If you binge watched Stranger Things this past weekend, then you spent your time wisely. The series’ creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, transported Netflix’s subscribers back to the 1980s, where kids and government conspiracies run amok. The siblings wrote and directed most of the eight episodes, which, as executive producers Shawn Levy (Real Steel) and Dan Cohen (The Spectacular Now) told us, they approached as an “eight-hour movie.”
Levy directed chapter three (“Holly, Jolly”) and four (“The Body”) of Stranger Things. When I spoke with the director and Cohen, I hadn’t seen all of season one yet, so we mainly covered their collaboration with the Duffer brothers and Netflix, the show’s references, and what to expect from the future of Stranger Things.
Below, read our interview with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen.
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Starting tomorrow, you can binge watch season one of Netflix’s Stranger Things. According to some of the early reviews and reactions, that’s how this sci-fi mystery is most likely going to be consumed by audiences. Before you watch close to eight hours of The Duffer Brothers‘ show, you can watch the first eight minutes from Stranger Things.
Below, check out the Stranger Things opening and the early buzz.
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The first trailer for Netflix’s Stranger Things sure got our attention. Our own Jacob Hall described it as having a “pinch of Amblin and a cup of Stephen King,” which is a spot-on description of a series that looks like a big throwback. There are images in the trailers, including the latest one, that can’t help but make you think of Amblin, King, and John Carpenter‘s work. All of those potential influences could add up to little more than a trip down nostalgia lane, but the trailers are leading us to believe there’s possibly more to this Netflix series.
Below, watch the Stranger Things trailer.
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Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
Have you heard? Sequels haven’t been doing so hot this year. And yet there’s no end to them in sight. After the jump:
- How is Jurassic World 2 protecting its secrets?
- James Wan says The Conjuring 3 will be set in the 1980s.
- Yes, Winona Ryder still wants a Beetlejuice sequel.
- Iron Sky 3 is happening thanks to China.
- Rumored details emerge about Transformers: The Last Knight.
- Independence Day: Resurgence puts out a Las Vegas tourism ad.
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Netflix is producing so many original shows these days that it’s often hard to keep up, with much of their original programming falling through the cracks in the crowded television landscape. Sure, you may say you’ll eventually get around to watching Marco Polo or Bloodline, but let’s face it – no one on planet Earth has actually watched Marco Polo or Bloodline. I kid because I love. And because Netflix is richer than most small nations.
Then something like Stranger Things appears on the horizon and you realize “Oh, here’s a Netflix original series that I think I will actually get around to watching!” Only time will tell if this new show can match the success of House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, but the first trailer leaves a strong impression, offering shades of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King and all of those adventurous genre films from the ’80s that somehow got away with PG ratings because the PG-13 hadn’t been invented yet.
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We’ve been hearing bits and pieces of news regarding Beetlejuice 2 for a few years now. Back in 2012, director Tim Burton was waiting to see how Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg‘s script turned out, saying he’d keep an “open mind” about directing the sequel. The director’s interest in the project has significantly risen over the years, but he still has some understandable reservations about making the film.
Below, Tim Burton provides a Beetlejuice 2 update.
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After delivering the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, David Simon is headed back to the cable network with the six-part miniseries Show Me a Hero.
Set in Yonkers, New York in the 1960s, the story follows the struggles of a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) trying to balance politics and justice. There’s quite the cast on display in the latest trailer for the miniseries, including Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder. Looks like another future Emmy nominee for HBO. Watch the Show Me a Hero trailer below! Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015 by Angie Han
Just in case this month’s The Stanford Prison Experiment failed to satisfy your craving for fact-based Sundance dramas about messed-up psychological experiments, Magnolia Pictures has just dropped the new trailer for Experimenter.
Peter Sarsgaard stars as Stanely Milgram, whose name has become synonymous with his most famous experiment. In the early 1960s, with the horrors of Nazi Germany still a recent memory, he demonstrated the willingness of ordinary people to follow orders.
Also starring are Winona Ryder as Milgram’s wife, Jim Gaffigan as his colleague, and Anton Yelchin, John Leguizamo, Taryn Manning, and Anthony Edwards as some of their subjects. Watch the Experimenter trailer after the jump. Read More »
This December will mark the official 25th anniversary of Edward Scissorhands, easily one of the best films director Tim Burton has ever made. It represents a fond memory of a time when the filmmaker was still cooking up original stories for the big screen.
To honor this milestone anniversary, Fox Home Entertainment has a restored, special edition Blu-Ray hitting shelves in October. That’s a few months away, but it will be available for pre-order at Comic-Con this week, along with a limited edition lithograph created by Gallery 1988 artist Mark Englert. It’s a pretty wonderfil piece of work that you can see in full after the jump along with details on the Edward Scissorhands 25th anniversary Blu-Ray. Read More »