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Posted Friday 5/04/18 at 7:23PM EDT
Director who accused Duffer Brothers of stealing Stranger Things says fans have threatened him
Charlie Kessler, who alleges his short film Montauk inspired the Netflix drama, has amended his lawsuit to mention that he's been receiving threats without going into detail. TMZ reports he is now seeking only monetary damages and has dropped his demand to have the show pulled from Netflix.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 2:28PM EDT
Duffer Brothers are said to have proof they didn't rip off Stranger Things
TMZ reports that emails from 2010 and 2014 and a Google document from 2013 could help the Duffers prevail in the lawsuit filed by filmmaker Charlie Kessler.
Posted Wednesday 4/04/18 at 1:15PM EDT
Duffer Brothers respond to plagiarism lawsuit over Stranger Things, calling it "completely meritless"
"Mr. Kessler’s claim is completely meritless,” said the Duffer Brothers attorney, Alex Kohner, responding to Charlie Kessler's lawsuit claiming the Duffers ripped off his 2012 short film Montauk. “He had no connection to the creation or development of Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers have neither seen Mr. Kessler’s short film nor discussed any project with him. This is just an attempt to profit from other people’s creativity and hard work.” ALSO: TMZ says it obtained an August 2015 casting call for "the Netflix series 'Montauk.'"
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 11:20PM EDT
Stranger Things will be part of Universal Studios' "Halloween Horror Nights"
The Duffer Brothers and producer Shawn Levy collaborated to build Stranger Things-themed mazes at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Orlando and Singapore. ALSO: Explaining Montauk, the Long Island town at the center of the Stranger Things lawsuit.
Posted Tuesday 4/03/18 at 1:44PM EDT
Lawsuit accuses the Duffer Brothers of stealing Stranger Things
Filmmaker Charlie Kessler says he pitched the Duffer Brothers on a series about top-secret government experiments based on his 2012 short film Montauk. He even claims Stranger Things was sold with the name of his short film, The Montauk Project.
Posted Saturday 3/10/18 at 6:13PM EST
Stranger Things' Duffer Brothers are "deeply upset" by verbal abuse allegations, but Netflix has found no wrongdoing on set
"We looked into the concern that was raised when we heard of the allegation on Thursday, and found no wrongdoing," Netflix said of crew member Peyton Brown's allegation of verbal abuse against women by the Stranger Things showrunners. "Maintaining a safe, respectful atmosphere on set is important to us, and we know it is to the Duffer Brothers as well.” The Duffer Brothers released their own statement, saying: “We are deeply upset to learn that someone felt uncomfortable on our set. Due to the high-stress nature of production, tempers occasionally get frayed, and for that, we apologize. However, we think it is important not to mischaracterize our set, where we believe strongly in treating everyone fairly regardless of gender, orientation, race, religion, or anything else. We remain totally committed to providing a safe and collaborative working environment for everyone on our productions.”
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 2:00PM EST
Stranger Things crew member accuses the Duffer Brothers of verbally abusing women on set
On International Women's Day, Peyton Brown, who apparently has worked as a grip on the shows Stranger Things and The Walking Dead, posted her allegations on Instagram, writing: "I personally witnessed two men in high positions of power on that set seek out and verbally abuse multiple women. I promised myself that if I were ever in a situation to say something that I would." Brown didn't name the Duffer Brothers, but when asked in the comments, "are you talking about the duffers?" She replied: "yes, I am." She went on to further say "there was yelling, there were insults, there was threats and people were even fired or forced to quit because of them." TV Guide contacted Netflix for comment, but has not yet received a response.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Netflix: "Rumors that the Duffer Bros are leaving Stranger Things after season 3 are false"
Posted Friday 11/03/17 at 6:18PM EDT
Stranger Things 2 is raising red flags after its creators pressured a child actress into an unscripted kiss
On the aftershow Beyond Stranger Things, the Duffer Brothers and 15-year-old actress Sadie Sink revealed that she “freaked out” when she learned on set that she had to kiss a guy for a scene, a kiss that wasn’t written in the script. As Amy Zimmerman points out, “the entire conversation, in which Sink repeatedly recalls feeling caught off-guard while the Duffers giggle, strikes an odd tone, particularly in light of ongoing conversations in Hollywood regarding the exploitation of underage actors and issues of consent.”
Posted Wednesday 11/01/17 at 2:48PM EDT
The Duffer Brothers were initially reluctant to go on camera for the Stranger Things aftershow
It was Jim Rash as host that put the brothers at ease enough to agree to do Beyond Stranger Things. "It went from me being wary about it to, 'This is actually a lot of fun,'" says Matt Duffer.
Posted Tuesday 10/31/17 at 2:03PM EDT
Senate Democrats apparently don’t understand Stranger Things
The official Senate Democracts Twitter account tweeted a Stranger Things joke this morning that doesn't work. ALSO: The Duffer Brothers are recapping Stranger Things 2 for Vulture.
Posted Friday 10/27/17 at 10:05PM EDT
Stranger Things 2 is impressive for living up to its incredible expectations
The hugely acclaimed Netflix series “had an almost impossible task when it came to following up on a first season that had near-universal acclaim,” says Katharine Trendacosta. “That it’s still engaging, gorgeous looking, and smartly written is a truly impressive feat. The show didn’t hit any reset buttons; it let every character grow and change, and it’s just remarkable. This is a show growing naturally into itself and does everything to make the nine-hour commitment worth it.”
- Season 2 gets darker, but also goes much deeper than Season 1
- Stranger Things 2 is "a suspenseful, thoroughly satisfying follow-up that goes to emotionally deeper places than its predecessor did”
- Season 2 plays “like a lukewarm rehash, with a bit more red meat thrown in to cover up the mustiness”
- Stranger Things is still a good time: “It may be last year’s Halloween candy, repackaged. That doesn’t mean it can’t still be sweet”
- Season 2 “can borrow and remix with all the abandon of the first, but it can never be a surprise”
- It took a while to pick up momentum, but Season 2 ends up as a thrilling ride
- Stranger Things 2 is marginally better and more satisfying than the original
- It’s impressive enough that Season 2 manages to deliver without going off the rails and becoming self-indulgent
- Gaten Matarazzo is indisputably the best part of Stranger Things
- Strangers Things 2 is already a hit: Netflix has perfected the art of using buzz to make its shows seem like must-see TV
- Stranger Things exec producer Shawn Levy: “Cultural feedback from social media is going to be a big part of how we feel if we’ve succeeded”
- Why Stranger Things is at its best when it’s Barb-free
- Noah Schnapp's Will Byers is the MVP of the Netflix series
- Paul Reiser: I was cast because they were calling the character they wrote “Paul Reiser”
- Duffer Brothers on the Season 2’s darkest turn
- Duffer Brothers explain the Season 2 final scene
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 2:51AM EDT
Stranger Things will likely make it to Season 5, but not Season 6
Although the Duffer Brothers said last month that they had settled on four seasons for their Netflix series, executive producer Shawn Levy expects it to last five seasons. “Hearts were heard breaking in Netflix headquarters when the Brothers made four seasons sound like an official end, and I was suddenly getting phone calls from our actors’ agents,” Levy tells Entertainment Weekly. “The truth is we’re definitely going four seasons and there’s very much the possibility of a fifth. Beyond that, it becomes I think very unlikely.”
Posted Wednesday 9/27/17 at 11:39PM EDT
Stranger Things will promote the “much crazier” Season 2 with a "full-throttle marketing blitz"
“Everything the way Netflix is approaching the marketing, the publicity, the licensing, the merchandising, those are all closer to a feature film tentpole franchise model than a second season of a television series,” says Stranger Things producer/director Sean Levy. Co-creator Matt Duffer adds: “We want people to argue about what season is better. I want the debate. I want the Toy Story debate!” ALSO: Stranger Things will visit the big city in Season 2.
Posted Monday 8/21/17 at 9:23PM EDT
Stranger Things is getting a third season, with plans for a four-season run
“We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out,” says Ross Duffer of the Duffer Brothers. PLUS: How M. Night Shyamalan was instrumental in the Duffer Brothers’ career, and fame hasn’t changed the Stranger Things kids.