Netflix Promises Friends 'Will Still Be There for You' Throughout 2019, After Fan Outrage

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“We were on a break!” is a phrase that any Friends fan is used to hearing, but no one expected to hear it from Netflix. When a note on the streaming service reading “Available until January 1” appeared on the details tab of the show, fans went into a collective freak-out.

A Change.org petition was created, begging Netflix to keep streaming the beloved sitcom. According to the petition, removing Friends from the service “is unfair, unacceptable, and downright inhumane.” Fans demanded #Justice4Friends.

On Monday, sensing the panic, Netflix announced via Twitter that Friends will indeed remain a part of the streaming catalog throughout 2019. They have since also removed the expiration warning from the show's details.

Friends has become one of the most popular licensed shows on Netflix since the streaming service bought the rights to all 10 seasons in 2014 for a hefty $118 million. There had been speculation about the four-year-old deal, as WarnerMedia plans to launch its own subscription VOD service in 2019. Some fans have wondered if Friends would be on the list of series being discontinued from Netflix, but others are hopeful that the two companies might reach a new agreement.

Either way, we've got another year to keep re-watching the comic adventures of Monica, Rachel, Ross, Phoebe, Chandler, Joey, and Ugly Naked Guy.

Look Back at All 23 MCU Films With the Infinity Saga Box Set Trailer

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Marvel Studios

While there had been plenty of popular Marvel movies prior to 2008’s Iron Man, everything changed when Robert Downey Jr. stepped into the role of Tony Stark and began the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that came the Infinity Saga, the culmination of all 23 films of phases one, two, and three of the MCU, concluding with the bittersweet Avengers: Endgame earlier this year. While fans are no doubt excited to follow Phase 4 with all the new, exciting films to come, nothing will ever be the same again.

Now that it’s all over, Marvel Studios is releasing an Infinity Saga box set of all the MCU films so far, and according to ComicBook.com, the upcoming release has also come with an emotional trailer. After debuting at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this summer, fans can now see the trailer on YouTube. 

The trailer features the biggest moments in the Infinity Saga leading up to Iron Man snapping the universe back into place, and sacrificing himself in the process. “What a world—universe, now,” Tony’s voice narrates. He’s got that right.

With Phase 4 of the MCU not picking back up until May 2020 with Black Widow, buying this box set might not be a bad idea. A release date has not been announced yet.

El Camino, the Breaking Bad Movie, Is Coming to Theaters

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Doug Hyun/AMC

On October 11, Netflix will unleash El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie on the world at midnight. But for those Los Pollos Hermanos-loving fans who want the theatrical experience, Entertainment Weekly reports that the film will also screen in cinemas across 68 cities from October 11 to October 13.

Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that he filmed the movie—his feature film directorial debut—in CinemaScope 2.39 wide-screen format, making it an ideal film to watch in a theater. “Every time we’d put out a new season of Breaking Bad, we would have a premiere in a big movie theater,” Gilligan said. “I always thought, ‘This thing, it looks like a movie. It doesn’t look like a show.’ I really want to be able to share that with fans.”

Not much is known about the Jesse Pinkman movie, which filmed in secrecy last year. However, during this Sunday’s Emmys broadcast, a longer trailer will be released.

Here’s what we do know, though: Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter he worked with a fairly high budget and was able to film outside of Albuquerque. Ten “familiar” Breaking Bad characters will make appearances, including Jesse's beloved pal Badger. No matter what, the movie—whether watched in theaters, on your couch, or at your desk—will be an epic event.

To find tickets, click here and type in your city. Several shows in NYC are already sold out, so it’s best to purchase tickets sooner rather than later.

[h/t Entertainment Weekly]

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