IMDb Has Launched Its Own Free Movie Streaming Service

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Following on the heels of YouTube's Free to Watch section, which debuted last October, the Amazon-owned IMDb website is the latest company to offer a free streaming service. As Tech Crunch reports, IMDb's newly launched Freedive platform offers U.S. viewers a mix of ad-supported TV shows and blockbuster movies—no subscription necessary.

The selection is fairly small at the moment, but there are some recognizable (and highly rated) titles on offer, including Memento, The Last Samurai, The Illusionist, Drive, Les Misérables, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. As for the TV selection, they run the gamut from classic to fairly recent: Fringe, Quantum Leap, Heroes, Without A Trace, Gilligan's Island, and Dallas are all available for streaming.

IMDb has also moved its original, film-themed content—including The IMDb Show and Casting Calls—to the IMDb Originals section on Freedive. Viewers can watch Freedive on their phone, laptop, or any device that's also capable of pairing with Prime Video. A new icon will also appear in the "Your Apps & Channels" row on Fire TVs. "We will continue to enhance IMDb Freedive based on customer feedback and will soon make it available more widely, including on IMDb's leading mobile apps," IMDb's CEO, Col Needham, said in a statement.

While no subscription is needed, users will need to register with IMDb or Amazon, with the exception of Fire TV owners. As The Verge reports, IMDb will face stiff competition from similar free streaming platforms, including Tubi, Vudu's Movies On Us, and YouTube's Free to Watch section.

Meanwhile, the number of paid streaming services also continues to grow. If you're having trouble choosing between them, an analysis from September 2018 revealed that Hulu Plus and Prime Video offer the most bang for your buck (best selection for the price). And if you just want to figure out where to watch your favorite movie or TV show without flitting from Netflix to Hulu to Prime, there's a handy app for that.

[h/t Tech Crunch]

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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