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- Warning: Minor spoilers ahead for "True Detective" season three.
- HBO's "True Detective" anthology series is back and critics have mixed reviews.
- Many are rejoicing, because it's far better than the second season.
- But others think that's a low bar, and instead it's simply redundant of the first season.
- "True Detective" returns to HBO on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
- The vast majority of televisions available today are "smart" TVs, with internet connections, ad placement, and streaming services built in.
- Despite the added functionality, TV prices are lower than ever — especially from companies like TCL and Vizio, which specialize in low-cost, high-tech smart TVs.
- There's a simple reason that smart TV prices are so low: some TV makers collect user data and sell it to third-parties, which can offset the cost.
- The final season of "Game of Thrones" will premiere on April 14.
- A new teaser shows Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Sansa Stark in the Winterfell crypts.
- This eighth season is only six episodes long, which means the finale should be on May 19 if HBO doesn't skip any Sundays.
- HBO announced the date ahead of the premiere for "True Detective" season three.
- Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette tied for best actress in a limited series or movie made for television at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards.
- "Schitt's Creek" stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, read Adams' name first — but once she got onstage, she demanded to announce her fellow winner right away.
- Arquette joined Adams onstage and they gave joint acceptance speeches.
- HBO's latest "Game of Thrones" season eight teaser video featured Lyanna Stark's crypt statue.
- Her burial place in Winterfell was part of scene from the pilot episode, in which King Robert Baratheon places a feather in the statue's hand.
- That same feather was later seen by Sansa Stark on the fifth season.
- Both of these scenes provided hints that Lyanna was actually Jon Snow's mother.
- Jon has yet to discover this truth, but his parentage reveal is likely a key part of the final season.
- HBO's latest "Game of Thrones" season eight promo video features Jon Snow, Arya, and Sansa together.
- This is the first time fans have seen Jon and Arya in the same room since the first season.
- Jon gifted Arya her sword, Needle, and now the new teasers shows both grown-up Stark kids drawing their swords to fight the coming cold.
- People are, understandably, emotional.
- This isn't actual season eight footage, though, so the true reunion is still to come.
- "Fyre Festival" was supposed to be a huge music festival for millennials in 2016 organized by Ja Rule and 26-year-old tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland.
- Instead, the three-day party, which cost thousands to attend, turned out to be a nightmare scenario with people stranded at a private beach in the Bahamas.
- Monday, Hulu released a trailer for a documentary about the Fyre Festival called "Fyre Fraud."
- The trailer comes a few days after Netflix released a teaser for a similar documentary on the music festival.
- Hulu's documentary features an exclusive interview with McFarland, who was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to wire-fraud charges in 2018.
- While the Netflix documentary will be available Friday, January 18, you can currently watch Hulu's documentary now. Watch the full trailer for "Fyre Fraud" below.
- 01/14/19--09:58: 10 places from your favorite sitcoms you can visit in real life
- When a sitcom airs for nine or 10 years, the spots that the characters hang out in feel like a part of our lives, too.
- Thankfully, many of these places were inspired by real places that quickly became pop culture landmarks.
- Whether it's the titular bar in "Cheers" or the Pawnee City Hall from "Parks and Recreation," there are multiple spots you can check out from your favorite sitcoms.
- 01/14/19--10:47: 10 ways the 'You' TV series is different from the book
- The Lifetime series "You" that's recently been picked up by Netflix is based on the novel of the same name by Caroline Kepnes.
- In the book, the characters Paco, Claudia, Annika, and Raj don't exist.
- In the TV series, Candace gets a much more prominent backstory and Peach is much more suspicious of Joe.
- 01/14/19--14:22: 5 great TV shows to watch on Netflix this week
- Every week, we put together a list of great shows you should watch.
- This week, we recommend new series like "Tidying Up With Marie Kondo" and "Sex Education," shows that are simply new to Netflix including "You," and ones you might have missed like "Maniac" and "Dark."
- "Parks and Recreation" released an episode about a government shutdown in 2010. Many of the jokes ring true during the current record-breaking US government shutdown.
- In the episode — the finale of the second season — Tom Haverford considers getting a "temp job," while Leslie Knope is concerned about sewage.
- Similarly, federal parks employees in the US are currently worried about unemployment and unsanitary conditions at local parks.
- Netflix adds new movies and shows almost daily.
- INSIDER has rounded up four movies and shows hitting the streaming service this week that are worth watching.
- One option is Netflix's Fyre Festival documentary.
- In a new promo for the coming final season of "Game of Thrones," a stone statue of Jon Snow was featured alongside ones of Sansa and Arya Stark.
- "I was the only one who kept their statue, that's how narcissistic I am," Kit Harington joked in an interview with BBC Music.
- "They sent it to my house so I've got it in my shed," he said, laughing."How sad is that?"
- The statue has been the focus of much speculation because some fans think it shows an aged Jon Snow, but Harington did not weigh on its likeness to him.
- Netflix is rolling out its biggest price increase ever to US subscribers
- What's next for hot data backup startup Rubrik, now valued at $3.3 billion
- Snap's 'infamous' head of HR is the latest executive to leave the company
- The best consumer concept we saw at CES 2019
- Lifetime's creepy TV show 'You' has risen dramatically in popularity since debuting on Netflix, and season 2 will be a Netflix exclusive
- Netflix and Hulu are releasing competing documentaries on the Fyre Festival, but Netflix is dominating Google search interest
- NBCUniversal shakes up leadership as it prepares to launch a streaming service in 2020
- Meet Marina Gross, the interpreter who was the only other American in the room for Trump and Putin's 1-on-1 meeting in Helsinki
- 'Asymmetrical jeans' that have one straight leg and one flared leg are the newest bizarre denim trend, and they'll cost you $375
- Ford just unveiled the most powerful Mustang ever to hit the streets
- Celebrities often cameo on ABC's "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."
- Some celebrities help out during competitive dates, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Amy Schumer.
- Others perform for the contestants, Dolly Parton, Boys II Men, and Backstreet Boys.
- "Riverdale" returned Wednesday from its mid-season break.
- The episode featured some pop culture references, including some to "Cabaret."
- The episode also made callbacks to season one.
- Sophie Turner says Kit Harington has the "best" hair on "Game of Thrones."
- She told InStyle that he's "obsessed" with it.
- She also told the magazine that the cast makes fun of him for this obsession.
- Nina Dobrev appeared on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday and was asked if she thinks it's "weird" that she's friends with her ex Ian Somerhalder and his wife, actress Nikki Reed.
- In response to the question from a fan, the 30-year-old star said: "I don't think that's weird at all. I think that's great. Why can't everyone be friends?"
- The "Vampire Diaries" stars dated for three years and split in 2013. Somerhalder married Reed in 2015, and the pair welcomed a daughter named Bodhi in 2017.
- "I think that they have a beautiful baby and they are happy and so am I," Dobrev said. "What's bad about that? I don't see any problem with that."
- Don Cheadle appeared on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday and spoke about Mark Ruffalo, who's known for accidentally giving away spoilers about the Marvel films during interviews.
- "He runs his mouth a lot," Cheadle told Fallon.
- The actor, who plays War Machine, added that he tries to avoid doing interviews with Ruffalo.
- "Why do I need that hassle, right?" Cheadle said. "I don't need to be sitting next to him when he blows the whole reveal of the movie."
After a lengthy hiatus following the notoriously messy second season, HBO's "True Detective" crime series is back for a third installment. This time starring Mahershala Ali, Steph Dorff, and Carmen Ejogo, the season is a standalone from the previous two.
Taking place in Arkansas, the story revolves around the disappearance of two young kids. Ali's character, Wayne Hays, takes center stage as a brilliant investigator with reconnaissance experiences thanks to his time served in the Vietnam War.
The story is told across three different time frames (1980, 1990, and 2015) as the case is opened, re-opened, and then documented for a true crime series TV show. Let's see what critics are saying.
The new story has a lot in common with the first season — for good or bad
"So let’s go ahead and address this right away: 'True Detective' creator Nic Pizzolatto has taken the right lessons from the successes of season one and failures of season two to pen a highly engaging whodunnit, one which borrows heavily from the show’s debut season to great effect."
"'True Detective' season three — which made the first five episodes of the season available for review — is more than a return to Season one’s spooky, winding excellence. It tackles different issues to previous seasons and focuses more sharply on issues and realities that were left unexamined in its previous iterations."
"The first five episodes are stirring entertainment, steadying a very rocky boat and teasing an end that feels far more likely to exceed expectations than spoil a strong setup. 'True Detective' is good again, and that alone is worth celebrating."
"If you score 'True Detective' season three on originality, it fails — for repeating both its own history and the already-dated cable genre of glum loners confronting the evils men do. But if you treat it as a do-over — if the series, like one of its haunted antiheroes, is retracing its steps to try to get things right — then it’s fine. Often quite good. Far more consistent."
Some say the choice to mimic the first season leaves season three with the same problems "True Detective" had before
"Is being better than the second season really an accurate use of the word 'better'? Is being 'worse' than the first season all that bad? Then I wondered what I would think if neither of the previous seasons had existed, and I realized—I probably wouldn’t be thinking about it at all."
"Season three is marginally better than season two, at the very least. But despite a tremendous lead performance from Mahershala Ali, it doesn’t quite reach the heights of season one, either. More than anything, it feels unnecessary, hitting the same self-consciously grim notes we’ve seen plenty of times before."
"Despite 'True Detective' season three’s attempts to recreate what worked with season one, the show still lacks what made that season so memorable: a clear vision. Pizzolatto’s writing was often good, and the performances – particularly McConaughey’s – were great. But the secret weapon of that first 'True Detective' was Cary Joji Fukunaga."
"Season three, which is set in the Ozarks in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and the recent past, doesn’t answer that nagging, fundamental question about the series — namely, what, exactly, is 'True Detective,' besides a collection of stories involving cops and murderers, encrusted with literary affectations? It also has that familiar post-millennium-TV problem of seeming as if it doesn’t have enough story to justify its running time."
The plot is too slow for others
"Unfortunately, it’s no big surprise that things drag along in a very 'True Detective' sort of way, at least until the season is more than halfway finished (there are eight episodes in all, five of which were made available to critics). Even when the show is viewed with an open mind, the experience is a lot like coming home and discovering you forgot to set your slow cooker to actually cook the meal."
Mahershali Ali delivers a fantastic performance
"He’s great — simultaneously charismatic and vulnerable, kind and self-destructive, in every era — and the Hays/Reardon relationship allows Pizzolatto to do some interesting and relatively nuanced work about growing up black in a place where you’re always looked at as something alien."
"At the very least, the new 'True Detective' season is a three-tiered showcase for Mahershala Ali, who stays consistently mesmerizing even if the mystery around him does not."
Fans of the first season should be prepared to dive in with both feet
"The premiere episodes show a lot of promise plotwise, teasing out a season that gets to the uniquely spooky roots that hooked audiences in the first go-round. If the devil really has come to Arkansas, we’re happy to fall under his spell."
"True Detective" season three premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on HBO.
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Massive TVs with razor-thin frames, brilliant image quality, and streaming services built-in are more affordable than ever thanks to companies like Vizio and TCL.
If you want a 65-inch 4K smart TV with HDR capability, one can be purchased for below $500 — a surprisingly low price for such a massive piece of technology, nonetheless one that's likely to live in your home for years before you upgrade.
But that low price comes with a caveat most people don't realize: Some manufacturers collect data about users, then sell that data to third-parties. That data can include what type of shows you watch, which ads you watch, your approximate location, and more.
A recent interview on The Verge's podcast with Vizio CTO Bill Baxter did a great job illuminating exactly how this works.
"This is a cutthroat industry. It’s a 6% margin industry," Baxter said. "The greater strategy is I really don’t need to make money off of the TV. I need to cover my cost."
More specifically, companies like Vizio don't need to make money from every TV they sell.
Smart TVs can be sold at or near cost to consumers — which is great for consumers — because Vizio is able to monetize those TVs through data collection, advertising, and selling direct-to-consumer entertainment (movies, etc.) — which is less great for consumers.
Or, as Baxter put it: "It’s not just about data collection. It’s about post-purchase monetization of the TV."
And there are a few different ways to monetize those TVs post-purchase.
"You sell some movies, you sell some TV shows, you sell some ads, you know. It’s not really that different than The Verge website," he said.
It's those additional forms of revenue that helps make the large, beautiful smart TVs from companies like Vizio and TCL so affordable.
Without that revenue stream, Baxter said, consumers would be paying more upfront cost. "We’d collect a little bit more margin at retail to offset it."
The exchange is fascinating and worth listening to in full — check it out right here.
The eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" begins April 14. After months of building anticipation among fans, HBO dropped the air date ahead of its third season premiere of "True Detective" with a new teaser video.
In the tease, which was directed by David Nutter (a "Game of Thrones" veteran director, who did the fifth season finale), Jon meets up with Arya and Sansa in the Winterfell crypts. The video is not actual season eight footage — instead it's similar to past teasers HBO has crafted, ones that address coming themes of the season. The crypt teaser begins with heavy overtures of Jon's true Targaryen parentage as he walks past Lyanna Stark's crypt.
The major source of excitement for fans will be seeing Jon and Arya reunited. The two haven't seen each other since the second episode of season one, when Jon gifted Arya her precious sword, Needle. As all three Stark kids stand in front of their own crypt statues, they turn as a frost creeps down the hallway. The signal of the White Walkers causes Jon and Arya to draw their blades, anticipating the coming fight.
Another prominent part of the teaser is the feather in front of Lyanna's crypt (you can read more on that here). This was placed there by King Robert Baratheon on the very first episode of the series. Later, on the fifth season, Sansa touched the feather when she visited her Aunt's statue.
Jon has yet to find out he's half-Targaryen and half-Stark, but that revelation will surely be a major part of his storyline on the coming season.
This final season of the long-running series will be six episodes long, as opposed to its previous standard 10 episode seasons. Despite having fewer installments, those episodes are reported to all be longer than an hour, with some possibly at "feature" length.
In a brief clip of the new seasons, released last week during the Golden Globes, HBO showed Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow arriving in Winterfell.
They are greeted by Sansa Stark, who told Dany, "Winterfell is yours, Your Grace." This is a direct callback to the first-ever "Game of Thrones" episode, on which Ned Stark welcomed King Robert Baratheon to the castle and told him Winterfell was his.
With the season premiere coming April 14, that should place the finale episode at May 19 (if HBO doesn't skip any weeks of episodes). In the meantime, you can read INSIDER's key predictions for the final season here.
Watch the full new teaser below:
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Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette shared the stage at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards, which took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California — not to present an award, but to accept the same one.
Adams and Arquette tied for best actress in a limited series or movie made for television, for HBO's "Sharper Objects" and Showtime's "Escape at Dannemora," respectively.
It’s a tie!! Congratulations to Amy Adams and @PattyArquette who BOTH won the #criticschoice award for Best Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie Made For Television. #CWCriticsChoice@TheCWpic.twitter.com/ywFvzrSg6g— Critics' Choice (@CriticsChoice) January 14, 2019
"Schitt's Creek" stars and the award's presenters, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara, read Adams' name first. But once she got onstage, she demanded to announce her fellow winner and bring her up right away.
"I want the other girl up here with me — the other woman!" Adams said before reading Arquette's name. Arquette joined Adams onstage and they gave joint acceptance speeches.
"I actually can't think of a more beautiful thing than a tie, because there really isn't a winner when we get to do such great work and we have such wonderful opportunities," Adams said, putting her arm around Arquette. "And it's Patricia Arquette! So like, it's amazing!"
The women went on to thank their respective networks, crews, families, and costars.
Arquette also made a point to honor the women who were glad to see a woman with a non-traditional body type for Hollywood onscreen, especially a character who's openly and unapologetically sexual.
Fans immediately fawned over the mutual support and empowering messages from the two actresses.
Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette tying for Best Actress In a Limited Series or TV Movie and accepting their awards together, with their arms around one another, taking turns thanking people is the energy I want to bring through the rest of 2019. #CriticsChoice— Jessica Derschowitz (@jessicasara) January 14, 2019
Later in the night, Glenn Close and Lady Gaga also tied for best actress in a movie for "The Wife" and "A Star Is Born," respectively, but they opted to deliver their speeches separately.
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HBO continues ramping up excitement for the eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones." The newest promotional video, which you can watch here, showed Jon Snow and Arya and Sansa Stark in the crypts of Winterfell, with extra emphasis on an important feather.
The feather was placed on Lyanna Stark's crypt statue by King Robert Baratheon way back on the pilot episode of the series. The next time we saw it, Sansa Stark picked it up when she was visiting her aunt's statue.
Now the feather was part of the season eight tease in which Jon Snow's parentage was heavily referenced. The video began with Jon walking past Lyanna's statue as a snippet of her dialogue from the Tower of Joy flashback plays — "You have to protect him." This was the moment when Lyanna gave baby Jon to her brother, Ned Stark, begging him to protect her son from King Robert's wrath. Jon is of course the trueborn son of Rhaegar Targaryen and Lyanna, making him heir to the Iron Throne.
This game-changing truth was hinted at in both the show scenes featuring the feather. First, King Robert and Ned discussed Rhaegar and Lyanna for the first time back on that pilot episode.
When Robert says he dreams of killing Rhaegar every night, Ned replies by saying "the Targaryens are gone."
"Not all of them," Robert replies.
The episode then cuts to Daenerys and Viserys Targaryen, but of course we know now that there was a third Targaryen right there in Winterfell.
The second scene featuring the feather was from season five, when Sansa visits the crypts after finally returning to Winterfell. While standing at her aunt Lyanna's statue, she notices the feather and picks it up.
Littlefinger finds her there, and the two of them discuss what happened between Rhaegar and Lyanna.
"Lord Whent had a great tourney at Harrenhall," Littlefinger said. "Lyanna was already promised to Robert [Baratheon]... the last two riders were Barristan Selmy and Rhaegar Targaryen. When Rhaegar won everyone cheered for their prince [...] until he rode right past his wife, Elia Martell, and all the smiles died [...] he rode past his wife and lay a crown of winter roses in Lyanna's lap, blue with frost [...] How many tens of thousands had to die because Rhaegar chose your aunt?"
"Yes, he chose her," Sansa relied. "And then he kidnapped her and raped her."
This is a repeat of the widely accepted story of Rhaegar and Lyanna — that he captured her against her will and brought her to the Tower of Joy. But Rhaegar and Lyanna were actually in love, and secretly eloped together.
Instead of replying when Sansa repeats this falsehood, Littlefinger gave her a knowing smirk before changing the subject. He seems to know the truth, even if Sansa didn't. That whole episode, "Sons of the Harpy," has other hints about Jon's parents. You can read those clues, along with every other major moment pointing to Jon's parentage, in our round up here.
And so the new season eight tease brings this connection between Lyanna and the feather almost full circle, with Jon passing by his mother's statue. Frost eventually creeps into the crypt, spreading over the feather and towards Jon, Arya, and Sansa.
Will Jon learn the truth about his mother and father? Will the Night King's army overtake Winterfell? Will more of the Stark children die in the great war to come?
Only season eight can answer these questions and more. The final season of "Game of Thrones"begins April 14 on HBO.
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Nearly eight years ago, the second-ever "Game of Thrones" episode aired and Jon Snow gifted his beloved little sister Arya a sword, "Needle." Now, in a new HBO teaser for the coming eighth and final season, Jon and Arya are back together at Winterfell.
Though the footage is for promotional purposes, and not an actual scene from the coming six episodes, fans were still thrilled to see Jon and his little sister (well, technically cousin) in the same place. The two walked in the Winterfell crypts, alongside Sansa, until they reached three statues of themselves. While this is a foreboding sign, we shouldn't take it as a hint that all three Starks will die in the coming war.
Instead, this tableau of the Winterfell crypts with the creeping White Walker cold is likely meant to show us the theme of the coming season. The Starks, reunited again in the North, will have to rise against the Night King and his army. Winter is here, the dead are on the doorstep, and fans can barely contain themselves with excitement.
Just seeing Jon and Arya together was enough to open the floodgates.
ok wait can we just talk about how this is the first time in forever we’ve seen jon and arya together pic.twitter.com/qM9c0GgzbB— osha (@oshawildling) January 14, 2019
The Arya/Jon reunion is the main event for season 8. It better be 34 minutes long and Mariah Carey better be singing in the background and there better be fireworks going off as Jon and Arya run in slow motion to embrace each other. And everyone around them better cry pic.twitter.com/QMBNQr8GBh— Talisa Rights (@aegxnVI) January 7, 2019
How the eff am I supposed to sleep now. Now all I wanna do is go read ADWD and get hype for the Jon and Arya reunion— Shelly (@TheLadyShelly) January 14, 2019
JON AND ARYA IN ONE FUCKING FRAME AFTER 8 YEARS..... I AM CRYING. pic.twitter.com/UdKJGgEJXN— Nymeria Stark (@nymeriawoIf) January 14, 2019
Things got even more emotional when they both turned in a protective stance in front of Sansa.
Jon and Arya on a screen together protecting Sansa together I’m not crying your crying— d//elizabeth (@naughtysansa) January 14, 2019
JON 👏🏾 AND 👏🏾 ARYA 👏🏾 DRAWING 👏🏾 SWORDS 👏🏾 TOGETHER 👏🏾 https://t.co/ZGnM2TebLe— Have a biscuit, Potter 🍪 (@DeliaDumbledore) January 14, 2019
jon and arya pulling their swords with sansa in the middle surrounding her? we love them protecting their queen.— kinsey (@softkastle) January 14, 2019
did yall fucking notice how both jon and arya's immediate reaction to oncoming danger is drawing their swords and getting in front of sansa to protect her i- pic.twitter.com/88AVqH25uM— ana (@alaynestoned) January 14, 2019
The Mood for 2019 is jon snow and arya stark drawing their swords as they step in front of sansa like ‘protect the queen’ and that’s that— maj (@obi_wan_katnobi) January 14, 2019
We'll have to wait for the final episodes to see the real Jon and Arya reunion, but in the meantime this is a satisfying fix. The eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones"begins Sunday, April 14.
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Picture this: you've spent 10 or 11 years watching a sitcom, and the characters truly feel like a part of your life. Wouldn't you want to visit their beloved hang-out spots?
These 10 locations were either used during filming or inspired the creators to make their own versions in their shows.
Keep scrolling to see what sitcom locations you need to add to your bucket list.
"Cheers" almost exclusively took place within the bar, which shared its name with the show.
Cheers, of "Cheers," was located in Boston, Massachusetts, and for most of its run was owned by Sam Malone, played by Ted Danson. It was normally populated by a lovable group of regulars and employees, including Diane, Norm, Frasier, Carla, and Cliff.
The outside of Cheers was actually a bar called the Bull and Finch for years, but was renamed Cheers Beacon Hill in honor of the show in 2002.
The Bull and Finch was opened in 1969 but achieved national fame when its exterior was used for "Cheers" starting in 1982 and until its end in 1993.
After decades of being known as simply "the bar from 'Cheers,'" it was renamed Cheers Beacon Hill in 2002, and you can still visit it in Boston.
The characters in "Friends" spent almost as much time at their favorite coffee shop, Central Perk, as they did in their apartments.
For 10 seasons, this beloved group of friends spent almost all of their free time at Central Perk, a coffee shop located in Manhattan.
Over the course of 10 seasons, Rachel and Joey both worked there, and Phoebe even got married on the street right outside.
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If you've been following the buzz around "You," odds are you spent the beginning of 2019 working your way through the 10 suspenseful episodes of the thriller series on Netflix or you've already watched it all when it first aired on Lifetime.
The series stars Penn Badgley, Elizabeth Lail, Shay Mitchell, and John Stamos. But before it was perhaps one of the buzziest shows of 2019 so far, "You" was (and is) a novel written by Caroline Kepnes.
Published in 2014, "You" was Kepnes debut novel — which she followed up with a sequel titled "Hidden Bodies." And due to popular demand, Netflix has picked up the psychological thriller for season two, although it won't follow the second book super closely.
In any book-to-TV adaptation, there are dozens of minute changes to the series that most people would never catch and "You" the series is no different. Thankfully, Kepnes stayed on as a consulting producer for the series, so the changes made to the overall story were (hopefully) made with her approval.
Here are a few of the biggest differences between "You" the TV series and "You" the novel.
Warning: Post contains spoilers for both the "You" TV series and novel.
Joe Goldberg's neighbors do not exist in the book.
Although prominently featured on the TV series, Joe's neighbors Ron, Claudia, and Paco are not present in the book. These characters, let alone their names or storylines, are nowhere to be found in the 425-page book.
Their tragic storyline was completely made for the TV series — in the book, there's no beating from Ron (in fact, Joe gets beat by a former employee, Curtis, in the book on page 259), there are no hospital visits or drug overdoses to humanize Joe, and there is definitely no Paco for Joe to look after.
In the book, Benji never killed anyone.
On the TV series, Benji is the owner of an artisanal soda company. In the book, Benji is actually the proud owner of an "organic club soda company that symbolizes everything bad about right now."
One thing does remain the same between the book and movie: Benji is a narcissist who happens to really be allergic to peanuts and could care less about Beck. Unfortunately, the TV show does change a significant part of Benji's storyline, having him reveal to Joe that he killed one of his friends and caught the whole thing on tape. This detail was perhaps added to help Benji look like more of a bad guy, making Joe seem a bit "justified" in killing the rival suitor.
In the book, Beck doesn't have to work and she's not financially struggling as much.
In the book, Beck isn't a broke student who really needs a job — at least there's not much of an indication that she is anyway. On the TV show, she's a yoga teacher who has to balance early morning classes with her tough teaching assistant schedule. But in the book, she's none of those things — and there's also no inappropriate mentor threatening to remove her from said fictional vocation.
In the book, Beck lives in an apartment meant for Brown graduates pursuing a graduate degree in New York City. She won the apartment by writing a winning essay for The Brownstone Biased Lottery. And, while she could probably afford curtains, both the show and book maintain that Beck's apartment windows remain bare, allowing Joe to do all of his peeping activity unobstructed.
And, while we're on the topic of Beck's finances, in the book, Peach never offers to give Beck money to hold her over like she does on the show.
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We've all shuffled, again and again, through the algorithm of shows Netflix thinks you might want to watch next. But with an overwhelming selection, it's hard to commit. But it's a new year, and with it comes a new set of recommendations from INSIDER's trusty team.
This week's picks are all series with slightly longer episodes, but with varying levels of attention required from you. From brand new original series to older ones you might have missed the first go-around, here are the five shows you should start on Netflix.
"Maniac" premiered last fall and seemed to fly under-the-radar of many Netflix-centric conversations. But Emma Stone delivers a phenomenal performance as Annie, one of two strangers drawn to the late stages of a mysterious pharmaceutical trial, each for their own reasons." The show is set in an alternate-universe version of New York City, and strikes a perfect balance between magical realism, absurdity, and pseudo-futurism.
The episodes vary from 25 to 45 minutes in length, making it easy to binge once you let yourself settle into the world a bit (give it a couple episodes). Creator Patrick Somerville ("The Leftovers") and director Cary Joji Fukunaga ("True Detective" season one) have truly made something unique that more people should be talking about.
This British comedy series is a Netflix original making its debut this week, and folks are already buzzing about the amazing cast of characters. Starring Asa Butterfield as Otis, an "inexperienced, socially awkward high school student who lives with his mother, a sex therapist," the show takes a turn when Otis decides to start an underground "sex therapy" club for his classmates. "Sex Education" is weird, heartfelt, and a must-watch. All eight episodes run just under an hour long.
"You" was a Lifetime original series that was canceled, and now found a home on Netflix. Since the first season's 10 episodes dropped on the streaming service, "You" has found a new and fervent fan base. Netflix already picked it up for a second season, so now is the time to get in on this buzzworthy show.
The series follows Joe (Penn Badgley) as he meets and then stalks a woman in New York City. What follows includes theft, breaking and entering, violence, and ... love? The satirical tone of Joe's creeptastic persona hits an incredible nuance, to the point where fans are "falling in love" with the stalker, and Penn Badgley is having to beg them to stop. If lush drama and over-the-top love/murder plotlines are your jam, look no further.
"Tidying Up With Marie Kondo"
Your new Netflix reality-obsession came gliding into the New Year in the form of Marie Kondo, a organizing savant whose best-selling book had already built her a strong following. The genius strategy of dropping this series just as everyone's New Year's resolutions to finally sort out their lives kicked in was not lost on anyone, but it worked anyways.
If you haven't already, throw on "Tidying Up" and absorb Kondo's best advice for finally de-cluttering that room or space that no longer "sparks joy" in your life.
"Dark" premiered on Netflix in December 2017, and has slowly gained a cult following ever since. It's a German original series, and though Netflix might default you to a dubbed version, we implore you to watch it with the original audio and subtitles. This show requires a lot of attention with three different time settings and inter-generational family drama and time-travel to boot, but it's one of the best supernatural TV shows Netflix has ever produced.
A second season has wrapped filming and is expected this year sometime, so we highly recommend starting now and getting into the theorizing fun with fellow fans.
When NBC's "Parks and Recreation" debuted its season two finale in 2010, critics called it "smart, funny, crisply written, and poignant." But the episode, which was about a government shutdown, was also prophetic.
In light of the ongoing government shutdown, now the longest in US history, we revisited the old episode to determine its accuracy.
As it turns out, there are quite a few similarities between the storyline and the current plight of federal park employees.
Like many park rangers, members of the Pawnee parks department worry about finding a second job or tackling sewage issues. Others speculate that the shutdown could last for months.
Take a look at the show's uncanny prophecies.
Andy: "How long is it going to last?" Ron: "Well, if we're lucky, this building will be empty for months."
Like Ron Swanson, we don't know when national parks will return to regular functioning or re-open shuttered facilities and campgrounds. President Trump has suggested it could take "months or even years" for the government shutdown to end.
One of the controversies surrounding the current shutdown is that the Trump administration has elected to keep national parks open, but they lack enough staff to run normally.
So major national parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Acadia, and Death Valley are still accessible to visitors, but have canceled certain services like bathroom cleaning and trash collection.
Ben: "I mean, Idaho cut their Parks Department by 80%, and Idaho is basically one giant park."
An estimated 21,000 National Park Service (NPS) employees have been furloughed due to the shutdown. That's around 87% of the department total — a number that's oddly close to Ben Wyatt's estimate.
The remaining 3,3000 or so NPS employees have stayed on to provide essential services such as law enforcement and emergency medical attention.
Leslie: "Children's concerts aren't a priority these days. You know what is? Sewage."
Leslie Knope couldn't have been more right: A major concern among politicians and public advocates is the large amount of human waste piling up in park restrooms.
At the beginning of January, Joshua Tree National Park closed its campgrounds due to "human waste in public areas." Visitors have also ignored signs telling them not to use the bathroom at some parks in Oregon.
"There are piles of human sh-t everywhere," a Yosemite National Park ranger said in a Facebook post, according to Outside Magazine. "Gross, but so seriously true."
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Netflix constantly adds new titles to watch on the streaming service.
Trying to choose something to watch when given so many options can be difficult, so INSIDER looked through the list of new movies and shows hitting the service this week to see what's worth watching.
Here are four TV series and movies you should watch this week.
"American Gangster" (Movie — coming Wednesday, January 16)
Oscar-nominated film "American Gangster" stars Denzel Washington as real-life drug trafficker Frank Lucas with Russell Crowe playing Detective Richie Roberts. Though much of the story is fictionalized, it is based on Lucas' life.
The movie also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cuba Gooding Jr., Josh Brolin, Ruby Dee, Idris Elba, Norman Reedus, and Common.
"American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" (TV show — coming Thursday, January 17)
"American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace" has been scooping up awards — including seven Emmys and two Golden Globes — and is finally hitting Netflix. The second season of the anthology series centers on spree killer Andrew Cunanan (Darren Criss) and the murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace (Edgar Ramirez).
"FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened" (Movie — coming Friday, January 18)
Netflix's "Fyre" is a documentary about the disastrous Fyre Festival. What was marketed as a VIP luxury experience in the Bahamas, resulted in hundreds of attendees getting stranded with delayed flights, a lack of food and water, and un-pitched tents. In this documentary, organizers and some of the people involved with the festival are telling their stories about what went wrong.
"Marvel's The Punisher" (TV series — coming Friday, January 18)
Jon Bernthal is back as Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, on the Marvel series' second season. After saving a teen from a murder attempt, Castle has to decide whether to embrace his vigilante Punisher persona or try to return to a normal-ish life.
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HBO's latest teaser for the coming eighth and final season of "Game of Thrones" focused on Jon Snow with his two sisters (er, cousins) in the crypts of Winterfell. The three Starks all came face-to-face with stone statues of themselves, bringing a sense of dread and mortality to the theme of the video. Now Kit Harington (Jon Snow) has revealed that he has that statue at his home.
"I kept that statue, you know the one in the crypt?" Harington said in on BBC Music's Breakfast Show with Zoe Ball. "They sent it to my house so I've got it in my shed [laughing]. How sad is that?"
He said his co-stars featured in the teaser, Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, did not take home the statues of Arya and Sansa Stark.
"I was the only one who kept their statue, that's how narcissistic I am," Harington said. "I'm gonna turn it into a water feature."
The footage seen in the promo is not an actual scene from the coming last six episodes of "Game of Thrones." It was filmed specifically for this eighth season promo and was directed by David Nutter (who has helmed full episodes in the past).
So, for now, there's no word on whether any of the remaining Starks die during the coming war, or if their crypt statues will be seen on the actual show. But Jon's statue has been a particular focus of fans because it depicts him fully bearded. Some believe this indicates an older version of Jon, and therefore means he will survive in the coming season.
But the show has specifically pointed out before that the crypt statues aren't always an exact likeness. On the seventh season, Arya pointed out to Sansa that Ned Stark's statue didn't look enough like him. It's possible Jon's assigned stonemason was simply bad at chiseling out facial hair in stone (a hard task) and the statue accidentally made him look older.
Harington didn't weigh in on the likeness of his statue, so fans will have to wait until the final episodes to learn Jon Snow's fate. "Game of Thrones"returns to HBO on Sunday, April 14. Watch the full interview with BBC Music below.
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Voice is primed take off
You didn’t have to be at CES to know that voice is shaping up to be one of the hottest areas for publishers and marketers this year. In a Reuters Institute survey, three quarters of digital publisher respondents said that audio is becoming a more important part of their content and business strategy.
As we reported, The New York Times recently provided a glimpse of what customized audio content for the devices will look like. The Times is also making money on the platform, with a skill it created for Audi. A lot of publishers have already been repurposing podcasts for voice assistants, but many publishers are building dedicated audio production units and content as well. “We don’t want to be road kill,” as one publisher confided to me about the urgency to get on voice assistants.
But voice comes with questions for publishers and marketers. Surveys have mixed results on how much people actually use the devices to pull up news. As with any platform, publishers have to think about the loss of control to the platforms, Amazon and Google, that dominate the market. At least when distributing on search and social networks, there’s a possibility of getting traffic back to your site and visual brand recognition. Not so with voice.
The financial benefit is also limited since the device manufacturers have, probably wisely, kept them free of ad products. A utilitarian or entertainment approach seems to be the way to go. They also have to consider how their brand "sounds" on the device. Google has made grants to certain media companies to create content for its voice-activated Assistant, setting the stage for a situation of haves and have-nots in the space and tension between the tech giant and other publishers. It’s a trend we’ll continue to follow.
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Chief customer experience officers are the new must-have role at CPG companies
Established brands are losing share to digitally born companies that have shaken up retailing, in part with great customer experience. Casper, for instance, lets customers try a mattress for 100 days and return it if they don't like it. Legacy brands are fighting back by appointing C-Suite executives to oversee every touchpoint with the customer. Around 12% of companies in the S&P 500 have chief experience officers, up from 6% three years ago, Forrester estimated.
We got a leaked document that shows how Amazon is courting influencers
Lauren Johnson looked into the online giant’s program to get influencers to recommend products on Amazon to their fans on social media in exchange for a cut of the sale.
Amazon is promoting the program as a way to make easy extra money. But influencers we talked to said the money they’re making varies widely. Ultimately, Amazon could be the big winner, by taking the data that influencers generate and using it to retarget customers on its own.
"There's so much data that Amazon can start to build within their advertising ecosystem," said Krishna Subramanian, a cofounder of Captiv8, an influencer marketing firm.
Gillette’s #MeToo ad
Brands act at their own peril when it comes to being part of a cultural moment. When shaving giant Gillette created an ad addressing the #MeToo movement, it knew there would be a backlash, but it went ahead anyway to reach the next generation of consumers. The one-and-a-half-minute spot refers explicitly to #MeToo stories and calls for men to look inward and be the best versions of themselves.
Pay TV’s problems are reshaping the cable business
The third quarter of 2018 was the worst ever for pay TV, with legacy-cable and satellite companies losing more than 1 million subscribers, and it’s having a trickle-down effect on small cable operators. Wall Street analyst Craig Moffett predicts that, rather than fighting to keep video subscribers, cable operators will withdraw from the business to focus on higher-margin broadband products.
Publishers will roll out more paywalls this year, but face increasing resistance from readers
Subscriptions are a top priority for media companies this year, with 52% saying it’s their main revenue focus, according to a Reuters Institute survey. But scores of publishers put up paywalls and created membership programs last year and people can only manage so many subscriptions. Reuters predicts there even will be a rise in paywall-blocking software.
How Sprinklr CEO’s plans to survive the mar-tech consolidation
The CEO of the $1.8 billion social media-management platform says 80%-99% of marketing tech firms will go out of business. Ragy Thomas says his software-as-a-service model positions Sprinklr well. He sees a growing market for social media management as companies use digital channels to support customer service and other departments.
“We think it's going to go further because customer care is going to come into the fold,” he told BI. “If I'm United Airlines and I talk about great customer service that isn't backed up by a real example in my content or messaging strategy, it's not going to be credible.”
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Even celebrities can't stay away from "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."
On the most recent season of ABC's "The Bachelor," Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, and Billy Eichner joined Colton Underwood for some group dates, and they aren't the first to do so. Musicians, athletes, actors, and comedians often appear on the ABC dating show as part of dates the contestants go on.
Concert dates and private performances are popular on the series, too.
Here are 24 celebrities you probably forgot cameoed on "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."
Comedians Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman helped some contestants during a group date on Colton Underwood's season.
Husband and wife Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman told personal stories of their "firsts" and helped contestants share their own "firsts." The women told their stories in front of an audience at Regent Theater in Los Angeles.
Billy Eichner showed up for a group date in which the women competed in "camp" games.
Eichner, comedian and "Parks and Recreation" star, helped present contestants with their challenges during a group date at "Camp Bachelor."
Lil Jon joined Becca Kufrin and Blake Horstmann on a date.
Lil Jon supported Becca as she and Blake smashed items that reminded her of ex-fiancé Arie Luyendyk Jr.
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Warning: Spoilers ahead for season three, episode nine of "Riverdale," titled "No Exit."
Archie is in some serious trouble on "Riverdale."
During the mid-season return of the hit CW series Wednesday, Archie was attacked by a bear and left critically injured. As he bled out, he had a feverish dream sequence that saw him confront his demons. Though his fate was left hanging in the balance, Archie will probably survive.
As for everyone else, Toni and Cheryl said they love each other but were kicked out of the Southside Serpents for breaking the rules, Edgar from the Farm took all of the kids from the Sisters of Quiet Mercy despite Betty's efforts, Reggie and Veronica kissed, and the Sisters of Quiet Mercy committed mass suicide to avoid going on trial against Hiram.
The show also included some references and callbacks. We worked with Archie Comics to find six details you may have missed.
"No Exit," the episode title, comes from a 1944 French play.
The play by Jean-Paul Sartre centers on three people who have died. This depiction of the afterlife sees the three strangers placed in a single room in Hell.
Josie sings two songs from "Cabaret," a Broadway musical and musical movie, in Veronica's speakeasy.
She first sings the song "Cabaret" at the start of the episode. Later on the episode when she is rehearsing at the speakeasy, she sings "Maybe This Time." Veronica also sings her own version of "Maybe This Time."
Mr. Sowerberry should sound familiar.
Sierra McCoy mentions a Mr. Sowerberry when she is discussing the case against Hiram. On season one, Sowerberry served as Hiram's attorney. He helped Veronica and Hermione prepare their statements to free Hiram from prison.
Mr. Sowerberry is also the name of an undertaker from Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist."
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Kit Harington is known for his luscious locks on HBO's "Game of Thrones," but according to costar Sophie Turner, the cast pokes fun at the actor's obsession with his hair.
In an interview with InStyle, the 22-year-old actress said Harington is "obsessed" with his hair.
"Before red carpets, you would always see him scrunching the ends of his curls to make sure they're perfect," she said. "We all take the piss out on him for that."
She said her TV brother — or rather, her cousin — does have the "best" hair on the show.
"He probably takes the most care of his hair out of like everyone on the show I know," she said.
"Game of Thrones"returns to HBO on Sunday, April 14.
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After a fan called in and asked Dobrev if she felt that it was "weird" to be friends with the couple, the actress said: "I don't think that's weird at all. I think that's great. Why can't everyone be friends?"
Dobrev and Somerhalder starred as Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore on the hit CW show, which premiered in 2009. They were first romantically linked in 2010 and went on to attend red-carpet events together and gush over each other in interviews. The pair reportedly split in 2013 but continued to star as an on-screen couple on "The Vampire Diaries."
In July 2014, Us Weekly reported that Somerhalder and Reed, who played Rosalie in the "Twilight" franchise, were dating. News of their engagement spread in January 2015 and they tied the knot in Topanga, California, in April 2015. They welcomed their first child, daughter Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder, in July 2017.
"I think that they have a beautiful baby and they are happy and so am I," Dobrev said on "Watch What Happens Live.""What's bad about that? I don't see any problem with that."
Dobrev and Somerhalder have remained friendly since their split.
In 2015, Dobrev reiterated that she's on great terms with her ex, telling E! News: "We didn't break up because anything bad happened or because there wasn't love or friendship. I love him, and the friendship is still strong, and I think he's great, and I care about him. And that didn't change. Yes, we're professional and that's fine. We were friends long before we dated and we still are now."
The 30-year-old actress also shared her thoughts on Somerhalder and Reed's "beautiful" wedding.
"They look happy, and I am happy, and so I don't see why there should be a problem with that," Dobrev told E! News."The drama is in the media, it's not with us. But of course, we're on a teen drama show, everyone's going to look for drama."
In February 2017, Dobrev spent time with the couple and the stars shared photos together.
Dobrev and Somerhalder aren't the only former celebrity couple to remain good friends. Anna Faris recently congratulated ex-husband Chris Pratt on his engagement to Katherine Schwarzenegger and even offered to officiate their wedding.
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"He runs his mouth a lot," Cheadle said during an appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" on Wednesday.
The actor, known for his role as War Machine, added that he tries to avoid being put in interviews with Ruffalo specifically for that reason.
"Why do I need that hassle, right?" the 54-year-old actor explained to Fallon. "I don't need to be sitting next to him when he blows the whole reveal of the movie."
Cheadle added that Ruffalo (who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk) and co-star Tom Holland (who portrays Peter Parker/Spider-Man) are "a little chatty" and he's more careful about spoiling movie moments because there are "penalties to pay."
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are more than familiar with Ruffalo and Holland's record of saying things that they're not supposed to reveal about the franchise.
After "Avengers: Infinity War" was released in April 2018, fans realized that Ruffalo actually spoiled the cliffhanger ending of "Infinity War" during a 2017 interview. After Ruffalo said, "Wait 'til you see this next one ["Infinity War"]. Everybody dies," Cheadle looked at him in shock.
Months later, Cheadle appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and explained that he had no idea that Ruffalo would reveal so much.
"Of course I didn't know he was going to do that," Cheadle said. "I tried to stop him. You saw that."
He also added that Ruffalo "can't do press for any movie because he might talk about a Marvel movie."
"I thought I was going to get fired," he said.
As for Holland, who's one of the newer stars to join the MCU, he was unanimously voted the "least trustworthy" by his "Infinity War" co-stars.
Considering that Holland has previously spoiled the film for a theater of excited fans and co-star Benedict Cumberbatch said that doing interviews with the young star feels like "chaperoning," it's unsurprising that he's not given too much information about his part in the MCU films.
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