Stranger Things Star Francesca Reale Explains How They Shot a Key Season 3 Scene

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Rachel Murray, Getty Images for Netflix

Warning: This story includes spoilers for Stranger Things season 3.

Stranger Things finally returned for its third season this week, after almost two years of waiting. Thankfully, the new episodes were definitely worth the long break, and it looks like most of us are just beginning to process what we saw. One thing we can probably all agree on: David Harbour was right when he said the only word to describe the season is "epic."

One of the show's more shocking moments occurred in the first half of the season, when we saw Eleven using her powers to try and figure out where Heather the lifeguard was. Although Max warned Eleven that she might see weird things when she went into the Void to find Billy Hargrove, the telepath certainly was not ready for what she saw when conjuring up his missing coworker. In the scene, Eleven sees a bathtub of ice and cautiously walks up to it, only to be terrified when Heather pops up and begs for her help. Almost instantly, however, she is pulled back underwater and cannot be saved.

Francesca Reale, the Stranger Things newcomer who plays Heather, just dished on how they filmed that intense scene, and how great it was to have Millie Bobby Brown (who plays Eleven) there with her. Reale told CinemaBlend:

"It's so interesting, because people have been asking what was my favorite part of shooting, and that was actually one of my favorite parts but I haven't been able to talk about it. It's such a big spoiler. But we had to do it on two different days and there was this day where it was just me literally in a tub, just drowning myself essentially. It was all these fake silicon ice cubes, and believe me those were like sand and found their new homes literally everywhere on my person. My hair! Everywhere. It was essentially just me and Millie [Bobby Brown] just yelling at each other and me drowning myself. And Millie was such a sport because she had just come back from her knee injury at the time. She was such a sport for being there and actually acting with me instead of using a double, because she knew it would be more helpful for me."

[h/t CinemaBlend]

How Much Are You Spending on Streaming Services? This Handy Calculator Can Tell You

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With the recent debut of both Disney+ and Apple TV+, not to mention upcoming launches for HBO Max, NBC’s Peacock, and more, streaming services are officially coming for cable television’s throne—and might sneakily empty your bank account while they're at it.

While a monthly fee of $10 to $15 seems easy enough to justify if you’re willing to sacrifice a burrito bowl or fancy cocktail once a month, the little voice in the back of your head is probably whispering, “but it still adds up.” To find out just how much, MarketWatch created a calculator that will not only tell you how much you’re spending on streaming services every month; it’ll also add up the lifetime cost of all those entertainment expenses.

The calculator covers Netflix, CBS All Access, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Disney+, Apple TV+, and YouTube TV, and it also includes a whole host of add-ons that you might not even have realized were available. Through Amazon Prime, for example, you can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and other premium channels—but there are also more niche options like Hallmark Movies Now and NickHits (with iCarly, The Fairly OddParents, and other Nickelodeon classics).

As you check off services and add-ons, you’ll see your monthly bill on the right side of the total box, and the lifetime cost—which accounts for 50 years of streaming, adjusted for inflation—will balloon before your eyes on the left side. Below that, there’s an even larger number labeled as the lifetime “true” cost, which estimates how much you would’ve made if you had invested that money instead.

For example: If you sign up for basic monthly subscriptions to Netflix and Disney+ for $9 and $7, respectively, your lifetime cost totals around $16,200. However, if you had opted to invest that money, the 50-year prediction sees you walking away with almost $74,000.

Having said that, it’s understandably hard to look that far into the future, especially when Disney+ is tempting you with the Lizzie McGuire series, Star Wars spinoff The Mandalorian, and practically every beloved animated Disney movie from your childhood.

[h/t MarketWatch]

Hallmark Released Some Adorable Harry Potter Ornaments—Just In Time for Christmas

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Amazon

Even if you never received your letter of acceptance to Hogwarts on your 11th birthday, you can still add some magic to your Christmas tree this year with some Harry Potter Christmas ornaments from Hallmark. These pieces have more of a minimalist style than Hallmark's other Potter releases, which are modeled to look identical to the characters' movie counterparts. But with that simplicity comes a unique charm that is sure to be popular with Potterheads.

Shoppers can look for seven different ornaments, which include Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger in mid-flight, as well as Hedwig, the Sorting Hat, Dobby, and the Hogwarts Crest. Each one comes with a hanger, so is ready to be put on your Christmas tree as soon as its out of the packaging. You can find each one for $9 on Amazon—though be forewarned that Harry is currently out of stock (but you can find an equally adorable replacement Potter for $8).

If you can’t get enough wizarding gifts this holiday season, then check out our Harry Potter gift guide, which includes everything from magical cookbooks to chess sets.

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