New Stranger Things Clip Might Confirm Major Season 3 Fan Theory

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Netflix

With two weeks left until Stranger Things returns for its third season, some fans are busy purchasing their New Coke and Upside Down Whoppers in preparation for an epic binge. Others, meanwhile, are desperately searching the internet for any hints at what’s to come. Thanks to fans on Reddit, it appears that one sought-out clue online might mean something big for the third season’s plot, and perhaps even confirm a popular fan theory.

As reported by CBR, Reddit user Tetrini posted a clip from an interview Dacre Montgomery (the actor who plays Billy Hargrove) did with the Australian talk show Sunrise this week, which included a never-before-seen clip from the upcoming season. The video shows Billy driving around in his Camaro before crashing in front of Brimborn Steel Works.

It may seem unfamiliar, but we've seen this name before. It’s included in the latest season 3 poster, which fans have been speculating hints at the theory that Billy will become the next villain. If you’re not familiar with this idea, some people believe that because the character has some type of alarming growth on his arm in the trailer, he could be transforming into a new monster. So, long story short, this never-before-mentioned Brimborn Steel Works could lead to Billy’s transformation somehow. And there’s other possible evidence to note.

People are even more suspicious about this new clip of Billy, as now it’s been uploaded on the Sunrise YouTube account without the key part of him crashing. Why would they take it out if it wasn’t extremely important?

CBR also cites the season 3 episode titles as further evidence that something's not right with Billy. With names like “The Case of the Missing Lifeguard” and "The Bite," there’s good reason to believe that Billy, who is working as a lifeguard in multiple promos, could be in danger.

The new season of Stranger Things premieres on July 4, 2019.

[h/t CBR]

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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What Movie Do You Want to Watch? This Website Analyzes Film Critic Reviews to Help You Choose

She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
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Much like sommeliers can detect subtle notes of who-knows-what in a sip of wine, film critics are fantastic at identifying influences and drawing parallels between movies. Cinetrii is a handy website that crowdsources all that movie knowledge to help you find your next favorite film.

Basically, you enter the name of a movie you enjoyed in the search bar, and the site will show you a node graph with film recommendations splintering off the search query. Click on one, and you’ll see a quote from a critic (or critics) who referenced the films together. This way, you get a list of recommendations based on different aspects of the movie, and you get to decide for yourself what you’d like to see more of.

If, for example, you were blown away by the special effects in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, you might like Doctor Strange; according to Variety, it boasts “a staggering visual effects innovation, in which the building-bending seen in Christopher Nolan’s Inception is taken to an extreme that would blow even M.C. Escher’s mind.” If what the Chicago Tribune calls an “elegant brain-bender” quality appealed to you more, The Matrix might be a perfect fit.

Films above your search query were released before the movie you typed in, while films below came out after it. The shorter the line, the more closely the films are related, as calculated by the website’s algorithm. And, as Lifehacker points out, that algorithm doesn’t give any special treatment to massive Hollywood blockbusters, so Cinetrii is an especially great way to find hidden gems. Because it shows you the critics' actual quotes, you’re not left to wonder why a certain film landed on the recommendations list—which can’t always be said for “Watch next” lists on streaming services.

You can explore Cinetrii here.

[h/t Lifehacker]