Here’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime in April 

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Everything New Coming to Amazon Prime Video in April

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Amazon Prime Video has released its roster of new content coming to it April, and the list includes a new Prime Original along with new seasons of “Bosch,” “The Tick,” and “Diablo Guardián.”

The first season of “Bug Diaries,” a Prime Original animated series for preschoolers, follows Spider, Fly and Worm on their daily adventures recorded in their bug diaries. From riding on a dog’s back to dodging raindrops, the three bug buddies will appear on the streamer starting April 12.

Season 5 of “Bosch” picks up 15 months after Det. Harry Bosch caught his mother’s killer. Per the streamer’s description, new evidence in an old case leaves everyone wondering whether Bosch planted evidence to convict the wrong guy. And a murder at a Hollywood pharmacy exposes a sophisticated opioid pill mill, sending Bosch down a dark and perilous path in pursuit of the killers. It drops April 19.

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In the second season of “The Tick,” Tick and Arthur have freed the City from The Terror — now they must defend it from new villains and old enemies. That is if they can convince AEGIS, the government agency in charge of superhero regulation, that they deserve the job. But now that the City is ‘safe enough to protect’ Tick and Arthur begin to see they’ve got competition. It will be released on April 5.

“Diablo Guardian,” which is based on Xavier Velasco’s award-winning novel, tells the story of Violetta, a young woman who flees her native Mexico to start anew in New York City. But instead of living a dream, Violetta is awoken to a harsh reality when she runs out of money, sending her into the arms of the villainous Nefastófeles. The second season of “Diablo Guardian” will be released on April 12.

Read the full list below.

April 1

Murder, She Wrote, Seasons 1-5

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

Addams Family Values (1993)

An Invited Guest (1999)

Beetlejuice (1988)

Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

Blade (1998)

Blade II (2002)

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blown Away (1994)

Case 39 (2009)

Days of Thunder (1990)

Diamonds Are Forever (1971)

Die Another Day (2002)

Dragonslayer (2011)

Escape from L.A. (1996)

An Everlasting Piece (2000)

Everything Must Go (2010)

Foxfire (1996)

Funny About Love (1990)

Goldfinger (1964)

In a World…  (2013)

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

Law of the Lawless (1964)

Liberty Stands Still (2002)

Little Monsters (1989)

Live and Let Die (1973)

Never Say Never Again (1983)

Octopussy (1983)

Primal Fear (1996)

Racing with the Moon (1984)

Sharkwater Extinction (2018)

Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

Starsky & Hutch (2004)

Stories We Tell (2012)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)

The Addams Family (1991)

The Living Daylights (1987)

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

The Minus Man (1999)

The Perfect Storm (2000)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Up in Smoke (1978)

Up in the Air (2009)

You Only Live Twice (1967)

April 2

A Quiet Place (2018)

April 5

The Tick (Prime Original Series), Season 2

April 8

Finding Your Feet (2018)

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

April 12

Bug Diaries (Prime Original Series), Season 1

Diablo Guardián (Prime Original Series), Season 2

April 17

Overboard (2018)

April 18

Mid90s (2018)

April 19

Bosch (Prime Original Series), Season 5

April 21

Book Club (2018)

April 22

The Next Three Days (2010)

April 27

Humans, Season 3

Welcome to the Rileys (2010)

April 28

The Hole in the Ground (2018)

April 29

Waiting for ‘Superman’ (2010)

April 30

Vikings, Season 5

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Amazon Crushes Q4 Earnings Behind Monster Holiday Season

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Wall Street had high expectations for Amazon, and company surpassed them by soaring past revenue and earnings estimates thanks to a massive holiday shopping season.

After markets closed on Wednesday, Amazon reported revenue of $60.5 billion and earnings of $3.75 cents a share for the three months ending on Dec. 31. Analysts had projected $59.83 billion in revenue and earnings of   $1.85 cents a share on average. Amazon had a 38 percent year-over-year increase in sales.

Amazon’s $1.9 billion profit gave the company’s its 11th straight profitable quarter.

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Amazon accounted for nearly half of all online holiday sales, according to GBH Insights.

Shares jumped more than 6 percent in after-hours trading to about $1,475 per share.

CEO Jeff Bezos pointed to the success of Alexa, Amazon’s personal assistant featured in its Echo home speakers, as a key driver.

Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud storage business, was also a big winner for the company, pulling in $5.11 billion in quarterly revenue.

“Our 2017 projections for Alexa were very optimistic, and we far exceeded them. We don’t see positive surprises of this magnitude very often — expect us to double down,” said Bezos in a statement. “We’ve reached an important point where other companies and developers are accelerating adoption of Alexa. There are now over 30,000 skills from outside developers, customers can control more than 4,000 smart home devices from 1,200 unique brands with Alexa, and we’re seeing strong response to our new far-field voice kit for manufacturers.”

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The company pointed out 50 “highlights,” including hiring 130,000 workers in 2017. Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot were the best-selling products for the year, and Amazon’s 11-game Thursday Night Football package averaged 1.67 million viewers each week.

Amazon has not released its number of Prime members, but said more people signed up for the service in 2017 than before.

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Amazon Studios’ “The Big Sick” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2018, Amazon Studios is moving from indie projects to big-budget movies that appeal to a wider audience. This was evident at the Sundance Film Festival, where Amazon bid on several films, but ultimately walked away empty handed. The company did land the rights to a multi-season “Lord of the Rings” series during Q4, which Amazon hopes will entice consumers to buy Prime memberships.

Amazon has also turned its search for “HQ2” into a tech game show of sorts, narrowing its list down to 20 North American cities last month. The winning location will land up to 50,000 new jobs and a $5 billion cash infusion.

Earlier this week, Amazon partnered with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to create an unnamed health care company for its workers that’s “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” The move immediately cut into the market cap of biggest healthcare companies.

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Before the call, Wall Street had big expectations for the company, with shares trading near its all-time high of $1,430 — nearly 30 percent higher since its last earnings call.

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Here’s What You Can Stream With Your Amazon Prime Membership in February

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Put your Amazon Prime membership to good use next month by watching these new titles.

Have a pre-Valentine’s Day date night in by streaming the Golden Globe winning “3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” on Feb. 13. Follow it up with Chris Pine’s 2009 “Star Trek” movie on Feb. 14. You can watch Season 4 of “Mozart in the Jungle” also on Valentine’s Day, plus the Adam Driver-starrer “Logan Lucky.”

You can also catch Season 1B of Amazon’s Original Series “The Tick” on Feb. 23, and catch “Murder on the Orient Express” with Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp on Feb. 20.

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See below for the full list.

Feb. 1

American Idiots

Black Spurs

The Cutting Edge

The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold

Daybreakers

A Fish Called Wanda

Gang Related

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

Harsh Times

The Haunting

He Said, She Said

Hoodlum

Intersection

Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

Lulu on the Bridge

Manhattan

Manhunter

Mermaids

Mystic Pizza

An Officer and a Gentleman

Red Dawn

Rollerball

Rollerball

Running Scared

Rustlers’ Rhapsody

Sabrina

Slow Burn

Swimming with Sharks

Terms of Endearment

The Thaw

Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her

The Warriors

Feb. 2

Absentia Season 1 (Amazon Original)

Feb. 4

My Dead Boyfriend

Feb. 6

Danica

The Star

Feb. 7

The Expanse Season 2

February 8

Mother’s Day

February 9

GRAND PRIX Driver Season 1 (Prime Original)

Feb. 10

Breathe

No Stone Unturned

Feb. 11

Good Time

Run the Tide

Feb. 13

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Ballad of Lefty Brown

Stinky & Dirty Valentine’s Day Special (Prime Original)

Feb. 14

National Lampoon Presents Cattle Call

Star Trek

Feb. 16

Mozart in the Jungle Season 4 (Prime Original)

Human Flow (Amazon Original)

Logan Lucky

Feb. 18

Pocket Listing

Thanks for Sharing

Feb. 20

Murder on the Orient Express

Feb. 23

The Tick Season 1B (Prime Original)

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Only the first half of the first season of The Tick has streamed on Amazon, but the studio arm of the retail giant has already green-lit a second outing. The announcement was made via press release ahead of the February 23 return of the show, which stars Peter Serafinowicz as the oblivious but well-intentioned blue…

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‘The Tick’ Renewed by Amazon for Season 2

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Good morning, citizens: Amazon has renewed “The Tick” for Season 2.

From Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, the 10-episode second season will begin production this year and is slated to premiere in 2019. Series creator Ben Edlund is back on board — as are leads Peter Serafinowicz and Griffin Newman.

Here is the series description, in Amazon’s own words: In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, Arthur (Newman), an accountant with mental health issues and zero powers, comes to suspect his city is owned by a global super-villain, The Terror (Jackie Earle Haley) who has been long thought dead. As Arthur struggles to uncover the conspiracy he falls in league with a strange blue superhero — The Tick (Serafinowicz). They launch into an adventure brimming with crazed arch-villains, blood-soaked vigilantes, and superhuman freakery.

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“Ben has created a resounding hit while Peter and Griffin have brought Tick and Arthur to indelible life,” said Sharon Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We can’t wait to bring fans more of the Tick universe soon.”

“I am so excited that Amazon wants to continue this wildly fruitful collaboration and that this amazing cast gets to stay together, and that we get to build this mythos further, wider, deeper, and taller,” said Ben Edlund, series creator and executive producer. “We got a good ball of mud spinning with the right tilt of axis, I’m very happy we have this opportunity to keep peopling it.”

The Tick also commented on today’s news: “You feel it too, don’t you? Destiny’s warm hand in the small of your back, pushing, pushing. She’s on a roll.”

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In addition to Edlund, Barry Josephson and Barry Sonnenfeld will executive produce Season 2. The series is co-executive produced by Kit Boss.

Amazon will premiere the six-episode back half of Season 1 on February 23, 2018.

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