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]

Alexander Skarsgård Could Have Played Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Larry Busacca, Getty Images
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Marvel fans may have trouble imagining Thor played by anyone other than Chris Hemsworth, but apparently, Alexander Skarsgård was pretty darn close to getting the role. How close, you ask? He tried on the costume, held the hammer, and even filmed an audition in the garb.

In 2009—just a year after True Blood premiered—the actor told MTV that he met with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Thor director Kenneth Branagh about the part. “Yeah, I met with Kevin [Feige] a few times and the director,” he said. “There was definitely some truth in that, yeah.”

When the MTV interviewer said he thought the actor had the perfect look to bring Thor to life, Skarsgård simply replied, “So did I.”

But before you start to feel too sorry for Skarsgård, let's not forget the number of impressive roles the True Blood alum has landed. At the moment, he’s playing Perry Wright in HBO’s Big Little Lies, for which he won both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.

As for the Thor role, Hemsworth went on to play the God of Thunder in multiple films, and although his future in the MCU is not certain after Avengers: Endgame, the Australian actor confirmed he’d love to keep playing the character.

Watch the Stranger Things Cast Recap the First Two Seasons in 15 Minutes

Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
Priah Ferguson stars in Stranger Things.
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While we can't wait for the third season of Stranger Things to premiere next month, many of us have also probably forgotten what happened in the series' first two seasons—especially the tiniest of details, which might prove to be significant in the upcoming episodes. Coming up with fan theories can get difficult when we can’t remember everything, but watching all 17 episodes before July 4 isn't feasible for everyone. That's why this new video, in which the cast of the Netflix hit provides the ultimate recap, is a lifesaver.

The video features Sadie Sink (Max Mayfield), Noah Schnapp (Will Byers), Caleb McLaughlin (Lucas Sinclair), Gaten Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson), and Finn Wolfhard (Mike Wheeler) recalling all the key moments of seasons 1 and 2, in just over 15 minutes.

The actors first go through the main characters of the series, explaining how each of them are intertwined, such as Hawkins's sheriff Jim Hopper, and Nancy's then-boyfriend Steve Harrington. They introduce the Upside Down, which Will was trapped in during the majority of the first season, resulting in his mom Joyce relying on a few nontraditional strategies to get him back. The cast also explains who Eleven is and how she's able to help get Will back.

The recap pinpoints all the major moments of the first season, and then goes into the second season, where everything in Hawkins appears to be normal again. The latest season, as the cast recalls, explores Eleven's backstory and introduces new characters like Max Mayfield, Billy Hargrove, Bob Newby, and sadly, the baby Demogorgon named D'Artagnan. The video concludes with the school Snowball dance, but things don't exactly end on a happy note, as the season's final moments show a monster is still very present in Hawkins.

As action-packed as Stranger Things is, a recap like this is truly a must. We'll rewatch it a few times before season 3 debuts on July 4.

[h/t Highsnobiety]

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