shadow and bone season 2

Thank the Saints: Shadow and Bone has been renewed for a second season. Netflix has ordered Shadow and Bone season 2, after the first season of the adaptation of Leigh Bardugo‘s beloved Grishaverse novels was a massive word-of-mouth hit.

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Stuntmen React to Justice League

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see what Corridor Crew and a couple of their stuntmen friends think of one of Wonder Woman‘s action sequences from Justice League. Plus, see the visual effects work that went into Netflix’s fantasy series adaptation of Shadow and Bone. And finally, take a closer look at the latest Star Wars LEGO set of the trusty droid R2-D2, complete with a buildable version of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber. Read More »

Shadow and Bone Bloopers

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, see the cast of Shadow an Bone flub lines, bump into doors, wink awkwardly, and more in a series of bloopers from the show’s first season. Plus, see how F9 put on quite a show by taking over the Burj Khalifa with a massive LED display playing on the outside of the skyscraper. And finally, take a look back at a weird and terrible video game for The Three Stooges. Read More »

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The Series: Shadow and Bone

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: Set in a war-torn fantasy world where people, called Grisha, have the magical ability to manipulate matter, young orphan Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li) discovers that she is a fabled Grisha called the Sun Summoner — the only person with the ability to tear down a swath of permanent darkness called the Fold, which splits her country in two. She’s taken in by General Kirigan (Ben Barnes), the leader of the Grisha and a Shadow Summoner who believes that together, he and Alina can change the world.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: YA fantasy? You may roll your eyes as I did when you heard the genre and heard of the following that Shadow and Bone has, from Leigh Bardugo’s beloved Grisha trilogy novels. A chosen one heroine, a love triangle between the handsome brooding one and the childhood friend one, a magic academy where the students are divided up by their very specific powers. And yet, half an hour into the first of the eight episodes of Shadow and Bone, I sat up and thought, “Oh, no.” I could feel an obsession setting in that I hadn’t felt since I was on tumblr in 2012. These overly familiar elements were coalescing in a way that was exciting, and imaginative, and compelling, and appealed very specifically to me in a way that meant I was going to be nursing a new Netflix addiction.

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shadow and bone trailer

When people hear the words, “epic fantasy,” most will think of dragons and wizened old wizards, of giant battles fought with swords and staffs, or maybe an elf or a white walker or two. 

Netflix’s Shadow and Bone, an adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s books, is a series that has none of these things. It is, however, unmistakably fantasy—there is magic, a Chosen One who must fulfill her destiny by overcoming a dark force threatening the land, and scary bat-like beasts called volcra who would give any dragon a run for its money. 

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shadow and bone featurette

Based on a series of books by Leigh BardugoShadow and Bone is the type of big, epic fantasy series that requires a lot of world-building. Is Netflix up to the task? The new Netflix series hails from showrunner and writer Eric Heisserer (ArrivalBird Box) and is set in a war-torn world full of magic and monsters. A new Shadow and Bone featurette breaks down all the complicated world-building on display here, and goes behind-the-scenes of the series to showcase how they pulled all of this off.

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shadow and bone trailer

Are you ready for the next big fantasy hit (probably)? Then prepare to enter the Grishaverse, the series of bestselling novels by Leigh Bardugo, which are coming to the small screen in Netflix’s new epic fantasy series Shadow and Bone. Watch the official Shadow and Bone trailer below.

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shadow and bone trailer

Prepare to enter the Grishaverse. Netflix is readying the debut its next big fantasy series, Shadow and Bone, based on Leigh Bardugo’s novel of the same name, which is set in a fantastical world where a lowly soldier and orphan (Jessie Mei Li) discovers she has extraordinary powers. Watch the Shadow and Bone trailer below.

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Shadow and Bone Netflix Series

In American pop culture, when people think of the fantasy genre, they usually think of the same things: magic, wizards, elves, orcs, fairies, dragons, a European Middle Ages setting. Despite the genre predating these concepts, the unprecedented influence of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings has so thoroughly wedged itself in our collective consciousness that it can seem impossible to disentangle. Everything from A Wizard of Earthsea and Harry Potter to The Dark Tower and Game of Thrones has found inspiration from Tolkien’s works. But there are so many other mythologies out there, waiting to be built and discovered. One of them, created in 2012 by author Leigh Bardugo, is unlike anything mainstream audiences have ever seen: Shadow & Bone, the first part of the Grisha Trilogy.

Originally set to be a film franchise by Dreamworks, the rights to the “Grishaverse” recently moved to Netflix. Eric Heisserer, the writer behind the streaming service’s horror film Bird Box, is set to be showrunner. This should give you some idea of what kind of tone to expect. While Bardugo’s series is sold as Young Adult, that doesn’t stop her from dealing in body horror and dark themes, all set against a backdrop based on Russian mythology instead of Nordic (where Tolkien mostly pulled from). The result is something worth checking out, for a number of reasons.

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shadow and bone series

The Grishaverse is coming to the small screen. Leigh Bardugo‘s best-selling fantasy-adventure novel Shadow and Bone is being adapted into a TV series by Netflix, bringing the author’s beloved Grishaverse to the screen for the first time. Eric Heisserer, the screenwriter behind Netflix’s uber-successful horror film Bird Box, will act as showrunner for the Shadow and Bone series.

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