‘The OA’ Official Trailer #1

The OA follows Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling), a young blind woman when she returns home after being missing for twenty years with the ability to see.

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Breakout indie-star Brit Marling (Another Earth) is back re-teaming with The East and Sound of my Voice director Zal Batmanglij in the new Netflix original series The OA.

Like most original series on Netflix, the trailer has dropped out of nowhere without any other marketing or promotion. The hour-long mystery series directed by Batmanglij will debut with 8 episodes this Friday, December 16th.

The OA follows Prairie Johnson (Marling), a young blind woman when she returns home after being missing for twenty years with the ability to see.

From Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the visionary filmmakers behind Sound of My Voice and The East, comes a powerful, mind-bending tale about identity, human connection and the borders between life and death. The Netflix original series The OA is an odyssey in eight chapters produced in partnership with Plan B Entertainment, Netflix and Anonymous Content. The groundbreaking series offers audiences a singular experience that upends notions about what long-format stories can be.

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First Look at Brett Gelman in ‘Stranger Things 2’; Plus Chief Hopper and More Photos of the Kids

More Stranger Things 2 set photos have landed on JustJared. The photos give us our first look at Brett Gelman who plays Murray Bauman, a disgraced journalist-turned-conspiracy theorist who is investigating a cold case in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Bauman might just be the character the show needs to blow the lid off of the top-secret experiment gone wrong at the Hawkins national lab.

There are also more photos of the kids as well as some of everybody’s favorite cigarette smoking, beer drinking, pill popping, kid hating police chief, Jim Hopper (David Harbour). Production is currently underway on the second episode of season two in Atlanta.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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The Boys Are Back On Their Bikes in New ‘Stranger Things 2’ Set Photos

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Production is currently underway on the sequel to this Summers smash hit series Stranger Things in Atlanta, GA. The second season has been teased as a bigger, darker, yet familiar continuation of the horror mystery sci-fi adventure that will inject action into the series with Aliens and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom cited as major influences. Stranger Things 2 continues the adventure a year later in the fall of 1984 as the Byers family and Will’s friends struggle to reclaim a sense of normalcy after the events of season one. Season two will explore the consequences of Will’s time in the upside down while dealing with the portal which remains open at the Department of Energy.

Thanks to the DailyMail, a few new set photos have hit the web revealing the kids back on their bikes on the streets of the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana. Another photo also reveals Lucas has his trusty binoculars from Vietnam on hand.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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5 New Images From ‘Iron Fist’ Spotlight The Heroes And Villains

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Netflix has released five new images from Marvel’s upcoming Netflix series Iron Fist. The images showcase Danny Rand (Finn Jones), Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), and Marvel Netflix fan favorite Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). In addition, we also get a look at the children of Harold Meachum, villains Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward (Tom Pelphrey) Meachum.

In the comics, after years spent in the mythical city of K’un-Lun, Danny Rand— the son of Wendell Rand, co-founder of Rand-Meachum Inc.— returns home vowing revenge for the murder of his father at the hands of his business partner, Harold Meachum. Meachum saw an opportunity to take over control of Rand-Meachum and he seized it when he cut Wendell’s safety rope as the two were crossing a crevasse in the Himalayas on their way to K’un-Lun.

Iron Fist Premieres March 172017 on Netflix.

Billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

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David Harbour Talks Chief Hopper; Teases Expansive ‘Stranger Things 2’ and Further Seasons To Come

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-11-22-36-amLong gone are the days of leading male actors who were a bit rough around the edges. Today’s landscape requires a perfect face, complemented by great hair and a chiseled body. The problem for most ordinary men when it comes to entertainment is that we can sit back and admire the leading male characters of film and television but they have little chance of resonating with us. It prevents us from having a truly transformative experience because ordinary men can’t save the world in entertainment today, only superheroes can.

Maybe that’s why Chief Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, became an overnight icon when the pop culture phenomenon of Stranger Things took the world by storm. Harbour reminded us that we all possess the strength to overcome the greatest challenges in life no matter how beaten down or destroyed the world has left us.

In Stranger Things, Chief Jim Hopper is a police Chief who split from his wife after his daughter lost a battle against cancer. When the series begins, the character is struggling with depression, drugs, and alcohol. He’s angry at the world and at children. But underneath that anger is a caring former self who is desperate to return to the surface.

Like Hopper, a lot of us men feel like we are cursed. Like everything we touch turns to shit and we’re better off just keeping ourselves at a distance from others so we don’t screw up their life too. Whether or not you can relate to that, we can all certainly relate to wanting to find meaning in our lives. So when Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) disappears, it presents Hopper with an opportunity to lift his curse by returning Will to his mother (Winona Ryder) and find new meaning in his life that could help him move forward and possibly forgive himself for the death of his daughter.

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Harbour recently spoke with Gold Derby Editor Ralph Galvan about his role as Chief Hopper and dished about the struggle he had separating himself from the character:

“I think as an artist it’s good to bleed a little bit. Like if you want it to be good it’s got to hurt. I think that authenticity resonates. And I think when it doesn’t feel authentic in that way I think we somewhat feel it too. When it’s just kind of a scene. But when we see a character or a human being really go through a struggle, it’s funny like, the camera is always interested in what we’re doing but I feel like even on their skin, I feel like you can read people so well on film. And there’s something about when you actually go through something where you just kind of resonate. Like your whole instrument just kind of resonates this thing. So you know, I wish I had better technique in terms of turning it on and off but I just kind of lived it. I just kind of acted out a bit. I would dream about him. He just kind of infected my subconcious. Like, it’s totally worth it. Because it’s such an honor for me to be able to act and to be able to create something beautiful that resonates with people where I’m willing to totally give up five months of my life a year so you as an audience member can have an experience with a character that is rich and unique and I feel like it’s my honor to be able to do that for people. 

Harbour is currently back in the role of Chief Hopper as production on Stranger Things 2 has just begun. Harbour wouldn’t spoil anything regarding the plot of the new season, and neither would we here at AW, but Harbour did offer some tantalizing insight into the scope and scale of the new season:

“Before we got the first scripts I was nervous about how we are gonna do this. But then I read literally the first five minutes of season two is such an opener of the world it just blew me away. I literally was reading the script and went YES!!! as soon as it ended. So I think we’re gonna do something very expansive. And now that we know we have a show that people like, I think we might have more seasons to come so we can kind of arc a larger story and we start to establish things this season that will pay off even further down the road. And that’s really kind of liberating. So all the pressure that you feel, you also feel like wow we also have a bigger canvas now to play with and we can add all these new colors and all these new shades and so yes, there is pressure but there also is excitement.”

Stranger Things 2 picks up a year later in the fall of 1984 and will explore the consequences of Will Byers’ week spent in the upside down as well as the interdimensional portal which is still open at the Department of Energy. The sequel is said to be bigger and darker yet familiar as the characters struggle with the desire to return to a sense of normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.

Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb Mclaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp.

Stranger Things 2 will also introduce several new characters. The series has added Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Paul Reiser (Aliens, Mad About You), danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) broadway star Sadie Sink, and Brett Gelman (Jobs). You can check out descriptions of their characters here. The new characters are said to be compelling but first and foremost in service to the core group of characters introduced in season one.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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Sigourney Weaver Teases Villainous Role in ‘The Defenders’

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Next year, not only will Marvel lead the genre in diversity with the upcoming Black Panter and Spider-Man: Homecoming films, but it will also debut three new Netflix series including Iron Fist, The Punisher, and the culmination of the entire Netflix corner yet, The Defenders.

The studio already dominates the superhero landscape with its epic blockbusters. But Marvel has managed to dig deeper, past the glossy popcorn flicks into something darker and moodier with its Netflix corner of the MCU. The streaming service offers Marvel a chance to explore adult themes that show us the consequences of being a street level hero fighting against corrupt politicians and the criminal underworld as the heroes try to cling to some sense of normalcy in their lives.

The Defenders is currently shooting on location in New York City. An official synopsis has yet to be released but it is known that the series will follow Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), and Finn Jones (Iron Fist) as they put their resources together and team-up to take on Sigourney Weaver who’s villainous character is still unknown at this point.

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While promoting the new film A Monster Calls, Weaver was asked by Variety about her role in The Defenders:

“I can’t say much, because they might kill me. I think everyone I work for might kill me if I tell you anything. But I have the most delicious character. She’s really smart, and she’s very in charge.”

When Marvel officially revealed Weaver had been cast as the villain for The Defenders at New York Comic Con, the room erupted. So far each Marvel Netflix series has offered a more compelling villain than any of its theatrical outings yet. Continuing that trend, the team-up series has to serve up a villain who can not only challenge all four of the main heroes but shake them to their core. Weaver certainly has her work cut out for her because following Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, or Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth is going to be no small feat. But having an iconic actress such as herself in the mix playing a powerful woman seems like the perfect way to elevate the villains of the Netflix corner even further.

The Defenders hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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‘Stranger Things’ Official Merchandise is Finally Available

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Finally, the day has come when we can purchase official merchandise for the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things. The streaming giant missed a major opportunity last summer when the series premiered and became an overnight pop culture phenomenon. But Netflix will be ready to capitalize on Season two as they have now built official merchandise into their infrastructure with distribution deals already in place.

First, everyone’s dreams came true when Funko announced pops would be available in early 2017 for nearly every character in the series. Thanks to Nerdist, we now know official Stranger Things merchandise is available just in time for the holiday season. The official merch includes everything from t-shirts to necklaces to bracelets, and even Dustin’s hat as well as Eleven’s jacket available for purchase at Box Lunch and Hot Topic.

Millie Bobby Brown Talks Finding Eleven

Millie Bobby Brown took the world by storm with her mesmerizing performance as the enigmatic Eleven in this past summer’s smash hit Stranger Things. The actress captivated our minds and stole our hearts as Eleven discovered childhood, friendship, and love. Brown showed a level of extraordinary capability in the series. She is able to display a level of emotion most adult actors can’t even muster up.

The young starlet, destined for superstardom is featured in the winter issue of Dazed Magazine. Brown dished on The Duffer Brothers and their direction, or rather lack thereof, for the character of Eleven:

“They didn’t tell me anything. Your name is Eleven – relate yourself to ET. That was it. I got the job the next day.”

Clearly, the Duffers recognized the incredible talent they had on their hands and were smart enough to step back and let Brown discover the character on her own. Eleven is one of the most incredible, and perhaps the most iconic female characters to ever hit the small screen.

Brown added:

“Eleven is going a lot by instinct. The look, obviously; her body language, definitely. You know, the head tilt. We all just collaborated on our ideas and then we made magic.”

Magic indeed. Stranger Things possesses the magic of filmmaking which seems like a lost art in today’s machine of an industry that Hollywood has become. From the 80’s film grain to the analog synthesizers in the score, as well as the practical effects, and the tightly focused narrative only a single writer, or in this case a brotherly duo can bring. The magic of the human touch remains all the way through to the end credits of the final episode.

Brown was recently confirmed for Stranger Things 2, the follow-up to the first season of Stranger Things. The Duffers have said it will feel much more like a movie sequel as opposed a traditional second season of a television series. Season two will pick up a year later in the fall of 1984 and (spoiler alert) most certainly guarantees the return of Eleven after she vanished into thin air when saving the boys from the Demogorgon. Season two has already started filming and Brown confirmed at Rhode Island Comic Con that she has already shot her first scene.

To read the full interview including Brown’s reaction to the series as well as her experience working with actress Winona Ryder, head on over to Dazeddigital.com.

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‘Stranger Things 2’: Chief Hopper is Back in a New Set Photo

Production on the sequel to Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things is currently underway outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Stranger Things 2 will pick up a year after the events of season one in the fall of 1984. The second season will explore the consequences of Will Byers’ time spent in the upside down and will deal with the interdimensional portal that is still open at the department of energy. Recently, executive producer Shawn Levy teased the characters will be struggling with the desire for a return to normalcy and the impossibility of it.

Thanks to Chief Hopper himself, actor David Harbour has shared a photo of himself suited back up in uniform and having a cigarette. The photo caption is a nod to the iconic line from Chinatown, “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown”. Could Harbour be drawing influence from Jack Nicholson in the season two? The actor has said before that he looks to leading male actors of the seventies such as Harrison Ford and Roy Scheider for inspiration. His character is an amalgamation of Indiana Jones and Chief Brody from Jaws.

Stranger Things 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb Mclaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, and Noah Schnapp.

You can check out some other set photos from the production snapped last week here.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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‘Stranger Things’: Behind The Scenes of Season One

The documentaries include interviews with the directors and the cast as well as never been seen looks into the sets and locations of the series including Mikes basement, Hawkins lab, and Hawkins Middle School.

A short behind the scenes documentary of Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things is available thanks to PILOTE la chronique série (h/t dakun). The documentary offers a never been seen look into the sets and locations of the series including Mikes basement, Hawkins lab, and Hawkins Middle School. Production designer Chris Trujillo and property master Lynda Reiss are on hand offering insight into the craft and care that was taken to deliver the show as an authentic period piece.Trujillo takes you on a walkthrough of the set for Hawkins lab where you can see the practical effects that were used to create the first layer of the tentacles bleeding over from the upside down. Some crew from the animatronics department are also featured as they showcase the Demogorgon suit worn by Mark Steger.

Lully de Verdade also has a documentary chronicling her visit to the set. Lully interviews Stranger Things directors the Duffer Brothers and the young cast including Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb Mclaughlin. The directors and the cast discuss the inspiration for the series and express their delight bringing it to life.

These documentaries are in French and Portuguese but all of the cast and crew being interviewed is in English.

Season one of Stranger Things is currently available to stream on Netflix.

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