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Netflix to slow down streaming so the internet doesn't break

Netflix to slow down streaming so the internet doesn't break

UPDATED: In what could be a harbinger of things to come in the United States, is tapping the breaks on its download speeds in Europe in order to reduce network bandwidth now that millions of people have committed to staying home.The move is in response to European Commissioner Thierry Breton, who spoke with Netflix CEO Reed Hastings the service reducing its streaming speeds. Breton is encouraging people and companies to switch back to standard definition, instead of high definition (let alone ultra-crisp 4K) in order to keep the bandwidth pipelines flowing to all who need online access...

March 19, 2020
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William Dufris, voice of 'Bob the Builder,' dies at 62

William Dufris, voice of 'Bob the Builder,' dies at 62

William Dufris, the voice behind multiple characters on Bob the Builder in the United States and Canada, has died from cancer. He was 62.Dufris' death was confirmed via social media on Tuesday by audio movie maker Pocket Universe Productions, a company he co-founded alongside Lance Roger Axt."We are heartbroken to announce that the co-founder of @pocketplot and the director of 'EC Comics Presents... The Vault of Horror,' William Dufris, has died from cancer," the Twitter message reads. "There is a hole in a lot of people’s hearts right now. We will have more to say later. Bless you,...

March 25, 2020
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'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' songwriter Alan Merrill dies from coronavirus

'I Love Rock 'n' Roll' songwriter Alan Merrill dies from coronavirus

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts scored a #1 hit with Merrill's song in 1982.Singer, guitarist, and songwriter Alan Merrill has died in New York at the age of 69 as a result of the coronavirus. Merrill was best known for writing the track "I Love Rock 'n' Roll." Merrill originally wrote and recorded the iconic song while he was a member of the band the Arrows, who released the track in 1975. The song would later become a huge hit for & the Blackhearts, who topped the charts with the tune in 1982.Merrill was inspired to write the song as a reaction to the Rolling Stones' single "It's Only Rock...

March 29, 2020
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'Avatar: The Last Airbender' animated series is finally coming back to Netflix

'Avatar: The Last Airbender' animated series is finally coming back to Netflix

Earlier this week, Netflix made its regular announcement of what movies and TV shows would be coming to the streaming service next month. Though includes the likes of and the final season of , it appears there was one title missing. On Thursday, one of Netflix's many official Twitter accounts announced that an old friend will be making its way back to the platform on May 15: Avatar: The Last Airbender.Originally broadcast on Nickelodeon from 2005-2008, Avatar: The Last Airbender was co-created by Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko and takes place in a medieval fantasy realm (loosely...

April 23, 2020
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Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic react to Post Malone's Nirvana tribute concert: 'Goosebumps!'

Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic react to Post Malone's Nirvana tribute concert: 'Goosebumps!'

There we were, and he entertained us. staged on Friday, raising over $2 million for coronavirus relief — and earning the approval of two key Nirvana figures.During the 80-minute livestream, Malone, backed by a band joining him remotely, covered such favorites as "Come As You Are," "Heart-Shaped Box," "About a Girl," and "Stay Away," very lyrically appropriate in the age of social distancing. (Notably lacking in the setlist was "Smells Like Teen Spirit.") So far, the concert has raised over $2.8 million in donations to the United Nations Foundation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Google...

April 25, 2020
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Dave Chappelle helps raise over $100k for struggling comics during coronavirus pandemic

Dave Chappelle helps raise over $100k for struggling comics during coronavirus pandemic

The Comedy Store may be closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but they haven't forgotten the talent who've graced their stage who are now struggling to make ends meet. The famous Los Angeles stand-up comedy venue hosted a live three-part podcast benefit on Tuesday that raised more than $100,000 with the help of some of the biggest comedians in the industry. Dave Chappelle, who is quarantined at his home in Ohio, was the surprise guest in the show's final segment hosted by Neal Brennan and also featured Bill Burr and Chappelle's Show alum Donnell Rawlings. Chappelle and his cohorts...

April 26, 2020
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'The Blacklist' goes animated for season 7 finale amid production shutdown

'The Blacklist' goes animated for season 7 finale amid production shutdown

Advertisementtypenetworkgenreis getting crafty in response to the coronavirus pandemic shutting down production.To close out its seventh season, the NBC crime drama will employ a combination of live-action footage from the partially filmed 19th episode and graphic-novel-style animation. The hybrid episode, titled "The Kazanijan Brothers," will serve as the finale for the shortened season, which was originally intended to run 22 episodes.To complete the episode, stars , , and their castmates recorded audio at home, with the rest of the episode also being animated and edited remotely.This...

March 27, 2020
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Guy Fieri and Bill Murray to compete in live nacho-making contest

Guy Fieri and Bill Murray to compete in live nacho-making contest

AdvertisementTen bucks on Murray.Restauranter and actor are going head to head to determine who can make the best nachos."The Nacho Average Showdown" is live event to raise money for Fieri's Restaurant Employee Relief Fund (RERF), which gives financial assistance to employees impacted by the coronavirus shutdown. The Fund provides restaurant workers with $500 grants with 100 percent of donations going directly to RERF. About 8 million restaurant workers are currently unemployed.The quest for nacho flavortown will stream on Food Network's Facebook page on May 15 at 5 p.m. ET. Carla Hall will...

May 11, 2020
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Betty White to star in Lifetime Christmas movie

Betty White to star in Lifetime Christmas movie

AdvertisementDreaming of a White Christmas? Looks like you're going to get your wish.has signed on to star in a Christmas movie, the network announced on Thursday. In the untitled film, White's character helps ready would-be Santas for the holidays. But a mystery looms: Is she actually Mrs. Claus?The eight-time Emmy winner and all-around pop-culture legend turned 98 (!) in January. Her Hollywood career spans more than eight decades, and she's starred in such series as , , and .In other Lifetime holiday movie news, the network announced that will star in Merry Liddle Christmas Wedding, a...

September 18, 2018
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'Game of Thrones' actor Jack Gleeson returning to TV for first time since playing Joffrey

'Game of Thrones' actor Jack Gleeson returning to TV for first time since playing Joffrey

Nearly six years after his bloody reign as the reviled King Joffrey came to an end on , Jack Gleeson is returning to TV — and in a far less sadistic role.The 27-year-old actor will be joining the upcoming BBC comedy series  from British comic Sara Pascoe. The show, as described in a press release from the network, "subverts the traditional sitcom format by combining eccentric characters, animation, and scientific explanation."Gleeson's portrayal on Thrones earned critical and public acclaim. He was so convincing as the loathsome Joffrey that the actor even said some fans began . He left the...

March 10, 2020
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