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Inside Streaming (Sep 5th, 2019)

No "Daily Calendar" section today because there's nothing new to stream... At least, according to my sources. This RARELY happens. But it'll return tomorrow with a bevy of new options.

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1. Kevin James will star in and produce the multi-camera sitcom "The Crew" for Netflix. James will play an old-school NASCAR crew chief who must change up his style when the new boss hires a bunch of tech-savvy millennials. The series was written by Jeff Lowell ("The Ranch"), who will also serve as showrunner, and was inspired by the classic sitcom "Taxi." James -- best known for starring in the long-running CBS sitcom "The King of Queens" -- released his first Netflix comedy special, "Never Don't Give Up," last year. – DEADLINE

[It's tough to find "King of Queens" episodes that are streaming for free online because it's still running heavily in TV syndication. Based on the schedule, you can usually find one or two episodes on TVLand's website that don't require a cable TV password. Season 2 of James' follow-up series, "Kevin Can Wait," is available on CBS.com to stream. - Lon]

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2. YouTube launched a new vertical, YouTube Fashion, which will exclusively collect style and beauty-related content. According to YouTube, Fashion & Beauty videos accounted for "billions of views" in 2018, and the number of channels dedicated to the topic has multiplied by a factor of 6 since 2014. The new dedicated vertical can be found at YouTube.com/Fashion. The landing page will feature some of the top YouTube style and fashion creators, including Camila Coelho, Ingrid Nilsen, Huda Beauty, the Merrell Twins, and Gigi Gorgeous, along with labels, publications, and designers with a strong YouTube presence. TechCrunch sees the move by YouTube as an attempt to more effectively compete with Instagram, specifically the app's new Checkout e-commerce feature. – TECHCRUNCH

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3. On Wednesday, Amazon introduced its latest Fire TV Cube and a collection of upcoming third-party products with built-in Alexa voice assistant and Fire TV software. The Fire TV Cube device allows users to control their television, cable box and other accessories using Alexa. The new version has a beefed-up processor and other upgrades to make it much faster, particularly when switching between apps and services. Fire TV and Alexa will also be available on new hardware such as Anker’s Nebula soundbar, and smart TVs from IMTRON, Grundig and JVC. – CNBC

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4. According to Deadline, Hulu picked up the distribution rights to the coming-of-age comedy feature "Big Time Adolescence," featuring "SNL" regular Pete Davidson. Deadline reported that Hulu paid around $4 million for the film. Davidson plays a college dropout who befriends a teenager (Griffin Gluck) in a sleepy suburban town with ultimately destructive results. The film comes from writer/director Jason Orley and debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival to largely positive reviews. Orley's script was featured on The Black List -- gathering together the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood -- back in 2014. This is the first leading film role for Davidson, who will also appear in a still-untitled 2020 summer comedy from director Judd Apatow. – DEADLINE

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: DEMI ADEJUYIGBE'S "SEPTEMBER" DANCE (EVERY SEPTEMBER 21)

Each year since 2016, on September 21, comedian (and one-time Vine star) Demi Adejuyigbe posts a dance video to Twitter commemorating the Earth, Wind & Fire song "September." (It's this one, the classic that repeatedly asks if you remember the 21st of September.) His version of the song has been remixed to just repeat the date over and over again, but it's still clearly recognizable. And funky.

With every new edition, Adejuyigbe's routine gets a bit bigger and more elaborate. The 2016 entry just featured him alone in his apartment, dancing to the song in a themed shirt. 2017 introduced extra choreography and props to the mix. 2018's edition significantly expanded the cast and moved the venue outdoors. No one knows what Demi is planning for a follow up in a few weeks time. That's why I'm giving you all this advance notice, to prepare yourself. (Also because, right now, you can purchase your own September 21 shirt, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Climate Mobilization Project.) 

Adejuyigbe is amazingly responsible for not just one ongoing piece of viral internet content but two. He's also the man responsible for those brilliant parodies of Will Smith closing credit rap songs. Adejuyigbe actually syncs up his original recordings and performances with the credits of various movies, to add to the realism. Here's the "Get Out" credits rap, and of course, the live-action "Aladdin." 

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5. Google plans to add the ability to personalize streaming film and TV recommendations to its search engine. Currently, searching for a term like "best TV shows to watch" will bring up a list of generic, commonly-searched suggestions. The new system can take into account the streaming platforms to which the user subscribes, and highlight only relevant options. As well, Google Search will allow for more specific queries, such as "'80s horror movies to watch." On mobile, recommendations will now appear in an easy-to-scroll carousel, similar in design to a dating app. According to Verge, Google has already started rolling out the new features for some users. – VERGE

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6. According to Deadline, British actor Will Poulter, who appeared in the horror film "Midsommer" and the "Black Mirror" interactive episode "Bandersnatch," will play the lead role in Amazon's "Lord of the Rings" series. Poulter will star in the series alongside Australian actress Markella Kavenagh; their character's names are apparently Beldor and Tyra. The series will be set in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events depicted in Peter Jackson's "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" films. Amazon declined to comment for Deadline's story. – DEADLINE

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7. Executive Janice Min, who was running the news division for the upcoming short-form video app Quibi, unexpectedly announced her departure from the company on Wednesday. Min joined Quibi last September after serving as both the chief creative officer and co-president of The Hollywood Reporter-Billboard Media Group. The reasons for her departure remain unknown. Min declined to comment and Quibi issued a brief statement: "We thank her for her leadership and wish her well as she embarks on her next chapter." Quibi co-founders Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman have raised about $1 billion for the venture from major entertainment companies and Chinese conglomerate the Alibaba Group. The high-profile app is expected to launch in April of 2020. – NYT

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8. Roku introduced a new Smart Soundbar that functions both as a media player and TV speaker. The device will retail for $179.99 and can stream video to a TV without any additional hardware. It also comes with "automatic volume leveling," which apparently will prevent viewers from having to adjust the settings between noisy action scenes and softer dialogue. The soundbar will be released sometime in October. – BGR

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9. The IFC Films Unlimited streaming service will soon become available through Apple TV Channels in both the US and Canada. The independent and foreign-language movie service, which just became available in Canada for the first time, will cost $5.99 per month payable directly through the Apple TV app.

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10. Netflix ordered several new series from South Korea and renewed the period horror-drama "Kingdom" for a second season.

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Lon Harris is the writer and editor of Inside Streaming, and was the very first person to ever write an Inside newsletter. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and also writes about TV and film for Fandom, Screen Junkies, Rotten Tomatoes, Gamma Ray and others. He competes on The Movie Trivia Schmoedown as "The Professor." You can follow him on Twitter @lons

Editor: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside).

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