Politics Is Entertainment and NBC’s Democratic Debates Will Be a Worthy Spectacle

American politics has become an entertainment spectacle, and Episode One of the 2020 election season will air in a few hours.

NBC will host the first Democratic primary debates, split over Wednesday and Thursday evening at 9 p.m. Et/6 p.m. Pt, and millions of viewers are expected to tune in to learn about the 20 candidates who will be taking the stage. The unprecedented number of Democratic presidential hopefuls required the first debate to be split into two nights; 10 candidates will take the stage tonight, with another 10 following tomorrow. Of course, this is hardly a bad thing for the network: Two debates over two nights means twice the commercials, after all.

Although it may be difficult to determine the precise viewership numbers for the two-part Democratic debates, since audiences will be tuning in on a wide variety of mediums, it’s certain to draw a massive audience. The debates will air on NBC and MSNBC,

‘Death On The Nile’ Wants to Add Annette Bening to its Ever-Growing List of Suspects

Death on the Nile, the next entry in Kenneth Branagh‘s unofficial Agatha Christie Cinematic Universe, continues to rack up impressive cast members. Just like the star-studded previous film, Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile is adding a cavalcade of famous suspects for Branagh’s Hercule Poirot to investigate. Annette Bening is the latest name being floated, with […]

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DGA rules day-and-date releases ineligible for top award
DGA rules day-and-date releases ineligible for top award

Roma still would have won award under rule change.

In a blow to Netflix’s awards ambitions, the Directors Guild of America’s (DGA) has announced that effective immediately the director of a film that opens day-and-date theatrically and on other platforms will no longer be eligible for the Guild’s top award.

The DGA’s national board agreed on the change to eligibility requirements after a unanimous vote on Saturday (22), “n recognition of the unique cultural importance of the theatrical experience to audiences and filmmakers alike.”

The top award has been renamed Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film.

‘Game of Thrones’ Reunion Clip Sees Kit Harington Telling His Younger Self to “F*ck Off”

The overall reaction to Game of Thrones season 8 was, to put it charitably, a little split. No matter where you landed, I think we can all now agree that nothing in "The Long Night" or the sack of Winterfell came close to the highs of watching Kit Harington telling a video of his own baby face to "fuck off." The incredibly charming little clip comes courtesy of the Game of Thrones cast reunion hosted by Conan O'Brien, which you can only see in its entirety if you snag the "Complete Collection" Blu-ray box set. (Plus, you get …

‘The Good Liar’ Trailer: Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen Star in a Con Artist Romance Thriller
‘The Good Liar’ Trailer: Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen Star in a Con Artist Romance Thriller

Bill Condon, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who recently directed the live-action Beauty and the Beast for Disney, is back with a new movie, and this one does something that’s inexplicably never been done before: it pairs Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen on the big screen together for the first time ever. The Good Liar, a twisty […]

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Netflix’s ‘The Office’ Loss Proves Original Content Is Key For Streamers
Netflix’s ‘The Office’ Loss Proves Original Content Is Key For Streamers

R.I.P. “The Office” on Netflix. The acclaimed sitcom will be leaving the streaming platform after 2020, and the Dunder Mifflin squad will find a new home on NBCUniversal’s unnamed streaming platform when it launches in 2021.

The move, which NBCUniversal announced Tuesday, is sure to disappoint Netflix subscribers—the show is one of Netflix’s most watched series—but is hardly a surprising one. As entertainment businesses gear up to release their own streaming services, many legacy films and television shows are being scooped up by their producers, who will release them exclusively on their own platforms. The only way streaming services can guarantee to have content in perpetuity is to produce it themselves.

The case of “The Office” is particularly indicative of the issue. Although the series finale aired six years ago, “The Office” is still an incredibly popular and influential show and the network with rights to the show reaps the benefits.

‘Toy Story 4’: How Pixar Upped the Stakes for Woody with a Scary Antique Store
‘Toy Story 4’: How Pixar Upped the Stakes for Woody with a Scary Antique Store

Getting Woody out of his comfort zone was the primary goal of “Toy Story 4,” and the Second Chance antique store became Pixar’s most complex achievement in worldbuilding. The 8,000 square-foot, Art Deco-style retail space, full of lost toys clamoring to get out and lorded over by creepy ’50s doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks), was the perfect place to disarm the befuddled toy sheriff.

Second Chance Antiques was constructed like a giant toy city with a multitude of themed areas that functioned as neighborhoods, packed with 10,000 objects. It was like a maze of crowded aisles and dark passageways (inspired by the noirish street photography of Fan Ho), and required such detail that the animators became experts at dust and aging. The additional factor, though, was keeping everything low to the ground to maintain the crucial toy perspective.

After scouring local Northern California antique malls and stores and studying how vintage objects age,

‘Hobbs and Shaw’ Co-Writer Drew Pearce to Direct New Thriller ‘Quarter Master’ for Netflix (Exclusive)

Netflix has acquired the new feature film “Quarter Master” with “Iron Man 3” scribe Drew Pearce set to write and direct, sources tell Variety.

Insiders say Pearce brought the idea to the streaming service and Netflix execs were so impressed they bought the pitch in the room and are moving quickly to cast the lead.

Plot details are unknown other than that is is a high-concept thriller. Marc Platt, who had previously worked with Pearce on his directorial debut, “Hotel Artemis,” will produce along with Adam Siegel.

Since breaking out as the screenwriter on Marvel’s massive hit “Iron Man 3,” Pearce has become a go-to screenwriter for massive action tentpoles like “Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation” and the upcoming “Fast and Furious” spin-off “Hobbs and Shaw,” which he co-wrote with Chris Morgan. Pearce has recently taken aim at directing his scripts as well, and his directorial debut “Hotel Artemis” featured Jodie Foster

Stonewall Onscreen: 10 Films to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Liberation Movement
Stonewall Onscreen: 10 Films to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Gay Liberation Movement

Who threw the first brick at Stonewall? Legends abound about the night a group of New York City queers who were tired of being harassed by the cops every night decided they’d had enough. Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Stormé DeLarverie: These are the names that launched the movement as we know it today, first brick or not. Here are 10 films to mark the 50th anniversary of that monumental night in 1969.

AMC Subscription Program Hits 860k Members

AMC’s subscription service, launched in 2018 as a challenger to MoviePass, has reached 860,129 members in its first 12 months.

Given the unwieldy moniker of AMC Stubs A-List, the service costs between $19.95 to $23.95 per month depending on where users live. The company initially said it had hoped to sign up 500,000 members in its first year and 1 million in its second year of operation.

Stubs A-list was created after MoviePass slashed its prices, disrupting the exhibition business by offering customers the chance to see a movie a day for less than $10 a month. AMC was one of MoviePass’s fiercest critics, arguing that the pricing was unsustainable. Indeed, MoviePass did have trouble turning a profit, and as its fortunes faded it experimented with different pricing models, shedding customers in the process. At its height, MoviePass boasted roughly 3 million accounts. In April, Business Insider reported that MoviePass’s subscriber rolls topped out at just

‘Carnival Row’ Teaser Takes You to a Victorian Fantasy World
‘Carnival Row’ Teaser Takes You to a Victorian Fantasy World

Bright meets Penny Dreadful in Carnival Row, a new series from Amazon starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. The show is set in an alternate Victorian era filled with mythological creatures. In Carnival Row, a human detective and a refugee faerie fall for each other. Oh, and they also have to deal with a series of gruesome murders. Watch the Carnival […]

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‘Game of ‘Thrones’ Cast Reunite to Watch Season 1 Set Footage, and They Are Mortified — Watch
‘Game of ‘Thrones’ Cast Reunite to Watch Season 1 Set Footage, and They Are Mortified — Watch

Game of Thrones” came to an end with one of the most polarizing final seasons in television history, but if there’s one way to start winning fans back it’s with this epic reunion video. The full cast reunion, hosted by Conan O’Brien, will be included on the “Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection” Blu-ray set. The advance clip HBO debuted finds cast members Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, and Isaac Hempstead Wright reacting to Season 1 set footage. To say they are mortified by what they see would be an understatement.

Williams started production on “Game of Thrones” when she was just 12 years old, so watching her react to her baby-faced self is quite memorable. Nothing tops the casts’ reaction to young Harington, who is seen in his early 20s talking about how excited he is to take on the role of Jon Snow. Harington himself lets

Miley Cyrus Teases ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Collaboration with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey
Miley Cyrus Teases ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Collaboration with Ariana Grande and Lana Del Rey

Three of the biggest female pop stars have joined forces in a new song for the Elizabeth Banks-directed reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.”

In a tweet posted Wednesday, Miley Cyrus hinted at a collaboration between herself, Lana Del Rey, and Ariana Grande in the forthcoming film. Alongside a 14-second teaser, originally posted by Sony Pictures, the singer wrote: “We Are Coming! @CharliesAngels @ArianaGrande @LanaDelRey.”

The short clip plays an upbeat track while the iconic “Angels” logo flashes on the screen, but it’s unclear whether the teaser’s song is the one created by the famous trio or just another song on the film’s soundtrack. Sony Pictures originally posted the teaser on Twitter, announcing that the official trailer will be released tomorrow, June 27.

Ariana also took to social media to hint at the collab, posting the same teaser to her Instagram and tagging Lana, Cyrus, the official Angels account,

‘Chasing the Moon’: Watch Civil Rights Protest at 1969 Moon Launch in Rare Clip — Exclusive
‘Chasing the Moon’: Watch Civil Rights Protest at 1969 Moon Launch in Rare Clip — Exclusive

Robert Stone’s upcoming three-part documentary series on PBS, “Chasing the Moon”, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and reimagines the Space Age as a mix of scientific innovation, political maneuvering, media spectacle, and personal drama. Oscar and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Stone aims to rethink the race to the moon for a new generation, invalidating much of the accepted legend surrounding the effort.

With a treasure trove of previously overlooked and lost archival material – much of which has never before been seen by the public – the film features a diverse cast of characters who played key roles in these historic events, including astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Frank Borman and Bill Anders; Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier and a leading Soviet rocket engineer; Poppy Northcutt, a 25-year old “mathematics whiz” who gained global attention as the first woman to serve in the all-male Nasa Mission Control; and Ed Dwight,

‘The Beach’ Prequel Series is in Development, Danny Boyle Says
‘The Beach’ Prequel Series is in Development, Danny Boyle Says

After Danny Boyle returned to one of his classic films with T2: Trainspotting, it seems the director has gotten a taste for sequels. Or prequels, in the case of his 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio-starring drama The Beach, which Boyle says is currently being worked into a prequel television series. In an interview with The Independent, Boyle revealed […]

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‘Dark’: Here Are 8 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed Amidst All Those Time Travel Shenanigans
‘Dark’: Here Are 8 Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed Amidst All Those Time Travel Shenanigans

[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Dark” Season 2.]

Netflix’s sci-fi series “Dark” requires intense concentration to watch, and not just because viewers have to put down their phones to read the subtitles. Created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, the German-language series packs in a dense story about the small town of Winden, whose residents harbor secrets spanning generations, including the abduction and murder of young boys. On top of that, frequent time travel makes it difficult to keep storylines, genealogy, and even concepts of spacetime straight.

Therefore, viewers could be forgiven for missing smaller details amidst all of this insanity. But just as the creators are fond of meticulous plotting, so too are they about including hidden meanings and jokes throughout the series. And yes, “Dark” is funny, even as everyone’s lives are at stake. Really, what’s funnier than finding out that your daughter is also your mother?!

Here are eight things you

Noah Hawley on Ending ‘Legion’ with Season 3 & His Feature-Directing Debut ‘Lucy in the Sky’

From show creator Noah Hawley and Marvel Television, the FX drama series Legion is back for its third and final season, as David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he is the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen, is forced to confront his actions and the decisions that he’s made. With the dark voices in his head lusting for power and at odds with everyone he once considered a friend, David is now leading a commune to satisfy his need for adulation and he’s enlisted the help …

Mmc Studios, One of Germany’s Biggest Production Facilities, Changes Hands

Germany’s Mmc Studios, which has hosted such recent international productions as Joseph Gordon-Levitt thriller “7500” and Marco Bellocchio’s Cannes competition film “The Traitor,” is changing hands.

Frankfurt-based investment company Novum Capital has acquired the facility in Cologne, one of Germany’s biggest film and TV studios, from Luxembourg private equity fund Lenbach Equity Opportunities I. The transaction was announced Wednesday, a day after its completion. Novum plans to merge Mmc with its subsidiary Crosscast, a production company specializing in live broadcasts.

While Mmc remains a leading studio and financing partner for film producers, it also boasts increasing TV business, with hit shows such as Rtl’s “Let’s Dance” and ProSieben’s “The Masked Singer,” which are both broadcast live from the studio. The company saw 60% growth in show productions last year, from 190 to 320, of which 37 were broadcast live.

“The merger will provide new growth impulses based on the strong existing studio business,

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Final Season Trailer: The Ladies Of Litchfield Are Saying Goodbye Next Month

After seven seasons, Netflix is deciding to call it quits with “Orange is the New Black.” The Emmy-winning series was one of the first that earned the streaming service critical acclaim and has become synonymous with the rise in Peak TV in recent years. With July right around the corner, it’s time for fans to begin to accept that the end is near for the ladies of Litchfield.

As seen in the new trailer for Season 7, things have changed quite a bit for the characters in “Orange is the New Black.” Sure, some of the characters haven’t changed much, as there’s still plenty of that chemistry and dialogue that made the series one of the first must-see shows on Netflix.

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‘Half-Sister’ Director Damjan Kozole on Compassion, Learning From the Past

Two estranged half-siblings from a small coastal town in Slovenia spend the better part of their young lives ignoring each other’s existence. But when circumstances force them to move into the same cramped apartment, they have no choice but to come to terms with the past that binds them, while trying to decide how to build a future for their fractured family.

“Half-Sister,” by Slovenia’s Damjan Kozole, world premieres Tuesday at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, where Kozole won the best director award in 2016 for “Nightlife.” It stars Ursa Menart, who co-wrote the script, alongside Liza Marijina. Pic is produced by Vertigo (Slovenia), Sisters and Brother Mitevski (North Macedonia), Film House Bas Celik (Serbia), and Rtv Slovenia, in collaboration with Fs Viba film, with the support of the Slovenian Film Center, the North Macedonian Film Agency, Film Center Serbia, Creative Europe Media, Eurimages Co-production Development Award, and the Re Act Award.

NBCUniversal Paid $500 Million to Snag ‘The Office’ from Netflix

Yesterday brought the upsetting news that Netflix would be losing the streaming rights to NBC’s hit sitcom The Office at the beginning of 2021. The deal for the popular workplace mockumentary comedy series is up at the end of 2020, and while there was talk of possibly sharing streaming rights, NBCUniversal walked away with the […]

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‘Official Secrets’ Trailer: Keira Knightley Is An Iraq War Whistleblower In Gavin Hood’s New Political Thriller

Would you be able to be viewed as a traitor by your government if it meant that citizens knew the truth? That’s the basis of the upcoming political thriller “Official Secrets.” Based on the incredible true story of Katharine Gun, director Gavin Hood’s newest film takes a look at the truth behind the war in Iraq.

As seen in the trailer, “Official Secrets” tells the story of Gun, an intelligence specialist that discovers that the British government may be lying to its citizens to allow them to join the Us in the war in Iraq in the early 2000s.

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Netflix’s ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’ Cast and Characters Revealed

Netflix has announced additional voice cast joining The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, the epic prequel series to the beloved 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. The fan-favorite world began with Henson’s groundbreaking movie, which he co-directed with Frank Oz. From inception to release, The Dark Crystal was seven years in the making and has since gone on to become a cult classic around the world. Visually conceived by Creature and Costume Designer Brian Froud, Thra, the setting for this epic story, is teeming with characters brought to life by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, including …

Chris Evans Gave Anthony Mackie His Full ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Script to Reveal Captain America Twist
Chris Evans Gave Anthony Mackie His Full ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Script to Reveal Captain America Twist

Before becoming a global superstar with his role as Sam Wilson/Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Anthony Mackie became a breakthrough actor in Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker.” The war drama was an awards season darling, winning Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director, but one name that was left out of the race was Mackie’s. In a new interview with Men’s Health, Mackie admits to being hurt after not being included as one of the film’s nine Academy Award nominations.

“I put everything in that movie,” Mackie said. “That little fucker matters. We try to protect ourselves and say, ‘I’m doing the work for the work.’ But when that happened with ‘Hurt Locker,’ it hurt. I had to take a year off of work.”

When Mackie was ready to return to acting, he began lobbying hard for a role in the up-and-coming Marvel Cinematic Universe.

‘The Office’ Is Leaving Netflix In 2021 & Heading To A NBCUniversal’s Streaming Service

Okay, Netflix subscribers, you have 555 days to enjoy “The Office.” That’s right, just about a year and a half before the beloved TV series that is easily the most popular thing on the streaming service leaves Netflix and makes its way to another platform.

According to Deadline, NBCUniversal is prepping the launch of its own streaming service and has decided to end its agreement with Netflix, allowing for “The Office” to be available to stream only on the as-yet-untitled NBCUniversal service.

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‘Mouse Guard’ Director Pulls a ‘Deadpool’ and Releases Demo Footage From His Canceled Fox Movie

One recent casualty of the Disney and Fox merger: director Wes Ball’s ambitious animated feature “Mouse Guard,” based on David Petersen’s Eisner-winning comic series. While Ball has been vocal about his desire to keep the film, described as “‘Game of Thrones’ with mice,” alive after Disney canceled the film’s production back in April, he took to Twitter last night to share that the film is officially dead.

Ball wrote of the cancellation, “Seems it’s too big a risk. It’s a damn shame really. We had something special. To my hella talented cast/crew: I’m sorry I couldn’t push this one through. The past year with you all has been a blast. May the Guard prevail!” Idris Elba, Andy Serkis, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster had all been attached to the film at the time of its April cancellation.

And yet Ball declined to only offer bad news,

‘Yesterday’ Review: A Fresh Gimmick is Wasted in a Generic Musical Comedy
‘Yesterday’ Review: A Fresh Gimmick is Wasted in a Generic Musical Comedy

Early in Yesterday, Himesh Patel’s sad sack musician-turned-unlikely-sensation offhandedly describes The Beatles as a pop group — a massively understated description for one of the most influential music groups of all time. But it’s a surprisingly fitting analog for Yesterday as a film: This is a movie as a pop song. Sweet and sentimental, Yesterday […]

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Kurier review – Polish war hero fights through gritty spy thriller

A Polish agent follows a perilous route from London to Warsaw in this taut and arresting piece of storytelling

Given Poland’s nationalist turn under Andrezj Duda, you have to wonder about which audience this doughty but slightly self-pitying second world war spy thriller is meant to serve. Philippe Tłokiński stars as Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, emissary of the Polish government in exile in London struggling to make his way back across Europe to a Warsaw resistance caught between a Nazi rock and a Soviet hard place. The film has a taste for defiant proclamations – “Giving up for the first time in our history will surely break the spirit of this nation!” – that you imagine will put a spring in the step of the new breed of Polish EU-shin-kickers.

Having said that, Władysław Pasikowski – a crowdpleasing film-maker with a string of domestic hits – relays Poland’s darkest hour with enough nuance

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Trailer: Season 7 Says Goodbye, Inside and Outside of Prison
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Trailer: Season 7 Says Goodbye, Inside and Outside of Prison

A lot has changed in seven years. When “Orange is the New Black” first premiered on Netflix, the streaming service was still in the infancy of its eventual programming empire.

Now, as the show is set to debut its final episodes, the group of women who were first brought together within the walls of Litchfield now find themselves drifting apart in more ways than one. Most notably, Piper (Taylor Schilling) is working to adjust to post-prison life, both inside of a cubicle and literally out in the wilderness.

This first extended glimpse at the new season also shows a reunion of sorts with Alex (Laura Prepon), who is still serving her own sentence. There are plenty of other outside developments still affecting the rest of the women inside. Taystee (Danielle Brooks) is grappling with the aftermath of being charged and convicted for Piscatella’s death. And the show will continue

Noah Hawley Wants Kevin Feige To Treat Him Like A “Marvel R&d Department”

Noah Hawley is one of the more interesting filmmakers working today. After breaking through with his incredible FX series “Fargo,” the writer-director-producer kept that streak going, but in a completely different genre — superheroes. “Legion” is based on an ‘X-Men’ character and is wrapping up its highly-acclaimed run this year. Largely, Hawley has succeeded by pushing the boundaries of the genre and medium and he feels that’s exactly the type of thing that could help Marvel Studios.

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Netflix’s Binge-Focused Content Model Is Why It Lacks Original Series Like ‘The Office’

Fans of Netflix and The Office were dealt a blow this week with the news that the most-watched show on the streaming service will be leaving Netflix in 2021. We’ve been through drills like this before—Friends nearly left Netflix this year, until the streaming service and Warner Bros. struck a new deal to keep the series on Netflix through 2019. But these “scares” of potentially losing Netflix’s most-watched programming highlight another major problem: with various studios launching streaming platforms of their own and taking their content off of Netflix, the streaming service lacks anything substantial …

‘Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection’ Gets Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

If you’re a die-hard Game of Thrones fan, you’ve just got your premium item for this Christmas. HBO has announced that Game of Thrones: The Complete Collection will be made available as a limited-edition, “ultra-premium” Blu-ray. All eight seasons will come in a “visually stunning wooden shadow box case, featuring beautiful, multi-layered panel designs by Robert Ball (the artist behind the “Beautiful Death” series) that summarize the Game of Thrones story. Each season is represented by a different layer, showcasing iconic characters and memorable moments from the show, all clambering toward the Iron …

‘When They See Us’: Ava DuVernay Celebrates 23M+ Netflix Accounts Streaming
‘When They See Us’: Ava DuVernay Celebrates 23M+ Netflix Accounts Streaming

Two weeks after claiming “When They See Us” was its most-watched series in the U.S. every day since it premiered on May 31, Netflix released some new viewership data related to the show’s performance. According to a tweet from series creator Ava DuVernay posted on Tuesday evening, the streamer revealed that over 23 million accounts have watched “When They See Us” worldwide since it debuted.

Imagine believing the world doesn’t care about real stories of black people. It always made me sad. So when Netflix just shared with me that 23M+ accounts worldwide have watched #WhenTheySeeUs, I cried. Our stories matter and can move across the globe. A new truth for a new day. pic.twitter.com/4vgCo0aKR9

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) June 25, 2019

It should be noted that “number of accounts” does not equate to “total number of viewers,” and Netflix doesn’t say how many of those accounts