Netflix’s Starz Partnership Expiring on March 1, Titles Like ‘Party Down’ Lost Forever

You have been on a Netflix binge before, but not like this: With the service’s Starz partnership set to expire in less than two days, you’ll need all the hours you can cramming in episodes of Party Down and crying at Toy Story 3 for the last time. If you remember, Netflix’s price increase in 2011 coincided with a failure to lock up a new Starz deal, which is why more than 840 titles will disappear on Thursday. TV and Movies NOW has a handy list of everything you’ll be missing, as well as if it’s available on Amazon Prime (but come on, who has that). 

The ‘flix has a handful of Weinstein Company titles like The Artist and Coriolanus eventually coming its way, which should dull the loss by a smidgen. Still, it’s a terrific bummer that so many quality titles will no longer be available to our entitled asses, like the immortal Billy Madison and Astro Boy. Howl’s Moving Castle, Scarface, Young Fankenstein, Double Indemnity, Patton, Vertigo, Apocalypto, Lethal Weapon 2 — I could go on and on and on and on. Call your friends for a Netflix party, or just pull your hoodie over your head and get to business by yourself. Remember, nothing that happens on Leap Day counts in the real world

Morning Links: Jim Jones Arrested Again, Whitney Biennial Gets Occupied

● Jim Jones was picked up by the police yet again, this time for driving with a suspended license — a charge that he claims is mistaken. What’s the opposite of "ballin’"? [TMZ]

The Carrie Diaries has cast 18-year-old AnnaSophia Robb as it’s young Carrie Bradshaw. [Vulture]

● Growing her brood, Uma Thurman is pregnant with her third and financier beau Arpad Busson’s first child. [E!]

Ace Ventura star and "serial trouble-maker" Sean Young is seeking an apology from the academy after a brush-up with a security guard that ended in her arrest at Sunday’s otherwise glamorous Governors Ball. [Page Six]

● The Whitney Biennial has officially been occupied: a very believable Biennial site, whitney2012.org, announced yesterday that the museum has made the "difficult decision" to break with two of the Biennial’s corporate sponsors — Sotheby’s and Deutsche Bank — "whose recent corporate conduct has made it impossible for the Museum to maintain a partnership with them." Needless to say, such is not the case, and the hoax is thought to be the work of Arts & Labor, a working group of Occupy Wall Street. [NYT]

‘Crash’ Spinoff Flops, Burns

imageMany people remember 2006 Oscar-winner Crash as a painfully obvious polemic on race relations in the US — the filmic equivalent of getting bludgeoned by a politically correct sledgehammer. Annie Proulx remembers it as a bane on her gay cowboy baby. In a bid to capture major cable mojo (like AMC, Showtime, and FX, for example), Starz has spun off the flick to create an original series for its Friday night line-up. Sure, such a plum time slot positions the show for imminent (if expensive) failure, as do unfavorable reviews like this and this. But unless he’s counterbalanced by the roguish charm of Kiefer Sutherland, Dennis Hopper — the show’s biggest star — may be better off shepherding the barely-there pastures of the alleged Friday night audience. Witness his gratuitous monologues and the rest of the first two episodes here.