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Meet the Kids from ‘Stranger Things’: Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo on ’80s Inspirations & Hollywood Dreams

29 July 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Young actors Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo didn’t have a lot of experience coming into Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” but that ended up working to their advantage.

The ’80s-set thriller is just the fourth role for Wolfhard and the second gig for Matarazzo. Kept from working in Hollywood too long, that means both of them remain untarnished — and better for it. Wolfhard and Matarazzo have the natural screen presence of children who are just being kids.

Wolfhard plays Mikey, the leader of the group searching for their missing friend. “He can be really precocious at times, really funny, and then really serious — solemnly serious about finding his best friend, Will,” Wolfhard said. “And I think that’s why I like him, because he can be so relatable to people who grew up in the ’80s. They can be like, ‘Hey, I was kind of like that,’ or ‘I had a friend like that. »

- Ben Travers

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Meet the Kids from ‘Stranger Things’: Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo on ’80s Inspirations & Hollywood Dreams

29 July 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Young actors Finn Wolfhard and Gaten Matarazzo didn’t have a lot of experience coming into Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” but that ended up working to their advantage.

The ’80s-set thriller is just the fourth role for Wolfhard and the second gig for Matarazzo. Kept from working in Hollywood too long, that means both of them remain untarnished — and better for it. Wolfhard and Matarazzo have the natural screen presence of children who are just being kids.

Wolfhard plays Mikey, the leader of the group searching for their missing friend. “He can be really precocious at times, really funny, and then really serious — solemnly serious about finding his best friend, Will,” Wolfhard said. “And I think that’s why I like him, because he can be so relatable to people who grew up in the ’80s. They can be like, ‘Hey, I was kind of like that,’ or ‘I had a friend like that. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Stranger Things’: Winona Ryder Discusses First Major TV Role in Netflix Featurette

26 July 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Winona Ryder gets candid in a new featurette for her Netflix series “Stranger Things.”

The actress discusses jumping into her first major TV role in the video, released on Tuesday by the streaming giant. Ryder plays Joyce Byers, a single mother trying to find her son after his mysterious disappearance, in the supernatural thriller.

“I know a lot of women like that, who are good people but they struggle,” Ryder said of her character.

After experiencing supernatural occurrences in her home, like glowing Christmas lights, and her unwavering conviction that her son is alive, everyone starts to think “she’s out of her mind, but she’s actually kind of onto something,” Ryder said.

“I like that there are sort of different story lines. You really don’t know what is around the corner or what is going to happen,” added Ryder. “It’s like putting the pieces of a puzzle together and it’s fun to »

- Lamarco McClendon

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‘Stranger Things’ Featurette: Winona Ryder On Her Harrowing, Emotional Performance In Her First Major TV Role

26 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s new original series sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things,” about the disappearance of a young boy and the arrival of a telekinetic girl in a small town in 1980’s Indiana, has garnered critical acclaim for its performances and the numerous homages to 1980’s cinema.

Written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffers, colloquially known as The Duffers, the series features actress Winona Ryder in a prominent role as Joyce Byers, a high-strung single mother whose son Will is the boy who goes missing. While the town is out looking for her son, she believes she’s talking to him through the lights in her house and is convinced that her son is alive and in danger. It’s an emotional, harrowing performance, especially for Ryder’s first major TV role.

Watch a featurette below with Ryder, The Duffers, executive producer Shawn Levy, and fellow actor David Harbour discuss Ryder’s fearless performance. »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Stranger Things’ Featurette: Winona Ryder On Her Harrowing, Emotional Performance In Her First Major TV Role

26 July 2016 11:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s new original series sci-fi horror series “Stranger Things,” about the disappearance of a young boy and the arrival of a telekinetic girl in a small town in 1980’s Indiana, has garnered critical acclaim for its performances and the numerous homages to 1980’s cinema. Written and directed by Matt and Ross Duffers, colloquially known as The Duffers, the series features actress Winona Ryder in a prominent role as Joyce Byers, a high-strung single mother whose son Will is the boy who goes missing. While the town is out looking for her son, she believes she’s talking to him through the lights in her house and is convinced that her son is alive and in danger. It’s an emotional, harrowing performance, especially for Ryder’s first major TV role. Watch a featurette below with Ryder, The Duffers, executive producer Shawn Levy, and fellow actor David Harbour discuss Ryder’s fearless performance. »

- Vikram Murthi

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Second Season Of Stranger Things Likened To Harry Potter

26 July 2016 9:12 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Imbued with a spooky, decidedly old-school atmosphere and more ’80s references that you can shake a VHS tape at, Matt and Ross Duffer’s Stranger Things proved to be the talk of the town earlier this month, and already there has been chatter of the Netflix Original being picked up for a second season.

That’s something that series producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen touched upon during a recent interview and here, co-creator Ross Duffer told Variety that there’s still plenty of mysteries yet to unfold within the remote town of Hawkins, Indiana.

Spoilers to follow if you’ve yet to finish the entire eight-episode season……

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Still with us? Here, Duffer teases The Upside Down – which has spawned a 30-page document at Netflix towers – and the “whole other world” that awaits.

There’s a lot there we don’t know or understand. »

- Michael Briers

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Is Stranger Things Coming Back For Season 2? Here's What We Know

26 July 2016 8:05 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Those who have already zipped through Stranger Things may be wondering if Netflix will bring it back for a second season. As of right now, Netflix has not officially picked up the series for another season, but maybe if we clamor loudly enough, that will change. In an interview with IGN, creator Matt Duffer (half of The Duffer Brothers mentioned in every opening credits sequence) gave a hint about what would come on a second season: We wanted to do a couple things with this [first] season. We didn't want to do The Killing thing. We wanted it to resolve that main thing of Will going missing in the first season. So in that sense, it is like an eight-hour movie. Now, we don't answer all the questions by the end of the season - there are definitely some dangling threads. The hope is that it feels satisfying but that we »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Shawn Levy Hoping For “Several More Seasons” Of ‘Stranger Things’ On Netflix

25 July 2016 11:02 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Believe the hype. You’ve likely heard by now one or more of your friends praising Netflix‘s “Stranger Things,” or perhaps come across any number of the strong critical notices, but yes, the show is that good. While the first season only runs eight episodes, it’s the perfect length, with the supernatural series refreshingly not spending countless […]

The post Shawn Levy Hoping For “Several More Seasons” Of ‘Stranger Things’ On Netflix appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Multiple "Stranger Things" Seasons Planned

25 July 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Netflix's "Stranger Things" has been generating much buzz since its release the other week, plenty of reactions seem to suggest it is one of the streaming service's most well-received shows with both critics and audiences.

At the end of its eight episode run, the series leaves things opening for more storylines next season. Netflix has yet to officially order more episodes, but those involved in the show are ready as soon they do.

The Duffer Brothers created, executive produced and directed the majority of the episodes, with Shawn Levy helming some of the others and served as executive producer. Speaking with Slashfilm, Levy revealed that "Stranger Things" events to come have been mapped out and there's plenty of material for more seasons:

"The answer is yes and yes. We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons. And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing »

- Garth Franklin

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‘Stranger Things’: Shawn Levy on Directing Winona Ryder, Netflix’s Viral Model

22 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shawn Levy isn’t the first Hollywood filmmaker you’d expect to be involved in a show like Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

The hit-maker is best known for comedy franchises like “Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “The Pink Panther.” But he also produced the nuanced teen indie “The Spectacular Now” and directed the Steven Spielberg homage “Real Steel” — two projects that aren’t so far removed from the world of Netflix’s breakout ’80s-set and inspired genre series.

In the week since “Stranger Things” debuted on Netflix, it’s become an instant cult sensation with huge social media buzz. Levy has been a believer from the beginning, when series creators Matt and Ross Duffer first pitched the idea to his production company, 21 Laps. He came on board, helped bring the series to Netflix, agreed to direct two episodes, and continues to champion the show as it finds its audience.

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- Geoff Berkshire

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Producers Of Stranger Things Tease Future Seasons

21 July 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Stranger Things unexpectedly blew everyone away when it debuted last week on Netflix. We dug it. Critics dug it. Stephen King dug it. No wonder the horror auteur supreme enjoyed the series; it pays homage to plenty of his works, along with several other iconic genre creators. While its brief eight-episode run wrapped up things (for the most part), there’s always the question of more: will we be getting Stranger Things season 2?

Producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen recently chatted to /Film about the huge success of the nostalgia-rich show and whether or not they foresee another trip or two to Hawkins, Indiana, and their responses ought to please fans:

“The answer is yes and yes. We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons. And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll »

- Gem Seddon

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‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful For Several More Seasons With Same Characters

21 July 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix’s latest original series, “Stranger Things,” has become a total sensation, even having masters of horror Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro praise the show created by Matt and Ross Duffer.

In a new interview with Slash Films, executive producers of the series, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, discussed the success of the eight-episode thriller and what’s in store for the future.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

When asked where they see the show going and if they envision another season with the same characters, the answer was “yes!”

“The answer is yes and yes. We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons,” said Levy. “And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot »

- Liz Calvario

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‘Stranger Things’ Producers Hopeful For Several More Seasons With Same Characters

21 July 2016 2:16 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix’s latest original series, “Stranger Things,” has become a total sensation, even having masters of horror Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro praise the show created by Matt and Ross Duffer.

In a new interview with Slash Films, executive producers of the series, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, discussed the success of the eight-episode thriller and what’s in store for the future.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ Fun Facts: Read Great Trivia About Music, Title Sequence & How Stephen King Shaped Filming

When asked where they see the show going and if they envision another season with the same characters, the answer was “yes!”

“The answer is yes and yes. We definitely are hopeful to go several more seasons,” said Levy. “And the plan is to continue with this set of characters while introducing a few critical key new ones next season. So I’ll just say that a lot »

- Liz Calvario

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Interview: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers on Influences, Marketing, the Possibility of Future Seasons and More

21 July 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you binge watched Stranger Things this past weekend, then you spent your time wisely. The series’ creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, transported Netflix’s subscribers back to the 1980s, where kids and government conspiracies run amok. The siblings wrote and directed most of the eight episodes, which, as executive producers Shawn Levy (Real Steel) and Dan Cohen (The Spectacular Now) told us, they approached as an […]

The post Interview: ‘Stranger Things’ Producers on Influences, Marketing, the Possibility of Future Seasons and More appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Shawn Levy on Netflix's 'Stranger Things,' a 'Real Steel' Sequel and His Secretive Alien Movie 'Arrival'

21 July 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The story behind Shawn Levy's prolific 21 Laps Entertainment begins with a 5-year-old. Years ago, one of the Canadian director-producer's four daughters was in a school jog‑a‑thon, and Levy expected her to run fewer than 10 laps. But she kept going — all the way to 21. "I was on that sideline weeping with pride," says Levy, "but also [because of] something else: surprise that my idea of who my kid was was not the full picture." So when Levy, 47, founded his film and television banner in 2005, he picked the name to challenge

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Netflix's Stranger Things: spotting the movie references

19 July 2016 11:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dan Cooper Jul 20, 2016

What 80s pop culture references and nods did you spot in Netflix's Stranger Things? We start the ball rolling...

Warning: contains spoilers for Stranger Things.

The term ‘love letter’ gets thrown around a lot these days: citing a few signature texts as being influential in the creation of your movie or TV show is now directorial de rigeur. Not only is it a method proven to pull in fans of those classics seeking to slake their ravenous nostalgic urges, it’s also a great way to borrow a dash of glamour, to stand on the shoulders of giants as it were.

That said, Netflix’s new show, Stranger Things is not one of those love letters. This is no scribbled declaration of romance, hastily scrawled on a Post-It note and hurled at the back of your head. This is a Shakespearean sonnet of a love letter – an artfully constructed declaration of adoration, »

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‘Stranger Things’: Stephen King, Guillermo del Toro & More Tastemakers Reveal Obsession With Netflix Show

18 July 2016 6:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro wasted no time giving two thumbs up to Netflix’s newest original series “Stranger Things” on Sunday. The masters of horror both took to Twitter to voice their emphatic approval of the horror-thriller series, as did basically everyone who binge-watched the show and has a Twitter account.

Read More: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

Stranger Things is pure fun. A+. Don’t miss it,” tweeted King. Del Toro wrote that “Stranger Things may be a lot of things: King, Spielberg, 80’s, myself…but what it is, above all, is good!!”

Starring Winona Ryder as the mother of a boy who disappears in Indiana in the 1980s, the eight-hour series pays homage to King, del Toro and Steven Spielberg by combining supernatural elements with creepy, frightening storytelling. “Thanks @netflix … Gonna have to bill you for some new pants, »

- Graham Winfrey

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

15 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”

Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »

- Ben Travers

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Review: ‘Stranger Things’ is Still Waiting for Something New, To Make It Feel Alive

15 July 2016 12:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

During the buildup to “Stranger Things,” the Indiana-set Netflix original series was a bit hard to describe. Sure, it was about a group of kids searching for their missing friend who disappeared under suspicious circumstances, but what kind of show was it? “Was it a horror show? A kids’ show? A drama with kids but made for adults? Sci-fi that looked like a drama? Could my kids watch it? But would I like it? Wait — is that Winona Ryder?”

Well, after watching just a few minutes of The Duffer Brothers’ (as Matt and Ross Duffer dub themselves) eight-episode original series, it’s immediately clear what it is: It’s the PG-rated ’80s movie that would land a PG-13 today — your “Jaws,” “Indiana Jones,” and, yes, “E.T.” and 1977’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”

The latter two examples are what the brothers draw from specifically (those and, oddly enough, “Halloween »

- Ben Travers

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Netflix's Stranger Things spoiler-free review

15 July 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jul 15, 2016

Sci-fi horror Stranger Things provides a welcome dose of comforting nostalgia. Here's a spoiler-free review...

In one scene of Netflix’s 1980s-set sci-fi horror Stranger Things, a kid’s mum lets him stay home from school and as a treat, offers to drive him to the video store so he can pick out anything he wants, no matter how scary.

If your heart gave an involuntary lurch reading that, a yearning, nostalgic twinge for the comforts of VHS cassettes, nice mums and days off school, I suspect you’re going to love this series.

Stranger Things is essentially Netflix driving us all to the video store for armfuls of our favourite 80s films: Poltergeist. E.T. The Goonies. The Thing… If you worship at those same movie altars, you’re in for a treat.

The nostalgia is so enjoyable in fact, you may as well go the whole »

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