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New Netflix Instant Releases: March 2015

It’s that time again—get ready to make your Netflix Instant queues even longer because there’s a whole bunch of new stuff hitting the streaming service in March. From new Netflix Original series like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Bloodline, to favorites like How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Mad Men Season 7, there’s plenty of great titles to look forward to in the coming weeks. Read on for your guide to all the new titles heading to Netflix Instant in March.

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2015 Oscars: Patricia Arquette Wins Best Supporting Actress for ‘Boyhood’

The Best Supporting Actress category was a tough one to predict this year, with five wonderful nominees all delivering some of their most vibrant work to date. But tonight the Academy recognized Patricia Arquette, giving her the Best Supporting Actress award at the 2015 Oscars for her moving performance in Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.

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2015 Oscars: J.K. Simmons Wins Best Supporting Actor

It seemed inevitable, and there were some other great contenders, but J.K. Simmons has been awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor at the 2015 Academy Awards. Simmons took home the statue for his fantastic, unnerving role as Fletcher, the intimidating band instructor in Whiplash.

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SNL’s Norm MacDonald Tells a Crazy SNL 40 Story About “Celebrity Jeopardy!” and Eddie Murphy

SNL episodes are hard, often frenzied work, so you can imagine the sort of time and dedication and stress that went into the SNL 40 show, which featured new and former cast members along with several guest stars. One of the highlights of the three and a half hour event was the return of “Celebrity Jeopardy!” with Norm MacDonald, Will Ferrell and Darrell Hammond reprising their iconic sketch roles alongside fellow SNL stars, including Kenan Thompson doing a hilarious (and timely) Bill Cosby impression. But according to MacDonald, Thompson wasn’t originally supposed to be in the sketch: Eddie Murphy was.

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Neill Blomkamp Announces New ‘Alien’ Movie as His Next Project

Back in January, director Neill Blomkamp shared some pretty wild and impressive concept art for an unmade Alien movie. When asked about it in February, the director said that Fox was interested in the film, but it was basically up to him to make it. And now it seems like he’s definitely made up his mind, as Blomkamp has officially announced the new Alien project as his next movie.

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‘Friday the 13th’ Sequel May Finally Explain Why Jason Voorhees Can’t Die

A Friday the 13th sequel has been in development ever since Platinum Dunes’ remake hit theaters in 2009. After Paramount dated and rescheduled (and rescheduled) the upcoming sequel, we finally appear to have a new Friday the 13th film hitting theaters in 2016 — the thing is, we haven’t heard much about it. Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller has revealed new details today — on Friday the 13th, naturally — about the upcoming sequel, why it’s taken so long and what we might expect from the project.

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Steve Buscemi Joins ‘The Brady Bunch’ in Snickers Super Bowl Ad

Snickers has really outdone themselves in the WTF department with their ad for this Sunday’s Super Bowl. In their latest commercial featuring the “you’re not yourself when you’re hungry” concept, Danny Trejo takes on the role of Marcia Brady, while Steve Buscemi plays the role of Jan, which is rather timely, given the currently popular ‘Brady Bunch’ meme that’s been taking over Tumblr.

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What’s Expiring on Netflix Instant: February 2015

There are plenty of great titles added to Netflix Instant each month, but there are also several movies and television shows that leave the service, too. Now's the time to stop procrastinating! While Netflix recently announced that they're renewing their streaming deal with the BBC, there are still a few British titles that will be hitting the road. Read on for our guide to the titles expiring on Netflix Instant in February—it may be your last chance to see some of them for a while.

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Netflix Wants to Introduce 20 New Original Series Annually

Let’s be honest here: you probably spend more time browsing your options on Netflix Instant than you do actually watching anything. And now to add to your ongoing decision-making dilemma, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos has announced that the service plans to start launching 20 (twenty!) new original series a year. Now you’ll never run out of options for weekend binge-watching.

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‘50 Shades of Grey’ Rated R for Sexual Content and Unusual Behavior

We won’t know exactly how graphic ‘50 Shades of Grey’ is going to be until we see the film with our own cursed eyeballs, but we now officially know that the film has been given an R-rating by the pearl-clutching members of the MPAA. What does that R-rating stand for? Graphic nudity, “strong sexual content,” and “unusual behavior.” Wait, what the hell is unusual behavior?!

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New Netflix Instant Releases: January 2015

It’s the start of a new year and the start of a new month of Netflix Instant releases. January brings all 10 seasons of ‘Friends’ to the streaming service, as well as some old classics and new favorites, and several new seasons of television for you to binge-watch as needed. Ready your queues and read on for our guide to the newest releases hitting Netflix Instant in January 2015.

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The Top 10 Movies and TV Shows of 2014, According to Facebook

It’s that time of the year, when pop culture websites and critics publish their annual Best Of lists and we heap praise on the best and most beloved movies and TV shows of the year. But what about the average moviegoer and TV-viewer? That’s where Facebook comes in. The social media site has released their top 10 movies and top 10 TV shows of the year, based on the most discussed titled of 2014. While some are fairly obvious, the lists might surprise you and inspire you to contemplate the overlap between what’s popular and what’s actually good.

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