02:52 AM EDT 12/16/2014
Originally posted 12/11/2014 05:40PM
He's gorgeous. He's absolutely charming. But where, exactly, did he come from?
Lorenzo Richelmy (pronounced Ree-kale-mee), 24, is the Italian actor who was picked from relative obscurity to star in the Weinstein-produced Marco Polo, to be released on Netflix Friday.
The 10-episode series is expected to be the new House of Cards or Orange is the New Black, in terms of people obsessively binge-watching, with Richelmy poised to become its next big breakout star.
The actor, who says he didn't even speak English when he was chosen for the part of the famous explorer, had to quickly learn kung-fu, horseback riding and sword-fighting, which he's now mastered after seven months of shooting on locations in Italy, Kazakhstan and Malaysia. So what are some other surprising things about Richelmy?
PEOPLE found out when he came to our New York offices for a visit.
Originally posted 11/21/2014 07:35PM
Tina Fey's first TV comedy since 30 Rock is heading to Netflix.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which stars Ellie Kemper (The Office) as a woman who escapes a doomsday cult and starts a new life in New York, will debut on Netflix in March. The comedy was originally developed and ordered by NBC for its midseason lineup before Fey and fellow 30 Rock scribe Robert Carlock realized it was a better fit for the home of House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black.
"When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series," said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt.
Originally posted 11/18/2014 11:30PM
Bill Cosby won't be telling jokes on Netflix anytime soon.
In light of the groundswell of accusations from women who have accused the 77-year-old comedian of sexual assault, the pay service opted against giving Cosby a platform on Nov. 27.
"At this time we are postponing the launch of the new stand-up comedy special Bill Cosby 77," Netflix said Tuesday evening in a statement.
Originally posted 09/14/2014 08:10PM
Lauren Morelli, a writer for Orange Is the New Black, and her husband of two years, Steve Basilone, have split – and she's finding love with one of the show's female stars, Samira Wiley.
Morelli and Basilone filed for divorce jointly and split amicably, according to documents obtained by TMZ.
In May, the writer penned an essay on Identities.Mic about how she realized she was gay while writing for OITNB.
"I realized I was gay in fall 2012, one of my first days on the set," wrote Morelli.
Originally posted 08/27/2014 07:15AM
Play testcaption testcredit Share on Facebook Tweet Pin on Pinterest Share on Tumblr Chelsea Handler's Chelsea Lately ended its seven-year run Tuesday night, and the host was duly impressed.
Originally posted 06/19/2014 12:30PM
Chelsea Handler doesn't hold back.
Originally posted 04/01/2014 12:00PM
Call it ... Ar-roasted Development.
In honor of April Fools' Day, and in the vein of its classic holiday offering, Fireplace for Your Home, Netflix has debuted their new original, Rotisserie Chicken, for April 1.
Originally posted 03/19/2014 02:15PM
What a way to make a livin', indeed.
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are reuniting in a new Netflix series, 34 years after starring together in the 1980 classic comedy 9 to 5, according to The Wrap.
The legendary actresses will star in Grace and Frankie, a half-hour comedy about two women who end up facing their later years together after their husbands decide to marry one another.
Netflix has already ordered 13 episodes of the series, which has a strong pedigree: The show was created by Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman and Sullivan & Son writer-producer Howard J. Morris, The Wrap reports.
Originally posted 02/16/2014 03:20PM
Acclaimed political drama House of Cards counts a huge, loyal fan base, but star Kevin Spacey gets a special thrill when it comes a particular set of die-hards: real-life Beltway insiders who've given the show a big thumbs-up.
"This is my favorite comment I've heard: 'It's 99 percent accurate,' " Spacey, 54, told PEOPLE before the season 2 premiere Thursday, held at the Directors Guild of America headquarters in Los Angeles.
Of the 1 percent who aren't sold, Spacey said they gripe, among other things, "that you could never get an education bill passed that fast," referring to a key plot line in season 1 of the show, whose sophomore outing debuted Friday.
Originally posted 02/15/2014 03:40PM
Fans of Orange Is the New Black have an early summer surprise in store.
The season 2 premiere of the acclaimed comedy-drama prison series is set for release on Netflix June 6, TVLine.com reports.
The announcement of the series' return came in a crafty way – in an ad that appeared in the final episode of season 2 of Netflix's House of Cards, which was released Friday.
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