Netflix's mysterious show about monsters invading Hawkins, Indiana, and the kids who fight them will return with season 3 in July, but until then fans can read all about Chief Jim Hopper's backstory in a new Stranger Things tie-in novel.Netflix announced on Friday that the prequel novel Stranger Things: Darkness on the Edge of Town will offer more details about the character played on the series by David Harbour."When Eleven gets curious about unanswered questions, Hopper is forced to reckon with some long-buried secrets," Netflix tweeted.Darkness of the Edge of Town will "follow Hopper during his time "as a homicide detective in New York City, 1977," according to the book's author Adam Christopher.The novel will hit bookstores on June 4, which is plenty of time to read it before Stranger Things season 3 debuts on July 4. Now playing: Watch this: David Harbour shows he's not afraid to have a good laugh 3:42 It's worth noting that this isn't the first Stranger Things … [Read more...] about New Stranger Things novel to reveal Chief Hopper’s origins
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When Stranger Things debuted in 2016, it became an unexpected, massive hit that captivated legions of fans around the world. Now, with season 2 set to begin streaming on October 26th, it will be the end of a year of waiting to see what happens next. Netflix will make all nine season 2 episodes available at once, which means ambitious or addicted subscribers can take a day off work and get caught up with the entire story in a single day. But should they? Andrew: When Stranger Things first hit, it seemed like it percolated for a couple of weeks before it really exploded in popularity. I picked up the show as this was happening, but ended up taking my time watching it. I purposefully only watched one episode a night, and by the end of the season, I feel like I got more out of it that way, rather than watching the entire thing in a sitting. The first season only has eight episodes, so this wasn’t a long thing, but spacing out my viewing definitely let me process what was happening a … [Read more...] about Stranger Things season 2: to binge or not to binge?
If '80s creep-out classics give you the heebie-jeebies (in a good way), Netflix's first trailer for its original series "Stranger Things" is right up your alley. The show is a throwback to 1980s supernatural thrillers. Set for release next month, the eight-episode series is about the vanishing of a young boy from a small town. The friends, family and local police who search for him become tangled in a web that includes classified government experiments, otherwordly forces and "one very strange little girl.""Stranger Things" stars Winona Ryder and "Suicide Squad" actor David Harbour. … [Read more...] about Netflix ‘Stranger Things’ trailer time warps to Stephen King’s heyday
Hawkins, Ind., the hometown of "Stranger Things," is full of speculation and unknowns. But it's good to know that at least one rumor isn't true.On Tuesday, Moviefone.com reported that Matt and Ross Duffer, the creators of the Netflix hit, would likely stop being as actively involved with the show after its next season. The report said the Duffers would likely turn to other film projects, though they'd still contribute in smaller ways to the show.Other media outlets were quick to debunk the report. Later on, Netflix officially weighed in to say the Duffers would be keeping it Strange.Some fans hadn't even heard the rumor, but seemed relieved to know the founding fathers weren't bailing on the show.And many found a silver lining in the Netflix tweet, assuming that Netflix was all-but confirming a fourth season of the show.With that settled, fans can add the info to what little we know about the upcoming third season of the 1980s-set horror-mystery series. The third season will consist of … [Read more...] about Netflix: ‘Stranger Things’ creators aren’t leaving the show
Aided by hits like Stranger Things, The Crown, and Bright, Netflix had a big fourth quarter, adding approximately 8.33 million new customers for a total of more than 117.5 million worldwide. That's up from 93.8 million a year ago, and "exceeded our 6.3 [million] forecast due primarily to stronger than expected acquisition fueled by our original content slate and the ongoing global adoption of internet entertainment," Netflix said in a letter to shareholders. In the US, total streaming membership was at 54.75 million by year's end, up from 49.43 million during the same period in 2016. Overall, Netflix added 24 million new memberships in 2017 globally, compared to 19 million in 2016. Original content was the big draw for Netflix, and the company plans to spend up to $8 billion on it in 2018. That includes a sequel to the Will Smith sci-fi police movie, Bright, Netflix's "largest investment in original films to date"—a reported $90 million. The film, which arrived on Netflix last … [Read more...] about Netflix Has Huge Quarter Thanks to Bright, Stranger Things