Dustin from ‘Stranger Things’ will put you on his Instagram if you meet

Alright, alright, alright we all already know the kids on “Stranger Things” are some of the most charming creatures to come into our lives this year. But as if their on-screen performances weren’t enough, they’re pretty stellar in real life too.

Photo via Netflix
Photo via Netflix

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For instance, Gaten Matarazzo, who plays Dustin, posted a photo on Instagram with a fan yesterday and announced that if anyone comes up to him asking for a photo, he too will post a picture with them on his account.

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“I’m starting a new thing,” the caption reads. “Every fan that stops me and asks me to take a picture with them, I will ask them to take a picture with me because they mean as much to me as I mean to them. This guy was awesome, I couldn’t resist having him be in the start of my new trend.”

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He seems to be holding up that promise — though, yes it’s only been a day — and has already posted photos with four more fans.

P.S: Did you know the kid can sing? He was even in “Les Misérables” on Broadway.

HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ stars rethink contracts as clients rent out homes

Clients of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” stars Chip and Joanna Gaines have figured out the way to get the most out of their newly renovated homes — they’ve turned them into vacation rentals.

Chip and Joanna Gaines' Magnolia House has begun booking reservations for 2017. The couple appears on the HGTV show "Fixer Upper." (HGTV)
Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia House has begun booking reservations for 2017. The couple appears on the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.” (HGTV)

For the past couple of years, the Waco couple, who own remodeling and design business Magnolia Homes, has captured the interests of viewers everywhere with their show, in which they revitalize once-dilapidated homes. But according to the Waco Tribune-Herald, these fans now have the chance to stay several nights in one of these homes.

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Nearly half a dozen of the owners who have been featured on the show have decided to capitalize on the show’s popularity and have listed their homes on property rental sites like Vacation Rentals By Owner and Airbnb.

This development has led the Gaines to consider changes for people who apply to appear on season five. Here is what Magnolia spokesman Brock Murphy said in a statement to the Waco Tribune-Herald:

“We have no problems with our clients’ interest in using sites like VRBO and Airbnb to rent out their homes. In fact, we get it. But we are going to be more strict with our contracts involving ‘Fixer Upper’ clients moving forward. We want to honor our national viewing audience. We want to do remodels for clients’ homes. That’s the true intent of our show, and we want to ensure that does not get lost in this new vacation rental trend. What started off with perfectly understandable intentions could cast a shadow of a doubt on the much bigger picture, and we are going to do our best to protect that moving forward.”

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Read the Waco Tribune-Herald’s full story here.

Hodor stopped by a Chinese restaurant in Austin this week

Say what you want about how cool it might be to live in Westeros, but the food doesn’t seem that great. (The wine, on the other hand …) That’s why we’re happy that Hodor could swing by a downtown Austin restaurant this week for dinner.

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Actors Isaac Hempstead Wright (L) and Kristian Nairn attend the "Game Of Thrones" panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 22: Actors Isaac Hempstead Wright (L) and Kristian Nairn attend the “Game Of Thrones” panel during Comic-Con International 2016 at San Diego Convention Center on July 22, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

According to C.K. Chin, owner of Swift’s Attic and Wu Chow, “Game of Thrones” actor Kristian Nairn dined at the Chinese eatery and even stopped for a photo opp:

Nairn, who’s also a touring DJ, played two Austin gigs this week at Kingdom. It might not have the perfect name for a “GoT” inside joke, but it is a fine venue for such an event.

[h/t Eater Austin]

Listen up, ‘GoT’ fans: A new George R.R. Martin television series is coming

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Sure it’s been devastating to hear that “Game of Thrones” has just two seasons left, but never fear my friends — a new George R.R. Martin television series is coming.

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This weekend, Martin announced on his LiveJournal blog, which is called “Not a Blog,” that Universal Cable Productions has acquired the rights to adapt his “Wild Cards” anthology for television.

Though “Wild Cards” is a fictional world filled with numerous characters much like “GoT,” the series seems to be more sci-fi than fantasy. Here’s a piece from Martin’s synopsis:

“The shared world of the Wild Cards diverged from our own on September 15, 1946 when an alien virus was released in the skies over Manhattan, and spread across an unsuspecting Earth. Of those infected, 90% died horribly, drawing the black queen, 9% were twisted and deformed into jokers, while a lucky 1% became blessed with extraordinary and unpredictable powers and became aces. The world was never the same.”

The series, which was first published in 1986, is made up of 22 volumes with a 23rd on the way. As Martin puts it, “generations of writers” have contributed to the “Wild Cards” universe. Not all the books were written by the “GoT” author but they were edited by him.

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Martin said the “Wild Cards” universe is “as large and diverse and exciting gas the comic book universes of Marvel and DC” — but gritter. He said he’s not sure what stories will be adapted or when exactly the show will come out, though he thinks it will happen over the next year or two.

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For those of us who haven’t read the anthologies, we better get to reading. Looks like a new world awaits us.

Read the full announcement here. 


Netflix says ‘Stranger Things’ soundtrack is coming to our ears soon

In case you hadn’t heard, the soundtrack to Netflix’s original series “Stranger Things” is pretty stellar.

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Not only does the show — which is set in 1983 — feature haunting, synthy scores from Austin’s own band Survive but it’s full of iconic ’80s tracks, including “Should I Stay or Should I Go” by The Clash, “Atmosphere” by Joy Division and “Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart.

Since the show’s debut nearly two weeks ago, “Stranger Things” fans have been calling for Netflix to release the soundtrack and the entertainment company is finally humoring their requests. It posted this tweet yesterday stating “We hear you loud and clear. The Official Soundtrack is coming soon. Over.”

There’s no release date for the soundtrack just yet, but Netflix did create a Spotify playlist that compiles most of the hits from the show. Maybe this will hold you over while we wait for Netflix to make good on its promise.

Also, here’s a little fun fact: the show’s actress Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven, does her own YouTube covers of classic songs and current pop hits.


Netflix unveils ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival release date plus new clip


It’s official: the whimsical world of Stars Hollow will be back November 25.

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That’s right, today Netflix unveiled the much-anticipated release date for the “Gilmore Girls” four-part revival. The show, which comes nearly ten years after the last episode of the original series, will be available for streaming on Netflix.

Photos: ‘Gilmore Girls’ reunion red carpet at ATX Television Fest reunion

Accompanying the release date, fans were also given a short clip of the upcoming show featuring Lorelai and Rory sitting in their familiar kitchen having a chat. Though it’s a little strange hearing the Gilmore girls discuss Amy Schumer and John Oliver, it’s good to see the characters in action.


Here’s a round-up of all the best trailers that debuted at Comic-Con 2016

Photo via Warner Bros.
Photo via Warner Bros.

A thrilling number of trailers for much-anticipated upcoming releases were put online this weekend after debuting at this year’s Com-Con International in San Diego. Here’s a round-up of some of the best ones:

1. “Suicide Squad”

We have another look at the villainous film which comes out August 5.

2. “Kong: Skull Island”

Among the many reboots of “King Kong,” this one features Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson and many more familiar faces. It will be in theaters March 2017.

3. “Wonder Woman”

We got to see Gal Gadot play a pretty stellar Wonder Woman in “Batman vs. Superman” and now it’s time for her own movie. Here’s the first look at “Wonder Woman” which comes out the summer of 2017.

4. “Justice League”

Though many people have their doubts about what director Zack Snyder can do with the DC heroes after “Batman vs. Superman,” the trailer for “Justice League” looks promising. It will be in theaters November 2017.

5. “American Gods”

Starz revelead its first trailer for the television series based on Neil Gaiman’s novel. It’s set to premiere in 2017.

6. “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”

This is the most detailed trailer we’ve been given since the film’s first, though it still doesn’t reveal much. The Wizarding World comes to New York this November.

7. “The Walking Dead: Season 7”

So this show is obviously not a new release but the trailer for season seven is. Last we saw in “The Walking Dead” there was a death that might devastate us all but who it was is still unknown. It premiers this October.

8. “The Defenders”

One of Marvel’s latest upcoming series is “The Defenders” which pairs up Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. The show streams worldwide in 2017.

9. “Doctor Strange”

Here we have the second trailer for “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The film debuts November 4.

10. “Star Trek: Discovery”

Trekkies got an exciting treat at this year’s Comic Con. A cryptic teaser for the CBS show was released and it appears “Discovery” will take place in the original series’ timeline.



Watch: ‘Game of Thrones’ season six bloopers have finally arrived

Photo via YouTube/GameofThrones
Photo via YouTube/GameofThrones

WARNING: The following contains spoilers. 

The “Game of Thrones” season six bloopers were released Friday in anticipation of the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con — and they don’t disappoint.

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Watch as Tyrion Lannister can’t say the word “benevolent,” Sansa finally has reason to laugh and Daenerys Targaryen can’t speak Dothraki.

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‘Walking Dead’ meets ‘Deadpool’ in video, makes zombie apocalypse fun

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What’s one way to make the zombie apocalypse in “The Walking Dead” seem like a good time? Switch out the audio for the dialogue in “Deadpool.”

YouTube user AFK Anthony posted his own mashup of the two fan-favorites on July 7, taking the footage of a “TWD” trailer and combining it with the audio from the comic-book hero movie. We get to see Rick Grimes and the crew walk their typical walk through the valley of the shadow of death but this time with some DMX playing in the background.




Here’s what television’s first commercial looked like 75 years ago today

Photo courtesy of Dave Birss/YouTube

Seventy-five years ago today, television aired what is considered to be the first legal commercial.

“Evidence is mounting that [TV] will gain little headway for ‘the duration,'” Ad Age wrote in June 1941 following the FCC’s approval of commercial TV.

A month later, Bulova aired a 10-second spot featuring the face of a Bulova watch over an outline of the U.S. According to Ad Age, the commercial ran during an afternoon Dodgers-Phillies game on NBC-owned WNBT. The original ad also featured a voiceover from announcer Ray Forrest saying “America runs on Bulova.”

YouTube user Dave Birss recreated the ad, using his own voice to imitate Forrest’s. He says it cost him $5, which is just $4 less than what the original cost.