Netflix prepares to finish out the year and ring in the new year by continuing to expand its new movie and TV viewing options available for streaming in December 2014. In December, the streaming service will continue to add more titles to its extensive library and offer subscribers a vast variety of viewing options that include new TV show and movie releases, its own original content, as well as classic programming just made available via streaming media. Here are some of the new viewing options available for streaming on Netflix in December 2014.
On December 1, Netflix movie releases include the 1989 comedy Troop Beverly Hills, starring Shelley Long (Cheers), Craig T. Nelson (Coach), and Betty Thomas (Hill Street Blues). The film featured Long as a divorcing Beverly Hills housewife who tries to find purpose in life by guiding her daughter’s Wilderness Girl troop. Another new movie release available for viewing on the same day includes Crossroads (2002), which starred pop princess Britney Spears, who won a Razzie Award for the role as Worst Actress, Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels), and Zoe Saldana (Avatar). The film centered around three childhood best friends who take a road trip of self-discovery across country while finding themselves and re-evaluating their friendship in the process. Netflix will also make the Cameron Crowe classic film Almost Famous (2000) available for streaming on December 1. The film starred Billy Crudup (Eat Pray Love), Patrick Fugit (Saved!), and How to Lose a Guy in 1o Days‘ Kate Hudson. The film followed a high-school boy who is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies them on their concert tour.
Other new viewing options available for streaming in December 2014 on Netflix include the December 1 addition of the 1999 comedy flick The Out-of-Towners, which starred Steve Martin (The Jerk), Goldie Hawn (Laugh-In), and John Cleese (A Fish Called Wanda). The movie was a remake of the 1970 Neil Simon comedy classic, which follows the misadventures of a couple, Henry and Nancy Clark, plagued by misfortune while in New York City for a job interview. On December 6, the third season of the hit FX anthology series, American Horror Story: Coven (2013), starring Jessica Lange (Frances), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), and Sarah Paulson (Deadwood), will become available for subscribers on Netflix. Season 3 of the cult hit TV series focuses on the young women at a storied New Orleans school for witches as they vie for the title of “Supreme.”
On December 11, two additional movie titles will be added to Netflix’s extensive library. 2013’s The Wolf of Wall Street, which was directed by Martin Scorsese (The Departed) and starred Leonardo DiCaprio (Titanic), Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street), and Margot Robbie (Pan Am), along with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village (2004), which starred Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line), Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters), and William Hurt (Children of a Lesser God). The Wolf of Wall Street is based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, a wealthy stockbroker who was living the high life only to suffer a downfall via crime, corruption, and the federal government. While The Village focuses on the population of a small, isolated community who face an uncertain future when they believe their alliance with the mysterious creatures that inhabit the forest around them is coming to an end.
For TV fans, Netflix has plenty of new viewing options available for streaming in December 2014 including Season 1 of the U.K. hit series Broadchurch (2013), starring Olivia Colman (The Iron Lady), David Tennant (Doctor Who), and Jodie Whittaker (The Assets). The British series explores the murder of a young boy in a small, coastal town, which results in a media frenzy and chaos that threatens to tear the community apart. As an interesting sidenote, a 2014 U.S. remake of the series, Gracepoint, is already airing on FOX this fall. It is a 10-part miniseries TV event and the U.S. version is also headlined by actor David Tennant. Meanwhile, on December 18, Season 1 of The Sundance Channel’s The Honourable Woman (2014) will become available for streaming on Netflix. The series stars film actress Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary) and Irish actor Stephen Rea of The Crying Game fame. The series centers on Gyllenhaal’s Nessa Stein, a woman who inherits her father’s arms business and finds herself in an international firestorm when she continues to promote the reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians.
As 2014 draws to a close and 2015 approaches, Netflix has many new viewing options available for streaming in December including the 2014 flick Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, starring Glee‘s Lea Michele, Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer, and Dan Aykroyd of Blues Brothers fame. In the film, Dorothy wakes up in post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to the land of Oz in an attempt to save her old friends–the Scarecrow, the Lion, the Tin Man, and Glinda the Good Witch–from a devious new villain, the Jester. Additional new viewing options that will help round out the streaming media giant’s offerings for viewing in December 2014 include the Christmas addition of Good People (2014) on December 25. The film stars James Franco (127 Hours) and Kate Hudson (Wish I Was Here) as a deeply indebted couple who stumble upon a cache of stolen gangland loot, along with Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton) as a determined detective who is out to discover the truth. On December 27, the 2013 film Labor Day, starring Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Josh Brolin (W), will become available for streaming on Netflix. The movie explores the unexpected dynamic that forms among depressed single mom, Adele, her son, Henry, and a wounded fugitive over a period of time. As Netflix prepares to finish out 2014, the giant media service will ring in the new year by continuing to expand its new movie and TV viewing options available for streaming in December 2014.
By Leigh Haugh
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