Thanks for coming back for another week of The Buzz!
This week, it should come as no surprise that Stranger Things is back in the headlines (not like it really ever left after Season 4 Part I was released a few weeks ago).
The second part of season 4 dropped on Netflix a week ago now, and as expected, it has taken the world by storm. Netflix even crashed for a little bit upon its release.
Just like what happened a few weeks ago with Kate Bush’s song ‘Running Up That Hill’, another 80s song is getting a resurgence in popularity.
Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ was featured on the show and just like ‘Running Up That Hill’, the song is climbing up the charts. Last time I checked Spotify, the song was No.12 on the Top 50 – Global Chart and ‘Running Up That Hill’ is still sitting comfortably at No.1.
The Duffer Brothers, the creators of Stranger Things, also have some other exciting things in the works, and if you love the show as much as the rest of the world does, you’ll be excited to hear this.
The Duffer Brothers have launched a new production banner called Upside Down Pictures where they’re going to be producing various new projects, including a Stranger Things spin off and a Stranger Things stage play.
I’ve done some research trying to find out more about both of these productions, but details are still safely under wraps for now. What I do know is that both will take place within the Stranger Things world – seems kind of obvious, doesn’t it? – but beyond that, they’ve yet to release any details.
I’ll make sure I keep you posted though as soon as I know more.
In other news, it’s looking like Taylor Swift is not only musically talented, but she’s also headed back to the silver screen. She’s going to be starring in a new movie called Amsterdam, which takes place in the 30s and centralizes around a group of three friends who witness a murder and then become suspects themselves.
Alongside Swift will be Christian Bale, Margot Robbie, and John Dabid Washington.
The movie will be in theaters November 4th, and although Taylor Swift isn’t in too much of the trailer, if you’d like to see it, it’s linked below.
Boston native Chris Evans has also signed on for a new movie called Pain Hustlers. He’ll be starring alongside Emily Blunt in this Netflix film, and while I’m not quite sure yet what Evans’ role is, the movie is about a mother (Blunt) who wants to create a better life for herself and for her daughter. In order to do so, she gets a job with a failing pharmaceutical start-up and ends up at the center of a criminal conspiracy.
Davis Yates, who worked as a director for the Harry Potter franchise, is set to work on this project. So far, only the script has been written, but it’s looking like filming will start next month, indicating the film will probably have a 2023 release date.
Lastly, you may or may not have heard by now, but there’s a new trend out there right now on TikTok and Twitter called #Gentleminions.
If you didn’t know, a new Minions movie came out last week called “Minions: The Rise of Gru” and excitement for this film is through the roof after its release was delayed because of Covid. This movie has generated so much traffic and has excited Gen-Z in particular.
Young people, especially teenage boys, have been going to see this movie dressed in formal wear, like collared shirts and suit jackets, and they form a line outside the theater, then walk into the theater and take their seats just as the trailers conclude.
While this seems harmless and fun, I guess that they’ve started creating quite a ruckus for moviegoers and some theaters have actually begun refusing to sell tickets to people dressed like this.
I actually was at the movies the other day and I saw a bunch of teenagers dressed up and I had no idea where they could possibly have been coming from or what they were even going to see. Graduation season is over, and who wants to go to the movies dressed like that?
My bets were on them seeing Top Gun and thought maybe they’d just decided to dress up for the fun of it, and I never even stopped to consider they might be going to see the new Minions movie. Afterwards, I was reading up on this a little bit and saw an article where one of the boys made an interesting point: this age group grew up watching these movies. So even though it is a kids movie, there’s some nostalgia there that’s pulling them towards theaters and they just want to make the most of the experience.
Here’s one of the first videos that was posted for the movie:
But, if you’re looking for a movie to see this weekend, or maybe just want to catch a glimpse of this new TikTok trend, don’t forget that Thor: Love and Thunder is in theaters everywhere today.
See you next week for another edition of The Buzz!