PSA: HOPPER IS ALIVE

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, Demogorgons of all ages! MDRN Mag can proudly say that Hopper is alive! He’s alive! And breathing! And not dead! Now I’m not saying I single handedly saved Hopper but…

There are more but some are a bit more on the aggressive side… They were worried i’ll kick their butts Eleven style. Which I totally would have if they didn’t bring Hopper back.

How do we know this? Well the people of Stranger Things decided to give the world the greatest Valentines Day gift ever!

Boom! So while you couples are out there enjoying your chocolates, roses and romantic dates, we’ll be over here binge watching Stranger Things because our man is alive!

Yes, they cut off his gorgeous locks of hair BUT a bald Hop is better than no Hop.

There’s no news yet of exactly when season 4 will drop… But we’re wishing, hoping and praying that it’s soon! We need it ASAP. Like tomorrow…today would be great too..ANYWAY

In light of this amazing news… There is only one gif to sum it all up.

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How To: Stranger Things Day

Happy Stranger Things Day! Also known as – Hopper fangirl day.

Along with 7-11 (July 11th), when we chug slurpee’s all day in honor of Alexei, today we celebrate all things strange.

And if you don’t watch Stranger Things… Thats illegal. The police are on their way.

Today is the perfect excuse to dress up as your favorite character, and not be judged for it. (Please don’t judge us).

Posted to the Stranger Things Twitter account, here’s all the ways you can celebrate today…

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And don’t forget to…

  • Head down to your local 7-Eleven and have a cherry slurpee. (Not a strawberry slurpee. There is a difference, Hopper.)
  • Perform your best rendition of “The NeverEnding Story” like Dustin and Susie.
  • Peer pressure the Duffer Brothers into giving us Hopper back in season 4.
  • But whatever you do, do not commence an “Operation Child Endangerment”.

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Stranger Things 4: We’re Not In Hawkins Anymore.

STRANGER THINGS 4 NEWS. STRANGER THINGS 4 NEWS.

Along with many of the other cast members, Millie Bobby Brown (Eleven) posted a teaser to Instagram today regarding Stranger Things 4.

The teaser shows the iconic logo flash in inverted colors, before vines smother the logo, causing its light to go out. The teaser reads “We’re not in Hawkins anymore”. The inverted colors and vines suggest the next season will spend more time exploring the upside-down.

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Well, duh. We better not be in Hawkins this next seson. We better be in the upside-down. You know, the place Hopper (obviously) escaped to at the end of season 3 when the laser exploded.

An American was shown in a Russian cell after the laser exploded, and many believe it’s not Hopper. But you can’t convince us otherwise. We’ve already had enough heartbreak after Alexei died last season. You’re not taking Hopper from us too, Duffer Brothers.

Its entirely possible he jumped into the upside down. He’s been there before. He knows how to survive it. The Russians obviously have access to it because we’ve seen the demodog they’re hiding. Hopper totally could have crawled out whatever entrance they have. Stranger Things have happened…

Ok… If we’re being honest… We dont really know who ‘The American’ is. We have our theories, but we’ll just leave you with this…

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Millie Bobby… Purple? This is Florence by Mills.

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2 years in the making… Millie Bobby Brown announced Florence By Mills today. This is what she had to say on Instagram

The Story

After watching her play superpowered teen Eleven on Stranger Things, we asked ourselves “Is there anything she CAN’T do?“. Turns out – there isn’t. Because now she’s adding a beauty brand to her glowing list of talents.

When speaking with MMD pre-launch, Millie explained her very deliberate choice for the brand name. Florence By Mills pays homage to her great-grandmother, Florence, combined with her family nickname, Mills.

Not only is the brand ridiculously cute, but its a clean one too (PETA-certified). Posted in 9 photos to the official Florence By Mills page on Instagram – the products are said to be cruelty free and vegan, sulphate free and paraben free! The products are also dermatologically tested, and for ALL skin types. We stan.

The Products

Priced between $10 and $34, products include a Zero Chill Face Mask, Swimming Under the Eye Gel Pads, Like a Light Skin Tint, and Cheek Me Later Cream Blush. The product line will be sold both online and in stores at Ulta Beauty and UK-based Boots.

Looking at the website, the launch is due online for August 26th, but Millie is hosting a meet up at the brands first pop up in New York August 25th.

Don’t forget to sign up to the mailing list on the website to keep up to date on all things Florence by Mills.

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The Net-Flicks You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Now-a-days everyone has Netflix, whether you pay for it yourself or your ex forgot to change the password, you’re up half the night binge watching. 

Netflix is known for mega hits like Stranger Things, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Queer Eye and literally many many more. Sure, that’s what’s trending, but there are so many hidden gems that I’m sure you didn’t even know about. 

Don’t worry! As always, Jace is on the case, and I’ve put together a list of Netflix’s best kept secrets.

Beyond Stranger Things

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I’m starting off easy for you. I don’t even have to ask if you like Stranger Things because I already know the answer. You do. And if you’re like me, you want more. I introduce to you, Beyond Stranger Things. This is a 7 episode BTS look of the making of season 2 featuring interviews, never before seen footage, and a look into how things were created.

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein

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So we’re still riding the Stranger Things train with this one because this small 30 minute beauty is staring no other than David Harbour. Or you may know him as Hawkins finest Chief of Police, Hopper. This small gem is meant to be as bad as it is. In this short, David finds old footage of his ‘Dad’ acting in television plays and shares it with us. Basically if you love David Harbour, you should watch this.

The Toys That Made Us

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Want a take a nostalgia filled trip down memory lane, this show is for you. This show tells you the history and production of all the toys you forgot you had sitting in your toy chest. From Barbie to LEGO’s…They cover it all.

Schitt’s Creek

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Holy Schitt’s Creek! This is a show that needs to be talked about more because it is that amazing. Schitt’s Creek is actually aired on television (Pop TV) but is always available to binge watch on Netflix. Here you will see a disgustingly rich family lose everything they have and have to figure out small-town life. If that’s not enough to convince you maybe then maybe their 4 Emmy nominations will.

Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

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Anybody that knows Jim Carrey, knows that he will forever go down as one of the greats. In this film we see a different side to our favorite comedian. This is a documentary that lets us see the transition from Jim Carrey to Andy Kauffman that was done for Man on the Moon. When filming Jim stayed in character the whole time on and off set. Due to the intensity of Andy, Jim had the tapes hidden in order to protect his image. Until now. 

Nailed It

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Are you like me when watching baking shows and tell anyone who will listen “I could totally do that.” Then when you attempt (attempt being the key word) it kind of comes out slightly right. Only to the point where you can say you tried. Well that’s what this show is. Hosted by Girl Code’s, Nicole Byer, this will make you laugh, hungry and want to bake all at the same time.

Someone Great

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This movie is such a feel-good empowerment movie. The film follows Jenny Young after her break-up with a long term boyfriend. We see her struggling with the idea of moving on physically and emotionally without him. We expect her to get back with him in the end, like all romantic movies, but instead she chooses herself and her career. The way it should be.

Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back

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Who doesn’t love a good best friend stoner comedy movie? I know I do. Jay & Silent Bob are probably one of the best duos there are. With lots of cameos in Kevin Smith’s older movies like Clerks and Chasing Amy, Mall Rats this is the duo’s first stand alone movie. It doesn’t disappoint. The long awaited sequel is set to come out this fall. You can watch the trailer for it here.

Sydney White

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Remember your early pre-teen phase when Amanda Bynes movies just kind of showed up out of nowhere. This is one of them. One of the lesser known ones. Much like her other movies, Amanda Bynes plays the female outcast who is quirky beyond belief, falls in love with the cute guy, and lives happily ever after. Yeah it’s been done. But…think of it as a guilty pleasure.

Just Friends

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Do I need to say anything other than young Ryan Reynolds? I rest my case.

What do you think of our list? Are there hidden gems we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Stranger Things Season 3: In Memoriam, Top 5 Things and Season 4 Predictions…

After a 615 day wait… or 87 weeks & 6 days… or 1 year, 8 months & 7 days… (yes we counted), Stranger Things fans were finally blessed with season 3 of the cult classic on July 4th.

We have some feelings. Mainly with Hopper for thinking strawberry and cherry Slurpees are the same. But that’s neither here nor there (RIP Alexei).

Who’s Responsible?

Need we say more than this…

Our Top 5 Favourite Things.

Dustin’s Farrah Fawcett Hairspray Weapon

Seeing Dustin grab his Farrah Fawcett Hairspray as a weapon when his various toys came alive, is hands down the best weapon ever used in Stranger Things ever. Period. (Sorry Steve – we still love your bat). All praise hair model Steve Harrington for introducing him to this magical, magical tool in the first place.

Alexei and Slurpees

RIP Alexei. Gone but never forgotten. And yes, we agree. There IS a difference between cherry and strawberry.

Alexei quickly became one of two favourite characters this season. He saved Hawkins. Without him, Joyce and Hopper would never have known how to stop the Russians from opening the gate to The Upside Down.

You’re a hero Alexei. You even convinced conspiracy theorist Murray who hates Russians. 7-11 (July 11th) will forever be known as Cherry Slurpee day in your honour. RIP our cherry Slurpee, looney tunes loving Russian friend.

Steve and Robin in the Bathroom

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS. Robin‘s entire story arc was iconic. You almost never see LGBTQ+ characters on TV, without just fact part being their main story or a gimmick of some sort. Robin‘s story was different. She was a strong, intelligent female lead who just happened to also be gay. It didn’t define her. And we didn’t even find out until the almost end.

The way she confesses to Steve in the movie theatre bathroom after he admits he’s starting to grow feelings for her is EVERYTHING. We’re led to believe after their adventures together that they’re destined to come together by the end of the season, because Steve also had no other love interest. The platonic friendship they build this season is incredible. Not every attractive female has to end up with the guy. Sometimes it’s more complex. Netflix killed it here.

Operation Child Endangerment... “You can’t spell America without Erica”.

Erica really is the sassy, hilarious, intelligent female we never knew we needed. Not only was she essential to the ‘Scoops Troops’ plan, but she’s secretly a nerd too! She drives a hard bargain – all the USS Butterscotches she can eat to crawl through a vent for ‘Operation Child Endangerment’.

Her intelligence and bravery helped save the group more than once – without her cheeky attitude, everyone in Hawkins would have gotten flayed.

The Easter Eggs – Hair Tie

Jim Hopper‘s daughter Sara‘s hair tie is our first favourite easter egg. In a season one flashback, we learn Sara fell suddenly ill whilst playing in the park – later leading to the loss of her hair through chemotherapy, before she sadly passed away. Hopper can later be seen wearing the hair tie on his wrist, that Sara previously wore in her hair.

Throughout seasons 2 and 3 we see El wearing the same tie around her wrist, after Hopper adopts her as his own daughter. During one moment before the “Battle Of Starcourt”, we see Hopper tugging on the small memento. David Habour, the actor who portrays Hopper on the show, has previously stated the bracelet represents his connection with Eleven.

“It’s something subtle we do, and in fact if you watch the first [scene] of Jim Hopper in season one, he wakes up in the morning and before he even checks his watch he touches that bracelet on his arm. You’ll see in the first flashback with Sara that she has her hair up in these little pigtails and she’s wearing these blue hair ties. You’ll notice throughout the series I will occasionally play with it like when I’m talking to Eleven or going through a difficult time”

You can even see Eleven wearing it again, whilst she reads Hopper’s final letter. Someone pass us a tissue. We are not ok.

The Easter Eggs – Bob Newby

Unlike Barb, a fallen hero finally got the justice they deserved this season. Bob Newby – we love you. You guided our troops to safety in season 2, but when it was your turn, The Duffer Brothers struck again, and the Demodogs caught up to you in true horror flick fashion.

In episode one this season, we see Joyce reminisce about her time with Bob during a flashback. And although we’re all for a Joyce / Hopper union (Jopper?), we appreciate homage being played to superhero Bob, as shown in a drawing by Will. Joyce feels Bob‘s absence after being asked out by Hopper, later thinking back to fond memories whilst sitting alone on her couch. RIP Bob Newby. It’s been 615 days. We’re still not over it.

In Memoriam.

The Holloways

Heather was The Mind Flayer‘s second victim, kidnapped by Billy – the Mind Flayer’s first and main host. Janet (with her husband Tom) was knocked unconscious by Heather and Billy, later taken to The Mind Flayer. Heather and Janet sacrificed themselves under The Mind Flayer’s control. Their bodies melted into slime, which connected to The Mind Flayer, along with other unnamed extras, increasing it in size. We didn’t know them very well. But every death is sad.

Tom Holloway and Bruce Lowe

Tom Holloway and Bruce Lowe both worked at Hawkins post where Nancy and Jonathan interned. Like many of the male journalists, both frequently never took their female coworkers seriously, often acting in a crude and misogynistic manner. Bruce often compared Nancy Wheeler unfavorably to Nancy Drew, belittling her at every opportunity – even going so far as to prank her following her discovery of the Flayed rats. 

Nancy exacted her revenge while Tom and Bob were hunting her and Jonathan through the hospital. They’re both dead now. We’re not sad about it (at all).

Doris Driscoll and The Rats

Poor, sweet, innocent Doris. She just wanted to know why the rats were eating fertiliser in her basement. Instead, she was turned into a member of the Flayed and began frantically eating fertilizer herself. Doris‘s call to The Hawkins Post about the rats helped Nancy figure out that something was amiss in Hawkins. We’re sorry you became part of the flayed and melted into slime with the others. Rest in peace Dorris.

Grigori

Stranger Things very own terminator. You killed Alexei. We’re not sad you’re gone Grigori.

The Mindflayer

Don’t get us wrong, We’re glad the Joyce closed the gate, causing The Mind Flayer to collapse and die. We’re just still sad Hopper may be dead because of it. Would we have preferred more terror in Hawkins and others to be in peril a little while longer so Hopper could have reached safety? Yes.

Alexei

Let’s be honest – Alexeis death was the most heartbreaking thing to ever happen in the entire history of Stranger Things, ever. (Sorry Barb, sorry Bob). Its been 3 weeks and we are STILL sobbing.

Alexei was a man of simple needs. A cherry Slurpee from 7 Eleven, a Burger King, and an episode of Looney Tunes. It’s all he needed. I mean sure, he did work for the Russians. But he strayed from the dark side in the end! How could he not when Hopper was so, so very kind to him. (A strawberry Slurpee, Hopper? Really?).

We’re so sorry Grigori found you. Proving you could outsmart the American capitalist system at the funfair was really not worth your death. 7-11 (July 11th) will forever be known as cherry Slurpee day in your honour. (Booking my flight to America right now so I can get one from 7 Eleven next year).

Billy Hargrove

Oh, Billy. We finally began to understand you. Sure, you might have been an antagonistic bully in season 2, but this season we learned why! We didn’t get to see you reach your full potential, but you sacrificed yourself for El, and you had your moment with Max in the end. You redeemed yourself some, and we’ll really miss your hair, too.

Jim Hopper?

Hopper isn’t dead. We don’t believe it. He can’t be. How are we going to survive Season 4 without El‘s “dear old dad?”. We won’t have to. We refuse to. It’s not happening. We will sacrifice all the Starbucks lattes we have to in order to bribe The Duffer Brothers to bring him back. He’ll be back. We’ll make it happen.

Is someone cutting onions in here? My eyes are sweating.

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Barb?

It’s just wishful thinking really. Will‘s body was faked in season one, maybe Barb met the same fate?

Dr. Martin Brenner?

Remember this guy? Yeah, we don’t much like him either. We learn he raised Eleven in season one through flashbacks (she even called him “Papa”). As director of Hawkins National Laboratory, Dr. Brenner forced her to participate in his experiments.

Through exploration and manipulation of Eleven‘s powers, he created the first portal into The Upside Down, allowing the Demogorgon (and eventually, The Mind Flayer) to enter Hawkins.

Although it looked like he died at the hands of a Demogorgon in season one, his death was never really confirmed onscreen. And in Season 2 episode “Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister”, another scientist claims Brenner is still alive.

Brenner certainly has the knowledge, and it would explain how the Russians even knew about the existence of the upside down, and why to target Hawkins specifically.

Chief Jim Hopper?

It has to be Hopper, right? We know, Joyce turned both keys, causing the laser to explode. But in episode one, we see bodies of those that are burnt. We didn’t see Hopper‘s, so we have hope. It’s entirely possible Hopper climbed down the ladder, into the upside down. He’d been there before, he knows the climate. It’s entirely possible he climbed through hoping to find a way out later.

If this is the case, the Russians may have retrieved him, putting him into their cell. We also see a Demogorgon in the post credits scene, which means the Russians likely have a way into the upside down.

I guess we’ll find out in Stranger Things 4.

So the thing is, we don’t really know. But we’ll just leave you with this…

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Love Stranger Things? Take this quiz to find out which Season 3 character you are.

Which Stranger Things Season 3 Character Are You?

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Ever wondered which character you would be like if you came face to face with a Demodog, Demogorgon or The Mind Flayer? Take this Stranger Things quiz to find out.

While you’re answering the questions – have a cherry slurpee. For Alexei.

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Stranger Things Season 3 aired on Netflix July 4th.

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