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'Black Mirror' plays gimmicky game with 'Bandersnatch'

The promise of interactive entertainment has usually outstripped the reality, which winds up feeling like a gimmick. Netflix has picked the right vehicle to test those waters with the macabre anthology "Black Mirror," but its stealthily dropped effort "Bandersnatch" proves to be more of an interesting experiment than a creatively successful one.

'Dumplin'' serves up pageant drama set to Dolly Parton songs

Stop if you've heard this one: An overweight girl clashes with her beauty-queen mother, entering a teen beauty pageant as an act of defiance. Yet the set-up somehow works reasonably well in "Dumplin'," a Netflix movie that weaves Dolly Parton songs throughout the story and casts Jennifer Aniston as the mom.

Why it's difficult for Netflix and 'Friends' to go on a break

"Friends" will be there for you on Netflix through 2019, but the minor internet meltdown over a rumor that the show was leaving goes to the heart of the biggest question about Netflix's short-term future: What happens if and when its competitors pull their most popular content from Netflix to make it exclusive to their own streaming services?

'Roma' leads streaming push into Oscar race

Netflix desperately wants to make its mark on the Oscar race, and in Alfonso Cuaron's autobiographical "Roma," it has its strongest contender yet. Yet the streaming service -- having roiled the TV business -- appears determined to storm the movie-awards competition in similar fashion, which means breaking rules and operating very much on its own terms.

Sick of all the remakes on TV? They're not going anywhere

The television industry seems to have survived the sacrilege of daring to continue the story of Roseanne's family, after first dumping the famous/infamous actress who played the part, Roseanne Barr, and then killing off her character, off-screen, with the most familiar resolve in the entertainment world: It's a business decision; not artistic decision.