Netflix Is Raising Its Prices Again

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Netflix announced Thursday that it will raise its prices again, this time by $1 to $9.99 a month, giving the streaming video service more money to develop original content.

The price increase will take effect on November 11 for new customers. Existing customers will continue to pay the current rate, $8.99 a month, until October 2016. Longtime customers who still pay $7.99 a month will hold onto that rate until at least May 2016.

The change may reflect that it is getting more expensive for Netflix and other video distributors to secure deals for television and movie content. In August, Netflix announced it would not renew a deal with cable network Epix, costing U.S. subscribers access to some high-profile movies including “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,“ “World War Z” and “Transformers: Age of Extinction.“ Rival Hulu quickly swooped in to make a deal of its own with Epix.

The price hike will allow the company to offer more original content, said company spokeswoman Anne Marie Squeo. This year alone, Netflix introduced more than two dozen new series or films, including “Narcos,” a popular crime drama focusing on the life of Pablo Escobar and his Medellin drug cartel.

Even as Netflix has surged past 65 million users globally, the firm faces pressure from other new streaming video apps including Dish’s SlingTV, HBO Now and even offerings from Verizon and Comcast. Some of these apps are priced at upwards of $15 per month, which could also help explain the gradual rise in Netflix’s own prices. But Netflix is still king when it comes to the number of subscribers.

The company’s stock jumped more than 2 percent after the announcement, trading at about $110 a share.

Movie Review: ‘Addicted to Fresno’

In the popular imagination, it goes without saying that siblings will not get along. There’s too much buried resentment and pain over shared history. The comedy “Addicted to Fresno” takes this cinematic assumption and uses it explore some truly dark territory. But while director Jamie Babbit, who cut her teeth on indie comedies, is an equal- opportunity offender, some jokes land better than others. Still, strong lead performances and an energetic supporting cast elevate the uneven material.

Shannon (Judy Greer) and Martha (Natasha Lyonne) are sisters. After Shannon, a former schoolteacher whose life is in shambles because of a sex addiction, moves in with her younger sister, the two begin working together as hotel maids. Sullen and articulate, Shannon lashes out frequently; her rebellion usually comes in the form of meaningless sex, either with her therapist (an underused Ron Livingston) or with strangers. Martha, on the other hand, is accommodating to a fault, putting her sister’s needs above her own.

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When Shannon picks up the hotel’s resident pervert (Jon Daly) and Martha catches them in the act, Shannon lies and says she’s being raped. After Martha attacks him, the sisters have a corpse on their hands.

With a mixture of pluck and incompetence, they try to get rid of the body, but two pet cemetery owners (Fred Armisen and Alison Tolman) end up blackmailing them. This forces Shannon and Martha to become criminal conspirators; their first instinct is to rob a sex shop, leading to a hilariously protracted gag involving purple dildos. In between ill-conceived capers, the sibling comedy somehow finds time for romantic subplots.

Working from a script by Karey Dornetto, a veteran of offbeat television comedy, Babbit takes transgressive themes and twists them to fit the mold of a character-driven comedy. If there is brutal honesty about Shannon’s addiction, “Fresno” sometimes seems to be simply checking off a list of things that make mainstream audiences uncomfortable. Unsurprisingly, this kitchen-sink approach doesn’t always work: Shannon has falsely accused a man of sexual assault, after all, and Dornetto’s dialogue utilizes the word “rape” a few too many times.

The script juxtaposes character moments with bizarre comic set-pieces. In one sublime sequence, for instance, Shannon crashes a bar mitzvah where the guest of honor celebrates with a profane hip-hop performance. Then there are Shannon’s Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings. At one of them, we’re treated to an understated Kumail Nanjiani discussing his fall off the wagon with a litany of four-letter words. Like many other indie comedies, “Addicted to Fresno” boasts an impressive supporting cast. But in a movie that should be about two dysfunctional sisters, these glorified cameos don’t quite cut it as stand-alone sketches.

Lyonne, who previously worked with Babbit in “But I’m a Cheerleader,” has a knack for this kind of comedy. Martha can be a nag, yet she’s also unpredictable, and we never know what the character is going to do next. Martha also happens to be a lesbian, yet her relationship with her Krav Maga instructor (Aubrey Plaza) feels tacked-on.

It’s Greer, who has made a career working in thankless character roles, who steals the show here, in a role that mixes smarts, bad behavior and reserves of pain. Predictably, she and Martha revisit some long-dormant crisis, yet to Dornetto’s credit, she doesn’t let Shannon off the hook. Sex addiction notwithstanding, Shannon is also a criminal, and the film’s final moments feel more like a reckoning than one might expect from similar indie fare.

“Addicted to Fresno” makes several jokes at the expense of its namesake city, where the action is set: No one wants to live there, it seems, except Martha, who is deluding herself. Babbit’s cinematography, which has a sickly pink pallor, underscores the city’s bland reputation, while her characters look wrung out and markedly unfashionable. The soundtrack keeps things from being too dour, however, with catchy songs from such female-led rock bands as Sleater-Kinney and Bleached.

Though Babbit could easily sit back and let her talented cast do their thing, she has a flair for action, as well as the kind of dubious pageantry that recalls the work of John Waters. Sisterhood is ultimately what anchors “Addicted to Fresno,” yet Dornetto’s painful conclusions make room for a little wisdom, too. If her script ends with a saccharine line that betrays what preceded it, there is so much genuine affection for her characters that she almost earns it.

★ ★ ½  out of ★ ★ ★ ★

R.  Contains obscenity, violence and adult situations. 85 minutes.

Doman to Hold Senior Bluegrass Recital and Photography Exhibit

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GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State College Bluegrass Music Major Toni Doman will be holding her Bluegrass Senior Recital on Friday, October 09, 2015. Following the recital will be a reception for her photography exhibit.

The recital will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the GSC Fine Arts Center Auditorium and will feature Doman singing and playing guitar and a small assortment of other instruments. Immediately following the recital will be the reception to her Bluegrass Photography Exhibit. The exhibit will feature and highlight Doman’s journey through bluegrass music during her time at GSC. Her photos will focus on the roots of bluegrass as well as the emotion, culture, and history of bluegrass music. The show will run from Friday, September 11 until Friday, October 09.

Doman is the daughter of Curt Doman and the granddaughter of Helen Doman from Cameron, West Virginia and will graduate this fall from Glenville State College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bluegrass Music, an Associate of Science Degree in Business, and a minor in Graphics and Digital Media.

During her time at GSC, Doman has been involved with the Art Club and played an important role in bringing collegiate FFA to GSC. After completing her work at GSC, she plans to continue her education at graduate school.

“I would not have been given the incredible opportunities I have had as a student at Glenville State College had I enrolled in any other school. Glenville is a unique, special place and I am truly privileged to be a student,” said Doman.

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Hey, Lauren From Fordham, Tom Hanks Found Your ID

All Tom Hanks fans wish they were Lauren from Fordham University today. Hanks posted a picture online Tuesday of a student ID from the school, bearing that moniker and a photo but with the last name blocked by his thumb. “Lauren! I found your Student ID in the park,“ reads the accompanying tweet. “If you still need it my office will get to you. Hanx.“ Lauren went on Good Morning America Wednesday, explaining that she lost her ID while on a run in Central Park. “I’m not on Twitter,“ she said. “My professor is on Twitter [and] I’m sitting in the library trying to get homework done yesterday and I get an email with a little link to Twitter, ‘You’re famous.‘“ She hasn’t heard from Hanks yet, she added, though she really would like her ID back.

Of course, quite a few non-Lauren Twitter users also weighed in before Lauren was found, with most of the responses falling into the “Why couldn’t this have happened to me” and the “Tom Hanks is so cool” categories. A few people have also pointed out how fortunate Lauren is to have taken such a fetching student ID picture: “At least it’s a good picture. Most ID photo’s [sic] suck,“ says one, while another adds, “proof positive for all you college students - make sure your student ID photos are good pics.“ And then, of course, there are the jokes: “Tom I found your friend on the beach. If you still need it my office will get to you,“ tweeted one person, along with a picture of Wilson the volleyball from Cast Away.

Rosie O’Donnell’s Daughter Has No Kind Words for Mom

The latest person to blast Rosie O’Donnell? Her own daughter. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Chelsea—subject of much drama in August when she apparently went missing just before turning 18 but was found safe—says Rosie actually kicked her out. “Rosie knew I was planning to leave [when I turned 18], that’s why I think she kicked me out,“ Chelsea says. “Rosie said that I was almost 18, and she got all this crap from work, and she didn’t want to have to deal with that at home, too. … She told me to leave and take my dog.“ She also insists she’s not mentally ill, as Rosie has claimed, and that she went to live with her 25-year-old boyfriend—and that as soon as she got back home, Rosie had bags packed for her and she left again to live with a friend. Though she says there was no major fight in the days leading up to that, she and her adoptive mother have never gotten along well—and the rest of the interview is a laundry list of complaints about Rosie.

Among them: Rosie sleeps late and stays in her bedroom watching TV, smokes a lot of pot, leaves most of the parenting to nannies, doesn’t like to do things with her kids, holes herself away in an entire house she bought just to do arts and crafts, has a short temper, wears Spandex shorts and T-shirts around the house and doesn’t wear makeup unless someone else puts it on her, lied to Chelsea about the details of her adoption, and separated Chelsea from her siblings by sending her to boarding school. “I find her not genuine a lot of the time. When we’d go out, she was a completely different person in public than at home and I had a hard time with that. It’s like two different people,“ Chelsea says. “She has this public persona; she will put this big smile on her face and try to be funny. She would always go up to people and want to hold their babies in public. She had this happy, friendly side to her. Whereas when we were home, even if it was on the same day, she would either just be in her room, not engaging with us, or watching documentaries.“ Rosie’s rep tells Page Six the interview is “heartbreaking on every level.“

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