caused by Amazon.com Inc.'s Web storage and computing system. Many customers in the Americas weren't able to access content online Monday from around 3:30 p.m. Philadelphia time until late Christmas Eve, according to Joris Evers, a spokesman for Netflix. The blockage was caused by issues with Amazon Web Services, a business hosted on the Internet that's separate from the online retail store, he said.
NEWS
July 15, 2011 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Staff Writer
If this week's online fury over Netflix's price increase proved anything, the obvious choice was this: You can't take away a good deal and not expect people to squawk. Netflix said it was dropping its $10 rock-bottom subscription fee for its combination service - unlimited video streaming plus unlimited DVDs by mail, one at a time. To get the same combo, customers will have to cough up $16 a month, or $7.99 apiece for either streaming or DVDs. Within hours, tens of thousands of customers had complained online - on Netflix's blog, on its Facebook page, and anywhere else they could think of. Many promised to cancel rather than submit.
NEWS
March 20, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* BLOODLINE. Today, Netflix.   WHEN I TALK to myself, as I too often do these days, it may be to ask: Is this TV voiceover really necessary? It's largely superfluous in Netflix's "Bloodline," a new series from the creators of "Damages," in which a prodigal son returns to his family's resort in the Florida Keys and things don't go so well. Kyle Chandler, who did so much with silences in "Friday Night Lights," retains his spare delivery as John Rayburn, whose efforts to keep his black-sheep brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn)
NEWS
July 29, 2011 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, when Netflix announced a price hike for its DVD rentals, reaction from its customers was so off the charts you had to wonder what it was really about. Tens of thousands of posts flooded the company's Facebook page, variously spewing venom or demanding vaguely defined justice. Why? Netflix, purveyor of to-your-doorstep-or-laptop movies and shows, whose Internet-age business model helped eradicate store-based rental rivals, said it would charge $6 more per month in return for the ability to stream or mail-order DVDs.
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August 7, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
A few years ago, HBO tried a wonderful experiment: Screen some of the brilliant productions generated by its HBO Latino subsidiary on its main channel. It introduced a new audience to such shows as Capadocia , Alice , Epitafios , and Mandrake . Though many of the shows are available on the HBO Go streaming site, the premium channel dropped the initiative. That's all the more reason to applaud Netflix for taking a similar step with the premiere of its first Spanish-language series, Club de Cuervos . All 13 episodes of the first season, presented with English subtitles, will be posted Friday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - What could the Kevin Spacey political thriller "House of Cards" possibly have to do with "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"? More than you might think. Unless, that is, you're one of the Netflix subscribers whose behavior helped the streaming service make the connection in the first place. Because it turns out that when Netflix shows us something that's supposedly like the thing we've just watched, it's not making an editorial judgment, or promoting some pet project: It's doing the math on our viewing habits.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Practice 'American Idol' audition Plan to compete for a spot on  American Idol  when the show holds auditions Sunday at the Liacouras Center in Phila.?  Good Day Philadelphia  on Fox 29 (WTXF-TV) may be able to help: You can test your audition song for a panel of local judges on Thursday at the Fox 29 Studio at Fourth and Market Streets beginning at 9 a.m. Three finalists will perform live on Friday's edition of  Good Day Philadelphia , while the winner will get to meet Idol judges  Jennifer Lopez ,  Harry Connick Jr ., and  Keith Urban . Info:  http://bit.ly/1KtUrmN , or look for the "Philly Idol" logo on  www.myfoxphilly.com . Macklemore: I had a relapse Seattle rapper Macklemore says 2014 was a year of very high highs and low lows: He won four Grammys for his LP The Heist but also fell back into drug use. A recovering addict, Macklemore, 32, tells Complex mag he couldn't handle the stresses of success: "The pressure and the fame - everything.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
According to the remarkable documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? , we have the Curtis Institute of Music to thank for jazz vocalist and songwriter Nina Simone's blazing career. Trained from early childhood as a classical pianist, the then Eunice Waymon of Tryon, N.C., was in New York with a one-year scholarship to Juilliard when, in 1951, she applied for admission to Philadelphia's storied tuition-free conservatory. She was rejected. Liz Garbus' new film, released last month by Netflix, more than implies that Simone was turned down not because her audition wasn't up to snuff, but because she was black.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
Philly will be representing at the 67th annual Emmy awards. Upper Darby's Tina Fey, who between "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" already owns eight of the gold-ish statuettes, is up for four more. "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," the Netflix series that Fey and "30 Rock" veteran Robert Carlock originally created for NBC, received seven nominations yesterday, including one for outstanding comedy and another for Fey's guest turn as attorney Marcia Cross. Fey's also nominated for her writing on the Golden Globe awards, which she co-hosted, and, in the same category, for writing on the "SNL" 40th anniversary special.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shadow on Chris Tucker's special Trouble stalks Chris Tucker's touted new comedy special, which Netflix plans to post Friday. Comic Terry Hodges is suingTucker and Netflix, claiming they never paid him for all the work he's done since 2008 (that's a lot of preparation!) to help write and produce the stand-up show. Tucker's attorney dismisses the suit as "absurd and completely without merit. " Nickelback cancels tour Canadian rockers Nickelback have scrapped the remainder of their 2015 tour due to illness.
NEWS
June 15, 2015
*  GAME OF THRONES . 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. Last week's episode may have set a record for one of my least favorite TV trends - people being burned alive - but there's no way I'll be missing the Season 5 finale, "Mother's Mercy. " If you've fallen behind,HBO2 reruns the entire season beginning at noon Sunday. *  JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL . 10 p.m. Saturday, BBC AMERICA. Eddie Marsan ("Ray Donovan") and Bertie Carvel star in a miniseries based on Susanna Clarke's fantasy history.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Despite its large ensemble of richly detailed characters, Orange Is the New Black is fueled by the crazy, nuclear-powered off-and-on relationship between Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling) and her ex-drug-runner ex-lover-turned-fellow Litchfield inmate Alex Vause (Laura Prepon). Trouble is, Piper Kerman, the real-life ex-con whose life story is dramatized in the Netflix drama, never had sex in prison with her real-life lover, Cleary Wolters. Fact is, aside from a brief whisper of time when they were in lockup together during their trial in Chicago, the women never served in the same prison, Wolters, 52, said in an interview.
NEWS
June 15, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
I think it's safe to assume Rosa (Barbara Rosenblat) is dead. But what about Vee (Lorraine Toussaint), that poisonous drug lord and prison house bully who so thoroughly dominated the second season of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black ? Will Vee pop back up like a recurring nightmare? That question is answered in the third season of Orange Is the New Black . All 14 episodes were set to be released on Friday. When we last saw Rosa in the Season Two closer, the sexy bank robber turned aging cancer-ridden convict was driving Litchfield Penitentiary's dilapidated transport van into the sunset to the sounds of Blue Öyster Cult's "Don't Fear the Reaper.
NEWS
June 12, 2015 | By Ellen Gray, Daily News Staff Writer
* ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK. Today, Netflix. * JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL. 10 p.m. Saturday, BBC America. IF THERE'S one problem with Netflix's releasing entire seasons of its streaming originals at once, it's that binge-watching makes the time between seasons of "Orange Is the New Black" only feel even longer. As Netflix's best series returns today for Season 3, Jenji Kohan's series about inmates at a women's prison is as addictive as ever. Intermittently hilarious, occasionally infuriating and still very much the drama that new Emmy rules have declared it, "Orange" continues to peel back the layers not only of the inmates and guards at Litchfield Correctional but of the system that brought them together.
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