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Stranger Things Season 4: Everything We Know So Far
Season 3 has just released, and if you're anything like the almost 20 million other users, you have probably already binged the entire series and are looking towards season 4. SEASON 4 DOESN’T HAVE AN OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE ... YET Netflix has yet to "officially" renew Stranger Things for another season, but after after a record breaking debut, and cliffhanger ending, the chances seem pretty good. Both the producer and creators the Duffer Brothers have talked about the show getting a 4th season, so let's hope they make that a reality. SEASON 4 WILL LIKELY BE THE LAST In an interview in 2017 the Duffer brothers mentioned the likelihood of the show ending after the 4th season, with the "possibility" of a 5th, but to not get our hopes up. (I'm not crying you're crying) HOPPER IS ALIVE ("THE AMERICAN"), AT LEAST ACCORDING TO DAVID HARBOUR Let's be real, we all cried at the end of season 3 when we all thought for sure Hopper was dead, we then had to sit through a heartbreaking ending scene. Until we were given a post-credits scene where "The American" was locked in a Russian Prison. The assumption of course is that he is indeed Hopper. David Harbour was asked in an interview if Hopper was behind that door, and he replied that it was "The most likely scenario". In season 3 the main Russian bad guy; basically the Russian Terminator referred to Hopper as "The American" which is a dead giveaway for who the American is going to be. If that is the case then Hopper will definitely be back in Season 4. THE BYERS AND ELEVEN HAVE MOVED OUT OF HAWKINS Following Hopper's "death" Joyce adopts Eleven. With Hop's dissapearance, and the danger they can't seem to escape, they decide to leave Hawkins. Which meant some very teary goodbye scenes. It will also change the centre of the Stranger Things universe, with the Byers an Eleven both out of Hawkins, Indiana, the show will definitely have some new locations to explore. THE RUSSIANS HAVE A DEMOGORGON The post-credits scene also revealed the Russians have a pet Demogorgon. One they feed with prisoners. We have no idea where/how they got it. Is it the demogorgon from season 1? Did it come through the gate during one of the Russian experiments? Who knows, but what does seem obvious is that the Russians intend to study and perhaps weaponize them? Whatever the reason, the Russian demogorgon means the series has gone global for season 4. source
Natalie Portman's Dir. Debut: A Tale of Love and Darkness
Natalie Portman's directorial debut looks extremely promising. Not only did she direct the film, she also wrote and starred in it. She adapted the autobiographical novel (with the same title) by Amos Oz into a screenplay and after checking out the trailer, it looks like it'll be a very powerful film. Honestly, this trailer was released a couple of months ago and I've been extremely interested in it since then but the trailer with English subtitles recently got released and I could finally get a grasp of what's going on in the film. But even without the subtitles it's pretty easy to tell that the movie is very intense. Being that it takes place in a war-torn Jerusalem, it's understandable that some of the content of the film might be hard to watch. But the trailer is effective in many ways because it still doesn't give too much away. I would assume if you read the book, you'll know what's going on within each scene but since I haven't I can't say too much about that. The (beautifully) written official synopsis is: A family saga and a magical self-portrait of a writer who witnessed the birth of a nation and lived through its turbulent history. A Tale of Love and Darkness is the story of a boy who grows up in war-torn Jerusalem, in a small apartment crowded with books in twelve languages and relatives speaking nearly as many. The story of an adolescent whose life has been changed forever by his mother’s suicide. The story of a man who leaves the constraints of his family and community to join a kibbutz, change his name, marry, have children. The story of a writer who becomes an active participant in the political life of his nation. One thing I can speak on, though, is how beautifully shot the film is. One example is the shot above of Portman's character walking across the frame at the end of the trailer. We get a lot shown to us in a simple scene and it has the potential to tell us a lot about the character. We get a clash of colors with the gray of the sky and the full-green of the field she's walking through. Portman's costume design matches the dreary and dour sky instead of the ground she's walking on and this could tell us a little about her character. Just through color we can assume that Portman's slow walk through the field isn't one where she is thinking about how beautiful her life is. She becomes aligned with that same dreariness, that same amount of dread that engulfs the sky. If Portman littered the film with beautiful, poignant moments like the one above, I'm sure I'll fall in love with the movie. A Tale of Love and Darkness doesn't have an American release date yet but here's to hoping it hits our shores sooner instead of later.
Filipino artist Eisen Bernardo combines magazine covers with classic art
Eisen Bernardo unites classical and modern in his latest project "Mag + Art", combining contemporary magazine covers with classic portraits by artists like Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, and John Singer Sargent. (It's sort of strange how well some of these blend in with one another!) I'm not quite sure of the statement the artist is trying to make. Are we likening Hollywood celebrities to the muses of some of the most esteemed fine artists? Or was this just to point out coincidences? Either way, these images are extremely amusing to look at! --------------------------------------------------------------- Photo 1: Natalie Portman, W Magazine May 2005 + "Portrait of Frances Sherborne Ridley Watts" by John Singer Sargent Photo 2: Prince, Billboard Magazine January 2013 + "Portrait of Theodore Roosevelt by John Singer Sargent" Photo 3: Kirsten Dunst, Esquire Russia February 2012 + "Good Companions" by Vittorio Reggianini Photo 4: Robert Pattinson, Vanity Fair Italy March 2010 + "The Skater (portrait of William Grant)" by Gilbert Stuart Photo 5: Gwen Stefani, InStyle Magazine April 2010 + "The Letter" by Auguste Toulmouche Photo 6: Katherine Heigl, Harper's Bazaar Ukraine August 2010 + "Rita Granadina" by George Owen Wynne Apperley Photo 7: Prince William, Vanity Fair Spain April 2011 + "Portrait of Monsieur M," William-Adolphe Bouguereau Photo 8: Gwen Stefani, InStyle Magazine November 2011 + "Dolce Far Niente" by John William Godward Photo 9: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Esquire Malaysia + "Frieda y Diego Rivera" by Frida Kahlo Photo 10: Charlize Theron, W Magazine February 2012 + "Poker Night (from A Streetcar Named Desire)" by Thomas Hart Benton
The best TV shows to watch on Netflix PART 2
1. American Vandal https://youtu.be/m3tkFOtM6go Tragically cancelled after 2 seasons, Netflix’s mockumentary will live on as one of the hottest takes on our continuing true crime craze. The show appears unwatchably silly on paper: a young filmmaker from a US high school’s AV Club attempting to find out who spray painted 27 dicks on cars in the faculty parking lot. Class clown and serial dick-drawer Dylan Maxwell professes his innocence, but literally everyone thinks it was him. There’s even an eye-witness who claims to have seen the whole thing unfold. What happens? Guess you have to watch and find out. 2. Sherlock https://youtu.be/VaT7IYQgyqo Martin Freeman (that guy from (the original) The Office) and Benedict Cumberbatch take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic stories. The writers realized Holmes’s appeal isn’t the detective work, but the characters (although there is amazing detective work throughout the series). Sherlock starts off confident and, by the third series, erupts into a full-blown celebrity. A personal favorite of mine. 3. Narcos https://youtu.be/to9VYUGu1Ys This is a spectacular Netflix series, truly one of my all time faves. The story, based on real events, follows the never-ending game of cat and mouse between drug king Pablo Escabar, the Columbian authorities and the American DEA. Season three reset, turning its attention to the new drug lords on the block the Cali Cartel. From there for the "4th season" the series continues on to Mexico in a somewhat separate storyline but still featuring some fan favorite actors from the previous seasons. 4. BoJack Horseman https://youtu.be/i1eJMig5Ik4 Animated comedy, anthropomorphic horses and constant existential crisis - I don't know who greenlit this series, but thank you.
Thor: The Dark World - Official Trailer
Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel's "Thor" and "Marvel's The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all. Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, "Thor: The Dark World" is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel's classic Super Hero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book "Journey into Mystery" #83 in August, 1962. "Thor: The Dark World" is presented by Marvel Studios. The executive producers are Louis D'Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Victoria Alonso, Craig Kyle and Nigel Gostelow. The film releases November 8, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
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