Crater movie

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of director Shawn Levy? For many movie-literate fans, the answer is probably the uber-bankable Night at the Museum film franchise. But lately, Levy has earned some Cool Points™ as a producer of Netflix’s mega-hit series Stranger Things, and now it sounds like he’s found a sci-fi coming-of-age story of his own to direct with Crater.
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Stranger Things 2 ending scene

Tired of hearing about Stranger Things yet? Too bad! There’s even more Stranger Things news to be had! In a new interview, Stranger Things producer Shawn Levy reveals that the Stranger Things 2 ending contained a now-cut epilogue scene that would led directly into season 3.

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Stranger Things 2 Bob

In Stranger Things 2, the latest season of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, Sean Astin delivers a memorable performance as the lovably dorky Bob, boyfriend to Winona Ryder‘s character Joyce. Bob’s storyline unfolds in unexpected ways, but Stranger Things producers Dan Cohen and Shawn Levy recently revealed that there was a much different plan for Bob before the show began filming. Get the details below, and beware of SPOILERS.

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Strangers Things interview

Right from the opening of Stranger Things season 2, the hit Netflix series expands in scope. Once you reach the the Duffer Brothers-directed season finale, though, it’s clear they still kept the already beloved characters front and center. Matt and Ross know audiences are streaming and bingeing for Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), Sherriff Hopper (David Harbour), and friends, not what lurks in the Upside Down.

If demodogs, telekinesis, and all the mystery were removed from Stranger Things, the Duffer brothers’ show would still have plenty going for it. “The rule of law for season two was characters first, characters last, characters all the way,” producer and director Shawn Levy recently told us, while speaking with him and his 21 Laps Entertainment producing partner, Dan Cohen. We spoke with the duo a few days before season 2 came to Netflix, so we had a non-spoiler talk about the making of the second season, the production schedule, how the series made Levy fall back in love with directing, and how the show stands apart from its influences.

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Stranger Things season 3

Most folks have likely finished bingeing their way through Stranger Things 2 by now, which means it’s time to let the stories about Stranger Things season 3 begin! Today comes word from the creators and producers of Stranger Things that two very different characters will be making returns in upcoming seasons. Needless to say, if you haven’t finished Stranger Things 2 yet (or the first season, for that matter), you might want to avoid this Stranger Things season 3 news, because it includes SPOILERS.

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stranger things anthology series

Originally, Stranger Things wasn’t always going to follow the kids from Hawkins, Indiana. Creators Matt and Ross Duffer initially envisioned a very different season two of the popular Netflix show. Inspired by Stephen King novels – shocking, right? – the two brothers first thought of Stranger Things as an anthology show.

Below, the two discuss why the Stranger Things anthology series didn’t happen.

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Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

When the Stranger Things season 2 trailer debuted during San Diego Comic-Con, the energy in Hall H was through the roof. Not only does the return of the sci-fi horror show from the Duffer Brothers look incredible, but it was amplified to the max by the surprising use of Michael Jackson‘s iconic Halloween-themed hit “Thriller.”

Since Michael Jackson himself was always picky about letting his music be used commercially, his estate has also taken on a tough stance when it comes to licensing any of the King of Pop’s tracks for use in movies, TV shows, commercials, etc. In fact, they are so picky about how Michael Jackson’s music was used that the Stranger Things season 2 trailer was originally denied the rights to use the song, so much that there’s an alternate version of the trailer that doesn’t use the track. Read More »

Stranger Things season 2

Stranger Things season 2 has been called bigger, more ambitious, and scarier. There aren’t too many scares in season one, as I recall, but producer Shawn Levy says parts of the new season are going to make “the Demogorgon look quaint.” Matt and Ross Duffer‘s Netflix series also isn’t going to give into fan service, like bringing back a dead character because she’s beloved on the Internet.

Below, learn more about Stranger Things season two.

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Shawn Levy

Director Shawn Levy is once again making another film with Amblin Entertainment. The last time the filmmaker and Steven Spielberg‘s production company teamed up, they produced what’s easily Levy’s most entertaining film: Real Steel. Their next collaboration is an alien invasion called The Fall.

Below, learn more about the Shawn Levy Amblin project.

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Stranger Things season 2

In an age in which many of the plot beats of every geek-friendly property are known about months in advance, it’s something of a modern miracle that Stranger Things appeared seemingly out of nowhere last year and took the world by storm. But that anonymity vanished like Barb on a diving board when the show’s popularity exploded, and the second season has become one of the most anticipated television events of the year.

Thankfully, it doesn’t sound like the showrunners are scraping the bottom of the barrel for follow-up material. In a new interview, executive producer and director Shawn Levy reveals that series creators/showrunners the Duffer Brothers actually had too many ideas for a second season, and some of them are being saved for a potential season 3.
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