the Duffer Brothers

Who are the Duffer Brothers? That’s probably a question many people are asking themselves after just having binge-watched their Netflix series Stranger Things. They created the show and directed six out of the eight episodes, yet not many people had ever heard of them before they Netflix’d and chilled. And now that all everyone can seem to talk about Stranger Things, I thought it might be worth taking a look at the guys who made this critically acclaimed series.

Did you know they directed a feature film starring Alexander Skarsgård that you’ve probably never heard of? We have the trailer. Also, I’ve included some of their early short films so you can see how they’ve evolved as storytellers.

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The Night Of season 2
HBO’s The Night Of was designed as a one-and-done miniseries, but as you know, any film or movie these days that is modestly successful is ripe for a sequel. Series executive producer Steven Zaillian says there have already been talks about doing a second season of the acclaimed series, which follows the story of a man who is charged with murder after finding a girl he just met the night before stabbed to death.
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stranger things questions

Netflix’s latest television series Stranger Things is filled with mystery and leaves viewers with many fun questions. Having just binge-watched my way through the first season post-Comic Con, I found myself searching the web to obtain some answers. What follows is a list of 11 questions (eleven? how appropriate) and the possible answers compiled from quotes fro  many interviews with showrunners/writers/directors The Duffer Brothers and producer Shawn Levy, and we also dive into some fan theories from various forums. In addition to your burning Stranger Things questions, we take a look at what season two of the series might bring. Are you ready?

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Transformers: the Last Knight

The first poster for Michael Bay‘s fifth Transformers movie Transformers: The Last Knight has been released. While that may not sound unusual, it is — the sequel is still in the middle of principal photography. Hit the jump to see the Transformers: The Last Knight poster and let’s explore the escalation of movie marketing.

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The Night Of

If you haven’t started watching HBO’s The Night Of, you should. The miniseries follows Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as a Pakistani-American college student who, after a night of partying with a female stranger, wakes up to find her stabbed to death and gets charged with her murder. Based on the British television series Criminal Justice, the critically acclaimed HBO show features a compelling mystery which gives us a look into the devastating criminal justice system.

Nasir “Naz” Khan’s case is quickly picked up by a plea lawyer named John Stone, played by John Turturro. One aspect of the series that I’ve seen a lot of people talking about is a subplot involving Turturro’s character battling a weird foot condition.  On the show, Stone explains:

It’s eczema. My dermatologist says to keep them aerated — like that’s going to cure anything. I don’t know. Maybe it helps, I really can’t tell.

The affliction gets a lot of screen time in the first three episodes, causing a lot of viewers to wonder what possible purpose it serves in the series. So why is John Turturro’s foot condition a significant subplot of The Night Of, and what might it possibly represent?
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Star Trek crossover

The original Star Trek series crew and the characters from the Abramsverse (i.e., the Kelvin timeline) will collide in a new two-part comic book storyline. This was one of the moire interesting comic book stories we missed during San Diego Comic-Con International 2016. Learn about the Star Trek crossover storyline, after the jump.
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If you thought the visual effects in that last Doctor Strange trailer were mindbending in 2D, wait until you experience them in 3D. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige says that sequences of Doctor Strange require 3D to “tell the dimensional story.” So how will the story translate when downgraded to traditional 2D projection? Find out about the Doctor Strange 3D, after the jump.

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the shadow - a Russell Mulcahy interview

Although you might not recognize the name Russell Mulcahy, you almost definitely would recognize his work. Especially if, like me, you grew up in the 80s. Because Mulcahy directed over 400 music videos during the decade. I spoke with Mulcahy about how that journey began. From directing the first ever music video that appeared on MTV to regularly working with the likes of Duran Duran, Billy Joel and Elton Joel. And then, of course, we chatted about what it was like to make Alec Baldwin a superhero.

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Pop culture art gallery I Am 8Bit is doing a show with artist Jason Brockert called “Figures Of Action”, featuring would-be toys inspired by iconoclasts & pop culture characters ranging from filmmakers like JJ Abrams (Star Trek, Star Wars) to show runners like Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad) to authors like George RR Martin (Game Of Thrones) to composers like John Williams (every great movie from your childhood) to comedians like Louie CK to video game designers like Shigeru Minamoto (Super Mario Bros).

The show had its opening night reception last night and now all the available original paintings and select limited edition prints are now online for anyone to purchase starting at just $20 (with worldwide shipping). After the jump, you can see a selection of the artwork on display at this exhibition and find out how you can purchase some of the paintings and prints online.
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