It’s that time again! Time to talk about what new stuff is hitting Netflix next month. And let me tell you, folks, the line-up for February is looking a little anemic. Netflix has spent the last few years going all-in on their original programming, which means that they’re snapping up less and less familiar titles. As a result, the streaming service unleashes a slew of originals that may or may not be good while cutting down on stuff you might actually want to watch. It’s a bit rough, but that’s the way the Netflix cookie crumbles. So here are the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in February 2021.
I am here to tell you that Shutter Island is some top-tier Scorsese, and anyone who doesn’t like it because of its twist ending or any nonsense like that is full of beans. Stylish and operatic, Martin Scorsese‘s mystery-thriller strands a frazzled Leonardo DiCaprio on an island insane asylum trying to find a missing patient.
Christopher Nolan‘s Inception kind of broke the mold, at least in terms of the modern cerebral blockbuster. It was Nolan, flush with his Dark Knight powers, proving he could do whatever the hell he wanted. And what he wanted was to take a bunch of movie money and use it to create something original. Is it too long? Maybe. Is there too much exposition? Perhaps. But that doesn’t make Inception, a movie about a group of well-dressed people breaking into someone’s dreams, any less fun.
Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel
The disturbing story of Elisa Lam – a Canadian college student who came to L.A., checked into the notorious Cecil Hotel, vanished, and then was found days later dead in one of the hotel’s water tanks – gets the docuseries treatment with Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel. The Netflix show plans on covering different “infamous locations in contemporary crime” each season, and the Cecil Hotel takes center stage in season 1.
James Wan‘s The Conjuring kicked-off an entire cinematic universe, and that’s neat! The first film, which introduced us to ghost hunting couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (played perfectly by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), is a big spooky blast, full of genuinely scary jump-scares and camera trickery that confirms Wan really understands the genre inside and out.
The Sinner: Jamie
The latest season of The Sinner, the show where Bill Pullman plays the world’s most uncomfortable detective, comes to Netflix in February. This season deals with a dangerous relationship between two college buddies, played by Chris Messina and Matt Bomer. It’s probably the weakest season of the show yet, but it’s still worth checking out, if only to see the continuation of Pullman’s genuinely strange performance.
While President Joe Biden began his term in the White House on Wednesday, plans were in the works to install his likeness at Disney World’s Hall of Presidents.
The Hall of Presidents was listed as being "closed for refurbishment" on the Walt Disney World Resort website Wednesday, which coincided with Biden’s inauguration. A park spokesperson said the refurbishment will include the addition of a Joe Biden "Audio-Animatronics" character to the attraction.
Additional details about the Biden character weren’t immediately available.
The educational attraction, located Disney’s Magic Kingdom park, features moving and speaking Audio-Animatronics replicas of all the U.S. presidents, as well as three "massive" digital projection screens.
Disney has updated the Hall of Presidents with new presidents at the start of their respective terms. The attraction has included speeches recorded by the actual presidents since Bill Clinton in 1993.
It wasn’t clear how long the refurbishment may take. Disney’s website shows "no times available" for guests to visit the Hall of Presidents into at least March. When President Trump took office in 2017, Disney World debuted his likeness along with upgrades to the show and some lobby touch-ups that following December.
Visitors to the Hall of Presidents can watch a 25-minute show describing the story of the United States’ founding and major points in U.S. history, with famous speeches by presidents like Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy delivered by their Audio-Animatronics likenesses on stage.
Disney began developing its Audio-Animatronics figures in the 1960s, debuting an Abraham Lincoln character at the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The Hall of Presidents was one of the first attractions at Disney World when it opened in 1971.
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Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger received his COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday in Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, and made sure that the moment was punctuated with two zingers from his own films.
“I have never been happier to wait in a line,” Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter as he posted a video of himself getting his shot. “Come with me if you want to live!”
The famous line is, of course, from “The Terminator” film franchise — originally uttered in the first movie by actor Michael Biehn and repeated by Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” as well as several other entries in the series.
But Schwarzenegger also dropped another quote from one of his lesser-known films as he told the health care worker administering his vaccine to “put that needle down.”
This is a reference to the 1996 Christmas movie “Jingle All the Way,” where Schwarzenegger screams at a neighbor eating his wife’s cookies: “Put that cookie down, now!”
The health care worker did not respond to Schwarzenegger’s reference — possibly because “Jingle All the Way” never received particularly great reviews. An Empire reviewer in 2000 panned Schwarnegger’s performance in the film, writing: “Anything as wooden as Arnie in a Christmas movie would normally be wearing flashing lights.”
Aside from getting a vaccination, Schwarzenegger also took time on Wednesday to tweet congratulations to President Joe Biden. The former California governor — a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump — has argued that Biden’s centrist reputation helped him win the presidency.
Kodak Black sends his gratitude to the former President of the United States, Donald Trump.
On Wednesday (January 20), Kodak Black sent out a thank you on Twitter to Donald Trump for commuting his four-year prison sentence stemming from the rapper's arrest in May of 2019 that took place during the Rolling Loud Miami Festival that year.
"I Want To Thank The President @realDonaldTrump For His Commitment To Justice Reform And Shortening My Sentence," the Twitter post on social media began.
As the tweet continued, Kodak went on to thank his lawyer and supporters for believing in him.
"I Also Want To Thank Everyone For Their Support And Love. It Means More Than You Will Ever Know. I Want To Continue Giving Back, Learning And Growing. @DanScavino."
Daniel Scavino, Jr. is a political adviser who served in the Trump administration as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications from 2019 to 2021 and Director of Social Media from 2017 to 2021.
According to Reuters, on Jan. 19, the former 45th president issued several presidential pardons to Kodak Black and Lil Wayne.
Kodak's release date is currently scheduled for Nov. 11, 2022, with the possibility that he could be released to a halfway house as early as this year.
While Kodak's sentence is being commuted, he is still facing charges for sexual assault. "According to investigators, on or about February 7, 2016, Octave is alleged to have engaged in the sexual battery of the victim at a hotel located at 2120 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC," South Carolina's Florence County Sheriff's spokesman Major Michael Nunn said in a statement in August of 2016." The trial was set to begin in 2019, but no new date has been set for the trial.
50 Cent thinks President Trump is "amazing" despite some of the outlandish remarks that he makes. In April, during a press briefing, President Trump made the odd suggestion that if people get injected with disinfectant it could stop the coronavirus from spreading throughout their bodies. While Trump’s proposal left medical doctors in shock, 50 gave No. 45 a backhanded compliment. On his Instagram account, Fif posted an illustration of a yellow-haired man with orange skin who resembled POTUS drinking a pitcher of Clorox. "This fucking guy is a nightmare, but I think I like him,” 50 wrote in the caption. “I can't believe he said that shit out loud. LOL.” We can’t believe it either.
On Oct. 19, 50 endorsed Trump in an Instagram post. "👀WHAT THE FUCK! (VOTE ForTRUMP) IM OUT, FUCK NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway," Fif, who is from Queens, N.Y. and lives in New Jersey, wrote in his Instagram caption. "🏃♂️💨I don’t care Trump doesn’t like black people 62% are you out of ya fucking mind.😤. " He is referring to Joe Biden's proposed tax plan that will impact higher earning residents in NYC, New Jersey and California
On Oct. 29, Lil Wayne shocked many of his fans who aren't Trump supporters when he revealed that he met with the President. The New Orleans rapper revealed the news of their meeting on Twitter, sharing a photo of himself standing with President Trump.
"Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership," Wayne tweeted. "He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done."
President Trump's Platinum Plan, an initiative that lays out a promise to Black America over four years, promises to bring almost $500 billion into Black communities, provide better and affordable health care, offer access to capital for Black businesses, educational opportunities and more.
Lil Pump jumped on the Trump bandwagon on Oct. 25. In a video posted to his Instagram Story, the South Florida rapper revealed his support for Trump after seemingly disagreeing with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's proposed tax plan, which would increase local and state taxes for New York City, New York State, New Jersey and California taxpayers earning more than $400,000 a year. "All I gotta say is Trump 2020, bitch," Pump said in the video. "Fuck I look like paying extra 33 in taxes for Biden bitch ass nigga. Fuck sleepy Joe, nigga. Trump 2020, bitch. Ah!"
Earlier this year, BlocBoy JB jumped on his Twitter page to show his support for No. 45. In a March 20 tweet, the Memphis rapper wrote, “I’m Starting To Like Trump No Cap. Dude Ass To Gangsta.” Later, on his Instagram page, the “Look Alive” rapper stuck to his guns about his pro-President Trump remark, suggesting that he would have voted for Trump in 2016. Posting a photo of his aforementioned tweet, he wrote in the caption, "Trump Might Would’ve Got My Vote If I Wasn’t A Felon😂😂." We don’t know if he was trolling his fans or not, but it certainly raised a few eyebrows.
The red Make America Great Again hats have become a popular headwear for conservatives who support President Trump. In Fivio Foreign’s 2019 video for “Big Drip,” a man is rocking a specially-designed MAGA hat. In a 2020 video interview, when a fan asked the Brooklyn rapper if wearing a MAGA hat was hip-hop, he said, “Yeah, it’s hip-hop.” Fivio then added that he doesn’t care if people rock the red-colored caps. “I ain’t going against Trump,” he said. “Whoever wear[s] your hats, wear your hats. Go viral.”
It’s no secret that Kanye West is a President Trump supporter. So much that he planned on voting for him in November. “I'm definitely voting this time," ’Ye told GQ magazine back in April. "And we know who I'm voting on. And I'm not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over. Because guess what: I'm still here! Jesus Is King was No. 1!." It's unclear of ’Ye's vote will still be for Trump as he is running for president as well. In any event, perhaps we'll find out on Election Day (Nov. 3).
Waka Flocka Flame
Waka Flocka Flame hopped on social media on Oct. 21 to show support for President Donald Trump over former President Barack Obama. After footage from Obama's speech in South Philadelphia was shared on Instagram and a social media user commented, "Its people who really think Trump is a better President than Obama...," including a clown emoji, Waka wrote, "guess I'm a clown."
In early October, Asian Doll claimed in a tweet that she'd rather vote for Trump than support the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. "I rather trump be the president then that dude fasho," she wrote. After receiving backlash, she followed up with, "Fuck both of them at the end of the day but Shid we got 2 choices I was just saying cause it's time to vote.....DAM." Asian Doll explained that she decided to side with President Trump because he was "giving away a lot of money." She later took down the posts after receiving backlash on social media.
To many people, President Trump and 6ix9ine's behavior are similar for their seeming desire to be front and center in the spotlight. And although 6ix9ine doesn’t think his particular brand of trolling is similar to Trump's, he has promised a theoretical vote for the Commander in Chief this year. On Sept. 2, during an interview with The New York Times, 6ix9ine said, "I would vote for Trump," while being compared to the current president of the United States.
The wait for Drake's forthcoming Certified Lover Boy album is going to continue longer than fans expected.
On Wednesday night (Jan. 20), the 6ix God used his Instagram account to tell the world that his new LP, one he said he'd be dropping this month, won't be dropping at any point before January is over.
"I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery," Drake wrote in his IG story. "I'm blessed to be back on my feet feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won't be dropping in January. I'm looking forward to sharing it with you all in 2021.
Drake had originally said his new album would be coming last summer, but after that didn't materialize he changed course. This past fall he said he'd be dropping the album in January, but now it looks like that won't happen.
Besides the first single, the Lil Durk-assisted "Laugh Now Cry Later," not too much is known about Drizzy's forthcoming release. However, he did offer up a take on how his fans would feel about the project.
In an Instagram exchange with his father Dennis Graham, one Graham shared through IG, Drake said he thought people would hate on his new project.
"They hated on views just like they will CLB but it's music to evolve to," Drizzy said to his dad, who was telling him about how much he liked Drizzy's Views album.
People will have to just wait and see.
Snoop Dogg thanked former president Donald Trump for issuing a last minute-pardon to Death Row Records co-founder Michael “Harry O” Harris, The New York Post reports.
Although often an outspoken critic of Trump, Snoop Dogg had been part of the lobbying effort to commute Harris’ sentence during the final days of Trump’s presidency. Leading the charge were criminal justice reform advocates Alice Marie Johnson and Weldon Angelos, both of whom Trump had previously pardoned.
“That’s great work for the president and his team on the way out,” Snoop Dogg reportedly said during a call with Johnson and Angelos after being told the news (his remarks were shared with the Post with Snoop Dogg’s permission). “They did some great work while they was in there and they did some great work on their way out. Let them know that I love what they did.”
Harris played a crucial role in the founding of Death Row Records: In 1992, while in jail, he gave Suge Knight $1.5 million to help him start the label. Death Row would go on to be the home for Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Tupac as West Coast rap exploded during the early Nineties.
As The Daily Beast previously reported, Harris has spent nearly 30 years in prison on attempted murder and cocaine trafficking charges. His sentence was supposed to last until 2028, although efforts to get him a pardon or compassionate release ramped up this year. Harris reportedly suffers from an autoimmune disease, and the Federal Correctional Institution Lompoc in California, where he was being held, was one of many prisons to suffer a devastating Covid-19 outbreak last year.
Prior to the official pardon, Johnson told The Daily Beast about the efforts to get Harris clemency, saying, “The president knows how much this case means to me… In reviewing Michael Harris’ case, his story, and what he’s gone through, this is such an unfair case… He should have been home a decade ago. I really felt for this man. I am very hopeful that he will be home before the end of the Trump administration.”
Jennifer Lopez worked the dance track ‘Let’s Get Loud’ into her inauguration medley. It actually made perfect sense.
Jennifer Lopez had already sung the famed folk song “This Land is Your Land” and was midway through “America the Beautiful” when she paused to deliver a patriotic message at President Biden’s inauguration: “One nation, under God,” she said in Spanish. “Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
Then Lopez started singing again, but it wasn’t either of the numbers she had previously announced. “Let’s get loud!” she belted as the United States Marine Band soared into a crescendo.
Lopez has been singing “Let’s Get Loud” for decades. The dance track, which first appeared on her 1999 debut studio album “On the 6,” has since become a signature song for the multihyphenate entertainer — despite the fact that it was actually written by Gloria Estefan.
The reaction on social media was swift and collective. (To paraphrase: Did that really just happen?) “Let’s Get Loud” is a definitive party song, the kind that might get wallflowers onto the dance floor or amp up an early-morning Zumba class. The up-tempo dance track has an important message — calling us to live in the moment and be comfortable in our own skin — but it’s not necessarily the music we associate with inauguration performances. But this was an inauguration like none other.
Wednesday’s ceremony celebrated the transition of power from President Donald Trump to Biden at a pivotal and largely solemn moment for the country. Biden and Vice President Harris took their oaths of office in front of the U.S. Capitol, exactly two weeks after a violent mob — buoyed by Trump’s persistent efforts to undermine the results of the presidential election — stormed the hallowed building.
During his inaugural speech, Biden asked the nation to join him in silent prayer for the “400,000 fellow Americans” who have died of covid-19. On his first day in office, Biden signed executive orders aimed at getting the pandemic under control and undoing controversial measures enacted by the previous administration, including hard-line immigration policies that left hundreds of migrant children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Despite all of the challenges faced by the Biden administration, the inaugural ceremony struck a hopeful tone — not least because it featured Harris’s historic inauguration as the first woman, first Black person and first person of South Asian descent to become vice president.
Lopez’s presence — alongside other celebrities including Lady Gaga, who sang the national anthem, and Garth Brooks — was itself a signal that change is on the horizon. Despite his long-looming presence in pop culture, Trump never attracted A-list celebrities to the White House. Biden, meanwhile, was vice president during an administration that was groundbreaking in its embrace of pop culture.
In that regard, “Let’s Get Loud” wasn’t as out of place in Lopez’s medley as it might have seemed at first listen. Lopez sang it while stumping for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, as the Democratic candidate urged voters to follow the song’s message. It was also the song Lopez mashed up with Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” at last year’s Super Bowl halftime show, which she co-headlined with Shakira. That performance, which featured Lopez’s daughter Emme, made less-than-subtle statements about the Trump administration’s policies on immigration and aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Children sat in illuminated cages as Lopez, clad in a large Puerto Rican flag, shouted out “Latinos!”
A children’s choir, wearing hoodies that evoked the U.S. flag, crooned a snippet of “Let’s Get Loud”: “Every feeling, every beat can be so very sweet you got to taste it,” they sang. “Let’s get loud, let’s get loud, turn the music up / let’s do it / come on people / let’s get loud.”
If the Super Bowl performance was a call to action — a demand to be heard — Biden’s inauguration marked a fitting reprise. On Wednesday, Lopez seemed to take in the magnitude of the moment as she sang out the familiar line from one of her most popular songs. It was unexpected and very J-Lo. It was anything but meaningless.
According to a new report, Kate Middleton reached out to her sister-in-law, Meghan Markle, after the latter admitted in an interview that she was "not okay" living life as a royal.
Royal correspondent Rebecca English shared the new detail in a column for the Daily Mail.
According to English, both Kate and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, reached out to Meghan after the emotional interview but were "rebuffed."
Kate Middleton reportedly tried — and failed — to reach out to Meghan Markle during one of the Duchess of Sussex's most emotional moments as a working royal.
The tough period in question? Shortly after the premiere of ITV's documentary, Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which included an emotional interview with Meghan in which she admitted she was "not okay" navigating life as a royal.
"Any woman, especially when they’re pregnant, you’re really vulnerable, and so that was made really challenging," Meghan explained during the interview. "And then when you have a newborn, you know. And especially as a woman ... it’s a lot. So you add this on top of just trying to be a new mom or trying to be a newlywed. It’s um … yeah. I guess, also thank you for asking, because not many people have asked if I’m okay, but it’s a very real thing to be going through behind the scenes."
When interviewer Tom Bradby asked if it was fair to say that Meghan was "not really OK," she simply replied, "yes.
According to royal correspondent Rebecca English, at least two other members of the royal family reached out to Meghan after the emotional interview, but their attempts to offer support were not well-received.
"William was also deeply hurt by suggestions from the Sussex camp that he, and particularly his wife, had cold-shouldered Meghan," English wrote in a new column for the Daily Mail. "In fact, I have been told that Kate — and the Countess of Wessex — both repeatedly 'reached out' to the Duchess, particularly after she voiced her unhappiness on a television documentary. But they were rebuffed."
Meghan later clarified the statement during an interview for the Teenager Therapy podcast in October 2020, explaining that she was exhausted, breastfeeding while on the royal tour and about to give her son, Archie, who was five months old at the time, a bath.
"I didn’t think about that answer. I just answered honestly," Meghan explained on the podcast. "I was in a moment of vulnerability, because I was tired, because there was no presentation. It was just, here’s where I am: I’m a mom with a four-and-a-half month-old baby and we are tired. But I think the reason it resonated with people is because everyone wants to be asked if they’re okay."