The latest promo for Stranger Things season 2 evokes Friday the 13th and promises a new trailer dropping tomorrow. Two weeks from now, the new season of Stranger Things will finally drop on Netflix. With it will come new threats to Hawkins, Indiana and the world in the form of the mysterious shadow monster. But the upcoming batch of episodes will also confront new characters, Will’s time in the Upside Down, and Eleven’s brutal upbringing.
Like season 1, Stranger Things 2 as the creators have dubbed it, will evoke the aesthetic of the ’80s and the feeling of Halloween. That latter effect will not only be channelled by the season’s release date, but the events within the show. Last week, the first clip arrived for season 2 and offered us a glimpse of the boys having fun on the holiday before things inevitably turn dark. Now, fans will get the chance to see one final trailer for the show before it returns.
Netflix has released a new promo for Stranger Things season 2 that pays homage to the trailer for Friday the 13th. Aside from continuing the show’s references to past horror films, the teaser also announces that a new trailer for Stranger Things will arrive tomorrow, Friday the 13th.
— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) October 12, 2017
While several Friday the 13th’s arrive each year, it’s certainly fitting that one lands just a few weeks before Halloween and the new season of Stranger Things. It also provides the perfect way to tease 13 new moments from the show and throw back to an inspiration for the series. For the past few months, Netflix has been releasing posters that pay tribute to classic ’80s horror, sci-fi, and fantasy films like Jaws and Evil Dead. So this new promotion sits comfortably in the show’s wheelhouse.
As for what to expect in the trailer, it’s likely we’ll meet some of the new characters. Photos from the season introduced a couple of them, and new character Max appears in the clip released last week. What these new residents of Hawkins are all about, however, remains to be seen. In all likelihood, at least one of them will be more than they seem.
There’s also the return of Eleven and Will’s new life after the events of season 1. Both of those mysteries will continue to have ramifications in the season to come, and there’s a good chance Eleven’s past and the Upside Down aren’t gone for good on the show. Luckily, we don’t have to wait much longer to see how things unfold.
Stranger Things season 2 premieres October 27 on Netflix.
Harvey Weinstein ‘doesn’t recall pressuring Salma Hayek’ for an intimate scene in Frida, says statement
On Wednesday (13 December) Hollywood actress Salma Hayek wrote an op-ed on The New York Times detailing her harrowing experiences with the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
She had alleged that her continuous rebuffing of Weinstein’s sexual advances had brought upon the wrath of the latter on to her, especially during the shoot of the 2002 film Frida. She said Weinstein forced her to do an intimate scene, which was not required at all, with co-actress Ashley Judd. Along with that, she was also subjected to physical assaults, death threats by him.
In a recent statement, Weinstein denied Hayek’s accusations saying all of them were not accurate. He especially refutes Hayek’s claims of having been pressurised by him into doing intimate scenes with Judd in Frida.
Vanity Fair carries a report which contains the whole statement issued by Weinstein’s spokesperson:
Mr Weinstein regards Salma Hayek as a first-class actress and cast her in several of his movies, among them Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Dogma, and Studio 54. He was very proud of her best-actress Academy Award nomination for Frida and continues to support her work.
While Jennifer Lopez was interested in playing Frida and at the time was a bigger star, Mr Weinstein overruled other investors to back Salma as the lead. Miramax put up half of the money and all of the P&A; the budget was over $12 million. As in most collaborative projects, there was creative friction on Frida, but it served to drive the project to perfection. The movie opened in multiple theaters and was supported by a huge advertising campaign and an enormous Academy Awards budget.
Mr Weinstein does not recall pressuring Salma to do a gratuitous sex scene with a female co-star and he was not there for the filming. However, that was part of the story, as Frida Kahlo was bisexual and the more significant sex scene in the movie was choreographed by Ms Hayek with Geoffrey Rush. The original unibrow used was an issue because it diverted attention from the performances. All of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma are not accurate and others who witnessed the events have a different account of what transpired.
Ed Norton, who was Ms Hayek’s boyfriend at the time, [worked with Mr Weinstein on the rewrite of the script in Mexico] did a brilliant job of rewriting the script and Mr Weinstein battled the WGA to get him a credit on the film. His effort was unsuccessful to everyone’s disappointment.
By Mr Weinstein’s own admission, his boorish behavior following a screening of Frida was prompted by his disappointment in the cut of the movie—and a reason he took a firm hand in the final edit, alongside the very skilled director Julie Taymor.
Hayek hasn’t yet responded to Weinstein’s denial of the accounts mentioned by her on The New York Times‘ op-ed.
Fukrey Returns box office: Richa Chadha, Ali Fazal starrer steadily inches towards 50 cr
The ground-breaking success Fukrey Returns proves that 2017 was a year of comedy sequels.
Starring Richa Chadha, Pulkit Samrat, Ali Fazal, Varun Sharma and Manjot Singh in leading roles, the cult comedy is steadily inching closer to the 50 crore mark. Its current box office collections stand at a neat Rs 46.65 crore.
#FukreyReturns is all set for a GLORIOUS Week 1… Biz is SUPER-STRONG on weekdays… Fri 8.10 cr, Sat 11.30 cr, Sun 12.80 cr, Mon 5.10 cr, Tue 5.05 cr, Wed 4.30 cr. Total: ₹ 46.65 cr. India biz.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 14, 2017
Backed by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment, the film had crossed the 40 crore mark in just five days — unusual for a film with a cult following. It also saw consistent growth in the opening weekend.
#FukreyReturns is simply UNSTOPPABLE… EXCELLENT hold on Tue [almost at par with Mon biz]… Fri 8.10 cr, Sat 11.30 cr, Sun 12.80 cr, Mon 5.10 cr, Tue 5.05 cr. Total: ₹ 42.35 cr. India biz. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 13, 2017
Internationally, too, the film has been doing great and has minted over Rs 5 crore, its key markets being the USA and the UAE.
#FukreyReturns – OVERSEAS – Total till 12 Dec 2017: $ 926,000 [₹ 5.97 cr]…
USA-Canada: $ 218,000
UAE-GCC: $ 338,000
ANZ: $ 78,000
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) December 13, 2017
All the cast members reprise their roles in the second installment of the Fukrey Franchise, which revolves around two boys — Hunny and Chucha and their amusing encounters.
Rajinikanth sets aside six days to meet fans; thousands of people expected to attend
If you’re a superstar Rajinikanth fan, here’s your chance to get a photo clicked with your matinee idol. For the second time this year, the 67-year-old actor is all set to meet his fans later this month and it is expected that thousands of people are likely to grace the occasion.
In a statement released by All India Rajinikanth Fans Association on Thursday, it has been confirmed that Rajinikanth will meet his fans from December 26-31 at his Raghavendra hall. The statement added that over 1000 people per day are expected to attend the event and therefore police protection has been sought.
“He couldn’t meet most of his fans earlier this year in May. This time he hopes to meet as many as possible during the six days. A photo session from 8 am to 3 pm on all days has been planned just as last time. He will also address the gathering as and when possible,” a source close to Rajinikanth told Firstpost.
In May, addressing a large gathering of his fans, Rajinikanth clarified that he hasn’t completely ruled out a career in politics and that he will take the path if god willing. “At every phase, God decides what we have to do in life. As an actor I have a responsibility and I’m fulfilling it now. If god willing, I will enter politics. If I enter, I’ll be honest and won’t entertain those who see this as easy means to make money.”
Talking about his brief stint in politics when he supported DMK in 1996 Tamil Nadu assembly elections, he said it was a political accident. “Supporting a political alliance 21 years ago was a mistake on my part. My name was misused by a lot of politicians and some of them even earned money using my name. My support is for no party,” he added.
Rajinikanth also warned his fans to stay away from drinking and smoking. He said that not only does these habits affect someone’s health but also their decision making ability. “I always used to wonder how people can lose their whole wealth just by drinking. It took me a while to realise that drinking leads to bad decision making and some bad decisions and end someone’s life. I have been personally affected by drinking and smoking, please don’t fall prey to it.”
On the career front, Rajinikanth awaits the release of 2.0 and Kaala. Both these films – which are riding on high stakes – are expected to hit the screens in 2018. Shankar-directed magnum opus 2.0, with a budget of Rs. 450 cr, is set for release on April 27, 2018.
Pa. Ranjith’s Kaala, in which Rajinikanth plays a slum lord-turned-gangster, is most likely to release during summer of 2018. It is strongly believed that he will take his political plunge in 2019.
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