By Cary Darling Published 11:34 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 The original “Lost in Space” science-fiction TV series, which ran from 1965 to 1968, is such a time capsule of its era that it feels more like a history book than a peek into the future. An update of “Swiss Family Robinson” for the space age, it was the story of a nuclear family adrift in the galaxy with a dad who looked like JFK (his first name was John, too), his loyal pilot Don West, mom Maureen and two daughters, Judy and Penny, who generally let the menfolk run things, young Will, his protective robot, and, of course, cowardly and effeminate Dr. Smith, the exact opposite of jut-jawed and heroic John Robinson. To add technical insult to sociological injury, the special effects were not special and barely qualified as effects. The new “Lost in Space,” a 10-part series dropping Friday on Netflix, maintains the basic plot and characters but updates them in intriguing ways and has … [Read more...] about Review: Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ is worth getting lost in
A NEW crackdown on rip-off “subscription traps” by banks, energy firms, broadband firms and online streaming services like Netflix will be unveiled today. The move will seek to protect loyal households who are chucking away nearly £1,000 a year by sticking with the same firms after being lured in by attractive introductory offers. The Government will warn "dishonest firms" that they face being named and shamed if they fail to clearly warn customers when their bills increase following an introductory sign-up discount. And ministers will also threaten to intervene to impose price caps as a last resort - in a similar way they have imposed a price cap on energy bills after suppliers refused to cut unfair bills on loyal customers. The crackdown will include online streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Video, which offer a free month’s trial before automatic monthly charges kick in. The move is designed to protect vulnerable customers hit by the … [Read more...] about Subscription services such as Netflix could face price caps if they rip off customers with introductory deals
Fans of the cult sci-fi classic “Lost in Space” shouldn’t tune into the reboot expecting to hear Dr. Smith bellowing “You bubble-headed booby” or “Oh, the pain...the pain.” The scheming character known for campy catch phrases, memorably played by Jonathan Harris, gets an update from Parker Posey in the Netflix version out April 13. Switching up Dr. Smith’s gender and quirks was a deliberate, if not necessary, choice, according to showrunner Zach Estrin. “The original one meant a lot to a lot of people,” he explains. “A lot of people loved it and it was a very iconic performance. We didn’t want to ask another actor to come in and be compared to that role or those choices so the gender swap was part of that, as a way of freeing any association of an actor trying to take on Jonathan Harris’ performance. 'Roseanne' is back and the Conners are still dysfunctional “Someone … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ‘Lost in Space’ reboot flips genders and personalities to match modern times
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE LOS ANGELES — Netflix is taking new steps for the second season of its teen suicide drama "13 Reasons Why," including a warning video that will air before the first episode of each season. In the clip, the show's stars Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Justin Prentice and Alisha Boe tell viewers how to get help if they are affected by what they see on the show. Additionally, the streaming service is adding crisis resources and a viewing guide to 13ReasonsWhy.Info, and will start a new after-show titled "Beyond the Reasons," where actors, experts and educators will break down the series. Related: Netflix's '13 Reasons Why' carries danger of glorifying suicide, experts say "The hope is that the steps we're taking now will help support more meaningful conversations as Season 2 rolls out later this year," Brian Wright, vice president of original series, said … [Read more...] about Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why’ to include new warning video before each season
Story highlights The first season of the Netflix series sparked a national conversation on suicide Netflix has taken extra steps to provide viewers with more resources on mental health (CNN)Almost immediately, Kate was hooked. She'd seen advertisements for the hit Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" and heard that some friends were watching it, so she gave it a try. "Within one or two episodes, I was completely hooked and was super into it and felt really emotionally involved in it," she said. "And, so I, essentially, sped through the whole show ... which is not easy to do when you are working and also going to school. But I ended up doing it." Kate, 25, is a victim of domestic abuse and sexual assault, and she has depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. CNN agreed to use only her first name in order to protect her privacy. Resources for help National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Trevor Lifeline Trans Lifeline Crisis Text Line She didn't watch "13 … [Read more...] about Is Netflix doing enough with ’13 Reasons Why’ warning?