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Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ adds two new cast members for Season 2

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As we all impatiently wait for the arrival of the highly anticipated second season of Stranger Things, Netflix’s critically acclaimed love letter to the ’80s classics that captivated a generation, we’ve now learned that two new cast members have joined the cast of the beloved series as regulars.

Dacre Montgomery, who also stars in the upcoming first installment of the Power Rangers franchise as The Red Power Ranger, will play Billy, Max’s hyper-confident, and edgy older step-brother. He steals girlfriends away from their boyfriends, is great at drinking games, and even drives a pretty nice black Camaro. But lurking under his apparent charisma is a violent and unpredictable nature.

Max, a tough and confident girl whose appearance, behavior, and prsuits seem more typical of boys than of girls in this era, will be played by Sadie Sink. The character has a complicated history and is usually pretty suspcious of those around her. Sink began her professional acting career in the Broadway revival of Annie, and can be seen in the upcoming films The Glass Castle and The Bleeder.

Netflix has also announced that Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington, and Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byeers, have been flipped from recurring to series regulars.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 months or so and don’t know what Stranger Things is about, it’s set in 1983 Indiana where a young boy mysteriously vanishes into thin air. As his friends and family, with the help of local police, search for answers, they are drawn into a mystery involving top-secret government experiments and terrifying supernatural forces.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Finn Wolfhard, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, Noah Schnapp, Millie Brown, Caleb McLaughlin, and Gaten Matarazzo. Production on the second season has begun and is expected to be completed sometime in 2017.

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Gaten Matarazzo’s new hidden camera ‘prank’ show for Netflix sounds extremely ill-advised

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In a truly baffling, very ill-advised move, Netflix announced today that they’ve ordered to series a new “epic hidden-camera prank show” called Prank Encounters hosted by Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo.

While none of that right there sounds particularly troubling, it’s the so-called “terrifying and hilarious” plot of the show that has stirred up quite a bit of discourse on social media today, and rightfully so.

According to the show’s official logline, Prank Encounters “takes two complete strangers who each think they’re starting their first day at a new job. It’s business as usual until their paths collide and these part-time jobs turn into full-time nightmares.”

Frankly, I don’t even know where to begin with this shit and I could probably write a thousand words about what a Bad Fucking Idea™ this show is, but, for my sake and yours, I’ll keep my thoughts here short, sweet, and to the point: playing “pranks” on jobless people who think they’ve finally found employment for the “entertainment” of others is insanely mean-spirited and everybody involved with this project should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

TV prank shows always have been and always will be pretty dumb, but this is just the worst of the worst right here and it’s bizarre to think that Netflix, which generally puts some fairly decent original content, thought this would be a good idea to begin with, and I truly hope the controversy Prank Encounters seems to have already sparked will make them rethink their most unfortunate decision to greenlight this garbage idea of a show.

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Please give Meryl Streep a damn Emmy for her scream in the ‘Big Little Lies’ season 2 premiere

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The season 2 premiere of Big Little Lies aired on HBO last night and it gave us this amazing clip of Mary Louise (Meryl Streep) screaming her fucking lungs out as Celeste (Nicole Kidman) and the twins look on in complete and utter horror. It’s a truly incredible and surprising moment in a season premiere that, while completely fine, was otherwise pretty uneventful, and the Television Academy needs to give Meryl her damn Emmy immediately.

 

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Denis Villeneuve, director of ‘Dune’ the movie, will now direct ‘Dune’ the TV series for WarnerMedia

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As if directing his own feature film adaptation of Dune wasn’t already enough, Denis Villeneuve has reportedly just signed on to direct the pilot episode for the upcoming series Dune: The Sisterhood, “a female-focused take” on Frank Herbert’s beloved sci-fi novel, according to THR.

Written by Jon Spaihts, the series will take place in the same universe as the book and “explores the future through the eyes of a mysterious order of women: the Bene Gesserit,” which is going to be fucking amazing because the Bene Gesserit are easily one of the most interesting aspects of Dune and most definitely deserve their own thing.

The report from THR continues: “Given abilities by their mastery of the body and the mind, the Bene Gesserit expertly weave through the feudal politics and intrigue of The Imperium, pursuing plans of their own that will ultimately lead them to the enigmatic planet Arrakis — known to its inhabitants as Dune.”

Oh, and hey, we even have a quote from Villeneuve himself: “The Bene Gesserit have always been fascinating to me. Focusing a series around that powerful order of women seemed not only relevant and inspiring but a dynamic setting for the television series,” the director said in a statement.

No word yet on when we can expect to see Dune: The Sisterhood hit WarnerMedia’s streaming service, but I’d imagine it’s going to be quite some time as I’m sure Villeneuve will be knee-deep in his work on the feature film version of Dune for at least part of the foreseeable future.

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