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Orange Is The New Black Debuts on Netflix

The Netflix-produced, 13-episode adaptation Piper Kerman‘s Orange Is the New Black is now available to stream on Netflix. You can watch the trailer above, it contains some language that might not be appropriate for viewing at work.

Jenji Kohan, the creator of Showtime’s Weeds, adapted Kerman’s critically acclaimed prison memoir for Netflix. USA Today had this review of the new series:

a deft mix of comedy and drama in which the prison feels like a real place and the women are actual people, rather than a thinly veiled excuse to stage catfights, lesbian fantasies and sexual assault. As with Weeds, Kohan is telling the story of a white, middle-class woman who must suddenly cope with career criminals, but this time there’s a sad undertone to the story that makes the tale seem that much more relatable.

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Watch Black Books for Free Online

Looking for some literary Memorial Day viewing? Try Black Books, a classic British sitcom about a dysfunctional bookstore.

You can watch it for free on Hulu or Netflix streaming. We’ve embedded the trailer below–any fans in the audience? BBC America has more about the show:

In this TV show, Bernard Black (Dylan Moran) owns a bookstore, but he’s more keen on hanging out with his friends than helping customers, resigning to using a bullhorn to announce to shoppers that the store is closed. His gal pal Fran Katzenjammer (Tamsin Greig) has a shop next door, making it even more tempting to close up early. His handy dandy assistant (Bill Bailey) isn’t much help either.

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Brian McGreevy Book Optioned For Netflix

With the rise of Netflix original programming, getting a book adapted to Netflix is a new channel for authors looking to expand the options on their work.

Author Brian McGreevy‘s upcoming novel Hemlock Grove is being adapted into an original series for Netflix. McGreery has even been involved in the production.

Publishers Weekly has the story:

The author, publicist Sarah Russo explained, interviewed a number of producers about the work, which is a gothic tale set in Pittsburgh. McGreevy, she said, wanted someone who would do the material justice and ‘pursue a ‘hard R’ approach,’ she explained, adding that the goal was to find a partner willing to go ‘the Twin Peaks route, i.e. very dark and very weird.’ Read more

Zombie Attack at Random House

Today novelist Colson Whitehead published his post apocalyptic zombie novel,  Zone One.

To celebrate, Random House launched the #RHZombies hashtag on Twitter, telling the story of a publisher-wide zombie attack across many different Twitter feeds and imprints. If you are looking for more zombie action, check out our Colson Whitehead Zombie Film Festival.

Here’s more about the book, from Whitehead: “If you are hung up on labels, yes, the book is ‘another genre outing’ for me. Zone One is a zombie novel in the way The Intuitionist is a detective novel. My tutelage in the apocalypse came from movies, as opposed to books. A film festival covering the master texts for Zone One would screen the following…”

Colson Whitehead Film Festival

Introducing his upcoming Zone One at BEA this week, novelist Colson Whitehead created a massive list of classic films that influenced his novel.

Oddly enough, this GalleyCat editor has a soft spot in his heart for this particular movie collection. Below, we’ve linked to Netflix streaming movies and YouTube trailers for these classic movies (along with Whitehead’s subtitles). Warning–many of these films contain mature themes.

Here’s more about the book, from Whitehead: “If you are hung up on labels, yes, the book is ‘another genre outing’ for me. Zone One is a zombie novel in the way The Intuitionist is a detective novel. My tutelage in the apocalypse came from movies, as opposed to books. A film festival covering the master texts for Zone One would screen the following…” (Via Maud Newton)

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Watch a Great Screenplay: Script Frenzy Tip #5

netflixlogo.pngWatched any good screenplays lately? Below, we’ve rounded up a list of 23 Academy Award nominated original screenplays that you can watch instantly on Netflix–twenty years worth of winning scripts.

To help all the aspiring screenwriters in the audience participating in the Script Frenzy writing marathon, we will feature a new script writing tool or tip every day this month. If you are taking the challenge, keep us posted in the comments.

We’ve been building helpful Instant Movies for Readers for the last year, collecting links to the best streaming movies based on contemporary lit to the best book-based movies for people who hate Valentine’s Day.
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Best Book-Based Netflix Movies Online for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day

netflixlogo.pngWe know there are a few readers out there who dread Valentine’s Day. Inspired by eBookNewser’s Top 10 Most Romantic Adaptations list, we’ve created a Best Book-Based Netflix Streaming Movies for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day list.

Below, we’ve picked the best Netflix streaming movies based on literary works full of drama instead of flirtation; obsession instead of romance; and madness instead of love. What is your favorite adaptation to watch when you are fed up with love?

Thousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the  popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their  computers or televisions. We’ve made Instant Movies for Readers lists for months, including: the best streaming movies based on contemporary lit, the best Netflix instant movies adapted from plays, and the best Netflix streaming movies based on comic books.

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Best Halloween Horror Novel Adaptations on Netflix

netflixlogo.pngAre you watching instant movies on Netflix for Halloween? Over at eBookNewser, we’ve created a list of the Top 10 Horror Movies Based On Literature.

Thousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.

Add your favorite horror novel adaptation in the comments section. We’ve been building Instant Movies for Readers lists for months, from the best streaming movies based on contemporary lit to the best Netflix instant movies adapted from plays to the best Netflix streaming movies based on comic books.

Keep adding your suggestions as we update the lists. We’ve included a few of our favorites below…

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Best Netflix Instant Movies for Readers: Films Based on Comic Books

netflixlogo.pngAre you watching instant movies on Netflix? What’s your favorite comic book adaptation on the streaming movie list?

Thousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.

Add your favorite in the comments section. We’ve been building helpful Instant Movies for Readers lists all summer long, from the best streaming movies based on contemporary lit to the best Netflix instant movies adapted from plays. Keep adding your suggestions as we update the lists. Our handpicked favorites follow below…

Batman Returns: “Trouble returns to Gotham in director Tim Burton’s sequel as Batman (Michael Keaton) battles three new villains plotting to take over the city, including corrupt businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken), the hideous Penguin (Danny DeVito) and the mysterious Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer).”

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Netflix for iPhone App Launches: Watch the Best Netflix Instant Movies for Readers

netflixlogo.pngToday the Netflix for iPhone app arrived in the Apple App Store. Around the country, avid streaming movie fans will be streaming movies on their smartphones. Nevertheless, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection at Netflix.

To help GalleyCat readers enjoy the instant movie experience, we’ve built two special lists. Feel free to add your suggestions to each list. In the future we will post more Netflix for Readers lists and update our current lists.

Best Netflix Streaming Movies for Readers: Dramas Based on Contemporary Literature

Best Netflix Instant Movies for Readers: Films Based on Plays

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