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Stranger Things 4: Release Date, Trailer, Spoilers, and More

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Stranger Things’ third season could have served as a series finale, if not for the fact that we all want more. That mid-credits scene did not help either. The tantalizing scene opened the gate to more Upside Down intrigue and left us wondering if Hawkins’ chief of police was really history. 

Now, we know the answer to that cliffhanger, plus a few other details about what’s to come in Stranger Things 4. Read on to find out everything we know about Stranger Things Season 4 so far.

Production has not resumed. Earlier in the summer, it looked like filming on Stranger Things 4 might resume in Georgia, following its shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, in mid-September. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the show’s cast was informed in July that the tentative date to resume production was set for Sept. 17. However, the duffers indicated in August that things were still tentative, telling THR, “Everyone’s excited to get back to work, but the priority is the safety of the cast and crew, and that will dictate when we go back.”

Filming for the sci-fi favorite had already begun in the spring, but it was one of several Netflix shows and movies filming in the U.S. and Canada which was shut down on March 13. In an April 15 interview with Jimmy Fallon, Millie Bobby Brown said that the crew had shot two weeks of the new season in Lithuania before the shutdown.

It won’t be the last season. Don’t count on your next trip to Hawkins to be the last. Ross Duffer also told The Hollywood Reporter in August that the show won’t end with Stranger Things 4. “Season 4 won’t be the end,” he said. “We know what the end is, and we know when it is. [The pandemic] has given us time to look ahead, figure out what is best for the show. Starting to fill that out gave us a better idea of how long we need to tell that story.”

The subject of whether Season 4 would be the end has been somewhat confusing in the past; producer Shawn Levy told Collider in 2018 that there maybe room for another season, but the show’s co-creators previously indicated that the fourth season could be the last. In 2017, Duffer told Vulture, “We’re thinking it will be a four-season thing and then out.” His brother Matt Duffer echoed that sentiment, saying, “I don’t know if we can justify something bad happening to them once a year.”  

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The episode count is unclear at this time. It has been reported that there would be eight episodes in Season 4, the same as in both Season 1 and Season 3 (Season 2 was the outlier with nine episodes). However, an image of the season’s scripts shared by the writers of Stranger Things 4 indicates that there may be nine episodes.

Hopper will return. The most gut-wrenching moment of the Stranger Things 3 finale was when Jim Hopper (David Harbour) seemingly sacrificed himself so Joyce (Winona Ryder) could close the gate to the Upside Down and blow up the machine. His letter to Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown) rubbed extra salt in that wound, with Hopper expressing how he truly feels about Eleven, seemingly too late. David Harbour told ET Online that he had “hope” Hopper would be the mysterious American in Russian captivity right now, saying, “He did glance around a little bit, but he seemed to be trapped and the machine exploded. And then you cut to… some town in Russia right? Where there’s some American and some prisoner. I don’t know, I mean, it seems strange,” he said. And, indeed, the first teaser for Stranger Things 4 confirmed that he is indeed alive.

However, it’s not going to be all smooth sailing for the good chief of police. In a letter, the Duffers explained that “he is imprisoned far from home in the snowy wasteland of Kamchatka, where he will face dangers both human… and other.”

There’ll be a “big reveal” about Hopper’s history. David Harbour appeared at Comic Con Liverpool in March and said that fans should expect to learn something major about Hopper’s past in Season 4.

“In Season 2, Eleven goes into the … basement of the cabin, and there’s five boxes, one of which has Brenner’s stuff from Hawkins Lab, one of which says ‘Dad,’ and one of which says ‘Vietnam,’ and one says ‘New York,'” he told the crowd. “I know specifically that in Season 4, we will give you a big huge reveal about Hopper’s backstory which we haven’t — you sort of sensed that in certain ways, but we haven’t really told you about it — and I’m so excited about revealing this aspect of the character. It’s one of the things that I’ve known since the first frame of the first shot, and we haven’t expressed it yet, and finally we’re going to express it in a big way. It’s my favorite thing about him that you guys don’t know about him yet. But it has to do with these backstories of New York, Vietnam, and Dad.”

Prepare for a new type of horror. The Duffers revealed that our Hawkins pals who are still in America will also face a grave new threat, writing, “a new horror is beginning to surface, something long buried, something that connects everything.

The Byers family is moving to a new location. The tail end of Stranger Things 3 saw Joyce selling her house and relocating to another town with Will (Noah Schnapp), Jonathan (Charlie Heaton), and a newly de-powered Eleven in tow, leading to a particularly gutting goodbye between the kids and the friends they were leaving behind. As Noah Schnapp told ET Online, “I know that I might have a separate storyline from everyone else, so we might be filming, like, in another place.” Matt Duffer confirmed Schnapp’s suspicions that we might see some action outside of Hawkins, telling EW, “It’s going to open up a little bit, not necessarily in terms of scale, in terms of special effects, but open up in terms of allowing plot lines into areas outside of Hawkins.”

The first teaser for the fourth season stated bluntly that our heroes are “not in Hawkins anymore.” The same teaser also indicated that time will be a big factor in the new season, and we already have some theories about how that might happen.

The cast shared a look at their first table read. In an adorable video released in March, the entire cast was shown reuniting in Atlanta for the very first Season 4 table read. The minute-long video featured glimpses of David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, Joe Keery, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, Cara Buono, Sadie Sink, and Brett Gelman.

Erica will play an even bigger role. Priah Ferguson, who plays Lucas’ (Caleb McLaughlin) younger sister Erica, has been promoted to series regular for the upcoming fourth season. Dustin even passed on the gang’s Dungeons & Dragons set to Erica in the finale’s final minutes. So it’ll be fun to see whether Erica has embraced her nerd side when the show picks back up.

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Get ready to see a lot more of Murray Bauman too. Brett Gelman, who plays Murray, has also been upped to series regular for Season 4. We’re hoping Murray’s in-depth knowledge of Russian conspiracies will prove handy in helping rescue Hopper from the Kamchatka prison he’s being help captive in!

Some of the younger kids might get jobs. We don’t know how old the Dungeons & Dragons party will be when Stranger Things returns for a fourth season, but there’s a chance that Dustin (Gaten Matarazzo) could follow the lead of his pal Steve (Joe Keery) and get a job. “For so long, I’ve wanted to see him work at the Arcade — at the Palace Arcade with Keith — and have Keith be his boss,” Gaten Matarazzo told ET Online. “They have that rivalry and it’s hilarious and I want to work with Matty [Cardarople] more because he’s amazing.” Matarazzo also said he expects audiences to get more of Dustin’s girlfriend Suzie (Gabriella Pizzolo) in the new season.

It will have a different feel than Stranger Things 3. While Ross Duffer said that he and his brother only had the “broad strokes” of a fourth season in mind after Stranger Things 3 hit screens, they expect it will have a different vibe than the previous season. “We’re pretty excited about where it’s potentially going to go,” he told EW. “It’s going to feel very different than this season. But I think that’s the right thing to do and I think it’ll be exciting.”

Four new dudes will be joining the cast. The Duffer Brothers are adding four male recurring roles next season, TV Line reports. Three of them will be teenagers and one will be an adult. Character descriptions for the teens include a jock, a Valley boy type in the vein of Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and a metalhead. The adult, meanwhile, will reportedly have a prominent role in a storyline far from Hawkins.

We already know some of the movies that will inspire the new season. The Stranger Things writers spent months revealing an ongoing series of films that are all somehow connected to Season 4. The list includes (in order of reveal): The Peanut Butter Solution,The Fisher King, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, You’ve Got Mail, Ordinary People, Hellbound: Hellraiser II, Billy Madison, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Black Swan, Young Sherlock Holmes, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Hackers, Silence of the Lambs, The Good Son, and more. Check out the full list on their whiteboard below.

The first episode of the season is titled “The Hellfire Club.” The Twitter account for the Stranger Things writers’ room shared a photo of the cover page for the script of Episode 1, revealing the title of the season premiere to be “The Hellfire Club.” It’s anyone’s guess whether this is an allusion to the old British secret society or a nod to the Hellfire Club from Marvel comics (we’re leaning toward the comics, obviously), but we’re jazzed for the mini-spoiler nonetheless!

Season 4 will film in New Mexico. Though the first three seasons were all shot in Atlanta, Deadline reports that a significant portion of Season 4 will be shot in New Mexico. “Season 4 is bigger, bolder and more intricate than ever,” Netflix VP of Physical Production Momita SenGupta told Deadline. “So this is the first time the show will be traveling beyond Atlanta.”

Stranger Things Seasons 1-3 are now streaming on Netflix.

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‘Outer Banks’ Stars Chase Stokes & Madelyn Cline Get Steamy in Kygo’s Music Video ‘Hot Stuff’

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Things heat up between “Outer Banks” co-stars and real-life couple Chase Stokes, 28, and Madelyn Cline, 22, in Kygo’s new music video for “Hot Suff,” a remix of Donna Summer’s iconic 1979 hit.

In the music video, the two can’t keep their hands off each other as they explore the town together and dance the night away.

The video ends with a passionate kiss between the two, who confirmed their IRL relationship a few months ago.

In June, Stokes made it Instagram official by posting pics of their beach date. He wrote, “cats outta the bag ❤️.”

On “Outer Banks,” Chase and Madelyn play a couple John B and Sarah Cameron, who was previously in a relationship with Topper.

Cline responded to the post, “Topper punching the air rn. I’ve fallen and I cant get up.”

The following month, Chase opened up on finding love after the show, telling “Today,” “It was cool to work with somebody you’re really good friends with. And to take the time to fall for each other after the show had wrapped was really cool. I was talking to my mom about it… it was cute and fun and it’s super cool to be a part of something with your partner and watch the success of it all together.”

The couple quarantined together with some of their castmates during the COVID-19 pandemic. He shared, “We spent the first half of quarantine together in Los Angeles. After a while of being stuck together in a 700-square-foot apartment, we were like, ‘We need to go home.’ So we all hopped on flights and went back to our respective homes.”

During the pandemic, “Extra’s” Jenn Lahmers spoke with Chase, who opened up on his crush, Jennifer Aniston. He admitted he “cried” when he found out that Aniston was on Instagram, saying, “I just sat there like a really cheesy rom-com. [I] looked at my phone and tears started welling up. I haven’t DMed her yet. I’ve thought about it, but I’m gonna shoot my shot eventually.”

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This Adorable Shift Dress Combines All of Today’s Best Fashion Trends

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Has it been a while since your last life-changing purchase? “A while” is subjective here. Maybe it means six months, or maybe it means six days. We’re not here to be picky about that. All we know is if you’re looking for a new dress that’s going to make a positive difference in both your wardrobe and your life, then we’ve got you.

Now that we’re heading into a new season, we really need an epic piece that hits all of the marks. It needs to serve up trends and timelessness all at once, it needs to be versatile so we can wear it for a variety of occasions and, as always, it needs to be comfortable so you can actually enjoy wearing it. Huh, sounds like a lot like this number one bestselling dress from Amazon!

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Get the Amoretu Tunic Swing Shift Dress starting at just $23 at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, August 31, 2020, but are subject to change.

This dress beautifully captures modern fashion moments in one piece. It doesn’t look like each trend is an awkwardly-smushed puzzle piece trying to fit in with the others. They all fit together flawlessly, from the oversized shift silhouette, to the tiered construction, to the statement sleeves. Who doesn’t love a good lantern sleeve these days? The fabric gathers at both the elbow and the wrist for a flared effect that exudes elegance!

This dress’ fabric is soft, light and comfy. You’ll see it has a V-neckline, and while it has multiple tiers, the hem still hits above the knee, making it a transitional piece you’ll love for between seasons. Color-wise, there are so many options. There are prints too, like polka dot or plaid, and even different sleeve lengths if you’re not into the lantern look. There are nearly 30 versions available!

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There are so many ways to style this dress, and it can be dressed up or down in a snap. Wear it casually with a few hair clips and some high-top sneakers, or dress it up for date night with heels and a sparkly headband. Looking to capture up the newly-popular cottagecore aesthetic? Grab a suede hat, a silk scarf, brown boots and a picnic basket-turned-handbag. Alexa, play Fleetwood Mac!

No matter how you choose to wear this dress, we’re confident you’re going to rock it. A piece doesn’t earn tons and tons of glowing reviews for no reason. Pick out your favorite color today and get ready to feel like a whole new you!

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Demi Lovato’s Friends Are Reportedly Suspicious of Max Ehrich’s Intentions

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  • Demi Lovato reportedly doesn’t like to be away from Max Ehrich.
  • She went to Atlanta to be by his side while he was filming.
  • People close to Demi have apparently told her they’re hesitant about Max’s intentions.

    So, uhhh, you might’ve heard about those alleged screenshots in which Max Ehrich proves he’s basically a professional stan and was very into Selena Gomez before he met Demi Lovato? With good reason, fans and people close to Demi are convinced he’s not here for the right reasons. Understandably, reports claim she’s not taking this development too well.

    According to an E! source, Demi was “really upset” when those old tweets surfaced on social media. Publicly, Demi dismissed them as “fake” and an attempt at pitting women against each other, and an insider just revealed what else is going on behind the scenes.

    “She is head over heels for Max and doesn’t want to be heartbroken,” they said. “She truly cares about Max and wants to think his intentions are genuine.”

    But since those tweets were so concerning, “people close to Demi have expressed that they are worried and are hesitant about Max.”

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    The insider also said that Demi and Max seem to be attached at the hip because they’re so into each other. In fact, Demi “insisted on being with Max in Atlanta the entire time” as he films his new project, Southern Gospel.

    “Demi doesn’t want to be apart from him,” the source said, later adding, “They are inseparable and she doesn’t like to be without him.”

    Well, it sounds like Demi is obviously very into this dude. Since she already opened up about wanting to elope with him, all fans can do is trust that she knows what’s best for herself and hope that she’s not overlooking any major warning signs.

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