Millie Bobby Brown Picks up SAG Nomination For ‘Stranger Things’

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12-year old superstar, Millie Bobby Brown has earned her first SAG nomination for outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series for this past summer’s smash hit Stranger Things. Brown stole audience’s heart with her extraordinary performance when she channeled E.T. as Eleven, an abused telekinetic young girl who escaped from captivity to discover friendship, childhood, and love. Brown packs a powerful and emotional punch into every word she speaks. She is able to express more emotion through her eyes than even most adult actors are capable of.

Winona Ryder also scored a SAG nomination for best female actor in a drama series for Stranger Things with her harrowing performance as Joyce Byers, a mother whose child has gone missing and will stop at nothing to prove the supernatural force that took him exists.

The child led series has also been nominated for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

You can read the full list of nominations here.

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SOURCE: THR

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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Shawn Levy Talks ‘Stranger Things 3’; Charlie Heaton Teases Bigger, Darker Second Season

Just last Friday it was officially confirmed that Millie Bobby Brown would be returning for the sequel to Netflix’s smash hit Stranger Things. At an event screening for 2011’s Real Steel, executive producer Shawn Levy spoke with Collider, revealing The Duffer Brothers and himself are already looking ahead as to where they want to go once the show is renewed for a third season.

Levy:

We are not gonna be caught off guard and we don’t wanna be making stuff up like the day before we have to write it and make it, so we are definitely optimistic and we have started thinking ahead.

The Duffers have already said in the past that that do have an ending for the series in mind, it’s just a matter of how long it takes to get there.

Back at the end of August when the second season was announced, a total of nine chapter headings were revealed in an official teaser for the follow-up, extending the episode count by one more than the first season. With an additional episode in the mix, as well as a bigger budget allowing for better, more polished visual effects it would only make sense for the production to take a little longer than the first season. Levy was unable to speculate on a release date but did offer some insight:

That I can’t say. I do have a sense of it. It was promised when we announced that we were picked up for Season 2 and we gave those chapter headings, I believe it ended with ‘Coming in 2017’ and that much is true. You can do a little bit of math, we’re not magicians so there’s no way it launches in Spring since I just admitted we started filming today, and we’re doing nine.

Stranger Things possessed the DNA of a Steven Spielberg blockbuster smashed together with a Stephen King summer read so it would be disappointing if the sequel isn’t able to make it’s debut in the summer of 2017, however. No doubt would the sci-fi horror mystery adventure be a perfect fit for a release around Halloween, although the wait would be excruciating. But if it means a better product, I think we can all manage.

Season two will pick up a year later in the fall of 1984 and explore the consequences of Will Byers’ week spent in the upside down, and the portal that is still open at the Department of Energy. Levy offered some further insight into just exactly what Will and the Byers family, as well as his friends, will be struggling with when we pick up with them a year later.

“I’m not gonna say how much time has gone by. It is not the next day, I’ll say that. And there are several new characters who I think several of them are going to be new fan-favorites because they’re great, great new characters. But we are definitely sticking primarily with our core group, and what is different, how are they changed from the experience of last season… maybe ‘normal’ is never possible again.”

The second season will see several new characters added into the mix. Just yesterday it was announced that Sean Astin (The Goonies), Paul Reiser (Aliens), and Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen will be joining the cast along with newcomers Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers) and Sadie Sink.

Levy also added that he would be in the Directors seat for the third and fourth episodes this year, just as he was in the first season.

Yes, we are a little superstitious so just like last year, they’re doing 1 and 2, I’m going in and doing 3 and 4. So the first four are gonna kick off exactly the same as last time… I am going to start prepping right around Thanksgiving and I’ll be filming my episodes through December and January.

But it doesn’t stop there, actor Charlie Heaton is also currently promoting his new film, Shut In. While speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Heaton offered some insight into the scope of the second season while assuring it is still very much the same Hawkins, Indiana we were introduced to in the first season. The actor teased the fourth episode titled “The Palace” (directed by Levy) will be huge. My hope is that “The Palace” is actually some sort of reference to Pankot Palace as The Duffers already mentioned Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as a major influence. It would be a dream come true of mine to see The Goonies dropped into the mineshaft chase sequence from the end of Temple of Doom.

The adventure continues in the fall of 1984.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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SOURCES: COLLIDER, ET

Eleven Will Return in ‘Stranger Things 2’

Since the bittersweet finale of Stranger Things teased Eleven could still be out there, fans have been clamoring for confirmation of the iconic characters return in the second season. TV Line reports sources close to the production have confirmed Millie Bobby Brown will indeed be making her return as Eleven.

Since the bittersweet finale of Stranger Things teased Eleven could still be out there, fans have been clamoring for confirmation of the iconic characters return in the second season. TV Line reports sources close to the production have confirmed Millie Bobby Brown will indeed be making her return as Eleven.

While Netflix declined to provide a comment to TV Line we do have another piece of evidence that suggests not only will Eleven be back, but she will be back in the first episode of season two.

A photo posted to Instagram and Twitter by Gaten Matarazzo last night shows the kids dressed up for Halloween ready to go trick or treating in Atlanta. To the right is Brown which all but confirms her presence in the second season. The photo was taken down just a few hours after it was posted.

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Also, in the middle is newcomer Sadie Sink who plays the character of Max, a tough tomboy who rides her skateboard everywhere she goes. Her complicated past has made her suspicious of those around her.

The cameras are set to start rolling on the second season this week.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

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David Harbour Teases Exciting First Five Minutes of ‘Stranger Things 2’

David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown were in attendance at Phoenix Comic Con this weekend. The two were featured on a panel where they spent an hour taking questions from fans. Harbour teased an exciting opening for the upcoming second season as Brown adorably tried to silence him from spoiling anything from the show.

David Harbour and Millie Bobby Brown were in attendance at Phoenix Comic Con this weekend. The two were featured on a panel where they spent an hour taking questions from fans. Harbour teased an exciting opening for the upcoming second season as Brown adorably tried to silence him from spoiling anything from the show.

Check out the video below and special thanks to cameraman Nai Wang for recording the panel.

‘Stranger Things 2’ Adds Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery

The Netflix smash hit Stranger Things rolls into production on the sequel in about three weeks. When the second season was announced it was revealed that the new season would see three new characters added to the mix — one for each generation of characters.

The Netflix smash hit Stranger Things rolls into production on the sequel in about three weeks. When the second season was announced it was revealed that the new season would have three new characters added to the mix — one for each generation of characters.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Sadie Sink and Dacre Mongtomery will be joining the cast as series regulars.

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Sink will play Max, a tough tomboy who rides her skateboard everywhere she goes. Her complicated past has made her suspicious of those around her.

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Montgomery, star of the upcoming Power Rangers reboot will play Max’s older step brother Billy — a typical 80’s jock who steals girlfriends out from their boyfriends and drives a black Camaro while he isn’t busy playing drinking games. Underneath he is said to be violent and unpredictable. Sounds like Steve’s former buddy Tommy has found his new best friend.

The new characters are said to be compelling but first and foremost in service of the core group of characters introduced in season one.

Noah Schnapp and Joe Keery have also been upgraded from their recurring roles to series regulars.

The second season will pick up with the original cast a year later and deal with the portal that is still open to the upside down.

The adventure continues in the fall of 1984.

Stranger Things 2 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.

SOURCE: THR

Duffer Brothers Talk ‘Stranger Things 2’

The second season of the Netflix smash hit was always a part of the plan.

In just a few weeks Stranger Things 2 officially begins production. The hype around the show since its premiere in mid-July hasn’t died down and The Duffer Brothers are riding it all the way up right until the moment they call action for the sequel.

In an interview with THR, The Duffers confirmed that they had been greenlit for a second season before the show had even premiered and become the pop culture phenomenon it is today.

Matt:

They greenlit the second season before we even premiered. So when everyone was going, “Is there going to be a second season?” we had been writing the entire time. So we’ve been working on this almost all summer.

Ross:

It drove me crazy. “Please, can’t we just tell everyone we’re doing a second season?”

Matt:

Netflix has its mysterious ways, but it actually ended up working because it had built up to this fever pitch. I guess that’s what they were intending to do all the time.

“People are still finding season one so giving that time to breathe,” Yeah okay Ross, no one bought that for a second.

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Ross and Matt Duffer. (Austin Hargrave/The Hollywood Reporter)

The Duffers revealed the nine episode titles in a teaser trailer last month for the sequel which has been part of the plan from the start. While the episode titles could still change, fans have taken to the internet (including myself) to speculate on just what exactly the titles could mean and what other 80’s films they could be pulling influence from.

Matt: Netflix had another teaser, but it was about going back to stuff that had happened already. I thought it wasn’t exciting enough, and we wanted to provide some hint of where we were going in season two without giving anything away. I do think some of the titles will change. There were titles we didn’t want to put on there because we felt like it would give too much away. The whole season was already broken when we did this.

Ross: So we did have a lot that we could tease.

Matt: Even if they aren’t the final chapter titles, everything in that teaser is major. But they’re ambiguous enough that no one is going to be able to figure it out. Some of the fan theories online are amazing. Most are wrong, but I’ve read a few that are right or very close. Is it Reddit? Some of those people have figured stuff out based off of the chapter titles.

Ross: Some of these theories are elaborate and smart. They’re not crap. I love reading this stuff.

It has already been said that the sequel will take its biggest inspirations from Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom, Aliens, and Terminator 2. Based on what we know along with the new episode titles, it’s easy to guess that the sequel will take place on or around Halloween or that instead of just one Demogorgon — there will be Demogorgons. The episode titled “The Palace” stood out to me as it instantly made me think of Pankot Palace from Temple of Doom. I pictured The Goonies dropped into the the mine shaft chase sequence from the end of Temple. While I doubt anything like that will happen, the sequel will have a bigger budget along with the action genre injected into the mix of the supernatural mystery horror thriller so one can hope.

As the start date for season two closes in on The Duffers, they are now searching for the newest cast members who will join the iconic characters introduced in the first season. Finding the right kids to play Mike, Eleven, Dustin, Lucas and Will was a long process. Unfortunately time is not a luxury they can afford anymore but given how incredible of a job casting director Carmen Cuba did casting the first season, there is no doubt she will find the perfect talent to add to the series.

Season two will introduce us to a new character for each generation. The one who is raising the most eyebrows is a young girl named Max who will join the kids while riding her skateboard everywhere she goes.

Matt:

We did a wide, wide search for one new kid that we’re adding. She’s a cool new character.

To read the full interview head on over to THR.

The adventure continues in the fall of 1984.

Stranger Things 2 premieres sometime in 2017.