5 Things We Know About Black Mirror Season 5

A scene from Black Mirror season 5
A scene from Black Mirror season 5
Pedro Saad, Netflix

Black Mirror, Netflix’s critically-acclaimed, frequently terrifying, and strangely addictive anthology series about the ways that technology can improve (and sometimes ruin) our lives is officially coming back for a fifth season. The streaming giant surprised fans by dropping a trailer for the new season on Wednesday, May 15th—and its premiere date it much sooner than you'd probably imagine. Here's everything we know about the upcoming season.

1. It will premiere on June 5, 2019.

The most recent Black Mirror episode, "Bandersnatch," was a choose-your-own-adventure experiment that premiered in December 2018. Fans have been itching for more episodes ever since, but didn’t expect the new season to premiere so soon, especially since the gaps in previous seasons have ranged from one to three years. The fifth season will debut on Netflix on June 5.

2. There are only three episodes.

Although every season of Black Mirror has been on the shorter side (seasons 4 and 5 were the longest, with six episodes each), season 5 will feature a total of three episodes, similar to the first season. While fans no doubt have high hopes that the new episodes will be on the longer side, runtimes have not been confirmed.

3. We'll be seeing a handful of famous faces.

A scene from 'Black Mirror' season 5
Netflix

Black Mirror has cast a lot of famous faces over the years, including Jon Hamm, Daniel Kaluuya, and Bryce Dallas Howard. Season 5 will be no different: Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie, Topher Grace, and Andrew Scott are just a few of the actors who will make appearances.

4. Minor details from each episode have been revealed.

According to IMDb, the first two episode titles have been revealed, as have photos for all three episodes. The first episode, titled “Striking Vipers,” will include a storyline featuring Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Episode 2, “Smithereens,” stars actor Andrew Scott (best known as Sherlock's Moriarty). The third episode will feature Miley Cyrus and Frances Sholto-Douglas.

5. Technology will, of course, play a major role.

Black Mirror is famous for tackling the dangers technology can pose to society, often in an exaggerated way. So it's no surprise that season 5 will continue the "tech is scary" theme. Based on the trailer alone, it looks like cell phones, VR, and robots will all play a pivotal role.

Friends Cast Confirms Reunion Special is Coming to HBO Max

David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
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Could we be any more excited? After months of reports that the cast of Friends might be coming together for a reunion of sorts, it looks like it's officially a done deal.

According to Variety, all of the six original actors—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—have signed on for an unscripted special from HBO Max. While previous reports claimed each star would likely earn between $3 and $4 million for their appearances, it's now believed their paychecks will be "at least" $2.5 million apiece.

And to make everything even more real, the beloved actors behind the iconic series are personally confirming the news. All six stars took to Instagram quickly after the news dropped to share their excitement. "It's happening," they captioned the posts.

In a statement, HBO Max's chief content officer Kevin Reilly had this to say of the news:

"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together—we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library. I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends—and audiences—gathered together in real time, and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."

The Friends reunion does not have a release date yet, but HBO Max is debuting this May.

Party Like a Hobbit at Chicago’s Lord of the Rings Pop-Up Bar

Gollum and a Ringwraith loom near Bilbo's hobbit hole at Replay Lincoln Park's Lord of the Rings pop-up bar.
Gollum and a Ringwraith loom near Bilbo's hobbit hole at Replay Lincoln Park's Lord of the Rings pop-up bar.
Replay Lincoln Park

One does not simply walk into Mordor, but one does simply walk into The Lord of the Rings pop-up bar in Chicago—as long as you’re at least 21 years old, of course.

Replay Lincoln Park, known for elaborate themed pop-ups for Game of Thrones, South Park, and other entertainment franchises, has transformed its premises into a magical reproduction of Middle-earth aptly called “The One Pop-Up to Rule Them All,” open now through March 23.

Inside, you’ll be able to crouch under an outcropping of tangled tree roots while one of the dreaded Nazgûl lurks above you, high-five a grimacing Gollum, and snap photos with all your favorite Lord of the Rings characters.

nazgul at the lord of the rings pop-up bar at chicago's replay lincoln park
The Nazgûl like to party, too.
Replay Lincoln Park

You might want to skip elevenses to make sure you have plenty of room for a Hobbit-approved feast during your visit. The menu, catered by Zizi’s Cafe, features items like Fried Po-tay-toes, Lord of the Wings, Beef Lembas, and Pippen’s Popcorn.

ent replica at chicago's replay lincoln park pop-up bar
Say hello to a friendly Ent while you munch on "Pippen's Popcorn."
Replay Lincoln Park

According to Thrillist, there will be three different counters in the bar, each with its own specialty drinks. Head to The Prancing Pony for a second breakfast shot (maple whiskey, bacon, and orange juice), or take a trip to Minas Tirith to toss back a palantir shot, made of silver tequila and passion fruit purée. If you’re in the mood for a little dark magic, you can trek over to Mordor and try a “my precious” shot, a fusion of dark rum, orange liquor, and Cajun seasoning.

lord of the rings pop-up bar at chicago's replay lincoln park
The Eye of Sauron is watching you order another round of Mordor shots.
Replay Lincoln Park

For those of you who are happy to accompany your Tolkien-obsessed friends to the pop-up but aren’t exactly tickled at the sight of a moss-covered Ent replica yourselves, take heart in this added bonus: Replay Lincoln Park also boasts more than 60 free arcade games and pinball machines.

[h/t Thrillist]

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