‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Is Inspired By a 1985 Chevy Chase Movie

Stranger Things is, in a lot of ways, more tapestry than TV show. Netflix’s breakout hit in the Kids Ridin’ Bikes horror subgenre from the Duffer Brothers mixes and matches the tones, touches, and a direct plot point or two from the horror staples of the 1980’s. So far, those inspirations have been On Brand; a smidge of John Carpenter, a dollop of American Werewolf in London and Thriller style John Landis, and a whole heaping of the two untouchable Steves, King and Spielberg. But according to actor/penguin whisperer David Harbour, who plays Jim Hopper in the …

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This Week in Animation: ‘Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure’ Marathon Continues on Twitch

In This Week in Animation News, I’ll take a look at the previous week in the world of animation in order to get you caught up on everything you might have missed. It’s your one-stop shop for news regarding cartoons, anime, and animated web series. We’re talking movies, TV shows, digital shorts, and everything in between! For the latest animation stories we’ve already covered on the site this week, take a look at the following links. Then, check out a selection of new stories below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the …

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Rupert Friend on ‘Strange Angel’, Playing Van Gogh’s Brother, and Acting While Holding a Goat

From creator  Mark Heyman and based on the book of the same name,  the drama series Strange Angel is inspired by the real life story of Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor), an ambitious blue-collar worker in 1930s Los Angeles who helps to pioneer the unknown discipline of rocket science, as he dreams of building rockets that will take mankind to the moon. After meeting his eccentric neighbor, Ernest Donovan (Rupert Friend), he finds himself pulled into a new occult religion, created by Aleister Crowley, that performs sex magick rituals meant to turn fantastical dreams into reality. Collider recently got the …

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Friday Box Office: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Looking at a Crazy Rich Opening Weekend

Jon M. Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians overtook The Meg on Friday, taking in $7.26 million on the road to an estimated $21 million debut. All hail the return of the rom-com, a huge step forward for true representation in Hollywood, and a victory over a giant dinosaur shark that is trying to eat Jason Statham’s head. That’s a triple win, baby. Of course, this is just a double victory at the box office for Warner Bros., who distributed both The Meg and Crazy Rich Asians. Jon Turteltaub’s tale of Megalodon madness still had a …

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‘The Break With Michelle Wolf’ and ‘The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale’ Both Canceled at Netflix

Netflix, ever the confusing fickle beast, has cleared out a large space in its unscripted talk-show slate, canceling both The Break With Michelle Wolf and The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale in one fell swoop. Both series were relatively young, with The Break just wrapping up its first ten-episode run and the Joel McHale Show putting out 19 episodes, 13 weekly and six more all at once in a classic Netflix dump. The Joel McHale Show—an entertainment review show that borrowed more than a little from McHale’s breakout hosting role, The Soup—is probably the …

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Renée Zellweger to Lead “Social Thriller” Netflix Series ‘What/If’

Oscar-winning actress Renée Zellweger is heading to Netflix. The streaming service announced today that Zellweger will lead a new “social thriller” series called What/If from Revenge creator Mike Kelley. The series will explore the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things, with each season tackling a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life. It’s unclear if this is an anthology series or an ongoing one given that each season has a new theme, …

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