Stranger Things Season 2 - Dustin, Mike, Lucas, Will

We’ve written before about how much fun it was to discover Stranger Things last year when it arrived on Netflix with limited fanfare and became a phenomenon overnight. But like a newly minted movie star who suddenly himself hounded by fans in the streets he could once walk through unnoticed, the throwback science fiction series now has to deal with all of the problems that come with fame. Especially, all of the people who want to get up in its business. More specifically, all of the people who wouldn’t mind learning a thing or two about the new season’s plot in advance of its October arrival date.

Thankfully, the Stranger Things crew could turn to Game of Thrones, a veteran member of the Popular Television Show Club, for tips on how to keep its secret safe.

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legion series premiere

Let’s get the high praise out of the way first: it’s rare for a television pilot to feel as fresh and weird and fully formed as Legion, which feels more like the first 70 minutes of a particularly daring X-Men movie than the first chapter of an ongoing series airing on FX. There is a distinctive personality on display here, a carefully modulated tone that folds horror and dark comedy and mindfuckery into the typical superhero structure. It doesn’t shatter the mold, but it leaves a giant crack in it – I literally have no idea what to expect from the next episode and man-oh-man, is that a nice feeling.

And it looks like we’ll be covering Legion on a weekly basis from here on out, with all other spoiler reviews arriving the morning after the new episode airs. Hi. Like the show itself, these reviews aren’t going to follow a rigid structure. We’re just going to pick up the threads of interest and run with them until we can figure out exactly what kind of show we’re dealing with here.

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Alec Baldwin Hosted Saturday Night Live

Alec Baldwin hosted Saturday Night Live for the 17th time this weekend, setting a record for hosting the most times, even more than Steve Martin. There was a lot of hype for this episode, mainly because people thought SNL would really tear into Donald Trump’s administration even more than they have been recently. The late night sketch series didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary to react to the hype, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a great show.

Even though Rosie O’Donnell wasn’t brought in as Steve Bannon, as many hoped she would, Melissa McCarthy returned as White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Kate McKinnon added another political impression to her growing roster as well. Of course, Alec Baldwin reprised his role as Donald Trump, but another cast member also played the president in another fantastic sketch as well. You’ll see what I mean in our recap of the best and worst sketches from last night’s show. Read More »

stranger things season 2 monster

The bulk of Stranger Things season one was directed by series creators and showrunners Matt and Ross Duffer, who helmed ultimately helmed six of the original eight episodes. The other two episodes were helmed by executive producer Shawn Levy, a veteran film director and producer with credits like Night at the Museum, Date Night, and Real Steel to his name (he’s also a newly minted Oscar nominee for producing Arrival). Now, season two is looking to open things up a little more by allowing another recognizable director to direct a few episodes. Welcome to the club, Andrew Stanton.

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runaways cast

Marvel’s Runaways has one of the greatest high concepts in modern superhero comics: what if a group of kids learned that their parents were all members of a super villain group known as The Pride? And what if they fled their homes and decided to use their inherited abilities for good? Originally created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona, the series was short-lived in its original incarnation but has only grown in popularity over the years as more people realize just how good it is. It was inevitable that it would become a television show and Hulu was lucky to get there first.

Now, shortly after the core cast of kids was announced, we know who will be playing their parents.

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The Avenging Silence

There was a time when it would’ve been surprising for a notable filmmaker at the top of his game to make the leap to television, but those days are over. These days, everyone from David Fincher to Cary Fukunaga to Jane Campion is jumping between the big screen and the small one. And as of now, we can add Nicolas Winding Refn to that growing list as well. He’s just been set to team with Amazon for Too Old to Die Young, a crime thriller described as being in a similar vein as his Pusher film trilogy.  Read More »

Allegiant Trailer

The Divergent movies were never as big (or as good) as the Hunger Games series, but those first two films held onto those dystopian young adult coattails and became moderate successes at the box office, certainly justifying the existence of the third movie, Allegiant. Unfortunately, the third adaptation of Veronica Roth’s popular book series was a box office flop, making roughly $100 million less at the international box office than its predecessors.

Lionsgate’s response was unconventional: the fourth film, Ascendant, would become a TV movie and a backdoor pilot for a television series set in the Divergent universe. Now, series star Shailene Woodley has confirmed that she will not play a role on the small screen version of the franchise.

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legion

FX’s Legion aired last night and I have some brief thoughts on the pilot episode. You can find those after the jump, alongside the Legion season 1 trailer, a teaser for Legion episode 2, and a good making-of featurette on the creation of the world of the series.

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2017 X-Men Movie

Bryan Singer‘s untitled X-Men drama pilot has cast its first mutant. Blair Redford (Switched at Birth, Satisfaction) is the first actor to join the big Marvel television series. Learn who he’ll play, after the jump.
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Netflix has announced that Guillermo Del Toro’s Trollhunters will be renewed for a second season, which will bring back the late and great Anton Yelchin as the titular Trollhunter Jim Lake Jr. You might be wondering how that’s possible, full details on Trollhunters season 2 after the jump.
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