Duffer Brothers Score DGA Nomination For ‘Stranger Things’

The Directors Guild of America nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in TV, Commercials and Documentary Films for its 69th annual DGA Awards have been unveiled. The list includes Matt and Ross Duffer A.K.A. The Duffer Brothers for the extraordinary work on the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things. The Duffer Brothers resurrected the visual storytelling styles of cinema from the 70’s and 80’s with their homage to the magical films from Steven Spielberg and novels by Stephen King.

The DGA nominees for Dramatic Series include:

Stranger Things, “Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will Byers” (Netflix)

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “From the Ashes of Tragedy” (FX)

Westworld, “The Original” (HBO)

Game of Thrones, “The Battle of the Bastards” (HBO)

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, “The Race Card” (FX)

While I would love to see the Duffers win and I think they deserve all the awards for their work, I think Miguel Sapochnik will just barely edge them out as “The Battle of the Bastards” featured the greatest medieval battle sequence in the history of film and television.






‘Stranger Things’ Cast and Directors Tease Season Two

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The cast and the creative team behind the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things were in attendance at the BAFTA Tea Party as well as the Golden Globes this weekend. While everyone was careful not to reveal anything about the upcoming sequel season which will drop on Netflix later this year, we did get a few interesting tidbits regarding the follow-up.

Executive Producer and Director Shawn Levy reiterated what we’ve already heard while promising Stranger Things 2 will continue to deliver the same magical Spielberg-like storytelling established in the first season telling Vanity Fair:

“Season 2 is bigger and potentially darker in its stakes. The threat, which in Season 1 was to Will Byers, has grown. That’s all I’m going to say! But, I will say Season 2 has a bigger cast and is definitely loyal to the kind of magical storytelling that we established in the first season. It’s character-based and still about our core group of characters.”

Finn Wolfhard, the brilliant 14-year old actor behind Mike Wheeler, talked about the advantage the actors now have knowing who their characters are and how growing up a little bit since the first season is going to help them evolve in season two:

“Now that we’ve done a season, we know exactly about our characters. We are very conscious of them and can take them to the next level. I think we’ve grown up a little bit, and our characters have too. They have been through a lot and have used those experiences to help them grow and to be stronger in Season 2.”

Possibly the most interesting bit of information came from The Duffer Brothers themselves. While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, Matt Duffer revealed that one of the clues dropped in the announcement trailer for season two has changed:

“This is very cryptic but one of the clues in the teaser has changed because casting.”

My best guess is that the final episode of season two titled “The Lost Brother” is now “The Lost Sister” with the casting of Danish actress Linnea Berthelsen, who plays Roman: an emotionally damaged, magnetic young woman who suffered a great loss as a child. Although she does not live in Hawkins, she is mysteriously connected to the supernatural events at the lab. I’m probably wrong but my theory is that Roman was originally conceived of as a male character. Matt Duffer said the change came due to casting and other than “Mad Max”, “The Boy Who Came Back to Life”, and “The Pollywog”, there aren’t any other titles besides “The Lost Brother” that refer to a character. “The Pollywog” remains a mystery but it’s safe to say nothing has changed regarding the first two episode titles.

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 characters are said to be struggling with the desire to return to a sense of normalcy and maybe the impossibility of it.

The series has added Sean Astin (The Goonies, Lord of the Rings), Paul Reiser (Aliens, Mad About You)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 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 hits Netflix sometime in 2017.


Watch The ‘Stranger Things’ Live Stream Q&A

It’s happening! The creators of Stranger Things, The Duffer Brothers and Executive Producer Shawn Levy as well as the cast including Winona Ryder, David HarbourFinn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McClaughlin, and Noah Schnapp  are now live on Instagram and Facebook answering questions as part of a Q&A from today’s SAG screening.

‘Stranger Things’ Q&A Live Stream Later Today (UPDATED)

Since the Netflix smash hit Stranger Things became a pop culture phenomenon, the creators of the series, The Duffer Brothers, have done their best to stay out of the spotlight and focus on the second season of the series set to debut later this year. Until now the Duffers have only done a few interviews including one with CBS, another at the White House, and a Samsung live event as well. Fans who are eager to hear more from the creators are in luck as later this afternoon, The Duffer Brothers along with the cast will be answering questions as part of a Q&A from today’s SAG screening.

I’ll have a link to the live stream up later today.

UPDATE: As promised, here is the link to watch the live stream which is currently happening on Facebook and Instagram.

‘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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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.


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.


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


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.

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.


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.

David Harbour Auditions For Eleven

David Harbour proves once again he throws the greatest punches since Indiana Jones. Check out the behind the scenes video in which he slugs the casting director during his audition for the role of his future daughter Eleven via Funny Or Die.