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Stranger Things 2: Your Complete, A-to-Z Reference Guide

About halfway through the second season of Netflix’s smash hit science-fiction/horror/adventure show Stranger Things, one of the new characters – a tomboyish redheaded teen named Max – finally learns the big secret that her friends have been keeping from her. Her school chum Lucas explains how their mutual pal Will Byers spent part of the previous year ensnared by an extra-dimensional monster in a realm called “the Upside Down.” After she patiently listens to the whole tangled yarn, Max shrugs that, while it’s a good story, “It just felt it was a little derivative in parts.”

That line is Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer’s clever little wink at anyone else who’s ever noted that their work is … well, let’s just say it’s a bit heavy with the homages.

Set in the 1980s, this show has, from the first episode onward, borrowed liberally from the pop culture of its chosen era – from Stephen King to Steven Spielberg. Season Two – or Stranger Things 2, as the brothers have dubbed it – repeats and deepens those connections to the Duffer twins’ formative influences, while adding some new nods that’ll delight anyone who pines for the days of synth-driven John Carpenter soundtracks and Flock of Seagulls hairstyles.

For those of you who didn’t just spent the weekend binging Stranger Things 2, be warned: There are spoilers ahead. But for those who did, here’s a guide to some of the cultural signifiers, coded references and blatant steals in the this year’s nine episodes.

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Watch The New Trailer For Netflix’s Bright

Netflix released the second official trailer for Bright, their upcoming fantasy action film directed by David Ayer, written by Max Landis, and starring Will Smith. The trailer follows Scott Ward (Will) and his partner, Orc cop Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), as they try to keep a magic wand from destroying the planet. Bright is set to premiere on Netflix December 22nd, 2017.

Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves, and fairies have been co-existing since the beginning of time. Bright is genre-bending action movie that follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward (Will Smith) and Jakoby (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine patrol night and encounter a darkness that will ultimately alter the future and their world as they know it.

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Netflix Announces New Stranger Things Aftershow Beyond Stranger Things

Stranger Things,”which returns to Netflix with its second season on Friday, October 27, is also getting a post-episode discussion show called Beyond Stranger Things.

The post-show series, similar to Talking Dead on AMC, will be hosted by Stranger Things superfan Jim Rash (DuckTales, Community). The series will explore inspirations for Stranger Things, share behind-the-scenes tales, and deep dive into analysis on the second season.

All seven episodes of Beyond Stranger Things arrive on Netflix on October 27, the same day the new season debuts. However, viewers are advised to watch all of Stranger Things 2 before starting Beyond Stranger Things since there will definitely be spoilers. Beyond Stranger Things will automatically play after viewing the final episode of Stranger Things 2.

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Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond Trailer

In 1999 Milos Forman cast Jim Carrey to play cult comedian Andy Kaufman in his biopic Man on the Moon. What followed was an intensely bizarre and emotional film production. Surrounded by Kaufman’s friends and family on set, Carrey thoroughly “became” Andy and, alternately, Tony Clifton, Kaufman’s obnoxious lounge singer alter ego. Much like Kaufman’s comedy, Carrey’s acting took on a performance art quality during the film. He never broke character on set, the cast and the crew referred to him as either ‘Andy’ or ‘Tony’ depending on who he was embodying (he had created complete and separate identities for each).

Jim Carrey earned critical acclaim and a Golden Globe for the performance, but many of the production’s most Kaufmanesque moments played out behind the scenes, thankfully captured on video by Andy’s former girlfriend, Lynne Margulies and former writing partner, Bob Zmuda. In Jim & Andy, Carrey looks back at the resulting footage 18 years later, reflecting on how he and Andy came up in oddly parallel universes, his experience channelling Andy and Tony and more broadly the spiritual journey of his career.

“For almost two decades this brilliant performance from Jim Carrey has resonated with audiences and fans of Kaufman’s, but the story behind the film – a true piece of entertainment history has remained largely unknown,” said Lisa Nishimura, VP of Original Documentaries for Netflix. “Chris Smith and Spike Jonze have masterfully unearthed and explored Jim’s complex and artful creative process, hurling audiences right into the mind of a genius.”

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton premieres November 17th, on Netflix.

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Watch The Punisher Trailer

Netflix has revealed a brand-new trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher which will premiere on Friday, November 17.

After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The series is executive produced by showrunner Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal), Jim Chory (Marvel’s The Defenders) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s The Defenders), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. Marvel’s The Punisher is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, Indian Summers), Michael Nathanson (The Knick, The Wolf of Wall Street), Jaime Ray Newman (Bates Motel), Jason R Moore (A Lonely Place for Dying), Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze (Nurse Jackie).

Marvel’s The Punisher is part of an overall deal between Marvel Television and Netflix, which has already released the critically-acclaimed seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage, and Marvel’s Iron Fist. All the heroes have also united in the mini-series event Marvel’s The Defenders.

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Stranger Things Season 1 Exclusive Blu-ray/DVD Set Available At Target On October 17

Remember VHS? Target does—and they’re going back to the 80’s to help you relive the drama and suspense of the first season of Stranger Things. The VHS style packaging is cool and retro, but no need to dust off the VCR—there’s a Blu Ray/DVD set inside. Available starting October 17.

Stranger Things season 2 is coming to Netflix October 27.

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Stranger Things: Eggo Card Game

Play as your favorite characters from the hit Netflix Series Stranger Things with the Stranger Things: Eggo Card Game!

To begin, two to five players choose to play as Will, Mike, Lucas, Dustin, Eleven, Hopper, or Barb and draw four Eggo cards with a variety of suspenseful outcomes. Cards can either send a player’s character to the Upside Down, make an opponent draw 2, reverse the order of play, summon the Demogorgon, or cause a rift that sends everyone who was right side up to the Upside Down, and vice versa! To win and escape the Upside Down, get rid of all your Eggs cards before the Demogorgon attacks or be toast! Game includes 106 EGGO-shaped game cards and 7 character cards.

The Stranger Things Eggo Card Game will be released by Hasbro this fall for $15.

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Watch The Stranger Things 2 Final Trailer

On this Friday the 13th, Netflix has debuted the new Stranger Things 2 trailer. The second season will hit the streaming service on October 27, 2017, just in time for Halloween.

Stranger Things 2 is set a year after Will’s return, and everything seems back to normal… but a darkness lurks just beneath the surface, threatening all of Hawkins. It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the demagorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

Stranger Things Season 2 will star Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine. New cast additions include Sadie Sink (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Dacre Montgomery (Power Rangers), Brett Gelman (Blunt Talk, The Other Guys), newcomer Linnea Berthelsen, and ’80s icons Sean Astin (The Goonies) and Paul Reiser (Aliens).

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Watch The Trailer For Patton Oswalt: Annihilation 

By turns scathing and candid, Patton Oswalt reflects on the glut of comic material in the Trump era and the dark days following a personal tragedy.

Social media. Politics. Robocalls. He’s got it all covered. Patton Oswalt: Annihilation premieres October 17 on Netflix.

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Stranger Things 2 Returns To The Upside Down With New Monsters & More Spielberg

Stranger Things’ telekinetic teen Eleven (breakout star Millie Bobby Brown) may be able to lift government kidnapper vans but series creators Ross and Matt Duffer can rattle off the biggest movies of the summer of 1984 without blinking. Their passion for pop culture fueled the creation of Netflix’s Things, a tribute to the movies they loved as kids in North Carolina (think E.T., The Goonies, Stand by Me). “Obviously they’re nerdy, but that’s what makes them so cool,” says Brown. “It makes [Stranger Things] so authentic because it comes from their hearts.” The Duffers’ canny but old-fashioned combination of emotion and thrills drove the series — about four small-town Indiana friends who find themselves dealing with a portal to a different dimension — to monster-level success after its 2016 premiere. “I don’t think Netflix thought it was going to be as huge as it became, but neither did we,” admits Matt.

On Oct. 27, fans will finally get to see Things’ bigger, badder second installment. To celebrate the return, Entertainment Weekly has three different covers featuring the cast and you can read more about Stranger Things season 2 HERE.

The new issue of Entertainment Weekly will be on stands Friday.

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