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Kevin Hart’s ‘Lift’ shows how Netflix’s algorithm has revived the ‘B movie’ | CNN

Kevin Hart’s ‘Lift’ shows how Netflix’s algorithm has revived the ‘B movie’ | CNN

CNN  —  Kevin Hart’s new movie “Lift” is fine for what it is, featuring a heist designed for light escapism. Yet it’s also a prime example of the Netflix algorithm at work: using data to determine what subscribers like, then feeding that demand, with the content almost secondary to the boxes these projects check. Do you like Adam Sandler? Jamie Foxx? Ryan Reynolds? Hart? Then Netflix not only has a series or movie you might like, but another ready to stream right after if you happen to give a thumb’s up to the first one. ...

Jan 13
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Move over, Rudolph: Streaming adds to the flood of holiday specials | CNN

Move over, Rudolph: Streaming adds to the flood of holiday specials | CNN

By , CNNLink Copied!Ad Feedback — Far from the holiday specials of the past – which dutifully arrived on the major networks each year, from Frosty and Rudolph to Charlie Brown and the Grinch – much of this year’s barrage of Christmas specials will stream into the season.Apple TV+ made news by acquiring the , moving them off of ABC (before making them ). But that’s just the tip of a tinsel-topped iceberg of content, with several cable channels (Freeform, Hallmark and Lifetime among them) heavily turning their schedules over to holiday fare.As for the relative newcomers to this...

November 19, 2020
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Review: '537 Votes' revisits Florida election chaos in 2000 as a prelude to 2020

Review: '537 Votes' revisits Florida election chaos in 2000 as a prelude to 2020

(CNN)The timing of "537 Votes" isn't subtle, focusing on election chaos and chicanery surrounding the 2000 Florida recount weeks before concerns about a repeat two decades later. The HBO documentary, however, provides a contextual, nuanced view -- rooted in the controversy over Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez -- while painting a colorful portrait of the ensuing battle, when the Democrats brought the equivalent of a strongly worded letter to a knife fight.Director Billy Corben knows Florida well, and he niftily sets up the key players in a drama that even the HBO movie "Recount" couldn't entirely...

October 21, 2020
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James Lipton, longtime host of 'Inside the Actors Studio,' has died at 93 | CNN

James Lipton, longtime host of 'Inside the Actors Studio,' has died at 93 | CNN

By , CNNLink Copied!Ad Feedback — James Lipton, whose serious interviews with high-profile stars “Inside the Actors Studio” for more than 20 years made him a well-known pop-culture figure, has died at the age of 93.News of his death was confirmed by Ovation TV, which currently airs “Inside the Actors Studio” after a long run on Bravo.Lipton founded the TV program in 1994, conducting one-on-one discussions with actors in front of audiences of students as a collaborative effort between the Actors Studio and the New School. He became dean of the Actors Studio Drama School, which...

March 2, 2020
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