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Posted Wednesday 4/18/18 at 6:54AM EDT
Stranger Things taps Cary Elwes and Jake Busey for Season 3
The Princess Bride star Elwes will play Mayor Kline and Gary Busey's son will join the cast as Bruce, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos announced, without revealing further details on their characters.
Posted Saturday 4/14/18 at 12:07AM EDT
Is animal cruelty a new TV trend?
Stranger Things, The Alienist and The End of the F***ing World have all used animal deaths as plot devices in the past year. But animal-rights groups like PETA are fine with the portrayals -- as long as it's depicted in a negative light. “While gratuitous violence against animals leaves compassionate viewers shocked and sickened, Stephen King, The Alienist, and The End of the F***ing World have all accurately depicted how future serial killers often start by abusing animals,” says PETA senior vice president Lisa Lange. “As long as no live animals are involved in filming, PETA is all for realistic on-screen portrayals showing what animals endure in real life at the hands of evil humans.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Helen Hunt lunches with Paul Reiser once a month, and says it would be a "dream" to revive Mad About You
“The dream is to get to do it,” she tells People, adding that she's been a big fan of the TV revival craze. “I’ve been watching Will & Grace and laughing so hard out loud, they’re just crushing it," she says. Hunt adds that her daughter has never seen an episode of Mad About You, but she has seen Reiser on Stranger Things.
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 Monday 4/02/18 at 9:00PM EDT
How Netflix cornered the market on coming-of-age teen series
Netflix has found a new audience in the post-millennial generation with shows like 13 Reasons Why, Degrassi: The Next Generation, On My Block and Everything Sucks! -- not to mention Stranger Things. "Altogether, these dynamic shows make for a Netflix Originals library that's flush with series that detail, from multiple points of view and in many different styles, the challenges and triumphs of adolescence," says Kaitlin Thomas. "They explore how the events that shape us as we come of age continue to affect us and mold us as we grow older and mature. But perhaps more importantly, they are giving voice to today's youth at a time when young adults are proving to be more powerful than ever before, and providing a diverse array of blueprints that show them what happens when they harness that energy and drive."
Posted Monday 3/26/18 at 9:56AM EDT
Stranger Things Season 3 will be set in summer of 1985
At Paleyfest, executive producer Shawn Levy offered a few details on Season 3, which begins production this month. Among them: "Dad Steve" will have more of a role in the third season and Season 3 will take place one year after Season 2.
Posted Sunday 3/25/18 at 1:59AM EDT
Millie Bobby Brown and John Cena salute March for Our Lives at Kids' Choice Awards
Stranger Things star Brown honored Saturday's march against gun violence by wearing a jean jacket displaying the names of the Parkland victims. “The March for Our Lives demonstrations that took place all over the world today have inspired me and it impacted us all in one way or another," she said while accepting the award for Favorite TV Actress. "I’m fortunate to be here tonight to receive an award as an actor. I’m so very grateful and I appreciate the love and support of my fans and the opportunity that our show, Stranger Things, has created for me. More than anything, I get to be up here and I’m privileged to have a voice that can be heard, one that I can hopefully use to make a positive difference, and help influence change." In his opening monologue, John Cena also expressed support for March for Our Lives. “Kids everywhere have already made it an amazing day,” Cena said in his opening monologue. “So I just want to take a moment to celebrate what kids across the nation accomplished today. From Washington DC, Florida, even here in Los Angeles, all over the country, all over the world, kids made their voice heard with the incredible March for our Lives. And it all happened because you want to make the world a better place.
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Posted Wednesday 3/21/18 at 11:27PM EDT
Millie Bobby Brown and Gaten Matarazzo cheer up fan whose classmates bailed on his Stranger Things-themed birthday party
Brown and Matarazzo vowed to come next year after the birthday boy's older sister tweeted a series of photos from his party.
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 5:26PM EDT
Stranger Things stars are getting a big raise in advance of Season 3
The child stars of the Netflix series will see their salary soar from $30,000 an episode to between $150,000-$250,000 an episode, according to Deadline's Nellie Andreeva, who adds that Millie Bobby Brown "is believed to have landed a bigger raise than her young counterparts" thanks to her breakout star status. Adult stars Winona Ryder and David Harbour also scored significant raises, bumping their per-episode salary to $200,000 an episode to keep their pay ahead of the children. As Andreeva explains, "while actors cast as series regulars on a TV show almost always have long-term deals, it has become a tradition for the casts of successful series to renegotiate their contracts after the second season after receiving one-time bonuses ahead of Season 2. That is what happened with the main players on Stranger Things." UPDATE: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryder and Harbour are each getting $350,000 an episode while the main kid stars will earn $250,000 per episode.
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Stranger Things alum Shannon Purser urges her fans to please not comment on her weight
"Please do not ever make comments about my weight or tell me that I look good or bad because of it. I look good now. I am happy," she tweeted this week. "I don't need you to approve my body. Thanks. In another tweet, she added: "that being said, if you ever wanna have a discussion about body positivity- I'm all ears! I just prefer not to hear comments about my body, even if they're well-intentioned."
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 3:07PM EDT
Netflix is No. 1 in showing TV characters smoking, led by Stranger Things
Season 1 of Stranger Things featured 182 incidents of tobacco use, while The Walking Dead came in at No. 2 with 94 scenes of characters using tobacco, according to a study from the antismoking group Truth Initiative. In total, Netflix had 319 "tobacco incidents," more than any cable or broadcast network. Netflix ranked third through sixth, with Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, Fuller House and Making a Murderer each showing numerous scenes of tobacco use. The Truth Initiative also found 20 instances of tobacco use on Modern Family. Fuller House was the only show on the list that's rated TV-Y7, for kids as young as age 7.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard's band soars atop Spotify
His band Calpurnia's debut single "City Boy" is currently No. 1 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 playlist.