Now on Netflix: These are the movies and TV shows that will be added, removed on Netflix’s instant streaming in December

Tis' the season to cuddle up with a mug of hot chocolate and binge watch new shows. Netflix will be updating its online catalog in December and it'll be adding new TV shows and movies, as well as removing some titles. Some of the new titles include the holiday special “A Very Murray Christmas” and Adam Sandler's comedy “Ridiculous 6.” Titles being removed include “Batman Begins,” “My Best Friend's Wedding” and the eerie film “Silence of the Lambs.” Some of the content has previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back again. Here's the full list of movies, TV shows and cartoon series that will be added and removed from Netflix instant streaming this month: Movies and TV shows that will be added in December: December 1 #DeathToSelfie (2014) 30 for 30: Chasing Tyson (2015) 50 Shades of THEY: Season 1 A Christmas Star (2015) A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z (2014) Amnesiac (2015) Broadchurch: Season 2 CBGB (2013) Christmas Wedding Baby (2014) The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury (2004) Cradle 2 the Grave (2003) Darkman (1990) Detectorists: Season 1 I'm Brent Morin — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Jenny's Wedding (2015) Las mágicas historias de Plim Plim: Season 1 Ray (2004) Real Rob: Season 1 (2015) -- NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE See You In Valhalla (2015) Sensitive Skin: Season 1 Starting Over: Season 1 Stir of Echoes (1999) Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming (2007) That Touch of Mink (1962) Tyke: Elephant Outlaw — NETFLIX EXCLUSIVE Winning Life's Battles: Season 1 December 2 Stations of the Cross (2014) Tangerine (2015) December 3 Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine (2015) December 4 A Very Murray Christmas (2015) — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 4 — more episodes December 5 A Case of You (2013) Dinosaur 13 (2014) Inside Man: Season Continue Reading

TV show opening credits too good to fast forward

When “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” premiered 25 years ago Thursday, it became common to hear kids rapping about “a story about how my life got flip-turned upside down.” Most of those kids likely still remember the theme song’s lyrics — and can probably break out in song on command if asked. In honor of the show’s anniversary, here’s a look at other memorable TV show theme songs you probably remember: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” Will Smith doesn’t age, and neither does the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Even with outdated clothes and jokes, the rap still permeates pop culture. Twenty-five years later, fans still remember “movin’ in with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air.” “The Brady Bunch” Just try to watch the opening credits to “The Brady Bunch” and not sing along. With visuals that resemble a post-election debate rundown, every character is introduced along with his or her connection to the others. Simple, catchy, perfect. “Cheers” The idea of a bar where everybody knows your name is both awe-inspiring and troublesome, making the “Cheers” opening credits a perfect combination. Drawings of swingers celebrating the end of Prohibition frame the stars’ names while Gary Portnoy sings his tune, just before the gang rolls in for their daily beer. “Gilmore Girls” Carole King’s “Where You Lead” — taken off of her bestselling 1971 album “Tapestry” — was already a classic by the time “Gilmore Girls” premiered in 2000. But the song took on new meaning as the theme for Lorelai and Rory. King croons Continue Reading

Now on Netflix: These are the movies and TV shows that will be added, removed in February

Valentine's is right around the corner and there'll be plenty of new titles you can enjoy while you watch Netflix and chill. Netflix will be updating its online catalog in February and adding new TV shows and movies, as well as removing some titles. Some of the new titles include the anticipated "Fuller House," Judd Apatow's "Love," and the new "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny." Titles being removed include "The Terminator," "Big Fish" and fan-favorite "Doctor Who." Here's the full list of movies, TV shows and cartoon series that will be added and removed from Netflix instant streaming this month: Movies and TV shows that will be added in February: Feb. 1 A Picture of You (2014) Armageddon (1998) Better Call Saul: Season 1 Charlie's Angels (2000) Collateral Damage (2002) Cruel Intentions (1999) A Faster Horse (2015) Full Metal Jacket (1987) Game Face (2015) Jennifer 8 (1992) Johnny English (2003) The Little Engine That Could (2011) The Lizzie Borden Chronicles: Season 1 Losing Isaiah (1995) Masha's Tales: Season 1 My Side of the Mountain (1969) Para Elisa (2012) Pokemon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (2014) Pokemon: XY: Season 1 Scooby-Doo (2002) Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) Sin City (2005) Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989) Stardust (2007) Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) Teen Witch (1989) Tin Man: "Search for the Emerald" (2007) The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom (2011) Feb. 2 Land Before Time: XIV: Journey of the Brave (2016) Feb. 3 I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) Feb. 4 Love (2015) Feb. 5 Care Bears & Cousins: Season 2 Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado Mad Men: Season 7: Part 2 Turbo: F.A.S.T.: Season 3 Feb. 6 Lila & Eve (2015) Feb. 10 Dope (2015) The Girl in the Book (2015) Feb. 13 The Face of Love (2013) Feb. 15 Open Season (2006) XXY Continue Reading

Now on Netflix: These are the movies and TV shows that will be added, removed on Netflix’s instant streaming in September

Get ready to give the District 12 salute to "The Hunger Games" trilogy as it leaves Netflix. Netflix will be updating its online streaming catalog in September and its losing several big movie titles due to ending its contract with Epix. Some of the titles leaving Netflix include "The Hunger Games," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Sleepless in Seattle," "Patch Adams" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction." However, the online streaming service will also be adding new titles to its catalog, which include "Moonrise Kingdom," "Black or White" and the Academy Award nominee "Up in the Air." Some of the content has previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back again. Here's the full list of movies, TV shows and cartoon series that will be added and removed from Netflix instant streaming: Movies and TV shows that will be added in September: Sept. 1 72 Dangerous Animals: Australia (Season 1) Arthur (Season 17) Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher (2014) Battle Creek (Season 1) Blackbird (2014) Capital C (2014) Combustion (2013) Da Jammies (Season 1) Divorce Corp. (2014) Giggle and Hoot's Best Ever! (2014) Hamlet (1990) Hardball (2001) Heather McDonald: I Don't Mean To Brag (2014) Lawrence of Arabia: Restored Version (1962) Los hombres también lloran (Season 1) Masters of the Universe (1987) Mississippi Damned (2009) Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (Volume 1) Mouk (Season 1) Our Man in Tehran (2013) Pandas: The Journey Home (2014) Person of Interest (Seasons 1-3) Puffin Rock (Season 1) Rambo: First Blood (1982) Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) Rambo III: Ultimate Edition (1988) Shake the Dust (2014) Sleepy Hollow (1999) Such Good People (2014) The Adventures of Sharkboy & Lavagirl (2005) The League (Season 6) The Monster Squad (1987) Up in the Air (2009) Zathura (2005) Zoo Clues (Season 1) Sept. Continue Reading

Lindsay Lohan’s new reality TV show on Oprah Winfrey Network turns out to be surprisingly routine

Lindsay Lohan started her new Oprah Winfrey Network reality show Sunday night behaving like a model prisoner. Yet by the end of the first hour, she looked like she was starting to think about sticking a shiv into someone. "Lindsay," an eight-week series on OWN, was part of the deal whereby Oprah got the first interview after Lohan finished up her sixth rehab stint last July 30. It's a good deal for Oprah, because Lohan brings attention to a network that can still use it. As a reality TV show, though, "Lindsay" turned out to be surprisingly routine. Perhaps because Lohan's behavior has been so reckless in the past, it's unlikely she could do anything in front of Oprah's cameras that would slam into or clear the bar she has set in the past. Reality TV fans and celebrity watchers have seen a lot worse than they saw Sunday night - though Lohan, for very good reasons, framed her behavior simply as a sign she has finally started to grow up. She was moving to New York for a fresh start, she said, and while she still felt like a prisoner "all the time" because of paparazzi and media attention, it would work because she had learned to separate and isolate herself from the "craziness" and "insanity" around her. She didn't directly acknowledge that her notoriety has been fed by her rehab stints, her DUI arrests, her public family throwdowns and her jail time. But one of the final scenes Sunday showed an exasperated Lohan reprimanding her real estate broker because she's required to get renter's liability insurance before she can move into her new apartment. "I can't get it," she tells him, "because of who I am." In keeping with the upbeat Oprah spirit, "Lindsay" is heavily sprinkled with the language of rehab and self-improvement, about "making the right decisions" and "being in the right place." But even through the first hour, Lohan's early optimism and buoyancy were clearly eroding. Continue Reading

Miley Cyrus dances with twerking dwarf during performance on German TV show

Miley Cyrus is at it again. If twerking with oversized stuffed bear backpacks or dressed in a unicorn onesie wasn't enough, the 20-year-old singer took to the stage Sunday with a band of little people. Taking the provocative, drop-it-low dance international, Cyrus performed her hit single "We Can't Stop" on the German TV show "Schlag Den Raab." She was accompanied by dwarves, who sang back up, played instruments and of course, twerked, with Cyrus giving a loving smack to one dancer's backside. Still, the performance was more subdued than her scandalous and raunchy stage shenanigans with Robin Thicke at the MTV VMAs on Aug. 25. Cyrus took to Twitter to post a photo of herself with some of the little people she performed with. She appears with short shorts, which expose the bottom of her butt cheeks, and thigh-high black boots as she extends her rear right up to the face of one of the band members. "MC & The Boos," she tweeted. The former Disney star's uninhibited behavior has yielded some harsh reviews. Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour was one of the people who turned away in disgust after Cyrus' performance in nude latex alongside Thicke. Wintour, in fact, decided to void the "Party in the USA" singer from her magazine's December cover, which Cyrus already shot photos for. "Anna found the whole thing distasteful," a source told the Daily Mail. "She decided, based on Miley's performance, to take the cover in a different direction." But Cyrus isn't going away that easily. Her fourth album "Bangerz" is set to release Oct. 8 and will surely raise eyebrows with her physical and style transformation inspiring her new sound. Ditching the wholesomeness of her Hannah Montana days, Cyrus admitted she doesn't relate to songs of her past. "My last record I feel so Continue Reading

Happy 4/20! Get a contact high from these TV shows and movies

Maybe friends used to get a contact high just from walking into your college apartment on a Saturday night, but you have long since retired the bong because you've got kids or a job where they hold random drug tests.Or maybe you are a self-avowed square like me, who despite having graduated from a school with a place called Bong Hill, never danced with Mary Jane and who for a long time wasn't completely sure what the term 420 meant.  It's traced back to 1971, when a group of high schoolers from San Rafael, Calif., known as the Waldos,  agreed to meet at 4:20 p.m. with map in hand to search for a plot of marijuana plants that had been abandoned by its owner.The notion of 420 as a countercultural holiday became a thing in the 1990s when a group of Grateful Dead fans posted flyers in Oakland, Calif., urging fans to light up on April 20 at 4:20 p.m.We don't care where you fall on the pot spectrum.  We're here to suggest pot-themed movies and TV shows for just about every altered state:If you want a classic with your chronic: Up In SmokePot comedy got its start this 1978 Cheech and Chong caper, in which the comics unwittingly drive a "fiberweed" van built entirely out of hardened marijuana resin from Mexico to the USA while being tailed by an incompetent narcotics officer (Stacy Keach).Watch Up in Smoke for free with your Starz subscription or rent on iTunesIf you want to see how much attitudes about marijuana have changed: Reefer MadnessPicture an after-school special with 1930s production values and you've got Reefer Madness, a black-and-white morality tale intended to scare youth away from experimenting with "the burning weed with its roots in hell"  — which, if you believed the film, might lead teens to commit murder,  suicide or order someone to play the piano as fast as possible. But by the 1970s, Reefer Madness came to be seen as a case study of everything pot opponents got wrong — and Continue Reading

Elmore Leonard’s ‘Justified’ on FX is a model of how books should be turned into TV shows

“Justified” should be required watching for anyone who wants to adapt a cool series of books into a cool TV show. The FX series, based on Elmore Leonard’s Raylan Givens stories and starring Timothy Olyphant as Marshal Givens, launches its third season Tuesday night. It has the tough task of moving ahead without Margo Martindale’s award-winning Maggs Bennett character, who became such a memorable and crucial part of the story last year. It does so without missing a beat. Or a shot. Maggs took a fatal pull of her own apple “cider” at the end of last season, leaving quite the situation at and in her wake. The lucrative marijuana empire over which she presided, with the more than occasional indulgence of Raylan and his law enforcement colleagues, is now coveted by several factions in the local entrepreneurial community. This includes Maggs’ son Dickie (Jeremy Davies), who is just bright enough to think he's smarter than he really is. He also lacks Maggs’ management skills and her ability to think long-term. More dangerously, it includes Raylan’s long-time acquaintance Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins), with whom he plays a deliciously crafted lifelong game of poker. Boyd is basically a bad guy, Raylan basically a good guy, but there’s just enough common turf and even respect between them that their relationship alone would make “Justified’ worth tuning in. The new season also brings in a third potential bidder for some of Maggs’ old turf, a black man named Limehouse (Mykelti Williamson) who smokes a mean rib and demands every bit as much respect as the white folks in this still not entirely integrated part of Kentucky. Nor does the new season just revolve around drugs and gunfire. There’s romance, too, both for Boyd and for Raylan, whose squeeze Winona Hawkins (Natalie Zea) has become a major player and also is pregnant. It’s all set against a Continue Reading

‘Rock Star’ reality show veteran Ryan Star breaks down the ‘American Idol’ rules twist

"American Idol" is all about seizing the moment – and for this season's singers that philosophy comes with a new twist. Last week the show introduced a bend in the rules: the "judge's save, which will allow Simon Cowell and the gang to overrule America's vote just once to keep an ousted singer on the show. But they have to sing for their supper, or in this case – their slot in the competition. The contenders always sing before they're sent packing on the results show, but instead of a farewell anthem, that song is now an "Idol" hopeful's last chance at dodging the ax. That moment – being asked to sing one more time and knowing you're almost gone – is something no "Idol" contender had encountered before Jorge Nunez and Jasmine Murray were voted off the show last week. Musician Ryan Star, on the other hand, knows all about it. Star is currently touring as the opening act for "American Idol" winner David Cook, but the Long Island singer and former Stage frontman got his first big solo break in 2006 on the CBS reality show "Rock Star: Supernova." That show aimed to find a new lead singer for a band comprised of Motley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted and former Guns n' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke. And it was standard for the three singers who won the least votes to "sing for their lives." Star's second attempt to stave off elimination – a Week 9 cover of the Who's "Baba O'Riley" – did him in, but he's rebounded with this tour and several songs that have been used for TV programs, including "Brand New Day," theme to "Idol" lead-in "Lie to Me." Star recently took some time out from his travels with Cook to speak with the Daily News about "singing for your life." One of the things you had to do that David didn't when he was on "Idol" was to sing for the judges so they can "save" somebody. What is it like to sing – knowing you're that close to going home – and to try to convince these people to Continue Reading

Now on Netflix: These are the movies and TV shows that will be added, removed on instant streaming in July

Get ready for a wet, hot and American summer with Netflix's updated online streaming catalog. Netflix will be adding and removing movie and TV show titles from its online streaming service in July. New movies and highly anticipated TV shows being added include "Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp," "Serena" and season 2 of "BoJack Horseman." Some of the titles that will be removed include "Cast Away," the classic teenage romantic comedy "She's All That" and "Super Troopers." Some of the content has previously been on Netflix, only to have been removed and then added back again. Here's the full list of movies, TV shows and cartoons that will be added and removed from Netflix's instant streaming: July 1 Alive An Honest Liar Bad Hair Day Bionicle: The Legend Reborn Bulworth Dave Attell: Road Work Death in Paradise (Season 3) El Señor de los Cielos (Seasons 1-2) Grandma's Boy Hostage Invizimals: The Alliance Files La Reina del Sur Octonauts (Season 3) Piglet's Big Movie Saw V Set Fire to the Stars Shooting Fish The Secret of Roan Inish Underworld: Evolution Velvet (Season 2) July 3 Knights of Sidonia (Season 2) July 4 Faults Hell on Wheels (Season 4) White Collar (Season 6) July 7 Monster High: Scaris, City of Frights Witches of East End (Season 2) July 9 Monsters: The Dark Continent Serena July 10 Chris Tucker Live Violetta (Seasons 1-2) July 14 Bad Ink (Season 1) Bible Secrets Revealed ( Season 1) Creep Goodbye to All That Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley's Island of Dr. Moreau Preachers' Daughters (Season 2) Storage Wars: Texas (Season 1) The Killer Speaks (Season 2) July 15 Da Sweet Blood of Jesus Penguins of Madagascar The Physician H20 Mermaid Adventures (Season 2) July 16 Changeling July 17 BoJack Horseman (Season 2) The Human Experiment Tig July Continue Reading