5 Must-See Titles Hitting Netflix in June

Marc Maron stars in GLOW (2017).
Marc Maron stars in GLOW (2017).
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The weather is turning warmer, but who would know it when Netflix keeps offering new additions to their lineup that threaten to keep us all housebound? Check out five titles new to the service in June that are likely to promote a Vitamin D deficiency.

1. BLUE GOLD: AMERICAN JEANS (2017)

The durable, rugged history of denim gets the documentary treatment in a film narrated by actor Edward Burns. Discover how jeans went from necessary workwear for laborers to high-end fashion statement and see how the collector culture has spawned dangerous trips into mines to excavate lost Levi’s treasures. (June 3)

2. COUNTERPUNCH (2017)

Boxing documentaries aren’t exactly a rare find, and it’s tough to topple 1996’s Muhammad Ali spectacle When We Were Kings, but CounterPunch sets a different course. Focusing on three modern-day pugilists in different stages of their professional lives, director Jay Bulger (himself an amateur boxer) chronicles the struggle and heartbreak that comes with working in the hurt business. (June 16)

3. GLOW (2017)

Loosely based on the defunct professional wrestling promotion of the same name, the 10-episode GLOW is a Netflix original that pays homage to the neon spectacle that was the 1980s. Alison Brie plays Ruth, a struggling actress in Los Angeles who becomes part of a grappling ensemble coached by washed-up film director Sam (Marc Maron). Fleeting trivia note: Jackie Stallone (Sylvester’s mom) was involved in the original production. (June 23)

4. OKJA (2017)

This Korean film about a giant (and adorable) pig threatened by GMO practices was among Netflix’s first to premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival—and was reportedly booed because the French aren’t terribly interested in movies that circumvent theatrical distribution. But that’s no reflection on the quality of the movie itself, said to be a touching and funny girl-and-her-odd-pet story. Journalist Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) co-wrote the screenplay with director Bong Joon Ho. (June 28)

5. GYPSY (2017)

50 Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson helmed this 10-episode Netflix original about a therapist (Naomi Watts) who begins to meddle in the lives of her patients, violating all kind of HIPPA regulations in the process. (June 30)

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

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Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
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- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
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- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
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- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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The Office Writers Considered Making Michael Scott a Murderer, According to Greg Daniels

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NBCUniversal, Inc.

Greg Daniels is best known as the showrunner of The Office, a job that earned him two of his four Emmys. As reported by Screen Rant, the acclaimed creator dished in a recent interview with The Guardian about why the American version of the much-loved show almost wasn't made, along with a proposed plot twist for Michael Scott that forced Daniels to put his foot down.

"The UK version hadn’t finished airing and I’d never heard of it. My agent sent me a VHS tape of season one. It had a somewhat boring title so I didn’t look at it. He told me he wanted to show it to someone else if I wasn’t interested, so I popped it in. I watched the entire first series that evening," Daniels said.

As the show really got going after Steve Carell's role in The 40-Year-Old Virgin made him a household name, Daniels said some ideas in the writers room got too wacky for their own good. He recalled one particular instance, saying, “There were times where [the writers] would become enamored with a joke, and I'd have to put my foot down. For instance, they really wanted Michael to kill Meredith with his car. That was an early pitch, where he runs her over in the parking lot and then comes back, gets a tire iron and finishes the job. I was like, 'You can’t do that, that’s crazy!'”

Michael being a murderer certainly would have changed the tone of the show, so it makes sense that it never happened. Imagine the courtroom scenes we would have had to endure! The Scranton Strangler storyline would have paled in comparison.

[h/t Screen Rant]