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Dear Netflix, we love you and the amazing and riveting content you give us no choice but to submit our time to and binge watch! With that being said the latest series to captivate our minds and hearts thanks to the folks at Netflix is none other than “Soundtrack!” The series is a ten episode romantic drama that runs off the pretense of music being life and vice versa. As the series states our entire lives have soundtracks from our mother’s lullaby as a baby to the hymn we never hear song at our funeral.

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Paul James and Callie Hernandez as “Sam” and “Nellie”

The series centers largely on a couple, Samson “Sam” Hughes (Paul James) and Nellie O’Brien (Callie Hernandez) as they navigate life, love, family, friends, chasing their dreams, and death. Soundtrack is indeed “the soundtrack” of their lives together. The series jumps back and forth through time showing how Sam and Nellie met, and how the former is forced to fight for custody of their son after a series of unfortunate events. He is forced to accept help from a beautiful, but straightforward, case manager, Joanna Kassem (Jenna Dewan); if he is to retain his parental rights.

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Not only does the series showcase their love story; it also entails the tumultuous lives and loves of their families’. We get to see the the demise of the marriage between Nellie’s parents, the esteemed actress, Margot Weston (Madeleine Stowe), and her philandering father, Frank O’Brien (Campbell Scott). Meanwhile Sam’s aunt, Annette Sands (Marianne Jean-Baptise) has been divorced three times and is reluctant to get to know anyone new while worrying about her ex-con son, Dante Mendoza (Jahmil French). The drama is back-dropped by songs that match exactly what each character is feeling the moment they are dealing with an intense emotion. It’s very similar to “Glee” in that way, minus the actors performing cover songs–actual tracks are playing!

What We Liked

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Marianne Jean-Baptise as “Annette Sands”

-The real life scenarios of how seemingly minute choices can affect your life and the lives around you. It was all very reminiscent of “Crash” (2004).

-The overall theme of family–both biological, adopted, and married into. This show truly shows that we are all one family and only as strong as the bond we maintain.

-Marianne Jean-Baptise and Madeleine Stowe shine as Annette and Margot, respectively. The stories of their own lives provide much needed wisdom and context in the forms of cautionary tales and redemption.

What We Loved

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-The soundtrack of “Soundtrack” is EVERYTHING. The music was eclectic and timely. We were introduced to our new favorite dance single, “Crash And Burn Girl” by Robyn!

-Paul James truly shows his acting chops in this series. His portrayal of Sam as a struggling single father and widower trying to care for his son and navigate Social Services is one that needs to be shown. All too often fathers are left out of the conversation or given the resources to care for their children by the government.

-We haven’t seen Jahmil French since his days on “Degrassi” as “Dave Turner.” His return to television in the form of Dante Mendoza, a former gangster and ex-con is a far cry from his wannabe rapper, child star days. His character’s tale of redemption and his noble sacrifice still brings tears to our eyes.

What We Hated

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Paul James as “Sam”

-There’s no real answer of what will happen between Sam and Joanna. They definitely have chemistry and you can tell they were falling for each other.

-We did not get to see the moment Nellie was diagnosed with cancer or her demise; or the birth of her son for that matter. Hopefully, Soundtrack will generate a second season to at least tie up these loose ends!

-What did Gigi’s episode have to do with the overall story at all? We are still perplexed as to why she warranted a whole episode.

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A Lost Toy Searches For Home In New Netflix Family Series, “Lost Ollie!”

“Lost Ollie” is the story of a lost toy, searching across the countryside for the boy who lost him, and the story of the boy who lost more than a best friend.  An epic adventure to reunite in the face of all the dangers that childhood can throw at them.

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“Lost Ollie” is the story of a lost toy, searching across the countryside for the boy who lost him, and the story of the boy who lost more than a best friend.  An epic adventure to reunite in the face of all the dangers that childhood can throw at them.

via Press Release

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I’ve been a toy collector my entire life. My personal collection consists of thousands of toys, some modern and sleek, and others vintage and worn from all the adventures I took them on as a kid. And though time has taken its toll, I have held onto them because of the special place they hold in my heart. We’ve all had a toy like that – a confidant, a protector, a sidekick, a best friend. And when we’ve lost a toy…it’s like we’ve lost a part of ourselves.

That’s the premise of Lost Ollie, the tale of a lost toy searching across the countryside for the boy who lost him, and the story of the boy who lost more than a best friend. This new live-action family series has been in the works for four years. It was one of the first projects I bought when I came to Netflix because I saw in it the universal story of loss that all of us, no matter how old, could relate to.  

The show is inspired by a story developed by Academy Award winners Brandon Oldenburg and William Joyce, which later became the book Ollie’s Odyssey – and has been artfully adapted by creator Shannon Tindle, whose Kubo and the Two Strings was one of my favorite animated films in recent years. Shannon found a deeply personal connection to the material and has brought Ollie to life with the same artistry and emotion that he did on Kubo, Coraline, and his Emmy-winning work on Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends.  

We are thrilled that Academy Award-winner Peter Ramsey is going to helm this epic adventure as director and executive producer. Peter previously adapted another of William Joyce’s works (The Guardians of Childhood) into the animated feature film Rise of The Guardians. Then of course he gave us all a stunning, new and vital vision of everything animation can be as the director of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which earned the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2019.

Joining Shannon and Peter are Shawn Levy, Josh Barry and Emily Morris from 21 Laps Entertainment, some of the brilliant minds who brought us Stranger Things, and Academy Award winners Brandon Oldenburg and Lampton Enochs. And we’re so lucky to have the Emmy Award-winning artists at Industrial Light & Magic bringing Ollie and his friends to life.

Lost Ollie is truly an odyssey about two friends trying to reunite in the face of all the dangers that childhood can throw at them. I love this show because it taps into that well of emotion we all feel when we lose something or someone important to us, and the courage we have to find in ourselves to get it back, or to move on. 

I can’t wait for you to meet Ollie and to fall in love with him like we have. And until then, give your favorite toy an extra squeeze for me.

We have to say this is a project we are looking forward to. We are also familiar with the books centered around Ollie. It kind of feels like an even more heartwarming Toy Story. We will keep you posted as more information about Lost Ollie besomes available.

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TRAILER DEBUT | BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY / Follow their Journey on Netflix (10/14

Since their debut in August 2016, BLACKPINK has become the highest-charting female K-pop group of all time with their innovative music, eye-popping music videos and internet-breaking fashion concepts.
BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY serves up the never-before-seen moments that BLACKPINK’s global fandom — known as “BLINKs” — have been craving for years.

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Since their debut in August 2016, BLACKPINK has become the highest-charting female K-pop group of all time with their innovative music, eye-popping music videos and internet-breaking fashion concepts.

BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY serves up the never-before-seen moments that BLACKPINK’s global fandom — known as “BLINKs” — have been craving for years.

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BlackPink- LIGHT UP THE SKY (L to R) JISOO, ROSÉ, JENNIE and LISA from BlackPink- LIGHT UP THE SKY. Courtesy YG / Netflix © 2020

 

Directed by Caroline Suh (Netflix’s “Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat”), the documentary goes deep with each of BLACKPINK’s four members: Jisoo, the whip-smart unnie (“big sister”) of the group with a quirky sense of humor; Jennie, the rapper whose fierce onstage persona contrasts with her soft-spoken nature; Rosé, the dulcet-voiced Australian coming into her own as a singer-songwriter; and Lisa, the dancing queen whose spark plug personality never fails to make her bandmates laugh.
As BLACKPINK continues reaching new heights in their career — from headlining sold-out world tours to becoming the first female Korean group to perform at Coachella — each member reflects on the ups and downs of fame and the long, often challenging journey that brought them to worldwide success. BLACKPINK: LIGHT UP THE SKY reveals the relatable, unfiltered sides of the foursome, who continue to be a leading force in expanding K-pop’s popularity, proving that music knows no borders or language barriers.
Check out a few behind the scenes photos from the documentary below! Happy viewing!

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Dreaming of Her Again! Netflix’s “Selena: The Series” Debuts on December 4th!

Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice. 

The two-part coming-of-age drama Netflix’s Selena: The Series explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame.

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Before she became the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a young girl from Texas with big dreams and an even bigger voice.

The two-part coming-of-age drama Netflix’s Selena: The Series explores the once-in-a-generation performer’s journey as a young artist, from singing small gigs in Corpus Christi with her family to becoming one of the most successful Latin artists of all time — and the years of grit and sacrifice the Quintanilla family navigated together before Selena’s meteoric rise to fame.

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Christian Serratos as “Selena Quintanilla”

This series is going to be nothing short of amazing, simply because it is based on the life of one of the most beloved artist in recent history. Selena’s life was truly one of a rags to riches story as she dared to dream and become more. The shortness of her life and her murder robbed us of a truly amazing woman, and cost her family and friends someone they loved dearly.

As you recall, this is not the first film project based on Selena (a biopic was done in 1997, starring Jennifer Lopez) but it is the first series about the slain singer. Either way, we are sure there will be some similarities between the two, but we would like to know a lot more about Selena and to an extent her murderer, Yolanda Salivdar. We have so many questions. What made her kill Selena? Was she really raped? What circumstances occurring in her life would transform her into someone even capable of killing someone else?

Selena we miss and love you.

We will keep you posted as more on Selena: The Series becomes available. Be sure to check out the teaser trailer above!

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