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Netflix to Raise Prices in UK and US

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Netflix has raised prices in countries including the UK and US for the first time in two years.

The streaming video service will also increase subscription charges in some European countries, a spokeswoman said.

A standard UK plan will rise 50p to £7.99 a month, while a premium subscription for four simultaneous users jumps £1 to £9.99 a month.

The standard US plan increases by $1 to $10.99 a month, with a $2 rise to $13.99 for the premium option.

A basic subscription in the UK, which does not offer high definition viewing, remains at £5.99 a month.The increases apply immediately for new customers, while existing users will be notified of the change 30 days in advance.

Germany and France are among the other countries where prices will rise. Subscriptions were tweaked in Canada, Latin America and some Nordic countries earlier this year.

Netflix said in July it has 104 million subscribers globally, while revenues rose 32% in the second quarter to $2.8bn.

Shares in Netflix closed 5.4% in New York, bringing the stock’s gain this year to 56%.

The price rises come as Netflix faces growing competition from Amazon and other sites such as Hulu in the US.

The company continues to spending heavily on original programming such as The Crown, Stranger Things and House of Cards.

It also promises 40 feature films this year ranging from “big-budget popcorn films to grassroots independent cinema”.

 

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Uncharted Movie Nearing Production, Has A Completed Screenplay

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In a recent interview with The Playlist, Uncharted director Shawn Levy gave an update on the flick – which has sat in development hell for the better part of a decade now – saying that the project is nearing production.

“As of right now, the closest to the starting line is Uncharted in that it’s a massive title,” Levy said, in reference to his two gestating features, Uncharted and Starman, “We now have a very good script and we have our star in Tom Holland. That is now subject to schedule and additional casting. But I would say, as of right now, that seems to be the most near the horizon. And it’s a movie I’m very excited about.”

The Uncharted movie, based on the mega-selling PlayStation video game franchise, has gone through a slew of directors, and at one point had Mark Wahlberg signed on to play the lead role of adventurer Nathan Drake. However, as of May this year, Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Tom Holland has been attached to play a younger version of the beloved gaming icon.

It’s currently unknown who has penned the script for this iteration of the film, after the screenplay by Joe Carnahan (The Grey) was dropped by Sony Pictures a few months before Holland’s casting.

No release date has been set for Uncharted. Fan-favourite pick for Nathan Drake, Firefly’s Nathan Fillion, recently starred in an unofficial short film based on the video games.

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Anthony Mackie Joining Amy Adams and Julianne Moore In The Woman in the Window Adaptation

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Anthony Mackie has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s adaptation of New York Times bestseller The Woman in the Window, Variety reports.

Originally written by author A.J. Finn, Joe Wright (The Darkest Hour) will direct Amy Adams, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, and Brian Tyree Henry in the feature. The Woman in the Window will follow an agoraphobe (Adams) who witnesses a horrifying crime through her solitary window to the outside world.

The film rights were scooped up in a frenzy earlier in the year, following the novel’s buzzy debut. It released at the top of the charts, and remains the best-selling adult fiction novel of 2018. The Woman in the Window has sold over a million copies in the United States alone.

Anthony Mackie can next be seen in Netflix’s remake of French thriller Point Blank, which is shooting now.

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Fresh Look At John Wick 3 Shows Off Returning Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane

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Lionsgate, via Twitter, have shown off a brand new still from John Wick 3: Parabellum.

The image, which features Laurence Fishburne’s Bowery King and Ian McShane’s Winston stood in the midst of a cityscape, was captioned “Old friends. New enemies. Chapter 3”.

Also set to return will be the titular retired assassin himself, Keanu Reeves as John Wick – on the run after the events of the John Wick: Chapter 2. Set to join the franchise, which is rumoured to be gearing up to spin-out into a shared universe, is Halle Berry’s Sofia – described as “a woman on a mission”. The title for the film refers to the famous Latin phrase “Si vis pacem, para bellum“, which roughly translates to “If you want peace, prepare for war”.

John Wick 3: Parabellum is due for release in May next year, and is rumoured to be the conclusion to its lead character’s story. It will be directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick), and will also star Asia Kate Dillon (Orange is the New Black), Jason Mantzoukas (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), and Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family).

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